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Sweet and Spicy Pineapple

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 17:23:00 +0000

I know...i have been basically not blogging for nearly a year..but after not having my laptop for nearly 2 weeks..i just realised that i missed blogging. My interests wax and wane...and as of now..i am back in the mood. But, this may or may not last let me see.
I have always loved Pineapple..but growing up in India..fruits are sold seasonally and also we would buy these fruits with their peels cut by the vendor. My uncle...would tease us and tell us that the vendor would blow his nose...visit restrooms and could cut the fruit with the same hand often..but it usually fell of deaf ears. I unfortunately..did see the pineapple vendor blow his nose..wipe his hands on his pant and go his merry ways to cut the fruit. That ended my love story with the fruit. Nowadays, ofcourse, we have super bazaars cut up the fruit all neat and clean in boxes in shelves..but i cannot bring myself to eat Pineapple in india anymore..unless it is in Navrattan kurma or kashmiri naan..yummmm.....

I did go overboard and buy 3 pineapples..yikes! and it was taking up a lot of place in my fridge. I decided to make a spicy and sweet pineapple curry from an Indonesian cookbook i have in my hand. I did go about making a few substitues, as i did not have all the ingredients on hand..i do plan to make the recipe as per the books soon.



Pineapple - 1/2 large, cut in cubes
Brown Sugar - 1 tbls (i used splenda brown sugar blend)
Soy Sauce - 1 tbls
Sambaal Oleek - 1 tbls
Flavorless oil - 1 tsp.
Peanuts - 3 tbls, crushed..coarsely


1. In a non stick pan, add 1 tsp. oil and add the pineapple when the oil shimmers.

2. Add the brown sugar and cook for 5-7 minutes in medium-high flame, till there is good carmalisation.

3. Add the soya souce and the sambaal oleek and cook for 5 more minutes till the liquids are absorbed and the pineapple has some lovely color to it.

4. Scoop the pineapple on a bowl and sprinkle it with peanuts.

1. I think i will have to make the original recipe, as it had more yummy ingredients like ginger and red chillies.

2. Tho, soya sauce was an ingredient, i would not add it as it adds a flavor i did not enjoy.

Will make the original recipe and repost it with the name of the this is basically my recipe with a lot of inspiration


Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:20:00 +0000

Has there been any dish you have put off making, thinking the process to be too cumbersome? And when you finally decided to make cannot stop kicking your hiney for not making it for so many years and wasting precious eating hours ;)...I have. The first time i baked bread..i realised how simple it was...i vowed then and there i would never put off trying to make anything new. Yes, i am quite dramatic....i usually have visions of doing push-ups and reverse crunches when i hear pumping music and being totally jiggle free..oops...too much personal info.

Anyway, coming back to the post... I have always loved falafels, when i was in Mi...i would often get carry-out from Lashish, which was a middle eastern restaurant, just a 5 mts drive from home and embarrassingly enough the take out guy reserved a huge smile for me, coz i was a regular customer ;). Now there is a falafel place near my home here in NY, but nowhere close to what i was getting there...and when i saw this delicious post from one of the sweetest blogger i know... i had give in.

I did take in a lot of inspiration from her, in the sense i made it to suit my Indian palette and use the spices i had in hand rather than shop for things, which usually is the way i go about. I urge all of you to try the dish you have been putting off making lazy excuses, coz you will be amazed on how little work there is actually involved. My next mission is to make home-made ice-cream...perhaps next summer :D


Chickpeas - ? cups (soak 2 cups of dry chickpeas overnight)
Onions - 1 large,sliced
Garlic - 3 to 4 pods, crushed
Green Chillies - 1 or 2
Chana masala - 1 tbls
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp.
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Cilantro - 1 small bunch, chopped
Oil - to deep fry.


1. In a pan, add 1 tbls of oil, then add the jeera, onions and garlic and cook till softened.

2. Drain the chickpeas and wash well and keep aside.

3. Add the sauteed onion-garlic mixture to the above drained chickpeas and pulse in ur food processor or blender till it is all well combined. Do not add too much of water, 1 or 2 tbls will help if you are using a blender. I have Kitchen Aid and i was able to make it to a rough paste - used the pulse function.

4. Now put the above in a bowl, then add salt, red chilly powder, chana masala and cilantro and combine well.

5. Now refrigerate the above mixture for 3-4 hours, to let the flavors combine well.

To fry the falafels:

1. Take the mixture out of the refrigertor about half an hour before.

2. Heat the oil, but make sure the oil does not smoke.

3. Make small falafel balls, and deep fry this in medium flame.

Note: Do make the falafel balls small, resist to make them big, trust me the small ones fry evenly and taste better. Also, fry them in medium flame, this ensures the inside gets cooked well.

These taste great straight-up. We had our's with yogurt dip.

Blew me away.....and Paneer Kolhapuri

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:44:00 +0000

In this world of pure selfishness, there comes a time when you step back shake your head and want to reevaluate your beliefs that you have painstakingly made :). It happened to me too....i was so happy and excited and touched because personally i would have never done something like this...and i think the fact that it was so alien to me..yet so cool..blew me away. You must be thinking WTH...did she receive some moolah or an emerald ring (btw. i love emerald) was not jewellery nor money..but it was a gift from a fellow blogger, actually a spice - kolhapuri masala.Nupur who is famous for her incredible recipes was kind enough to send me some of the famous kolhapuri masala, I am certain she got moved by my begging for it on her comment site :D. And to be honest for foodies like us..getting gifts with relation to food is it's weight in gold :). So Nupur...thank you so much...i am savouring the spice and ecstatic about it's ownership!

I did not want to make any elaborate recipe primarily it is summer..okay i lied..primarily because i am on a darn diet and secondly i wanted a simple recipe where the masala would be the primary flavouring.
I do not know if there is a dish called Paneer Kolhapuri (google search did not give me any valid result )..but if there is a recipe and my recipe i am certain is nothing like it..please let me nice tho..i have no patience for rudeness.


Paneer Kolhapuri:


Paneer - 6 oz (cut into triangles)
Red Onion - large, sliced thin
Garlic - 3 pods, smacked and sliced
Ginger - 2 inches, sliced thin
Kolhapuri Masala - 2 tsp.
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.
Red Chilly (fresh) - 1 small
Oil - 2 tsp.
Cilantro - 2-3 tbls worth - chopped.


1. In a griddle, toast the paneer, there is no need to use any oil. After the paneer is all browned, keep it aside.

2. In a pan. add the oil, then the cumin, then red chilly, garlic, ginger and the onion and fry in medium flame till the onions are softened and change color.

3. Add the salt and the kolhapuri masala and stir well.

4. Now increase the flame to high, add the paneer and the cilantro, mix well but with a gentle touch and make sure the spice is coated well.

5. Now put it in a bowl and is really yummy and the spice was perfect ( i know..what a show off ;) )


A rant and a recipe...

