Sunday, March 30, 2014

Banana & Date Loaf (with Whole Wheat & Oats) - The Best Ever!



Now that lil baby Zee is almost 15 months old her appetite is ever increasing making it absolutely necessary for me to innovate on a daily basis as I have to feed her interesting things almost every 2-3 hours. I rummaged the internet for some interesting ideas to create a healthy meal plan for my baby. Honestly I am not excited by the prospect of waking up every morning and drawing a blank when it comes to give her something nutritious and fun. Thankfully I came across this very nice article on babycentre.in which had a meal plan chalked out for Indian babies aged 1 and above. I immediately took a printout and pinned it up on my pin board in the kitchen.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shirko Shindaap | Spicy & Tangy Fish Curry with Vinegar & Sliced Ingredients| Mangalorean Catholic Style Spicy Curry for Sardines & Mackerels


A couple of weeks ago on one of his routine visits to the fish market the husband bought plenty of fish to last us at least 3-4 weeks. We are predominantly seafood eaters and love experimenting with new recipes. This time's prized catch was small sized mackerels as we don't prefer eating king mackerels, the really big ones. To me they are tasteless and too meaty. The smaller ones which we usually get in Mangalore and in Mumbai (from Gujarat as the fisher woman used to claim) are tastier and have more delicate flesh. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mosaranna | Curd Rice | South Indian Style Tempered Yogurt Rice


Since my son was a little boy, curd/yogurt has been his favourite comfort food. So much so that sometimes he used to only snack on a bowl of curds and nothing else. It is said that curds is extremely beneficial for people of all ages especially children. It is great to develop a sharp mind and I guess my son is an example of that. In India, curds is a part of every meal. At least a majority of people like to have a small bowl of curd along with their afternoon meals. I think hot rice and some curd mixed with it is one of the most simple and comforting foods ever. It can nurture you back to health after illness especially if you've suffered a stomach flu (although there is a debate about whether curds can be allowed to a person ailing from the common flu)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Squid (Calamari) Butter Garlic - When the Hubby Cooks!


I love Thursdays! It's the day when I can finally unwind after a maddening week. School routine here is killing! What with the waking up at 5 a.m (which is midnight for me) and packing the lunch box and coaxing the little fellow out of bed and prepping him up for the long day at school that awaits him. On days like these, especially if I'v not had proper sleep, I can't wait to kiss him goodbye at the bus stop and come back to snooze for another hour and a half if not more. Life is even better when the hubby offers to whip up the main course for the day's meal and I just have to get the carbs ready and maybe a dal to go with it. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Karathe Sukhe (Sweet & Spicy Bittergourd Using Palm Jaggery)



The Lenten season has begun last Wednesday and I have decided to wean myself off blogging for sometime. Plan to spend more meaningful time with my family. Ok, I am not sure how long I will do that and sooner than later I will be back to blogging obsessively. What's the harm in trying eh?

Since a lot of people I know are on a vegetarian diet I decided to post this recipe first. It is one of our favourite ways to prepare bittergourd. The first time I tried it from a book, almost 9 years ago, it was an instant hit. I substituted palm jaggery with the regular cane jaggery that the recipe asked for and I think it made all the difference. Not only does palm jaggery impart that rich, deep brown colour to any dish you add it to, the flavour is unmistakably of Mangalorean cuisine.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Breadfruit Fritters | Jeegujje Podi / Devichya Gujyache Podi |Traditional Mangalorean Snack


(Newspaper ink is harmful if food is placed directly on it. The above picture is only to invoke memories of food sold in packets made from newspaper and hence is for the purpose of representation only) 

The first two months of this year have swiftly flown by and we are already in March now. Soon the summer season will be in full bloom bringing with it all the goodies like mangoes, jackfruits, jamoons among many that I have conveniently forgotten right now. Ha ha! Breadfruit, a close cousin of the jackfruit used to be available mostly during the summer and then the availability used to taper off into the early months of the monsoons. However, since in today's times seasonal fruits are available even when not in season thanks to crazy climatic conditions or their availability in other countries. We found a handsome breadfruit almost free of any blemishes in Lulu supermarket a couple of weeks ago. Whenever we find breadfruits here (or even when we were in Mumbai) we grab them with both hands and tom tom the news to everyone we know.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Banana & Date Loaf (with Whole Wheat & Oats) - The Best Ever!



