What you will find in this post?
- Recipe for all in one shot slow cooker vegetarian soup recipe
- A checklist of Indian Cooking Pantry Essentials (download pdf here)
As promised, I am back with my list of “India Cooking Pantry Essentials”. I spend couple of hours to collect the list of grains, spices and condiments in my cabinets. The list might look really extensive but trust me, we use each of them atleast once or twice a week. I wanted to share this list before sending out the weekly menu charts. Please note that I will be sending the first one on 04Jan2014 (Friday). I created this list just to make sure we are all in the same page with regards to kitchen essentials so meal planning and cooking will be a breeze.
I grew up in (almost!) a vegetarian household. Well, let me first clarify the word almost in the previous sentence.
My mother is a vegetarian and she comes from a family that raised her with strong vegetarian beliefs. My dad
is was a meat eater until 40 and he changed to vegetarian diet due health reasons. Hence growing up I relished both the extremes in a meal – the pulses, lentils, vegetables on one end and meat and seafood on the other end. You now can say without a doubt that I am a true foodie. Good food and great company makes me a happy girl!
That explains the reason why I have included varieties of whole grains, lentils and pulses in the pantry list. At present, you will find either seafood or meat in my house on Sundays and Wednesdays while eggs will be eaten on most days. With kids and a full time job to manage, I can imagine the stress we undergo on a daily basis. Everyday when I drive back home, I will keep thinking about the ingredients that I shopped that week and what meal can be cooked out of it for dinner that night. I will secretly pray that those vegetables didn’t rot because I wouldn’t have gotten around it for more than a week. With all those daily struggles and time management, we manage to cook an quick and easy dinner and serve our family. But the frowns and sad face at the table is so annoying to me. I am sure its the same story in every house. That look from husband makes us go completely. insane. I hear you guys! Hence I came up with this idea to spend some quality time to create a menu plan. I am so glad that you all joined me. Anytime you see something not good or cool in the chart, please feel free to write to me. I will take the suggestions and make deletions or additions for future meals. This chart will also carry a shopping list so we don’t let any vegetable or fruit to rot. Lets prevent over shopping and stick to 6 varieties of vegetables and 6 varieties of fruits along with basic items like ginger, garlic, green chillies, onions and tomatoes for a week.
I am really excited to start 2015 with this resolution – Stop Food Waste, Eat Homemade and Cook Smart.
I created the checklist keeping in mind that most of us can use it while shopping. You can mark Yes or No in the list and add your comments like will buy this weekend or have little already left in the box. I stick mine to the fridge or pin to my board, so the notes will prompt me buy it when it is done.
You can find the “Indian Cooking Pantry Essential” pdf file at the DROPBOX LINK here.
Let me quickly share the recipe for our family’s favorite soup of the season: No-Oil Mixed Vegetable Soup. I cooked it in a slow cooker. I recently got one and it is one of the best investment I made for $15. During winters, my husband loves soup so I serve it with all the vegetables and lentils. On some days I change between barley, brown and white rice. It is a one pot wonder meal and it cooks all by itself. I don’t have to be around to switch it off or prevent any burning. On a week night right before I hit the bed, I dump all the vegetables, spices and lentils in the slow cooker and leave it at low powder and let it cook overnight. I wake up to a bowl of fresh, homemade soup. How wonderful is that!
Amazon link to buy slow cooker:
Hamilton Beach 33182A Slow Cooker, 8-Quart
Please note that the same recipe can be made in a pressure cooker. Add all the ingredients except coconut milk in to a pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles. Remove and add coconut milk.
Slow Cooker Mixed Vegetable Soup
Makes : 6-8 servings
- 4 cups mixed vegetables of choice ( I used carrots, beans, celery, zucchini, cauliflower and broccoli), chopped
- 1 small red onions, finely chopped
- 2 large ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1 green chilly, finely minced
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 1/2 cup Mung dahl
- 1/2 cup Red Split Peas (Masoor Dahl)
- 6 cups water
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Dollop of Sour Cream
- Coriander Chutney (Optional – I had leftover)
- Dump all the ingredients except coconut milk into the slow cooker. Set to low heat and cook for 8 hours. Once done, add coconut milk and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to a clean bowl and serve with dollop of sour cream and coriander chutney (purely optional).
- The soup by itself is extremely delicious. You don’t have to add any chutney.
- This one pot Indian soup is ideal during gestational diabetes or in phase 1 of South Beach Diet.
- This can also be eaten diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals.