December 20th, 2012


Dish-A-Day: 10/19/2012 - French Toast

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10/19/2012: French Toast - One of the few dishes I cook in my Kitchen that involves eggs is this French Toast. Rarely I make it yet they always turn out different each time.

10192012 - french Toast


1) Beat two Eggs in a small mixing bowl. Add 1 tsp of Sugar.
2) Heat a flat pan or Tava. Spray some Oil in the pan.
3) Dip a slice of Bread in the Egg mixture for few seconds. Turn it around for few more seconds.
4) Once the Bread is soaked well in the beaten Eggs, transfer it on to the Tava. Make sure that the Bread does not become too soggy.
5) Cook on one side and then turn it around. Cook on the second side.
6) Transfer it onto a serving plate. Serve hot with Maple Syrup.

Dish-A-Day: 10/20/2012 - Chickpeas Dosa

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10/20/2012: Chickpeas Dosa - Didnt know what to do with soaked Chickpeas that had been little more than what I want for a dish that I was preparing. I remembered a passing conversation with a friend a while ago about making Chickpea Dosa. Although I did not remember the entire conversation, I tried it out with my own spin to the recipe. Turned out good enough although a few got burnt. :)

10202012 - Chickpeas Dosa

1) Soak a cup of Chickpeas in Water overnight. Strain from Water.
2) In a blender, grind Chickpeas, 2 to 3 Green Chilis, 1 medium Onion into a coarse paste. Add Water if needed.
3) Make sure that the batter is a little thicker than the regular Dosa batter.
4) Add a few Coriander Leaves, pinch of Turmeric and Salt per taste to the batter.
5) Heat a tava or a flat pan. Spread Oil inside the pan.
6) Take a ladle full of the batter, spread it on the tava. Let it cook on one side.
7) Turn it around and cook on the other side. Remove from flame into a serving plate.
8) Serve hot with Chutney or Sambar or Pickle or Chutney Powder.

Dish-A-Day: 10/21/2012 - Bread Upma

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10/21/2012: Bread Upma - My favorite breakfast when I am down with fever although I rarely make it cause I rarely fall sick enough to crave to eat this one. **wicked grin**

10212012 - Bread Upma - added veggies to the recipe and no potato


1) In a pan heat 1 tsp of Ghee. Shallow fry the cut slices of Bread (cut them them to small squares with or without borders) by stirring them around continuously.
2) Dont burn them. Keep them aside when done.
3) In the same pan, heat 2 tsps of Oil. Add 1/4 tsp of Mustard Seeds, a few Red Chilli flakes and 1 mediun Onion chopped finely.
4) Once the Onions are translucent, add 1 medium Green Chilli chopped finely and a few Curry Leaves. Stir once.
5) Add 1 tsp Garam Masala and Salt per taste. Mix well. Add 1/4 cup frozen veggies (peas and carrots).
6) Mix well and cook till the veggies are cooked well.
7) Add the bread slices and stir gently so the mixture spreads evenly but the bread pieces are intact.
8) Simmer for a few minutes, garnish with cilantro leaves and remove from flame.
9) Serve hot or warm.

Dish-A-Day: 10/23/2012 - Masala Dal Stuffed Roti

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10/23/2012: Masala Dal Stuffed Roti - Another miracle with left-overs. Masala Dal turned into a stuffed Roti. Simple and easy to make, and another interesting item for a meal at any time of the day. My friend, RS had loved it and had taken an extra Roti for dinner when I made them. :)

10232012 - Roti stuffed with Masala Dal

1) Add enough Wheat Flour to the Masala Dal, Salt (a little will be needed) and Red Chili Powder. Mix well into a soft dough.
2) Add Water if needed, but it will NOT require more than 1/4 cup.
3) Make a small ball of the dough, roll it into a Roti.
4) Heat a flat Tava and fry the rolled dough on both sides with a few drops of Oil.
5) Serve hot with Curd or Raita. No other curry or chutney is required as the stuffing itself is spicy enough.

Dish-A-Day: 10/24/2012 - Happy Dusshera

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10/24/2012: Happy Dusshera - Another big festival that is celebrated for 10 days in India is Dusshera marking the victory of Lord Rama over the demon kind Ravana. This festival also honors the killing of another demon king Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. As usual for any festival we make lots of dishes, sweet and spicy alike. At my home this festival is famous for making nine varieties of rice dishes along with lots of sweets. I usually try to make at least five varieties to keep the tradition on. And I made five this time too....but I forgot to capture them. So, here's posting one from a few years ago. The five dishes that I usually make are:

Top Row - (L to R) Tamarind Rice, Vegetable Rice and Coriander Rice
Bottom Row - (L to R) Lemon Rice, Curd Rice (Daddojanam)
Note: Recipes for all these have been posted in my photo blog. Search with "Rice Specials" and you can find them.

