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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dal Gosht ~ When The Hubby Cooks


Hello, my lovely readers! What special plans have you made for Easter? Well, since it's a working day here in Dubai we will be having our festive family meal at night as the kids will have school and fixing a mutually convenient time for lunch is not possible. The hubs and I have drawn up a simple list of dishes to cook together and then we aim to spend a quiet time relaxing at home. Pork bafat and some kind of chicken or mutton curry will definitely be on the menu. I am planning to make some sanna to go with it. I am still wondering what to make for dessert. Perhaps I should make the self-saucing rich chocolate pudding that I posted yesterday or maybe I should try a totally new recipe so that if it turns out well I could confidently share it with you guys. What do you think? 

And hey, that reminds me that I still have a nice dessert recipe waiting to be posted. I really hope to squeeze in some time before Saturday to post it, so do come back to check. Okay? 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eggless Self-Saucing Rich Chocolate Pudding


Folks, I am back from my long hiatus (okay, fine! I just posted a recipe last week, but it feels like forever). I am slowly learning to keep the promise to myself - of being less 'gadget-friendly' (what I call myself when I get too friendly with my phones/laptop) and more people-friendly (what I end up doing when I keep gadgets at bay). Last week was the last week of the spring break for my kids and we made the most of it. I packed 4 kids (two of my own and two of my brother's) and off we went to the movies and to a gaming area and to the library (all on separate days of course - fun things must always be spaced out). On the other days, stories were read, movies (at home) were watched and one-minute-microwave-mug-cakes were made, eaten and enjoyed. A friend from India was on vacation in Dubai with her family and we met up, chatted over a simple Mangalorean meal of boiled rice, valchebaji ani guley and mutton sukka, watched the sunset (reached the beach almost when the sun kissed the sun-kissed shores goodbye for the day!) and headed to the Dubai Water Canal to take the mandatory touristy pictures (it was our first time there too). It is nice to have friends over but unfortunately, when friends meet after ages and have to manage little ones it becomes impossible to have a tête-à-tête. Nevertheless, it is always heartwarming to meet childhood friends, isn't it?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Eggless Olive Oil, Fruit & Nut Cake and a review of 'Keep Calm & Go Crazy' by Rohan Monteiro


I just can't believe that the first quarter of this year has been kissed goodbye. Three whole months have come and gone and I wonder if I have achieved anything substantial at all but in my defence, I did make some resolutions despite telling you guys that I wouldn't be making any this year. One of them was to tell at least 10 people who made a difference in my life that I was grateful to them for their presence/encouragement/love/support. I managed to tell 5 and this was in Feb. In March I decided to pick up my habit of reading which I had sadly abandoned when motherhood encroached into my 'me time'. While I am glad that my blog kept my writing skill (or the lack of it) alive, reading books completely took a backseat. While I voluntarily gave up watching TV after moving to Dubai, I would still manage to watch movies and shows on YouTube once a month or so. I would still read a lot of articles on my phone or computer but curling up with a nice smelling book (yeah, books need to smell right for me) seemed like a thing of the past. I think this changed for the better when our family friend arrived last month from Oman and gifted me a book written by his brother-in-law. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Paneer Green Masala


Paneer, a favourite amongst most vegetarians was never a part of our diet until our little fellow grew up to love it. Now, I buy it almost every week from Lulu supermarket as making it at home is not an option (I must try it soon though). Since he prefers eating paneer to fish I don't mind buying it every week if need be as it is a good source of protein. I try a lot of recipes but somehow I never got around to posting most of them. Just recently I was trying to look for a suitable recipe that would taste different. We had already tried Palak Paneer, Tawa Paneer, Paneer Kurma and Paneer Butter Masala (links to some of these recipes are given below) and now I wanted to try something new but also something that would be accepted without a fuss.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vegetable Hakka Noodles (With Non Vegetarian Options)


As I had mentioned in my post a few days ago, I am slowly getting better at cooking Indo-Chinese food. These noodles were a part of a weekend meal that was much loved. I can count this dish to be amongst those that are soul satisfying for the simple reason that they are so delicious without being too complicated to make.  These noodles are perfect for little ones too, I mean who doesn't like noodles yeah? It is usually the meal of choice when I am hard pressed for time, but that usually is the very last option (the instant noodles pack, I mean). These made-from-scratch noodles are a lot more healthy than their instant counterpart because homemade is best you see, mother says so!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Baby Potatoes in Savoury Butter


