Today is Akshay Tritiya a day which plays an important role in our family. We moved into our new house both when we were in Pune and in England. This day will hold a special place in our heart because our dear friend KD and AD are proud parents of a bonny boy today. We are more than friends now…infact we are like families….we practically see each other more than our family back in India. So when they were expecting their family to grow by two feet, we have had our share of exciting moments. As the days neared our anxiety soared to hear the good news. I was at work when the message arrived. It doubled the happiness of the auspicious day! Happiness meant, I had to make something nice for dinner! Although after work it is sometimes rather tricky for me to organise myself for an elaborate meal yet I do make an effort. So here is to the auspicious day and to cherish the arrival of the mini friend in this world! Gulpapdi shaped into modak …
Omelletes we know are made eggs. However, during my stay in Pune, I realised that tomato omelletes were actually without eggs. Just that they had the resemblance to the omellete’s and all the vegetarians could relish it, the name probably stayed with the folks in Maharashtra.
Easter Break is over and things will very soon be a routine where everyone leaves the home in the morning and comes back to have a meal and get back to bed only to begin the cycle followed the day earlier. Cooking does happen in the kitchen but it is more of scheduled cooking to make sure everyone gets the meal on time to be able to carry on other activities and get read for the next day. I so miss the holiday cooking I get to do during the vacations. Here is a quick curry that I churned for our Sunday lunch. The simple yet delectable curry requires a very few ingredients.
All the family recipes are such a treasure. I always wanted to have a diary as a keep sake with all the recipes passed down in the family. We have our cousins married off to families who have their unique ways of cooking the same recipe which the girls joining in the family cook in their own special way. We started connecting with each other on watsapp thanks to a sweet group we have and share our best recipes or favourites in the family. Here is a recipe shared by my cousin which is very much a favourite breakfast or at times brunch in our family. I, however had never attempted it. It is either made with jwari flour(sorghum flour) or even wholewheat flour(atta). Once S shared this recipe I just wanted to make it as England was terribly cold last month even though we were in the month of March and I was yearning for something filling and piping hot. Ukadpendi served the purpose…gluten free and packed with nutrition!! Jwari is a gluten-free and is a very high-protein source. Thinner version of this ukadpendi could serve the purpose of a wholesome soup anytime!!
Tortellini is a ring shaped pasta often with a filling. It reminds me of the aangthi sondesh we had as kids in Kolkata. My son loves it so much that he could have it everyday. As a toddler he called it dragon phala(not sure what made him call it by that name…but it has stuck till today) and we all call it dragon phala. My sister S, who lives in Mumbai makes her version influenced by the Gujaratis staying around her. Hence this particular recipe is an adaptation to S’s daal dhokli and my vision to see it in tortellini style.
Usal is a spicy preparation with sprouts. Matkichi usal best reminds me of summers in India, when this sprout I used to prepare with thecha, bhakri and mattha/taak and to go with an addition accompaniment of kachcha kanda(raw onion..ideally the small white ones). Without going into my nostalgia, I will do a quick post of this usal with the options of moog and black eyed beans usal. Read the rest of this entry
Nachos is a Mexican dish plated with Tortilla chips, cheese sauce, sliced jalapenos and dips like salsa and guacamole. My son absolutely loves it. For every trip to the cinema he has a tray of nachos to munch through the movie! I had a pack of thalipeeth bhajni in my pantry. Thalipeeth is enjoyed by all home too. I thought I will pat out some thalipeeth during the weekends. I wanted to bake some biscuits and snacks for the holidays. This is the time when he looks for something in the kitchen cupboards to snack and ends up eating junk. I though of some savoury biscuits with the bhajni I had.