Malvani Chicken Curry

 

Being a costal region Malvan is blessed with abundant supply of coconut. And they know perfectly, how to make its maximum use in everything. Not only the fruit but also the stem, leaves etc. Talking about food, from appetizers to desserts, they know how to and how much to use coconut. While growing up, we had one family in our neighborhood that belonged to this region. I remember the very first time I had lunch at their home. Aunty made her special chicken curry and fish curry. I fell in love with those curries the moment I tasted them. I remember how I used to tell my mom to learn those curries from aunty. And yeah, Aai attempted a few times but did not match that authentic Malvani taste. By the time I grew up and started cooking, they had left our neighborhood. Initially we were in contact with them but then somehow we lost it. So I couldn’t get the recipe directly from aunty. But I was so obsessed to replicate the exact taste, that I kept asking other people who belonged to that region and also by googling it. Finally after numerous failed attempts, I succeeded to nail it. Read More


Cilantro Fritters/ Kothimbir Vadi

A perfect dish to munch at snack time. Even being a Maharashtrian, we never really had these made at home during our childhood. During my college days, one of my friends got these for me in the lunch box and I it was love at first bite.

Traditionally, these fritters are made up of gram flour/ besan. But, this flour does not suit everybody’s stomach. So I added thalipeeth flour (mix of sorghum flour, millet flour, wheat flour, rice flour, black gram flour) along with gram flour. It not only adds an additional nutritive value to these fritters but also a different and delicious taste. Read More


Veggie Pulao

It’s a Monday, still a holiday, because it’s Columbus Day!! I feel such long weekends come with plenty of time. Because all things get done by the weekend and you get a free Monday, which is just yours. So I decided to make my whole day cookilicious. But before heading to the kitchen, I video called at my home in India, as I had more than regular time today to gossip with my mommy! Luckily baba was home and he told me that how he misses my recipes. Specially the pulao/ pilaf. He was teasing my mom that when his daughter was home, he never had the same dish twice in a month. So my mummy teased him, ask her to blog her recipes and I will make them for you. What a motivation to execute my holiday plan! So today I decided that I will blog most of my recipes. Because, although there are ample of recipes on Internet for a single dish, everybody has their own way of preparing it. Then why not write them down your own way? So, I am starting with a recipe, which my baba misses the most, and which is a regular at my home. Read More


Banana Choco Chips Bread

It’s been a long time that I have blogged. My busy schedule kept me so busy that I neither got an opportunity to experiment nor to blog any recipe. Yesterday, when I got some free time, I realized that I still have not blogged one of my and my family’s favorite bakery items, Banana choco chips bread. And I guess, it’s been months that I have not baked it. So when I came from my New York trip a couple days ago, I found all the three bananas that I left for my husband for breakfast untouched. He didn’t eat them, hoping they will ripen by the time I come home and my concern of not wasting food will make me bake a bread for him. Smart move man!

And yeah, his plan worked, I baked it yesterday and I am blogging it today. We eat this bread most of the time for breakfast as well as during tea time. Since, it does not have butter & loads of sugar, factors like saturated fats or blood sugar level absolutely don’t bother me. Yeah, you read that right, its butter free and sugar free. Read More


Choco Jaggery Cake

Avoiding something doesn’t always mean that you hate it; it could also mean that you want it but you know it just isn’t right. This absolutely suits my relationship with sugar. The more I eat it, the more acne my face gets. Trying to go sugar free with the help of honey since last few months. Somehow I have succeeded in it, but this sudden craving for chocolate cake was killing me. I was absolutely not ready to break my diet for this small craving. My husband decided to get a small piece of cake from the bakery, but how can the bakery know what and how I want! So, I decide to do an experiment. I simply replaced sugar with powdered jaggery (concentrated cane sugar). It is not as processed as sugar, hence it works perfect for my skin. I had my taste buds satisfied without failing my diet. Kinda win-win situation, isn’t it! Read More


Coconut Chicken Curry

On a lazy Sunday morning, when mind was asking for something “To-GO”, heart was waking me up to prepare something delicious. Weather was dull due to Hurricane Harvey. Mostly cloudy and was definitely not romantic. Although we were safe, we were continuously checking news for safety of evacuees. By God’s grace, everybody is safe and only property was damaged, which is kind of secondary issue. So relieved now, I got time to write about this curry recipe which I made it for our brunch. To be honest, I tried to make something different and ended up making something different. Maybe because my mind and heart were not on the same page that day, it happened. They say whatever happens, happens for good. Yeah, a different recipe I ended up with was super hit in family and I guess it will become a regular one. Read More


Mango Modak

I have this one habit since childhood, rather since the time I learned to read. Whenever my dad (baba) used to bring the new year’s calendar in advance, the very first thing I used to check were the dates for Ganesh Chaturthi & Diwali. Now, since the world is changing so fast, we really don’t have to wait for a printed calendar, we just have to update our Kaalnirnay app. But my habit has remained the same. Once I update my app, I still rush to check for the months from August to November. Growing up in the region of Maharashtra, I have worshipped bappa like no other god. Yeah… I have always been a little partial and biased towards Bappa. Hahaha… jokes apart, this case does not limit to just me, Bappa is the most favorite god of Maharashtra. His arrival is the biggest celebration in Maharashtra. Almost every home welcomes Bappa and offers him his most favorite food. Yeah, we are talking about his most favorite food here, ukadiche modak.

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