Kumta Street Vegetables

In the Kumta market, these women set up shop early in the morning before the crowds got there. Those vegetables look so delicious! It was March, so the variations of brinjals/eggplants were in season. You will also find konkani classics padwal, ghosalae, muLi (radish), tambdi bhaji (red leaves), vaaLi (green creeper leaves), muggae, karate, maskaa sang, jaam and others. If you notice others, let me know.
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Cherry Tomatoes

Pics of freshly harvested Cherry Tomatoes from the Garden by Arun Shanbhag
Freshly harvested cherry tomatoes from a friend’s garden. A benefit of watching friend’s house is you get to pick all the ripe vegetables. Delicious! Thank you Vikas.


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Beet Red Juice with Apples, Carrots, Cilantro, Lemon and Ginger

pics of vegetables carrots, beet, apples ginger and lemon in Blood Red Juice by Arun Shanbhag

Now that M & Meera are in Boston, I worry less (about the house, yard or anything else) and explore culinary creations. Here is an all-natural Red Juice loaded with important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Continue reading “Beet Red Juice with Apples, Carrots, Cilantro, Lemon and Ginger”

Oooooh, Those Red Peppers

After travel food, I was longing to stop by our local farm stand and pick-up my simple favorites! Iggy's whole grain sourdough round bread; baby carrots; crunchy red cabbage, freshly harvested asparagus, fuji apples, maradol papaya, and yes! a bag of red peppers on sale!

Bright red, crunchy, juicy and slightly tangy. Definitely not hot, more like a fruit. In the summer, they are best grilled. Now, I like to cut strips and eat as is. Quickly core a washed pepper, divide at the edges for broad flat pieces, wrap in a paper napkin and pack in a sandwich bag. The napkin absorbs the juices and keeps it crunchy. These are usually my mid-morning snacks. Give it a try, Yumm!

Pic of red peppers by Arun Shanbhag
Washed red peppers shot in natural light.

And if taste is not an a big motivator, they are good for your health too. Red peppers are loaded with vitamin C, B6 and beta-carotene: powerful antioxidants which neutralize free radicals generated by living processes. Free radicals are implicated in heart disease, nerve and blood vessel damage in diabetes, and cancer. Beta-carotene is essential for healthy eyes; and the reds contain capsacin, a natural painkiller useful for arthritic pains.


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