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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 29 - Ambadyanchi Kadi, Mitgi Sango Miryapito, Fried Fish, Fried Pathrode, Pickle & Rice

BOSHI#29


So I am back with a special boshi this time. I have several traditional things on the menu which are mostly seasonal. I don't usually overload my plate like this as you may have noticed. For me its just a portion each of protein, carbs and veggies however I decided to go ahead and add some extra things on my plate as the dishes were prepared from ingredients that I had brought from Mangalore. I didn't want all my effort of bringing them to land in the bin and you know that it would be such a crime to waste fresh produce that is not available outside India. I am sure that most of you living outside India consider these things to be more precious than gold and silver :) At least I do!

The rice that you see on the plate above is the typical Mangalorean red (unpolished) boiled rice which has this nutty flavour and tastes wonderful even when eaten plain. There is nothing that can beat the taste of freshly prepared rice served with some hot curry on the side - whether it is veg or non veg. I somehow managed to lug back 2 kgs of this rice which I know will get over in no time but yeah, the joy of eating something that was grown in my homeland is something else.

I am not sure how many of you will be able to make this boshi as most of the items call for ingredients that are not available easily (or not at all) outside India but I do hope this plate evokes many memories for you. 

Before I forget, thanks to all those of you who wrote in asking me about the boshi series. From now on (owing to my busy school time routine) I am not sure if I will be able to keep up with this series on a regular basis but I will try and post as many as I can, whenever I can.

For now, do check the complete Boshi series here

RECIPES:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

French Dimpled Rolls


It's been a while since I baked breads and so I decided to post this lovely recipe from my archives. From the time I started to bake breads I've always wanted to do simple stuff that tasted great eliminated the need to buy store bought bread. Ever since I started to replicate the Nandos style peri peri livers at home I've been on the lookout for bread to go along with the dish. Bread that resembled the rolls that we get at Nandos and the ones that were slightly chewy on the outside while being incredibly soft and spongy on the inside. A few recipes that I found online flopped and eventually I turned to a book from my collection, The Bread Bible by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter that had a recipe for French rolls that promised the same results as the Portuguese version that we have fallen in love with. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kadai Prawns ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


School starts in less than a week from now and I am enjoying the last bit of freedom from the routine. I literally sailed through last week without cooking at home as we ate out almost everyday at malls where I took the kids for their fun activities. Along with my cousin and her kids we must have sampled food from every possible outlet in the food court (okay! I am exaggerating!). Anyway, the point is that I am glad that I actually got a break from the kitchen and I am not complaining. Being out of the home for several hours on a daily basis also meant that I didn't have any time to open my laptop or get back to serious blogging. For those of you have felt my absence and enquired about me, thanks so much! It feels good to know that I am being missed and that you are eager to see me back with some new recipes and stories. 

I am happy that ever since I returned from Mangalore I have been able to accomplish many things that I always wanted to. Besides enrolling my son in a couple of after school activities I also got myself a membership at the local library. Despite the fact that I lugged back tons of books from India which I don't know when I will finish reading, I still wanted to join a library and benefit from it. There is something so special about libraries and my earliest memory takes me back to the day when my mum had taken me to the tiny government library near my house and got me a membership. That day my mother passed on her passion of reading to me and I will never forget those memories of standing near the rusty shelf filled with Enid Blyton books and I remember picking Noddy as my first reading companion. 

Being a government library the registration fee was Rs. 5 and there was no borrowing fee unlike private libraries that charged a rupee or two as a reading fee on every book you borrowed. However, at my library one could borrow just two books at a time. I can never forget the dark interiors of that little place which hardly had any windows. There was a small verandah where mostly older men sat for hours browsing through the newspapers and other 'serious' magazines while I always headed to the corner that held children's fiction. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ambadyanchi Kadi ~ Hog Plums in a Spicy, Sweet and Sour Curry


Every trip to Mangalore teaches me something new. Whether it is in the form of cooking tips, new recipes or simply lessons on life. Although I didn't get a lot of time to learn new recipes this time around, I did manage to get some ingredients. The husband found some hog plums at the market and joyfully he brought some back. It has been a while since I cooked them. The last time I added them to vegetables was when I was in Mumbai. Since we found pretty much everything in the four bungalows market I never thought that someday I would miss something as simple as hog plums so much! 

I have seen them come in two sizes. The small ones are what I grew up eating. They are hard and fibrous - not very fleshy. The second type is what I have used in this recipe - large and fleshy and so delicious! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pathrode / Pathrade ~ Steamed Colocasia Leaf Rolls ~ Method #2


Folks, I am back after a refreshing 6 week holiday in Mangalore. Well, to be honest, it was more tiring than refreshing as I was busy with the endless chores that a mom needs to do for her two young kids whether she is holidaying or not. But since I badly need an annual break it was a positive experience for me as I welcome a holiday in Mangalore no matter how short it may be. Six weeks was not a short duration at all, infact it is perhaps the longest that I've been in Mangalore after I got married. I am glad that I actually got to spend a lot of time with my mom and also take the kids around town, although it wasn't much. My brother and his kids joined us midway and then there wasn't a dull moment for us adults. 

