Semiya (Vermicelli) Pudina Pulav – Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Does it feel like you just can’t think of any new breakfast recipes at all? It happens to me so often. I try out a ton of different dishes when I am in the mood to cook, but on some other days, I just can’t seem to decide on anything to cook! So I have now put together a bunch of go-to recipes for those days that I am cranky. These recipes look fancy, taste great and are absolutely easy to put together. Ok, I need to stop mentally ticking off a bunch of check boxes and feeling happy about how this semiya recipe is so perfect for a weekend breakfast! You get my point, right?

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Whole Moong and Spinach Gojju (Coconut-tamarind gravy)

Normally I try out Spinach and split yellow moong together in the form of a simple dal. I wanted to change the routine a bit this time. So instead of going with split moong, I used whole moong. Also instead of a onion-garlic-tomato style of dal, I used a coconut-tamarind spice mixture that is commonly used in South Indian cooking. I ended up with this absolutely delicious side dish!

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Raw Banana (Plantain) Spicy Cracked Wheat ‘Bhaat’

Traditionally Bhaat refers to a spiced rice dish – the exact spices and preparation varies in different parts of India. I love preparing different kinds of “Bhaat”.  Just by playing around with the veggies and the spices you end up with a whole new dish. I also swap the rice out for different grains! So I end up with a variety of “Bhaats” that I never get bored of 🙂

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Spinach Chickpeas (Channa) Foxtail Millet Pilaf

I love making pilafs for weeknight dinners because it is so easy to prepare. In under 30 minutes, you can put a perfectly delicious pilaf together. And the best part is that there are a ton of ways you can innovate with the flavors by using different veggies and grains. Cooking a pilaf is also probably the easiest way to include something healthy in your diet – in any pilaf recipe swap the white rice out for a whole grain such as brown rice, millets or cracked wheat!

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Foxtail Millet (Navane/Korralu/Thennai) Fried ‘Rice’

Veggie Fried Rice – somehow this has become synonymous with street food for me. The expert street vendors in Bangalore quickly whip up batches of fried rice! Actually it is pretty simple to put together and takes less than 30 min to do it at home!  It is a perfect way to sneak in all those nice veggies – especially for fussy eaters. Who won’t eat fried rice for lunch? And dinner! 😀 You can lots of personal variations to this simple recipe and turn it into a family favorite 🙂
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