Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pachodi ~ Mangalorean Style Raw Mango Salad ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


Mangoes and the memories are like conjoined twins, aren't they? There is something that is so wonderful about that single whiff of a mango that can take you places, back in time. It is in some sense, a time machine that can transport you back to your childhood and back to everything you ever loved about it. Whenever I am greeted by a mango I just like to wrap my senses with its aroma and close my eyes to simply enjoy the memories. 

Today's recipe is a very simple one. It is made of raw mangoes chopped up and spiced up with some chilli powder. We used to have this a lot as kids, at home, eating leisurely during our summer holidays, sitting on the porch. Sometimes we sneaked in a steel dabba full of chopped up pieces of raw mango and mixed the rest of the ingredients (mostly without the onions as they really stank!) in school! During a boring lesson, the dabba would be passed around for anyone fond of raw mangoes. Seriously, those were the little pleasures of life. I don't recall ever getting caught for indulging in a mid afternoon snack such as this. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Multigrain Nutella Swirled Banana Bread


I got a huge bunch of bananas from the market a few days ago in the hope of making some banana halwa but the plans didn't quite materialise and after eating and eating several good ones we had to abandon the mission and watch them die quietly. What I mean by 'die' is that they turn almost black and nobody wants to do touch them let alone eat them, even if they are peeled and cut and served on a platter. Kids I tell you! Anyway, since mamas don't complain, they just figure out better ways to deal with over ripe bananas. Banana bread is always the way to go and this time was no better. I found a suitable recipe to use up the bananas and a jar of Nutella that was pretty much hanging around the kitchen. Yeah, we aren't such great fans of slathering Nutella on bread anymore. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I got over it the moment I made my homemade hazelnut spread. The commercially available ones are just bought as backup. So I decided to use it up at once. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 34 - Crab Sukka Masala, Fried Fish, Daaliso Saar, Gosalem Thel Piyao & Rice

BOSHI#34


Folks, the much loved and very much in demand, boshi is back! As much as I would make it a weekly affair as I used to from the time I started this series, I am unable to, due to lack of time. I hope to get back on track in another few weeks. I have promised myself to make full fledged Mangalorean style meals at least once a week, for the pure satisfaction and sheer joy it gives! I am sure die hard Mangaloreans (irrespective of which community you belong to) will agree with this. There is no greater joy than to dig into a simple meal of piping hot rice served with two of your favourite types of seafood and some dal and perhaps a vegetable sauteed in basic spices. So for today it's the favourite of the hubby, cooked by himself ofcourse cuz I still can't eat crabs. The fried fish was made by me and so are the rest of the items you see on the plate. I hope this helps you plan your weekly menus. 

If you are new to my blog do check out the complete Boshi series here

Easy Pumpkin Soup


While my family loves soups we only make them for dinner and thanks to the dim lights in my home I've never really bothered about taking pictures. Just recently we got a nice table lamp from IKEA that provides some better lighting that the rest of the sources of light in the house so I thought it was now or never. These aren't the best pics and since the little fellow has been down with viral fever since the past few days I decided to serve him his bowl of piping hot soup right away. 

Well I am told that pumpkin soup is very good to get the blazing body temperatures down and thought of giving it a try. The nourishment was very essential for my son who didn't have an appetite for anything else. As a mom I found it naturally disheartening when he rejected all other food but was glad that he enjoyed the soup. Served with some croutons and garnished with a swirl of fresh cream this was the tastiest was of having the goodness of pumpkin in our tummies. You must try this recipe if you are a fan of thick soups!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Herbed Garlic Butter Garland Bread ~ #Breadbakers


I'm back with another bread folks! This time it is a pretty one (or so I think :P). During my days as a school girl I was the artistic one in the family. I would indulge in all kinds of art and craft but then gave it all up when I got serious about studies. Wonder why I did that! I thought I would be pretty bad at making decorative breads and although I haven't reached that stage of braided breads yet I think today's garland bread is making its entry into the world of decorative breads. Prior to this I had tried my hand at making the Hornazo De Salamanca, a stuffed bread that needed some pattern on top. 

So this month, our team of bread bakers decided to use garlic as an ingredient in our breads, in celebration of National Garlic Day in the United States which falls on 19th of April. We were asked to choose from black garlic, white garlic, elephant garlic, smoked garlic, powdered, roasted, raw, crushed or whole. Our host for this month is Karen from Karen's Kitchen Stories - thank you so much for this lovely theme Karen! 

