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Friday, January 27, 2017

Best of RR ~ Daily Cooking Series! Dalitoy/Dali Tove (Konkani Style Spiced Lentils)



Another recipe from my repertoire that has won so many hearts! Tried, tested and loved by many, it still remains to be one of my most favourite Mangalorean dishes. Simple. Delicious.

*......*

If you are a Mangalorean then the Dalitoy needs no introduction. But for those who are not, well, it is a quintessential Konkani style Dal made in almost every Konkani household without fail and savoured with a lot of passion - as much as Dal is loved in Northern India.

The Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas) which is used to prepare Dalitoy is probably the most sought after type of Dal across the world. Almost every kitchen has a stock of it at least in small quantities. Also, irrespective of the type of cuisine and cultural, ethnic differences that span our country, the Lentils or Dals as they are called are probably the most common item to be found in a majority of houses. Even in South India, you are bound to find one type of Dal being cooked everyday especially if it's a vegetarian household.

Since I have grown with a whole bunch of Konkani neighbours and friends I have always liked the Dalitoy or Dali Tove (pronounced as 'Tho-way). The best tasting Tove is always home made, fresh and piping hot. A typical Konkani thali (meal plate) usually includes steamed white rice, Dalitoy, one or two types of vegetables (curry or stir fry style), occasionally seafood (fried or spicy dry dish), pickles and happal (Poppadums/Papads made of Urad Dal or Red Chillies) or shendige/sandige (Sabudana/Tapioca Pearl Vadis/Odis/Fritters)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beans in Yogurt


January happens to be my favourite month after December of course. The reason is that just as much as I love the festive chaos that December brings with it I love the peace and calm that January promises every year. This month is usually one that helps you unwind and settle in. From a blogger's point of view it is a time for stock taking. I usually tend to put off posting regular, everyday recipes when the festive season begins, so January is a time for me to check my drafts and see what recipes took a back seat while the festive season took over. This morning as I was doing just that, I realised that I had a recipe from 2015 which totally skipped a whole year only to make its appearance now! I wonder why I didn't post this simple recipe before! I have promised myself (as part of my New Year resolution) to declutter and downsize even my recipes in draft! There are tons of recipes that fell through the cracks over the past few years. Sometimes I was not convinced that the recipe was fool proof enough to be shared and required rewriting. Sometimes I was the only one to have liked the dish (eyeroll). Sometimes the pictures were, well, bleh! and required reshooting and sometimes the festive season shoved them under the carpet. Whatever the reasons, now is the time for me to bring them to the fore and let them shine. So while I will showcase and repost some old classics, you will also find new recipes on the blog. So do make sure you come back everyday!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Best of RR ~ Daily Cooking Series! Chicken Curry Without Coconut


Folks, last month I started a new series called as 'The Best of RR' which aims to showcase recipes from Ruchik Randhap that have been tried, tested and loved by a ton of readers around the world. A few years ago I used to encourage readers to send me a picture of any dish that was tried from my blog and I would upload it in an album called 'I Made This!' on the blog here. Eventually I moved the album to my Facebook page but over the years it has become hard to manage the logistics of the incredible numbers of pictures I started to receive. Just so that my new readers benefit from this tried and loved collection I have decided to restart this series. While in December I showcased the best Christmas & festive recipes, in January & February I will share recipes that will help you in your daily menu planning! This series will run amidst the new recipes that I will regularly bring to you so do stay tuned. For those of you who are new here, a huge warm welcome and do take a moment to check out my Recipe Index that stands at 555 recipes as on date! This index is listed alphabetically (A-Z) but if you need recipes category wise do check the Visual Recipe Index which has broad categories divided into sub-categories with each and every recipe supported by a thumbnail picture to help you visualize and eat with your eyes first :-) 

Should you have a recipe request or if you are unable to find what you need (a quick Ctrl+F in the Recipe Index or the 'Search' bar on the top right of this page will help you) do mail me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com. So let's dive into today's recipe!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Karmbalache Thikshe Lehya ~ Spicy Star Fruit (Carambola) & Herb Infused Jam



The flu season is on here. Almost everyone I know is dealing with a bout of a cold or cough or fever or all the three. Ever since we moved homes early January we have been literally on house arrest trying to recover from this not so serious but pesky illness. I am sure that the season has treated most of you the same way irrespective of where you live. 