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 16:06:00 +0000

Why are people nosy? I am yet to understand and i wish a nosy person would let me in on the secret. Why do people want to know private details of a stranger? isn't that just weird...what do you achieve if you know whether a person works or not..has kids or from India or not...why do you want to know?? Are you writing a book that details about how many people you met...their status..their personal details...race etc? I am yet to understand the thought process that form these unnecessary and many a times ridiculous questions! color your hair?? umm..nope..i was born with dark brown hair with gold highlights..yesssir..i was the freak baby in India did not read about me in the paper uncle :D...or do you have kids?? no!...why?? ummm...maybe i don't know how to do 'it'..can i come and watch (puke)...are you trying for a baby? why...are you planning to marry your moronic spawn off with my future baby? i rather have my kid single that married to a nut-case. So..where are you working? how much do you make?? more than you..i am certain....and shame on me..if i don't...and then there are the much rent do you pay? how many siblings you have and what do they and their spouses do? etc...etc!! Mind you..none of these questions were asked to me by people i was introduced to be friends with...these a bunch of random questions that i have encountered to my travels to India (in airports no less) and a few in the subway in the great city of NY. Isn't it sad that people have no respect for privacy...there have been so many times...i have been asked questions while listening to the i-pod!! PEOPLE!! not disturb me when i am listening to my basically is a signal that i want to be left alone...grrrr....

So here is a recipe..that i love and have been making it regularly, as it is super easy to make and tastes yummy...but no culinary masterpiece.....but...this is a food blog and i feel i gotta put in a recipe to carry on this blog :D


Paneer Bhurji.

Paneer - 4-6 oz block. Grate it with the thicker side of the grater- you know that i mean.
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup ( i used carrots and peas - frozen :D)
Leeks - 2, sliced thin ( was out of onions...use onions if you want)
Garlic - 2, grated
Cumin - 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp.
Pav Bhaji masala - 1/2 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp. (do not use more, as paneer has a lot of fat)


1. Grate the paneer and keep aside.
2. In a pan, add the oil,add the cumin. Add the onion and garlic and saute till soft, do not let it burn.
3. Add the peas and carrots with the turmeric and salt,cook till softened.
4. Add the red chilly powder and the pav bhaji masala then add the paneer and mix well.
5. Cook this for 5 minutes, if you have cilantro with you...add it at this really takes it to another level.

Summer is here...and it sucks.

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 20:15:00 +0000 is official i hate summer. It is a strong word to be used, but there is nothing fun about feeling hot and sticky and sweating like a ...oops..glowing like a..i don't know what. It is also the season where Jeeves and me have regular arguments..coz i love the air to be kicked upto 65..and he thinks 70 is good...and i am also in a foul mood most of the time, coz hot weather puts me in a bad mood. But, note to the fellow food blogger whom i am planning to meet.....i promise, i will be nice ;)...don't want to scare you :D.
I usually do not spend a lot of time in the kitchen...honestly in the past year..i have hardly been spending time in the kitchen on account of my weird eating habits and jeeves travelling..but summer gives me an excuse not to go and vent when i am in there.
This lentil salad is super easy and can be eaten warm, cold or wrapped up in pitas or rotis for a quick and easy meal.



brown lentils -1.5 cups dry. Soak it in water for about 2 hours (can omit this step, but it helps in cooking faster)
vegetables - 2 cups (i used mushrooms- 3 cups, as they shrink, carrots and peas - 1 cup)
onions - 1 large, diced
garlic - 4 pods, 3 sliced thin and 1 crushed
salt - to taste
fresh ground pepper - 6 twists
red chilly flakes - 1 tbls.
oil - 1 tbls (i.e - 3 tsp. of oil)
rosemary - 2 tsp. (dry, use more if fresh)


1. Cook the lentils in water with reqd. salt and the crushed garlic. The lentils should be completely cooked but not turn mushy. Usually you have to be really abusive to the brown lentil to render it to a mush ;)

2. In a non-stick pan,add 2 tsp. of oil (reserve the 1 tsp. for later), add the onions and garlic and saute till soft. Now add the peas and carrots (i used frozen) and cook for a couple of minutes.

3. Add the mushrooms to the above with the rosemary,chilly flakes,pepper and salt (just for the veggies, as we are cooking the lentils with salt too) and cook till the mushrooms are softened.

4. Add the cooked lentils to the above, let the crushed garlic be, add the remaining tsp. of oil..and mix it gently but well. is ready to eat. Easy right...

The return of the dummy!!

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:43:00 +0000

Yep...old habits do not die...ever!! atleast for me. I remember as a kid..i was always generous with my things..lending everyone my books, parting with pocket money......and boy have i gotten into trouble with that! I thought for a while i had overgrown the habit of lending ..but no sir...i have done it again. Before i left Mi, i had lent some cookbooks to an acquaintance of mine...we somehow never got a chance to regroup and now here i am in NY and guess what!! no cookbooks. I makes me so mad..esp. it was Tarla Dalal's books and some really nice indian cookbooks, that i am possessive about. Again..i am a cookbook i am possessive about all of em. We did exchange our i told her to mail me my books..this is after i had tried to touch base with her plenty of times when i was in Mi. Then yesterday, i emailed her asking about the books, btw. it has been nearly a month since i have given her the address to my new place....guess what is her reply..according to her..the books cost more to mail than the value of the books from she has conveniently decided not to mail them. Really!! did you pay for the darn gotta ask my friend who is visiting me in may to contact her and get the books from her. I really cannot understand what sort of people are these!! how dare you keep my books with you...some people are so shameless and with no do you keep a check on your conscience?? I truly hope i get my beloved books back and lesson learnt i hope.

Anyway...the tarla dalal's rajasthani book had a few recipes with jowar and bajra and i was looking forward to make them and had bought them months ago...but had not used them. As i am on a quest to finish all my old stock...i decided to use the grains. As i do not have the book...i googled as to how to cook bajra the basic idea and make a basic simple khichdi.

Bajre ki khichdi



Bajra Grains - 1/2 cup (soaked for a few hours)
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup ( use any dal you want..toor is the only dal i have at home)
Green Chillies - 2, slit
Garlic - 3 pods, crushed
Onion - 1 medium, diced
Spinach - 1/2 box (i used frozen)(if using fresh..use 3-4 cups)
Sambar powder - 1 tbls.
Oil- 1 tbls
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
Water - 2 1/2 cups


1. Heat a pressure cooker with oil, then add the mustard seeds.

2. When the seeds splutters, add the onions, garlic and green chillies and saute till the onions soften.

3. Add the spinach after that with salt and sambar powder and saute for a few minutes.

4. Then add the bajra and dal with 2 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.

5. When the pressure subsides, mix it well and serve.


1. I would reduce the water to maybe 1 1/2 the bajra does not expand as much as rice does. I wanted to make it a khichdi..but it was a lil more soupy than i would have liked it.

2. The bajra did not plump up even after soaking for a few hours, like i thought it would...i mean i just assumed soaking it would plump it not ask me where i got this idea. I think soaking basically lets the grain soften a bit. if i am wrong..please let me know...politely of-course!!

3. All of you watching your carbs..this is great..coz Bajra is basically pretty high in protein and low on no afternoon slump!!

