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Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Bread, Veggies | 0 comments

Gobi(cauliflower) roast with Roti

Gobi(cauliflower) roast with Roti

‘Gobi’..’Roti’..its Greek…errr Hindi to me? ‘Gobi’ is Hindi for cauliflower.So the dish is,roasted cauliflower with tortilla.Lets talk about both individually. Gobi-Cauliflower : It was and still is one of my favorite vegetable.It surprises me every time when i hear someone saying,they don’t like cauliflower.I always think,it is probably because,they have tasted it from the veggie platter with ranch dip more often then any other way. Seriously?Raw?Really?I will save the adjectives. Wish they had tasted my mom’s  ‘Aloo Gobi Dum’ with ‘Poori’.Heaven.She prepared it every year on Jan 14 or Jan 15th,during the festival of ‘Makar Sankranti’.A time of transition.Harvest season in many part of India,moving from winter to spring,as sun moves from one zodiac sign,Saggitarius to Capricorn(Makar).You get the idea.It is HUGE in India among Hindus. Anyway,making ‘Aloo Gobi Dum'<Spicy dish of Potato,cauliflower and peas in thick gravy>is too much work.Aloo-gobi bhujiya (matchsticks potato and thinly sliced cauliflower sauted )is my next favourite.But since i am lazy,since i do not like cleaning dishes and standing by the stove all that...

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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 20, 2012 in Veggies | 0 comments

Veggie Medley

Veggie Medley

Every summer we make plans to go to the beach.And every time we go,we make sure to eat at the local seafood restaurant.This year was no different.We looked forward to eating at the seafood restaurant,some which we knew of and some which were friends recommended. My order almost never changes unless menu changes.It is almost always blackened Catfish,Red Snapper,Grouper,Tilapia or Trout ,one of those recognizable,not big,not smelly white fish,which is in the menu.Also what doesn’t change is the one consistent side dish it is served with among others.Vegetable medley of  Zucchini,Carrots with Onion and Bell Pepper.Sometime it will have big head of broccoli which in all seriousness,i do not think belongs there.I do like Broccoli but not the way i have been served in these dishes.Medley’s texture varies by restaurant.Some cut their veggies long and narrow,not thin and some are just chunky(meant to be left out).All are mildly sauted and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. So at home,if i am making fish,i try to replicate the experience with the added punchline ,”Remember,how you love the vegetable medley...

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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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Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Mutter Paneer

Mutter Paneer

If you have been to Indian restaurant,you must have noticed this creamy dish of peas and cheese presented in buffet. ‘mutter paneer’ precisely.’Mutter’ is ‘Peas’ in Hindi and ‘Paneer’ is Indian cheese. It is one of those dish,which is reserved for special occasions.It has very rich and creamy sauce.Peas adds touch of sweetness to the dish,when you bite on it.My mom made it during festivals or when we have guests coming,to treat them with something luxurious.However,sometimes she just treated us on a regular day. So,when my husband decided that he wants to start the weekend by having al-fresco dining  by the river eating take out Indian food,i had to order ‘mutter-paneer’  with ‘Aloo-Paratha‘ for myself,while my husband favored  Chicken Tikka Masala and Shrimp Biriyani .My  son didn’t care for Paneer much but he liked rest of the stuff.For my daughter,Naan/Paratha/Plain Rice with Raita was the charm. I was not going to cook ‘mutter-paneer’ anytime soon but it was very timely that my sister,Pritha, prepared it for her guests recently and shared the recipe...

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Veggies | 2 comments

Bhindi-Bhujiya

Bhindi-Bhujiya

‘Bhujiya’ is part of everyday breakfast item in the North,North-East part of India,I grew up.Some of you here,might recognize ‘Bhindi-Masala’ in Indian restaurent menu.Though this particular dish does not have as much ‘Masala mix’  to it since it  used for breakfast and not for lunch.My mom cooked some sort of ‘Bhujiya’ every morning for us and I think it is the BEST BREAKFAST accompaniment  ever.I know I am biased.I don’t think I have ever cooked this for breakfast after coming here.Why?I am lazy for stove top cooking in the morning. So whats in the name? Bhujiya – Sauteed vegetable in Hindi.In order to make it quickly,usually vegetables are cut small. ‘Bhindi’ -It is hindi for ‘Okra’ in American english.We call it ‘Ladysfinger’ in Indian english because it kind of look like that :-). This dish is prepared by my sister Pritha.She is living very busy lifestyle of working professional in metropolitan India.You see,we all loved my mom’s breakfast and even though I am too lazy to cook it here,she is not.She...

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