I am a huge fan of garlic and love to include it in most dishes I make. Indian food uses a lot of garlic so it wasn't hard for me to grow up liking the taste and incorporating it into a bread was easy too. I made the herbed garlic butter which was used as a spread on the dough before it was rolled and shaped into a garland

Monday, April 11, 2016

Herbed Garlic Butter


Garlic bread is a favourite amongst many. Our family is no different. When we were in Mumbai it was customary to order garlic bread along with our pizzas. We haven't done that at lot here as we don't order pizzas anymore - we make 'em at home! Yeah! There's no greater joy than to bake your own bread, you can trust me on this one! It's all about taking that plunge and then there's no looking back. Ok, so that brings us to the most essential ingredient for a garlic bread - the butter which is used to slather the bread, be it a regular loaf or a baguette. Back in Mumbai I have picked up the Amul Herb & Garlic butter on a couple of occasions and I thought it would be great to make it at home someday. It's just that the need didn't arise until now.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Aloo Papdi Sabzi


Sometime last month I found an abundance of broad beans in almost every supermarket I visited. I had never cooked them before and since I always like to try out new ingredients, I picked some. We loved them so much that I made them twice since then. This dish is pretty easy to make with just the basic spices and some potatoes tossed in and goes really well with chapathis. 

More stories will come up shortly :) I've been reaaaaally busy over the past few days, so do stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

25 Summer Recipes You Must Try!


While the weather is still a little pleasant here in Dubai, summer has officially set its foot in India and many parts of the world. From what I see, people are gearing up for it in terms of their attire and food intake. It is the time when the body craves for light foods and fluids to replenish those lost due to the hot and humid weather. We Mangaloreans prepare a lot of seasonal goodies and make the most of nature's bounty. From cashews, jackfruits, mangoes to love apples, jamoons & kokum, every fruit is welcomed with joy. 

I have grown up eating a lot of traditional food made with these fruits and have managed to recreate several of them in my kitchen over the years. Here is a round up of 25 dishes that I have handpicked for you - recipes that are traditional and contemporary and will give you an idea of what to make should you pick any of these ingredients. I have also included a few other recipes that are apt for this season, so go ahead and indulge in what this season has to offer!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pachodi ~ Mangalorean Style Raw Mango Salad ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


Mangoes and the memories are like conjoined twins, aren't they? There is something that is so wonderful about that single whiff of a mango that can take you places, back in time. It is in some sense, a time machine that can transport you back to your childhood and back to everything you ever loved about it. Whenever I am greeted by a mango I just like to wrap my senses with its aroma and close my eyes to simply enjoy the memories. 

Today's recipe is a very simple one. It is made of raw mangoes chopped up and spiced up with some chilli powder. We used to have this a lot as kids, at home, eating leisurely during our summer holidays, sitting on the porch. Sometimes we sneaked in a steel dabba full of chopped up pieces of raw mango and mixed the rest of the ingredients (mostly without the onions as they really stank!) in school! During a boring lesson, the dabba would be passed around for anyone fond of raw mangoes. Seriously, those were the little pleasures of life. I don't recall ever getting caught for indulging in a mid afternoon snack such as this. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Multigrain Nutella Swirled Banana Bread


I got a huge bunch of bananas from the market a few days ago in the hope of making some banana halwa but the plans didn't quite materialise and after eating and eating several good ones we had to abandon the mission and watch them die quietly. What I mean by 'die' is that they turn almost black and nobody wants to do touch them let alone eat them, even if they are peeled and cut and served on a platter. Kids I tell you! Anyway, since mamas don't complain, they just figure out better ways to deal with over ripe bananas. Banana bread is always the way to go and this time was no better. I found a suitable recipe to use up the bananas and a jar of Nutella that was pretty much hanging around the kitchen. Yeah, we aren't such great fans of slathering Nutella on bread anymore. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I got over it the moment I made my homemade hazelnut spread. The commercially available ones are just bought as backup. So I decided to use it up at once. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 34 - Crab Sukka Masala, Fried Fish, Daaliso Saar, Gosalem Thel Piyao & Rice

BOSHI#34


Folks, the much loved and very much in demand, boshi is back! As much as I would make it a weekly affair as I used to from the time I started this series, I am unable to, due to lack of time. I hope to get back on track in another few weeks. I have promised myself to make full fledged Mangalorean style meals at least once a week, for the pure satisfaction and sheer joy it gives! I am sure die hard Mangaloreans (irrespective of which community you belong to) will agree with this. There is no greater joy than to dig into a simple meal of piping hot rice served with two of your favourite types of seafood and some dal and perhaps a vegetable sauteed in basic spices. So for today it's the favourite of the hubby, cooked by himself ofcourse cuz I still can't eat crabs. The fried fish was made by me and so are the rest of the items you see on the plate. I hope this helps you plan your weekly menus. 

