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Kanda Lasun Masala

Onion-Garlic-Masala a.k.a. MisaLaleli Chutney

This is actually known as MisaLaleli(mixed) Chutney in Satara-Kolhapur-Sangli-Solapur region. Everyone I know makes supply that lasts for 6 months to a year. It is a very labor intensive job but saves time in daily cooking. Usually this is done just after Diwali taking advantage of October heat or in summer before Monsoon starts.

Process starts with getting masala ingredients needed for garam masala and dried red chilies. I have given almost whole procedure when wrote the garam masala recipe. Red chilies are spread on polythene sheet or bed sheet in the sun for a day or two then stems are removed by hand. This should be done while chilies are crispy. Sometimes chilies break and seeds come out. These seeds are collected separately. Even though seeds bring needed spice to the whole masala, it also makes color of the whole chutney little lighter. To avoid that spicier variety of chili is used. My mom likes to use Sankeshwari and Byadagi varie…

Godi Batati Rassa

Godi - Sweet
Batati - Potatoes
Rassa - With gravy

This is a recipe from a community called Pathare Prabhu, they are originally from Mumbai. I first had heard about this dish in P. L. Deshpande's Bhraman Mandal. I did not know the recipe and did not know anyone who can share authentic recipe. I have read various renditions claiming the original but I was not convinced. A friend gave me a packet of Pathare Prabhu Masala during recent India trip. And that made me look for more authentic recipes to use up the big packet. I tried it as normal garam masala once but I really wanted to use it in the authentic recipes. My quest took me to a very nice series of videos by Mrs. Kalpana Talpade. The videos are homemade without any professional editing or even any fancy equipment. And that attracted me more to the recipes. I have made Godi Batati Rassa multiple times and now I have bookmarked Ananasache Sambare and Kobiche Bhanole. I enjoyed her video series so much that, I got in touch with h…