The wonderful fall season comes with nature changes, mood changes and yeah health changes too. It brings beautiful colors to the nature but I guess those colors and flu season comes hand in hand. I am born and brought up in India, where winter season hits with the same sort of climate and health changes. Days are small in this season and all we want is to cover ourselves in blankets, have some warm food and enjoy the cozy time. But reality is not what we always keep dreaming! If a single person in family gets caught up with cough and cold, the virus is not going to spare anybody in the house. So as a measure of precaution, once this season started my mom used to make delicious soups almost everyday. It’s like one soup a day, keeps the doctor away 🙂
Seafood is the reason that I just can’t turn myself into vegetarian. This one post is dedicated to one of the expensive yet tasty fishes, surmai aka indo-pacific king mackerel.
At my home, while growing up, we ate selective kind of fishes and shellfishes, and god knows for what reason. Whenever I used to ask my Aai or baba in fish market pointing out other variety of seafood “Why don’t we eat that fish?”, the answer has always been vague like. “Yeah, we don’t eat that!” Huhhh, this situation is still the same. But being a staunch seafood lover, I never missed an opportunity to eat different types of seafood at my aunt’s place or neighbor’s place or any feast I attend. Read More
The ultra-famous breakfast of the state of Maharashtra! High on carbohydrates, low in fat and super quick to prepare, makes this a real breakfast-worthy dish! 7 out of 10 homes in Maharashtra prepare this dish for breakfast. Pohe is basically flattened rice, tempered with oil, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, chilies, turmeric and curry leaves.
There are many versions of it but this one’s my favorite. Add some potato slices to it and it becomes Kande-batate pohe. If kiddos at home don’t like any specific veggie, just add it to pohe and don’t worry about them not eating it.
I remember those weekend mornings at home back in India, when Aai used to ask us in the morning if we are okay with Kande Pohe for breakfast. I don’t remember a single time we had been reluctant to say yes to it. That sound of tempered chilies and curry leaves in hot oil will make you crave for this savory breakfast. A garnish of finely chopped cilantro and freshly shredded coconut will make it even more beautiful and then you just can’t wait anymore! Read More
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
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
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
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.
I need to clear first that this is just an experimental dish, which turned tasty accidentally. So can’t wait to share it with you. Egg is a kind of an ingredient with which, I guess no experiment will go flop. If you are making scrambled eggs but if you miss getting the consistency right, not to worry, just add onions and tomatoes to it and it becomes bhurji. If you are trying to boil an egg and if it breaks while putting in hot water, not to worry, it will become a poached egg. It’s kind of comfortable to work with eggs. Read More
When someone says Oyster Fritters then many minds think of it in a Maryland way. But no, this time it’s in my granny’s way. We are not going to add egg for coating but still we are gonna make fritters. Read More
I never liked this healthy dessert during my childhood when my grandma used to prepare it for us. But now far from home, when nobody is forcing me to eat those dishes I disliked, I am really not sure if I am reminded of my people forcing me to eat those dishes or those dishes that were forced on me by my people. I guess, I am missing them both, those dishes and my people.
This is a very simple dessert that can also be had as a snack. Read More