Fabulous Food Finds 4 ~ And a Big Little Chef

My list of recipes to try is growing by leaps and bounds. Here are a few things I’ve made over the past week or two.

Lera posted this Mystery Dish on her blog and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try Lotus Seeds Gravy. The gravy itself was not an unfamiliar concept, but I had never tried lotus seeds. Crisped up on the stove (without deep-frying, just toasted them in the pan) and soaked in this rich, decadent gravy, I know I’ll be doing this more often. Yum!

To go with it, I made Indosungod’s Vendaikkai Poriyal (Okra Stir Fry). I do love okra, but this way of cooking it was totally new as well. Cutting the okra lengthwise and using amchur powder made a really interesting, tasty dish!

lera’s lotus seeds gravy, isg’s okra poriyal, homemade chapatis!
Lera’s lotus seeds gravy, isg’s okra poriyal, and homemade chapatis (!!)

Two great dals I made:

Krithika’s Kali Peeli Dal — earthy and spicy-delicious!

krithika’s kali peeli dal
krithika’s yummy kali peeli dal

Shilpa’s Gujrathi Dal, with another new ingredient (new to me!), kokum — tangy and rich with new flavors.

shilpa’s gujrathi dal
Shilpa’s tangy gujrathi dal

Thank you Lera, ISG, Krithika and Shilpa, for the great new recipes! 🙂


For Trupti’s wonderful event, Little Chefs In The Kitchen — I couldn’t get my daughter into the kitchen this week. I did, however, find this old photo (taken before I knew what a blog was!) of my daughter showing off her strawberry shortcakes. She was 12 or 13 when she wanted to make these — but it’s quick and easy for kids of all ages. All you need is:

Store-bought sponge cakes (usually sold near the fresh fruit in summer)
Fresh strawberries
Whipped cream or Cool Whip

1. Wash, hull, and slice the berries. Have whipped cream or Cool Whip at hand.

2. Open the package of cakes.

3. Let the kids have at it.

meg’s masterpiece
meg’s masterpiece!

Thanks Trupti, for the great heartwarming idea. Now I’ll try to get something a little more up-to-date and homemade 😉



  1. indosungod said

    Linda, you have done it again, all dishes look really good. You liked the okra stir fry ha, nothing can go wrong there. Chappathis and both the dals look yummy tasty.

    Thank you ISG — and yes, loved the okra! A new favorite 🙂

  2. indosungod said

    Linda, by the way where did you find lotus seeds?

    Got them at a local asian market ISG — would you like some too? I’m happy to send a package — drop me an email 🙂

  3. Asha said

    Meg’s little hands are precious!:) How come when they grow up ,they refused to do what we want them to do??!!! ;D I have to Trish in there for next entry’fingers crossed!
    Where did you get those Lotus seeds!!! Man!! you are on a roll! They all look great.Enjoy the Super Bowl!:))

    I’ll send you some lotus seeds too, Asha! I can be the supplier from the Northeast 😉 Have a great Superbowl Sunday — can’t wait to see Trish in your blog, thanks 🙂

  4. swapna said

    hi linda
    nice recipes from fellow bloggers right..i also tried so amny recipes from fellow onesit will be very interesting …what u say?
    hugs to ur kid..her hands are looking so pretty…:-))..

    Thank you Swapna… it’s fun to try all the new recipes, yes! 🙂

  5. Vani said

    Wow! Nice!! I hadn’t heard of lotus seeds until now! The okra fry looks awesome and homemade chappatis too! I think you make more Indian stuff than most Indians, Linda! 🙂
    How did you get interested in Indian food? I will have to check your earlier posts.

    Hi Vani, and thanks! I had seen lotus seeds in the stores but never tried them. Lera’s recipe is great! They don’t have a strong taste of their own, but soak up other flavors. Taste best when crisped up.

    I can’t explain the affinity for Indian food really — it’s as if I had been missing it all my life though! 😉

  6. sandeepa said

    Love those strawbery shortcakes, pretty hands 🙂
    Also liked all those dishes you tried

    Thanks, Sandeepa :):)

  7. Menu Today said

    Hi Linda,
    Each and everything looks nice and delicious.

    Thanks so much, MT! 🙂

  8. Coffee said

    WHOA!!!!!! Thats a huge spread!!!! All look wonderful!!!

    And you lil daughter!!!! AWE!!!! choooo chweeeeetttt!!!!!

    Thanks Coffee — little big gal now — they grow so fast 🙂

  9. Trupti said

    This is great Linda…..your daals and chapatis look so good! and that strawberry shortcake is a terrific entry!

    Have a good weekend, are you gonna be watching the game?


    Hi Trupti — my son is the bigger football fan — I admit I am only ‘fair weather fan’ and since the Patriots lost — well… I’ll probably stay in the kitchen 😉 Thanks for your kind words. Have a great weekend yourself!

  10. Nupur said

    The berry cakes look like so much fun! Playing in the kitchen sure makes for some great memories. And wow, that is a impressive array of new recipes!

    Thanks Nupur — I agree, makes for great memories. My daughter takes some coaxing but once in there, she has fun 🙂 Looking forward to “B” installment of your new series!

  11. krithika said

    Linda… you are a one busy woman. Love your enthusiasm. I am soooo glad that dal turned out good.

    Cute little hands at work 🙂

    Thanks Krithika! Your kali-peeli dal is really great… love most all dals but that was special! I wish I could get those little hands more into healthy food — in time I guess… 😉

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