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Winter Break Up-Cycling

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I am reluctant to throw away things, may that be a small ribbon that came with a gift or old Indian dress. And this habit sometime creates storing challenges and often is topic of household argument! Recently we had to clean up our garage and I realized my collection has gone beyond control and I have to take decision soon. Last weekend I sorted few things and decided I will take action about most of it in my winter break.
Thursday was last working day, before the madness starts again in new year. I got so excited about the holidays that I could not sleep!! I kept on browsing whole night about ideas of using the fabric swatches, unused chunnis, unused kurti-sleeves, left over yarn, etc. Reusing old/unused items into something fancy is called 'Up-cycling'. I decided to up-cycle my collection into gifts for some close friends. Friday morning I opened my sewing machine and box of fabrics. After working over 6-8 hours I finished making following -

Vegetable/Produce bags from unuse…

रव्याचे थालीपीठ

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English recipe - http://vadanikavalgheta.blogspot.com/2011/12/simple-light-meal-rava-thalipeeth.html

हि माझ्या एका मैत्रिणीची रेसिपी. तिच्याकडून मी बरेच कोकणी पदार्थ शिकले. पटकन होणारी हि थालीपीठे कोकणात सकाळच्या नाष्ट्यासाठी करतात.



१ कप रवा
एखादी कोवळी काकडी (मोठी असेल तर अर्धी)
१/४ कप बारीक चिरलेला कांदा
२-३  हिरव्या मिरच्या
१/४ कप ओले खोबरे
मुठभर कोथिंबीर चिरुन
चवीप्रमाणे मीठ
पाणी लागेल तसे





कृती - 
पाणी वगळून बाकीचे सगळे एकत्र करायचे. लागेल तसे पाणी घालत साधारण भज्याच्या पिठासारखे भिजवायचे. नेहेमीच्या डोश्याच्या पिठाहून हे पीठ घट्ट असते आणि आपल्या भाजणीच्या थालिपीठाहून बरेच सैल असते.
तवा तापत ठेवायचा. त्यावर हाताने साधारण १/४ कप पीठ घालायचे आणि हातानेच पीठ पसरवत थालिपीठासारखे करायचे. गरज लागेल तसे थोडे थोडे पाणी लावत एकसारखे थालीपीठ पसरायचे.
एक बाजू भाजून घ्यायची. उलटवून दुसरी बाजू भाजायची.
गरम गरम थालिपीठ लोण्याबरोबर आणि चटणीबरोबर खायचे.
निस्त्याच्या चटणीबरोबर हे डोसे एकदम भारी लागले.

टीपा - 
गरम तव्यावर थालीपीठे लावणे सुरुवातीला थोडे अवघड गेले तरी सवयीने पटापट जमते. कलिगडाचा पां…

Simple light meal - Rava Thalipeeth

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Recipe in Marathi - http://vadanikavalgheta.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-post.html

"I really want to make special Konkani meal for you girls before I move from here. When will you all be able to make it at my place?", she said one day. Now that was a very tempting offer! She had too many things on her plate given her move in just 10 days to another city somewhere in the midwest. We insisted her not to make anything but we will just meet somewhere and enjoy our time together. She is a one of the greatest cooks I know! Even simplest meals she cooked, turned out to be the most flavorful. Its been a year already and I still remember everything she made that day. Paan Pole, Ravyache thalipeeth -- which I am going to share with you today, Kalya vaTaNyachi usal, Batata Bhaji, and garlic chutney! She served us 'hot off the griddle'! It reminded me of my mom making rotis and serving us when we were school going kids.

My dear friend, its been a year already, please come back soon…

KumaThyache Pohe a.k.a. Kalayile Phovu

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Kalavalele Pohe


It was about 3 years ago when I had taste of this poha for the first time. I was visiting my cousin in Bangalore and she decided to give me the taste of Kumatha Pohe. Her mother-in-law in from Kumatha and is an excellent cook. I was curiously watching her make this: Few ingredients  - Patal Pohe (thin poha), some jaggery, salt, nice fresh raw coconut and bright and red masala powder. She asked me if I can eat some raw onions that early in the morning, I said - it depends! She decided to make some with raw onion and some without.