Now that lil baby Zee is almost 15 months old her appetite is ever increasing making it absolutely necessary for me to innovate on a daily basis as I have to feed her interesting things almost every 2-3 hours. I rummaged the internet for some interesting ideas to create a healthy meal plan for my baby. Honestly I am not excited by the prospect of waking up every morning and drawing a blank when it comes to give her something nutritious and fun. Thankfully I came across this very nice article on babycentre.in which had a meal plan chalked out for Indian babies aged 1 and above. I immediately took a printout and pinned it up on my pin board in the kitchen.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shirko Shindaap | Spicy & Tangy Fish Curry with Vinegar & Sliced Ingredients| Mangalorean Catholic Style Spicy Curry for Sardines & Mackerels


A couple of weeks ago on one of his routine visits to the fish market the husband bought plenty of fish to last us at least 3-4 weeks. We are predominantly seafood eaters and love experimenting with new recipes. This time's prized catch was small sized mackerels as we don't prefer eating king mackerels, the really big ones. To me they are tasteless and too meaty. The smaller ones which we usually get in Mangalore and in Mumbai (from Gujarat as the fisher woman used to claim) are tastier and have more delicate flesh. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mosaranna | Curd Rice | South Indian Style Tempered Yogurt Rice


Since my son was a little boy, curd/yogurt has been his favourite comfort food. So much so that sometimes he used to only snack on a bowl of curds and nothing else. It is said that curds is extremely beneficial for people of all ages especially children. It is great to develop a sharp mind and I guess my son is an example of that. In India, curds is a part of every meal. At least a majority of people like to have a small bowl of curd along with their afternoon meals. I think hot rice and some curd mixed with it is one of the most simple and comforting foods ever. It can nurture you back to health after illness especially if you've suffered a stomach flu (although there is a debate about whether curds can be allowed to a person ailing from the common flu)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Squid (Calamari) Butter Garlic - When the Hubby Cooks!


I love Thursdays! It's the day when I can finally unwind after a maddening week. School routine here is killing! What with the waking up at 5 a.m (which is midnight for me) and packing the lunch box and coaxing the little fellow out of bed and prepping him up for the long day at school that awaits him. On days like these, especially if I'v not had proper sleep, I can't wait to kiss him goodbye at the bus stop and come back to snooze for another hour and a half if not more. Life is even better when the hubby offers to whip up the main course for the day's meal and I just have to get the carbs ready and maybe a dal to go with it. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Karathe Sukhe (Sweet & Spicy Bittergourd Using Palm Jaggery)



The Lenten season has begun last Wednesday and I have decided to wean myself off blogging for sometime. Plan to spend more meaningful time with my family. Ok, I am not sure how long I will do that and sooner than later I will be back to blogging obsessively. What's the harm in trying eh?

Since a lot of people I know are on a vegetarian diet I decided to post this recipe first. It is one of our favourite ways to prepare bittergourd. The first time I tried it from a book, almost 9 years ago, it was an instant hit. I substituted palm jaggery with the regular cane jaggery that the recipe asked for and I think it made all the difference. Not only does palm jaggery impart that rich, deep brown colour to any dish you add it to, the flavour is unmistakably of Mangalorean cuisine.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Breadfruit Fritters | Jeegujje Podi / Devichya Gujyache Podi |Traditional Mangalorean Snack


(Newspaper ink is harmful if food is placed directly on it. The above picture is only to invoke memories of food sold in packets made from newspaper and hence is for the purpose of representation only) 

The first two months of this year have swiftly flown by and we are already in March now. Soon the summer season will be in full bloom bringing with it all the goodies like mangoes, jackfruits, jamoons among many that I have conveniently forgotten right now. Ha ha! Breadfruit, a close cousin of the jackfruit used to be available mostly during the summer and then the availability used to taper off into the early months of the monsoons. However, since in today's times seasonal fruits are available even when not in season thanks to crazy climatic conditions or their availability in other countries. We found a handsome breadfruit almost free of any blemishes in Lulu supermarket a couple of weeks ago. Whenever we find breadfruits here (or even when we were in Mumbai) we grab them with both hands and tom tom the news to everyone we know.