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Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Celebration, Food-lens, Indian | 0 comments

Happy Sankranti

Happy Sankranti

Today, Makar Sankranti is celebrated at my home back in India. Growing up,I always felt the dry spell of no festivities for almost two months ,after  Diwali, in November. Every year we celebrated this on Jan 14th.I always thought of it as the start of the  Hindu festivities for the year. What I remember the most about this festival? Eating, no doubt.Though there are  assortment of festive foods in general but I must add,most Indian festivals also have the tradition of feasting on very particular set of foods on a given festival. The part of India where I come from,North-East,highlight of our meal was  ‘Dahi-chura ‘(Yogurt with pressed/bitten rice),along with laddus(sweet balls) made of puffed rice or sesame seeds and jaggery and ‘tilkut’. Since everything was so sweet,my mom always made a side vegetable dish, “Aloo-Gobi Dum”(Potatoes with cauliflower and peas cooked in assortment of spices). Astrologically,this is the time when sun moves to  the celestial path of ‘Makar’ ,zodiac sign of ‘Capricorn’.It indicates the end of the winter...

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Celebration, Grains | 0 comments

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

Does your family have festive food tradition? As I was reading about the Christmas tradition around the world, delectable spread of food on Christmas Eve and the following day resonated often. We spend Christmas day, with  house full of  family, at my in-laws ranch. However Christmas Eve, it is just us,my husband,our two little children and a sweet yellow lab 🙂 We have consistently attended the Christmas Eve service; though I do not recall prepping special food  on Christmas Eve.What a miss,come to think of it.This Christmas Eve morning I woke up with desire to cook. Long and slow cooked traditional festive Indian food precisely. I remember my mom spending day in kitchen cooking several delightful dishes. Whole family hovered around the kitchen. I chose Chicken Biryani, one of our family favorite. Let me admit,my yummy biryani eating experience has always been through friends. My mom cooked (veg)Pulao/Pilaf.Another widespread notion in India  is, no one cooks the biryani quite like Muslims. Biryani has been known as the food of Nizams...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Celebration, Dessert | 0 comments

Ris a l’amande

Ris a l’amande

 Do you have a favorite holiday dessert? Growing up in India, festivals meant food, lots of it.Though there are many Indian sweets which are served on special occasion, “Kheer” or rice pudding is must. I have found that this simple dessert of rice cooked in milk and sugar is common all around the world. In fact, it may be one dessert which is truly international and have been adapted by each culture to make its own. Not a fan of rice pudding ?Customize your rice pudding in many ways like the folks around the world do. Rice :  Indian prefer short and thin rice in their “kheer“,called “Arva” rice.I have yet to find that rice in US.So i end up using Japanese sweet rice or  Indian Basmati rice at times. Sugar: Regular white/cane sugar is the choice of sweetener but my grandmother uses “jaggery” instead of sugar. It not only changes the color of the dish from white to brown,it changes the name of the dish from “kheer” to “Rasia”(“Magadhi” –...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Celebration, International | 1 comment

Empanada

Empanada

I love to know how people around the world celebrate Christmas. Couple of weeks back I asked my friend, Tamara, who is originally from Ecuador, to share some of the tradition of her native country. Christmas is very festive time of the year in this predominantly Catholic Country. Tamara says, nine days before Christmas, novena prayers (advent prayers) start. After the novena prayers, “Banuelos” a kind of cheese bread fritters, “Empanadas” with drinks are served. Masses at the churches, reenactment of the story of Jesus happens throughout the Christmas season. Midnight mass is attended by many on Christmas Eve. Tamara fondly remembers her mom, prepping the food, particularly Empanada. I have a lot of memories from mom’s cooking as we kids spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her and plenty of our extended family.  She is a great cook, a natural if you will, and there’s nothing like her food and the way she cooks it. There is no such thing in her world of cooking as...

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Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Celebration | 0 comments

Happy Birthday Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus

Christmas has come and gone for this year here.Though,if you think about countries such as Russia,Ethiopia or those who follow Julian Calendar,Christmas is still away couple of days.So this post is not too late right ? I have been asked couple of times,how did we celebrate Christmas back in India?What are the traditions my family had growing up?My answer to both of these question is,”I didn’t celebrate Christmas growing up.”I  don’t have hand-on Christmas tradition experience  at all.So when i hear my friends saying,they always did this or that growing up,it makes me wonder,what tradition i could have brought to my family here,had i been born in Christian family? Christmas is fairly new to me..well not that new..a decade new.I started celebrating Christmas  after i married my husband.However,i feel like i am very very new,barely there when it comes to the tradition.I have been aware of some of the Christmas tradition our friends and family have but i am barely scratching the surface when it comes to making tradition for our...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Celebration | 1 comment

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

So we just celebrated our kiddos birthday.From the past couple of years,i have been big on planning birthday for our kids..i would be planning about quarter in advance at least, for upcoming birthdays.From handmade cards to personalized goodie bags to thank you cards.Not to mention food ,drinks and yes special cake.But this year was different.Different enough for my hubby to notice it.This is how the road to insanity starts I find out what day of the week birthday is.Then we take treats for entire class.It translates as, me going crazy in the kitchen baking something or me driving around the town,picking cupcakes for some odd number of cute kids in the class. If it is middle of the week,I can’t just let the birthday pass by like any ordinary day.Mommy guilt will kill me.So it asks for something special to mark the day.  Repeat all the above, times number of kids you have.We have two sweet loves. Then repeat all the above with family and friends in the weekends....

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