Simple Indian Dinner You Can Cook Even On Weekdays

Simple Indian Dinner You Can Cook Even On Weekdays

Dear Friends of Mukti’s Kitchen:

This is a photo of a simple, home-made Indian dinner to let you know that you can cook it easily in a relatively short period of time. I invite you to try it too.

Why am I saying this?

Because, my husband made this dinner two days ago, on Monday, after coming back from work. He invited a friend to join him for dinner. Both men are now living in New York in this harsh winter all by themselves, because their wives are now traveling India and having a great time.

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If he can cook it on a weekday after returning from work, you can do it too.

He said he made plain rice (draining off the starch), dal (lentils), cauliflower stir fry, some eggplant fritters dipped in besan (chickpea flower), a little tomato and cucumber salad with lime juice, and his favorite North Indian chicken curry. He made them all mild — spicy but mild — keeping in mind that his American friend does not like it too spicy or hot.

He kept a small amount of hot pickle in a small saucer, which he did not share with his American friend πŸ™‚

I am glad he didn’t.

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Have a wonderful day. I am returning to New York very soon.

Eager to see you and resume our cooking classes too.

Mukti

Mukti’s Kitchen (www.muktiskitchen.com)

Writing from Kerala, South India (literacy rate in this state is 95%)

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Diwali Cooking Class at CUNY :-)

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Mixed vegetable korma

This Sunday, November 3, I had a very enjoyable cooking class at Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York, CUNY. It also coincided with Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Over one hundred students participated in an international food festival organized by the prestigious honors program at the university, and they invited Mukti’s Kitchen to be a part of it. It was truly a very enjoyable event.

I showed up with my pots and pans and spices at noon, against a very difficult traffic situation because of New York Marathon happening the same day. They closed down all the bridges and tunnels to drive from Brooklyn to Manhattan. My family members carried those big bags full of utensils and ingredients on the subway train and we made it on time. Thanks, public transportation. Thank you very much.

From 12 to 8 P.M., for 100 students and teachers, I taught how to cook: Samosa, Pakora (fritters), Dal Puri (handmade bread stuffed with dal), Vegetable Korma (stir fry), Vegetable Polao (fried rice), Chana Dal with coconut, Palak Paneer (spinach with Indian cheese), tomato chutney, Malai Kofta (stuffed vegetable curry), and … Carrot Halwa.

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Decorating on Diwali

I even posted the description on my Facebook page on the same day, and it generated a lot of positive responses.

The students who helped me out all day with chopping onions and rolling dough and frying fritters and stuffing samosas were simply great. I could not have done such a big job without them.

Dal Puri (Handmade bread stuffed with lentils)

Dal Puri (Handmade bread stuffed with lentils)

Thank you so much, everybody.

Anybody interested to learn (and eat)?

Join us on our next cooking classes. Visit my website.

Sincerely,

Mukti Banerjee

Mukti’s Kitchen

Brooklyn, New York

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Macaulay Honors College, CUNY

Park Slope Food Coop and Healthy Indian Food

Mukti's Kitchen on front page of Linewaiters' Gazette :-)

Mukti’s Kitchen on front page of Linewaiters’ Gazette πŸ™‚

In the current issue of Linewaiters’ Gazette, official publication of Park Slope Food Coop, they published a front page article on Mukti’s Kitchen and how we cook and teach healthy and delicious Indian food here in New York. We are obviously delighted.

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You can read the article here following this link. Feedback and comments would be much welcome.

I’m posting a few photos here and excerpts from the article below.

Happy Students and Me :-)

Happy Students and Me πŸ™‚

“Banerjee always stresses
the healthfulness of home-
made Indian food. She
emphasizes the superiority of
Indian food prepared at home
as opposed to eating Indian
food out. She describes the
food in a restaurant as mass-
produced and made without
love. β€œCooking is so therapeu-
tic, if you cook a good meal for
yourself and loved ones, it will
give you so much pleasure,
spiritually.” “
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Park Slope Food Coop is a great organization based in Brooklyn, where they sell healthy and nutritious and organic, toxin-free produce at a very reasonable price. It is incredibly popular with thousands of members taking advantage of it. It is a true cooperative and a progressive food movement, where members WORK to get the great products at great prices.

My family and I are very happy to be a part of this food and environment movement. The more we get involved with such movements worldwide, the better for us and our children.

Thank you, Park Slope Food Coop and Linewaiters’ Gazette for such an extensive coverage of Mukti’s Kitchen.

Spice Box :-)

Spice Box πŸ™‚