The ‘Desi’ Veggie Delight

These are ‘desi’ Capsicum. ‘Desi’ in reference to vegetables implies that they are non-hybrid and just as god intended them to be. Each of these little darlings measures about 1.5- 2 inches in height compared to the capsicum that we get in the markets here which is about 4-5 inches tall. The tall ones literally taste like water while these tiny little ones carry a … Continue reading The ‘Desi’ Veggie Delight

Flavours from the Kangra Valley – A Himachali Cookbook

After ages of waiting for a book on Himachali food, I finally found one. I would have almost missed it if my uncle, who loves to cook, hadn’t saved an article from the Tribune about this new find. The book unfortunately is not available in bookstores anywhere in India and must be ordered directly through the author/publisher. I am not sure how that business model … Continue reading Flavours from the Kangra Valley – A Himachali Cookbook

Methi Kadvuu & Dal Tadka (Translates in English to a very continental sounding – Fenugreek Pasta & Yellow Lentil Soup )

“Its one of those days!”, I announced to Hubbs this morning. He looked up from his laptop, and concentrated on me for about 2 minutes as his mind went over the different interpretations of that sentence. Then he noticed the apron. “Noo!”, he almost choked. “Yes!’, I happily confirmed, “I am cooking today!” I have these bursts of activity when I end up cooking about … Continue reading Methi Kadvuu & Dal Tadka (Translates in English to a very continental sounding – Fenugreek Pasta & Yellow Lentil Soup )

For the love of Peanuts….

Sunday morning. Lazy breakfast. Idli is easy. Peanut chutney is must though to keep husband happy. Perfected after a lot of hit and trial. Ingredients : 1 cup roasted peanuts 2-3 red chillies 1 onion 1 tsp Channa dal little bit of coconut salt Soaked Imli/ tamarind Red chilli powder Preparation: Put the peanuts and sliced coconut in a grinder. Fry the red chillies and the Channa … Continue reading For the love of Peanuts….

Experiments with Gajar Ka Halwa

Beautiful red carrots! Beautiful beautiful red, Delhi carrots! For the first time in my two and a half-year stay in Bangalore I found these delicious red carrots in the local Namdhari’s organic vegetable shop. So, I bought 2 kgs and decided to make Gajrela. Ingredients Grated red carrots –  2kgs Milk – 2litres Cream Sugar – 1 cup I used double toned milk. And added some cream. Whole milk … Continue reading Experiments with Gajar Ka Halwa

My Hubby’s Favourite ‘Aaloo’ Dish

Today I made my husband’s favourite aaloo dish just the way his mum makes it. It’s extremely heavy and probably sky high in calories. But it is yummy. INGREDIENTS: Boiled potatoes – about 10 small ones Roasted groundnuts – 1 cup (1/2 cup more if you like) Finely diced onion – 1 large/ 2 small ones Jeera – 2 teaspoonfuls Kashmiri Red chilli – 4-5 … Continue reading My Hubby’s Favourite ‘Aaloo’ Dish

Navratna Korma – the way mum used to make it

This used to be one of my favourites growing up. Now, I am married to a guy who just refuses to eat any vegetables. So, I have to come up with new tasty dishes everyday. I made this and now hubby loves beans. Ingredients: 1 cup finely chopped beans 1/2 cup chopped potatoes 3 tomatoes 2 onions – My mum used to grate them. I … Continue reading Navratna Korma – the way mum used to make it