Punjabi Kadhi

This is one popular recipe from Northern India which ironically I had never heard of before coming to the USA. Even after hearing about it, I was not so much enthu to try that as the two main things required for this curry have two special places in my heart! Yes, the curd batter is something my mom makes back home when she is in a hurry to make curry. And she makes it without making gram flour but again my mother in law back home makes this same curry with gram flour. I mean this is one part of this recipe that I had a habit of eating with steamed rice. And the other part is pakora! Being a typical Mumbaikar, we have pakora with cutting chai whenever it rains in Mumbai. Apart from that, we have pakora as a snack or sometimes just because we crave for it. Who knew that these things will actually make the best combination which will turn out to be one of the best comfort foods for a cloudy weather.

I am sure you will find many versions of this recipe on internet but then I simply wanted to post my version of this recipe and here it is! Read More


Multi Dal Dosa

Hello all,  busy life? or confused what to have for brunch ? Then this is your stop. This dosa need no fermentation and simply goes with anything like rasam, sambhar, chutney and even with chicken/ mutton. I just gotta try it with egg recipes  and then I will give you verdict about it too.

The only thing required with this dosa is to make sure that you soak all pulses at night and then be ready to rock yoiur kitchen in the morning.

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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.

Crab Curry

I am back with another seafood recipe. This time it’s a popular one and loved by everyone. It is as tasty as it is hard to clean. Crabs!

The most difficult part in making crabs is to clean them. I did not learn it early in my life and the reason behind it is a very funny one. I remember when I was in first or second standard, I was coming home from school in the bus. Driver uncle was a dear friend of my dad. He saw him on his way home and offered a ride along with us. My father gladly hopped on. My dad has a friendly nature and he started chatting with my school mates. He asked them whether they wished to see what he has brought with him from the market. When almost everybody nodded positively, he simply opened his shopping bag and let loose all the live crabs in the moving bus. You can imagine the chaos after that. The school bus with children frightened of creatures smaller than them. But my dad was pretty quick to catch all the crabs and put it in the bag before the situation went out of control. And I guess that is the day that frightened me enough not to hold a live crab in hand. But frankly speaking, the delicious taste of this shell fish curry never allowed me to give up on it. I have always found it difficult to eat it with one hand. The joy of opening the shell with both the hands, licking all that flavorful curry from the shell and enjoying that tender flesh has been super difficult to ever give up in my life. Read More


Cabbage Quiche (कोबीची पोतेंडी)

This recipe again belongs to my native place. But I was not sure about it’s preparation because cabbage is not something that everybody is fond of. I can’t say that this recipe is authentic, because at our local place we add Bombil (Bombay duck – fish) in it to make it more flavorful. Me and my husband who absolutely don’t like cabbage, don’t mind eating this delicacy as a snack at teatime. So I am sure all cabbage haters out there should give at least one try to this recipe. Read More


Chole Puri

The very first thing that will strike you when you read the name of the dish is that this is not what you have always heard. It must have been Chole-Bhature. But no, I have not prepared bhaturas so it is Puri 🙂

It is not that I have prepared chole (Chickpeas) for the first time. I have prepared it several times in the past, but there was always one problem that bothered me. My spices and curry used to be awesome and chickpeas too were always cooked to perfection. Read More


Rava Dosa with Sambar & Coconut Chutney

The beauty of this dish is we can have it for breakfast or lunch or even as a snack. Also, it is very quick and easy to prepare, healthy to eat. No wonder, it becomes a street food in Mumbai in no time. Basically Dosa originates from Southern part of India, but gradually people have developed variety in this dish to satisfy their taste buds. Being a Marathi mulagi from Maharashtra, I know how to make bhakari, ghavana etc but had little idea about preparation of dosa, idli and its fermentation process. So instead of doing extreme experiments in this dish, I simply chose to prepare it by taking reference from another blogger, who makes it very simple to understand by demonstrating images step wise. Read More