Aloo Mattar (Potatoes and Peas) and Mushroom Cashew Curry

20214_02_05This is from a website visit frequently Manjula’s Kitchen. There are a ton of recipes here that are vegan, but we don’t really think about it while we are eating them. It’s just really good food. Ellie, and especially Chloe cobbled these up.

I usually double the ingredients for these recipes when I make them so we have plenty of leftovers. I also usually leave the green chiles out because Ellie is pretty sensitive to the mild heat they bring. My favorite out of these two was the mushroom cashew curry. It’s so good it was addicting. And so good that Chloe devoured three bowls of it.


Aloo Mattar (Potatoes and Peas)

Mushroom Cashew Curry

Aloo Baingan (Potato and Eggplant)

2013_09_29aI’ve really been enjoying cooking the recipes from Manjula’s Kitchen. After buying a lot of the spices, it seems I always have ingredients on hand to make one of these recipes. They are all vegetarian recipes with just a few ingredients so prep goes pretty quick. After making a few of these, I think I finally got the hang of it.

I always make two dishes and double the recipes of each. That way there is plenty of leftovers. My second dish this time was butter paneer masala, which I’ve made before.



Aloo Baingan (Potato and Eggplant)

Butter Paneer Masala


Butter Paneer Masala, and Mushrooms with Peas

2013_04_13aFrom what I have experienced with Indian food, I really like it. I really don’t know what anything is called because I prefer to eat the lunch buffet where I get to try a little bit of everything. So I know I like the red chicken, or the green dish, or the orange dish with peas. I’ve always been curious to try making some dishes at home, but wasn’t sure where to find a good recipe. But after surfing the internet, I came across a site called Manjula’s Kitchen. It’s a site featuring all vegetarian Indian recipes. What’s really great is that every recipe had a YouTube video showing you exactly how to cook it, which works perfectly for me since I’m not familiar with how to prepare Indian food. I just needed a good excuse to give this a try. So when Aya invited an old friend over for dinner who just happened to be vegetarian, and loved Indian food, I decided to give it a try.

I figured go big, or go home. After only buying a few exotic ingredients from the Indian grocery store, I had the menu set. I made butter paneer masala as the main dish, mushrooms with peas as a side, mong dal vada (lentil fritters) with cilantro chutney, and mango cheesecake for dessert!

It was a bit ambitious, but I kinda like the challenge in a short time frame. The YouTube videos were really helpful, but for the most part, everything was fairly simple and pretty quick. The lentil fritters took the longest and was the furthest from my comfort zone. It was the first time I’ve ever deep friend anything!

I was really surprised that everything tasted like Indian food from a restaurant. I’m definitely hooked on this website now and want to try everything. The videos are great because she doesn’t have some huge commercial kitchen that’s intimidating. She’s in a normal residential kitchen that makes everything seem very accessible and do-able. And I figured if I wanted some things non-vegetarian, I could just throw some chicken in it too.



Butter Paneer Masala

Mushrooms with Peas

Moong Dal Vada

Hari Chutney

Mango Cheesecake