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Kothimbeer Vadi

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Look at menu cards of some of the restaurants that do carry some marathi dishes and you will find batata vada, kothimbeer vadi, sabudana vada and may misal. Most of the time the list just ends there. But believe me most of the Maharashtrians do have special memories of all these special treats. Spring is the perfect time to get nice and fresh cilantro in the the local farmers market. I just love the smell of fresh cilantro. I think it was the first herb I grew as a kid. I still remember all the stages of the little herb. I remember buying 4-5-6 bunches of it on grocery shopping trips. Still this day fresh bunches of cilantro in the farmers markets remind me of my childhood. And when I buy 4-5-6 bunches, I have to make what I like the most - kothimbeer vadi. My mom's recipe is totally different than mine. This one I developed with ingredients I had on hand and the taste I loved. My mom's preparation is very similar to one Nupur has. Now here is how I make mine -
Kothimbeer Vadi

Kolhapur Special Misal

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(Misal recipe in Marathi)
I visited Kolhapur at least 3-4 times a year as a kid. We have a small house in Kolhapur, and my father took care of it on a regular basis. Either me or my brother would accompany him on the trip. Later when I was in college, I spent some summer vacations visiting our relatives in Kolhapur. I remember spending summer vacations playing cards, embroidering, chitchatting with cousins. We also watched hindi movies from time to time. Everyone there has a fast on Sankashti Chaturthi (4th day after full moon) and they wait till the 'chandroday (moon rise?)' to have dinner. And in summer this chandradarshan is invariably late, sometimes even at 10.30pm. So one of the uncle would take whoever was ready to go watch 6pm-9pm movie show! I still remember seeing some Madhuru Dixit movies like this. And then there were trips to Rankala lake to have nice bhutta and/or bhel. We sometimes packed some snacks and ate in Hutatma Park or some other nearby parks.
Every morni…

Blog Bites #2: Gunpowder

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Its been years since I ate amazingly tasty gunpowder. I think I must have tasted it at some restaurant and fell in love with hot and sour taste. But it took me a while to know what exactly it was. In early 90's one elderly couple moved in our neighborhood from Pune. Uncle was a priest and used to do different poojas and and aunty was nice homely lady. They were a Kannad speaking couple and as my father speaks Kannada they became our family friends instantly. Uncle and aunty both were really good cooks. Simple sambar, rassam also tasted wonderful when they made it. I tasted best gunpowder ever made by this couple. It tasted great with everything including usual staples like Idli, dosa and curd rice. I loved it sprinkled over toasted bread with dab of butter. They suddenly had to move to another town due to some personal reasons. They gave a big bag of gunpowder before they left. We stayed in touch for few years but it never occurred to me or my mom to take a recipe from him and ma…