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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…

Panipuri For A Good Cause

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Satisfaction - [C or U]a pleasant feeling which you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done something you wanted to do.
It was last July when I had a brief conversation with Rashmi about helping a non-profit in India called 'Ekalavya Nyas, Pune'. She had just visited the organization and met Renutai Gavaskar, driving force of that organization. She has also written about it here. We started thinking about organizing a fundraising event to help this organization but we were not sure how to go about it. When there is a will there is a way! We got in touch with another friend who sets up food stalls at various events and all the money collected from these events is donated to different charities. We both loved the idea and decided to ask around for any event coming up soon. Ganapati festival was just around the cornet so we decided to ask MMBA if we can host a food stall. MMBA agreed immediately and one hurdle was over. Next was to decide the menu, quantit…

Stuffed Ridge Gourd

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Marathi recipe can be found here - http://vadanikavalgheta.blogspot.com/2009/07/bharalelya-dodakyachi-bhaji.html


Last year a friend sent me packet full of different seeds she has collected over the years. She grows various vegetables in her backyard and has a very green thumb. I have seen pictures of the backyard once and its my dream to have my vegetable garden to look like hers! Last year I tried to grow ridge gourd seeds she sent. The vine grew nicely but it never yielded any fruits. All the flowers just fell off. I told my experience and she said it needs full sun all the time. Last summer was not so dry and hot so I blamed it on the weather. This year I planted cluster beans, okra seeds she has given me along with the ridge gourd seeds. She told me, the ridge gourd might not even grow as the seeds are more than a year old. I decided to give it a shot and planted around 10 seeds. I lost cluster beans, okra, water melon, musk melon plants and small fruits to humongous squirrels! T…

Long Beans Bhaji

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(Link to Marathi Recipe)

Most of the Asian vendors in farmers market carry these long beans as well as the traditional Asian markets. Chapati and this simple bhaji makes a very satisfying meal.



1 Bunch of Long Beans (about 1/2 lb)
1 Small Onion (optional)
1 tbsp Kanda-Lasun Masala (or per taste)
3-4 Cloves of Garlic
Salt per taste
2 tbsp Oil
2 tbsp Peanut Powder
For Tempering - 1/2 tsp each Mustard Seeds, Cumin seeds, pinch of Turmeric Powder, few curry leaves
Water as needed


Preparation - 
Chop the ends off from each bean. Remove side threads if you can.
Wash them thoroughly.
Chop the bunch in 1/4" pieces.
Dice the onion if using. Smash and roughly chop garlic. 
Heat oil in heavy bottom pan, add tempering.
Add garlic and onion once mustard starts spluttering. Saute until golden brown.
Now add chopped beans. Saute on low to medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Add salt and kanda lasun masala. Mix well. Add 1-2 tbsp water and cover. Let it cook.
Add more water 1 tbsp at a time and cook t…

चवळी/मुग/लाँग बीन्सची भाजी (Long Beans Bhaji)

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(Link to English Recipe)

आम्हाला आजूबाजूचे शेतकरी असल्या शेंगा खूप आणून देत. त्यामुळे हे प्रकार घरी वरचेवर होत असत. इथे आल्यावर लाँग बीन्सचे करून पाहीले आणि आवडले.

चवळी किंवा मुगाच्या शेंगा पाव किलो
(भारताबाहेर असाल तर चायनीज स्टोरमधे लाँग बीन्स म्हणून शेंगा मिळतात त्या शेंगा पाव किलो (१/२ पाऊंड))
१ लहान कांदा (वगळण्यास हरकत नाही)
१ टेबलस्पून कांदा लसूण मसाला
३-४ पाकळ्या ठेचलेला लसूण
मीठ चवीप्रमाणे
२ टेबल्स्पून तेल, नेहेमीचे फोडणीचे साहित्य
२ टेबलस्पून दाण्याचे कूट
कोथिंबीर
किंचीत पाणी



१. शेंग्यांचे कडेचे धागे काढून टाकावेत आणि शेंगा स्वच्छ धुवून निथळून घ्याव्यात.
२. शेंगांचे १/२ सेंटीमिटर जाडीचे तुकडे कापावे.
३. कांदा वापरणार असाल तर ते देखील बारीक कापून घ्यावा.
४. तेलाची नेहेमीप्रमाणे फोडणी करावी. त्यात कांदा आणि लसूण नीट परतून घ्यावा.
५. त्यावर कापलेले बीन्स घालून साधारण ३-४ मिनीटे मध्यम गॅसवर परतावे.
६. गॅस बारीक करून अगदी २-३ टेबलस्पून पाणी घालून झाकण ठेवून भाजीला एक वाफ आणावी.
७. त्यावर मीठ, कांदा-लसूण मसाला घालून नीट हलवावे. भाजी शिजली नसली तर १-२ टेबलस्पून पाणी घालून पुन्हा …

Special treat for Gauri Pooja - Puran Poli

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She is greatly interested in cooking and attempts to cook various dishes sometimes even on busy weeknights. She has moved to a new town and started working now after completing her masters. As a result her cooking has slowed down quite a bit. She also has gotten so busy that she eats out more often than she would like. She is my very dear friend. Last week we were talking about diwali special Maharashtrian recipes like karanji, chakali and chirote. We all know how difficult it is to make some of these things. They are time consuming and need a lot of patience. Quickly the conversation turned into nostalgia. We remembered all the special treats we both really love, modak, puran poli, chirote, chakali. We both realized if we love to eat these delicacies, we have to learn to make them as non of these specialties are available in any store or restaurants. Forget about these treats, none of the Maharashtrian specialties are available here in US in any stores and it makes me wonder why Maha…