That masala was something different from  anything I had tasted before. Around Kolhapur, Belgaum  you get this bright and red variety of a chilies called as 'Bedagi/Byadagi' not very hot but flavorful. If you use even a small amount the whole dish looks very red and this masala had this chili powder. Finally I had these pohe and believe it or not I totally fell in love with the taste. My cousin offered some masala to take with me to US …

Thai style butternut squash soup

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Or should I say its 'Thai influenced' soup! 
Marathi version of this soup can be found here.

Farmers markets and grocery stores are flooded with variety of winter squashes. They are pretty to look at and amazingly tasty! I usually buy couple of them keep on the counter for few days as decorative pieces and then cook and eat! I enjoy making soups and fall and winter are perfect seasons to enjoy warm soup and crusty breads. My lunches and dinners are usually start with soup. Recently I had this nice Thai style butternut squash soup in office cafe and I had to recreate it. I once tried it by making my own green curry paste and then using it in the soup as I couldn't find vegan green curry paste in my neighborhood oriental market. But that was too much spice for the fresh taste of squash. So I decided to tweak the recipe and not make the paste instead use the herbs I like. Voila! It resulted in a nice creamy soup that I can keep on slurping! Recipe is quite simple -


1 Small But…

थाई स्टाईल बटरनट स्क्वाश सूप

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थंडीच्या दिवसात सूप करून पिणे हा माझा नेहेमीचा कार्यक्रम असतो. गरम गरम सूप आणि एखादा छानसा ब्रेड असेल तर मस्त जेवण होते. वेगवेगळे विंटर स्क्वाशबाजारातसाधारण ऑक्टोबर-नोव्हेंबरमध्ये खूप दिसायला लागतात. ते आणून वेगवेगळ्या सूपमध्ये वापरले कि चव एकदम बहारदार येते. यात मला आवडणारा प्रकार म्हणणे साधारण फोडी करून वाफवून घ्यायच्या, जायफळ, काळीमिरी आणि मीठ घालून मिक्सरवर बारीक करायचे की झाले सूप तयार! अलीकडे ऑफिसच्या कॅफेमधे हा जरा वेगळा प्रकार खाल्ला आणि खुपच आवडला त्यामुळे घरात होते त्या सामानात करुन पाहिला. आता हा प्रकार माझ्याकडे नेहेमी होतो.


१ मध्यम बटरनट स्क्वाश - साले आणि बिया काढून चिरलेला
१ टीस्पून तेल
१ कप नारळाचे दूध
१ जाडसर दांडा लेमनग्रास
१ टेबलस्पून आले बारीक चिरून
१-२ काफिर लाईमची पाने
चवीप्रमाणे मीठ आणि काळी मिरी

कृती -
बटरनट स्क्वाश नीट धुवून सालकाढणीने साले काढून टाकावीत. हा तसा बराच कडक असतो त्यामुळे सांभाळून. मग त्याचे दोन तुकडे करून बिया धागे काढून टाकावेत. बटाटे चिरतो त्याप्रमाणे चिरुन घ्यावे.
लेमनग्रासचे साधारण २-२ इंचाचे तुकडे करून ते बत्त्याने किंचीत ठेचून घ्यावेत.

Tomato Biryani

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This years tomato crop started late but its going good so far. As I said in this post, I have planted more cherry tomatoes than large tomatoes. I am getting couple of tomatoes every day and that works out better unlike last year! Last year the crop was so much that I have enormous supply of tomatoes, at least 5-6 huge ones day. I love to share the goodies with my friends but with everyone's busy schedule its very difficult to meet. So last year after giving away some, I decided to chop and freeze my dark crimson/almost dark heirloom tomatoes. I simply washed and chopped large tomatoes and stored in food safe, 2 cup capacity freezer boxes. I had supply of homegrown tomatoes until about February of this year! I used it in daily cooking like pasta, daal, soupsubji, as well as tomato biryani I am sharing with you today.


I had this tomato biryani at my aunt's place in Bangalore few years ago. She had given demo of this recipe somewhere in Bangalore and wanted us to try it. I liked…

GuL Papadichya Vadya

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As I have shared in my previous post, I did make few vegan sweets this year for Diwali. I have been making at least one vegan sweet for Diwali for past few years. And every year I have tried new sweet and consistently gotten great results with exceptions of super flops. I do note down things somewhere so that I can revisit if it goes wrong and I can tweak things when I re-visit that recipe. That habit paid off this year as I was able to make multiple sweets very successfully this year. And I want to document the recipes so I can throw away my post-its.

