Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tomato Bath - Version 1

I always look for recipes...
I always collect recipes...
If anybody makes anything interesting, I ask them for recipe..
I watch cooking episodes tirelessly online...

and yet I claim that I’m least interested in cooking...

So why do I do all the above? 
The answer is that I’m an enthusiastic eater, not an enthusiastic cook! My main motivation behind experimenting in the kitchen is eating good food..  or rather the lack of having good restaurants around.. My cooking drive diminishes the moment I set foot in India..

I shouldn’t complain living in the Bay area.. but c’mon how can a street vendor in India make better chats than here..? how come nobody gets that THE Masala Dosa flavor from India...? bakery items.. no where close!! Does any restaurant owner care to learn what they are missing? seriously I can make better dosas at home...  where is THAT Dosa which would slide off a plate with so much grease in it and where is this Dosa, which wouldn’t even come off the plate... *sigh* 
So until those kind of restaurants open up, I’ll be a trooper and experiment in my kitchen...

Coming to the recipe.. 

This particular recipe I got from the Oggarane Dabbi cooking series which is on youtube. 

It is a healthy one pot meal which is very very simple and very very tasty, close to the ones you’d get in restaurants in India. One of the restaurant owners made it at the show.. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Veg Palya for Sandwich/Paratha - Mixed Veg Stuffing

Sandwich is a staple in our house. My daughter loves them and I love them too. I can stuff any kind of vegetable and she wouldn’t even notice..  

I generally make mixed vegetable palya with potato, carrot, beans and peas. Nothing fancy just regular potato palya with added vegetables...
Then I came across this mix veg paratha at Indian Stores which had crushed vegetables in them; which gave me an idea to crush the frozen mixed vegetables, instead of cutting all the vegetables from scratch. 

I got an easy and a better tasting Playa.

I coarsely ground frozen vegetables. And when they are ground together the individual taste of each vegetable is blended together to give an unique taste in every bite. 

This stuffing could be used for Parathas as well... you can make cutlets.. or tikkis.. or mix veg bonda.. basically anything which requires stuffing..

Do try! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Beetroot Pulav

My cousin Archana is an avid follower of the blog “Monsoon Spice”. If I have to try anything from that blog, I simply ask her if she has tried it before, and she’ll give me all details as to what she tried, how it was, what she did differently.. etc :)
So recently when I asked her if she tried anything new, she told me about this Beetroot Pulav from the same blog, and said it came out good. 

So I also tried .. Beetroot gives this bath mild sweetness and nice pink hue(or red hue depending upon the quantity of the Beetroot you put). I really loved it. 

This is a very good item to take to potlucks and a good option for your lunch box.  It tastes even better the next day. 

Do make it and impress your family and friends!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Dabeli is a popular street food. It is basically spicy potato mix placed in-between pav bread..  

This recipe is from Manjula’s kitchen.  I was really intrigued by the way the dabeli stuffing was cooked. Basically the potato is boiled and cooked in water along with dabeli masala, so that it comes to a paste consistency! Never knew potato could do that. This spicy potato paste is then placed in between roasted pav bread smeared with green/garlic and sweet chutney, and then topped with some sweet(pomegranate seeds) and spicy sev... yum yum..

Do try!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bombay Saagu/Potato Saagu

Bombay Saagu/ Potato Saagu is a nice accompaniment for Set dosa, Rave idli or Poori/Chapathi. I like rave idli-bombay saagu-chutney combination very much and I make it a point to prepare this every time I make rave idli. 

This is my amma’s recipe. It is basically just cooked potato mixed in some besan(gram flour) based curry. I think the usage of besan as a thickening agent, just like jhunka(which is very much a North Karnataka/Maharashtra-ian dish), is the reason behind having “bombay” in its name. 

The procedure is very very easy and the taste is simply awesome.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Capsicum Biriyani

We are in the middle of a move right now, and needless to say it’s a very stressful time for me. It’s not just the actual work that stresses me, but more so the anticipation of the work, because I know exactly what to expect. You see, within a span of 11 years, we have relocated to 6 different cities and within a city we have shifted form one house to another at least 2 times.. and we are not minimalists you know, we have stuff and it needs to be shifted... and it’s all manual labour!!!

In chaotic times like these, I take refuge in food. 
If generally I prepare just sambar and rice for dinner, during these times I prepare an elaborate meal, like chapathi, sabzi, and rice bath.
It’s not only during shifting, it could be during any boring or tiresome activity. Even when I am vacationing, my first priority is food :) 
It’s not junk food that I look for, just some comfort food. Knowing that I’ll be eating something nice gets me through the day. I have something to look forward to, some assurance that all this stress is temporary, to know that there is light(aka good food) by the end of the day. 

Thank you food! 

And incidentally I came across this, which brought a huge smile on my face :)

But the one thing that has stayed consistent through our crazy transient life is the hand of our Lord over it all. We've seen it day in and day out. Moving in and moving out.
He stays the same and we can be confident as we can rely on Him as our Rock when the storms pick up and toss us in a new direction” (read full story here)
Okay, it’s food and God! Thank you God :)
Well, moving on from my love affair with food..

Capsicum Biriyani is again from “YummyTummy..”, my favorite blog. It tastes heavenly. 

The recipe asks to pressure cook the whole thing directly, but I loved it more when I cooked the rice separately and mixed it with the masala paste. 

Do try!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Benne Muruku

Being married for more than a decade, Valentines day has lost its charm completely!

I no longer get mushy watching Bollywood romantic movies, like I used to. Reality has set in :D
It actually angers me more now when I see a guy falling head over heels over any girl just over a glance!! or ‘love at first sight’ type stories.

I remember vividly, when my whole family went to watch ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ in a theatre, back when I was little girl. It was a blockbuster movie of that time. In the second half of the movie, Salman Khan is beating himself up to prove his worth to his future father-in-law(daughter is already in his “butti”, now it’s father-in-law’s turn), and sitting next to me, my father is grunting  “chhe”, “thoon”(as in “what nonsense is this”) loudly... I still remember how embarrassed I was feeling then.. My father just couldn’t take that movie, and he didn’t have any qualms showing it. 
Now it’s my turn, I guess. I hate love stories. Either it has been passed down to me through genes (though I may never go to the extent of grunting in a theatre.. :)) or my hubby has killed romance for me :)

Oh well, there’s always anniversaries and birthdays to celebrate..

Coming to the recipe -

Benne muruku is nothing but softer version of chakli, broken chakli to be precise. It is more buttery than regular chakli. And also, since it is directly pressed into the oil, you are actually saving a lot of time by not pressing chaklis. 

And as claimed, a whole batch can be made within 20 min. Pretty easy if you ask me! 

Do try and enjoy with your Valentine :)