Pumpkin Hummus - Fall Thanksgiving Recipe - Vegan, Vegetarian - Mirch Masala

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love summer too. Now that I think of it, I don’t mind winter all that much. Actually, that is not entirely true. I only love the holidays and the snow in winter. And here in Seattle, winter does not always mean snow. Spring is ok. It takes you closer to summer and days start getting longer, but the uncertainty of when the warm sunny days will start is a huge issue for us Seattleites. Some years we are lucky and April is a great month. Other times, not so much. Come July and it is still gloomy and rainy.

I look forward to fall. Especially on years like this when we have a had a really good summer and I feel I have done enough in summer and I am ready for fall. Ready for boots. Ready for falling leaves. Ready for all things orange. Ready for pumpkin spice. Ready to welcome the holidays. Read More

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Oat Milk Smoothie - Little People Food - Mirch Masala - Vegan Vegetarian Gluten Free

Let us take a break from all that Diwali action that is happening there and go back to regularly scheduled everyday meals program. I have been so immersed in making all the goodies for Diwali that I have been having a mind block to cook normal regular food – dinners, breakfasts and what not. I am hosting a pumpkin carving party this weekend and I need my brains to tune out of Diwali for at least a couple of days to make that party a success.

V has been having a loss of appetite situation the last few days and it has been very tough to get him to eat something filling. He would take, literally, two bites of something and will be done with it. It happens from time to time but it has never lasted for meal after meal for about a week. The only good thing that was happening was him going to daycare. He still wasn’t eating as much as he normally does but it was better than what he would eat at home. He did have a leftover trace of a cold and cough, so that was probably what was causing this lack of appetite. Read More

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Okkarai ~ Roasted Chana Dal with Jaggery and Coconut |A Diwali Recipe

October 16, 2014
Okkarai - Roasted Chana Dal with Jaggery and Coconut - Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

Nothing screams Diwali in a TamBrahm household like Okkarai. It is one of those things that you make only for this one holiday and that’s it. No other time of the year! Maybe, that is why it feels so special. Diwali mornings are all about getting up early, way early. Hours before the crack of […]

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Aval Laddoo / Poha Laddoo with Coconut ~ Beaten Rice and Coconut Balls

October 14, 2014
Aval Laddoo Poha Laddoo with Coconut Diwali Recipe Mirch Masala

Don’t worry if you have not heard of a laddoo / laddu made with Aval or Poha. I had not heard of it either, till I made this one. I was looking around all the South Indian cookbooks I have for any new Diwali recipes that I can try for this year and accidentally came […]

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Kara Sev – Fried Spiced Chickpea Flour Sticks | A Diwali Recipe

October 13, 2014
Kara Sev - A Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

What I like about Diwali is not just all the sweet goodies that gets made, but also the addition of savory snacks that somehow makes eating all of that sweetness a little bit more bearable. Have a couple of laddoos or burfis and switch to a handful of murukku or sev and keep switching. Rest […]

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cardamom Spiced Honey Apple Compote

October 12, 2014
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cardamom Spiced Honey Apple Compote - Mirch Masala

This is just gonna be one of those blog posts with not much writing from my end. I make pancakes for V’s breakfast, at least a couple of times a week and once I had some applesauce that was about to near its expiry date and wanted to finish it. So, I added that and […]

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Maaladdu / Maladu / Pottukadalai Ladoo ~ Roasted Gram Dal Balls | A Diwali Recipe

October 9, 2014
Maaladdu Maladu Maa Laddo Pottukadalai Laddoo - Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

Maaladdu or maalaadoo or maladu or pottukadalai laddoo is one of the easiest no cook recipes for Indian sweets, out there! Growing up, this was made for any and every occasion and in spite of that it remained all our favorite laddoo ever. It still it. My paatti and her sister were known in the […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds

October 8, 2014
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds - Thanksgiving Side - Vegetarian, Vegan -  Mirch Masala

I never knew what the big deal about Brussels Sprouts was. Not the part about it being a great vegetable, but the part about everyone hating it! I admit, I was never given this vegetable as a kid. It was not available where I grew up. So, I thought, maybe it is one of those […]

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Coconut Pearl Onion Chutney ~ The Ultimate Companion to Dosas and Idlis

October 5, 2014
Coconut Pearl Onion Chutney Mirch Masala

Growing up, chutneys meant just one thing, something that is a dip to the crispy dosas and spongy idlis. Not anything else and nothing even remotely sweet and with fruits and other spices! Most chutneys were coconut based and there were a few others like tomato chutney or tomato onion chutney which sometimes did not […]

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Kerala Style Potato Curry with Coconut Milk

September 30, 2014
Kerala Style Potato Curry with Coconut Milk

The ten days of Navarathri are days of fasting. Different people do the fasting different ways. What we do in our family is to not eat meat / eggs (eggs in my case, as I don’t eat meat) or drink alcohol. I tried the no onion, no garlic deal like my parents do, but I […]

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