Begun Bhaji (Fried Eggplant)

I love eggplant for its delicious taste and smooth and velvety texture. It doesn’t hurt that it’s healthy too. Growing up, my Mom used eggplant in many dishes. She would either deep fry it in a chick pea flour batter, stir fry it, or pan fry it in a skillet. The pan-fried version of this dish is called Begun bhaji, which is what I make in this recipe.

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Sambar (Lentil and Vegetable Stew)

My garden is still going strong even in October. I have been harvesting vegetables like beans, eggplant, okra, and tomatoes. I eat more veggies than anyone else in my family as others are a bit picky. I am always trying new ways to cook veggies for my family. One dish I thought they would like is called Sambar. It has no meat and tastes great with just about any vegetable that you add.

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Tahini Sauce

Over the years, I have bought many jars of Tahini paste from the store, which is basically just toasted sesame seeds with oil. I buy this because I like to combine it with spices, lime juice, and other ingredients to make a Tahini sauce to use as a dip, to make hummus, or to drizzle over meat on the grill. Tahini sauce is really versatile and wonderful and you need to know about if you don’t already!

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