One pot meal

Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0000

So here i am after a really long break....i really had not intended to take off this long...but stuff happens.
We just moved...okay..not just...we moved to NYC in Jan and after being stuck in a studio for a month and searching for a decent apartment...we finally zeroed in on a place and finally settling...ummmm...yep..settling down. It is another of the bedrooms is full of boxes...honest!! i really do not know how i am going to clean up the mess but i have to...coz i already have visitors scheduled for April!! do get visitors when you move to cool cities ;)
My agenda is obviously to clear up my pantry, as i have quite a lot of grains and lentils all i am currently buying are veggies. Also...the kitchen area is sorta ?? cleaned up so i cannot go all fancy ;) i always do LOL.

Here is the simple one pot meal i made. Basically, it was stuff i had in my pantry all thrown together and seriously it was really yummy!



Cooked Kidney beans - 2 cups
Cooked Chickpeas - 1 cup
Barley - 3/4 cup, dry
Mixed Veggies - 1 cup ( i used frozed mixed veggies - carrot, peas and corn)
Onions - 1 small - finely diced
Leeks - 2 medium - finely diced
Tomatoes - 2 medium - diced in chunks
Garlic - 4 pods
Garam Masala - 1 tbls.
Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp.
Cumin - 1 tsp.
Oil - 1 tbls.


1. Cook the barley in 1 1/2 cups of water and keep aside.It will be chewy when done. Do this when you have time, does not have to be just before you are cooking.

2. In a pan, heat the oil, add the cumin seeds, then add finely diced garlic and onions,leeks for a few minutes. When the leeks and onions are softened, add the tomatoes and frozen veggies and cook for a few minutes.

3. When the veggies are cooked add the red chilly powder, garam masala and salt and cook for a few more minutes till you see the veggies getting a little dry and carmalized.

4. Add 2 cups of water and when it comes to a good boil, add the barley, chickpeas and kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.

5. Finely chop the cilantro and stir in it.

6. Serve with whole wheat rolls if you have on hand or you can really eat this straight up.

Submission to the lentil event and my last post for 2008

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:39:00 +0000

I love my archives! I sometimes think laziness has it's advantages!..coz if i were not lazy about blogging this recipe in past...i would have zero entry for Sra's event.

I have been on a total blogging hiatus and trust me with a good reason. I also feel bad on not visiting sites..but all that will change next year..i promise!

So coming to the recipe...the main problem with vegetarian food is that the carb component tends to be a little you have to make some efforts to increase the protein in the equation. Yes...lentils do have protein...but they also have a generous level of for me to add more protein..i usually depend on soy products. Though i am not a big fan of nutrella nuggets.......Jeeves loves them and as this was made for him...i decided to add the soy-nuggets for him and complet the stock i had ;)



Soy Chunks - 1/2 cup. soaked in warm water.
Kidney beans - 1 can
Peas - 1/2 cup
Onions - 1, diced
Tomatoes - 2 medium, diced
Tomato Paste - 1 tsp - to add some depth of color
Garlic Chilly Ginger paste- 1 tbls
Oil - 1 tbls
Cumin - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp.
Garam masala - 1 tsp.


Avacado - 1/4, diced
Cherry tomatoes - few
Yogurt - 2 tbls


1. In a pan heat the oil, add the cumin, ggg paste, onions and fry well...till the onions start to change color.
2. Add the tomatoes, tomato pste, peas and cook for 5 minutes in medium flame till the peas are cooked but not mushy.
3. Add the kidney beans, soy granuals (squeeze the water out of them), salt, chilly powder, garam masala, 1/2 cup water and cook for 7 minutes.
4. Serve this with the any sort of garnsh.It is really filling.

This is off to dearest Sra who blogs at the amazing
When my Soup came Alive and is hosting My Legume Love Affair that was started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook

I would like to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR….and hope all your dreams come true. Remember life is short and cherish the moments you have rather than lament on what you do not have.


Pea Chutney with Protein Dosa

Sat, 13 Sep 2008 18:56:00 +0000

Hmmmm..i have been my write up front but not in the eating part ;) how can i sustain without would be like Rachel Ray without abbreviations...yeah! could not resist making that dig...i am still a meanie...that does not change with time!I have to also say i am totally ashamed of not acknowledging my fellow bloggers for the awards they have bestowed on me. I truly appreciate it....i just have the memory of an amoeba (no discussion on this S the highly reputed one :D ).Priya of Indian Khana has passed on the 'Blogging with a purpose' award...Thank you Priya...much appreciated....JZ of Tasty Treats has passed me the Yum Yum award..Thanks for giving it to me..makes me feel good :)Also Laavanya has tagged me for a book meme. Here are the rules1. Pick up the nearest book2. Open to page 1233. Find the 5th sentence4. Post the next three sentences5.Tag 5 people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.And the honest gal i am ...i did pick up the book i was reading...and here it goes....may be boring..don't hate me for it....would be hard..i know :D"Mentors are not necessarily people who make you feel good about yourself or tell you that you can do anything you want to do. Sometimes the best mentors provide tough love by being critical as a means of teaching. Kroger's Dave Dillion told the story of two contrasting mentors he had early in his career."This excerpt is from "True North" by Bill George with Peter Sims. Jeeves had borrowed it from the library and liked i am giving it a is really good.As for tagging...i think the whole blogging community has done it ;)Here is a recipe i made somewhere in has been patiently waiting in the drafts for the tons of other things i am yet to do :DPEA CHUTNEY ....maybe i should call it pea mash ;)Ingredients:1. Peas - 1 frozen pack - the small one2. Cherry Tomatoes - 425 gms (the small box you get)- halved3. Red onion - 1 medium4. Garlic - 4 pods 5. Green chillies - 26. Cumin - 1 tsp.7. Oil - 1 tbls8. Salt to taste9. Red chilly - 1 tsp.Method: 1. Boil the peas with a little salt and keep aside to cool. Drain the water....and if you are obsessed on healthy can reserve the water for soup or something...if you are normal ;)(kidding!!) this in the sink.2. Heat oil in a wok..add the chillies...tomatoes and fry in medium heat for 15 minutes..till everything is cooked and mushy.3. Add the salt (remem you added some to the peas when you were boiling it) and cook for 5 minutes. The go ahead and mash it is up to you..on how you want the texture...i like to have to some substance and body to it and not a smooth paste...also my arms were hurting ;) decided to put a stop to this :DIt was really yummy...would be great as a spread on bread.PROTEIN DOSAThis is so freakin easy....Ingredients:1. Lentils - 1/2 cup each - i used - Moong...Toor...Red...Channa2. Urad Dal - 1 cup (you need a lil more urad)3. Red Chilly - 44. Cumin Seeds - 1 tbls5. Salt to tasteMethod:1. Soak the dals with the red chilly and cumin seeds for 4-6 can soak more if you wish...but 4-6 hours are more than enough.2. Grind to a smooth paste and add the required salt to it. I usually add the salt when i am grinding...makes like so much easier ;)3. The batter is all you gotta do is make dosas.I do hope i am more regular in visiting all the amazing sites....and maybe blogging too....[...]

