Indian (East Indian) Cuisine

Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Curry

Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Curry

Chickpeas are known for their many health benefits: they are are chock full of fiber, protein and provide nutrients such as Manganese. Black/brown chickpeas also have a added health benefit, they contain 13 times more polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) then the typical chickpea.
Typically this recipe calls for cooking the beans in a pressure cooker then pan frying them in a dutch oven to continue with the rest of the recipe.  When cooked in a MEC pot all the steps can be done in one pot!

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How to Cook Refreshing, Protein-Rich Mixed-Lentil Soup in MEC (Mulligatawny)

How to Cook Refreshing, Protein-Rich Mixed-Lentil Soup in MEC (Mulligatawny)

This recipe is a light and refreshing lentil soup that is a perfect easy-serve meal, even on a hot summer day! This recipe also requires no additional artificial ingredients and no oil is needed – it is optional. The meal is also vegan-friendly!

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Healthy & Aromatic Yogurt Rice Recipe

Healthy & Aromatic Yogurt Rice Recipe

Yogurt rice is famous for its calming and comforting palate, especially in summer. Because it helps in digestion, yogurt rice is sometimes served at the end of main course meals. It is quite famous in South India where it is prepared in several different iterations. Here is one simple 20 minute recipe.

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Healthy, Hearty and Easy Garbanzo Chili (Chana Masala)

Healthy, Hearty and Easy Garbanzo Chili (Chana Masala)

Garbanzo beans are a great food choice for a plant-based protein. Popularly known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are legumes in the same family as kidney beans. They have a buttery, nutty flavor, and creamy texture. In the US, the tan, round, and slightly larger variety is common. Chickpeas have calcium, magnesium, fiber, and other nutrients for strong bones. They boost your mental health for they have choline, a nutrient that helps make essential chemicals for memory, mood, muscle control, and other brain activity. They also help lower cholesterol and lower cancer risk.

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Light and Easy Lentil – Mixed Grains Pilaf

Light and Easy Lentil – Mixed Grains Pilaf

A wholesome one pot meal that includes a rich plant based protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. It is hearty enough to be the main course, and with the light grains, it can also accompany other foods at the dinner table. Amaranth contains good amounts trace minerals Phosphorus, Manganese, Magnesium and Iron. It is also high in protein and Vitamin B6. The high fiber content make it filling and is great for the digestive system and may help to reduce blood sugar. It contains lyseine, methionine, and cysteine, which are amino acids and the building blocks of protein, which help to repair and build muscle mass.

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Biriyani: Aromatic Chicken/Vegetable Rice

Biriyani: Aromatic Chicken/Vegetable Rice

[Vegetarian Version Included!] This spicy, hearty and zesty dish is a melting pot of flavors of Indo-Persian origin. The meat caters to the protein value, the vegetables to the vitamins and minerals, the spices add a ton of antioxidants and medicinal value to the food, and the grains contributing to healthy carbs/energy. This combination makes it the perfect one-pot wholesome meal.

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Nutritious and Light Taro Root Soup Recipe

Nutritious and Light Taro Root Soup Recipe

Taro root is a starchy vegetable similar to potato but more firm and slightly nutty in taste. While a potato has more Vitamin C and K, Taro root has more Vitamin E and almost double the fiber and manganese. It is also a good source of Potassium and Phosphorus, as well as a great source of B6 and good carbohydrates. Taro root can help to alleviate high blood pressure due to its potassium content. Additionally, the Quercetin in Taro root can help to fight free radicals. 

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