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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 0 comments

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Shrimp or prawn? Terminology is confusing to me.I don’t know what’s the precise scientific difference is.To me, prawns are bigger size shrimps. I don’t see any recognizable difference when served on the plate.What i knew it as Prawns in India,is shrimp in US in my mind! I didn’t grow up eating prawns. It was not available to us where we lived easily. However I have come to like it.My first and the most delicious memory of eating prawns is at my roommate’s home. When I was finishing my studies in South, it was not possible for me to go back to home up north in long weekend (Think almost 2 days).So I traveled to my friend’s house, in a coastal city. I remember the taste, color and texture to this day; I have not come close to tasting a prawn dish as delicious. Thought of it is salivating.  I followed the recipe from ‘around the world cookbook’. I dry roasted certain ingredients as the book says.I also adding rest...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Stuffed Bitter Gourd(Bharwan karela)

Stuffed Bitter Gourd(Bharwan karela)

Have you heard of bitter gourd? If you grew up in India, I am sure you may have. As the name implies, it is bitter, sharp bitter gourd. Not many people like it and you know why? You would think why would my parents buy a bitter vegetable and cook it for a houseful of kids? Simply because they knew it is good for us, regardless of the opinions our taste buds had. Bitter gourd has been long known for its medicinal values. Guess what, we all got used to it over the time. Bitter gourd is not available in our regular grocery stores. I get it from Indian stores. You will know it by the chiseled ridges. My mom was very creative with it.She cooked it in many different way.One of my most favorite way to eat this has been stuffed bitter gourd. To subdue the bitterness, my mom boiled it, sometimes with lemon juice.   Stuffing has generous amount of dry mango powder. It is easily available...

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Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Indian | 4 comments

Keema Matar

Keema Matar

What do you do with the meatballs(unsauced) other than fixing another spaghetti and meatballs dinner? Well, you make Keema-matar 🙂 ‘Keema‘or ‘Kheema’ simply means ‘minced meat’.’Matar’ is Hindi for ‘peas’. So this recipe is simply , ground meat cooked with spices and peas. Mutton is very popular among non-vegetarian Indians. So mutton is the choice of meat for keema purpose in traditional Indian cooking.I cooked it with ground chicken.I love  to add  peas in Keema.It looks like green jewel.You can of course live without it. I had first Keema experience, back when I was doing my Masters in South India and staying in girls hostel(dorm).Every Sunday they served special meal in ‘mess'(cafeteria).One chicken dish and another was keema.If you are late in getting to the mess that day, chances are, you may have to satisfy yourself with regular food. Cooked with southern spices, I remember the aroma. It was very spicy and bit tangy for my taste. Tanginess caught me off guard. It took me a while to get...

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Indian, missions | 1 comment

Chana Masala(Choley)

Chana Masala(Choley)

Couple of weeks back,i came across this very neat resource from Thriving family fun.I am planning on using this as we make international meal.Kids get to stamp the passport with the respective country stamp.Each stamp has a specific verse for the country.It is not meant for ‘cooking’ around the world per se  but this is one of the visual,I would be using to bring the world to our dinner table with gospel message. One of the most asked Indian dish by my friends is ‘chana masala’ or spiced chick peas curry.We called it ‘choley’ growing up and still do.Irony is,i was not too fond of ‘chole’ growing up.It was one of those special treat kind of dish.Not reserved for festive occasions but not the everyday dish either. Fast forward couple of years,actually lots of years and i have started liking this dish.No that would be wrong to say.I have come to love this dish.So i make it time to time.Looking at the thick rich gravy,my daughter first reaction was,”it...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 3 comments

Murg Shahjahani

Murg Shahjahani

Couple of weeks ago,at the time of Easter I asked each one of my love,”What would they like to have for special Easter dinner?”.Abby immediately said “pasta” and her brother joined in.My hubby said,”The Indian dish that you made couple of days back”,I knew he asked for “Murg Shahjahani”.So i made each one of these dishes over that period of time. Now the name,if i were to translate, it will be “Chicken in rich cashew cream gravy”.Chicken is called Murg/Murga in Hindi-Urdu.So what about “Shahjahani”?Here is a problem.I don’t know why the dish is labeled “Shahjahani”.However,i have a hypothesis.Take it or leave it. Shah Jahan was a famous Mogul Emperor.Most of you know “Taj Mahal”.Well,Shah Jahan built this mausoleum in the memory of his beloved wife,Mumtaz,as a expression of love. Now the dish.Do you know how expensive Cashews are here?I have found them equally expensive in India as well.So making a dish, rich with cream of cashew, is not something  family can afford. Back in the time,these rich array of food were reserved for the “nawabs”{king in Urdu}.I...

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Indian, Legume | 0 comments

Mung Beans Crepes

Mung Beans Crepes

Couple of days back i was looking for a way to use mung beans .Crepes as i translated it  ,is what i have known as ‘Mung dal Chilka’ in our local dialect growing up.When i moved to south India,I was introduced to ‘Pessarattu’, a Telugu name.Whatever be the name,one thing for sure is ,it is tasty in all the languages 🙂 Mung beans crepes are rich in fiber and protein and have no carbs. These crepes are also  eggless and gluten free. It is very filling.So you will be satisfied eating less,unlike tortilla. You can fill it with  your choice of filling.Potato Masala would be my choice and for once i wouldn’t be guilty of adding carb on carb.You can also fill it with minced meat.In fact,my family ate it like crepe-taco filled with chicken. Unlike rice flour based crepes,it sets beautifully without breaking. I have always had crepes as savory dish with the side of tangy tomato chutney.I can not mimick the taste of south Indians chutney quite.It is just tangy goodness,made...

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