Shrikhanda

The modified and upgraded transformation of curd is Shrikhanda. The famous dessert in every Maharashtrian and Gujarathi household. Be it any festival, any auspicious day or celebration, this dessert is a must. I remember all Gudhi Padwas, Dassehras and Akshayya Tritiyas of my childhood. These auspicious days never went by without the taste of Shrikhanda Poori. I have a sweet tooth and everyone in my family knows it, so my Mama always made it sure he would bring a kilogram of shrikhanda container on every festive day.

After coming to the U.S., I always searched for the best kind of Shrikhanda I used to get at Mahalakshmi Dairy, Virar or Bharucha Dairy, Dahisar but not a single brand or store had it. So finally I decided to make my own since making shrikhanda is no rocket science but nailing it is. I successfully made my Shrikhanda which was much better than any store bought one. But I definitely have not nailed it the way I was looking for. But still I am happy with the result and will keep trying to make it better so that one day I can modify this post that gives best results.

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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


Shrimp Saag

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


Mango Barfi

I have a super duper sweet tooth since childhood. I remember eating a whole box of sweets in a day and then getting a scolding from parents for that. And this has remained the same to this day. I knew that this would remain the same even after my marriage and the only difference will be the person giving me a scolding will be my husband. But after coming to the US, I found that not a single brand of sweets passed my expectation. I so miss those sweets we used to get at a ‘halwai’ in India. But then I decided, instead of crying for not getting those sweets, I would attempt to make those at home. Who knows, while giving my best shot and trying out these recipes, my cravings will be fulfilled too. Two birds in one stone kind of thing! Read More


Gajar Halwa

Winter season in India brings variety of fresh vegetables in the market, along with fresh red carrots. During my childhood, I remember, when I could see those pyramids of carrots at vegetable market on my way home from school, I used to tell my friends that the season of gajar ka halwa has arrived. Being a favorite dessert of all, this dish is quiet a regular at my home in winter. Cooked in homemade clarified butter and garnished with dollop of extra malai (cream) from my Uncle’s dairy farm added royal richness to the dish.

Far from my home, where I cannot get those things, I still have tried to give my best shot at adding that extra richness to this dessert.

Though this dish has those extra calories, don’t we need those in this crazy winter 😉 Read More


Idiyappam

This is quiet a regular dish at many South Indian families but being born and brought up in Maharashtrian family I had never even heard of it. Yeah, when we think of South Indian food, all we know is idli, dosa , sambhar , medu vada as we get these as street food in Mumbai. So, I saw this dish on one of the cooking shows two- three years ago and it got stamped on my mind. I didn’t know when I would make it but I used to drool over the image I saw on TV many times. So finally, on one good morning I decided to make this, quiet an impulsive decision. Since, it does not require any fermentation or grinding, there was nothing to stop me today. Hahaha, jokes apart, I was happy that it really came out well in first attempt. (And I did hurt my fingers with that sharp edged ricing machine unknowingly, but that pain was nothing compared to the happiness I found in that first successful attempt.) Technically, this dish is super easy and after making it, I didn’t realize what was holding me back since so many years. I guess I never pushed myself enough to attempt it maybe because of the fear of failure. I guess I need to improve on that! Read More


Prawns Eggplant Curry

First of all, Happy New Year to all :). My first blog post of 2018. So to start with, I choose a recipe that belongs to my native, prawns and eggplant curry. We have so many combinations of vegetables with meat and/or seafood that I will surely blog about it in the coming time. Read More