Quinoa Vegetable Pulao - Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole Grains - Mirch Masala

In the quest for eating healthier, I have introduced many whole grains to our diet in the last few years. Quinoa is primarily one of them along with bulgur, brown rice, Israeli couscous, ancient grain pastas, amaranth and buckwheat to name a few. The challenge with new ingredients like these, which tend to be the primary ingredient in your main dish, is that it is difficult to get used to the taste and texture and you also don’t know what to make with them. The easiest way to overcome that is to try substitute it for grains that you already use. Start by using a half and half mixture and gradually move over to only the new whole grains.

Traditionally pulao / pulav / pilaf is made with rice. I substituted quinoa for rice and made this wonderfully aromatic main dish that is filled with all kinds of goodies in the form of vegetables and whole grains. Trust me, you will not miss the rice in this one.
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15  Pumpkin and Squash Recipes

With pumpkins and squash in season now, you don’t have to go elsewhere to look for what to do with them. Here are 15+ Pumpkin and Squash recipes from soups to salads to pasta to dessert – everything you need for this season including planning your Thanksgiving menu. Enjoy!


Maple Roasted Carrots | A Thanksgiving Recipe

November 11, 2014
Maple Roasted Carrots - Vegan Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side - Mirch Masala

Carrots are a favorite of mine. There is not a whole lot you can do with them like what you can with other vegetables like potatoes. But whatever you do, it just turns out amazing. It is especially good for roasting, when it releases the subtle sweetness in it in every juicy bite. My favorite […]

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Slow Cooked Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup with Coconut Milk

November 6, 2014
Slow Cooked Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup with Coconut Milk - Mirch Masala

It is that time of the year again. Not only do the boots and the coats come out but also the slow cooker. Soups and stew become the norm for most days. Though this year, I want to try some other recipes in my slow cooker. Lets see how that goes. The easy part of […]

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Grains and Greens Scramble | A Giveaway Post

November 4, 2014
Grains and Greens Scramble - A #giveaway post- Enter for a chance to #win a cookbook - Mirch Masala

The month of November marks the one year Anniversary of re-starting Mirch Masala. I started the blog in 2007 and it has gone through a lot of changes in what I would like to call, its “first life” – from being a Vegetarian blog to being merged with my other blog for my meat-a-holic husband, […]

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding with Pecan Crumble

November 3, 2014
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding with Pecan Crumble - Pumpkin Recipe - Fall Recipes - Mirch Masala

There are some of us who love pumpkin and pumpkin spice and love seeing them in everything in fall. If you are one of us, then here is another pumpkin recipe. This time I added pumpkin puree to my regular chia pudding that I make for breakfast. Added some pumpkin spice, because, duh!, you need […]

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Jeera Rice / Jeera Pulao ~ Cumin Scented Basmati Rice

November 2, 2014
Jeera Rice Jeera Pulao - Cumin Scented Basmati Rice - Mirch Masala

Something being simple does not necessarily make it easy to make. Some of these simple dishes are the ones that need to be cooked with perfection with the best of the ingredients put in and made with a lot of care and love. They don’t have much riding on them except for the simplicity which […]

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Halloween Treats ~ Mandarin Pumpkins, Boo Nanas, Jack O Lantern Quesadillas and String Cheese Broom Sticks | Little People Food

October 30, 2014
Halloween Treats - Homemade - Non Candy treats - Mandarin Pumpkins - Mirch Masala

It is just one more day to Halloween. Honestly, it is not one of my favorite holidays. Too much weird man-made spookiness going on out there. Don’t even get me started on the costumes. If I had my way, I will not dress up, but usually we have a party or something to go to […]

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Roasted Squash and Kale Salad

October 27, 2014
Roasted Squash and Kale Salad - Fall Thanksgiving Salad Recipe - Mirch Masala

I once read somewhere about making a perfect salad – the components that need to go into it that make every bite refreshingly good. The greens, of course, are an integral part. If you want it to be a little more filling, add some whole grains like quinoa, couscous, wheat berries etc. You need a […]

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Cardamom Rose Milk

October 22, 2014
Cardamom Rose Milk - Mirch Masala

Happy Diwali to all of Mirch Masala’s readers who celebrate this festival of lights. Diwali, as you may have read in previous posts, has a very special place in me and there are so many fond memories associated with this as with any other festivals. Here in Seattle, thousands of miles away from family, we […]

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