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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H’s Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Do you have recipes that you eat like maybe once a year but when you do it’s because you have an intense craving for it? This recipe is like that for me. I think I’ve had it a total of 4 times in my life. And it’s really not my recipe. It’s Sonia’s husband’s. And I’m sure he’ll pass on the claim-to-fame to someone else given how humble he is.

The first time I had it was at Sonia’s place. Sonia’s hubby made these as a BBQ option for the vegetarians. At the time I didn’t even eat fish.. so to me BBQs were a social event that I went to fully stuffed because I knew the food would just be so bad for vegetarians. This dish is what made me rethink BBQs. Really it’s such a powerful dish with such powerful flavors!

In fact I remember it was so good that I took some of the leftovers home for my little brother. And he loved it. So this holiday season, while my little bro was visiting, we had that intense craving again. So we cooked up H’s stuffed portobello mushroom. Devine!!!

I’ve made this dish on the “official BBQ outdoor” grill.. but Read More

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Mint-Cilantro Chutney

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. I got a chance to do not one, but two Thanksgivings and loved both of them! We also took a trip to Arnold, California where a friend’s friend has a cabin. All we did was eat, hike, come home eat some more then drink and play poker. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? 😉 It was a blast! 🙂 One of my friends made this awesome mint chutney and we had indian street food style chutney sandwiches with tea. Aah, the simple joys of life! It took me back in time to when I was a teenager and I’d eat one of these sandwiches on my way to or back from the numerous classes I took then.

Needless to say the chutney sandwich craze stayed with me past the weekend and I had to make them. I kid you not, this entire week my family has been making different versions of sandwiches, with this chutney, for dinner. My 2 year old loves it too! and I have a slightly picky 2 year old… but i’ll count my blessings that he does eat spicy food… my little darling just needs flavor! Don’t all of us? 😛 Read More

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Vegetable Tava Fry

I love tried and tested, one-off recipes… which are different and once you’ve discovered them, you have a winner every time you make it! The Vegetable Tava Fry is one such recipe. I discovered this spice mix, about 8 years back at a friends place and all credit for this recipe goes to her… Yes Nidhi Bhaiya, pointing towards you… I don’t even know if you remember this dish from back then? We’ve been fans of tava fry ever since! Thank you! 🙂

This is a very versatile recipe. You can add whatever veggies you have at hand. I usually end up adding potatoes, okra, eggplant, bitter gourd. I’ve added zucchini and squash in the past, even cauliflower! Personally, potatoes, okra and onions are a must for me. H *needs* bitter gourd in there too! 😛

This dish is a must for us on camping trips! Yes, camping… tastes best on charcoal, but we were lazy today and cooked it in our oven. Tava Fry and a nice cold bottle of beer… life is good! 🙂

You can serve it as a side dish, an appetizer or even an entree for people like us! 😛 H and I split this batch the other day Read More