Masala Kichidi | TummyKhush


Rains call for some special food that is warm and comforting and spicy at the same time. Nothing beats having a bowl full of something warm and cozy while hearing the rains pattering away on the window. The universal favourite foods in rains include a bowl of soup, a hot cup of coffee or tea, deep fried foods or something similar. For me, Kichidi is one of those foods that just gives you that blanket of warmth. India has a rich history of lentils. We have a vast variety that would probably not be found anywhere else. Having a vegetarian tradition is one of the reasons. The protein content of the lentils combined with carbohydrate in the form of rice and a few warming spices lends kichidi its huge fan following. Kichidi with very little or no spice is fed to growing kids. I guess that is the reason why it feels so comforting. A familiar flavour that you have grown up with always gives that sense of security.

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Kichidi is eaten in many forms. Different states have different ways of cooking it with different dal and spices. The basic ingredients of dal and rice, though, never change. The inspiration behind this recipe is the rajasthani kichidi which I really love.

I hope you will enjoy this masala kichidi as much as I did. You can just vary the amount of spices depending on you like/dislike for them.

Here is how I made it.

Rice  – 1 cup
Moong dal/ Pesarapappu /mung beans/ split green gram – 1 cup

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Vegetable Fried Rice | TummyKhush


This is a simple fridge raid recipe for those times when you have to just finish up those one or two vegetables left in the fridge before that weekend shopping trip or when you have left over rice from the previous night and crave for some comfort food. This is a very forgiving recipe as you can simply throw in a few ingredients to the pan and modify the recipe to your taste. I always like my fried rice simple with a few ingredients with no extra sauces added. You can always throw in some soya sauce and tomato sauce to get the typical road side bandi flavour.

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For now I am sharing this recipe which is very basic and the ultimate comfort food for me.

I warmed up some oil in the pan for tempering. You could use butter or ghee to enhance the flavour.

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For food lovers!!!!!


Trust food lovers to come up with innovative stuff. I was just scrolling through hubby’s facebook updates when I came across this link. If you are from Indian and love your pasta and Italian stuff, you are really going to love this. I don’t wanna say anymore. I will just leave you with the link. Enjoy the heights of creativity…… http://soundcloud.com/krishashok/mozzarellasura-linguini-stotram Continue reading For food lovers!!!!!

Vegetable noodles (Stir fried noodles cooked with a combo of veggies) | Tummykhush


Say chinese.. and the first thing that comes to mind is noodles and manchurian. Chinese food is so popular in India that it is served at all places right from road side bandiwallas (read carts) to sheek restaurants. We Indians also have the distinction of totally “Indianising” Chinese food, adding our own masalas to it. Part of the credit goes to the FMCG companies that introduced the quick noodles concept in India and part to the chefs who succeeded in indiansing Chinese food. The repercussions… demand for Chinese food from both kids and adults alike :D. It is always a good feeling to make all this stuff at home. So I have come up with my own way of making noodles at home. I, ofcourse, use noodle packs like Maggi and top ramen, but I make it in my own way to give it a personalised  and healthy touch. I also make sure to buy wheat based noodles. Wheat based are always better than the regular white ones. So here comes my way of making healthy and tasty stir fried noodles at home.

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Pasta with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and olives | TummyKhush


It was a day of shopping at a newly opened mall. If you are into retail therapy like me you’d understand what a joy it is to watch fresh produce and lots of ingredients put on display. So the result was a hole in hubby dear’s wallet and me coming back with loads of stuff. The result also was an inspiration to cook something different out of all that I bought. After much thinking, I finalised on pasta, coz dad doesnt frequently get a chance to eat it.. and well I wanted to do a bit of showing off. 😀

I didnt really think much of the dish when I made it but after a bit of prodding from dad, took a few pics of it, and before I knew it started planning to put it onthe blog. This recipe is the easiest if you are in the habit of stocking differentsauces in the fridge. I dont really go through the eloborate process of making sauces. For me Pasta is just a quick fix recipe when I am not really in a mood to cook. Just throw in a few ingredients and the dish is ready. Beats spending too much on home delivered pastas (and it does taste better :P).

Here is my way of making a yummy pasta in around 20 mins. (That includes the time for boiling the pasta)

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