Sharad Purnima 2021

Purnima meaning full moon. October full moon in india is celebrated and we make fritters with potato, onion , eggplant , chili etc and poha with milk . Poha is like rice flakes . I made it with A2 milk .

I am not in india but I love full moon and bhajiya, Kheer so I end up making it. Also a break from everyday dinner.

Enjoy!

Roasted Chestnuts

Hot from oven, chestnuts taste so good. If you have never tried , try at least once. It’s hard to put that cross before roasting but so worth it at least once .

Roast for 15-20 minutes at 400-425 degree Fahrenheit after putting cross on it. Make sure cut is deep enough.

Enjoy!

Boiled Edamame

First time I made it at home. Every time I think of making at home and go to store, I forget to buy or if I remember that store won’t have it.

Last weekend my friend brought on hike and it got my attention again. Today I made special visit to Walmart just to buy this. It’s available frozen here .

Added to instant pot with some water and Himalayan pink salt. Boiled for 4 mins and I let pressure release naturally. They came out nice soft . Adjust boiling time as per your liking .

Drain. Sprinkle some salt , fresh lemon or lime juice . Lemon juice is for my Indian taste bud.

Tasted so good and creamy.

Makes a good snack , appetizer.

Enjoy!

Tofu Tikka

Paneer Tikka is a popular appetizer in Indian restaurant but you can use Tofu too . Use extra firm tofu. I had firm tofu and so you can see how it disintegrated.

Basically vegetables are marinated in yogurt sauce. We add some roasted chickpea flour but if you use greek yogurt it’s thick enough . Or you can use any flour you generally use to thicken your soup or sauce here.

Now add spices like red pepper, turmeric , cumin powder etc . Your choice, likes snd creativity into plain yogurt. If you have kasoori methi and mustard oil add that for Indian flavor. Or little olive is good too. We are flexible , right ?

Marinate vegetables like colored pepper , tofu, onion , mushrooms.

Put it on skewers and bake in oven for 30 -40 minutes turning them around few times in between . You can pour little butter when you turn it around .

This is no way authentic tikka recipe that you find in restaurants but at home for fun, healthy meal.

With little salad on side and cilantro chutney makes a good meal.

Appetizer for dinner . Why not ? Our minds are so conditioned that we get stuck on right and wrong and forget to be just happy.

Enjoy!