Fried Seafood Quinoa

It’s hard to resist your craving for your favourite food but not impossible. My recent diet change does not allow me to have simple carbs. And the most evident thing in my food plate has always been white rice. It has always been in the center piece in my plate, no matter if I am having curry or daal or sabji or even milk. Yes, like people eat curd- rice combo, I eat milk-rice combo. Now my diet says a big no to rice, and it was super difficult for me to manage that. I searched for a substitute and settled for quinoa, which is a complex carb. Looking at those petite sized balls I wondered how can they sub for long grain rice. Initially I was too disheartened by that fact but then I decided to take one step at a time. I hate quinoa salads, so first I had cooked quinoa with Maharashtrian style varan. It didn’t taste that bad, so I started having quinoa almost everyday instead of rice. I have not yet tried red quinoa as it kind of looks like millet grain, and I don’t like millet! So maybe in the future 😉

I am a fan of Fried rice. Also, it’s a regular quick recipe that I follow during my busy schedule. Today, as you see, I have substitute quinoa for rice and maybe now that I am used to it, it tasted wonderful. Read More


Naral Vadi / Coconut Bites:

Today is Narali Poornima. In Maharashtra, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated along with Narali Poornima (coconut day festival). Kolis are the fishermen community of the coastal state. The fishermen offer prayers to Lord Varuna, the Hindu god of Sea, to invoke his blessings. As part of the rituals, coconuts were thrown into the sea as offerings to Lord Varuna.

This is the day when every Maharashtrian household will have at lease one dessert made up of coconut or coconut milk. Yes, at least one. And I know a few homes where you can eat everything coconuty today, literally from appetizer to dessert, three course meal with loads of coconut in it. I will gradually update all those special recipes which are made on this auspicious day. But today, I will blog about the most famous dessert, Naral Vadi (नारळाची वडी).

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Khavyachi Poli (खव्याच्या पोळ्या )

I keep making promise to myself to be regular writing my blog and whenever I do that I end up breaking the promise. So this time I am not going to promise anything to myself or to you but I guess I will keep up my work as good as possible.

Today I am going to write about this Maharashtrian delicacy that I feel is so underrated despite of its deliciousness.  That’s the main reason I want to blog it. It is very simple to make yet makes a good and tasty breakfast, snack or even a dessert. While surfing on YouTube for few breakfast ideas I came across these Ricotta cheese pancakes. Frankly speaking, I have never made pancakes from scratch. I always get the pancake mix from market and simply follow the instructions and present that as a breakfast. Because we don’t have much of a liking towards it, its just our easy to make kinda breakfast when we are in a hurry. So I decided to make those Ricotta cheese pancakes from scratch and ended up with a flop show. It resulted in lots of leftover Ricotta cheese in the fridge. And all I do with that cheese is make Mawa/ Khoya for my gajar ka halwa or to make any simple dessert like Pedha etc. While thinking about my flop pancakes, I realized aren’t those similar to Khavyachi poli? And yes they are. Why didn’t I think of that before. Yes, because it is so underrated, I opted for other alternatives. Read More


Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

I had decided to nail this beauty last spring, but it did not work out that well. Then I did my research and finally this spring I got what I wanted. And it took me summer to blog this recipe. Sometimes I seriously wonder, do I run out of time or am I just getting more and more lazy by the day! Time to work on my time management now.

This recipe is inspired from my favorite — Dorie Greenspan, with a few modifications. I did not make any icing or frosting for this cake as the beauty of this cake lies in its citric flavor and I did not want to ruin that with the sweetness of sugar. Hence, this will pair best with your evening cup of coffee or tea. That fresh citric flavor and lemony smell will keep you refreshed for the rest of the day. Read More


Clams Curry / Tisaryache Kalvan

When it comes to seafood, I just can’t resist to buy it. After our short visit to New Orleans, I had decided not to eat seafood for at least a month as I literally got overboard with chargrilled oysters, Po’boys with shrimps and prawns, Gumbo with crawfish and what not. Three days there and I felt I had eaten a whole year’s worth of seafood. But I guess, it was just a temporary thought and now I take it as a sign and declare that New Orleans is one of my favorite seafood destinations.

So, the point is, in my recent visit to the grocery store, these clams were my impulse buy. When I see live stock of clams or mussels, I simply buy it. And I never buy the frozen ones. I mean I am good with frozen shrimps, prawns, crabs etc but definitely not clams and mussels. I feel, we can get the best flavors from these shell fishes only when they are bought alive. Read More


Multi Legumes Tikki Burger

When someone mentions junk food, the images that pop up in our mind are generally those of pizza, burger, fries, coke etc. Not commenting about fries and coke but yes, we can convert junk to healthy when it comes to pizza and burger. Although I am still working on pizza, I have made a wonderful attempt towards burger tikki. Also, you can use multi grain burger bun to make it healthier. And an additional dash of salad will solve the remaining purpose.

This is my first attempt towards making burger bun, and I was somewhat satisfied with it but not happy. So, I will leave apart that part today and will share my happy part and that’s vegan tikki that I made from moong, lentils, brown chickpeas and moth beans. All these legumes are good source of protein and have dietary fiber, calcium, folate, iron and many more nutritive elements.

Ingredients:

  • 1/8th cup moong beans
  • 1/8th cup masoor beans (lentils)
  • 1/8th cup chickpeas
  • 1/8th cup mataki (Moth Beans)
  • 1/8th cup boiled corn
  • 1 medium sized golden potato boiled and mashed
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoon paprika / red chili powder
  • Oil as required
  • Salt as per taste

Yields: 12 Small tikkis / 6 Regular tikkis

Procedure:

  • The very important thing is to soak moong beans, masoor beans, chickpeas, moth beans in water overnight. And then boil it in pressure cooker for two whistles. I will suggest not uding canned beans.
  • Once the beans are cooked, boil potato and corn. Add beans, corn and potato in a large bowl and mash together. Potato here will be the binding agent for our tikki.
  • Add cilantro, garlic powder, cumin powder, onion powder, black pepper powder, chili powder/ paprika and salt to this mixture and mix well.
  • Form patties and shallow fry till they turn brown on each side.
  • Place it in a bun with your favorite salad.

Vegan Banana Muffins

It’s a fact that I love baking but at the same time I can’t eat every single bit of it. We are taught sharing is caring since we were in kindergarten. So obviously I share all my preparations with friends and family. Another universal fact is, we all have that one friend in our group who keeps counting calories and fats in everything. So, this recipe is dedicated to that friend of mine who always asks the quantity of butter and sugar first before tasting the delicious food offered, because this recipe does not have any sugar and butter. Yes, you read that right! These delicious banana muffins which are topped with dark chocolate chips are a treat for your diet freak friend. Read More