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Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Recipes ~ New Picture Index!

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The best season of the year is finally here! I am completely in love with the Christmas season and the accompanying weather. It is not the first time that I am in Dubai for Christmas, but it definitely is our first Christmas in our own home here. Everybody I know has been asking how I will celebrate Christmas this year and what are the special things that I will be doing. Well, I have a few recipes that are still getting tested in my kitchen and hopefully those will make it to the blog soon - starting 1st December. Our Christmas tree will be up in the next couple of days and I can't wait to compile a list of my favourite Christmas carols & songs to bring in the cheer.

While some delicious aromas have been wafting through my kitchen door I simply couldn't resist compiling a brand new picture recipe index with all my favourite Christmas recipes! If you haven't yet noticed the tab right on top that says 'Christmas Recipes - Picture Index', then please click on this collage I have created. It will take you to the new index that will help you decide your menu for this Christmas.

As the days roll by I will be updating this index with new & old recipes alike - those that are popularly voted by my readers to be included in the list. I would love to have your feedback and also know how this index has helped you (if it has). If you have any tips or suggestions or just want to say hello, please mail me on ruchikrandhap@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Poori Saagu ~ Karnataka Style Mixed Vegetable Curry with Wholewheat Flat Bread

Now that we have settled down in our own home I have started trying out dishes, the recipes of which have been bookmarked ages ago. Last year when I had a temporary help hired during my delivery I had the opportunity to taste some Karnataka style food which I thoroughly enjoyed. Poori Saagu was one such dish which was prepared many times for breakfast. Although all of us at home enjoy eating piping hot pooris with any accompaniment I don't make them often due to the fact that it is not the healthiest because of the deep frying that is involved. I limit deep fried food to once in 2-3 months and when I do make it, we indulge. To make it healthier I prepare pooris with whole wheat flour (which is like the norm these days) to all purpose flour/maida.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pumpkin Pasta - Homemade Baby Food (For Babies Aged 9 months & Above)



A couple of weeks ago our little baby girl turned One! Yes, time really flies and she is 1 already. We ushered in her first birthday with a little celebration with close family & friends and what a fun day it was! She was lucky to cut two birthday cakes on two different days and shortly I will post the recipe of one of the cakes - the other one was prepared by my aunt.

For now, in Baby Z's honour I will start posting a few recipes for homemade baby food that I have collected since the past few months but never got time to post. These recipes are suitable for babies that are 6 months & above, but the posting will be done in no particular order. I think these recipes will benefit many moms to plan meal menus for their babies. However, please note that these are my own experiments at creating something nutritious, fun & delicious for my baby. These are recipe ideas that have worked for me so please use them only as a reference. The nutritional needs of babies vary and the right advice can only be given by the baby's doctor, so kindly use your discretion and medical advice before trying out any of these recipes.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mutton Chops Curry - When the hubby cooks!


My love affair with mutton started after I had moved to Mumbai. We used to get the best quality meat there. Well, to get the facts right, what we popularly get in most parts of India is goat meat and not lamb. ('bokdi' & 'bokro' will probably put the whole confusion to rest). Personally Roshan & I prefer goat meat to lamb as the latter has a stronger aftertaste of grass fed meat. Goat meat on the other hand has more rustic flavours and an aroma that makes you want to dive into the pot of simmering curry and wallop it down. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Simple & Easy Rava Mutli (Mildly Sweet & Savoury Rice Dumplings)


Breakfast - the most important meal of the day is also my favourite part of day. I fancy good breakfasts and I guess if my day has started off early I don't mind slaving over dishing out a good hearty breakfast. South Indian breakfasts always score above the rest in my house, but then they are also tedious to make from scratch. Long hours of soaking, grinding, fermenting, frying/steaming are part of almost every kind of breakfast item that gets devoured in minutes. So yes, sometimes it is pretty discouraging to even dive into this process. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Baked Portobello Mushrooms - When the Hubby Cooks!

Above pic: The egg looks raw, but don't be fooled! It is completely and firmly baked requiring a knife and fork to cut through!

In the midst of a busy week the husband promised to surprise me with something delicious. I had seen some portobello mushrooms lying in the fridge and I guessed that it would be something to do with baking them as he had tried sometime ago in Mumbai. However, I was totally bowled over by the presentation of this amazingly delicious dish. The egg in the centre looked so wonderful and timeless because it remained just the same before and after baking.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ash-e-Mast (Yogurt Soup with Meatballs - Persian Style)


The best two months of the year in my opinion are November & December and we are already there! Best because of the holiday season that is just around the corner. Having grown up in India, winter was not really much of a winter but greatly welcomed. Walking to school in a somewhat chilly weather as Mangalore's standards was such a joy for me at least. I experienced better winters in Bangalore when I was working there 10 years ago and although I didn't enjoy it so much as I hate cold weather. Riding the two wheeler was such a pain because I had to be completely packed in cold weather apparel, have my ears covered & what not. Anyway, this is nothing compared to what some of you face in those parts of the world that receive extreme weather including snow storms & the works. So let me quit complaining.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Panchakajjaya



Indians all across the world celebrate Deepavali today. Lighting lamps, offering prayers, preparing sweets & snacks, visiting people, bursting crackers and having a great deal of fun. Public places and commercial establishments are also decked up greet this beautiful festival of lights. 

During my childhood in Mangalore, our kind and generous neighbours used to send over a 'thali' (serving plate) filled with Deepavali sweets & savouries - pedas, kaju katlis, boondi laddoo, rava laddoo, mysore pak, kara sev, chakli & tukdi. A small portion of the day's neivedyam (offering to gods) was also sent along so I vaguely remember its taste and definitely remember that I enjoyed it along with every goodie on the platter. 

Today's recipe is a pretty popular one in South India.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Recipes ~ New Picture Index!

