December 11th, 2012


Dish-A-Day: 09/17/2012 - Sorakaya (Lauki / Bottlegourd) Rice

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09/17/2012: Sorakaya (Lauki / Bottle Gourd) Rice - Like I said more than once, anything can be added to plain Rice and make it into something special. This time along I tried adding Sorakaya to Rice with my usual simple recipe. I had decorated the dish with fresh dates that I had left over from the previous day. Hope you all will enjoy it too.

09172012 - Sorakaya Rice decorated with Fresh Dates on top

1) Cook 2 cups of Rice in pressure cooker. Once the cooker is cooled, fluff rice with a fork and keep it aside.
2) Peel and grate one small Sorakaya.
3) In a pan, heat 1 tsp Oil. Add 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, 2 Cloves, 1/4 inch Cinnamon Stick, 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds, a pinch Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander (Cilantro) Powder and 1/2 tsp Garam Masala.
4) Let the spices mix and heat well. Add the grated Sorakaya, stir well till the spices get coated.
5) Add Salt per taste and cook till the Sorakaya cooks.
6) Add the cooked and fluffed rice, mix well.
7) Simmer on low flame for a few minutes.
8) Serve hot with Raita and Chutney or just plain Curd.

Dish-A-Day: 09/18/2012 - Adelita

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09/18/2012: Adelita - Of the three huge projects that I had handled this year, one went live in August with 100% success rate. **Knock on wood**. To appreciate my team's effort on the project I had taken them out for lunch celebrating the success. We had closed that lunch with this delicious Adelita. A mexican dessert consisting of one flan, one scoop each of chocolate and vanilla ice cream surrounded by sopapillas (Sopapilla = A crispy honey coated flour tortilla topped with sugar and cinnamon). A fitting closure.

09182012 - Treating my team for successful completion of migration...closed off with this dessert

Dish-A-Day: 09/19/2012 - Godhuma Pindi Payasam / Wheat Flour Noodles Kheer

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09/19/2012: Godhuma Pindi Payasam / Wheat Flour Noodles Kheer - Happy Ganesh Chathurthi! The nine day festival of Lord Ganesha starts on the Shukla Chathurthi of the month of Bhadrapada. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati. On this occasion we offer favorite food of the Lord such as Undrallu and Payasam, of which one is what I am posting here.

09192012 - Godhuma Pindi Payasam


1) Make a soft dough of 1 cup Wheat Flour with Water.
2) Make tiny balls of the dough and roll it into long vertical thin noodle-like strips.
3) Cut these strips in 2 to 3 inch pieces.
4) In a sauce pan add two cups Water and Sugar per taste. Add the cut Wheat dough strips.
5) Bring it to a boil and simmer till the the Wheat dough strips get cooked well.
6) In a small cup mix 2 tsps of Wheat flour in cold water. Add this to the sauce pan.
7) Simmer for a few more minutes.
8) Remove from flame. Garnish with either grated dry coconut powder or cut pieces of dry coconut and Cardamom Powder.
9) Serve warm or cold.