This particular recipe is my aunts. I have eaten this barfi every time I visited her in Mumbai. Ingredients are readily available in almost all the Indian households. It is very simple to make and taste is to die for.  I learned this from her few years ago and have made it but then forgot about it altogether. My aunts visit in the summer reminded me of her best preparations and this was first on the list.


Here is this very simple recipe…

Almost Vegan Diwali: And Chakali without Bhajani ...

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This year I had planned to vegan sweets for diwali. I have been making couple of things vegan for diwali for past 5-6 years. It is not difficult at all. This year's special I wanted to make more sweets and push myself to make them all vegan. I succeeded! Well almost! My husband loved Besan ladoos and I did not have time to try vegan versions before diwali so I made those for him with ghee. I will share recipes one by one soon.

Another big step for me to make Chakali without my mom's supervision. I have been helping my mom make chakalis for years now. I know most of the details of her way of making these diwali special treats. I do not like deep frying so I have not made these in past 8+ years. This year my husband said he will fry them if I decide to make. But it needs bhajani. Bhajani is mixed grain and lentil flour made specially by washing, drying, roasting and grinding. Everyone has their special proportions and way of making these. I did not have any! I remembered noting…

Diwali Special Photo Feature - Chirote

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"Stop playing in the mud, clean up yourself and get the diyas ready for the evening."
"But mummy, we are almost done! We are just finishing with the fountain..."
"Come inside now, both of you. S you start preparing for diyas. Minu, you start with rangoli I will come and see... "
"But ... but ..."
"I said NOW... we have to finish making chirote tonight for tomorrow's faral ..."

My brother and I could never win an argument with her so when she said stop, with little to no resistance we would do what was told. She would finish make all diwali delicacies with our help in 3-4 days. I love everything she makes for Diwali but her chirote are the best! She used to make these for Diwali every year. These days she waits until all of us around to eat. This puff pastry like delicacy is very time consuming and needs skillful hands like my mom. In the past, I have helped her make these under her supervision. Last year I decided to take pictures …

Ambat Chuka Or Green Sorrel Bhaji

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(Link to Marathi Recipe)

I love all the leafy greens we get in India green sorrel, red sorrel, amaranth, fenugreek to name a few. There are various vegetables I know by Marathi names but haven't had time to find English names like Chakvat. I make sure I eat them as much as I can in my India trip. The bhaji I am going to share today is my most favorite. I love it for its sour taste as well as the bright green color. My mom's versions is my most favorite.
1 Bunch of Green Sorrel
1/8 cup Chana Daal (or toor+Chana daal mixed together)
1/8 cup Peanuts
1-2 tbsp Roasted Peanut Powder
Small piece of Jaggery
Kanda Lasun Masala (or Goda Masala + red Chili Powder)
Salt per taste
2-3 large cloves of Garlic
2-3 tbsp Dried Coconut
For Tempering - 2tbsp Oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds, Pinch of Turmeric, Pinch of Hing, Few Curry leaves
Water as needed


Preparation -
Pluck leaves and tender stems of the greens. Wash thoroughly, drain and chop.
Mix daal and peanuts, wash thor…

आंबट चुक्याची पातळ भाजी (Green Sorrel Maharashtrian Style)

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(Link to English Recipe)

भारतात गेले कि वेगवेगळ्या पालेभाज्या खाणे हा एक मोठा कार्यक्रम असतो. इथे खूप नवीन भाज्या मिळता असल्या तरी लहानपणापासून खाल्लेल्या भाज्यांची चव जिभेवरून हलणे शक्य नाही. तिकडे गेले कि सकाळ संध्याकाळ घरीच जेवणे हा माझा मुख्य कार्यक्रम असतो. त्यातलीच हि एक आंबट चुक्याची भाजी. मम्मीने केलेली असेल तर अगदी स्वर्गसुख! 
अंबटचुक्याची एक पेंडी
मुठभर हरबरा डाळ (किंवा तुरीची आणि हरबर्‍याची निम्मी निम्मी)
मुठभर शेंगदाणे
१-२ लहान चमचे दाण्याचे कूट
लहान खडा गूळ
लाल तिखट
मीठ
गोडा मसाला
२ पाकळ्या लसूण + २ टेबलस्पून खोबर्याचा छोटा गोळा एकत्र वाटून (वगळण्यास हरकत नाही)
फोडणीसाठी - तेल, कढीपत्ता, हिंग, जिरे, मोहरी, हळद, हिंग
पाणी लागेल तसे


