Monday, July 28, 2014

LUNCH THALI

I have been clicking lots of pictures with my mobile and I wish to share them with you .
I do not have a high end mobile so the pictures are not very impressive , but never the less they help me share my daily food , my daily foody activities with you instantly.
I would love it if you comment and tell me what you feel about this and if it helps you with your meal planning  and if you would like to see me post my food thali most of the days of the week.
A feed back is awaited .. I know that there are many out their who read my blog but please comment so I know what you feel about the posts that I do 
I have not been doing a lot of post as I do not get the much awaited feed back , each one of my friends who are regular readers of this blog , Please put it a sentence each time you read and tell me your views , let their be a conversation regarding food, health and other menu plannings.
We bloggers love the interaction and like to know what you feel after the efforts that we put in.
Here is my food thali that I clicked a couple of days back.


This picture is taken on my dining table which is not set up for the picture its natural and taken when I served the meal to my husband.
Here in the next picture you see the addition of the drumstick goan dal which I forgot to add and so had to run in before taking the next picture.
Normally dal is not served in a vati in my house . After finishing the roti and vegetable I serve the rice and pour the dal over it.. Here I put it in a bowl for you all to see.



MENU FOR THE DAY

CAULIFLOWER BATATA RASSA BHAJI (cauliflower, potato ,tomato , onion wet vegetable)
KAKADI-TOMATO SALAD(cucumber-tomato salad)
SURMAI FRY (king fish fry--goan style)
DRUMSTICK DAL WITH COCONUT GRAVY (goan style)
RICE AND CHAPATI OR ROTI.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FESTIVE EATING...

Today is GANESH ANGARIKA CHATURTI..
A fasting day for many people who are devotes of lord Ganesha..
let me share with you some thalis which I have seen around the web.. I will put the source below.



SOURCE

bhendi

SOURCE



UKADICHE MODAK MADE BY ME A SPECIAL DISH FOR ANY GANESH CHATURTI CELEBRATION DAY.


MEAL MADE BY ME COUPLE OF YEARS BACK ( PURE VEG FOOD..BUT RUSTIC)



ANOTHER FESTIVE THALI COOKED BY ME..


source

The above plate is another rustic thali example.. These are excellent combinations for a festive meal
PURAN POLI
KATACHI AMTI
RICE
BHAJJI



TODAY IS GANESH ANGARIKA CHATURTI

It is believed that those who observe Shri Ganesha Angarika Chaturthi fast get all their wishes fulfilled. He gets relief from all kind of mental and physical problems.




It is considered to be very auspicious if Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday. A person is blessed if he keeps a fast on this day. Keeping a fast on Angarki Chaturthi gives results which are equivalent to fasting on all Chaturthi during a year. Such a person is able to overcome all kinds of problems. He is blessed by Lord Ganesha throughout his life and lives happily.

People fast on this day..But at my house we eat pure veg meals the whole day meals which do not contain onions , garlic or meat.

So here is what I cooked on this day 




BREAKFAST OF SABUDANA KHICHDI.


FOR LUNCH I MADE

MOONGACHYO GATTI
SALAD
BATATA PHODI
VARAN 
BHAT
CHAPATI 
AND UKADICHE MODAK
photos are not yet uploaded will do so as soon as possible and share them with you..
I will love to know how you celebrate or cook at home on such fasting days.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

FOOD COMBINATIONS...

I always wanted to know  more about food combinations that work universally in India or in our homes.

We follow many religious festivals, some just festivals and sometimes our own family celebrations, but each one of us have certain food combinations which work well with each other and have been going on in the family for years..

Lets share with each other what are those combination which are awesome together and which we enjoy in our family.. 

In earlier days there were lots of fasting or traditional days that ladies followed and which comes with a set menu, which was relentlessly followed and continued through generations.

These traditional menus are fast dwindling and fading off..so to keep these alive lets discuss what each one follows and if not traditional do you have some food combinations that work in your home which you will like to share.

Here are a few which I follow.. This will hopefully increase once I read your comments.

1. VARAN-BHAT ,SHRIKHAND AND PHODI (potato fritters)

2.  PARATHA AND NICE HOT NESCAFE.

3. SABUDANA KHICHDI IS ALWAYS MADE ON GOOD DAYS FOR          BREAKFAST (not necessarily for a fasting day) WITH TEA.

4. SABUDANA WADA and GULAB JAMUN - special days (for my son) .

5. DAHI –WADA AND SOME CHAT ITEM -My birthday.

I was at our cousins place where I loved the combination of sabudana khichdi with ukadeche modak  going to have that once.

My sister in laws mom always has pulao with Puran poli for dinner (i.e Puran poli is always combined with pulao for a meal)

Some people enjoy Puran poli with katachi amti i.e dal made with the water leftover after cooking channa dal for the Puran poli.

Share your ideas with me and we can all follow a new tradition.




Monday, January 20, 2014

VINTAGE-Dahi Karela ...



As mentioned in my earlier post I will be posting some vintage recipes which I have collected over a long period of time..They are from friends and some are from very old books which are owned by me.
I will be putting in the recipes which are tried and tested by me and which I am sure have been very tasty. 
If I have made any changes in the recipe I will mention it in my post as I never ever follow a recipe exactly as it comes , I change it to suit my taste and make it my own that’s what is very important for me.
I will be mentioning the sources if I do have one, as most of the old recipes, which I have are on a piece of paper where the source of the book that they come from is not mentioned.
Please look out for tips on the recipes at the end of the post **
Today's second recipe is 


    
     DAHI-KARELA (Bitter gourd in curd sauce)

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 TIPS:
1.Do not add the tomatoes
2.slice Karela or bitter gourd into thin slices .
3.do not soak in the curds,squeeze out salt and fry
4.add fried onion, garlic salt , chillies and fresh        coriander to the curd mix
5. add 1 tsp of sugar to 1 cup of curds with a little salt
6 add fried karela just before serving. 

