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Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Indian, missions | 1 comment

Chana Masala(Choley)

Chana Masala(Choley)

Couple of weeks back,i came across this very neat resource from Thriving family fun.I am planning on using this as we make international meal.Kids get to stamp the passport with the respective country stamp.Each stamp has a specific verse for the country.It is not meant for ‘cooking’ around the world per se  but this is one of the visual,I would be using to bring the world to our dinner table with gospel message. One of the most asked Indian dish by my friends is ‘chana masala’ or spiced chick peas curry.We called it ‘choley’ growing up and still do.Irony is,i was not too fond of ‘chole’ growing up.It was one of those special treat kind of dish.Not reserved for festive occasions but not the everyday dish either. Fast forward couple of years,actually lots of years and i have started liking this dish.No that would be wrong to say.I have come to love this dish.So i make it time to time.Looking at the thick rich gravy,my daughter first reaction was,”it...

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Dessert | 1 comment

Carrot Halwa Blondie

Carrot Halwa Blondie

Hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last month.We kept it low key and enjoyed  family dinner at our back patio, with array of our favorite dishes. I was looking for a dessert which echos the fusion of American and Indian taste buds. Thats when i  came across Carrot Halwa Blondie.It has all the elements of carrot halwa but instead of being Halwa, it is cake like,sweet dessert.I knew my husband would take a bite on it 🙂 Original recipe is for bar and uses 11 by 15 inch pan.I used 9 by 13.So mine was not a bar but it was more of moist cake which we liked. I also used Whole wheat pastry flour and coconut sugar for the recipe. I didn’t shred the carrots.I microwaved and coarse pureed it in blender.It was 1/4 cup more then the recipe asked for.I just had more carrots and i took a chance. Didn’t wanted it to go waste 🙂 PrintCarrot Halwa Blondie Ingredients2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 3 leveled teaspoons double-acting baking powder 2-1/4...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 2 comments

Murg Shahjahani

Murg Shahjahani

Couple of weeks ago,at the time of Easter I asked each one of my love,”What would they like to have for special Easter dinner?”.Abby immediately said “pasta” and her brother joined in.My hubby said,”The Indian dish that you made couple of days back”,I knew he asked for “Murg Shahjahani”.So i made each one of these dishes over that period of time. Now the name,if i were to translate, it will be “Chicken in rich cashew cream gravy”.Chicken is called Murg/Murga in Hindi-Urdu.So what about “Shahjahani”?Here is a problem.I don’t know why the dish is labeled “Shahjahani”.However,i have a hypothesis.Take it or leave it. Shah Jahan was a famous Mogul Emperor.Most of you know “Taj Mahal”.Well,Shah Jahan built this mausoleum in the memory of his beloved wife,Mumtaz,as a expression of love. Now the dish.Do you know how expensive Cashews are here?I have found them equally expensive in India as well.So making a dish, rich with cream of cashew, is not something  family can afford. Back in the time,these rich array of food were reserved for the “nawabs”{king in Urdu}.I...

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in missions, NonVeg | 2 comments

A Compassionate Meal – Kolhapuri Tambda Chicken

A Compassionate Meal – Kolhapuri Tambda Chicken

I was telling you earlier about our compassionate meal.We make the meal from the state where our girl,we are sponsoring in,is living.It is also one of our way to remember her and let our family connect with her. So in an effort to do so,i prepared chicken  Kolhapuri .Now, Kolhapur is a name of city in a state of Maharashtra.It is famous for the  footwear around the world.If you ever visit India,you have to get some “Kolhapuri sandles” 🙂 I have spent a month or longer in Maharashtra more then a decade ago and i  hardly recall eating non-veg meal.I get the impression that Marathi meal is very simply prepared.As i was researching i found out  Tambda means red.So the dish is suppose to be red in color.It is generally prepared using mutton. Dish is also spicy hot.Color red comes from the native chili pepper used in prepping this dish. Marathi also use peanut oil.Its called groundnut in Indian english.Which imparts red color.My dish was rather yellow but i...

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