कृती -

भाजी निवडून, धुवुन, चिरुन घ्यावी.
डाळ आणि दाणे धुवुन घ्यावेत.
कुकरला डाळ(किंवा डाळी), दाणे, भाजी आणि थोडे पाणी घालून शिजवुन घ्यावे.
शिजलेली भाजी नीट घोटुन घ्यावी.
उभ्या पातेल्यात तेलाची फोडणी करुन घ्यावी. त्यात लसुण खोबर्‍याचा गोळा घालावा. लगेच वरुन घोटलेली भाजी घालावी. मीठ, तिखट, मसाला आणि थोडे पाणी मस्त उकळी काढावी.
शेवटी गूळ आणि दाण्या…

Strawberry Lemonade and B&W Wednesday

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Original Marathi recipe is here - http://vadanikavalgheta.blogspot.com/2009/04/strawberry-lemonade.html

Farmers markets are again overflowing with strawberries. This is late summer or early autumn crop and is best for making jams etc. We currently have nice warm weather to give justice to these beauties. It is just perfect weather for strawberry lemonade. Here is instant crowd pleaser recipe -


Strawberry cubes -
10-12 Large Strawberries
10-15 Mint Leaves
1-2 tbsp Sugar (per taste)
pinch of Salt

Lemonade -
1 Large Lemon
3 cups of Water
Sugar per taste
* Salt per taste
Preparation - 
Wash and hull the strawberries. Quarter these roughly.
Grind washed mint leaves, chopped strawberries, salt and sugar per taste.
Pour in ice trays and freeze them until set. Strawberry cubes are ready.
Make lemonade as usual by squeezing lemon in water and then stir sugar and pinch of salt in until dissolved.
Chill lemonade until you are ready to serve.
Pour lemonade in a glass and add strawberry and serv…

हरभर्‍याच्या पानांची भाजी (Stir Fried Tender Garbanzo Leaves)

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हरभर्‍याची पेरणी साधारण ऑगस्ट सप्टेंबरमधे केली जाते (आठवा इयत्ता ३-४ मधली रब्बी पिके). साधारण ऑक्टोबर-नोव्हेंबरमधे पिके वाढून ५-६ इंची होतात. या झाडांची खुडणी केली नाही तर फुले कमी येतात परिणामी घाटे/हरभरे कमी येतात. ही खुडणी म्हणजे झाडाचे शेंडे तोडायचे. खुडणी करण्यासाठी मोलाने बायका लावतात किंवा घरचे सगळे मिळून जर करता येत असेल तर मग तसे मिळून केले जाते. तुम्ही खुडाल त्या भाजीतला चवथा/पाचवा हिस्सा तुमचा आणि वर थोडी हजेरी असा साधारण व्यवहार पूर्वी असे. हे एका झाडाला एकदाच केले जाते. अलिकडे १० वर्षात त्यात नक्की किती आणि काय बदल झालाय कल्पना नाही.


हे खुडलेले शेंडे म्हणजेच हरभर्‍याची भाजी. वाट्यातून आलेली भाजी काही बायका विकायला नेतात तर काही घरी करतात. शेतकरी मात्र भाजी बरीच असेल तर विकायला बाजारात नेतो. या भाजीवर पूर्वी औषध फवारणी होत नसे कारण भाजी खायला वापरतात. त्यावर आळ्या वगैरे असण्याची शक्यता असल्याने भाजी आधी झटकून घ्यायची असते. साधारण १ फुट आंतरावरून एकेक ओंझळभर भाजी कट्ट्यावर आपटायची त्याने पानांना चिकटलेली आळी वगैरे असेल तर बाजूला जाते. अशी सगळी भाजी करून घ्याय…