10242012 - Dusshera special - 5 types of rice for dusshera

Dish-A-Day: 10/25/2012 - Red Pumpkin Curry

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10/25/2012: Red Pumpkin Curry - After trying out a curry with White Pumpkin a while ago, I decided to try a similar one with Red Pumpkin too, of course my usual twist in the recipe always exists.

10252012 - Red Pumpkin Curry


1) In a pan heat 2 tsps of Oil. Add 1/4 tsp of Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp of Cumin Seeds, a few Red Chili flakes, 1/4 tsp Urad Dal, 1 Garlic clove peeled and chopped and a few Curry Leaves.
2) Once the spices heat, add 1 medium Onion chopped finely and saute till they are translucent.
3) Add 1 small Red Pumpkin chopped to bite size cubes and 1 medium Tomato chopped finely. Mix well.
4) Add a pinch of Turmeric and Salt per taste. Mix well and cook on slow flame for approx 15 mins.
5) Now add Red Chili Powder per taste, 1/4 tsp Coriander Powder and Sugar per taste. Stir well.
6) Add 1/2 cup Water, cover and cook on slow flame until all veggies get cooked well.
7) Remove from flame and garnish with Coriander Leaves.
8) Serve hot with Rice or Roti.

Dish-A-Day: 10/26/2012 - Midnight Snack with girl friends

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10/26/2012: Midnight Snack with girl friends - A weekend with girl friends usually is the best way to spend time. What more when you get to watch Gharbha, an added perk to the awesome night. Past midnight we were hungry and ended up eating at the famous food joint that was still open. Our snack included Mirchi Bajji and Idlis with Sambar and Chutney! Yum!

10262012 - Midnight snack watching Gharbha with Ramani and Lavanya

Dish-A-Day: 10/28/2012 - Potlakaya Fry

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10/28/2012: Potlakaya Fry - I know very few dishes to make with Potlakaya (Snake Gourd). However, one will be amazed at what one can land into while doing a google search for anything. That is exactly where I landed into when searching for recipes with Potlakaya, here at Potlakaya Fry. Turned out to be a good land! He he he!

10282012 - Potlakaya Fry


1) Wash and cut 1 medium Potalakaya into thin slices. Put them in a bowl and add little salt. Mix well and keep them aside for 5 minutes.
2) Now separate water from Potlakaya pieces by pressing them with your palm and fingers.
3) Microwave these pieces for 10 minutes under cover.
4) In a pan heat 2 tsps Oil. Add 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1/4 tsp Urad Dal, 1/4 tsp Chana Dal, a few Red Chili flakes, pinch of Hing (Asafoetida) and a few Curry Leaves.
5) Once the Spices sputter, add the cooked Potlakaya pieces and Salt per taste.
6) Stir fry them till they become slightly dry. Garnish with 2 tsps of Coconut Powder before removing from flame.
7) Remove from flame. Serve hot with Rice or Roti.

Dish-A-Day: 10/29/2012 - Bitter Gourd Bhujiya

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10/29/2012: Bitter Gourd Bhujiya - Bitter Gourd or Karela is my most favorite vegetable even though it is bitter in taste. In order to try new things with the vegetable, I came across this recipe for a quick Bhujiya or Snack. I have to say that even though it was made of a bitter vegetable, the dish turned out spicy and sweet making the bitterness an added flavor rather than a negative taste. Of course my friend RS would definitely want to share more reasons beyond mentioned above as to why I love Bitter Gourd so much. Not a chance, RS! **Wicked grin**

10292012 - Chatpathi Bitter Gourd Bhujiya

Dish-A-Day: 10/30/2012 - Double Ka Meetha

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10/30/2012: Double Ka Meetha - This is one of the desserts that is so easy to make, yet I make it rarely because it involves Bread and Bread is the least favorite item for me in my Kitchen. **Crooked grin** However, I made it one day just cause I remembered the sweet from my childhood when I used to sneak to my aunt's home next door to eat morsels and morsels of this sweet.

10302012 - Double Ka Meetha


1) Roast the bread slices (edges cut off if desired) in Ghee until they turn brown on both sides. Arrange them in a baking pan or any flat pan.
2) Mix sugar and water in a sauce pan. Heat and make sugar syrup out of it.
3) Boil milk with cardamom powder for few minutes. Keep aside.
4) Now, roast the raisins and peacons in Ghee and sprinkle over the bread slices.
5) Then pour sugar syrup, milk evenly over bread slices.
6) Serve it hot or chilled, either way it's irresistible till the last bite.

Dish-A-Day: 10/31/2012 - Happy Halloween!

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10/31/2012: Happy Halloween - This year the Halloween Day at work was a little low in spirits because of several projects that were in flight that kept the department tied down. Yet, we managed to gather for a potluck lunch that day and had some yummy food to eat. These yummy Cupcakes with Orange icing were made by our AA. Every cupcake was sold out within few minutes after the lunch opened up! :)

10312012 - Halloween Cup Cakes made by our AA at work