Archive for November 2013

Methi Fritters

November 29, 2013

Methi (fenugreek seed) is a versatile spice. In fact, it’s actually a legume and is often used whole, crushed and ground in a number of ways throughout India. The whole fenugreek seeds are used in tarka (spice-infused ghee or oil) and are also found in a variety of spice blends. Please see Fenugreek (Methi) posted on this blog dated June 8, 2012. To make these fritters simply follow the recipe given for Chickpea Pakora on this blog posted on August 19, 2008. ¬†Below I would like to share two pictures.

Methi (fenugreek)

Methi fritters


Amaranth Plant

November 26, 2013

Amaranth plant, the herbaceous plant grown from amaranth seed, is a leafy vegetable used in a myriad of ways throughout India. As autumn rolls around every year I like to take advantage of fresh herbs, tender leafy greens, and root vegetables in a variety of ways in my daily cooking. Leafy vegetables are used extensively in soups, dals, fritters, dumplings, and parathas and are combined with a variety of root vegetables.

I wanted to share a few pictures of this wonderful plant. The first two pictures below are from my garden while the final picture is an ornamental amaranth flower from the botanical garden in Bangalore.

Amaranth (chau lai)

Amaranth seed head

Amaranth flower

Happy Deepavali!

November 1, 2013

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Deepavali (Diwali)!

Happy Deepavali! (2) Shubh Deepavali!