When I was going through my posts in draft I was reminded of three recipes that I had created last January and never got around to posting them. The husband had brought back some star fruit from Mangalore last year and I had divided the loot into 3 portions to be used in three different recipes. Here's the first one. A thick jam like preparation that is made from the juice of star fruits, dried herbs and a load of peppercorns to give you a kick of spice and heal you from within. Meant to soothe a bad throat, this preparation is medicinal and should be consumed in very little quantities. People with serious health issues and pregnant women may kindly refrain from consuming it. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Moong Dal Idli ~ Diabetic Friendly Idli


Folks I am back with another healthy recipe for you. I am taking my resolution of posting recipes that are as healthy as possible, a bit too seriously :-) This is not a New Year's resolution. I decided to do this late last year and I hope to keep at it as much as possible. 

When I was going through my archives I realised that I posted 60 odd recipes which is pretty low as compared to the other years. A few months from now this blog will celebrate its 8th birthday! Time simply flies, doesn't it. So this year's actual resolution from a blogging point of view is to post a 100 recipes by the end of 2017. Will I be able to do this? I do not know but putting it down on paper makes it impossible to squirm out of the deal for me. I also follow the videos of a motivational speaker Jay Shetty on Facebook who also asked for an affirmation to be added along with every challenge taken. So I will now aim to post at least 25 health recipes (out of the total 100) that are aimed towards helping those with special dietary needs/restrictions. There! In the days to come I will also share my experiences with the monthly challenges I plan to start taking this year. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Foxtail Millet, Chocolate & Orange Mousse Cake ~ Gluten Free Recipe


For the longest time my only association with millets was in the form of ragi (finger millet) and jowar (sorghum). A couple of years ago my friend Lakshmi who lives in Chennai introduced me to foxtail millet which is also called as 'navane' in Kannada, 'thinai' in Tamil and 'kangi' in Hindi. She highly recommended that I use it as a substitute to rice in pulaos and idli/dosa batters (a great option for diabetics who wish to avoid rice). Since living in Dubai also meant access to such products was limited I decided to hunt for it on my trip to Mangalore. In 2015 July I finally found a whole variety of millets at Desi Utthana, a small store in Mangalore (see notes for details), the focus of which was to popularise organic and locally grown/native grains using sustainable farming methods. I was told that while 'desi' means 'of one's own land/local', 'utthana' means 'to raise/grow/arise from the land'. The store is a very basic one with perhaps more than 200 different products showcased on simple iron shelves. Products ranging from different kinds of honey, herbal teas, jams and spices to organic grains is what you can choose from. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Best of RR ~ Daily Cooking Series! Dalitoy/Dali Tove (Konkani Style Spiced Lentils)



Another recipe from my repertoire that has won so many hearts! Tried, tested and loved by many, it still remains to be one of my most favourite Mangalorean dishes. Simple. Delicious.

*......*

If you are a Mangalorean then the Dalitoy needs no introduction. But for those who are not, well, it is a quintessential Konkani style Dal made in almost every Konkani household without fail and savoured with a lot of passion - as much as Dal is loved in Northern India.

The Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas) which is used to prepare Dalitoy is probably the most sought after type of Dal across the world. Almost every kitchen has a stock of it at least in small quantities. Also, irrespective of the type of cuisine and cultural, ethnic differences that span our country, the Lentils or Dals as they are called are probably the most common item to be found in a majority of houses. Even in South India, you are bound to find one type of Dal being cooked everyday especially if it's a vegetarian household.

Since I have grown with a whole bunch of Konkani neighbours and friends I have always liked the Dalitoy or Dali Tove (pronounced as 'Tho-way). The best tasting Tove is always home made, fresh and piping hot. A typical Konkani thali (meal plate) usually includes steamed white rice, Dalitoy, one or two types of vegetables (curry or stir fry style), occasionally seafood (fried or spicy dry dish), pickles and happal (Poppadums/Papads made of Urad Dal or Red Chillies) or shendige/sandige (Sabudana/Tapioca Pearl Vadis/Odis/Fritters)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beans in Yogurt


January happens to be my favourite month after December of course. The reason is that just as much as I love the festive chaos that December brings with it I love the peace and calm that January promises every year. This month is usually one that helps you unwind and settle in. From a blogger's point of view it is a time for stock taking. I usually tend to put off posting regular, everyday recipes when the festive season begins, so January is a time for me to check my drafts and see what recipes took a back seat while the festive season took over. This morning as I was doing just that, I realised that I had a recipe from 2015 which totally skipped a whole year only to make its appearance now! I wonder why I didn't post this simple recipe before! I have promised myself (as part of my New Year resolution) to declutter and downsize even my recipes in draft! There are tons of recipes that fell through the cracks over the past few years. Sometimes I was not convinced that the recipe was fool proof enough to be shared and required rewriting. Sometimes I was the only one to have liked the dish (eyeroll). Sometimes the pictures were, well, bleh! and required reshooting and sometimes the festive season shoved them under the carpet. Whatever the reasons, now is the time for me to bring them to the fore and let them shine. So while I will showcase and repost some old classics, you will also find new recipes on the blog. So do make sure you come back everyday!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Best of RR ~ Daily Cooking Series! Chicken Curry Without Coconut


