The monsoon bug does not seem to leave our house; it’s been almost like a hospital for the past few days! The wet sultry days are no help for recovery. The coughing and sneezing seems to have affected the palate as well as the appetite. Quick, wholesome food is helping us sustain these depressing days. Here’s a recipe for a quick and wholesome Cracked wheat (Dalia) Upma dressed up with corn, moong bean sproutsand a few spices. Corn was added for the little ‘corn fan’ in the house. To pep up our appetites I added some kasuri Methiand a hint…
Tandoori-the name itself triggers the taste buds for most of the people. The combination of different aromatic spices with the raw smoked vegetables is sure to tempt even fussy eaters! These are wonderful party starters (if you have the patience) or cocktail snacks. You can use assorted vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, yam, fresh green peas with the shells, baby onions or even fruits like pineapple. This is the perfect season for spicy hot Tandoori parties. My Tandoori platter today has babycorns, mushrooms and Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). I don’t have a Tandoor, so I use a shegri (chulha) – a…
Our local Chaatwala serves these yummy dry Masala puris without any sauce or chutney. A Pani puri of sorts without the pani (water) :). These are great party starters or snacks; less time consuming and use very simple ingredients. Masala Puri recipe: for 6 puris Note: You can also add Green Mung beans to the Potato mixture.
Gavarichi Bhaji (Cluster beans curry)
Gavar-Cluster Beansis a popular vegetable in Maharashtra. They are available all year round here for a very modest price. The only hitch in buying these beans is the time taken to cut them- remove the ends and string them along, pulling the edged fibre. Pluck into small pieces (with hand) at the nodes of the pods. Tender Green Cluster bean pods spiced up with some Kala/ Goda Masala dish up a delectable curry that can be served with Roti or Rice. __________________________________________________________
Pindi Chole as the name suggests is a Chole (Kabuli Chana/Chick pea) recipe originating from the Rawalpindi region of Pakistan. This is again my friend’s recipe whose family hails from the Rawalpindi region of Pakistan. Simple Pindi Chole with a delicious blend of spices – my 2nd entry for Richa’s RCI-Punjabi Cuisine. __________________________________________________________