December 31st, 2012


Dish-A-Day: 11/16/2012 - Onion Pakora

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11/16/2012: Onion Pakora - Fall is giving way thru to Winter. On such cold evenings what better than have fun with some yummy hot and warm Onion Pakoras.

11162012 - Onion Pakora


1) In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup Besan (Gram Flour (, Salt per taste, Red Chili Powder per taste and Water.
2) Water should not be too much, enough to make it into a dry paste.
3) Heat 5 cups of Oil in a deep pan.
4) Now add 1 medium Onion chopped into long thin slices. With your fingers mix a few Onions with the batter and put them into the heated Oil.
5) Deep fry them on both sides. Strain the oil once they fry well.
6) Put them into a serving bowl.
7) Garnish with Chat Masala, Black Salt and a pinch of Sugar.
8) Enjoy them hot with Tea or just like that.

Dish-A-Day: 11/17/2012 - Zucchini Daal

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11/17/2012: Zucchini Daal - One more dish that we can make with Zucchini is this spicy and yummy Daal. Easy recipe like any Daal recipes that I have posted so far.

11172012 - Zucchini Daal


1) Pressure cook 1 cup of Toor Daal, add 2.5 cups of water, 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste and pinch of Turmeric (Haldi).
2) Peel and Cut 2 medium sized Zucchinis into 1/2 inch pieces.
3) Chop 1 Onion into fine pieces.
4) Add a little oil in the tava. Once oil is heated up, add the Onion pieces.
5) Fry Onions for a little, then add Zucchini pieces. Fry them until Zucchini and Onions get cooked well.
6) Add the cooked Daal to the pan. Mix well.
7) Now add Red Chilli Powder, Salt, Turmeric (If needed) and little Dhaniya Powder. Mix well and leave it on stove for a few mins.
8) Serve hot with Rice or Roti

Dish-A-Day: 11/18/2012 - Baby Corn Manchurian

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11/18/2012: Baby Corn Manchurian - Baby Corns are my favorite veggies that I eat them just boiled or sometimes make them into these yummy Manchurian. As always recipe is easy although looks lengthy.

11182012 - Baby Corn Manchurian


1) Parboil Baby Corns in water and little salt and keep them aside. If using canned, just microwave for 3 minutes.
2) Mix 2 cups Maida (All Purpose Flour), 1 Cup Corn Meal (Corn Flour is used usually, but to give a grainy texture I used Corn Meal), Red Chili Powder (per your taste), Salt per taste, Soy Sauce, Ginger Garlic Paste and Water into a thick batter.
3) Dip Baby Corns into this batter and deep fry them in hot oil. Strain from Oil and keep aside.
4) Cut 1 small Onion, 1 small Green Bell Pepper into lengthier pieces. Cut a few Green Chillies, Garlic, Ginger and Coriander (Cilantro) into small pieces
5) Fry Green Chillies, Garlic and Ginger in a little oil. Now add Onions and Green Bell Pepper pieces, saute them. To this add, Soy Sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce and Salt per taste. Fry little.
6) Now add fried Baby Corns into this mixture. Saute for a little while. Baby Corn Manchurian is ready.

Dish-A-Day: 11/19/2012 - Gongura Curry

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11/19/2012: Gongura Curry - This tart leafy vegetable can be made into several dishes. One of them is this easy Curry

11192012 - Gongura Curry


1) Pluck the leaves of Gongura and mince it to small leaves.
2) In a cooker, put the leaves, 1/3 cup of Moong Dal, 2/3 cup of Chana Dal and pressure cook it with enough water.
3) Once the leaves are cooked, set the cooker aside for pressure to release.
4) In a pan, heat a little oil. Add Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Asofoetida, Curry Leaves and minced Garlic Cloves.
5) Once all get slightly brown in color, add minced green chillies. Fry them a little while.
6) Add finely chopped onions.
7) Cook till the onions are half-cooked. Add the cooked leaves and Dal from the cooker.
8) Add salt and red chilli powder if needed. Mix well and simmer for about 5 to 10 mins.
9) Curry is ready to have it with either Roti or Rice.

Dish-A-Day: 11/21/2012 - Baja Pizza

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11/21/2012: Baja Pizza - Start of Thanksgiving weekend with this Baja Chicken Pizza at Betty's Pizza Shack, a local pizza corner in Lenox MA, for dinner. Per the restaurant's menu, the Pizza contains Barbecued Chicken Breast, Maui Onions, Roasted Red Peppers, Barbecue Sauce, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheeses. I must say I hadnt liked it so great, but not bad.

11212012 - Baja Pizza from Betty's Pizza at Lenox, MA, dinner on our first night there..with RS

Dish-A-Day: 11/23/2012 - Bombay Bar and Grill Lunch Feast

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11/23/2012: Bombay Bar and Grill Lunch Feast - The day after Thanksgiving after spending time on Black Friday sales, we ventured around to look for a good place to eat. Surprised to see an Indian Restaurant in such a small town. We took the opportunity to try the food there. Here is what we ended up eating
Chicken Tikka Masala with Roti and Rice; Chicken Vindaloo with Roti and Rice. There was no more room to try any desserts after such a heavy lunch.

11232012 - Bombay Restaurant at Lee, Ma

Dish-A-Day: 11/26/2012 - Francis Coppala Wine

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11/26/2012: Francis Coppala Wine - Did anyone of you had the honor of drinking a Francis Coppala Wine? I had the chance to taste one during the long weekend. Red wine which was a little bit sweet and a little tart. Later on I thought I should got a bottle for myself to take home. Oh well, I will have to look for it around where I live later.

11262012 - Francis Coppala Wine

Dish-A-Day: 11/29/2012 - Microwave Cake

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11/29/2012: Microwave Cake - Had tried this a few years ago. Again was reminded when a friend sent me an email that she had tried this. So I tried again to see if I could still make it. Not bad, it still comes good.

11292012 - Microwave Cake

3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 tblsp Cocoa
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup flour
1) Mix together oil, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence. Beat well.
2) Sift cocoa, baking powder and flour.
3) Fold lightly with the mixture made in step 1 above.
4) Put the contents into a microwave container. Dont forget to add sufficient butter or oil to the dish (a little more than what goes on a baking tray, a microwave dries the food faster) to get the cake out easier.
5) Put in the microwave for 6 minutes on high.
6) Turn the bowl upside down and drop the cake onto a cake platter.
7) Cut into small pieces and serve.

Dish-A-Day: 11/30/2012 - Besan Ladoo

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11/30/2012: Besan Ladoo - A dessert that seems complicated to make but is actually easy when actually tried. ;)

11302012 - Besan Ladoo
1) In a heavy bottomed pan, add 1 tsp of Ghee. Fry a few Cashewnuts and add them to a mixing bowl.
2) In the same pan, add 1 cup of Besan or Gram Flour and roast in medium flame. Once you notice a fine aroma, remove from flame and pour into the mixing bowl.
3) Add 3/4 cup fine powdered Sugar and 1/2 cup (or as needed) melted Ghee to the mixing bowl. Do not add too much Ghee or the dough will become too thin.
4) Mix all the ingredients with spoon as they will be hot.
5) When it become warm, make them into medium sized balls with your hands.
6) Leave for an hour and serve them for a delicious dessert or an after-dinner snack.