Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mini Apple Pie

Wow! my 100th post!! Never thought I would stay this long. For something that started out as a time pass thing, 100 is a long way to have come. 100 is a small number for 5 years, as compared to other food bloggers who have reached this number in a matter of months. But it’s still super special for me. It’s giving me a strange sense of accomplishment :) 
Thanks everybody for taking the time to read, like and comment your thoughts and suggestions, here and on FB. Thanks for motivating me to keep going.   

And it’s a pleasant surprise that my 100th post coincided with Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! 

I had tried this mini apple pie recipe(posted in ED group on FB), sometime back. I really liked the concept of making mini pies. It is perfect for individual servings, and looks cute. Work wise it is very tedious making each pie separately. Doing 1 whole pie is much more quicker, IMO. So if you are in a time crunch, make just 1 whole pie and later cut into slices. If not, make these mini versions and impress your friends and family this holiday season. 

For the pie dough, I followed Martha Stewarts’s recipe, stuffing is from the blog mentioned below.

Enjoy!



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Palak Paneer

I’ve tried palak panner many times from many websites, but nothing came close to the ones available in the restaurants. With my daughter’s growing taste buds, I wanted her to try out various Indian delicacies. This girl who wouldn’t even touch the tip of the spoon which touched palak paneer for its green color(it’s a different story that I still force-feed her a few teaspoons), started showing interest in various Indian curries, including palak paneer, in restaurants. That gave me an incentive to try out this dish at home again. 

Vahrevah is a trusted website for these kind of dishes. Any dish from this blog has never disappointed me. I like all the tips and tricks Vah-chef gives. His palak paneer was no exception, it turned out very good. 

The only drawback is, to make a small quantity(a little over what is seen in the pic below), I used the whole box of spinach from Costco. So this is not exactly something you should consider when cooking for a crowd. 

Do try!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Szechwan Rice

I had tried Szechwan rice recipe long time back. But when I wanted to post it everybody else was posting it.. this has happened with other dishes too, many times... 

Spooky, right? get it, halloween, spooky. Get it? Am I even getting this “get it” right? get it? :D

This is what my almost 8 yr old is into these days - she is all the time saying ‘get it?’ jokes. She is doing a much better job though. Like the other day she said, “careful! you are folding the folder, get it? folder, folding”

Anyways, coming to the recipe, this is an easy recipe when the sauce is prepared before hand. I am always hesitant for eating this dish out in the restaurant, as it is generally very very spicy. So when I came across this recipe in ED group on Facebook, I wanted to give it a try as I can adjust the sauce according to my taste. 
The rice came out very good and not as spicy as in restaurants. 

Do try!



Friday, October 21, 2016

Seemebadnekayi(Chayote) Chutney - Sambanda 4

One more chutney recipe. This time it is Seemebadnekayi(Chayote). I have tried 2 kinds of chutney from this veg. Both came out good. Giving the first one here. It is very much similar to Sorekayi(Bottle Gourd) chutney. Tastes similar too. It goes very well with rice. Do try! 



Friday, September 30, 2016

Sweet Potato Fries

Another easy and healthy snack which “hides” the real vegetable under the disguise of fries. It’s so tasty and easy, you can make it in no time. 

In my native place, whenever any of us kids said we are bored or don’t know what to do,  the elders would say “genegu beyisu hogu”, meaning - go cook sweet potato. I have no idea why that is linked with boredom.. should ask somebody the logic behind that phrase.. 

Coming back to the recipe. You cut sweet potatoes into thin strips. Put some spices and bake - it’s as simple as that. Kids will love it for sure..  



Do try!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mangalore Soutekayi(Cucumber) Peel Chutney - Sambanda 3

One vegetable - 3 dishes - sambar, chutney and tambli(coconut-buttermilk based curry popular in coastal Karnataka).



One of the things I love about Udupi cuisine is that no part of a vegetable is wasted if it’s considered even remotely edible. I guess we didn’t find a way to cook coconut shells, or jackfruit skin :) 

Anyways, this is another sambanda(chutney). I didn’t know chutney could be made with this peel, until my relative pointed it on my FB post. Other vegetables peels with which you can make chutney can be found here(bottle gourd peel chutney) and here(ridge gourd peel chutney).  

I found this recipe in a blog, where many traditional udupi recipes can be found. 

If you are a chutney-rice combo lover, then you’ll definitely like this. 



Do try!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vegetable Cutlet

My very first taste of cutlet was from Hotel Diana in Udupi, when I was a little girl. My grandfather had taken me for a treat. Cutlet and gud-bud ice cream. Yum!!! 



I have had tried making cutlets many times. But they never came out dense like in restaurants. The vegetables would leave out water and the cutlets would turn soggy. Then I got some tips from my husband’s aunt and from Manjula’s kitchen. Which was adding mashed potato mix or corn starch. I added both. Cutlets turned out wonderful. Pretty easy to make too. Liked by kids and adults alike!! Do try!



Also, it is Ganeshana habba season again. One more year of blogging! Happy Birthday Dear blog!!

Happy Gowri and Ganesha habba!!!