Persian Yellow Split Pea Stew

When comes to travel, everyone I hear wants to travel to Europe. Europe is huge and so diverse. I wonder if ppl know what they want to see, experience. One of my dream travel is Iran. Until I visit , at least I can make food and eat. May Buddha blesses me.ūüėä Since am making all this Persian food, hope Iran will invite me.

Recipe I followed is here:

Since am vegetarian, I omitted meat. Here’s how I made it.

  • Soak yellow split peas in water for an hr so will cook fast. They are available at most of the American grocery store.
  • Cook them in water and a stick of cinnamon until just done and are not mushy.
  • On the side, heat olive oil and saut√© zucchini sticks like seen in picture for few mins. Cook them lightly and remove on a plate.
  • Saut√© chopped onion with crushed garlic. Add red chili powder, turmeric, black pepper powder. Add chopped tomatoes and mix.
  • Add onion tomato mixture to dal and simmer on low heat. Add salt.
  • Add zucchini sticks at the end just before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Sambhar With Quinoa

Do you love rice and sambhar but trying to cut back on rice ? This combination taste really good. It’s full of protein, filling and add veggies to sambhar.

You can also eat it like soup. Or take this to work and easy to eat .


Jain Mushroom Corn Curry

Onion and garlic less vegetable curries are called Jain if I am right. This is a very very simple dish to make and it tasted great. Recipe source:

Here’s the steps:

  • Chop a tomatoe and blend with few cashews , ginger and green chili.
  • Heat oil, crack  cumin seeds,pinch of hing.
  • Add blended tomatoe mix , red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt.Cook until oil seperates. 
  • Add sliced mushrooms and corn. Add some water, cover and cook until mushrooms are cooked. I used Bella mushroom. Button mushrooms release too much water.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Told you it’s so easy to make .
  • Mushrooms have lot of health benefits and so I try to add them in fried rice and makes curry sometimes .
  • Enjoy !

Papad Ki Subji – Trash To Treasure


People who knows me know that I am not into throwing away food. I like to be creative with everything and use what I have in a different way or give it to someone who has some use for it. Have you heard Gandhi’s 1 of popular quote “There’s enough for everyone’s need but not for greed.” If you don’t use what you already have and keep expecting more… Then good luck with that.

So, I got this papad from India and they turned out too salty and spicy and I actually hardly eat papad. So i was about to throw away but then decided to put back for some reason . Glad I did because this papad ki Subji idea came. It’s a very simple dish from Rajasthan. Basically it’s kadhi with papad. There are lots of version online. Here’s my simplest version:

  • Take sour yogurt and add little  basan, turmeric powder. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee. Crack some cumin seeds . I added few methi seeds too.
  • Add yogurt sauce , water depending on consistency you like. Adjust salt.
  • I didn’t add any spices since papads were spicy. But you can add anything you like.
  • To make it healthy, add some cauliflower florets. It will go well with yogurt sauce.
  • If you leave this curry after cooking , it will get thick.
  • Find your creative side. This papad ki Subji is result of someone ‘s creativity after all. Isn’t it? We sometimes forget the thought behind things , here cooking. People were creative with their cooking in olden times and used what they had or grew in that area.
  • Enjoy !

Yummy Gatte Ki Subji 

Life Or food in desert is yummy. Gatte ki Subji is popular in Rajasthan where fresh vegetables probably were not available year around. So they learned to make yummy curries from whatever was available. Now a days everything is available everywhere but when you run out of vegetables , it’s snowing outside and you want to eat something good, try this curry. 

I had first time few months back at the friend’s place and it was so good that i had to try my hands and it turned out good. Very easy to make. I followed recipe from here:

Gatte ki sabzi

Have a side of salad or steamed /roasted vegetables on the side to make it a good healthy meal and have it with Roti . 

Enjoy !