Halloumi on masala grilled veggies

Sat, 16 Aug 2008 23:25:00 +0000

It has been a while i have blogged...and a thought came to me ..the dreaded thought that perhaps i have gotten bored of blogging. It should honestly not come as a surprise to me or anyone who knows me..coz i have a very short attention span. It actually spreads to everything around me...i have gotten bored of jobs...hobbies...even people! yep...there has been a time i have been smitten by a few...only to yawn at their name later (that does not mean i do not have my share of good friends....but a very few to be honest). But...i am not bored of blogging...the break as i analyze is on account of me not cooking regularly or cooking boring or wierd foods...something that will not go well in the blogging world.

I have been contemplating to buy a grill...even researched on a few...only to put off the purchase...but when my good buddy Siggy announced Monthly Mingle- Grill it ..i decided to initially invest in a stove top grill pan before i spend more moolah on an outdoor one. Well..the purchase for a stove top grill gave me more trouble than i thought!...why you ask...well all the stores carry 'cast iron' grill pans..which is a huuuge no-no on my list..coz i refuse to baby sit cookware....or the non-stick one's cost me an arm and a leg..till i finally went to bed bath and beyond where i got a non-stick one for $50.00..which is cool to here i am entry for your event.I is a day late...but ;)



Eggplant - 1 medium
Asparagus - 1 bunch
Halloumi - 4-5 oz

Olive oil- 1/4 cup
Garlic Chutney powder - 1 tbls
Goda masala - 1 tbls
Salt - to taste

For the dressing:
Olive oil - 2 tbls
Lime juice - 1 tbls
Garlic chutney powder - 1tsp
a pinch of salt
whisk well...and keep aside


1. Cut the eggplant into rounds and marinade the eggplant and the asparagus for 30 - 60 mts.

2. Grill the above and cut into medium pcs. Do not make it into bite sized.

3. Toast the halloumi (i used a griddle for halloumi tends to break) till it crisps up.

4. Plate the it with halloumi and drizzle the dressing on top.

Has it sunk in and MBP

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 13:25:00 +0000

The minute you switch on the television..there is all this talk about conserving energy..water..basically all natural resources. There are shows talking about 'green earth'..recycling....using a bike to hit nearby living...and so much...but my question is does this really sink in with the masses?? From my observation....there are basically 2 sorts of type is the person who is proactive..makes it a point to learn something new..when given an information...makes changes..for this person..conservation comes to a certain level naturally...unfortunately i do not find too many of these people in my vicinity. Then there are people who are basically oblivious to the wastage. You may might as well die screaming about conserving energy...using solar lights..wastage of water..but these morons..take the high road. i guess... so short-sighted in their view..their point is ..i have it right i will do as i please...i guess only when they open their pipes and no freakin water flows thru will they get the point.

Why am i so mad..well...this has been building up in me for a few years and i just felt like writing. I live in a neighbourhood..where 80% of the nut-jobs insist on turning on their porch lights on all night!! What a waste..seriously..and nope! is not solar lights...and then many insist on watering their lawns everyday!! Why can't you alternate the days...and my opinion..grass is over-rated. is nice and green...but it is boring..blah! character....all the homes are rows and rows of grass...and people spending gallons of water on them...and also valuable gas on mowing the lawn. People may think i have a case of sour-grapes esp. about the lawn...but i think having a small patch in the front might be ok...but to have a backyard full of grass is just a waste of land and resources. Why not grow veggies..or if that is a royal pain...go ahead and lay a nice tennis court or do something fun on it...why is there so much of grass!!

This months Nupur who blogs at the famous One Hot Stove is hosting the MBP and her theme is less is more which was started by Coffee who blogs at Spicecafe . What a lovely concept Nupur...and i am waiting for the round-up to bookmark all the entries to try em out.

My inspiration is from Kajal's website . I really like her detailed pictures and her simple and straight-forward way of explaining her recipes..and not to mention all the recipes make my mouth water :). I had bookmarked her red-chilly pickle a long back and guess what!! it fit in the MBP theme. So here is the recipe of Raita marcha....

I am giving the link to her recipe . The only change i made is i added some i was short of the red-chilly. It was just delicious....

Vegan Laksa

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:11:00 +0000

Though i would like to pretend i eat various cuisines when i eat reality i am a wimp..yep! i said it. I am worried half the time..if there is meat or a meat derivative in a dish. Maybe there is chicken stock...beef sauce..the list is endless. I do ask the wait staff...but i am not convinced. The other thing with me is i have a very strong sense of smell. I usually can smell meat in grilled times i smell something different in the pasta i long story short..i try to cook internationally at home...but eating out..i stick to indian...middle-eastern...and all sandwich and noodle/sushi spots..that have a vegetarian menu in place. Again...i do not eat in sandwich shop like Subway and Jimmy John's...coz they touch the meat and veggies with the same gloved hand right in front of your face...they may do the same in other restaurants too...but i can't see that...yep! i am what!! :D. This fear has actually reduced my eating out tremendously...and that is a great thing for i have the tendency to pack on the pounds really quick....i personally would like to attribute it to my slow metabolism (years of yo-yo dieting)...but...i think portion control plays a role too ;)I really love soups and esp. watery and broth based soups..where you have veggies and protein swimming in lots of liquid....but i dare not order it when i go out...coz i am pretty is made with chicken stock. So when i saw this soup in the VEG NEWS magazine last month..i jumped up and made is actually a street food in Singapore...not sure if they sell the vegan version there...seriously doubt it!...but this one was yummers.Lovely Laksa (source: veg new magazine) (note...the name was given in the magazine..not something i made up)8 oz dried rice noodles (i used tofu noodles)1 cup shallots chopped (i used red-onions)1 stalk lemon-grass, white part only-crushed (i used a zest of a lime)2 tsp. Sambaal Oelek2 tsp. ground coriander2 tsp. curry powder (did not use)1 tsp. paprika (used 2 tsp.)1/2 tsp. turmeric1/2 tsp. cayenne ( used red-chilly powder instead)1 tbls. canola oil (used coconut oil)31/2 cups vegetable stock (used a water+ veggie bullion)1 tbls sugar1 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper1 14oz can of coconut milk (i used lite coconut milk)8 oz extra firm tofu - cubed1 cup bean sprouts, blanched (omitted by me)3 scallions (omitted by me)1 cucumber, peeled and diced1 bunch cilantro (none at home! )1 cup pineapple (no way!!)Lime wedges to serveI also used 2 cups of assorted frozen veggies.Method:1. Cook noodles as per directions.2. Make a paste of shallots,lemongrass,sambal oelek and ginger. Add to it coriander,curry powder,turmeric,paprika and cayenne pepper and make a smooth paste.3. In a large pot...medium heat..add the oil..then add the shallot mixture from above and cook it for about 3 minutes, stirring well...adding a little stock to make sure it does not burn. Then add the frozen veggies (if using)....stir it well...and add the rest of the stock.4. Reduce the heat...add the sugar,salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes...then add the coconut milk and heat it through without letting it boil. Add the noodles and the tofu (i toasted the tofu in a pan lightly- can omit this step) and simmer for 5-7minutes.5. To serve...add the cucumber, scallions (if using) in a bowl. Pour the laksa over it and garnish with cilantro..pineapple (if using). Plop a lime wedge or half on the side too!!The ingredient list is long..but it is something majority of us have it at home. The process to make this is super is delicious...personally for me..i will make it without the noodles however..or use the rice noodles mentioned in the recipe.[...]

