Monday, December 07, 2009

My Legume Love Affair-17 - The Round-Up

A good feast takes days to prepare. Savour this.

If you hit any sour notes, you know where to appeal to me.

Thanks for participating. Bon appetit!

(PS: This is being re-posted.)


"I remember finishing 3 cups/katoris full; had no space in my tummy for dinner that night. I got the complicated recipe from him and tweaked it a tad to make it simpler."

"Yes, I cooked exactly a year ago when I found those fresh cranberries. I cooked with dhal, clicked, downloaded in my hard drive and saved carefully under “unblogged” file. And forgot forever until I saw some fresh berries."

"We had ours with some steamed brown rice. This may be served over noodles too."

"As far as I'm concerned, a sunny afternoon in my conservatory sipping on some chilled white wine and shelling a bag of peas is an afternoon well-spent."

"With this post I commemorate a recipe that has become a favorite in the last year or two. It just came together one day when I needed a quick and satisfying solo meal."

"The estimate serves two or one depending on your greed ;).Oh, ok, a little part also goes to MLLA #17."

"Though I get loads of varieties at the farmers market and the fact that it is very inexpensive,I wanted to make them at home for a change."

"Each time I go there,I can see the lady at the tofu stand look at me. Sometimes I think she is just looking at me as I am the only 'foreigner lady' in that locality, sometimes I would feel she is looking at me amused ..."

"A long time back, I used to be a part of Indian food discussion forum, then called forumhub. One of the active members there had a recipe called 'Methiwale kabuli chole - Rajasthani style'..."

"I used brown rice tortilla which is gluten-free and whole grain, and used kidney bean, onions, green pepper and some firm tomatoes. This is just not a snack, but is a very kid-friendly lunch box dish."

"Enjoy this guilt free snack any time of the day!"

"I'm sending off a big helping of this delicious sausage and beans to ..."

"Ever since I read the recipe three weeks ago, I have been tweaking it and trying it out every few days. What I have not done is stop eating them."

"These are so popular there that in Bangalore a place where these are sold abundantly is called 'Avarekalu square'. You can see many women sitting there separating the beans from the pods and selling them on the roadside.

"I harvested many of them - using gauntlets - and I used them for these fritters."

"Paired with some mildly sweet Gujarati Khadi and potato chips, this made for an amazing dinner."

"Masoor dal is know for its quick cooking, whereas turai for its slow cooking ... and a combo of these two will be perfect to relish..."

"When we were at granny’s place during winter vacation, hot and spicy food used to top the menu card for the days. ... Simple, creamy and delectable medley of dal with onion and ginger-garlic paste gives an aromatic flavour to the recipe."

"I really liked it a lot, it can be served as a main entrance or as a salad. Pay attention to cooking time, very fast to keep vegetables fresh and crispy."

"As I chatted with mom on the phone about the recipe she informed that my Nani would add a little yoghurt while cooking and I could imagine how that would be good. Who knows what else she omitted to tell me!"

"Cook pre-soaked Navy Beans in water with three or four smashed garlic cloves, a bay leaf and salt, until tender. Drain off any water and cool ..."

Winter squash soups are a healthy and economical way to comfort and nourish the body and soul during the long cold months ahead. Serve with a whole grain for a complete and wholesome vegetarian meal.

"I know, greens when deep fried lose all their good qualities but forgive me for this occasional indulgence."

"There is such a variety of dishes in the book. I have made a few recipes and every time loved it. And this is one of those recipes from the book."

"This curry 'misal' is very famous in Maharashtra. It is 'layman's' food."

"The nutty beans and the soft squash, you have to experience it. The trick though is not to overcook the beans. But that is never a problem with cow peas."

"She is a very happy person when we get her a bag of fresh peanuts. She enjoys eating them even now, 'coz it's her childhood days she cherishes every time she pops one."

"Do not buy shelled mochai from vegetable market as it may not be fresh; buy mochai pods and shell it at home even if it takes some time to do it."

"Mysore bonda is famous in the recipe list of Karnataka special dishes, especially of Mysore. The traditional recipe uses a blend of split black lentils and spices."

"This chutney is heavily influenced by Maharashtrian cuisine and it uses peanuts as its main ingredient instead of coconut."

"In the past I have tried different varieties trying to come out with the perfect masala for the curry and finally I have come to realise that the best masala is the store-bought."

"I believe my Maa makes the best one in this world. She always gets it perfectly boiled … soft but every grain separate from each other."

"If someone were to roam in the busy streets of Bhendi Bazaar in Bombay, they are sure to find several small stalls selling chana bateta."

"Every bite of this tasty curry made me wish my parents were here with us to share this simple yet absolutely and delightfully tasty curry."

"I love chickpeas. When I saw Sarah Naveen’s kadala curry, I was tempted to try it and my family finished it up for dinner yesterday. I made a few changes according to my family's tastebuds."

"This is a famous tiffin in Andhra Pradesh. A crispy thick pancake ... These rottis don't need any fermentation."

"Three types of lentils: puy, brown and green lentils in soak with garlic and bay leaf. The lentils look quite pretty like polished pebbles."