Potatoes find themselves in some form or the other in our everyday meals. Either they turn up for breakfast in a savoury, thick, mashed curry form to be mopped up with chapathi or neer dosa or are cooked with fish, chicken or meat curries or sukka for lunch. Sometimes they are sliced up and marinated with salt & pepper/chilli powder and shallow fried for the son's lunchbox. Other times, especially on weekends they are mashed or baked and served alongside grilled fish or chicken. So many ways to enjoy the spud, innit? Since the little fellow loves baby potatoes roasted with bacon  I bring them often. This time he wanted something different to go along with bacon wrapped chicken and I made these simple savoury potatoes tossed around in a few ingredients. I had shared a picture of the plate, complete with bacon wrapped chicken thighs, baby potatoes in savoury butter and spiced beetroot brown rice (recipe to follow) on my Instagram. Do follow me there if you haven't already as I share tidbits of my life.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pesto & Bell Pepper Rice


Lent, a solemn religious observance for Christians is a period that lasts approximately 6 weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. During this time one is urged to give up vices or temptations of any kind. Most Christians make a personal decision to give up all or some kinds of non vegetarian food. While the focus is not on food I will try and post as many vegetarian recipes as possible this Lent. So, keeping the many requests in mind, here's a simple yet flavorful recipe for a one pot meal that you can put together in a jiffy. It is perfect for those who are in a hurry to cook a nutritious meal and can be made for your weekday dinner. All you need is some cooked rice and you can serve this in no time. I used homemade basil pesto sauce that I made from a ton of basil that I picked up at the farmer's market here. You can use store bought pesto or even make some using coriander leaves at home. I will post the recipe soon. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chicken & Mushrooms in Soy Sauce


My dream of making Chinese food that didn't flop came true over the weekend. As I said in my previous post my son loves to bookmark recipes and our bookshelf reorganizing adventure resulted in rediscovering many cookbooks that I owned but never used. I have a real treasure of very old cookbooks that are possibly out of print today and I really cherish them and the people who gifted them to me. The hubs is particularly fond of whipping up a quick continental meal (most of such recipes on the blog are his), however my attempts in the past have been near misses with a few hits that you see on the blog. This is perhaps one reason why although I get a lot of requests to post Indo-Chinese food recipes I never had the courage to dabble with that cuisine. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs


A couple of weeks ago I was reorganising my bookshelf. Since we have some extra space in the kitchen we decided to free up some space on our regular shelf and move some cookbooks to a smaller book cum knick knack shelf. The joy of rediscovering some old cookbooks was something else. My lil boy who is as passionate about cookbooks as I am sat with me flipping through endless recipes. He grabbed some sticky notes to bookmark the ones he wanted me to make over the next few days. A bacon enthusiast and a picky eater rolled into one, the fellow loves to ogle at food pictures. He is the first to pick our weekly, glossy magazine that accompanies the newspaper on Friday mornings and flip through the recipe section of the book. He believes that he was born with a continental palate (seriously, kids these days have taste buds with a mind of their own - I know this sounds complex, but that's how it is). So when he sees something that looks mouthwatering off he goes to add it on his 'list of things to drive mommy crazy about'. Anyway, so when we found this recipe he coaxed me into making it for him. Daddy brought home the bacon (literally and actually made an announcement about it) and mom set about to cook chicken thighs wrapped with bacon - a fun project for mother & son on a cosy, dull Friday morning. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Restaurant Review ~ Al Afia Restaurant (Mangalorean Cuisine), Al Mahata, Sharjah


Restaurant: Al Afia
Location: Opposite Wardah Hotel Apartments, Near Mahatta Park, Al Qasimia, Al Mahatah, Sharjah 
Cuisine: Mangalorean cuisine with a good mix of multi cuisine dishes
Price Range: AED 80-100

THE PLACE
Al Afia restaurant which was started in January 2016 is primarily a Mangalorean restaurant that also serves multi-cuisine food. Incidentally, they have been in the restaurant business for years. If you are from Mangalore and have frequented restaurants in the mid 90s then you may remember a tikka joint named 'Susata' located at Attavar, Mangalore.