Quirks and a Jal Jeera

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:30:00 +0000

I do not think i have any quirks....i think they are known as having a personality..a unique one albeit...but to call them quirks in my opinion would be taking it to far. When my buddy Raaga tagged me to bare 6 quirks of mine...i thought why not lay it that everybody can let me is true..i am not quirky (people..this is what i want to hear...)1. I talk to myself. Actually i should say i HAVE to talk to myself everyday. If we have too many guests or i have too much going on..i excuse myself..go to the bathroom and talk to myself for an easy 10-15 minutes. I need that 'me' time with 'me'. Usually the talk is not some problem solving high funda talk...actually it is usually mundane crap...sometimes fantasy!!...but i need a mirror and i need to talk to me.2. I am an night owl. I actually have 3 blocks of times that i get is around 11:30..the next is around 1:00..the last chance is 2:30...if i miss any of them...i do not sleep the whole night. I can function normally the next day despite of no sleep...but i pretend to be marks for guessing why!! I usually do a night-out every month...i really like it actually.3. I am extremely reserved in person. I talk a lot over the phone and also get to an easy repartee online...but when i meet in person..i am tongue-tied for easily half an hour to an hour. I think if i meet my blog buddies i may open up in half an hour..but when it is strangers or worse takes me forever to open up. In my first job it took me 6 months to open up to is a different story that those guys were begging me to go back to my shy self a year later :D4. I get very irritated when things are color co-ordinated. It drives me nuts when all things match (except on kids) know..ur purse and stuff matching..or ur curtains matching your makes me very annoyed..i really don't now why...but i get a lil snippy!5. I hate...really hate caves. I always feel that the rocks are going to fall in..the cave entrance will be shut and we will suffocate and die. I have no problems with death to be honest..i just don't want to suffer.6. I am quite messy by nature. Once in two months usually..i get into this habit of super-cleaning. I then for a week go ahead and make jeeves life miserable by stalking him around the house to make sure he keeps things in place 'neatly' per my standards. After a is hello! slob-world :).. But no matter how my home looks sink is always spotless! I am obsessed with keeping my sink super clean and get really irritated if there is a cup lying there for more than 10 mts. I make sure to wash and clean my sink religiously everyday!I would like to tag the following:1. Laavanya gotta have some quirks..i am dying to know..2. Namratha ...the baker got to be a little nutsy right :D3. Nags ...the new bride can let her hair loose here4. TBC ..i am sure she has many...much more than 6..but it is a pity..she will not do it...i kinda know :(5. Richa ...would love to know the nut in you!6. Swati ...she should have plenty to share ;)Hope you girls take it up..if you don't... i understand..just lack of plain good manners right!The Meme rules -- Link the person who tagged you.Mention the rules in your blog.Describe 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs to inform them of having tagged them.It was a few days back when Sia of the gorgeous blog Monsoon Spice announced MBP- street food and i thought damn...for me street food is chat!!..and i am not too fida on alu right now :(...then a few days back i saw a yummy Indonesian street food recipe in Veg all excited and made that..only to realise [...]

Bad picture and a chutney for JFI

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 21:29:00 +0000

So when you guys take bad pics of food what do you do?? I basically still save them in the hopes that they will look better in time :D..but thought is hmmm...maybe i am being picky now..perhaps in the future i may lower my standards and like it. Does this happen!..but i still blog and put the pic in..coz i am a foodie not a photographer. I do look at pictures taken in many blogs with awe and try to make..yep..i only try to make a resolution that next time i will spend a wee bit more time on pics and it's surroundings. But, anyone who knows me is aware that it is just a momentary thought :D..i still land up on non stop for a few minutes..then dive in for the food.

This chutney was made months ago...i still kept the pics in the hope of liking it better...but i am still yet to change my mind. But...JFI is here, the theme is tamarind and one of chicks whom i really like a lot (actually a bit nervous tell u the truth) is hosting it...yep! it is the babe who blogs in Live to Eat i fished it out and am sending it to her...coz. i am on to cooking some wacko food these days ...but i cannot not participate in an event held by here it is Siggy



Red Cabbage - a big chunk
Green chillies - 9-10 (yeah..i like it hot)
Garlic - 4 cloves
Tamarind - lemon size (soak for 30 mts)
Salt - to taste
Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal,Chana Dal - 1 tsp. each
Red Chilli,Whole - 1
Oil - 1 tbls, 2 tsp.


1. Saute the cabbage,green chilli,garlic in a tbls of oil..till the raw smell of the cabbage goes.
2. Add the tamarind soaked in water...and dump it in the blender to make the chutney. Do make it chunky...smooth..really defeats the usual...a hand mixer will be better..grrr....
3. Add the above to a bowl..stir in the salt.
4. Heat 2 tsp. of oil...and do tadka with the mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and red-chilli...and plop it on the chutney.

I ate this with dosa...would be good as a side with rice too. Jeeves refused to touch it...and it defeated the darn purpose of this i wanted him to eat the red-cabbage...oh well!!

L & L Shrikhand

Sat, 31 May 2008 14:36:00 +0000

I love Winter..honestly..then followed with Fall then Spring and then really i don't like it..but it just falls in place...yep! talking about Summer. And now that Spring is upon us..i can see all my neighbours scurrying around..planting flowers, veggies...going insane with the mower and just making that darn yard beautiful. Now..usually this does not bother me much..because by nature i am really indifferent to what others do...but this year my front yard is horrible. It was never a sight to behold..but this time it has taken itself personally to the next level. I think i have got weeds enough to fill 10 instead of flowers on the flower bed..i got weed people..and nope..this is the garden variety ...pesty crap..don't go get crappy ideas..sheesh!. So i have this Monday chalked out to pull the weeds out...and keep it clean. Nope..i am not planting any will look barren..but it will be neat and that is enough for me. may think Monday!..why did she choose that day? Well..on Monday i officially do not is my official break day...the other days...i pretend that i need to workout..but postpone things long enough to make it late and do a miserly 15 mts or postpone it to the next day with a solemn promise that i will get it done by am!..yeah! i can see that working out (roll eyes)

Anyway...warm weather calls for a cool and refreshing desert and i know there is a million Shrikhand floating goes one more to the list. I wanted to make it low fat...and please sub low fat stuff to 'normal' counterparts if you are those lucky chicks who do not have hippa-hips ;)

Btw....L&L stands for Lite and Luscious ;)



1. Fat free yogurt - 1/2 carton
2. Fat free sour cream - 2 tbls (for a bit of tang)
3. Part skim ricotta cheese - 1/2 cup
4. Splenda - 1 cup,i used 1.5 cups..because the dude loves insane level of sweet
5. Cardamom - 1/2 tsp.
6. Almonds - 20


1. Strain the yogurt,sour cream and ricotta in a mesh strainer lined with paper towels in the fridge for 4-6 hours. Place a paper towel on them then place a plate with some cans of beans on top of the yog-sour-rico mix to weigh it down.

