Desi Paleo

Stuffed Buns

Posted by in Bread, Breakfast, Snacks, Vegetables

When I was girl, my mother used to make bread rolls. They had left over vegetables spiced up and stuffed into bread that was deep fried. We saw a lot of that on the table in summers when we kids turned our noses up on the watery gooey vegetables and preferred eating our roti and rice with pickles and a fried egg. Well, the summer vegetables are still watery and bland. But both my sons won’t touch anything deep fried by me. Oh they will have fried momos and aloo…read more

Raw turmeric with peas or capsicum

Posted by in Side Dish, Tomatoes, Vegan, Vegetables

The sons are quite fond of ginger tea.  This has led to a perpetual shortage of ginger root in our home.  Apparently they pound all the root they can find in the fridge into pulp for their endless cups of tea.  Son 1 : I want ginger tea Maid : No ginger Son 2 : Bringing out this and saying : What?  Why are you trying to hide ginger from us? Maid : This is haldi (turmeric) not ginger. Both exchanging glances : Haldi is a root?? Me smiling as…read more

Elephant Yam or Suran curry

Posted by in Dinner, Indian, Tomatoes, Vegan, Vegetables, Yam

This vegetable is also known as jimikand.  It is quite a formidable looking tuber, with a thick skin which looks somewhat like a elephant’s hide.  For a long time I did not cook it just because it looked too tough.  But cooked curry made with elephant yam is so tasty, that I finally succumbed.  The first time I made this curry was after I watched a neighbour peel and boil jimikand.  She belonged to Rajasthan where this is a staple food.  I tasted her preparation, yummy.  Now I cook it…read more

Fresh tomato vegetable recipe

Posted by in Indian, Side Dish, Tomatoes

It’s tangy, sweet and spicy, the kind that brings your tastebuds alive.  Some of the basic Indian recipes are delicious.  I grow tomato at home, which means that when I harvest them I am often at a loss and I hate letting them go waste.  This recipe requires onion, tomato and jaggery, all three things easy to find in an Indian kitchen. Ingredients: 10 small tomatoes, finely chopped 2 large onions, finely chopped One sprig curry leaves Fresh coriander for garnish. One teaspoon ginger grated 2 to three green chillies….read more