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Winter Break Up-Cycling

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

English recipe -

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

Recipe in Marathi -

"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

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 …