Just look around you…

Dear kids, I always have happy dreams, well most of the time. As a result of which, a routine day starts with me jumping out of bed, super excited at the prospects that loom in front of me. Within minutes, I am bounding down the stairs, shrill cooing sound which is oh so inappropriate thatContinue reading “Just look around you…”

Dabeli

The magic of monsoon, the pitter patter of rains, the incessant pounding on the windows and sneaking away yet again for that piping hot cup of masala chai with dabeli….memories, as far back as three decades ago, but as fresh as if it was just yesterday.Ram made it, thanks to the new woman in hisContinue reading “Dabeli”

Kachori bytes- Jodhpuri pyaaz wali

Jodhpur kachori pyaaz waali aur mango barfi Sab kehte hai – fried food is bad for health, meetha sehat ke liye achha nahi…Main kehti hoon – woh kambakht mohabbat hi kya jo takleef na de ❤️❤️❤️ Well, jokes apart, in moderation, sab achha hota hai!! Rainy days are synonymous with chai and kachori. It takesContinue reading “Kachori bytes- Jodhpuri pyaaz wali”

Salmon curry – no coconut

Sunday special – kerala salmon curry (super easy)Salmon pieces2 onions, Finely chopped6 garlic chopped3 inch ginger choppedCurry leavesRed chillies drySliced tomatoes x21/2/3 tsp- haldi, chilli pd, dhaniyaKokum optional Heat oil, add mustard seeds, onion, ginger, garlic. Fry until translucent. Add sliced tomatoes and curry leaves. Stir till it becomes a mushy mix. Add hot water,Continue reading “Salmon curry – no coconut”

And my princess turns 18 👸👸

Rhea’s favourite restaurant is Dishum…. Just like so many of us too. So when we realised we couldn’t go to Dishum, Dishum decided to come to us 😍😍. A birthday dinner fit for a princess….and she loved it! Nothing is more precious in this world other than a genuine thank you from your little adultContinue reading “And my princess turns 18 👸👸”

Methi anda and parsi chow chow

Eggs all over….. Masaledar Methi Anda ( fenugreek eggs) Parsi Egg Chow Chow Radish leaf with yellow lentil ( moong mooli) Yesterday i happily harvested our radish leaves ( well, truth is that the baby radish were rather premature and disappointing while the mooli leaves had taken over the entire pot!!!). Anyway, thanks to adviceContinue reading “Methi anda and parsi chow chow”

Chicken katsu curry

Katsu curry –Katsu curry is basically sweetish Japanese curry ( 1tsp curry powder+1tsp mild garam masala + pinch of pepper) mixed with flour and coconut milk.Easy to make and tastes heavenly. Recipe –Breaded chicken ( use readymade ones. I made my own but the coating was not as firm as readymade)Onions Finely choppedCarrots ( slicesContinue reading “Chicken katsu curry”

Puranpoli, the marathi feast

Following mouth watering discussions on our FB forum, a good friend Geeta Kamat finally revealed the deep dark secrets to the perfect puran poli. Bear in mind that she is one of the most perfectest of perfect cooks ever, making even the humble potato stir fry look like a Robuchan’s Pommes Puree on his degustationContinue reading “Puranpoli, the marathi feast”

Moqueca–prawn and fish stew

Moqueca De Piexe (simple translation : fish/prawn stew)Orange cake (simple translation : cake with chopped dried orange bits and juice) Peeled prawns, white fish & peppers cooked in homemade creamy coconut, fresh tomato & lime sauce with a coconut farofa to sprinkle. Pre-birthday planning was on the cards but this perennially starved family was goingContinue reading “Moqueca–prawn and fish stew”

Pineapple rasam and vaangi bhaaji

Aai’s vange chi bhajee ( or something close to it )- roast and grind dhania seeds 3tbsp, jeera 1tbsp, groundnut pd 1tbsp, sesame seeds 1tbsp, kaju 1tbsp, coconut 1tbsp, red chillies. Mix well with finely chopped onions,coriander, salt sugar, haldi, chilli pd, garam masala or good masala. Stuff this powder into slit brinjals. Heat generousContinue reading “Pineapple rasam and vaangi bhaaji”

Quick bisi bele bhaath

Best soul satisfying mid week dinner ( 10mins )BISI BELE BHAAT Mark Twain- name the greatest inventor of all time: Accident!!! Recipe-Left over dalLeft over riceGheeCooked veg optionalBisi bele bhaat powderTamarind pulpJaggeryTadkaHandful of roast cashews and groundnuts Method- mix dal and rice well (with your hands if possible),  add a big dollop of ghee, aContinue reading “Quick bisi bele bhaath”

Tortilla soup

Jhatpat mexican tortilla soup- A super easy, weekday meal to keep your calories and increasing waist line in control ( Aditi Gupte boss, aapka hukm sar aankhon par) Heat oil, add garlic and chopped red onion , sauteChopped winter vegetables ( I added sweet potato, butternut squash, parsnip) go in next.Can of marrowfat peas orContinue reading “Tortilla soup”

Karela, will eat, won’t eat?

