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Aloo Paratha

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Bread, Indian | 2 comments

It is hard for me to pick one favorite  from my mom’s kitchen.I remember many and drool at the thought of it.If I am challenged to come up with one,I will say ‘Aloo – Paratha’  certainly tops the list. My mom served at least 2-3 side dishes along with everyday staple regularly.One of the regular side dish was  aloo chokha. Simple mashed potatoes.It wasn’t often that there was any leftover.However, for the days when there was leftover,she would reuse aloo chokha as filling to make aloo paratha for dinner.Though it wasn’t always the result of leftover transformation.She knew that we all loved ‘aloo paratha’, so many night she treated us with this...

Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Celebration | 0 comments

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  – Psalm 139:13(NIV) Handful of joy is celebrating the month of May as a month dedicated to mothers.Though for me,most of what I cook everyday is inspired by my mom and in a way I celebrate mother’s day moment every time I cook.So.. Let me begin by saying what I call my mom..  …And it is NOT mom.In Hindi,most popular way to address  mother is ‘Mummie’, ‘Mumee”.Kind of like you take ‘Mum’ from British and add lots of love on ‘E’ and stretch it out tad bit when you say it.Though interchangeably I call my mother “Maa” with a fading sound of ‘n’...

Lets cook Rice

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

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...

Breadsticks

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Bread | 0 comments

We just celebrated our daughter’s birthday.I asked her what she would like to eat on her birthday.Her reply would have been ‘McDonald,Chuck-E-Cheese’etc.. all those places which I so love (sarcasm alert) but I added ‘at home’ to the question,since it was already going to be a very long week day for all of us.Her answer was Spaghetti with meatballs in red sauce. Growing up,cake was not the part of our birthday celebration.Mainly because of its unavailability to us.I didn’t grow up in metroplex of India where you can find cake shops easily.Baking oven is not the part of the regular Indian kitchen.So ‘baking’ is completely out of question.Everything is cooked...

Peach Crisp

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Dessert, Fruits | 0 comments

My hubby and I celebrated our anniversary recently.It was busy week day with school, work, game all in same 24 hrs, so we decided to postpone the date night but that doesn’t mean postponing yummy foods.I prepared both of ours  favorite  dishes of Indian and American flares.  Chicken Tikka Masala by simmering grilled Chicken Tikka Kabab in blend of spices for depth of flavor along with Veggie Biriyani, finished with  Peach Crisp,very American fruity  dessert.Peach also happens to be my hubby’s favorite fruit in dessert. Now a thing or two about peaches and me.I didn’t know about peaches until of course as you guessed, I came here.Texas is famous for its peaches.Warm climate...

Chicken Tikka Kebab

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Indian, NonVeg | 0 comments

One of the most popular dish known to non-Indians.I don’t remember eating it growing up.’Tikka’ is basically hindi for ‘chunks’/’patty’,in this case it is chunks of chicken.’Kebab’ has middle eastern origin.Basically skewered meat,grilled over open fire. It was brought to India by Moguls.It was served to Indian royals in old days and was enjoyed by commoners alike.Marinated meat in blend of spices,skewered and grilled to perfection in clay oven,served with Naan is mouth watering affair.Even now the places like Lucknow, Hyderabad which have been home to Mogul Nawabs(means ‘kings’ in ‘Urdu’) are known to have best Non-Vegetarian dishes.Some of the best Kebab,Biriyani and who knows many other meat dishes alike...

Chicken Piccata

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Idea for this meal came to me at the school parking lot.Did you just raise your brow?Me and my friend Breanna happen to cross each other’s path in school parking lot,on the way to pick up kids from the school.We hadn’t seen each other in a  little while,so we were catching up for like 5-8 mins and it ended up at ‘Chicken Piccata’.You must be wondering how could that fit in such brief,hurried conversation,well leave that to me. I don’t know where the inspiration for everyday cooking will come to me.It could be something I saw in commercials in the middle of games or bill boards and  restaurants  driving  by...

Roti and Paratha

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

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...

Easy Quinoa Pulao

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Grains | 1 comment

I have heard about ‘Quinoa‘(Sounds like “Kin-wa”) for quite sometime now ,so I bought it but unknown intimidated me.Quinoa is crowned as ‘Superfood’,or ‘wonderfood’.And rightly so,it is great for heart,gluten free,easy to digest.It was considered ‘Gold for Incas’.So you guessed,it has been around for long time,ancient of ages.Latin American countries Peru,Bolivia,Columbia are the biggest producer of Quinoa. Inspired by my friend April,who is making encouraging changes for healthy lifestyle,I decided to break the ice and sail through it.So i gave it a try today.It looked like small round bird seeds.I cooked it like rice,same 1:2 ratio of Quinoa and Water.When it is done,it sort of sprouts and you would...

Bhindi-Bhujiya

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

‘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....