A couple of months ago one of my relatives happened to tell me about the restaurant that belonged to her friend and I was invited to do a food review. I gladly accepted this offer as I am so passionate about Mangalorean food and I am sincerely pleased that I got to taste some fabulous food over the weekend!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mushroom Cutlets


I have always loved mushrooms however during my growing up years they were not so easily available in our local market or the vegetable vendor. It was a premium item that was sometimes seen on the shelves of the local horticulture store (I forget the exact name) that got exotic veggies from Bangalore and sold them at a not so affordable rate so we usually stuck to the humble, local veggies. Mushrooms and paneer was something I would enjoy to the fullest while we ate out which wasn't much either. After I got married and the blog came into being I slowly started my experiments with it. White button mushrooms are the most popular and so they got cooked in various forms. From the Mushroom, Garlic & Celery Soup, Mushrooms in a Chilli Cashew Gravy, Mushroom Curry, Peas & Mushroom Kurma, Mushroom Masala to the hubby's experiment with Baked Portobello (large sized) Mushrooms, we have tried a lot of recipes and loved them too. However, until recently the little boy (who never experiments with new flavours) never liked them and would religiously pick them out of his food. So to get him to enjoy them, I started making these cutlets out of mushrooms. I used my own recipe for minced meat cutlets (link at the bottom of this post) and worked around creating something with mushrooms. He loved them! I never told him that there were mushrooms in the cutlets and so he would happily gobble them up. Just recently he saw me chopping the mushrooms and realised that they didn't taste so bad afterall. Now his face brightens up at the mention of mushrooms in any dish!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pepper Beef


Most Mangaloreans are big lovers of Indo-Chinese food and so we usually stock up on condiments to help whip up a quick meal. However, let me tell you that we don't really make super authentic Chinese or Indo-Chinese - at least our older generation of Mangaloreans didn't know how to do that as recipes from that cuisine weren't as freely available as they are today, thanks to the internet. Most recipes were handed down from one generation to the other or learnt from caterers who would offer a dish or two with a Chinese feel to it for parties or wedding. Most were fusion dishes - Mangalorean Indo-Chinese, with a liberal dose of Byadge chillies, cumin and what have you! Of course, the addition of soy sauce miraculously helped pardon all our sins and legitimatized the dish. Most times we experimented with pork as we Mangalorean Catholics love this meat and don't really have too many recipes to pick from. 

We don't eat a lot of pork now and since my son is a fan of beef and mutton at the moment, I try out something new every now and then. I made this last week when Dubai was under the spell of rough and windy weather and so I didn't get the best of pictures. However, the taste was such that it instantly brightened up the mood of everyone who ate it especially my neighbour who had dropped by to say hello. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bole ~ Traditional Mangalorean Semi-Matured Coconut & Jaggery Cake


Last Thursday & Friday the weather took Dubai by storm (no pun intended). The idea of venturing out, braving the winds with two kids for company did not appeal to me. Since I knew that I would be holed up indoors my fingers itched to bake something comforting. Something that I could enjoy with some hot tea while the winds heaved & howled outside. Having tried out a million cake recipes over the years I wanted to dabble with something new and different. Over the past few weeks my cousin Prema and I have been discussing the recipe of a very traditional Mangalorean cake called as the 'bole'. She first found the recipe (and introduced me to it) in a cookbook a few years ago and had told me about how fabulous it had turned out. Over the years we both meant to give it a try but in my case, the project never took off for want of the key ingredient - semi matured coconut. To be honest, until recently I didn't even know what 'adsar' meant. Despite having grown up in a household that only spoke Konkani there are a ton of words missing from my vocabulary. Ironically, this household also routinely dealt with coconuts that were grown in the garden - from planting new saplings, watering them and nurturing them in every way, to hiring and overseeing the whole process of having the coconuts plucked, sorted, de-husked and sold. So in that sense everything related to coconuts was known to me but I am not sure how this particular term skipped my mind. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dal Gosht ~ When The Hubby Cooks