If you are new to my blog do check out the complete Boshi series here

Easy Pumpkin Soup


While my family loves soups we only make them for dinner and thanks to the dim lights in my home I've never really bothered about taking pictures. Just recently we got a nice table lamp from IKEA that provides some better lighting that the rest of the sources of light in the house so I thought it was now or never. These aren't the best pics and since the little fellow has been down with viral fever since the past few days I decided to serve him his bowl of piping hot soup right away. 

Well I am told that pumpkin soup is very good to get the blazing body temperatures down and thought of giving it a try. The nourishment was very essential for my son who didn't have an appetite for anything else. As a mom I found it naturally disheartening when he rejected all other food but was glad that he enjoyed the soup. Served with some croutons and garnished with a swirl of fresh cream this was the tastiest was of having the goodness of pumpkin in our tummies. You must try this recipe if you are a fan of thick soups!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Herbed Garlic Butter Garland Bread ~ #Breadbakers


I'm back with another bread folks! This time it is a pretty one (or so I think :P). During my days as a school girl I was the artistic one in the family. I would indulge in all kinds of art and craft but then gave it all up when I got serious about studies. Wonder why I did that! I thought I would be pretty bad at making decorative breads and although I haven't reached that stage of braided breads yet I think today's garland bread is making its entry into the world of decorative breads. Prior to this I had tried my hand at making the Hornazo De Salamanca, a stuffed bread that needed some pattern on top. 

So this month, our team of bread bakers decided to use garlic as an ingredient in our breads, in celebration of National Garlic Day in the United States which falls on 19th of April. We were asked to choose from black garlic, white garlic, elephant garlic, smoked garlic, powdered, roasted, raw, crushed or whole. Our host for this month is Karen from Karen's Kitchen Stories - thank you so much for this lovely theme Karen! 

I am a huge fan of garlic and love to include it in most dishes I make. Indian food uses a lot of garlic so it wasn't hard for me to grow up liking the taste and incorporating it into a bread was easy too. I made the herbed garlic butter which was used as a spread on the dough before it was rolled and shaped into a garland

Monday, April 11, 2016

Herbed Garlic Butter


Garlic bread is a favourite amongst many. Our family is no different. When we were in Mumbai it was customary to order garlic bread along with our pizzas. We haven't done that at lot here as we don't order pizzas anymore - we make 'em at home! Yeah! There's no greater joy than to bake your own bread, you can trust me on this one! It's all about taking that plunge and then there's no looking back. Ok, so that brings us to the most essential ingredient for a garlic bread - the butter which is used to slather the bread, be it a regular loaf or a baguette. Back in Mumbai I have picked up the Amul Herb & Garlic butter on a couple of occasions and I thought it would be great to make it at home someday. It's just that the need didn't arise until now.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Aloo Papdi Sabzi


Sometime last month I found an abundance of broad beans in almost every supermarket I visited. I had never cooked them before and since I always like to try out new ingredients, I picked some. We loved them so much that I made them twice since then. This dish is pretty easy to make with just the basic spices and some potatoes tossed in and goes really well with chapathis. 

More stories will come up shortly :) I've been reaaaaally busy over the past few days, so do stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

25 Summer Recipes You Must Try!


While the weather is still a little pleasant here in Dubai, summer has officially set its foot in India and many parts of the world. From what I see, people are gearing up for it in terms of their attire and food intake. It is the time when the body craves for light foods and fluids to replenish those lost due to the hot and humid weather. We Mangaloreans prepare a lot of seasonal goodies and make the most of nature's bounty. From cashews, jackfruits, mangoes to love apples, jamoons & kokum, every fruit is welcomed with joy. 

I have grown up eating a lot of traditional food made with these fruits and have managed to recreate several of them in my kitchen over the years. Here is a round up of 25 dishes that I have handpicked for you - recipes that are traditional and contemporary and will give you an idea of what to make should you pick any of these ingredients. I have also included a few other recipes that are apt for this season, so go ahead and indulge in what this season has to offer!!