Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peanut-Capsicum Kurma

Capsicum always suits well in curries for chapathis. This recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, where in almost all the dishes I have tried have turned out good. 

Generally we use cashews to get the thickness in North Indian gravies. But this recipe uses peanuts! This gives a very unique taste and also a nutty taste in every bite. It turned out very tasty. And the second time I made, I added some panner cubes(not in the picture) as per my daughter’s wish. Even that tasted very good in the gravy. Do try! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kothu Parotta

I have never tasted kothu parotta before. I am always skeptical trying out new dishes at restaurants. Lest I try something new and it doesn’t turn out as good as my expectations, then my whole “restaurant going” experience is ruined. The kind of hunger I’m in when I go to restaurants, I’m in no mood to wait nor to try out anything new.

For new dishes, either I try from frozen section at Indian stores, or I try to make it at home, or I taste from my husband’s plate when he is trying out something new :)

So I find this kothu parotta in frozen section. I bring it home and open it, only to realize that it’s just plain parotta cut into fancy strips. That's when I googled for it and found out about salna

Parotta(malabar parotta) is basically maida based flaky paratha(bread). It is little time consuming to make from scratch. But is easily available in frozen section at Indian stores. Kottu parotta(vegetarian version) is made by sautéing parotta pieces in salna(tomato based gravy) and some vegetables. 

It turned out very tasty. Both my husband and daughter loved it. Do try!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Salna - Tomato Salna

I’ve never tasted kothu parotta or salna before. I don’t know how it should taste. In fact, I only got to know about its existence very recently. But I know it is a popular choice in restaurants. And the recipe I followed tasted heavenly. 

Salna is basically a tomato-onion based curry which is served with ghee rice/jeera rice, chapathi, poori, parotta(flaky ones). It is also used in kothu parotta(which is going to be my next post). 

It is moderately easy to make. My husband, who has eaten kothu parotta in restaurants before, liked this taste better. 

Do try!  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ash gourd peel chutney - Sambanda 5

One more chutney recipe made out of vegetable peel, this time with (ash gourd)white pumpkin peel. Easy and tasty. This goes well with rice, could also be eaten with dosa, idli or chapathi. Do try!

Check out other vegetable peel chutneys here: 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Healthy Spinach-Moong Dal Palya/Sabzi

My husband is the kind, who brings home a chocolate, will make sure our daughter gets a big chunk and enjoys in her enjoyment. And he does it very often, more than necessary, IMO. 

I, on the other hand, make sure I only get healthy snacks, make sure that her chocolate/sweet intake is limited during the week. Whenever she asks for an extra chocolate, I retort immediately - do you ever ask for more vegetables, then don’t ask for more candies. Or when she takes more than half an hour to finish her lollipop(no kidding!), slurping it endlessly until the stick starts to break apart; I don’t forget to thank her brain for being so eager to spoil her teeth, followed by a very long lecture on the bad effects of eating junk food :)


I put her to sleep, take handful of chips from my hidden stash and eat it feeling - ‘life is beautiful’ :D . Thankfully, I’ve come to senses with respect to ice cream bars and have stopped buying them. Otherwise every night(well, almost) I would’ve put my feet on coffee table, turned on some good TV, and have eaten one ice cream bar. 

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!! :D

Coming to the recipe, Spinach-Moong dal palya has got to be one of the healthiest food out there. I don’t think it is made in Udupi-Kota region. I only got to know about this while browsing for other recipes. It turned out very tasty. Very very easy. My daughter loved it too. I am a happy mom :)
Do try!  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Horse gram(hurali) chutney

In Udupi cuisine, dals are not extensively used in sambars, but are used in making chutneys. Horse gram chutney, toor dal chutney to name a few(actually, I only know these two :) ). 

Horse gram is claimed to make the bones strong(source - Veena :D). It is used in rasams, uslis(stir fry), chutneys, idli. You need an acquired taste to enjoy this. I didn’t like hurali(horse gram) as much when I was a kid, but nowadays I am a big fan. 

Do try!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Baingan bartha - using oven roasted baingan

These days I am really hooked onto kannada serials. We had subscribed some Indian channels when my parents had visited. 
My mom was in the habit of watching these melodramatic serials, that specialize in storyline :) As my brother says, one cannot help but wonder what kind of a brain can come up with such stories. And then the story basically goes round and round in an infinite loop. Once in a while it goes in a tangent giving the illusion that it might end, but it would just start going in a different circle, this time a bigger one. Anyways, I had the time of my life making fun of these serials during my last visit to India and I was secretly hoping that I would enjoy it  equally this time around watching it with my mom. But my mom herself had given up watching these serials, saying that the storyline is getting worse by the day. The one serial in particular that I was making fun of, has still not ended, after 3 long years!! And guess what, the story is STILL THE SAME. A boy and a girl are married and nobody knows about it except these two, even after 3 YRS!  WOW!! Just so you know, these serials are aired everyday. That is (365-weekends) * 3 days. I must say, this kind of dragging is an art :)

Moreover by just watching the advertisements of these serials, you pretty much get the gist of what is happening. You don’t have to watch the whole serial. Still how so many seemingly intelligent people are hooked on to it, is a mystery to me. I was very intrigued to find out. Two new serials started right after my parents left. And I started watching them, you know, to solve the mystery :D 
I had warned my husband that if at all he wanted to remove the service, this was the time, before I start. But he wanted to keep the service for “cricket matches”. Now it’s too late. I am two months into these serials and there is no turning back. He has no choice, he has to watch it with me :) I can see myself getting pulled into it, curious to know what is going to happen today, but nothing happens, and I know what should happen. The thing that is supposed to happen, happens only after 2 or 3 weeks. So what happens everyday? basically nothing, but it is giving the illusion of something is happening. 

Now I think, I somewhat debugged how it is done. Basically you tell the story before hand. For example, in one of the serial I am currently watching, you are already let know, that by the end of a particular day, both hero and heroine are supposed to get married. Suppose that day starts today in “Serial Time”. Remember time is an illusion. 1 day of Serial time = could be easily 1 month of real time. It starts by people saying that something important is going to happen today. Then every 2-3 days(remember it is still the same day in Serial Time), there is a new twist, preventing that thing from happening. Then finally everything sorts out and after 3 weeks or so the day ends and they get married. So everyday people(like me) will turn on the serial hoping that the couple would get married today. But it’s postponed for tomorrow. I think that’s how they are keeping people hooked on to their channel. 
With this new found knowledge, I plan to watch further to see if it can really keep my interest going or it’ll just die down soon. I’ll keep y’ll updated :)

Coming to the recipe, 
Since I no longer have gas stove, I had stopped roasting eggplant for certain dishes. But roasting is roasting. The taste of the dish drastically changes by this one procedure. This particular recipe oven roasts eggplant. And the job was less messy compared to roasting it on the stove. The dish turned out lip smacking. Do try!