Hello, my lovely readers! What special plans have you made for Easter? Well, since it's a working day here in Dubai we will be having our festive family meal at night as the kids will have school and fixing a mutually convenient time for lunch is not possible. The hubs and I have drawn up a simple list of dishes to cook together and then we aim to spend a quiet time relaxing at home. Pork bafat and some kind of chicken or mutton curry will definitely be on the menu. I am planning to make some sanna to go with it. I am still wondering what to make for dessert. Perhaps I should make the self-saucing rich chocolate pudding that I posted yesterday or maybe I should try a totally new recipe so that if it turns out well I could confidently share it with you guys. What do you think? 

And hey, that reminds me that I still have a nice dessert recipe waiting to be posted. I really hope to squeeze in some time before Saturday to post it, so do come back to check. Okay? 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eggless Self-Saucing Rich Chocolate Pudding


Folks, I am back from my long hiatus (okay, fine! I just posted a recipe last week, but it feels like forever). I am slowly learning to keep the promise to myself - of being less 'gadget-friendly' (what I call myself when I get too friendly with my phones/laptop) and more people-friendly (what I end up doing when I keep gadgets at bay). Last week was the last week of the spring break for my kids and we made the most of it. I packed 4 kids (two of my own and two of my brother's) and off we went to the movies and to a gaming area and to the library (all on separate days of course - fun things must always be spaced out). On the other days, stories were read, movies (at home) were watched and one-minute-microwave-mug-cakes were made, eaten and enjoyed. A friend from India was on vacation in Dubai with her family and we met up, chatted over a simple Mangalorean meal of boiled rice, valchebaji ani guley and mutton sukka, watched the sunset (reached the beach almost when the sun kissed the sun-kissed shores goodbye for the day!) and headed to the Dubai Water Canal to take the mandatory touristy pictures (it was our first time there too). It is nice to have friends over but unfortunately, when friends meet after ages and have to manage little ones it becomes impossible to have a tête-à-tête. Nevertheless, it is always heartwarming to meet childhood friends, isn't it?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Eggless Olive Oil, Fruit & Nut Cake and a review of 'Keep Calm & Go Crazy' by Rohan Monteiro


I just can't believe that the first quarter of this year has been kissed goodbye. Three whole months have come and gone and I wonder if I have achieved anything substantial at all but in my defence, I did make some resolutions despite telling you guys that I wouldn't be making any this year. One of them was to tell at least 10 people who made a difference in my life that I was grateful to them for their presence/encouragement/love/support. I managed to tell 5 and this was in Feb. In March I decided to pick up my habit of reading which I had sadly abandoned when motherhood encroached into my 'me time'. While I am glad that my blog kept my writing skill (or the lack of it) alive, reading books completely took a backseat. While I voluntarily gave up watching TV after moving to Dubai, I would still manage to watch movies and shows on YouTube once a month or so. I would still read a lot of articles on my phone or computer but curling up with a nice smelling book (yeah, books need to smell right for me) seemed like a thing of the past. I think this changed for the better when our family friend arrived last month from Oman and gifted me a book written by his brother-in-law. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Paneer Green Masala


Paneer, a favourite amongst most vegetarians was never a part of our diet until our little fellow grew up to love it. Now, I buy it almost every week from Lulu supermarket as making it at home is not an option (I must try it soon though). Since he prefers eating paneer to fish I don't mind buying it every week if need be as it is a good source of protein. I try a lot of recipes but somehow I never got around to posting most of them. Just recently I was trying to look for a suitable recipe that would taste different. We had already tried Palak Paneer, Tawa Paneer, Paneer Kurma and Paneer Butter Masala (links to some of these recipes are given below) and now I wanted to try something new but also something that would be accepted without a fuss.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vegetable Hakka Noodles (With Non Vegetarian Options)


As I had mentioned in my post a few days ago, I am slowly getting better at cooking Indo-Chinese food. These noodles were a part of a weekend meal that was much loved. I can count this dish to be amongst those that are soul satisfying for the simple reason that they are so delicious without being too complicated to make.  These noodles are perfect for little ones too, I mean who doesn't like noodles yeah? It is usually the meal of choice when I am hard pressed for time, but that usually is the very last option (the instant noodles pack, I mean). These made-from-scratch noodles are a lot more healthy than their instant counterpart because homemade is best you see, mother says so!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Baby Potatoes in Savoury Butter


