Roasted vegetables are a fall classic, but, this recipe is great for summer. The yogurt preparation in this recipe is from a popular Indian yogurt side dish called 'Raita.' In Indian cooking, we usually cook brown lentils until they are mushy, but, in a salad, we do not overcook our lentils.
Banana leaves have been used in Indian cuisine for thousands of years. Smearing chutney on a fresh piece of a white flaky fish, then wrapping it in a banana leaf and baking/grilling it provides a unique flavor to this dish. In the Indian holistic science of traditional medicine - Ayurveda, the essential oils from the banana leaf have been known to have digestive properties.
You can make stuffed bell peppers throughout the year. I have seen many recipes that prepare this dish using meat. However, I am showing you how to make this recipe with potatoes. This recipe is from my mom. She made this for us every once in a while.
Every year when its summer, farmers' markets sell heirloom tomatoes. These tomatoes are my favorite. The weird-shaped tomatoes are so appealing. I use the green and yellow heirloom tomatoes in salads, whereas the red tomatoes go in making a tomato chutney. This tomato chutney is my mom's recipe.
I kid you not, but this is the best mango ice cream you will ever make. In my 21 years of being in the United States, I have not come across a single brand of mango ice cream that comes close to this recipe, and someday, I hope to make this for you, but until then, here is the recipe :)