Despite the fact that it was a busy holiday I got the chance to meet my close friends, a couple of readers and bumped into several people I hadn't met in years. My grade 1 and 6 teachers and my school mates who I hadn't seen in over two decades were only pleased to meet me. We hugged and clicked selfies and it felt so good. Meeting up with relatives was another thing that we had planned to do and it was really nice to reignite family bonds. It just reinforced my belief that people, especially those bound by blood are so important to us whether we admit it or not. We do not realise it when we are young but when we inch towards and find ourselves in a mid life crisis we begin to appreciate and actually miss those people who are no longer amidst us. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 29 - Ambadyanchi Kadi, Mitgi Sango Miryapito, Fried Fish, Fried Pathrode, Pickle & Rice

BOSHI#29


So I am back with a special boshi this time. I have several traditional things on the menu which are mostly seasonal. I don't usually overload my plate like this as you may have noticed. For me its just a portion each of protein, carbs and veggies however I decided to go ahead and add some extra things on my plate as the dishes were prepared from ingredients that I had brought from Mangalore. I didn't want all my effort of bringing them to land in the bin and you know that it would be such a crime to waste fresh produce that is not available outside India. I am sure that most of you living outside India consider these things to be more precious than gold and silver :) At least I do!

The rice that you see on the plate above is the typical Mangalorean red (unpolished) boiled rice which has this nutty flavour and tastes wonderful even when eaten plain. There is nothing that can beat the taste of freshly prepared rice served with some hot curry on the side - whether it is veg or non veg. I somehow managed to lug back 2 kgs of this rice which I know will get over in no time but yeah, the joy of eating something that was grown in my homeland is something else.

I am not sure how many of you will be able to make this boshi as most of the items call for ingredients that are not available easily (or not at all) outside India but I do hope this plate evokes many memories for you. 

Before I forget, thanks to all those of you who wrote in asking me about the boshi series. From now on (owing to my busy school time routine) I am not sure if I will be able to keep up with this series on a regular basis but I will try and post as many as I can, whenever I can.

For now, do check the complete Boshi series here

RECIPES:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

French Dimpled Rolls


It's been a while since I baked breads and so I decided to post this lovely recipe from my archives. From the time I started to bake breads I've always wanted to do simple stuff that tasted great eliminated the need to buy store bought bread. Ever since I started to replicate the Nandos style peri peri livers at home I've been on the lookout for bread to go along with the dish. Bread that resembled the rolls that we get at Nandos and the ones that were slightly chewy on the outside while being incredibly soft and spongy on the inside. A few recipes that I found online flopped and eventually I turned to a book from my collection, The Bread Bible by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter that had a recipe for French rolls that promised the same results as the Portuguese version that we have fallen in love with. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kadai Prawns ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


School starts in less than a week from now and I am enjoying the last bit of freedom from the routine. I literally sailed through last week without cooking at home as we ate out almost everyday at malls where I took the kids for their fun activities. Along with my cousin and her kids we must have sampled food from every possible outlet in the food court (okay! I am exaggerating!). Anyway, the point is that I am glad that I actually got a break from the kitchen and I am not complaining. Being out of the home for several hours on a daily basis also meant that I didn't have any time to open my laptop or get back to serious blogging. For those of you have felt my absence and enquired about me, thanks so much! It feels good to know that I am being missed and that you are eager to see me back with some new recipes and stories. 

I am happy that ever since I returned from Mangalore I have been able to accomplish many things that I always wanted to. Besides enrolling my son in a couple of after school activities I also got myself a membership at the local library. Despite the fact that I lugged back tons of books from India which I don't know when I will finish reading, I still wanted to join a library and benefit from it. There is something so special about libraries and my earliest memory takes me back to the day when my mum had taken me to the tiny government library near my house and got me a membership. That day my mother passed on her passion of reading to me and I will never forget those memories of standing near the rusty shelf filled with Enid Blyton books and I remember picking Noddy as my first reading companion. 

Being a government library the registration fee was Rs. 5 and there was no borrowing fee unlike private libraries that charged a rupee or two as a reading fee on every book you borrowed. However, at my library one could borrow just two books at a time. I can never forget the dark interiors of that little place which hardly had any windows. There was a small verandah where mostly older men sat for hours browsing through the newspapers and other 'serious' magazines while I always headed to the corner that held children's fiction. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ambadyanchi Kadi ~ Hog Plums in a Spicy, Sweet and Sour Curry


Every trip to Mangalore teaches me something new. Whether it is in the form of cooking tips, new recipes or simply lessons on life. Although I didn't get a lot of time to learn new recipes this time around, I did manage to get some ingredients. The husband found some hog plums at the market and joyfully he brought some back. It has been a while since I cooked them. The last time I added them to vegetables was when I was in Mumbai. Since we found pretty much everything in the four bungalows market I never thought that someday I would miss something as simple as hog plums so much! 

I have seen them come in two sizes. The small ones are what I grew up eating. They are hard and fibrous - not very fleshy. The second type is what I have used in this recipe - large and fleshy and so delicious! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pathrode / Pathrade ~ Steamed Colocasia Leaf Rolls ~ Method #2


Folks, I am back after a refreshing 6 week holiday in Mangalore. Well, to be honest, it was more tiring than refreshing as I was busy with the endless chores that a mom needs to do for her two young kids whether she is holidaying or not. But since I badly need an annual break it was a positive experience for me as I welcome a holiday in Mangalore no matter how short it may be. Six weeks was not a short duration at all, infact it is perhaps the longest that I've been in Mangalore after I got married. I am glad that I actually got to spend a lot of time with my mom and also take the kids around town, although it wasn't much. My brother and his kids joined us midway and then there wasn't a dull moment for us adults. 

Despite the fact that it was a busy holiday I got the chance to meet my close friends, a couple of readers and bumped into several people I hadn't met in years. My grade 1 and 6 teachers and my school mates who I hadn't seen in over two decades were only pleased to meet me. We hugged and clicked selfies and it felt so good. Meeting up with relatives was another thing that we had planned to do and it was really nice to reignite family bonds. It just reinforced my belief that people, especially those bound by blood are so important to us whether we admit it or not. We do not realise it when we are young but when we inch towards and find ourselves in a mid life crisis we begin to appreciate and actually miss those people who are no longer amidst us.