December 27th, 2012


Dish-A-Day: 11/01/2012 - Green Papaya Curry with Roti

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11/01/2012: Green Papaya Curry with Roti - I am used to cooking alone in my kitchen and rarely have people helping me out. But this time around the cooking date turned out not only to be fun-filled but also interesting. Fun cause of the jokes going around, interesting cause the mish-mash of the recipe we made. End result: 100% satisfaction to stomach, mind and heart. :)

11012012 - Green Papaya Curry with Roti - Cooking Date with RS


1) Peel 1 medium Potato and cut into bite size cubes.
2) Peel 1 medium sized Green Papaya and cut into thin slices, bite-sized.
3) In a pan heat Oil. Add 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds and a few Bay Leaves.
4) Once the spices sputter add 1/4 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste, pinch of Turmeric Powder, 1 medium Green Chili chopped finely and the cut pieces of Papaya and Potato.
5) Saute for a few minutes. Add 1 medium Tomato chopped finely, 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder, 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder, Salt per taste and 1 cup of Water.
6) Stir well so all spices are coated well. Add 2 tsps of Coconut Powder.
7) Stir again and simmer on low flame till the veggies cook well.
8) Garnish with Cilantro Leaves. Serve hot with Rice or Roti.

Dish-A-Day: 11/02/2012 - Avadhi Tahiri Biryani

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11/02/2012: Avadhi Tahiri Biryani - Like I had mentioned before in the recipe that I posted for
Avadhi Style Dal, I tried another recipe in Avadhi Style. As usual even though the ingredients seem to be in large number, they are pretty easy to make. This time around I took the recipe from this site. Of course I made some modifications to make it further more easier and faster. Try it out, very easy to make and a yummy rice dish to serve on those special occasions.

11022012 - Avadhi Tahiri Biryani A

Dish-A-Day: 11/03/2012 - Strawberries dipped in Brown Sugar and Sour Cream

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11/03/2012: Strawberries dipped in Brown Sugar and Sour Cream - A friend had a craving to eat Strawberries so managed to get them in the nick of the time before the store closed for the day in my neighborhood. Figured they would go great with Sugar and Sour Cream so served them with the same. I hope you enjoyed them too, RS! **wicked grin** Try it out for a quick dessert in case you run out of time to make one, when Strawberries around.

11032012 - Midnight Snack having a romantic date with RS - just masquearade it a better so FB doesnt know who it is.

Dish-A-Day: 11/05/2012 - Jal Jeera Pani

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11/05/2012: Jal Jeera Pani - Another kind of summer drink that I sometimes make is this Jal Jeera Pani, simply put Spicy Cumin Powder Juice.
Recipe: In a blender, blend 1/4 cup Mint Leaves, 1 tsp chopped Ginger, a few sprigs of Cilantro Leaves, Black Salt per taste, 1 tsp Lemon Juice, Water as required and 1 tsp Jal Jeera Powder (you will get this in any Indian Store in the Spices section) till it becomes smooth. Chill and serve when ready to drink.

11052012 - Jal Jeera Paani

Dish-A-Day: 11/07/2012 - Congratulations Team!!!

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11/07/2012: Congratulations Team - The third of the project that I was handling for the year 2012 went live in October. It was the biggest and toughest of the three that I had worked on. We celebrated the success with a breakfast treat for all the teams (3 locations at Hartford, Offshore teams, dependent teams as well as Business Parterns) that worked on this project. One of the treat was this awesome Chocolate Vanilla Cake topped with WhipCream and decorations. Kudos to everyone who worked hard on the project!

11072012 - PLDW Migration Celebration Cake

Dish-A-Day: 11/09/2012 - Garlic Rice

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11/09/2012: Garlic Rice - On days I am too tired to make anything elaborate, I make this quick version of Rice that is easy to eat with just plain Curd or Pickle.

11092012 - Garlic Rice

1) Pressure cook 1 cup of Rice with 2 cups Water. Once the pressure is off and cooker is cooked completely, remove the whistle.
2) Fluff the rice lightly with a fork and keep aside.
3) In a pan heat 1 tsp Oil. Add 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp Urad Dal, 1/4 tsp Chana Dal, a pinch of Asafoetida (Hing), a few Curry Leaves.
4) Once the spices sputter add 2 medium Green Chilis split into 1 inch thin slices, 5 cloves of Garlic chopped finely and a few Cashewnuts.
5) Saute for a few minutes and add the cooked Rice.
6) Mix well. Add Salt per taste and simmer on low flame for few minutes.
7) Serve hot with plain Curd or Pickle or any Chutney.

Dish-A-Day: 11/13/2012 - Happy Diwali!!!

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11/13/2012: Happy Diwali - I did manage to make one sweet at least for the festival of lights. Normally I try a new recipe every year for Diwali and so followed the same tradition this time around. Browsing thru internet landed me into this
recipe of Parwal Sweet. It turned out ok, I should have used a little more Sugar than I had put. All in all a good experiment.

11132012 - Happy Diwali - parwal Sweet

Dish-A-Day: 11/14/2012 - Tiramisu Cake

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11/14/2012: Tiramisu Cake - One of my favorite desserts that I often crave to eat and bring it home from either restaurants or bakeries. I however had made it from scratch at home more than once a few years ago. Here is the
link to the same recipe. It does seem to be a lengthy one, but it is easy to make and yummy to eat at the end. Do try it out.

11142012 - Tiramisu Cake

Dish-A-Day: 11/15/2012 - Diwali Potluck at work

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11/15/2012: Diwali Potluck at work - We had a Diwali potluck on the last day of Diwali at work. People from two departments gathered around with loads and loads of food and yummy desserts. Amazing to see so many varieties and surprisingly every one of the dishes had completed. Not a single crumb left at the end of the potluck. :)

11152012 - Diwali Thanksgiving Potluck at work - gorgeous food