(Click to view the Picture Index)

The best season of the year is finally here! I am completely in love with the Christmas season and the accompanying weather. It is not the first time that I am in Dubai for Christmas, but it definitely is our first Christmas in our own home here. Everybody I know has been asking how I will celebrate Christmas this year and what are the special things that I will be doing. Well, I have a few recipes that are still getting tested in my kitchen and hopefully those will make it to the blog soon - starting 1st December. Our Christmas tree will be up in the next couple of days and I can't wait to compile a list of my favourite Christmas carols & songs to bring in the cheer.

While some delicious aromas have been wafting through my kitchen door I simply couldn't resist compiling a brand new picture recipe index with all my favourite Christmas recipes! If you haven't yet noticed the tab right on top that says 'Christmas Recipes - Picture Index', then please click on this collage I have created. It will take you to the new index that will help you decide your menu for this Christmas.

As the days roll by I will be updating this index with new & old recipes alike - those that are popularly voted by my readers to be included in the list. I would love to have your feedback and also know how this index has helped you (if it has). If you have any tips or suggestions or just want to say hello, please mail me on ruchikrandhap@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Poori Saagu ~ Karnataka Style Mixed Vegetable Curry with Wholewheat Flat Bread

Now that we have settled down in our own home I have started trying out dishes, the recipes of which have been bookmarked ages ago. Last year when I had a temporary help hired during my delivery I had the opportunity to taste some Karnataka style food which I thoroughly enjoyed. Poori Saagu was one such dish which was prepared many times for breakfast. Although all of us at home enjoy eating piping hot pooris with any accompaniment I don't make them often due to the fact that it is not the healthiest because of the deep frying that is involved. I limit deep fried food to once in 2-3 months and when I do make it, we indulge. To make it healthier I prepare pooris with whole wheat flour (which is like the norm these days) to all purpose flour/maida.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pumpkin Pasta - Homemade Baby Food (For Babies Aged 9 months & Above)



A couple of weeks ago our little baby girl turned One! Yes, time really flies and she is 1 already. We ushered in her first birthday with a little celebration with close family & friends and what a fun day it was! She was lucky to cut two birthday cakes on two different days and shortly I will post the recipe of one of the cakes - the other one was prepared by my aunt.

For now, in Baby Z's honour I will start posting a few recipes for homemade baby food that I have collected since the past few months but never got time to post. These recipes are suitable for babies that are 6 months & above, but the posting will be done in no particular order. I think these recipes will benefit many moms to plan meal menus for their babies. However, please note that these are my own experiments at creating something nutritious, fun & delicious for my baby. These are recipe ideas that have worked for me so please use them only as a reference. The nutritional needs of babies vary and the right advice can only be given by the baby's doctor, so kindly use your discretion and medical advice before trying out any of these recipes.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mutton Chops Curry - When the hubby cooks!


My love affair with mutton started after I had moved to Mumbai. We used to get the best quality meat there. Well, to get the facts right, what we popularly get in most parts of India is goat meat and not lamb. ('bokdi' & 'bokro' will probably put the whole confusion to rest). Personally Roshan & I prefer goat meat to lamb as the latter has a stronger aftertaste of grass fed meat. Goat meat on the other hand has more rustic flavours and an aroma that makes you want to dive into the pot of simmering curry and wallop it down. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Simple & Easy Rava Mutli (Mildly Sweet & Savoury Rice Dumplings)


Breakfast - the most important meal of the day is also my favourite part of day. I fancy good breakfasts and I guess if my day has started off early I don't mind slaving over dishing out a good hearty breakfast. South Indian breakfasts always score above the rest in my house, but then they are also tedious to make from scratch. Long hours of soaking, grinding, fermenting, frying/steaming are part of almost every kind of breakfast item that gets devoured in minutes. So yes, sometimes it is pretty discouraging to even dive into this process. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Baked Portobello Mushrooms - When the Hubby Cooks!

Above pic: The egg looks raw, but don't be fooled! It is completely and firmly baked requiring a knife and fork to cut through!

In the midst of a busy week the husband promised to surprise me with something delicious. I had seen some portobello mushrooms lying in the fridge and I guessed that it would be something to do with baking them as he had tried sometime ago in Mumbai. However, I was totally bowled over by the presentation of this amazingly delicious dish. The egg in the centre looked so wonderful and timeless because it remained just the same before and after baking.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ash-e-Mast (Yogurt Soup with Meatballs - Persian Style)


The best two months of the year in my opinion are November & December and we are already there! Best because of the holiday season that is just around the corner. Having grown up in India, winter was not really much of a winter but greatly welcomed. Walking to school in a somewhat chilly weather as Mangalore's standards was such a joy for me at least. I experienced better winters in Bangalore when I was working there 10 years ago and although I didn't enjoy it so much as I hate cold weather. Riding the two wheeler was such a pain because I had to be completely packed in cold weather apparel, have my ears covered & what not. Anyway, this is nothing compared to what some of you face in those parts of the world that receive extreme weather including snow storms & the works. So let me quit complaining.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Panchakajjaya



Indians all across the world celebrate Deepavali today. Lighting lamps, offering prayers, preparing sweets & snacks, visiting people, bursting crackers and having a great deal of fun. Public places and commercial establishments are also decked up greet this beautiful festival of lights. 

During my childhood in Mangalore, our kind and generous neighbours used to send over a 'thali' (serving plate) filled with Deepavali sweets & savouries - pedas, kaju katlis, boondi laddoo, rava laddoo, mysore pak, kara sev, chakli & tukdi. A small portion of the day's neivedyam (offering to gods) was also sent along so I vaguely remember its taste and definitely remember that I enjoyed it along with every goodie on the platter. 

Today's recipe is a pretty popular one in South India.