Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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Punjabi Kadhi with Pakoras

On August 5th a tragic shooting occurred in Wisconsin, US. For those of you who don’t live in the US, a Sikh temple was attacked and 6 Sikhs were shot and killed. It reminded me again of how fragile our world is. In what probably felt like an eternity for the victims, but in actuality just few minutes, lives were taken. Lives of loved ones. Lives.

The Sikhs as a community are one of the most loyal and jovial people I’ve ever come across. I’ve known many Sikhs in my life and every interaction with any one of them has left me smiling. I still remember the first Sikh I ever really interacted with. She was a girl in my 5th grade class in southern California. I was amazed with her thick hair that flowed down past her waist. At the time I had no clue of how to deal with hair even longer than my shoulders. Heh, I still remember asking her how in the world she managed it. The answer – pretty much she just could and thought of no reason why I couldn’t do the same.

Sikhism, the religion of Sikhs and the temple that was attacked has it’s origin in 15th century Punjab (now the state of Punjab in India and Pakistan). As most religions, you can find people practicing Sikhism all over the world. However, India still has the largest population of Sikhs followed by UK, Canada and the United States.

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Rajasthani Gatta

There comes a point in your life when you decide to change your diet in some way for health or social reasons. It could be as small as drinking more water or as big as cutting out gluten completely. Either way it feels like you’re venturing off the beaten path. That suddenly you have to figure out a whole new way of sustaining yourself. Often the stress of figuring out how to make this change is what leads many to go back to their original way of living. I’d like to propose to you that the change you’re trying to make is in fact not off the beaten path. The problem of figuring out how to live with the new changes in your diet has been solved and all you need to do is apply the existing solution to your life.

I decided to have a gluten-free diet after having some serious health issues. The motivation to change my diet was pretty high — yet initially the change was really difficult. Every day I’d come home from work and stand in front of my refrigerator just wondering what in the world I could make for dinner. The worst part was everything that Read More

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Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Besan Zhunka

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Besan – a hidden Indian delicacy using gram flour. Here is another hidden gem using gram flour.

Just for a moment picture yourself as a typical Indian farmer. You wake up early in the morning – probably it’s around 5am. It’s a bit chilly at this point so you wrap your dark shawl around your shoulders. Perhaps a wool scarf around your ears – tied in a knot at the nape at your neck. Before you head out for your long physical day working your fields under the tropical Indian sun, you have to make your lunch. The lunch you’ll have sitting under the shade of a tree with the other local famers. Where you will trade news, gossip and tips. You start up the coal oven and decide to make yourself some veggies. It has to be something that can stay unrefrigerated at least till lunch.. something that you can put in a tiffin and not worry about it spilling out while you ride your bike over the bumpy dirt roads. And it should go well with the leftover Bhakri. What do you make?

You make the Capsicum Besan Zhunka.

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Besan – A Hidden Indian Delicacy

Growing up in the US as a child of immigrant parents, I never felt that being Indian was cool. I don’t know if it was because kids were insensitive, inexperienced or just plain mean. Whatever the case was – bringing Indian food to school for lunch was never looked upon as the path to popularity. At least not the kind that would get you in the year book as the girl with “the prettiest eyes”. I always did think I had pretty eyes – but the truth doesn’t really matter for the yearbook when you’re 12. πŸ˜‰

Things seem to be quite different these days. I run into people on a daily basis that loudly proclaim their love for Indian food, Indian people and the Indian culture. There still seems to be misconceptions – really – snake charmers are not sitting around at every corner. But for the most part, there is a lot more acceptance and love now, than I have ever experienced in this country. Especially when it comes to Indian food. Just about everyone I know has at least tried Indian food. Most people who don’t like it are people who just don’t process spices well. (I totally get Read More