Sometimes weeknight dinner are hard given the long day at work, driving in traffic what & what not but still the tummy craves for no shortcut elaborative meals. This recipe a perfect fit for that. If you read it, you will feel like it’s a long process & better to make on weekends. But trust me, it gets ready in less than an hour & will be or your dining table before you know it. Read More
I did not expect this recipe to work but it surprisingly worked amazing and I cannot resist to share it with you all.
I easily get bored using the same ingredients and with the same style of food. I always need variety in dishes, spices etc. So when I was looking for something new in veggies, I came across these fresh raw green tomatoes lying on a main table in the center of fresh produce aisle notifying all customers about new arrival with their fresh look. The first thing my husband suggested is to make chutney (Indian style dip). But I knew, even if I honor his suggestion, he will enjoy that dip for one time and rest will be dumped into “enough of this” category in the fridge and I hate to remind him everyday to finish it keeping in mind his regular answer, “oh! I forgot, it’s still there!”.
Ahhh…enough of blabbering! I don’t know why but I ended up buying those tomatoes. Maybe their freshness tempted me to make that impromptu decision and here I was buying almost a pound of it. Now the question was what to make out of it. When running out of options, all I know is to make some tempering of spices and pour the veggies over it. And finally adjust the seasoning. Read More
Despite of the tedious job, I don’t mind bringing banana blossoms at home and cleaning them. Because, all I know is that it’s worth the effort when you taste it. I have already blogged about Banana Blossom Fritters and today I am sharing with you guys, a curry recipe which has banana blossoms and black peas.
I am not sure how many of you have heard or have even tasted this combination or even have seen black peas but all I can assure you is that it is worth trying at least once and I promise it will be a regular on your table. So these black peas are from peas family having dark green color and after cooking they look like black pearls. You can try your luck to find those in Indian grocery stores as I bought mine from India. Read More
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
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
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
During my internship, I used to have lunch with my Rajasthani friends almost every day. Since they all were vegetarians, I was fortunate to taste authentic vegetarian Rajasthani dishes. And I realized one thing that despite of its hard-environmental conditions, this Great Indian Desert has variety of delicacies. The search of human beings to make life better has proved its point in this state. Despite of the environmental constraints, this Land of Kings has managed to maintain its royalty in its best way to earn that title. Use of rich wholesome spices with minimum ingredients has made their food equally royal and flavorful.
As the color of this curry suggests, its not for light hearted people. But still if you want to have a taste of it, make up your mind and pour it over hot steaming rice or with a stack of whole wheat Chapatis (Indian Flatbread) and indulge yourself. The aroma of this charcoal infused curry will make you want it more and more and more. Read More
I guess I tasted this dish for the very first time about ten years ago. I was completing my internship then and I and my colleagues cum friends used to have lunch together. One of my friends brought Kashmiri Dum Aloo for lunch and I saw those baby potatoes for the first time. I still remember how I was wondering about its small size and how much time it would take to peel off those small potatoes. But I love potatoes in any form and that delicacy was stamped on my mind. I had about two-three failed attempts making it later in a few years and then I simply quit. Wandering in an Indian store last week, I came across these baby potatoes again and thought of giving another chance to this recipe. As I have a lot more spare time now compared to then, I could google many recipes to finally come up with this. Therefore, I won’t claim that this is an authentic one, but I can guarantee this is the best one 😉 Read More
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
Many of you must have heard of Sarso ka Saag. Until yesterday morning, I too had heard only of that. Then my husband went for a team lunch and had Chicken Saag. I am not a fan of red/white meat but crazy about seafood so I decided to attempt saag with my all time favorite shrimp. Since I haven’t had chicken saag, I had no idea how the flavor of non-vegetarian food is going to work with peppery taste of mustard greens and mineral like taste of spinach. On top of that, my husband simply enjoys his meal and doesn’t go much into analysis of flavors, so asking him was of no use. I wasn’t left with any option but to make an attempt. And I am glad I made it because it turned out great. Read More