Showing posts from May, 2013

Zucchini Paratha

'When it rains, it pours' - this idiom is literally true for zucchinis in summer. Once the plant established well, yield is very steady through out the summer. I once went through the trouble of distributing zucchinis to friends etc and then decided not to plant them. It is just too much!!! Now a days I am at the receiving end so I get to try various recipes. One another favorite recipe from last year is vegan zucchini cake.

People in India who grow Ghosavale / Turai / Gilake / Luffa can totally relate to this. I remember my mom once. just once, planted two seeds for luffa and we ate that sabji almost every alternate day! Later my brother and I just refused to eat! Next year the vines came back from the dropped seeds from previous year, repeating experience. I have not heard about it from mom in past couple of years, so I am assuming plant is no longer thriving in our backyard in India.

I have been making these zucchini parathas for years now but never thought of sharing. Rec…

Kobichi Bhaji

Kobi - Cabbage

Cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, large eggplants are very common vegetables cooked when one first lands from India. Gradually trying to experiment with other greens like chard and kale and moving to fresh local vegetables from farmers markets. I am no different here! I now go to farmers market and occassionally go to traditional grocery stores for my weekly fix of vegetables. But there was a time when I did not know about farmers markets and I survived mostly on mentioned vegetables for months.

My mom makes cabbage bhaji with soaked chana daal and my grandma makes it with fresh green peas. I like both the versions but prefer peas version. It is easier to get frozen peas than in India so I often use that. This is a traditional recipe from Maharashtra.

4-5 cups of Chopped cabbage (approximately 1/2 lb)
1/2 cup Green Peas (I use frozen)
3-4 Green Chilies
2-3 tbsp Oil
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp Sugar
1-2 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut (or frozen)
1-2 tbsp Chopped Cilantro
For Te…

Belated Bloggiversary with Vegan Chocalate Chip Cookies

I started this blog six years ago on Gudhi Padava with the hope that I will write down few things I know. There was and still is no specific format or agenda on my mind when I write. I do not cook for the blog nor I cook because I want to share something. Quick and simple homely meals are my favorites. I try out nce new recipes from various blogs or from books. I do spend more time in kitchen during weekends and that is when I experiment more with new things.

My cousin and his family visited me last month for few days. I was meeting him after 5+ years.They were planning to visit national parks and such during their visit. I decided to take this opportunity to make chocolate chip cookies for my nephew. I have bookmarked so many recipes and got very confused with what should I make. Then I looked into my pantry and decided to go with the recipe from Hell Yeah It's Vegan as I had everything needed for these cookies. It turned out to be really good. I made half batch chewy and half b…