2. Mix the splenda and the cardamom and keep aside.

3. Take the strained yog-sour-rico mix..add the splenda-cardamom to it and mix it gently...till well incorporated.

4. Refrigerate till you are ready to eat.

5. Before can top it with some nuts..i had almonds that it was the lucky winner...personally...pistacios would be better.


1. If you get fat-free ricotta..u can use that in place of part-skim.
2. I like using splenda in cool desserts...feel free to sub for sugar....

This is off to Easycrafts who is so sweet to let me post this really really late entry. She is hosting this month's Think Spice event that was started by Sunita .

Cream Of Mushroom Soup

Fri, 23 May 2008 20:22:00 +0000

When i was a kid when i wanted to do something which my mom did not want me to..her answer would this in 'your' rude huh!!..when i wanted a puppy..i got this answer..when i wanted to enter the puja-room when i had my periods (gasp!)..i got this now when i have my 'own' home ;D..i have added another set of rules. I only cook what we both i refuse to make something that only jeeves likes...but i do at-times make something i like..coz afterall i am the person cooking it ;). But..these rules have taken a toss when i am watching what i eat...i prefer to make things that he likes and i don't..this keeps me away from sampling the no-no food. my kitchen..mushrooms..brinjal..okra and arbi are the kings..atleast for a few months.

For the MBP i decided to make mushroom soup and i got it from a good
buddy's blog. i love her blog..coz the food looks delicious..and i have tried few of her recipes and they were awesome. I also like that there is no fancy ingredients...and are recipes that i usually would make in my kitchen too. I did make some will be writing the recipe here..but for her can go


Cream of Mushroom Soup:


Mushrooms (shitaki) - 1 pack (i used frozen organic ones)
Garlic: 1 pod
Water: 12 oz
Veg Bullion cube: 1
Butter: 2 tbls
Onion: 1/2 cup, diced
Red chilli flakes: 1 tsp.
Heavy Cream: 12 oz
Rosemary: 1 tsp. (dried)
Chives: 2tsp.
Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a pan, add the butter and when it melts add the onions,garlic with salt,red-chilli flakes,rosemary,pepper and saute till the onions are soft.

2. Add the mushrooms in and cook till the water evaporates (coz i used frozen) and then add the water and veg. bullion and cook in medium flame for 20 minutes.

3. Cool this mixture down and blend with with heavy cream to a smooth texture.

4. Return this to the pan and simmer till the soup is heated through.

5. Ladle the soup to a bowl and sprinkle with herbs...i used dried chives...


I think having a hand blender would make my life so much easier...i know sig, tbc, richa..after buggin u chicks for reco....i still did not buy it..i am going to buy it soon..

This is off to:

Raaga of The Singing Chef who is hosting MBP-Soups and Salads .

Madhuram of Eggless Cooking who is hosting Your recipe rocks series . way!

Thu, 08 May 2008 16:24:00 +0000

The first time i tasted sai-bhaji was in school. We used to have a monthly event in where each grade 6-10th would be assigned a month..where they would get food from home and sell it in school for generating money to be used for the hostel run by our convents for children in their boarding school. The purchase was an accident and to be honest..the bhaji was pretty bad. I was pretty pissed on losing my Rs.5 to an inedible dish..but oh! well..i threw it out. i was off this bhaji for a while. When someone would say sai-bhaji..i would gag..seriously!! it shook me to the core ;D...but now as i am an adult who is obsessed with food..i decided to give it a go few years back from a recipe in Deccan Chronicle. The bhaji was delicious and i have to say it does feature quite regularly at my place.
Now...i just follow the guide-lines of the bhaji..but add in couple of ingredients i have at home..instead of shopping for it. Jeeves is hardly at home..and i think i am refusing to go to the grocery the freshly baked bread keeps calling my i do make do with what i have at home...and the bhaji received the same treatment.

Here is the bhaji my Ina Garten would say 'with the volume turned up'..just kidding :)



Baby Spinach - 1 10 oz bag
Lima Beans - 1 cup
Asparagus - 1 bunch (dispose the extremely woody part)
Green beans - 1 cup
Peas - 1 cup
Brinjal - 1 cup
Onions - 1
Tomatoes - 2 diced
Chana Dal - 1/2 cup (soak for an hour before cooking)
Tamarind - small lemon (need not soak it prior to making the bhaji)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp.
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp.
Garlic - 3 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch
Oil - 2 tsp.
Salt - as needed


1. Grind the ginger and garlic to a paste. (i use a mortar-pestle)

2. In a pressure cooker..add the oil...then the cumin seeds..then fry the ground ginger-garlic paste...add the onions and fry for a few minutes.

2. Add the rest of the veggies..tamarind,salt, chilli powder,turmeric and saute for a few more minutes...the add the chana dal..2-3 cups of water and pressure cook this for 12-15 mts.

3. When the pressure cooker cools it and mix the bhaji well so that the whole thing comes together. Adjust for salt and serve it with rice..rotis or bread.

The original sai-bhaji in the recipe called for Spinach..Khatta palak (can use gongura),Brinjal,Carrots,Potatoes,Gavar-beans as the veggies....

On a have some cake!..and Chole masala powder

Thu, 01 May 2008 02:25:00 +0000

Seriously....what is it with people who want to stuff your face with food the minute you announce to them you are on a diet. It seems a switch is turned in their warped mind that says 'Must break their diet'- (do incorpotate a robot sound when you read this) the dear zombies..flock around you with goodies...cakes..chips...cookies...clamouring that you eat them..insisting..'just take one is really nothing!!...well..unfortunately it is. I have thought about this at large (yep..nothing better to do) and among hosts of possiblities..these two are garaunteed to happen...

1.One...the minute you eat..ur mind plays dirty tricks on you and soon you are on cake..chip and a big ass land...

2.The person who offers you the food relentlessly will come back to bite you in the butt in a few days by declaring moderation is the key...and how we must learn to say 'no' to food...

Guess are safe if you keep saying no! can be quite annoying to both the parties..but it is the best bet...atleast for the dieter...
I think the more i am on a diet...the more i seem to notice all the ads that involve food..and i am so thankful that i am a vegetarian...the chicken mcnuggets...kfc...taco bell beefy something..does absolutely nothing to me...but when i am driving..seeing someone drinking a frap..can make me lose control. i have seriously...closed my eyes and eaten chole-bhature virtually!! ha ha..i have to say tasted pretty pretty awesome :)

So..coming to chole recipe for it...i am totally hooked on making Chole-Masala from scratch. I got this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's website and i have to say..i have been adding it to any northie curry that needs garam masala. The ingredient list is long..but i am quite sure that majority of us have it at home. If you do not have a spice or two..ignore it or sub it...but ladies not more than one or really cannot start subbing 50% of the recipe and call it chole masala :)


Chole Masala:


1. Jeera - 2tbls
2. Coriander seeds - 3tbls
3. Cinnamon - 2 inch stick
4. Cloves - 8 to 10
5. Cardamom (black) - 1
6. Ajwain - 1/2 tsp.
7. Peppercorns - 60 (don't go counting..put a tbls!)
8. Kasoori methi - 1 tsp.
9. Nutmeg - 3
10.Pomogranite seeds - 2 tbls
11.Bay leaves - 8 to 10
12.Red chilly (dried) - 8 to 10
13.Mango powder - 1 tsp.
12.Ginger powder - 1/2 tsp.
13.Black salt - 1 tsp.
14.Salt - 1 tsp.


