Category Archives: Entree

Indian Mango Dal

Recipe adapted from: http://www.eatingwell.com

Indian mango dal

I’ve always loved eating Indian foods, and I recently realized I love cooking Indian dishes as much as eating them. There is something magical about the process of layering ingredients and the spices – Aroma changes as each element is added and getting increasingly complex, then once everything is mixed and finished cooking, suddenly all the flavors are merged together to form one perfectly balanced taste as if it was meant to be. Truly fascinating.

I think this dish epitomizes such joy, but without having to go through elaborated steps. Red lentils are cooked with cinnamon and turmeric to bring out the nutty sweetness, while onion, garlic and ginger are pan fried with cumin seeds and coriander. Once the ingredients have completely absorbed wonderful flavor of spices respectively, everything is combined then further cooked with diced mango until the fruit becomes soften and jammy, and lentils are broken down. It is a fairly simple and easy dish to make, but has such an unbelievably intoxicating flavor that will make you cook it again and again. I sometimes serve this for guests and always get asked for the recipe. Continue reading

Sautéed Kale with Tofu

Recipe very slightly modified from: 3 Bowls – Vegetarian Recipes from an American Zen Buddhist Monastery (by Seppo Ed Farrey with Myochi Nancy O’Hara)

sauteed kale and tofuHello and thank you for checking out my brand new blog!  I’m a regular home cook and a recipe nerd – I spend A LOT of time browsing recipes and making the list of dishes/ingredients to try. Since my list is getting so long that I thought it would be great to have a place where I can share my successful findings.

Here is the recipe #1 to start this project. It’s a dish I cook all the time, that is quick, good but a bit different, from the cook book I love and have given as a gift to my friends and family on several occasions. It is perfect especially at this time of the year, as it has been THE go-to dish whenever I need to FEEL healthy – After indulging in big holiday feasts, for example.  Not that you did it but just saying. And obviously I already had my first plate of this in 2013. Continue reading