Supriya Dharmadhikari ‘s karela fry- I have always disliked bitter gourd with a passion!!! Reminded me of childhood tantrums and fights with mum for hours! However this is ‘the’ karela dish that even a total anti-karela person has fallen in love with!Recipe:Karela cut, scoop insides and boil with some imli till just soft.Take out, sqeezeContinue reading “Karela, will eat, won’t eat?”

Dhaba chicken

So, to continue inundating cooks forum with food made when you have nothing else to do 😂😂😂, here is an easy peasy DHABA STYLE Chicken made by Shreeram Deshpande Recipe –Oil heated 3 Tbsp,Chicken 1 kg stir fry till it starts changing colour,Ginger paste 1 Tbsp and Garlic paste 1 Tbsp, Stir fry to loseContinue reading “Dhaba chicken”

Mango mishti dohi….

Mango mishthi dohi ( adapted from Kalpa Sundar recipe )The first time I had this piece of heaven, I was hooked! And anything goes with mango, so mango mishthi dohi it was!Very easy recipe, done in less than10 mins..Recipe:Greek yoghurt -one potCondensed milk-1 tinMango pulp-same as condensed milkElaichi pd pinch Mix all ingredients.Steam in aContinue reading “Mango mishti dohi….”

Home made carbonara….. Really!!!!

Carbonara sauce- home made (you need only eggs and cheese)! How many of you buy your pasta sauce?Honest confession – have always bought pasta sauce rather than make it fresh…. Eeks, I how I don’t get kicked out of this group! Yesterday, Varun taught me how to make easy sauce at home with just eggsContinue reading “Home made carbonara….. Really!!!!”

Crispy chicken and Captain Ri….

Spicy garlic chicken – Korean fried chickenKorean is the new kid on the block for me, ever since Captain Ri took my heart away 😍😍 ( well, if you have not watched Crashlanding on Netflix, your reading this is not worth it!!! ♥️♥️).Anyway, started looking up Korean delicacies and this is similar to what weContinue reading “Crispy chicken and Captain Ri….”

Sundays and lamb curry

Lamb curry While growing up in Nagpur, Sundays used to be special, very special. Meat used to be a once a week treat hence Sundays were special indeed as it was the day when mum would get lamb from the local butcher and make the most delicious lamb curry and dad would painstakingly remove theContinue reading “Sundays and lamb curry”

Maa and Masala dosa

Many people have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to live normal healthy lives – thus issued a plaque gifted by a dear friend to mum. And how true it was….. The lockdown has seen a plethora of talented wannabe cooks and a deluge of recipes, and that includes me (totally unashamed and unabashedContinue reading “Maa and Masala dosa”

Ski 2019- to ski or not to ski

Skiing holidays- the chance to spend a week escaping the relentless wheel of mundane existence by transforming into this super cool girl exuding positive vibes, zipping past upturned skis, long golden tresses flying impressively in the air…… nahhh, what am I talking about!!! In my case, even after many ski vacations, it is still construedContinue reading “Ski 2019- to ski or not to ski”

Amsterdam marathon- 2 weeks to go

Groaaan , I can’t do it today because my Garmin is dead…. and Strava too 😋 And so it started with 101 reasons to actually not do the long run , including its too early, too wet, too cold, too little time, Romeo needs me, etc etc. I snuggled deeper into my duvet only toContinue reading “Amsterdam marathon- 2 weeks to go”

Sa Calobra Ride

Sa colabra is a beast, a sinously laid out serpent, gliding its way lazily to the top and gracefully flowing back down to the sea. Built in 1932 by Antonio Paretti, it is stark and beautiful and a favourite among cyclists. Though not as challenging as the Italian dolomites or French Alp D’huez, it hasContinue reading “Sa Calobra Ride”

London Marathon 2017: A dream we dared to dream

40 years ago, London was just a name in fairy tales and nursery rhymes. 30 years ago, the same London turned into a fantasy place, where I would often escape into, mingling with statuesque regalia. 20 years ago, London was real, in all its glory, flesh and sweat as I toured around for the firstContinue reading “London Marathon 2017: A dream we dared to dream”

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

According to Phillip Schaff, the phrase  ” All roads lead to Rome” is a reference to the Milliarium Aureum – a marble structure speculated to be the base of the milestone  in the Roman Forum, the specific point to which all roads were said to lead. After attempting the Paris Marathon twice and the ‘bucket list’ London Marathon last yearContinue reading “ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME”

The Italian Giro Files : Day 4

Day 4 : “It’s not the mountains we conquer but ourselves”, Edmund Hilary . Distance 104 km, Elevation gain 3140 m, Moving time 7.55 min Conquering the Italian Dolomites was the dream we dreamt for the last 8 months…. And the day was here! The ride started as usual with a 5.30am bag drop. ThereContinue reading “The Italian Giro Files : Day 4”

2 cars, 3 days, 1200 miles: A road trip of a lifetime through the land of fire and ice!

      Take a crazy idea, add equally crazy people to it and sometimes it comes to life in the most memorable way possible! 13 girls, all used to the various luxuries in life, decided to take a detour from their usual girlie holiday ( London, Paris, Portugal, Milan) and embarked on an adventurousContinue reading “2 cars, 3 days, 1200 miles: A road trip of a lifetime through the land of fire and ice!”