I have posted this recipe in my Goan food blog because this recipe is made in Goa and loved by all goans. it is a side dish very much like a raita or salad.
I will be posting Non goan vintage recipes on my other food blog so those interested please check those out too.. at www.love4cooking.blogspot.com

PLEASE DO COMMENT BELOW AND LET ME KNOW YOUR VIEW..ITS IMPORTANT TO ME.


 

VINTAGE RECIPES...

I am a collector of books especially cook books and Interior books.. I have been buying books since the last 15 yrs and have a huge collection of them.. In India as space is always not enough .It becomes a big problem storing these books and it takes me a lot of time and effort to arrange and keep all the books in place.
Its my project this year , to go through all my loose recipes i.e recipes which I have taken copies from old cookbooks and filed . 
I am planning to discard a few of them as I have cooked them before ( I have never ever followed a single recipe from a book as it is , I always make changes , to make it my own and hence I do not need the exact recipe for making a dish ). Its my hobby to collect cookbooks read them and also as they grow older my fondness for them increases which makes it impossible for me to discard them.
But the loose pages which I have either torn from old books or magazines or had taken copies from friends who owned those books these pages are giving away as they are old. The copies have been  taken over a long period of time hence I do not know which books they come from or the source..
So It just passed my mind that I should not let a old recipe go to waste why not share  with like minded friends and then discard it.. Will my friends and  all my readers like it if I do so more often because I have a lot to share.. It would be great if you tell me what you feel .
HERE IS MY FIRST RECIPE OF 

MUSHROOM-CHICKPEA CURRY.

This is a simple curry made with chickpeas and mushrooms 



CLICK ON RECIPE TO ENLARGE.

Each of my recipes are tried and tested unless mentioned but I change them to suit my taste you can do so too ,and if I feel that there are some tips to be given I will share them here at the end of the recipe.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

WATERMELON.....

I just love this fruit and I can consume even an whole fruit without any problem...

Last weekend we were at   DAHANU   a small beach town about 2 hours drive from Mumbai....









While driving back I saw these awesome fruits in piles along the road side and there was nothing that could stop me from having a bite..

I had posted about this earlier in 2011 .. But let me tell you that a Watermelon is a great dish when you have a nice spicy meal keep it at the table with a little salt and chaat masala sprinkled on it.. It refreshes you instantly.

Watermelon is one of the most refreshing, thirst quenching fruit available year round now even in India.

 

Watermelon consists of 92% water and 8% sugar.
Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.
 



It has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable.
so that dayI purchased one whole for later use and ate a plate full of freshly cut fruit that you see above.



QUICK SANDWICH...

This was a quick sandwich I made for my son because there was nothing else in hand that he would like with is sandwich bread..
This is an easy and filling sandwich which  can be made in 10 mins flat and you can even make a lot of changes as per choice i will suggest a few changes which you can incorporate into the sandwich making.

I used ready schezwan chutney for this recipe you can make schezwan sauce at home too .
spread one side of  your bread slice with butter , on the other slice you can smear with a spoon of schezwan sauce keep a cheese slice on top and sprinkle with a little Italian seasoning a little pepper and chilli  flakes.. 
which gives a tangy , yummy Sandwich.





 I am sorry, I did not take a picture of the sandwich open.. I just took the outer picture as I was in a hurry.




 
You can add your own things like a scrambled egg . boiled potato finely sliced some finely chopped onions etc.

Friday, October 04, 2013

LUNCH OF THE DAY...



Here I share with you my meal of the day or lunch of the day..

RED BHOPLA BHAJI
DRUMSTICK DAL OR SANGANCHO ROSS
MUDASHI FRY 
CHAPATI AND RICE(not pictured)



Tuesday, October 01, 2013

TISRYACHE DANGAR ( clams cutlet)



This is an extremely tasty appetizer.. very unique and you won’t find it being cooked in many households and the reason I think is that the cleaning of the clams is a tedious process which takes time and patience.


I first tasted it at my sister in laws house … My mom had never cooked this so it was a new dish for me. I love tasting new stuff and that is so contrary to my nature as when I was growing I would never ever taste anything new, I would stick to the regular so that I don’t have to experiment with new tastes. Even when we went to restaurants I had my fixed dishes for each restaurant which I would taste.  Look at me now; I am always ready to try something new.



My sister in law loves to cook and I must say is a pretty good cook. She made this for her birthday party for the first time and since then it’s a regular at all our family get together's. This is served as an appetizer .
I love this dish for its simplicity, the only difficult part being the removal of the flesh of the clams from it shell which is very time consuming.
If you do get this clam flesh ready and removed it is the easiest and tastiest dish one can make. 
We go to the fish market to get the clams, clean them well, and then have to open each and every clam at the center to remove the flesh.


SO HERE IS THE RECIPE FOR CLAMS CUTLET.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup clams flesh
1 cup freshly grated coconut
½ cup onions finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped (this is optional)
2 tsps chili powder
1 tsp turmeric or haldi powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Pulp of a little tamarind soaked in warm water
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Rice flour just enough to bring all the ingredients together to form a cutlet.
You can add a little besan or chick pea flour too but this is optional
Salt to taste.


METHOD:

The procedure is very simple, Jut mix together al l the above ingredients in a bowl, add just enough rice flour that the mixture comes together and can be molded into a cutlet.
Take oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the cutlets till they are nice and crisp on the top.