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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Radish and Channa Kara Kuzhambu (Tangy gravy)

I realized I hadn’t put up any radish recipes on the blog – so I have a couple of recipes coming your way. The first one is a Kara Kuzhambu using radish and channa. Kuzhambu is a gravy dish from Tamil Nadu. There are a lot of varieties of Kuzhambu. I love Kara Kuzhambu in restaurants and wanted to give it a shot at home. The traditional Kara Kuzhambu is a tangy gravy with tamarind, tomatoes, and onions and doesn’t use a lot of veggies. But I knew I had to add in some veggies – so instead of the usual combinations like potato or brinjal, I tried something different to up the game 🙂 So here I am with this new recipe! If you  are a fan of the traditional kuzhambu and are wary of adding veggies in, think of this as just another side-dish! No matter what the name, the combination of radish and tamarind gives this curry a unique taste.

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Sweet Pumpkin in Coconut-Tamarind Gravy (Sihi Kumbalakayi Gojju)

I always try to include a variety of vegetables in my diet (and in my recipes on the blog too!). With creative use of spices, even the fussy eater can fall in love with vegetables 🙂 Gojju is a Kannada term used to describe any gravy based vegetable dish. Here I have combined sweet pumpkin with a tangy gravy. The spicy red chilies, the tangy tamarind, and the slightly sweet fresh coconut perfectly blend with the taste of pumpkin. this is indeed a lip-smacking curry.This sweet pumpkin gojju reminds me of temple food in Karnataka 🙂  With just 5 or 6 ingredients readily available in your house you can whip this up in under 20 minutes.

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Did you know? Sweet pumpkin has a lot of nutrients – it is rich in Vitamin A and potassium. Pumpkin being rich in fiber will also keep you full longer! 

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Beetroot Channa/Chickpeas Cutlets/Patties (No potatoes)

I had this idea of doing beetroot channa patties for a long time – unfortunately due to work, I never got around to trying it! I am a little picky about beetroot – I like it in cooked in some specific dishes 🙂 But because it is high in iron content and very nutrient-rich, it is generally good to include in the diet in different ways – hence I tried these cutlets!
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Rava Oats Paddu/Paniyaram (Instant)

Usually my Sunday breakfast consists of dosa/uthapam. I have already posted several instant dosa recipes – Oats Wheat Dosa (With Avocado) and Oats Mixed Vegetable Utthapam. This week I wanted to change up the routine a bit 🙂 I tried paniyaram/paddu. Again with instant batter 🙂 I have an oats buckwheat paniyaram recipe already on the blog. This time I tried a rava oats paniyaram! The texture/consistency is a bit different than the wheat one because adding wheat makes the paddu a little dense. The wheat ones are also definitely more filling 🙂
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