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.

Kashmiri Dum Aloo

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


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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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


Kande Pohe

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