"This bhaath asks for cooking the vegetable (palya) separately first with extra oil, masala and salt and then mixing it with the rice."

"Her curries used to be hot and had that rustic taste. She would make me stand next to her and ask me to watch while she made the masala. When I decided to make these broad beans, I was reminded of how Alka used to make the masala."

"The only place for those spring onions was the bin and the beans weren't enough to cook as one dish."

The yellow coloured moongdal is the skinned and split moong bean. It's one of the quickest-cooking beans and needs no pre-soaking or a pressure cooker."

"Not sure what directed my thoughts towards lenticchie while considering solutions for my day-after dilemma, but once that happened, I did not stop until the pairing of the little legumes with my leftovers was a reality held in a bowl."

"I rarely muster courage to ask for the recipe. The one time I do, all I get is the most vague response ..."

"People who loves oats or hate coconut in their gravies can try out this combination for making kootus or curries."

"After a month of Indian daals, spinach soup and tofu salad, I had to find innovative new ways to cook these for my food lust."

"Quick laddoos with simple ingredients which taste fantastic for snacks or for festivals ...I enjoyed preparing these delicious laddoos."

"I wanted to try making kebabs and started out with the ingredients needed for a veggie-nut-kebab. Then it struck me that I didn't have the iron kebab skewers and that we ran out of bamboo skewers also ..."

"Two months back, I froze some white channa, rajma,black-eyed peas, black beans,double beans,kala channa,dry green peas, ... cutlets with raw banana"

"Like malt vinegar, mushy peas remind me of fish and chips. When my friend made this Mushy Fava (Broad) Beans dish, fish and chips just came to mind."

"Smoked hocks are my favourite, simmered in stews to impart a sensuously deep and lingering kiss."

"I fast on Tuesdays and it's one meal in the evening. So whatever I cook on Tuesday evenings for prasad/naivedya has to be sattvic food."

"This recipe is from a recent issue of Vegetarian Times. Here's how I made it ..."

"With pleasant weather and an urge to make one among the many of my comfort foods, I set about doing just that ..."

"One hot, humid day, I forgot to grind my soaked moong dal rice mix and it sat on the counter the whole day. The next day I found my whole moong was sprouting tiny buds."

"This soup is deceptively hearty. It looks and even tastes a little like a butternut squash bisque."

"These are to be finished fast after they are cooked as they turn very chewy otherwise."

"Go to any traditional celebration like a wedding or an upanayanam in Chennai - you are bound to be greeted by the famous paruppusili, staring at you from the vaazha yelai (banana leaf)."

"If you're looking for something that'll wake up your taste buds and give your gastric juices a kick, then this is what you need."

"I’ve been keeping Mac ‘n Cheese with Chili a secret from you for some time. Mainly because it’s so so simple that I was embarrassed to share it with you. And it involves a box and a can."

"Cholar Dal is the dal with uber arrogance. It is a bit of a snob, not the kind you would like to come home to every day but the kind you would like to glamorize your dining table with when you have company."

"It is called Kadala Curry, meaning Lentil Curry, which is a big misnomer."

"I stumbled upon one lone packet of shelled peas while marketing for Thanksgiving produce. Among the rutabagas, yams, and green beans, they looked like foundlings in need of a good home. So I adopted them."

"Fall is my favorite season of the year. One reason is that the colder temperatures make me want to make a lot of soups and stews."

"Now add the chenna dhal, salt and a cup of water and bring it to a boil."

And finally, my post - Lendills, here.

The winner is Muskaan of A2ZVegetarian Cuisine. Congratulations! I used an online random integer generator - screenshot below.

Srivalli is hosting MLLA-18 for December.


  1. Wonderful lentil feast! Thanks for the lovely round-up!

  2. Awesome list of recipes to try out.. introductions to the dishes were really cool..

  3. Fantastic roundup and congrats to the winner..

  4. I missed this one! Quite a feast there:)

  5. Lovely round up sra..enjoyed reading the entries..:).

  6. Thanks for the round up Sra. So many entries and you took so much effort to quote the lines

  7. Thanks you so much for the delicious roundup...never knew, I was the winner untill recipe posted for 18th helping...yippyyyy...very happy...

  8. awesome lineup! everything makes me hungry.


  9. Thanks for the lovely round up! This is something which I really look forward to.

  10. So many tempting legume entries... nice roundup Sra.

  11. Terrific round-up! MLLA is definitely one of my favorites. So many good ideas...

  12. There are definite possibilities of new family favourites here. You can never have too many dal recipes!

  13. Great round up!! what a lot of dishes to try now!

  14. Thank you for the lovely round up. Loved your style of introducing the entries.

  15. Lovely roundup. It looks like my email got lost in cyberspace. I just sent it again. Will you let me know if you don't get it?

  16. Yet another great round-up of one of my favourite events.

  17. Hey, one request although I am very happy to be the winner of this event, if you could please go ahead and put the recipe I submitted in the roundup..I did not find it there...although its late now...but if you can...please add..

  18. A2Z, have put in your quesadilla recipe, it's the 10th from the top, will add the other one, sorry to have missed it out.


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