Here is a recent email I received from a reader:

Hi Meena,

I’m a vegan and have recently started trying my hand at cooking Indian food at home. I love the aromas and flavours that Indian cooking offers and it’s also one of the best cuisines I’ve enjoyed since becoming a vegan 3 years ago. I enjoy eating most vegetables, but potatoes just happen to be my absolute favourite. I will anything if there is even a slight trace of potato in it. I was wondering if you could share a few vegetable recipes that also include potatoes in them. Thanks in advance and keep those delicious recipes coming!

– Donna

Pic for Alu Beans taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for a detailed recipe.

Hey Donna! I completely agree with you that Indian food is definitely one of the best cuisines for a vegan/vegetarian to enjoy. The flavours are robust, varied and you have a million options to choose from! To be honest, I generally feel that potatoes often take the cake in Indian vegetarian cooking. It’s one of the cheapest vegetables found in India, and is a sure staple in many homes. It’s usually hard to find an Indian who does not enjoy the spud in some form or the other. So aren’t you in luck!

Since potatoes are great in taking on any flavorings added to them, you can easily get away with throwing in a few pieces to almost any dish that you cook. They work great when cooked with peas, carrots, cauliflower or any kind of greens that you fancy. This Alu Palak recipe is one such example. Below, is another quick recipe that works great as a side to some Dal and Rotis/Rice.

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Here is an email I received over the weekend from a long time reader:

Hi Meena,

I was wondering if you could help me. My husband and I LOVE north Indian food and I’ve cooked many recipes of yours that have been huge hits with us. Now, I want to start introducing my two girls to the flavours we both so love. The thing is, they’ll eat almost anything with ground meat in it, and so I thought that starting them off with a dish of ground meat cooked in the Indian way might give me a positive response from them. Any chance you have a kid-friendly recipe that I could try out for them? We love chicken as a family, but ground beef and lamb would work for us too.

Karen

Recipe for Keema Alu Matar taken from www.hookedonheat.com

Well Karen, first off let me start by saying how pleased I am that you and your husband are enjoying my recipes cooked at home. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that someone stepped into their kitchen and cooked an Indian meal. Also, hats off to you for trying to introduce your kids to new flavours by bringing in something that they already enjoy. That’s a wonderful way to open them up to something different, yet similar.

Keema Alu Matar is wonderfully simple, yet comforting dish that you can definitely try out with your girls. It’s quite mild in taste, yet has a deliciously well-rounded robust flavor that is often expected from Indian food. It’s reminiscent of Chili or Sloppy Joe, and you can surely serve it alongside some bread to avoid diverting from familiarity all together. The addition of peas and potatoes should also go well with kids. I hope you give this recipe a try and I’d love to hear back on how the girls liked it.

Here are a few other recipes that might help in introducing kids to Indian flavours:

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Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there, especially mine and my baby’s!

WMP

Here’s our meal plan for the coming week. It’s going to be a regular week for us with usual routine. Baby Dear is at preschool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – which means I have the day to myself to work and get things checked off my list. He has soccer practice on Tuesday evening – we’re home by 7:15, which means that dinner must ready eat. Swim class in on Thursday morning. As far as my planner shows me, neither me nor Hubby Dear have commitments any of the days in the evenings. So yea, pretty much a regular, busy week at the HOH casa!

What are you having for dinner this week? Please share your menus!

MONDAY:
– Quick & Easy Chicken Biryani (recipe coming soon!)
– Raita

TUESDAY:
– Paneer Tak-a-Tak Sandwiches
– Fruit Salad

WEDNESDAY:
Ginger-Chilli Shrimp
– Peanut Noodles

THURSDAY:
– Vegetable Lasagna
– Salad

FRIDAY:
– Pizza
– Ice cream for dessert

SATURDAY:
– Eat Out

SUNDAY (Happy Father’s Day!!):
– Masala Mushrooms
– Peas Pulao

Menu Plan Mondays hosted by Orgjunkie.com