1. Dry roast 1-12 and let it cool.
2. Add 13-14 to the above and grind to a fine powder.
3. Store and simple is that.

I know some of you will complain and say or think i am nuts to give a list of 14 ingredients ..but guys should have 90% of it with you. In the past i did sub black salt with jal-jeera powder!!..use ur discretion :)

All i say is Thank You

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:56:00 +0000 was a couple of months break..and a couple is all i took. I really missed blogging...and more importantly i missed the interaction. I think though i am still not done with what i took the break is getting impossible for me not to blog. But before i come up with an entry and a lot of yak-yak from me..i want to say is THANK YOU to each and every blogger who was so sweet and kind and made it a point to comment and let me know that i am loved and wanted me to come back. I really appreciate it...makes me realise..that virtual bonds are as good as physical ones :)

I do want to thank a few people on a more personal level coz they did give me some cool awards and it is funny...i have not met any of them...but i feel really close to them and thinking about their entries or their names bring a smile to my face..that is friendship in my opinion.

Sig gave me the You make me smile award and trust me make me smile all the time too..and make me nod my head so many times in union with the rants :) I also love the emails we exchange..where I more than you rant quite a lot ;)

Nammu passed on the Nice Matters award and the Excellence award to me and all i can say is it takes one awesome person to know another ;)...but really...i can never stop drooling at her creations and being amazed at her baking talent...also the jokes she sends me on and off :)

I also want to thank 3 awesome girls...TBC,Laavanya and Sra.............who did not give me any awards :( ..but with whom i have talked or emailed in the 2 months break and it really made me realize how much i missed that friendship.

I really hope i do not have to take a break from blogging and none of you fabulous bloggers in the foodie sites do too :)

On a break.....

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 18:25:00 +0000

Hi guys...i will be taking a break from blogging for a few months.I just have too many things going-on and i feel i am neglecting my blog and not visiting all my fellow bloggers, something i have enjoyed and have looked forward to in the past. I think not visiting bloggers..reduces the community effect and i feel taking a break and coming back with gusto is better than putting a half-baked effort.

So take care all of you and i am sorry Sra,Sunita,Dhivya,Easy,Sia and Suganya...will not be able to participate in ur events..but am certain ur events will be booming with u will not even miss mine

See you all in a few months :)...

WBB - Round up!!

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 00:35:00 +0000

Seriously..i was thinking i would have this out on Feb 1st..but since procrastination ka doosra naam Rajitha hain..i decided to wait till Monday..when i realised..there was a mistake in the way i was downloading stuff...and long story is the round -up :)To be honest i was a bit wary because i had an onslaught of...i hate tofu...i hate soy..i hate...!! you know i was pretty sure i would have about 5-7 entries..but ladies..I really want to thank each one of you who took their time to participate and am glad that my friends are still my friends..despite of me making their life miserable :D..Would also like to say thanks to Nandita for letting me host and be a total hands-off that!All the entries here are in the order they were received. As it is Breakfast mainly..there are no categories..i could get detailed if i wanted..but....Mansi ensures that we get a healthy and a satisfying breakfast with her healthy Cranberry Soymilk and Green tea smoothie. All i say is yum! Maya has made a delicious pulav which is a great combo of carbs and protein with 1 tsp. oil!! You can check her Soya Cabbage Matar pulav and i have to say soya chunks never looked better... Meera takes the humble poha to another level by adding edamame to them and giving the usual carb laden breakfast a protein boost..check her recipe for Green Soyabean pohe and you will know what i mean... Anu recreates a delicious chinese restaurant food at home and shares with her her recipe for Buddhist delight with us.How fabulous does that look!! Asha plans to make something with soy-beans..but spots a packet of soy flour and decides to bake a she came up with a pancake is for you girls to go to her site and read. Her Soy-Bell Pepper Carrot Pancakes looks mouthwatering... Sra tells me that she hates soy and hurts my feelings :(..but then makes up by being sweet and sending me an entry...i do not eat eggs..but her Tofu-egg custards did get me drooling..what say people.. TBC basically told me when i announced that she 'may' come up with something...hearing which i bawled..and so she came up with this fabulous Fruity Tofu Smoothie and put a stop to the crazyness ;) Who does not love scrambled tofu!! Ashwini has shared a delicious and a fun way of adding a tofu scramble to ur daily breakfast mix and it looks georgeous to boot...check her Scrambled Tofu and see if you disagree with me!! Basically what Dhivya says is cooking for one sucks..but trust me...eating her Soy burger will delight you that you are alone..coz you will not be willing to share!! Going to Namratha's blog leaves me drooling...she not only bakes but has started to decorate them amazingly well...she decides to buy the soy nuggets in her grocery shopping and comes up with this amazing Pulav with Soya Chunks which looks delicious and nutritious to boot :) Hima states that she dreams about them if she has not had them for a while and i think i would too if i made some totally droolworthy Blueberry Pancakes like her..take a look and you will be a convert to the healthy goodness of it... Kaykat wanted to make a soy-based breakfast and decides to whip up some amazing Banana Soy Muffins in the microwave and tops with a totally delicious syrup... Nags tempts me and so many others with this yummilicious Soy-Oats Cookies which seem more like an indulgence than a have to step to her space to check the recipe out... Nandita decides to treat our eyes to a yummy and protein intense healthy dish and this time a Soy [...]

Papaya Soy Smoothie

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:28:00 +0000

I started liking papaya around my 6th class and till then when my amma cut a papaya and wanted me to try...i usually ran from the scene. I had never really tasted papaya..but i just had decided that it would taste the change came about when papaya trees started to grow in our backyard. i think there is something in the fruits and veggies that grow in our property..there seems to be an additional sentiment and pride attached to them which makes them all the more delicious!

I was lucky to get these papayas at the Fruit and Veggie market i go to at-times. I saw that there were just a few papayas there...and i made a bee-line for them so that they do not run out, coz i wanted to participate in the event.

Here is a super easy and simple smoothie and you can easily substitute any juicy fruit for this.



Ripe papaya - 1 cup (diced)
Vanilla Soy milk - 1 cup (8 oz.)
Honey - 1 tsp. (can use sugar too)
Protein Powder - 1 tsp. (optional)- i used vanilla flavor


1. Dice the papaya, place in a zip-lock bag and freeze it for about 4-5 hours.

2. In a blender, add the milk,papaya,protein powder and honey and run the blender on high for a few minutes.

3. When done..drink this up or do what i did..freeze a portion of it and eat it like a slushy.


1. People who do not like the papaya smell..will not get even a hint of it..due to the vanilla.

2. You can sub plain soy milk or just milk for this.

3. Protein powder adds an extra boost of protein and keeps you full longer..but this can be easily ommited.

This is off to Nags who blogs at For the cook in me and who is hosting AFAM- Papaya .
I am also including this entry for the WBB- Soy which is currently hosted by me..

