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Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Dessert, Indian | 0 comments

Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa

How do you eat carrot if you do not like it raw? You cook it in heavy cream with sugar until it oozes out the “ghee” and devour it. Yes,the truth of the matter is this pretty,orange vegetable  does not make it to my lovely vegetable list,i enjoy.So how do I eat and feed this healthy orange vegetable to my family? I add matchsticks carrots to fried rice, just a handful,not too much that i can sense  its aroma as i take a bite. Carrot Biscuits/muffins Carrot cake but it is kind of sweet which i leave it out for special occasions Carrot Halwa…this is my MOST FAVORITE way to eat carrots.Yup heavy cream cooked version By the way,long organic carrots which has it leaves on,does taste like carrot which my grandpa picked up from the ground and we washed the dirt and everyone ate it just as it is.I might,just might crunch on that kind of carrot,if at all. ‘Halwa’ is a term used for sweet dense confection,indians make.Ingredients...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 0 comments

Jhal Mudi

Jhal Mudi

Whats in the name? Lets go word by word.”Jhal” is a Hindi slang for “Very spicy” and “Mudi” is “puffed rice”.So basically spicy puffed rice.Not ‘chili’ spice necessarily but the blend of spices brought together for your taste bud in one bite. Visual which comes in my mind with ‘Jhal Mudi’ is back in the days,when we played out in the evening on the street with friends in neighborhood.As evening approached,you will hear the voice of a man,who is coming with the cart,yelling out ‘Jhal Mudi’ and ringing the bell.Then you run to your mom and ask if you can buy it.If answer is yes,then you wait for the ‘Jhal Mudi’ man to get close to your home,you tell him, what you want.He will quickly mix bunch of stuff while you watch and salivate.After he is done mixing it,he will fold a paper cone in a snap and pour the ‘Jhal Mudi’ and hand it to you,taking money in return.You walk back to your friends,to rejoin the game where you left,eating it as you walk.Sooooo...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Spinach with potatos and cheese

Spinach with potatos and cheese

My Aunt Rita is a busy woman,working full time in hustling city of Mumbai.So you can imagine,she does not have lots of time to cook and still be able to eat healthy.This is one of her fav side dish.She says,it took her 10 minutes to put it all together including taking snaps,with little prep ahead.I say it is a winner. You can keep your potatoes boiled and cubed ahead of time.Major time saver. If you like cheese,use Indian ‘paneer‘ instead of Potatoes.My favorite substitution. You can also have your spinach blanched ahead of time,though it should not take time in microwave or stove top either.Assuming your spinach is washed and prepped.While you are blanching your spinach,prep the pan for seasoning. Spinach is salty,so taste before you add more salt to it PrintSpinach with potatos and cheese Ingredients1-1/2 cup blanched spinach 1 medium potato boiled and cubed 1/8 teaspoon garam masala 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric powder Salt to taste Seasoning 1/2 Tablespoon oil/Ghee 1/4 teaspoon Cumin 1 whole chili /chili flakes to your tasteInstructionsIn a pan/wok...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 1 comment

Indian Rice Crispies

Indian Rice Crispies

What makes it Indian Rice Crispies? The answer is simple.It uses Indian rice puff instead of traditional Rice crispies and Jaggery(‘Gur‘ in Hindi) instead of marshmallow. Couple of days ago,i went to India store and bought Indian rice puffs.I didn’t know exactly why i was buying it for that time,just that i will figure it out and so i did.I had a plan in place which i didn’t know about until i went to pantry that day and saw jaggery begging me to use it. With ‘Muri‘ and ‘jaggery‘ in my vision,i thought of what we ate growing up every year during popular Indian festival,which happens every year on January 14th-15th,”Makar Sankranti“.Every Indian festival has food associated with it,could you have guessed.?So with this ,it is what we call in Hindi “La-e”,a ball of Indian puffed rice mixed with Jaggery. Puffed rice as it is called in English,we call it ‘Muri‘ or ‘Farhi‘ in Hindi.It is impossible not to think of my grandmother,sitting by the fire,making these in a HUGE claypot or broken bottom “Ghada” as it is called. Indian...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Dessert, Indian | 0 comments

Sweet Coconut balls

Sweet Coconut balls

Couple of months ago,my sister prepared  ‘nariyal laddu’ ,in a traditional way,by condensing the milk for long hour.I am pretty sure it tasted terrific.However i wasn’t going to stir and condense the milk.So when she visited me,i thought this is a right time to experiment the shortest and easiest way to make those yummy ‘nariyal’ (coconut in hindi) laddu’.I am sure my mom will agree that these sweet and sticky balls tastes just the same. If you can grate the fresh coconut,it will take the dish to another level.I have the fresh coconut sitting but just haven’t gotten around grating it yet. You can use unsweetened shredded coconut,i found only sweetened in the baking aisle. Adjust the amount of sugar per your taste,coconut is naturally sweet and so does the condensed milk. Do not skip the cardamom pods,it gives sweet fragrance to the dish.Cardamom is quintessential Indian spice for dessert.You can substitute it with Vanilla beans,if you can’t find Cardamom. You can add chopped blanched silvered almonds and cashews to it if you like.I just...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 1 comment

Taro fries

Taro fries

Growing up my dad or mom  went to  road side vegetable market every morning,where many sellers would be lined up with basketful of vegetable .Earlier you go,fresher the vegetable you will get and more selection you will have. Assortment of  greens like Indian mustard greens, amaranth, Indian chick peas green(oh how i miss that),basketful of okra(ladysfinger), eggplants(brinjals), cauliflower, cabbage and radishes to name a few,not to mention loads of potatoes and onions.Though most of them were common occurrence in our house but once in a while they will pick what we call in hindi ‘Arvi’, translated as ‘colocasia’.Traditionally we made gravy based curry using that,which gets sticky.Not very interesting,though at times my mom would simply slice it thin and saute it with minimal amount of spices like bhujiya. Now let me take you back couple years ago to the beautiful island of Hawaii,where we went for vacation.I was AMAZED how popular this not so good looking root vegetable is there.I learnt another name for it ‘Taro root’.I tasted ‘Taro  bread’,slightly sweet and purple looking bread.We...

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