Indian Rice Lentil casserole !Simple !  Easy ! Tasty ! 


A one pot lentil- rice casserole with a flavor inspired by South India ! An easy meal that satisfies traditional tastes.

1 cup Basmati rice, rinsed and strained

1 medium ,yellow onion, peeled , sliced fine

3 cups cooked Chana dal ( Bengal Gram lentils ) substitute split peas, garbanzo or black eye peas

1 small cauliflower, prepped into small flowerettes

1/2 bunch cilantro , washed, chopped, for garnish

3 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped

3 tablespoons ghee or oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon  fenugreek seeds

8-10 curry leaves

1 tablespoon turmeric powder

2 dried red chilies ( optional )

1 large lemon , juiced

Salt to taste

2 cups water, hot

  • Heat a Dutch oven. Add ghee and temper spices in sequence starting with the whole chilies,  mustard, cumin and fenugreek.
  • Toast in ghee till for 2-3 minutes till they snap, crackle and pop!
  • Add curry leaves and turmeric. Then add the onions and ginger and sauté for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the rice and sauté it with the mixture for about two minutes .
  • Now add the cooked lentils, cauliflower , salt and the hot water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer till water is almost absorbed.( 10-15 minutes)
  • Cover tightly.  Shut the heat and do not open the pot for 30 minutes.
  • Fluff the mixture and finish off with the lemon juice and cilantro!

Enjoy with cucumber raita, papad and favorite Indian pickle.

California Living !

 

 

The Caprese salad ! Easy and delicious ! Assemble it on a plate, platter or jar .

4 thinly sliced Kumatoes

3 balls of  fresh, buffalo mozzarella 

10-12 fresh basil leaves

3-4 tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar 

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and fresh crushed pepper to taste 

  • Arrange the tomatoes , cheese and basil alternating it on the plate. 
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Drizzle with balsamic and olive oil 

Serve with a crusty Italian bread ! 

PS: I chose to not do the olive oil as the cheese had a higher fat content to it.

Enjoy! 

Got Chronic Health Issues? Maybe It’s Time to Go Against the Grain

I’m not ready to give up grains fully but it is an issue that all need to look into. There is only a small awareness in people about truly healthy foods , portions and the psychology of eating !

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By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

I really hate food labels, food pyramids, the USDA, and the FDA.

All of the stuff that they say are good for you are bad for you. And the things they say are bad for you are actually good for you.

Here’s why: of course, it all boils down to money. As usual.

It’s all a weird shell game to get you to purchase highly subsidized Big Agri crops like corn, soy, and wheat. Big Agri is there to sell these crops to Big Food, and Big Food is there to add chemicals that make these things easy to eat, and Big Government (in the form of agencies like the USDA and the FDA) is there to tell you this stuff is good for you.

What is promoted as “good for you” is actually just good for corporate interests.

Take the “Choose My…

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The Cheapskate’s Guide to Making Cleaning Products That Won’t Kill You

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By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

One of my favorite parts of spring is scrubbing down the entire house, throwing open the windows so the breeze can come through, and hanging rugs and bedding outside.  Maybe it’s weird but I just love spring cleaning. However, what I don’t love is the expensive, chemical-laden cleaning products from the store.  That’s why I spend some time making my own, from simple, non-toxic ingredients. I order most of my basic supplies

However, what I don’t love is the expensive, chemical-laden cleaning products from the store.

Many of the chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis never leave our bodies, but accumulate in fat and bone marrow.  There’s little oversight and testing on those chemicals.  We’re living in a toxic civilization that seems sparkling clean and sanitary, but is actually poisoning us.

Cleaning products are rife with corrosive substances, irritating…

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Momopause!!

  

 Roses, brunches, chocolates, gifts ! Yes, it is the day to honor and thank the mothers! Let us pause on this day to think about the women that brought us into this world! 

I owe everything to my mum for being who I am today ! She guided me onto the path of discovering who I was . I remember her being there for me in all my tears, fears , scrapes, hurts, insecurities and joys. She taught me to be a good friend, a wife, a sister, a daughter , a mother and a strong woman. She taught me all of that by her living example. There was so much that I did not understand in my younger days but as I enter the fall of my life, I feel blessed, grateful  and thankful for my grandmother , my mum, my sister and my daughter! They are all truly my mother ! 

Technology has made it easier to stay connected  but I miss the actual touch and the real communication .The sitting together and having tea. But again, thankful for the lovely special tea memories at Flury’s , Kolkata. The shopping trips at Dhangar Market, New Market  and Basak Stores . The very special shoe shopping memories at this Chinese shoe shop where my sister and I would get them custom made . Style, fashion, entertaining was all learnt by watching mom. 

A blog post will not do justice to all that I want to share about my mother but this is to remind all of us that we should go through ” Momopause” everyday. Happy Mothers Day and pause each day to thank mom!

Sisters ! 

  

This is a tribute to sisters all over ! 

In going down memory lane, this picture not only inspired The Spice Whisperer’s ” sisters!” blend but also brought forth the desire to share the Thankfullness of having sisters ! 

What a Blend ! From the earthiness of cumin and coriander to the hot and smoky cayenne and paprika. The many miles of global travel between us adds the sweetness of vanilla powder and the tart notes of sumac and amla ! The Desi in us is highlighted by the garam masala, ginger, garlic, onion, ajwain, mace and more.

Sisters ! 

We embody love. We may show it in our uniquely different ways but that’s what makes this love and bond sustainable. Time has aged us but we are still Smoking Hot Sisters !!!!!!

Sisters ! The Blend ! 

Unique.. Like us .

Totally rooted in the past but fragrant in the Here and Now . Like us.

Versatile. Like us.

Adaptable and Creative. Like us.

Lovingly handcrafted . Like us.

So, everyone reading this celebrate sisters and sisterhood. And for those who ask what is Spice Whispering? Inspired by the people ,  spices do their dance . They mix and match and create an experience for me and the people involved. Spices honor the balance of reason and season . Celebrate your cooking with ” Sisters” in spicing up your grilling and BBQ season this year!