Just a heads-up...The last day for submission to WBB-Soy is tomorrow.

Beans Thoran

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:56:00 +0000

I love chena or chenai (is what we call at home)mezhukkupuratti and my only condition is it should be really well cooked and should not have a bit of firmness to it...but should not be mashed in appearance. I can easily demolish quite a lot of this vegetable made this way. Jeeves, is not too much of a fan of this i usually make it when he is on trips and i am left to my own devices for cooking. I know cooking for one is boring, coz i have yet to master cooking for 1..but i have realised it is the only time i can make dishes and veggies i enjoy..without making two of em! why is this loong story!been told when i have written beans thoran as the recipe??...actually chenai what i made for RCI..but i forgot about it on the stove when i was outside with the snow i made another fav and easy recipe of mine...beans thoran! is impossible for anyone to goof-this is made super fast!!



Green Beans - 2 cups (diced).
Coconut - 1/2 cup (grated, i used the powdered one).
Green Chilly -2
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp.
Chana Dal - 1/4 tsp.
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp.


1. In a pan, add oil and allow it to heat. Add in the mustard seeds, then the urad dal,chana dal and the red chilly. When they change color, add in the green beans and 1/2 a cup of water with turmeric and reqd salt.

2. Meanwhile grind the green chilly and the coconut to a coarse paste with minimim water

2. After 10-12 minutes, the green beans are cooked...then make sure all the water is evaporated then...add the coconut-green chilly paste. Cook the dish for a few more minutes till all moisture is evaporated.

This tastes great with sambaar or rasam...with papadam :)

This is my submission to Jyothsna who blogs at Curry Bazaar and is hosting RCI-Kerala.
Thank you so much Jyotsna for entertaining my late entry..

Creamy Carrot and Leek Soup.

Sat, 26 Jan 2008 14:05:00 +0000

I have been off soups for a while, as i was just not getting them to the texture i wanted and then a lot of veggies and time was getting wasted, as these were dumped unceremoniously in the sink...i know..wasting food :(..but i cannot eat badly prepared food. But, after seeing all the soups in the blogosphere, i have been inspired to make soup thanks everybody!
I have a huge packet of carrot..correction..2 huge packets of carrots..coz during the carrot purchase time, i was dreaming of salads and juices i got a little greedy as usual and bought more than i can use. It was time to use these babies up is the recipe. It is creamy and the texture and consistency was just the way i like..and not too fattening too...



Carrots - 4, medium (around 250 gms)- diced
Leeks - 2, medium (white and light green parts - wash well) - sliced
Potato - 1 (100 gms) - diced
Milk - 1 cup (used 1%)
Jalapeno - 1,medium
Garlic - 4, small cloves
Ginger - small knob
Olive oil - 1 tbls
Pepper - few twists
Kasoori methi - 1 tbls.
Salt - to taste
Water - 3 1/2 cups


1. Heat a tbls of oil in a wide pan and when it warms, add the jalapeno,garlic and ginger. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, then add in the leeks,potatoes and carrots and saute for a few minutes till it is slightly roasted (to let flavors develop..but not burn) then add 3 cups of water. Add salt and cook the veggies in medium-low flame till the carrots are softened.

2. When the carrots are cooked, transfer to a blender and blend till smooth and creamy.

3. Add the above mixture to the pan, add a cup of milk,twists of pepper,half a cup of water and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.

4. Switch of the gas and sprinkle kassori methi, spoon it to a big bowl and enjoy.

Note: This soup is really creamy, and the small addition of potato makes a great addition to the creaminess of the soup. If you are not interested in adding the potato, omit it...but the soup will not be creamy, as the carrots do not have enough body. You can make a roux instead.

This is off to Pooja who blogs at My creative ideas and who is hosting 'The theme of the week'.

Happy Republic Day everybody!!

Soy Semiya Upma

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:31:00 +0000

It is funny that what we at times disliked as kids..tend to change. I used to hate..yes hate used to make me so mad when my mother made it..but my sister was overjoyed as it is her favorite. I would eat bread and jam but would not touch it. Then we were invited by my singing teacher to her grahapravesam and for breakfast they served us ...upma!..horrers!! i was forced to eat it then and i fell in love with it. I think my mom was a bit insulted..but quickly got over it..and honestly for a whole yr, no i am not kidding..i had upma after school!! semia and much so that my mom stopped eating upma for a she was sick of making it!I have been trying to eat healthy and knowing my success rate from the past i have decided i am not going on a restrictive diet..instead modify it and add healthy elements to what i when i decided to make my fav. semia upma..i have tried to give it a healthy boost by adding soy-granules. If you are like me and not a huge fan of soy-chunks (should i be saying this ;)..(but now i am slowly changing and not turning my face when i taste one :D.) will still like it completely blends with the dish and you will not even get to taste it. So here is the recipe...Ingredients:Semia - 1 cup (roasted, you get this pre-roasted in the store)Soy granules - 1/3 cupWater - 2 1/2 cups ( you have to adjust accordingly, this is just a guesstimate)Vegetables - 1 cup, diced(used carrots,peas and green beans)Onion - 1 medium (yes, it is a veggie..but deserves a separate entry ;)Green Chilly - 2 , slitGinger - a small knob,dicedOil - 2 tsp.Ghee - 1 tsp.Curry leaves - few, torn by hand.Mustard seeds,Urad dal and Chana dal - 1 tsp. each.Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.Salt - to tasteMethod:1. Add oil in a pan and add mustard seeds in it. When it splutters, add the urad and chana dal to it. Meanwhile soak the soy granules in warm water and keep aside. 2. When the dals change color, add in the onions with 1/4 tsp. of salt and saute till the onions get soft, but do not burn. (i add the salt with the onions, as we are using very little oil and the salt draws out the moisture from the onions and makes it go longer in the pan without burning)3. Add the veggies when the onions are soft, add some more salt, turmeric powder and 1/2 cup of water and cook on medium-low till the veggies are soft.4. Test the veggies to make sure that they are cooked then...add the remaining water, salt to taste, curry leaves and let the water come to a good boil. Then lower the flame, add in the say-granules( squeeze the water out) and the semia and cook it in medium flame till the semia plumps. The soy takes no time to they are really tiny and soaked very well.5. When the consistency is thick..but no too thick, as moisture keeps getting absorbed, add the ghee to the semia and give it a final stir and switch off the gas.6. You can eat with hot or cool it in the fridge and eat with with yogurt and pickle. I ate mine with tomato chutney.Notes:1. To add more protein content, i have also used edamame in the past in place of peas.2. I think the final tsp. of ghee adds a lot to the aroma of the dish.3. If you love chunks,you can easily add it in place of granules.This is my submission to WBB- Soy and currently hosted by moi :)[...]