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Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Food-lens, Indian, International | 0 comments

Jalebi

Jalebi

Couple of days back I was craving Indian sweets. Precisely ‘Jalebi’. Something to do with the shared food pictures by my aunt. I ended up making Indian rice pudding, no ‘jalebi’.*sigh* When I think of Jalebi, I think of Friday. Place where we grew up, there is a very popular shrine of Muslim Saint, local call it ‘Peer baba’.{Pee-r :Holy saint, Baba : term of endearment  you can say) Every Friday, locals, Hindu – Muslim alike go there to pay respect to the saint. Growing up Hindu I visited that particular shrine many many time. Not too far from our home. Usually people offered few things at the shrine, like ‘shawl’ and flowers etc. Right next to it, vendor sold ‘Jalebi’ ,made to order ,hot out of oil, which we always bought. So to this day when I see ‘Jalebi’ I think of ‘Peer baba’. You can think of ‘Jalebi’ as Indian funnel cake, laced piping and fried, with some key differences. ‘Jalebi’ is much smaller in size then...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Food-lens, Indian | 1 comment

Mangoes

Mangoes

Do you have  a favorite seasonal fruit ? May be peaches in summer and pumpkin in fall ! Mangoes are synonymous with summer in India.My most favorite fruit. Indian ‘Malda’ is likely to be the sweetest,silkiest  fruit God created in my opinion.No other varieties of mangoes that i have tasted comes close to it.Wish they imported it here 🙂 Place where i grew up at is popular for mangoes orchards like in this picture.To this day,in the beginning of  summer,i ask my parents if they have seen ‘manjhar’ (blooming mango flowers)! Usually during summer we  get storms in India,which damages the ‘manjhar’  and destroys mango crops. I remember when we were little,we will go walking and looking for small fallen mangoes under the tree after the storm.We gathered them.Some we sliced and ate it just like that,teetering tart.Markets are usually full with small raw mangoes after the storm. Mango leaves and mango woods are used in many Hindu worship. How do you use  mangoes? It is more then Mango Lassi which is popular here in Indian...

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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 Nov 6, 2013 in Food-lens, Snacks | 2 comments

Ponk

Ponk

My aunt Rita sent me these fabulous pictures during last winter. As I looked these pictures after pictures, I was reminded how diverse India is.Though i knew of sorghum(‘Jowar’ in hindi).I didn’t know the unique way it is consumed in this part of India. So what is ponk? It is green immature sorghum grains. It is local to the area around Surat, ‘economic capital’ city  of  the Western state of Gujrat.It is available during winter months only. End of November to February.  Ponk, sorghum stalks are  ready for cleaning. It is roasted at the bank of river Tapti. Ponk grains are sorted out by the ladies.  This picture makes me very nostalgic.I see ‘soop’ ,’baskets’ and steel ‘Thali’. It reminds me how in villages, my grandmother and aunt  would do similar kind of thing with rice or wheat crop.Notice what women are using with both of their hands.I don’t know what it is called in english.We call it ‘Soop‘ in our home. Its light, woven thing women in India...

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Food-lens | 0 comments

House of the Plates

House of the Plates

I read the news flash that Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano started spewing today,on July the 4th.How wild it is to talk about it here?Read along. We celebrated America’s birthday today with parade, fireworks, swim and of course food. Happy 4th of July ! On the way back from the parade,we decided to take a lunch break at the restaurant which has been in our list for a long time.’PO-PO‘.Set in the quiet back trails of the hill country,it is well known around here. When i heard the name for the first time, i was amused by the choice of a name.Lo and behold it is named after ‘Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano‘ by Ned Houston, who started the restaurant in early 1930s. What’s unique about this place?It is the house of the plates.Over 2000 plates adorn the walls of this restaurant. Each plate has an unique memory.One time owners of the restaurant decided that pictures are not enough to tell the story of their travel, so they started collecting plates from the...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Food-lens | 0 comments

Boiled Peanut Snack

Boiled Peanut Snack

What do you see in this picture?Boiled peanuts,mixed to order with assortment of thinly sliced veggies and magic mix of ground spices.Divine.You are not convinced? During my college years in South India,every evening a lady would come to sell boiled peanuts to our girls hostel(dorm).We call it “groundnut” in India.Peanut is American English for me :-)First i didn’t understand,why would you want to eat boiled peanuts,served in paper cone.Then i bought once because every one around me was buying.And i was hooked ! I have not tasted this spiced  up version with onion,cilantro,shredded carrots,chopped tomatoes with a kick of lime juice.It sure looks like i can’t let it pass by, on  the street.This one is on the side of street in...

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