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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Indian Chutney Sandwich

In my Mint Chutney post I mentioned growing up as a teenager eating these sandwiches on the street… you would see this huge crowd, get close to see what was going on… you would find a guy with his bicycle parked to the side of the road, with all and I mean all ingredients in this big bin which would sit behind his cycle. Talk about squeezing a taco truck onto a cycle… that is what it was! He would be a one-man show! The guy who makes the sandwich and also handles the money… Umm, hygiene… we all overlooked it. I think the understanding was I’m building my immunity, or did I just ignore it waiting for the sandwich to be handed over? Aah, memories… πŸ˜›

You can vary this sandwich, skip the potatoes, go with just the tomatoes and cucumbers or even just cucumbers… My 2 year old has been lapping them up just plain! Bread, butter and the chutney! πŸ™‚ Which makes me a satisfied and happy Mom! πŸ™‚

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

NOTE:
1. If you don’t care what kind of bread you consume, then these would be best with a soft white bread.
2. Use a bread that doesn’t have 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜›

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! πŸ™‚

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

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Dijon Mustard Potato Salad

I’ve been meaning to finish some sour cream that I had in my fridge and that is how I stumbled upon this recipe for Potato Salad. At the time I thought I had all the ingredients and started off with making half a batch. The original makes 8 servings with sour cream! H would kill me if I had that much of temptation around πŸ™‚ . I’ve modified the original by using green onions instead of red onions, and reduced the amount of vinegar by half. Also my mayonnaise was regular Trader Joe’s stuff.

When I started combining the dressing I realized we were out of dijon mustard, and that was sort of the main ingredient in my mind, so a quick check that dijon mustard was made with mustard seeds (yes, duh! :)) I decided to make my own quick sauce and aaaah… what can I say.. I wish you could get the fragrance of using freshly ground mustard seeds from a picture! It was divine! Store bought Dijon mustard just might be banished from my house now and instant home-made dijon mustard shall be used! Although I need to refine the recipe, in this instant it worked out just fine. Read More