Potatoes find themselves in some form or the other in our everyday meals. Either they turn up for breakfast in a savoury, thick, mashed curry form to be mopped up with chapathi or neer dosa or are cooked with fish, chicken or meat curries or sukka for lunch. Sometimes they are sliced up and marinated with salt & pepper/chilli powder and shallow fried for the son's lunchbox. Other times, especially on weekends they are mashed or baked and served alongside grilled fish or chicken. So many ways to enjoy the spud, innit? Since the little fellow loves baby potatoes roasted with bacon  I bring them often. This time he wanted something different to go along with bacon wrapped chicken and I made these simple savoury potatoes tossed around in a few ingredients. I had shared a picture of the plate, complete with bacon wrapped chicken thighs, baby potatoes in savoury butter and spiced beetroot brown rice (recipe to follow) on my Instagram. Do follow me there if you haven't already as I share tidbits of my life.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pesto & Bell Pepper Rice


Lent, a solemn religious observance for Christians is a period that lasts approximately 6 weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. During this time one is urged to give up vices or temptations of any kind. Most Christians make a personal decision to give up all or some kinds of non vegetarian food. While the focus is not on food I will try and post as many vegetarian recipes as possible this Lent. So, keeping the many requests in mind, here's a simple yet flavorful recipe for a one pot meal that you can put together in a jiffy. It is perfect for those who are in a hurry to cook a nutritious meal and can be made for your weekday dinner. All you need is some cooked rice and you can serve this in no time. I used homemade basil pesto sauce that I made from a ton of basil that I picked up at the farmer's market here. You can use store bought pesto or even make some using coriander leaves at home. I will post the recipe soon. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chicken & Mushrooms in Soy Sauce


My dream of making Chinese food that didn't flop came true over the weekend. As I said in my previous post my son loves to bookmark recipes and our bookshelf reorganizing adventure resulted in rediscovering many cookbooks that I owned but never used. I have a real treasure of very old cookbooks that are possibly out of print today and I really cherish them and the people who gifted them to me. The hubs is particularly fond of whipping up a quick continental meal (most of such recipes on the blog are his), however my attempts in the past have been near misses with a few hits that you see on the blog. This is perhaps one reason why although I get a lot of requests to post Indo-Chinese food recipes I never had the courage to dabble with that cuisine. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs


A couple of weeks ago I was reorganising my bookshelf. Since we have some extra space in the kitchen we decided to free up some space on our regular shelf and move some cookbooks to a smaller book cum knick knack shelf. The joy of rediscovering some old cookbooks was something else. My lil boy who is as passionate about cookbooks as I am sat with me flipping through endless recipes. He grabbed some sticky notes to bookmark the ones he wanted me to make over the next few days. A bacon enthusiast and a picky eater rolled into one, the fellow loves to ogle at food pictures. He is the first to pick our weekly, glossy magazine that accompanies the newspaper on Friday mornings and flip through the recipe section of the book. He believes that he was born with a continental palate (seriously, kids these days have taste buds with a mind of their own - I know this sounds complex, but that's how it is). So when he sees something that looks mouthwatering off he goes to add it on his 'list of things to drive mommy crazy about'. Anyway, so when we found this recipe he coaxed me into making it for him. Daddy brought home the bacon (literally and actually made an announcement about it) and mom set about to cook chicken thighs wrapped with bacon - a fun project for mother & son on a cosy, dull Friday morning. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Restaurant Review ~ Al Afia Restaurant (Mangalorean Cuisine), Al Mahata, Sharjah


Restaurant: Al Afia
Location: Opposite Wardah Hotel Apartments, Near Mahatta Park, Al Qasimia, Al Mahatah, Sharjah 
Cuisine: Mangalorean cuisine with a good mix of multi cuisine dishes
Price Range: AED 80-100

THE PLACE
Al Afia restaurant which was started in January 2016 is primarily a Mangalorean restaurant that also serves multi-cuisine food. Incidentally, they have been in the restaurant business for years. If you are from Mangalore and have frequented restaurants in the mid 90s then you may remember a tikka joint named 'Susata' located at Attavar, Mangalore.

