Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Food Goals and Recipes

Obviously 2013 did not bring many new posts to this food website, but I clearly have still been taking photos of food since my daughter finds it necessary to take photos of her masterpieces!

A few upcoming posts will include:
  • recipes for rhubarb-strawberry crumble
  • french beans 
  • recipes for western food made in India
We look forward to your suggestions as well.

Happy cooking from Creative Family Cooking!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Simple Dahl Recipe Dal AKA Indian dal

Here's a super simple garlic dahl recipe.

1 c toor dal (split yellow)
1 tbsp oil (I use coconut oil)
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 dash hing
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric
1 chopped tomato
Fresh coriander to taste

 Rinse dahl twice ensuring you've picked through any rocks that may have made through processing.

  • Place into pressure cooker with 1.5 parts water Pressure cook for 4 whistles
  • After the 4 whistles shut off the flame. 
  • In a separate deep pan or wok add: oil 
  • When oil is hot add in black mustard seeds 
  • When it pops add in hing 
  • Add in salt garam masala turmeric

 I also sometimes add a little sugar and cumin seeds but it isn't necessary. Mix Add in crushed garlic Add in tomato and two cups water (more if you prefer more liquidy dal) Mix and add in cooked dal. Bring to a boil. Garnish with fresh coriander

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hot Veggie Pasta Salad

With this move, it was important to keep some of "home" to help prevent homesickness and also the more deeper concern of culture shock. One of the easiest reminders of home is food! So I made an easy noodle soup and the kids enjoyed it, as did I!


3 cups uncooked spiral noodles
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
bunch of organic spinach
onion salt (2 tbsp, divided)
2 carrots julienne-style or shaved with a peeler
2 tbsp dried tomato powder (you can also use 1 c tomato sauce)

in a pot, make your noodles as per normal instructions, adding in 1 tbsp onion salt.
After 5 minutes of boiling add in the carrot.
When noodles are done, drain all except 1 cup of the remaining water.
Stir in dried tomato powder, allowing the powder to combine well.
- note if using tomato sauce, drain completely and add in sauce -

While that is cooking, saute the crushed garlic in oil.
Add in diced onion.
When onion is transparent, add spinach, stirring well.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp onion salt and stir well
Turn off and keep covered.

Combine the two pots together.

hot pasta salad
Hot pasta salad, easy and colorful! Add in chili pepper flakes for more punch.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pie crust hints

With summer upon us, many in the US are thinking of PIE time - Apple pies of course! Previously I made this recipe and it was a hit on the blog and with my family!

 A few major points for making a good pie crust include:

  • COLD butter
  • Fold the butter in slowly, do not over "work" the crust or it will begin to break
  • You can use whole wheat, and other flours, just the finer usually the better
Pre cook the apples with the "flavorings" - then just bake for the amount of time the crust needs (12 or so minutes).

What are your hints for Happy Pie Making?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Microwave Lentil Recipe - Aloo dal

As mentioned in my rice recipe post, we are cooking with only a microwave as of late, because of this, and the lack of processed food even if we wanted it, I'm trying to be creative. <br>

Microwave lentils recipe

1.5 c washed lentils (tripled washed)
2 c water
1 tomato
2 garlic cloves
tsp salt
dash of red chili powder
dash of turmeric powder
Red onion to taste
diced potato
Extra water

Wash lentils. I used filtered water due to the water source here being suspect.
Cover with water.
Add salt
Add diced potato

Stir and microwave for 10 minutes

While microwaving, blend remaining items.

Pour blended mixture into bowl of lentils. Stir well. Use a little extra water to get the rest of the mixture out and add to lentils

Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and check lentils. If soft, then enjoy! Otherwise, microwave 2 more minutes or to your liking. You can also add additional water to make this more as a "soup" and microwave for approximately 30 minutes total. Lentils will then "mush" into a soup upon stirring.

Here it is served. My kids asked for ketchup with it so I said "why not" and added it. It brought down the temperature as well so they could eat it right away, which they did, on the microwave rice I made  before this!

Microwave rice

We are currently in an apartment that has a stove but no gas, so our cooking options are limited. Luckily the microwave can double as a convection oven, so we have some options. However, we lack pots/pans so we're limited again to "big" Correlle serving bowls. Here is how I made rice in the microwave.
To make rice in the microwave, wash rice three times. I used filtered water, just in case, since I'm in India.

Make Microwave Rice

Add two parts water to the rinsed rice.
Toss with salt, lightly.
Microwave on high for 10 minutes.
Stir once.
Microwave for another 5 minutes.
Cover and allow water to absorb. Serve warm/hot. I served mine with dal, which I also made in the microwave.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Just add Cilantro - Heavy Metal removal

Foods can hurt and foods can heal.

There are many benefits to herbs and spices that go beyond taste.

Many of my recipes, especially Indian recipes (Mexican often calls for it as well) call for fresh cilantro at the end of cooking.

 Fresh cilantro has healing properties.

Cilantro is known for their ability to help move heavy metals from the body.

Read more about it here: