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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Matar Potli Samosa (Deep Fried Pastry Pouches Stuffed with Spicy Green Peas)


Another special treat for you to enjoy this Diwali. Matar Potli or Potli Samosa is an interesting variation to the usual samosa. The difference being the outer casing of this samosa which is in the shape of a 'potli' or a money pouch that is so common all over India. I know a lot of grandmas who still have some moolah safely stashed away in an innocent looking purse made out of cloth. The more fancy and decorative ones are part of ethnic wear too. I have a couple which I sport when I am all decked up in a saree or a chudidar kameez.
When I recently came across this recipe in a weekly news magazine

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Choco Coconut Laddoos ~ Deepavali Special



In India the festive season has now fully bloomed into one of its most beautiful festivals ~ Deepavali also called as Diwali, the festival of lights. I am sure that preparations are in full swing in all those homes that celebrate. While a lot of people prepare almost all the sweets at home many still heavily bank on mithaiwalas (sweetmeat vendors) to provide the mithai that is so much a part of this festival. 

Although we don't celebrate this festival at home, I do try and prepare at least one sweet dish at home. It's impossible not to catch the infectious excitement that revolves around gorgeous food this season! My friends and I have been discussing about it for weeks now. 'What are you making for Diwali?' is how most of our conversations on chat begin.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Phagila Podi ~ Konkani Style Deep Fried Kantola (Indian Teasel Gourd / Spiky Gourd)


So much to do, so little time! Readers, I am just not able to find quality time to laze over my computer, debating which recipe to post next. My blog is facing intermittent outages, you may have noticed this. Its not the dearth of recipes that is to be blamed. Cooking happens in full swing on a daily basis, its just the post cooking clearing up and other sundry jobs that bring me down. On a more positive note, I am absolutely enjoying my new house, especially my kitchen. Though it is a little smallish for my taste (I love huge spaces which of course is nice if there is a full time help to clean & keep in order, haha!) I still love the fact that I have finally got the gadgets of my dreams - a full fledged oven and a nice dishwasher - every woman's best friend. I mean who wants to slave over washing an endless pile of dishes, right? For a foodie cum food blogger like me, washing dishes has become the bane of my existence heightened by the fact that a whole lot of post baking paraphernalia has to be religiously washed & put away.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Rice Kheer (Rice Pudding)



Hello everyone! Here I am after a long break (over 3 weeks) from blogging. I am back - rejuvenated and almost charged to start posting some new recipes here. Three weeks ago we finally shifted to our own place from my brother's place which was our home for all these months. While I was very excited to finally start setting up my own home and settle down, there were streaks of sadness when we said goodbye to one of the most generous families I've known. My brother and his family made sure that our stay at their place was more than comfortable and we had great times together. The good part is that we live within walkable distance of each other's homes now and meet each other every weekend. I am super glad about that as now I can finally start baking big batches of goodies which can be shared with them. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Matar Potli Samosa (Deep Fried Pastry Pouches Stuffed with Spicy Green Peas)


Another special treat for you to enjoy this Diwali. Matar Potli or Potli Samosa is an interesting variation to the usual samosa. The difference being the outer casing of this samosa which is in the shape of a 'potli' or a money pouch that is so common all over India. I know a lot of grandmas who still have some moolah safely stashed away in an innocent looking purse made out of cloth. The more fancy and decorative ones are part of ethnic wear too. I have a couple which I sport when I am all decked up in a saree or a chudidar kameez.
When I recently came across this recipe in a weekly news magazine

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Choco Coconut Laddoos ~ Deepavali Special



In India the festive season has now fully bloomed into one of its most beautiful festivals ~ Deepavali also called as Diwali, the festival of lights. I am sure that preparations are in full swing in all those homes that celebrate. While a lot of people prepare almost all the sweets at home many still heavily bank on mithaiwalas (sweetmeat vendors) to provide the mithai that is so much a part of this festival. 

Although we don't celebrate this festival at home, I do try and prepare at least one sweet dish at home. It's impossible not to catch the infectious excitement that revolves around gorgeous food this season! My friends and I have been discussing about it for weeks now. 'What are you making for Diwali?' is how most of our conversations on chat begin.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Phagila Podi ~ Konkani Style Deep Fried Kantola (Indian Teasel Gourd / Spiky Gourd)


So much to do, so little time! Readers, I am just not able to find quality time to laze over my computer, debating which recipe to post next. My blog is facing intermittent outages, you may have noticed this. Its not the dearth of recipes that is to be blamed. Cooking happens in full swing on a daily basis, its just the post cooking clearing up and other sundry jobs that bring me down. On a more positive note, I am absolutely enjoying my new house, especially my kitchen. Though it is a little smallish for my taste (I love huge spaces which of course is nice if there is a full time help to clean & keep in order, haha!) I still love the fact that I have finally got the gadgets of my dreams - a full fledged oven and a nice dishwasher - every woman's best friend. I mean who wants to slave over washing an endless pile of dishes, right? For a foodie cum food blogger like me, washing dishes has become the bane of my existence heightened by the fact that a whole lot of post baking paraphernalia has to be religiously washed & put away.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Rice Kheer (Rice Pudding)



Hello everyone! Here I am after a long break (over 3 weeks) from blogging. I am back - rejuvenated and almost charged to start posting some new recipes here. Three weeks ago we finally shifted to our own place from my brother's place which was our home for all these months. While I was very excited to finally start setting up my own home and settle down, there were streaks of sadness when we said goodbye to one of the most generous families I've known. My brother and his family made sure that our stay at their place was more than comfortable and we had great times together. The good part is that we live within walkable distance of each other's homes now and meet each other every weekend. I am super glad about that as now I can finally start baking big batches of goodies which can be shared with them.