Showing posts from October, 2010

Corn Cutlets

Fall is here. Crisp air and leaves changing colors. You come out of office at 6 and its already getting dark. When the weather is cold all I can think of is warm cup of coffee or tea, specially on the weekends. I enjoy reading a nice book while sipping coffee and munching on spicy goodies. I rarely get to enjoy quiet time because of household chores, groceries, some classes etc. These relaxing time once in a while keep me going for a long time. I always look forward to these afternoons even when they are hard to come by!!!

Back in the days, we only got Sundays off. The main attraction of Sundays used to evening Hindi movie on TV! TV watching time was rationed, if evening movie is good, no day time TV. We had to finish all our homework before we could watch TV. I always sat with my journals in front of the TV and writing all the submissions while enjoying movie. Once in a while my mom would make something special with tea. Dhokla, pohe were staples. Whenever I think of times back then…

Edible Sombreros

My Favorites - Fun, Food and Friends!!!

What else do you need when you have all this? I am talking about my special friends and food is the bond that has glued us together. We can talk about food for hours and share knowledge, no secrets, nothing. Its a genuine food based friendship. Time just flies when we meet, 15 minutes turn into 1 hour and 1 hour turns into two. Few months ago we introduced our families to each other and there was instant bonding in them as well. Now when we meet, significant others and the kids don't have to find other activities. All being big foodies, we decided to arrange a nice themed potluck dinner. Theme was to cook from a cookbook that we all agree upon and a course will be chosen for you by a lottery. We all got excited and thought choosing the book will be difficult. WRONG! We all said 'My Bombay Kitchen' almost at the same time! And then chits were drawn and I got the dessert!! Yay!! Oh Nooo!!!! Vegan dessert in a Parsi cookbook?? It was goi…

Potato Sagu

Potato is one vegetable I use sparingly mainly because I like to use locally grown vegetables whenever possible. Farmers market around our area are still filled with locally grown vegetables. Last year I tried to get CSA bag but I love to go pick my own veggies and I do not get a chance to do so with CSA bag. This year I decided against it solely for that reason. I feel like supporting these small farms but their weekly stalls are usually on the odd days that I can't go to. But going to local farmers market is much better option than going to the chain grocery stores. As I had written in this post, farmers markets remind me of Sabji-Mandi in India.Last week I got nice and fresh hummus, spicy olives, potatoes, garlic and Jujubes. What I did with Jujube's? That will come in another post.

Potato Sagu
Few years ago I had this nice potato sagu at a friend's place and fallen in love with the taste. She used MTR sagu masala and I immediately bought it in my next Indian grocery sto…

Daal Kanda

(Link to Marathi Recipe)
This is a dish from Satara - Sangali - Kolhapur region of Maharashtra.  Lots of my friends did not know about this quick fix. Its prepared when you run out of vegetables or when guests come over for quick lunch/dinner. It can be made with Toor Daal, Masoor Daal or Moong Daal.

1 cup Toor Daal 1 Large Onion Kanda-Lasun-Masala (or Kolhapuri Masala) - Per Taste Salt per taste 2-3 Tbsp Oil 1/2 tsp each Cumin seeds, Mustard Seeds, Turmeric, Asafoetida - For tempering Chopped cilantro for garnishing
Preparation - Wash daal and pressure cook with mimimum water.  I usually put about one cup water for one cup toor daal and pressure cook for 2 whistles. You should see all the daals separately and it should not be mushy.  Dice onion and set aside. Now heat oil in heavy bottom pan. Add cumin, mustard seeds let them sizzle then add turmeric powder and asafoetida. Immediately add chopped onion and saute till onion turns golden brown. Add cooked daal, salt and Kanda-Lasun M…