A couple of months ago one of my relatives happened to tell me about the restaurant that belonged to her friend and I was invited to do a food review. I gladly accepted this offer as I am so passionate about Mangalorean food and I am sincerely pleased that I got to taste some fabulous food over the weekend!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mushroom Cutlets


I have always loved mushrooms however during my growing up years they were not so easily available in our local market or the vegetable vendor. It was a premium item that was sometimes seen on the shelves of the local horticulture store (I forget the exact name) that got exotic veggies from Bangalore and sold them at a not so affordable rate so we usually stuck to the humble, local veggies. Mushrooms and paneer was something I would enjoy to the fullest while we ate out which wasn't much either. After I got married and the blog came into being I slowly started my experiments with it. White button mushrooms are the most popular and so they got cooked in various forms. From the Mushroom, Garlic & Celery Soup, Mushrooms in a Chilli Cashew Gravy, Mushroom Curry, Peas & Mushroom Kurma, Mushroom Masala to the hubby's experiment with Baked Portobello (large sized) Mushrooms, we have tried a lot of recipes and loved them too. However, until recently the little boy (who never experiments with new flavours) never liked them and would religiously pick them out of his food. So to get him to enjoy them, I started making these cutlets out of mushrooms. I used my own recipe for minced meat cutlets (link at the bottom of this post) and worked around creating something with mushrooms. He loved them! I never told him that there were mushrooms in the cutlets and so he would happily gobble them up. Just recently he saw me chopping the mushrooms and realised that they didn't taste so bad afterall. Now his face brightens up at the mention of mushrooms in any dish!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pepper Beef


Most Mangaloreans are big lovers of Indo-Chinese food and so we usually stock up on condiments to help whip up a quick meal. However, let me tell you that we don't really make super authentic Chinese or Indo-Chinese - at least our older generation of Mangaloreans didn't know how to do that as recipes from that cuisine weren't as freely available as they are today, thanks to the internet. Most recipes were handed down from one generation to the other or learnt from caterers who would offer a dish or two with a Chinese feel to it for parties or wedding. Most were fusion dishes - Mangalorean Indo-Chinese, with a liberal dose of Byadge chillies, cumin and what have you! Of course, the addition of soy sauce miraculously helped pardon all our sins and legitimatized the dish. Most times we experimented with pork as we Mangalorean Catholics love this meat and don't really have too many recipes to pick from. 

We don't eat a lot of pork now and since my son is a fan of beef and mutton at the moment, I try out something new every now and then. I made this last week when Dubai was under the spell of rough and windy weather and so I didn't get the best of pictures. However, the taste was such that it instantly brightened up the mood of everyone who ate it especially my neighbour who had dropped by to say hello. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bole ~ Traditional Mangalorean Semi-Matured Coconut & Jaggery Cake


Last Thursday & Friday the weather took Dubai by storm (no pun intended). The idea of venturing out, braving the winds with two kids for company did not appeal to me. Since I knew that I would be holed up indoors my fingers itched to bake something comforting. Something that I could enjoy with some hot tea while the winds heaved & howled outside. Having tried out a million cake recipes over the years I wanted to dabble with something new and different. Over the past few weeks my cousin Prema and I have been discussing the recipe of a very traditional Mangalorean cake called as the 'bole'. She first found the recipe (and introduced me to it) in a cookbook a few years ago and had told me about how fabulous it had turned out. Over the years we both meant to give it a try but in my case, the project never took off for want of the key ingredient - semi matured coconut. To be honest, until recently I didn't even know what 'adsar' meant. Despite having grown up in a household that only spoke Konkani there are a ton of words missing from my vocabulary. Ironically, this household also routinely dealt with coconuts that were grown in the garden - from planting new saplings, watering them and nurturing them in every way, to hiring and overseeing the whole process of having the coconuts plucked, sorted, de-husked and sold. So in that sense everything related to coconuts was known to me but I am not sure how this particular term skipped my mind.