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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 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 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 Jan 7, 2014 in Indian, method | 1 comment

Making Paneer(Indian Cheese)

Making Paneer(Indian Cheese)

Couple of days back, I made cheese. Indian paneer precisely. Back at home in India, growing up, we always had our milk delivered everyday by a dairy man. Directly from the cow to the home. Raw milk. Not pasteurized.I vividly remember our milkman, riding his bicycle, with multiple milk cans hanging out on its side. Someone will come to the door with a pot as soon as he arrived. He asked,how much ?And we said,1 Kg or 3 Pao or something like that? “1 pao”, looked like a size of a metal cup. One of our immediate duty was to warm the milk or we ran the chance of spoiling and curdling it.We never drank our milk cold and without sugar.To this day, the concept of drinking cold milk with no sugar sounds weird to me.Not adding sugar is certainly healthy though. Most Indian family has the habit of drinking a glass of milk before going to the bed. Truth be told,I never liked drinking milk but I did...

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 1 comment

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

What is one of the popular Indian dish here among the American? When i ask this question,more then often i hear Chicken Tikka Masala among other dishes in the list.My husband is no exception to this .He loves it with Shrimp Biryani.So i made it  for our Christmas Eve dinner.Kept it very less spicy so my kids can eat. I was not aware of the popularity of this dish growing up but then there are so many yummy dishes out there,i don’t know about.I have a feeling the mild rich taste of the aromatic chicken makes it appetizing. ‘Tikka’ in Hindi means ‘Patties’ and ‘Masala’ is ‘Spices’.So basically chunks of boneless chicken cooked in thick tomato and cream based spiced gravy.I have made this couple of times at home and i will admit,i have not been able to replicate the  smoky flavor of the chicken,i find at restaurant..Something to keep working on.I have often broiled it or grilled the marinade chicken cubes.Regardless,it has been well liked and devoured. It...

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