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Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe | Playful Cooking #crepe #mungbean #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian #spinach #foodphotography #pesarattulink to Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe

Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe

I have lived in South India for so many years and yet, I never heard of the dish called Pesarattu. When a friend suggested me the dish a few months back, I was surprised at how quick and simple it is to prepare this crepe like dish. I didn’t have to worry about fermenting and yet, I could enjoy something similar to dosa in a fuss free manner. Ever since then, I make it very often and my preferred version is the Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe. It’s nourishing, filling and the color is strikingly gorgeous green. With…

Tel Potol | Very Light Parwal / Pointed Gourd Curry | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #indian #curry #recipe #everyday #vegetarian #bengalilink to Tel Potol (Mild Pointed Gourd Curry)

Tel Potol (Mild Pointed Gourd Curry)

Tel Potol is a popular pointed gourd curry prepared in Bengali style with nigella seeds, pungent mustard oil and fresh green chilies. There are no other spices apart from turmeric for color, salt and sugar for seasoning. Tel Potol is a very light curry, which makes it smooth on the tummy too. A perfect summer meal!

Chia Coconut Mango Pudding | Playful Cooking #chia #mango #breakfast #pudding #coconutlink to Chia Mango Pudding

Chia Mango Pudding

Chia Coconut Mango Pudding is a creamy chia pudding. I prepared it with coconut milk layered with mango bites and topped with more coconut flakes. It's smooth and deliciously sweet at every bite with a mild crunch from the coconut flakes. You can make this chia pudding with any variety of seasonal fruits you like. But I have to say that mangoes it extra tasty.

Paneer Bhurji Curry | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #indianfood #curry #weeknight #easymeallink to Paneer Bhurji Curry

Paneer Bhurji Curry

There are so many dishes that I have learnt from my husband. Since both of us are from two different regions and cultures, it makes our diet a beautiful blend. I feel quite lucky that we don't restrict from trying new flavors, which is probably why cooking is still playful for me. The only paneer dish that I grew up eating is in the form a light curry, prepared by Ma in Bengali style. I will share that recipe someday. Today it's Paneer Bhurji Curry that Arvind inspired me to learn. I probably made it sound like a big project when…

Spiced Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried | Playful Cookinglink to Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried

Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried

Quick, easy and bursting with flavor, this Spiced Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried could be your busy weekday meal. You can toss it with some leafy salad or you could wrap it on tortilla/roti with extra drizzle of yogurt on top. We enjoyed this Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried with rice and daal with salad on the side. Simple everyday healthy meal, ready in 15 minutes!

Mung Bean And Kale Daal | Playful Cookinglink to Mung Bean and Kale Daal

Mung Bean and Kale Daal

Packed with nutrition, this Mung Beans and Kale Daal is such a tasty wholesome meal. It can be served in two ways. You could serve it with a good doze of ghee and spice sizzle on top and it would pair beautifully with rice. You could also swirl a little bit of cream and enjoy it as soup with the bread of your choice. I have tried both the versions of Mung Beans and Kale Daal. They both taste equally comforting and so good!

Matar Paneer (Green Peas and Paneer Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer is a very popular North Indian curry. It has a lovely texture and beautiful flavor balance. Soft bite size paneer (fresh uncultured cheese) with the sweetness of peas cooked in spiced tomato gravy. It pairs wonderfully with both rice and roti. This dish is so much preferred in India that you will find it in almost every other restaurant, buffet menu, wedding menu or for any gathering that plans for a North Indian meal. I hardly order this dish in a restaurant because the ratio of the gravy with the paneer is never balanced and so, I always prefer…

Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing (Indian Simmer) | Playful Cookinglink to Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing

Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing

This vacation has come to an end and tonight, we leave for home. Three weeks of absolute fun, relaxation and so much family time. This trip was completely dedicated to the family and all we did was relax, watch the kids play around and enjoy all the delicious homemade food. Oh boy, we hogged so much food this time! After reaching home, I need to make a different kind of meal plan and include mostly salads and light meals. Our tummy definitely needs a break. Today, I have Prerna from India Simmer sharing this gorgeous Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric…

Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait | Playful Cookinglink to Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait

Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait

The layers of texture, color and flavor make this Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait not only tasty but also a lovely looking healthy breakfast. It is sure to brighten up your morning. I am not a morning person and so, a breakfast that doesn’t involve too much work or brainpower always makes me happy. The layering of this parfait is easy and fun. Avyan helped me with the layering and he loved it. The little fella is still not into smoothie but he enjoyed the parfait a lot, especially the coconut chia pudding.

Nuts and Seeds Crackers | Playful Cookinglink to Nuts and Seeds Crackers

Nuts and Seeds Crackers

At first, I want to thank you all so much for showering your wishes and showing your love in my last post. It means a lot! Now, if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, this savory nuts and seeds crackers could be a good choice. It’s so easy to bake. Even if you are not much of a baker, you can easily pull it through. It’s crispy and so dunk-able in a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can go creative with the ingredients. Add your choice of nuts, may be some dried fruits or perhaps,…