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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Indian | 0 comments

Gatta Sabzi

Gatta Sabzi

Couple of months back I traveled to my native India.During travelling ,I pretty much keep it to myself ,no small talks whatsoever. Though  while waiting at Heathrow for our common connecting flight enroute,I couldn’t help but ask the lady sitting next to me ,obvious icebreaker question,”So where in India you are headed to? ” Turned out that she was fellow Texan. Yee Haw !!! All of a sudden, I was bizarrely comfortable carrying out the conversation with her, as if I found some common thread of ‘familiarity’ to plow through the ‘strangeness’(is that a word?) in a foreign land. I learnt that she visits India regularly for her jewelry business. Her place of interest is none other than renowned pink city, ‘Jaipur’. City of enchanting Palaces in a desert state of Rajasthan. Growing up, I wondered, how can someone enjoy the desert? I mean what is there to enjoy? Lack of greenery would drive me to insanity, I thought back then. My aunt calls Rajasthan her home.I get to enjoy the...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Celebration | 1 comment

Festival of India – Sankranti

Festival of India – Sankranti

Almost a week ago, on Jan 14th, India celebrated one of the biggest Hindu festival. India is saturated with colorful festivals. However, after Diwali in late October, early November, it slows down a bit and picks back up in full swing when Jan 14th arrives. Perhaps that the reason anticipation runs high for the arrival. So what is  the name of the festival ? Well it depends on which part of India you are celebrating it.Isn’t that neat? I call it ‘Makar Sankranti’ because that’s what we call in the part of India I grew up. However, if you go to Eastern state of Assam, you will be greeted with the sound of ‘Bihu’. If you are in West state of Gujrat, you are probably looking forward to kite flying with friends as you celebrate ‘Uttarayan’ .If you are up  in Punjab,you can barely wait for ‘Lohiri’  and bonfire. I happen to be in Southern state of Chennai at one time and I loved the taste of ‘Pongal’ Despite...

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Condiments | 0 comments

Yogurt Caramel Dip

Yogurt Caramel Dip

We kicked off the New Year with friends and fellowship. Well sort of…not exactly New Year day. Our Bible Study small group decided to have Christmas party, post-Christmas in New Year. Great idea, wise one I should say. So many benefits 1.) Far more relaxed. You are not trying to add one more thing in over scheduled month of December. 2.) You actually get to enjoy the food little more after  saturated month of holiday food and sweets.  3.) Best, you get to start the New Year with friends. I loved the evening spent with friends. We all did. Our dinner was set to potluck style of sandwiches. We had verities of them.   Keeping with light and easy theme, I decided to do simple dip. I had this dip couple year ago at my friend Kristen’s party. I loved that it was yogurt based. She shared the recipe with me.Keeping with the recipe, I set out to get the vanilla yogurt from the store and encountered caramel flavored...

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Celebration | 0 comments

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year friends! It has been a while since I have penned in this space. Still love food, still love experimenting with food, still love cooking but I don’t get around staging pretty food pictures and writing about it.Winter? Life? Priorities? As you can see below all the picture are taken from the phone and shared in real time with my family.Yes extra flashy shine on plate,some little blurry,served on dinner table.And I am ok with that. It is less about impressing with photography skills and more about sharing what I want to with you. So let’s talk about the new year. My family in India and I are always whatsapping.A cool app which I use a LOT with my family living oceans away. Thank you Wi-Fi! New Year started half a day early for us. Food pictures started showing up and memories of picnic stirred up. This is a plate my sister’s neighbor shared with them.  Spread of food at my aunt’s house. Yes, I know I wish I could have...

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Breakfast, International | 0 comments

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

What do you do with farm fresh eggs? My friend Suzy shared with us some farm fresh beauties.Anything farm fresh makes me very happy.I would go extra mile for it and create my menu around it.I wanted to  try so many things with the dozen. I settled on Shakshuka. It has  a winning taste combination of onion and red bell in my book. Shakshuka is very popular middle eastern breakfast.Different region have slight variation to it.Core idea remains the same.Egg is cooked on top of the onion,bell pepper,tomatoes medley. I told my kids that this dish is  middle eastern.Abby asked, are they still battling in middle east? She remembered it from our last middle east inspired meal.So we collectively prayed over the region. I will not go into the gory details of atrocities going on this  very volatile region.If you keep up with the news,you know precisely what is happening there.Please pray for the change in heart for those persecuting.Safety and rescue for those being persecuted .This part of the world needs our...

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