Spice it up (Advent Calendar)

This is not for the first time that I am experiencing this wonderful magic of virtual world of getting people together. I have got one friend for life through social networking. And now I got this opportunity to participate in this advent calendar. Being a part of one of the best groups on Facebook, I got to know that Jenny is planning an advent calendar. Initially, I had no idea what advent calendar meant. But then I did some research and Jenny made it easier to understand so I couldnโ€™t wait more to participate in it.

Advent calendar is basically a German tradition. The tradition dates back to the mid-19th century, when German Protestants made chalk marks on doors or lit candles to count the days leading up to Christmas. The basic fundament of this calendar is to mark days from the first day of December until the Christmas eve. The origin of this idea is traced back to 19th Century. Gerhard Lang is widely considered the producer of the first printed Advent calendar in the early 1900s. Read More


Chicken Liver Soup

The wonderful fall season comes with nature changes, mood changes and yeah health changes too. It brings beautiful colors to the nature but I guess those colors and flu season comes hand in hand. I am born and brought up in India, where winter season hits with the same sort of climate and health changes. Days are small in this season and all we want is to cover ourselves in blankets, have some warm food and enjoy the cozy time. But reality is not what we always keep dreaming! If a single person in family gets caught up with cough and cold, the virus is not going to spare anybody in the house. So as a measure of precaution, once this season started my mom used to make delicious soups almost everyday. It’s like one soup a day, keeps the doctor away ๐Ÿ™‚

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Surmai Special

Seafood is the reason that I just canโ€™t turn myself into vegetarian. This one post is dedicated to one of the expensive yet tasty fishes, surmai aka indo-pacific king mackerel.

At my home, while growing up, we ate selective kind of fishes and shellfishes, and god knows for what reason. Whenever I used to ask my Aai or baba in fish market pointing out other variety of seafood โ€œWhy donโ€™t we eat that fish?โ€, the answer has always been vague like. โ€œYeah, we donโ€™t eat that!โ€ Huhhh, this situation is still the same. But being a staunch seafood lover, I never missed an opportunity to eat different types of seafood at my auntโ€™s place or neighborโ€™s place or any feast I attend. Read More


Kande Pohe

The ultra-famous breakfast of the state of Maharashtra! High on carbohydrates, low in fat and super quick to prepare, makes this a real breakfast-worthy dish! 7 out of 10 homes in Maharashtra prepare this dish for breakfast. Pohe is basically flattened rice, tempered with oil, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, chilies, turmeric and curry leaves.

There are many versions of it but this oneโ€™s my favorite. Add some potato slices to it and it becomes Kande-batate pohe. If kiddos at home donโ€™t like any specific veggie, just add it to pohe and donโ€™t worry about them not eating it.

I remember those weekend mornings at home back in India, when Aai used to ask us in the morning if we are okay with Kande Pohe for breakfast. I donโ€™t remember a single time we had been reluctant to say yes to it. That sound of tempered chilies and curry leaves in hot oil will make you crave for this savory breakfast. A garnish of finely chopped cilantro and freshly shredded coconut will make it even more beautiful and then you just canโ€™t wait anymore! Read More