Ayurvedic Veggie Soup

What does Ayurveda mean ? Veda meaning science and Ayu meaning life span / life . Any food that gives life is Ayurvedic. We make everything so complicated and end up going away from truth. Keep things simple. Simple recipes that takes little time in kitchen are most of the time much life giver . Today’s soup turned out so good that I had to share the recipe. I had 3 big bowls.

Soup doesn’t mean open this and that can and boil.

Soup meaning for me is add all the fresh vegetables , simmer with lots of water and mash little bit. Here’s how I made today.

  • Heat very little olive oil, add chopped garlic . Fresh by the way not from bottle.
  • Add chopped red onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf.
  • Add chopped fresh tomatoes and sauté few minutes while you cut all vegetables.
  • I added chopped Bok Choy stalk , carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower.
  • Add lots of water. Add a piece of fresh ginger , salt and pepper.
  • Boil and then simmer on medium/low for an hr while you vacuum or finish other chores.
  • Take a potato masher and mash some veggies inside. Yum !
  • I love cilantro and so threw few leaves in it.
  • Drink it up. It’s so good. It has little kick because of spices which I loved.
  • It’s winter time so soup is always a good idea to start the meal with. Or sometimes it’s good to just have some soup and give stomach a break.
  • Let me know when you try it .
  • Enjoy!
Advertisements

Drumstick Soup

You know it’s all abt moringa now a days. I keep a bag of moringa seeds at work and offering every one who wants to try. Today 1 of the colleague came back to take more seeds. I remembered morninga again and so decided to make for dinner. I made kind of Indian curry but I realized you can throw them in any soup you make . And I think it will taste great in minestrone soup.

Moringa pod or drumstick looks like bone , don’t they? No wonder they are rich in calcium. Try it out.

Enjoy!

Left Over Rice Balls

There’s so much that we don’t know and we can learn. I am Gujarati but I never had this “rasawala bhat na muthiya”. I don’t know if I ever even heard of it. In Olden times, food was scarce and noting was ever wasted. People or women were very creative and they came up with all this wonderful dishes to use left overs and still make them tasty and appealing. I do think all those mixed vegetables, mix dals were to use left overs. Lot of things were sun dried to use in winter and they ended up in curries like vadi, papad. It worked for them and were able to feed hungry mouths.

Coming back to today’s world, most of us have everything available all the time. Vegetables, fruits can be transported around the world in few hrs. Point am trying to make is we need to see what works in today’s environment and what doesn’t instead of blinding following . Blind following doesn’t help us grow in our life. And also one ends up making life miserable not only for self but to people around them too.

Since I never had this curry , I made it. I wouldn’t consider this healthy or great by any means but good once in a while with the side of big salad or roasted vegetables. We need to eat more lightly cooked vegetables in today’s environment. Recipe is simple and I liked that balls are not fried.

  • Take left over rice and add some besan , cilantro leaves and spices , salt. Pour little oil. Mix everything well and Make balls and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil, do seasoning and pour water . Add spices . Let water boil.
  • Drop the balls and let it cook. Rice was already cooked so just besan needs to cook.
  • Add some whisked plain yogurt and boil few more mins.
  • Garnish with cilantro. Done !
  • It’s quick. Isn’t it?
  • I think you should be able to add some shredded carrot , chopped spinach into balls. Might need little more besan to bind.
  • Enjoy !

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.😊 Since am making all this Persian food, hope Iran will invite me.

Recipe I followed is here:

https://turmericsaffron.blogspot.com/2017/11/khoresh-gheymeh-kadoo-sabz-iranian-lamb.html

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 sauté zucchini sticks like seen in picture for few mins. Cook them lightly and remove on a plate.
  • Sauté 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!