Month: February 2024

Indian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Mung Bean Bhaji / Mung Bean Pakora/ Mugachi Bhaji / Hare Mung Ki Bhajiya / हिरव्या मुगाची  भजी 

A pakoda or pakora is a deep-fried Indian snack typically made with besan or gram flour batter and usually some sort of vegetable. Onion is a popular choice. In Britain, it’s called onion bhaji. But pakoras can be made with pretty much any vegetable – spinach, cauliflower, green peppers, potatoes to name but a few. […]

Curry, Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Green Mung Bean Curry ‘Usal’ / Hirvya Mugachi Hirvi Usal / हिरव्या मुगाची उसळ

A green curry for a green pulse – the mung bean (pronounced ‘moo-ng’ bean). Boasting an impressive nutritional profile, mung beans (or moong beans) are abundant in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Leaving the nutrients aside, most people in India consume them regularly for their unique nutty flavour. Whether you’re looking to make dosas or […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Fresh Fenugreek Thecha / Methicha Thecha / Methi Thecha / मेथीचा ठेचा

Thecha is the quintessential condiment of my home state, Maharashtra. It takes its name from the verb ‘thechne’ meaning ‘to pound’ and the basic recipe simply entails pounding green chilli and garlic. In Maharashtrian cuisine, this term is applied to a wide range of savoury semi-dry ‘chutneys’ that are prepared by pounding ingredients together, either […]