American Vegetables in Indian Food: We Give You 6 Recipes!

posted by Toka Box Editorial Team , October 24, 2018

Add some American vegetables to your Indian food and see how beautifully two cultures merge to form a fabulous dish! Leeks, endives, and more - be adventurous in your food and introduce your child to world flavors in an Indian dish!

1. Leeks Sambar

Leeks sambar is yet another a simple sambar recipe prepared with leeks and homemade sambar powder. Instead of grinding the coconut, I sautéed it along with leeks to enhance the flavor. This is a perfect side for rice and also for tiffin like idly and dosa.

Leeks are vegetables that belong to the garlic and onion family. It is basically a larger version of green onions. 

Even though it has lots of Folate, Vitamin K and Vitamin B, I guess because of its relatively localized availability, it didn’t reach the mass like onions and garlic and became a regional vegetable. It cannot be eaten raw like onions and garlic but once cooked, it has a mild onion flavor with a slight hint of sweetness. It perfectly fits in sambar and is a great onion replacement.

How To Use Leeks

Buy leeks which have dark green leaves with a white bottom. Yellow ones are not that good. Basically, like green onion, we use only the white and pale green part.


Now coming to sambar, usually we grind coconut or use coconut milk in sambar. But in this version, I just sauteed it along with leeks and it turned to really good.


Prep work:



Image credits: Vidhya

2. Endive and Chickpea Curry With an Indian Twist!

Endives were something I had frankly never seen till it came in my farm box. When I googled for what to make with it, all the recipes were for eating them raw. Endive boats filled with something or the other. Now for a regular weeknight dinner, endive boats and stuff are too fancy for our family and we did not have a dinner party planned anytime soon. So this is the recipe that I came up with to use it up. We loved it! The Endives are sweet like cabbage with a hint of bitterness when cooked, nicely offset by the shredded carrots in the recipe.

Looking for Endives? Trader Joe’s has a 3-pack.


2 Endives

1 can of chickpeas

3/4 shredded carrots

1 tbsp Avocado Oil

2 Garlic Pods

Half an Onion

Less than a handful of Cilantro

1 tbsp of Pav Bhaji Masala

1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper


  1. Heat a pan with Avocado oil. Toss in Garlic and Onion and let them roast.
  2. Cut the Endives length-wise and toss them in as well. Cook everything until translucent
  3. Open and wash a can of Chickpeas. Toss them in as well, I usually don’t use the brine that it was in.
  4. Add shredded carrots
  5. Add Pav Bhaji Masala and Cayenne Pepper.
  6. Cook till everything blends together
  7. Serve with Naan or Farro.

Perfect with some White wine and some House of Cards binge-watching!

Image credits: Preethi

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