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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Grains | 2 comments

Spaghetti with baked Cajun shrimp

Spaghetti with baked Cajun shrimp

Couple of days back,i was once again in the kitchen standing clueless about what i want to eat or cook for  my family?All i knew was it has to be quick and simple to put together and of course likable. That’s when i noticed  the container full of basil growing.From a month back we had couple of big tomato cans left out.We decided to recycle it.What would be easier then turning them into little planter?So we drilled the holes.Kids painted it with chalk paint.Filled it with dirt and planted the seeds.They were responsible for making sure that it is watered regularly.So now we have parsley and basil thriving.Coriander and mint barely coming up. Our menu : Baked Cajun shrimp,spaghetti tossed with sun dried tomatoes,basil and generous amount of olive oil. Ingredients  1 lb medium size cleaned up shrimp,Cajun seasoning(it has salt),oil to drizzle ,lemon slices Method  Spread the shrimp in single layer in a baking dish. Sprinkle it with Cajun seasoning. Drizzle it with olive oil. Add thin slices of lemon on top....

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Celebration, Grains | 0 comments

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

Does your family have festive food tradition? As I was reading about the Christmas tradition around the world, delectable spread of food on Christmas Eve and the following day resonated often. We spend Christmas day, with  house full of  family, at my in-laws ranch. However Christmas Eve, it is just us,my husband,our two little children and a sweet yellow lab 🙂 We have consistently attended the Christmas Eve service; though I do not recall prepping special food  on Christmas Eve.What a miss,come to think of it.This Christmas Eve morning I woke up with desire to cook. Long and slow cooked traditional festive Indian food precisely. I remember my mom spending day in kitchen cooking several delightful dishes. Whole family hovered around the kitchen. I chose Chicken Biryani, one of our family favorite. Let me admit,my yummy biryani eating experience has always been through friends. My mom cooked (veg)Pulao/Pilaf.Another widespread notion in India  is, no one cooks the biryani quite like Muslims. Biryani has been known as the food of Nizams...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Grains, International, missions | 0 comments

Geelrys

Geelrys

Why eat plain white rice, when you can eat ‘Geelrys’? Learn it from the South Africans.  Geelrys is rice with effortless exuberant personality. It is aromatic, has touch of sweetness and is bursting with yellow color.  Raisins add sweet bite to it.I don’t care for raisins as it is but I like it plumped as it cooks in rice. My kids not so much in the rice.  Turmeric adds the yellow tint to rice. Cinnamon adds aroma. Brown sugar adds touch of sweetness.  I have cooked it with medium grain and long Basmati rice. My preference is long Basmati rice.  You cook this rice in same way as you would regular rice, adding everything to it at once in the beginning. I always make it enough to last for two meals.You can adjust the amount for one meal,if you like. I don’t like sweetness in savory dishes.So I have experimented it with less sugar or no sugar time to time.I often serve it with spicy chicken curry. After I...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Grains | 0 comments

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday past week.I pinch myself.She is growing up too fast.As you may have known by this time,I usually make full-on favorite meal of the birthday person.However this time i goofed up.I got wrapped in other details. I asked Ms A what would she like to take for her class? Cookies,cakes,brownies ?Her answer was cupcakes.I asked her if she would like the goodie bags for her friends?Of course,yes !To involve her in her favorite day ,we went shopping and i let her choose the items which goes in the goodies bag under my guidance of course :-)If it was on her ,it would have been bracelets , wands , nail polishes and princess stickers  for  everyone with a hole in my pocket.But we didn’t. For  home birthday cake,her choice of flavor was Vanilla,no doubt there.Her color of icing was pink.I can’t show you the picture of  my cake,so that the memory of beautifully decorated,perfectly iced cake stays untarnished.Mine was anything but that except it tasted good. Among all this,i forgot...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Grains, International | 0 comments

Orecchiette Meatball Minestrone

Orecchiette Meatball Minestrone

Weather around here changes frequently this time of the year.You wake up with cold morning, you put on your warm jackets before you leave the house  and you are hitting 70F in the afternoon and wondering why did you dress up  like that? So on one such day,i made minestrone meatball soup.Is this the first time you are hearing the word ‘minestrone’?I was curious to know when i heard this a while back,so here it is  ‘Minestrone’  means soup in Italian,made with pasta  and vegetables and touch of herbs. I used  Orecchiette for pasta.It means “Little ears” in Italian.It looks like sorta little ear,isn’t it?Though here it is marketed as “shell” pasta and resembles that too ha !I would have preferred smaller shaped pasta but this is what i had in hand and it tastes just fine. Now to make it heartier,i added meatballs.You can use whatever kind you like.I made with chicken. You may have noticed me using turmeric a lot.It is Indian spice which i use  regardless of the ethnicity...

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Grains, Indian | 2 comments

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

Its 7:30 P.M in the evening.Back from the work and ready to settle down in very humid evening.I quickly make my way to the kitchen where couple of other girls are there too,holding their dinner plates.I can smell the aroma and asked the girl before me,whats for dinner tonight?Coconut rice. I did’t know what to expect.I never had coconut rice.I was not a fond of coconutty food after spending 3 months in Kerala,where street is permeated with smell of coconut and food has distinct coconut aroma.I had still not gotten used to it.So i served myself a small scoop of it.I quickly noticed the subtle familiar aroma,i tasted it despite of it.With that one bite,my coconut myths have been dispelled .I have been fan of coconut rice ever since.That time i never asked how they prepared it,i wished i did. That was more then 10 years ago,when i lived in crowded girls hostel(dorm),commuted via company bus to work,lived in very humid city where tap water was salty(it was unthinkable...

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