Folks, last month I started a new series called as 'The Best of RR' which aims to showcase recipes from Ruchik Randhap that have been tried, tested and loved by a ton of readers around the world. A few years ago I used to encourage readers to send me a picture of any dish that was tried from my blog and I would upload it in an album called 'I Made This!' on the blog here. Eventually I moved the album to my Facebook page but over the years it has become hard to manage the logistics of the incredible numbers of pictures I started to receive. Just so that my new readers benefit from this tried and loved collection I have decided to restart this series. While in December I showcased the best Christmas & festive recipes, in January & February I will share recipes that will help you in your daily menu planning! This series will run amidst the new recipes that I will regularly bring to you so do stay tuned. For those of you who are new here, a huge warm welcome and do take a moment to check out my Recipe Index that stands at 555 recipes as on date! This index is listed alphabetically (A-Z) but if you need recipes category wise do check the Visual Recipe Index which has broad categories divided into sub-categories with each and every recipe supported by a thumbnail picture to help you visualize and eat with your eyes first :-) 

Should you have a recipe request or if you are unable to find what you need (a quick Ctrl+F in the Recipe Index or the 'Search' bar on the top right of this page will help you) do mail me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com. So let's dive into today's recipe!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Karmbalache Thikshe Lehya ~ Spicy Star Fruit (Carambola) & Herb Infused Jam



The flu season is on here. Almost everyone I know is dealing with a bout of a cold or cough or fever or all the three. Ever since we moved homes early January we have been literally on house arrest trying to recover from this not so serious but pesky illness. I am sure that the season has treated most of you the same way irrespective of where you live. 

When I was going through my posts in draft I was reminded of three recipes that I had created last January and never got around to posting them. The husband had brought back some star fruit from Mangalore last year and I had divided the loot into 3 portions to be used in three different recipes. Here's the first one. A thick jam like preparation that is made from the juice of star fruits, dried herbs and a load of peppercorns to give you a kick of spice and heal you from within. Meant to soothe a bad throat, this preparation is medicinal and should be consumed in very little quantities. People with serious health issues and pregnant women may kindly refrain from consuming it. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Moong Dal Idli ~ Diabetic Friendly Idli


Folks I am back with another healthy recipe for you. I am taking my resolution of posting recipes that are as healthy as possible, a bit too seriously :-) This is not a New Year's resolution. I decided to do this late last year and I hope to keep at it as much as possible. 

When I was going through my archives I realised that I posted 60 odd recipes which is pretty low as compared to the other years. A few months from now this blog will celebrate its 8th birthday! Time simply flies, doesn't it. So this year's actual resolution from a blogging point of view is to post a 100 recipes by the end of 2017. Will I be able to do this? I do not know but putting it down on paper makes it impossible to squirm out of the deal for me. I also follow the videos of a motivational speaker Jay Shetty on Facebook who also asked for an affirmation to be added along with every challenge taken. So I will now aim to post at least 25 health recipes (out of the total 100) that are aimed towards helping those with special dietary needs/restrictions. There! In the days to come I will also share my experiences with the monthly challenges I plan to start taking this year. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Foxtail Millet, Chocolate & Orange Mousse Cake ~ Gluten Free Recipe


For the longest time my only association with millets was in the form of ragi (finger millet) and jowar (sorghum). A couple of years ago my friend Lakshmi who lives in Chennai introduced me to foxtail millet which is also called as 'navane' in Kannada, 'thinai' in Tamil and 'kangi' in Hindi. She highly recommended that I use it as a substitute to rice in pulaos and idli/dosa batters (a great option for diabetics who wish to avoid rice). Since living in Dubai also meant access to such products was limited I decided to hunt for it on my trip to Mangalore. In 2015 July I finally found a whole variety of millets at Desi Utthana, a small store in Mangalore (see notes for details), the focus of which was to popularise organic and locally grown/native grains using sustainable farming methods. I was told that while 'desi' means 'of one's own land/local', 'utthana' means 'to raise/grow/arise from the land'. The store is a very basic one with perhaps more than 200 different products showcased on simple iron shelves. Products ranging from different kinds of honey, herbal teas, jams and spices to organic grains is what you can choose from.