Sushila..an ideal remedy for unexplained holiday hunger pangs. 


Sushila…An apt nyahari in a Marathi family I would say!! Not sure how this particular preparation got it’s name from but certainly is an interesting one!  We have had it loads of times during our summer break at ajji’s place.

Now couple of years back, yes this post has been pending since then…N mavshi joined us at my parents place during my visit to India. Now that was a memorable trip for me. Mavshi is a great cook and enjoys cooking as much as I do and what more do I need if she uses her magic wand to create amazing dishes in the kitchen!

Before I write up the recipe to Sushila, here is amazing verse written by a lovely person Suranga Date. Do visit her blog. She comes up with most clever verses one could ever think of.

In her verse for Sushila, she has an explanation to the name of this preparation!

तांदुळबी ,

लहानपणी जरा द्वाडच;

चिखलातील लहानपण ,

मग पावसात दुसरीकडे घर बदल,

आणि मग एका ढिगाऱ्यात पडून,

दणदणीत मळणी .
पण किशोरवयात काय झाले कोणे जाणे ,

​​वाफेच्या वातावरणात ,

कोणाच्या तरी दबावा खाली

तांदुळबीचा दाणा फुलून उठला ,

आणि तांदुळबी मैत्रिणींबरोबर

गुण्यागोविंदाने स्वच्छ चारित्र जोपासत

राहू लागली .
मग एकदा कधीतरी मावशींबरोबर जालन्याला ;

देवांच्या घरी, स्वयंपाकघरात जायचे ठरले,

आणि पूर्वीची दांडगट तांदुळबीने ,

पहिल्यांदा पाण्यात पडून स्वतःला

स्वच्छ केले ,

आणि मग कढई च्या आसपास स्वस्थ पडून राहिली.
तेल तापले, कढीपट्टत्ते , मोहर्या तड्तडल्या,

मिरच्या अगदी तुकडे तुकडे होऊन पडल्या ,

आणि हिंग, कांदे मंडळीही कुतूहलाने जाऊन मिळाली .
मावशीने कौतुकाने शुचिर्भूत तांदुळबीला उचलले,

हळूच दोन्ही हातानी पिळले,

आणि

” मुलगी मोठी झाली, आणि बदलली हो !

अगदी दंगा मस्तीचा लवलेशही नाही ;

चांगला स्वभाव , आणि उत्कृष्ट वागणे !

बघा आमची “सुशीला” कशी कढईत मिळून मिसळून राहते …”

असे म्हणत

गरम फोडणीत टाकले.
आसमंतात खमंग सुवास,

आणि सुशीला जणू सोन्याने माखून

एका बाउल मध्ये येऊन बसली ….

Masta na?!!

Our meals were a spread of dishes I miss staying away from home. While snack times were spent eating the most delicious of her preparations for the tea time! N Mavshi certainly knows her craft well!

One of the snacks she prepared was Sushila. A preparation which is quite similar to kande pohe and is a quick fix for unexplained holiday hunger pangs!


For this one needs:

4 bowls of churmure(puffed rice) soaked in water

1 onion chopped into cubes

1/4 bowl of peanuts

2 Green chillies chopped

Coriander chopped

Half a lemon

Sugar 1/4 tsp (optional)

For the tempering:

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Curry leaves

Turmeric 1/2 tsp

Oil a couple of tbsp

Drain and squeeze the water from puffed rice. Set aside.


Set a pan on heat. Add the oil. Temper with mustard when the oil is hot. To this add chopped green chillies, curry leaves and peanuts. Stir for a minute. When done, add the onions and turmeric. Stir till the onions are translucent.

To this add the puffed rice. Add salt and mix well. Add in a 1/4 tsp of sugar if you like. Cover and cook till it steams.


Turn the heat off. Squeeze lemon juice. Mix well.

Garnish with chopped coriander while serving.

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