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Raw Mango Chutney

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Remember back in India, almost every household had this notion 'No food should be wasted'. Scarcity and lack of availability made it into rule. I grew up with that mind set. My mom still follows it strictly. I have deviated from that a bit and I feel very ashamed when I have to trash things or even compost. My friend's daughter Shreya gets very upset when she can't finish food. Her parent have set a good example for her. She does not like to throw away food and gets very upset when she sees people doing it in restaurants. She asks, "Does this restaurant use compost box, can you please ask that uncle who are serving us?" We all feel proud of her but sometimes it is very difficult to convince her :) Hey, it is us who have created a monster, her mom says :)

Now you might be thinking, what this recipe has to do with throwing away food etc! My grandma never threw food away. I have written about mango trees in her backyard. Grandma would collect all the raw mangoe…

Brown Rice Idlis

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Idli is one of my comfort food. I learned to make it from my mom and we both tweaked the recipes few times to come up with a perfect proportion. But after coming to US, I had hard time grinding it properly and fermenting it. But someone shared a nice trick with me for fermenting the batter - put half onion in the batter and keep the vessel in warm place oven like and you will get nicely fermented idli batter in 10-12 hours in any season. One problem was solved! To solve the problem of grinding, I started using idli rava and grinding everything in food processor. After making idlis successfully for years using this method, I decided to try grinding soaked rice instead of idli rava and that was successful too.

Couple of years ago I got the brown rice bag from store that was awful in taste. I did not want make rice and did not want to throw away the whole bag either. I tried khichadi, I tried making rice and make thalipeeth from cooked rice. Even though that was working out okay but…

Khandeshi Style Eggplant Bhaji

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(Specially made as part of Khandeshi wedding feast)
Original Marathi recipe can be found here
"Shubhamangal Savadhan" - priest is chanting wedding mantras ... for 2 minutes...5 minutes...10 minutes... and finally done in 15 minutes.
As soon as the last mantra is chanted, huge mob of people run towards dinning hall and grab the seat the first seat one gets. Try to reserve few more for your group and wait for the servers to start serving.
This is just a beginning of lunch at a low key wedding in my region ...
As soon as enough people sit down, line of servers start ...

Plate... plate... plate... plate...
Bowl...bowl...bowl...bowl...
Glass...glass...glass...glass...


Every time server sets a plate in front of you he chants plate ... next one as bowl ... next one glass ... as if people will get confused looking at them :).
You check every utensil that is given to you ... clean it with a clean towel you have got in your bag.
As soon as you are done cleaning, next set of people arri…