Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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Simple Yellow Rice

I called this recipe Simple Yellow Rice but frankly, it’s not really simple. Simple and quick to make, yes, but the aroma and flavors that you achieve are so flavorful and comforting… and that is why I called it simple! Some of the simple joys of life are so very comforting now, aren’t they?

I grew up in Pune a town close to Bombay (Mumbai, as it is now known) and we are pretty close to the South of India. For the North Indians we are already in the South and for the South Indians, we are in the north, geographically. As I write this, I remembered a funny conversation I had with someone a while back where we argued for a good few minutes about where Pune was on the map of India and it was hilarious now when I think about it, because we were both passionately going at it about the geographical location of Pune.

So, the point of that little story was that growing up *close* to the southern states of India, I was exposed to a lot of South Indian food. Funnily enough, even though I saw “Yellow Rice or Lemon Rice” on menus in restaurants, and ate Read More

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Khichadi (Indian Rice and Lentils) & Birbal

For this month’s ‘Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free’, Zoe from Z’s Cup of Tea set the theme to be ‘Fictional Food – Treats and Dishes from Children’s Stories’.

When I read the story, I really thought I would end up making ‘Curds and Whey’ from the children’s poetry ‘Little Miss Muffet’. But as I thought about the stories I really read a lot of when I was very little.. Miss Muffet was really not it. In fact I think I didn’t know of Miss Muffet until I was in my pre-teens. I think it was when I was reading books to my younger brother!

I decided to put a little more thought into this idea.

When I was very young I used to read (and be read to) the short stories of Akbar and Birbal. Although the stories are fictional, they are based on historic personalities. Akbar is a Mughal Emperor who ruled over the Mughal Empire in India during the 1500s. Birbal was the Grand Vizier of the Mughal court.

Generally every story with these “dynamic duo” followed the format of Akbar posing a question of morality or a brain teaser of sorts and Birbal devised a clever way to respond. Read More

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Creamy Tomato Soup Without the Cream

Sick, stuffy and sluggish – that pretty much describe me right now. I think I have the flu. Ugh. But .. but!! The benefit of being sick is that I get to drink lots and lots of soup. It’s one of my favorite stuff to make and eat (even when I’m not sick). And it’s also one of the few food items that soothes me when I’m not feeling well. Especially creamy soups. It’s quite literally comfort in a bowl.

One unique thing you’ll notice about this tomato soup is the inclusion of Calabash. Calabash is a popular squash in India. It’s known regionally as “Lauki” or “Dudhi”. I generally eat it diced and cooked in Indian spices. In this recipe I use it as a thickener. It’s what makes this soup thick and creamy without the need for any cream. I can hardly stand diary when I’m seriously sick. So it really is a perfect recipe for this week! Also I think it’s more nutritious than using cream or a thickener like corn starch.

Until recently, I only could find this squash in Indian grocery stores. But since last year, I’ve seen it at Whole Foods quite regularly. Read More

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Poha (Flattened Rice)

I love road trips.. but I’m really a poor planner when it comes to food. I simply assume that I will of course find something to eat along the way. After all – living in America, this isn’t a far-fetched assumption. Well – when you’re driving through farmland, it’s a little harder to find a restaurant. Especially when you have a group that has some serious diet restrictions – like gluten free, vegetarian, sugar free, processed food free and of course it has to be tasty. 🙂 So the other day when I reached my destination – I was starving! And I’m not a good person to be around when I’m hungry. The fact that my husband says in a panicked tone – “The dragon is loose!” – says it all. LOL. It’s true. When I get hungry you better get me some good food quick otherwise “the dragon” really does come out.Luckily for me, my mom happened to be one of my travel companions. She served this dish to ravaging me in about 20 minutes. It was sooo good.

Poha is a super traditional breakfast item in India. As all good indian recipes, everyone had their own variations. A very Read More