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December 2009 eRecipes

Posted on 06/11/2009 at 08:32 PM by Madhu Gadia

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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