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Polenta – Indian Style!


So since Gagan turned vegetarian a few months ago, I try to come up with inventive recipes for him. He loves Polenta but we find it a bit too bland for our taste so I came up with this solution. Now polenta is very similar to a south indian dish called Upma which is made with cream of wheat/semolina instead of corn meal. So I thought… why not make it with instant polenta instead? And I came up with this.

Doesn’t it look pretty with all the veggies and specks of black mustard seeds? Good, and good for you!

You start with a little bit of oil and add some mustard seeds to it when the oil is hot. After they “pop” add chopped onion. When the onion has cooked through add your favorite veggies (chopped finely) to the pot and cook for another five minutes. Add salt, paprika, lemon juice. Then add boiling water and finally add polenta and stir continuously until its thick. I also add chopped cilantro just before its done. You can use any combination of veggies. I used green beans, bell peppers and frozen peas.

I love to cook and try new things whenever I can. Keeps life interesting!

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