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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 Jul 23, 2013 in method | 1 comment

Canning 101

Canning 101

Whenever I go to the farmer’s market, I am drawn to jam and jelly booth. Fruits of various kind, canned in different sizes of jar ,all neatly labeled and tagged, beg me to buy it.No surprise that I always come back home with couple of jars. When I got my first jar of strawberry from my friend Donna,few Christmases ago, I was surprised, with a question, ‘Did you make this?.For some reason,the idea of making your own jam and jelly at home seemed too big of undertaking.As the time passed by and my love for homemade jam and jelly grew, the question I had for Donna was, “Can you please teach me how?” So last Friday we finally got together for canning. She explained  me each and every step of the process.So here it goes. Tools of the trade People are canning for a very long time, much before canning kits were neatly packed and marketed like today. I have learnt that canning have precise steps. Tools make these...

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Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in method | 2 comments

Lets cook Rice

Lets cook Rice

Rice is one of the staple food of India like many other Asian countries.We spent our summer vacation at ‘Nanighar’,general term used in Hindi for grandparents house from mom-side.So I got the chance to observe the whole rice making process.From field to silo to plate.In every farmer’s house,there is a room dedicated for tall ‘clay’ silo to hold the grains.Different grains in different season.So it was lentil,rice,wheat,mustard seeds etc.Those room were usually dark,for the lack of consistent electricity in villages back then.I wish I took  pictures many moons ago. So it is no surprise that Indians use rice from savory to sweet, breakfast to dinner, snacks.Rice is not just boiled cooked rice, it is ground, beaten, flatten, puffed transformed in oh so many different ways.The way, we cooked rice at home was different.Traditionally many Indian cook and my mom included does not follow  rice to water ratio.Water is always much more than 1:2 ratio.Also it is stirred during cooking and checked for doneness.Once it is cooked, lot of water is left in...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in method | 4 comments

Roti and Paratha

Roti and Paratha

First comes the  ‘Flour’. Indians eat ‘flour’ product almost every day in the form of ‘Roti’/ ‘Phulka’/ ‘Chapati’/ ‘Paratha’/ ‘Poori’/ ‘Kathori’. ‘Wheat Flour’ precisely.It is certainly more popular in North,East,West part of India than in South.Climate in South is not as favorable to wheat as it is to rice. Flour in India are not as grouped and marketed as it is here in US like ‘All Purpose Flour,Self Rising Flour,Cake Flour,Bread Flour‘.You add whatever is needed to be  added to make it appropriate for different kind of dishes.I remember growing up my parents used to buy wheat in big bulk,soaking it to clean it,drying it on terrace top in hot sun and taking it to mill to grind it.Many still continue to do it same way and many have adopted the convenient route of buying ‘flour’ all milled,good to go.  Roti – It is similar to Mexican ‘Tortilla’ here but not quite the same.It is called differently in different part of India.We called it ‘Roti’.In west and up north,it is usally...

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in method | 1 comment

Aloo Chop assembly steps

Couple of days ago,I blogged about ‘Aloo Chop’ and it became instant hit among my Indian food loving friends.So I made it again,this time I let my friend,Stacey assemble it.She gotta hang of it and i got to snap the process of each step.Won’t you agree that my model have best looking...

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