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When life gives you tomatoes…

A basketful of tomatoes that was sitting on my counter-top for a while. Tired of the typical dishes with tomato, I wanted to try something that I have not with tomato. This unassuming vegetable, which serves as the base for most of Indian dishes hardly takes the center-stage. Au contraire, Tomato Bhartha is all about tomato and just tomato. The sour and sweet taste of tomato is unmistakable and if you like tomatoes, you will fall in love with this simple yet satisfying dish.

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Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Cooking, Desi

 

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Mor kootu

I am a big fan of curd (Indian yogurt) – every desi meal is squared off with a liberal dose of curd at the end, be it idli or pongal or roti. If I refuse to eat a dish, add some curd to it, and chances are I will finish it without any complaint. What are the odds that this curd-eater (or over-eater) would find a guy who doesn’t touch curd with a 10 foott pole? Well, that is what happened; I married someone who doesn’t eat curd, smell curd and prefers to not even see curd 🙂 So my favorite dishes like mor kozhambu and avial are rarely made, as I am too lazy to make two dishes for the two of us. When I have people over for lunch or dinner, however, the rules of the game are different. I don’t think too much about making a dish or two that my husband would skip.

Dakshin by Chandra Padmanabhan has some authentic Tam-Bram recipes and when I looked at her Mor kootu, I knew this was something that could not go wrong. All the goodness of kootu with the tangy taste of curd, this is sure to be a hit in any crowd.
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Posted by on August 17, 2008 in Cooking, Desi, Traditional cooking

 

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Chilli Paneer

We are a set of 4 desis in almost adjacent houses, and we meet on various occassions, at the drop of a hat – if there is none, we create one. To cut a long story short, we have forged great friendships over the years and I am really grateful for having such great friends/neighbors. Couple of weeks ago, we decided to meet for a farewell dinner for my friend’s mom who was visiting them from Chennai. It was my turn to host and I decided on the cuisine and menu too – it was to be Chinese, or rather Desi-chinese – every true-blooded Desi that I know loves Desi-chinese and am yet to find one who doesn’t. This was to be a potluck pary and Gobi Manchurian, Chilli Paneer, Hakka Noodles and Veg. Fried Rice were on the menu. I chose to make Chilli Paneer.

This dish, a deadly combination of paneer cooked in desi-chinese style, is something that I have always liked and wanted to make. This party provided the perfect opportunity to try it out. Tarla Dalal has a great recipe for chilli paneer and I also found Sig’s Chilli Chicken recipe quite interesting. I kind of married the two and made my own recipe – don’t we all do that?
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Posted by on March 26, 2008 in Cooking, Desi Chinese

 

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Saattvic Chole (or Channa)

For a healthy living, good physical and mental health is pertinent and this is the basis for most of the holistic approach to health. Alternative medicinal systems like Ayurveda places a lot of emphasis on the what and how aspects of our food, while trying to treat any physical condition. Ayurveda explains the body-mind-soul connection and how eating the proper food that is suitable for you (no one-size fits all here) can lead you onto the path to attain the perfect harmony.

Saatvic diet is considered to aid a healthy living, clear the mind and be at peace. It is easy to understand the importance given to diet as every food is said to exihibit a primary quality (guna) and what we eat reflects on the kind of people that we are. The simplest and purest of food are supposed to enhance the spiritual consciousness and lead to a good healthy, wholesome life.
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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Cooking, Desi

 

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Saturday Lunch with Lemon Rice & Avial

As our weekday lunches are usually packed box lunch, we like to have a nice sit-down lunch during the weekend. Well, I said we like to, but we normally don’t 🙂 I am not an early riser and getting early (read 8:00 AM) on weekends is a challenge for me. Unlike me, Elle is an early riser and when we were room-mates (I guess that would be a different post), she would become restless by 9:00 on weekend mornings and force me to wake up. It was indeed nice to have her as a room-mate and I never felt that I was staying away from home. Thanks Elle!
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Posted by on July 28, 2007 in Cooking, Desi, Traditional cooking

 

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