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December 2009 eRecipes

Posted on 06/11/2009 at 8:32 PM

December 2009

Can you believe it’s already December, where did the year go? At least that’s how I feel. This year has been a year of many new beginnings in my career as I set up my own consulting business, redesigned my website, as well as released The Indian Vegan Kitchen.

For me, the hardest part of starting something new is staying focused on all I have accomplished instead of the things that I didn’t. I always tell my clients to make a list of their feats and triumphs (however small) as they try to change their diet in order to stay motivated and optimistic—I finally took my own advice and made a list of my own, which I’ve called the “Done List.” It has helped me stay positive in a year filled with change and I encourage you to do the same. I hope you will take the time to focus on your 2009 endeavors and accomplishments, personally and professionally.

Perfect Gift: Buying gifts can be stressful. There is the financial pressure as well as struggle of finding that ideal gift. As a shameless plug, how about The Indian Vegan Kitchen and/or New Indian Home Cooking! As a review of The Indian Vegan Kitchen in the November/December 2009 issue of Spirituality and Health magazine recently stated, my recipes “offer uncomplicated recipes for home cooks to prepare the vibrant flavors, intoxicating aromas, and alluring textures of classic Indian food.”

Healthy Bytes: Eating healthy can be a challenge with so much food around during the holiday season. Follow the suggestions in “10 Tips for a Healthful Holiday.” I wrote this article for Diabetic Living magazine. The tips are universal except the 10th tip is specific to people with diabetes. Savoring food is part of enjoying the holidays.

December Recipes: Choosing recipes that are ideal for a festive holiday spread was the natural choice this month. Along with your traditional holiday favorites, add these fun-to-eat finger foods. Samosas are one of the most popular Indian snacks. The traditional method of preparing the dough is time consuming, so I often make samosas using puff pastry sheets. These Quick Vegetable Pastries (Samosa Puffs) have all the taste of samosas and take fraction of the time to prepare. Spicy Cashews (Masala Kaju) are anything but ordinary. Black pepper gives them a nice kick and your guests will not be able to keep their hands out of the bowl. Crunchy Blossom Pastries (Chirote) are as fun to make as they are to eat. They’re impressive little sweets that are going to command attention. 

Quick Vegetable Pastries(Samosa Puffs)
Spicy Cashews (Masala Kaju)
Crunch Blossom Pastries (Chirote)

For more of my recipes and tips, check out this interview featured in Lassi with Lavina:

Wishing you all a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year.

Happy and Healthy Cooking!
Madhu Gadia

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May 2009 eRecipes

Posted on 05/01/2009 at 10:24 AM

MAY 2009

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This is your first set of erecipes. All the recipes here are taken from my book New Indian Home Cooking. You probably already own the book, then why get monthly recipes? I don’t know about you, but I often make only a few recipes from a given book, simply because I don’t know which recipes to try. The idea behind monthly recipes is to give you an opportunity and inspiration to try new recipes each month. You will get different recipes from my books as well as some I'm still working on.

I’ve been teaching Indian Cooking Classes for over 15 years and have found the best way to learn Indian cooking is to get in the kitchen and try it (just like any other cuisine). My goal is to make Indian cooking easy and simple for you.

Enjoy these recipes with your family and friends. You can make one recipe at a time or make all three recipes for a complete meal.

Happy and Healthy Cooking! If you have any comments or suggestions about erecipes please email me.

Madhu Gadia

Yogurt with Cucumber (Kheere Ka Raita)
Chicken-Rice Casserole (Murgh Biryani)      
Spicy New Potatoes (Jeera Alu)

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