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Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 0 comments

Crispy Fried Rice Flakes

Crispy Fried Rice Flakes

I had hard time naming this dish.In Hindi,it has a short name ‘chhana chura’.Indians are very hospitable by nature.By that i mean,if you are dropping by at someone’s house,you will be asked for ‘Chai'(tea)  to the very least,no matter what time of the day it is.After that comes the snacks.It could be store bought Indian cookies or homemade ‘halwa‘ or ‘nimki’ or anything else hostess may have to offer you.It is  considered very rude if you are not offered anything at all,when you are visiting somone. One of the snack,my mom would quickly make to serve the visitor was  crispy fried rice flakes.Indian houses in that part of the country where my parents live,rice and ‘chura'(rice flakes) is staple pantry items.It takes seconds to fry the flakes in hot oil and sprinkle it with salt.This quick salty snack goes very well with ‘chai’. I can’t say i can keep up with my mom in hospitality department to that extent.Back to my house,i didn’t had any visitor  but what i did...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 2 comments

Samosa

Samosa

“Mom,why didn’t you pack Samosa in my lunch?” is what my daughter asked me couple of days ago after the school. And i said,”Honey,we didn’t leave any ,we ate it all.” Samosa is one of my most favorite Indian snack and i am so glad my family loves it  too.Particularly my daughter.Potato lover.Yes,she is my daughter 🙂After living here for decade,i had prepared homemade samosa only twice until now.That too when my sister visited and she prepared them.So you would ask,what took me so long to make samosa? It is little bit of work and i am lazy would be the simple answer.I am getting better about it.I have tasted samosa here couple of times,in fact everytime i am having Indian buffet,i have samosa in my plate.Though i like what i have eaten here but i can not simply put them even close to the category of what i have tasted back in India.In fact,i am bias to say that the great samosa are not even available everywhere in India.I have...

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Indian, Salad | 0 comments

Raita

Raita

If you have been to Indian restaurants here in US ,you must have noticed white yogurt sauce in the condiment area of buffet.I was puzzled to see it labeled as ‘Raita’ for the first time.It was nothing like what i grew up eating.I noticed two different variation of it. In North Indian restaurants,it has shredded cucumber and carrots,may be some cilantro and green chili thrown in,to the seasoned yogurt. In South Indian restaurants,’onion’ replaces the cucumber and other veggies may or may not be present. Yogurt has runny consistency to  it. I liked it but i was still hesitant to call it ‘Raita’ because of the strong influence of what i grew up eating. My most memories of ‘Raita’ eating comes from Indian wedding.It is made of ‘opo squash’ and  very tart yogurt.Black mustard seeds ground and green chili are the spicy ingredients.But Raita as whole is not spicy. Opo squash is easy to grow.So in my grandparents house and many houses in villages,they will have over abundance of ‘opo squash’ growing...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Breakfast, Indian | 0 comments

Rava Upma

Rava Upma

“Upma” is very typical South Indian breakfast.Because of the ease of making it perhaps,i had several instances of getting acquainted with it during my college days.We didn’t like each other first and then we got along 🙂 There are mainly two kinds of upma.Both semolina based.One uses the flour(Rava) and one uses the very very thin semolina noodles(semiya).My favorite happens to be the noodle based.My mom used to make it for us both ways time to time, since it takes such little time. Peanuts or groundnuts as we call that in India,is a crop of south.So you will find it being used very widely across the dishes.I remember when i first tasted the food cooked in ‘peanut oil’ coming to south,i met with strong reaction from my taste buds,which was acquainted with ‘mustard oil’ at home.Nowadays it is so well refined,i can not tell the difference much. You can make upma very basic or you can perk it up with veggies such as carrots ,beans,peas and such. Upma has thick consistency...

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Bread, Indian | 3 comments

Palak Paratha

Palak Paratha

‘Palak Paratha’ used to be one of those almost regular paratha my mom would make,when she has too much of ‘palak’ left over.’Palak’ is hindi for spinach.It made regular appearances at our house because it has been known to be good for the eyes.We eat it as sauted greens or make gravy based yummy dishes.I was not very fond of it growing up.I remember my ‘nana’ (mom’s dad) would just pull it out from the garden,right before it will be cooked.Fresh and green.It still had morning dew on it.Lovely memories. We bought spinach fresh,dirt still hanging out from the roots.Leaves still crisp,certainly not refrigerated.It was a chore to clean the leaves,so i was ever so greatful when i found out that they sell it clean here. This dish is prepared by my aunt Rita.Here is how she did it. Indian whole wheat flour resembles Whole Wheat White flour here.Very very fine and soft. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you must let dough rest for 30 mins.This goes for any dough.Though...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Condiments, Indian | 0 comments

Plum Chutney

Plum Chutney

Have you canned before? My answer to this question would have been NO a while ago but now i can say i canned and it worked.Yippie!!! Canning intimidates me.Just the process of sanitizing and vacuum sealing seems like lot of work.In this case, i had to wait for a day to find out if my canning worked or not.Phew.Glad it was successful. So what did i can? Plum Chutney I had been to one of those regular grocery trip and noticed that plums were on sale.With no plan of what i am going to do with bulk plum ,i bought it anyway.It stayed in my refrigerator for couple of days and then i decided why not make a chutney out of it.The way,my parents do it using Panch forun. This is quintessential Indian chutney.By that i mean,it is spicy,sweet and sour all at the same time.You will smell the curry leaves and fennel seeds as you dip your chips in it. I lacked one of the ingredients for ‘paanch foron’,so i would...

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