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Labra - Mixed Vegetable Medley #bengalirecipe #durgapujabhog #indianrecipe #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfreelink to Labra (Mix Vegetable Medley)

Labra (Mix Vegetable Medley)

Sometimes I wonder who names these dishes? Labra may sound a little funny. But I can assure you it’s like no other vegetable curry or stew that you have tried before. Labra (Mix Vegetable Medley) is a quintessential festive food. It is best paired with Khichuri/Khichdi. The vegetables are slow cooked to release their juices that blends together to form a perfectly tasty dish. It’s very mildly spiced side dish. You definitely need to try, if you haven’t already.

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!

Bharwa Shimla Mirch | Potato Stuffed Bell Peppers | Playful Cooking #peppers #potato #spiced #indian #recipe #foodphotographylink to Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Potato Stuffed Bell Pepper)

Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Potato Stuffed Bell Pepper)

Bell Pepper is one of those vegetables that I buy very rarely. On exceptional occasions, it gets added in my grocery list and often plays a side role in creating a complete dish. Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Potato Stuffed Bell Pepper) is the only dish I know where bell pepper is the hero. It takes on a full role. Bharwa Shimla Mirch can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish with the main course.

Sukhi Arbi (Spiced Stir-Fried Taro Roots) | Playful Cookinglink to Sukhi Arbi (Spiced Stir-Fried Taro Roots)

Sukhi Arbi (Spiced Stir-Fried Taro Roots)

Sukhi Arbi (Spiced Stir-Fried Taro Roots) is a popular everyday Indian comfort food. It’s definitely not a camera-friendly dish and can quite easily fall in the category of David Chang’s ugly delicious. But, it sure is very hearty and a favorite to many of us.

Bengali Style Okra with Peanuts | Playful Cookinglink to Cheena Badam Bhendi (Bengali Style Okra with Peanuts)

Cheena Badam Bhendi (Bengali Style Okra with Peanuts)

Here is a fun fact. While badam in Hindi refers to only almond, Bengalis classify every variety of nuts as badam. Kaju Badam is cashew, Kaath Badam is almond, Cheena badam is peanut and hence the name of the dish. Cheena Badam Bhendi (Bengali Style Okra with Peanuts) is an easy to prepare side with very minimal ingredients and it tastes delicious.

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

Mung Bean and Kale Daal

Packed with nutrition, this Mung Bean 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 Bean 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…

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Mixed Vegetable Savory Oatmeal

Drizzle a little ghee, top it with eggs, crack some black pepper on it and turn this Mixed Vegetable Savory Oatmeal into a healthy indulgence. This warm bowl of creamy oatmeal is sure to cozy you up inside out and keep your tummy filled till lunch hour. It’s healthy, nutritious and takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

Soya Chunks Curry | Playful Cookinglink to Soya Chunks Curry

Soya Chunks Curry

Healthy, nutritional and protein packed, this Soya Chunks Curry can be your delicious weeknight meal! With the right balance of flavor and texture, it’s a mouthful at every bite. We Indians grew up eating soya chunks quite often and in different forms. So, I thought of sharing few of my favorites, starting with the easy curry.

20 Meal Ideas For Valentines Day | Playful Cookinglink to 20 Meal Ideas For Valentines Day

20 Meal Ideas For Valentines Day

It’s kind of a bummer when special days fall on a weekday, unless you work from home or you are the stay-in type like us. We never liked eating out on Valentine’s Day because the restaurants are just over crowded. So, the idea of cooking a simple meal, paired with a good bottle of wine and followed by television has been our ideal way to celebrate the day. I don’t even want to blame our little boy for this situation. We have been this way even when we were the more energetic couple. If you are like us, this collection…