Aditi’s Aai cha ambat varan – Mummy’s khatti meethi Daal

When you missing your mom, you try and make things which remind you of her. As much as she doesn’t like her dal , pappa and me love it.Today is Sunday, coincidentally pappa asked her to make the ambat varan and I called her to get her exact recipe as it’s different to my recipeSheContinue reading “Aditi’s Aai cha ambat varan – Mummy’s khatti meethi Daal”

Egg curry with black eye beans

Give me some egg fry, give me some plainGive me egg florentine, I wanna taste egg all again  – anda premi That’s me. Noone can beat an egg when it comes to versatility. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or with the drinks ( a pure Punjabi will always serve boiledContinue reading “Egg curry with black eye beans”

Moroccan chicken ( but with wine)!

This is a great soul food, easy midweek feast. Don’t get fooled by the name, you will have most of the ingredients in your pantry. A great explosion of lemon, honey, cinnamon and cumin with a smooth silky texture, what’s not to like 💃💃 I had always wanted to make Moroccan tagine chicken so checkedContinue reading “Moroccan chicken ( but with wine)!”

Buffalo chicken and teriyaki chicken

Crispy chicken in spicy buffalo sauceCrispy chicken in teriyaki sauce This is a super easy recipe!!!I know you will say that its what I always say but trust me, this is a child’s play! Varun made this yesterday and I don’t think I am ever going to order buffalo chicken from the takeaway ever again.NoContinue reading “Buffalo chicken and teriyaki chicken”

Christmas menu 2020

Merry Christmas, dear cooks forum friends. So impressed and thrilled with all the cooking and sharing. Each and every post has been a virtual treat. At ours, the story was totally different. Yes, we did have a feast but didn’t hands much time to plan something elaborate. Also, somehow the madness took over and mostContinue reading “Christmas menu 2020”

Creamy red wine sauce with prawns and ravioli/any pasta –

Christmas leftover cooking continues. Last night, after ages, added some red wine and tastes amazing. So give it a try for that ‘hattke’ taste. Tastes better than it looks.You will need – butter, onion, garlic, prawns, red wine, cream, pasta Saute chopped onions and garlic in butter till translucent. Add prawns, sprinkle piri piri pd,Continue reading “Creamy red wine sauce with prawns and ravioli/any pasta –”

Mango Badam Pedha

Desserts, my weakness. Mangoes, my weakness. So here is one of my favourite recipes, a 15 min jhatpat one which combines both of them into an irresistible, fool proof delicacy which will have your family and friends permanently wanting more…. Recipe – 2 cups mango pulp good quality 2 cups milk powder 2 cups almondContinue reading “Mango Badam Pedha”

#4 Sweet potato, chick peas and red lentil soup

My brood has a soft spot for sweet potatoes. It fades a bit when it comes to chick peas and it disappears completely for red lentils. Since years, I have had to find to ways to mask lentils in their food. This wholesome heart warming dish does exactly that and is a hit with them,Continue reading “#4 Sweet potato, chick peas and red lentil soup”

Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

One of my fondest memories of med school life were the carefree evenings, zipping around on our two wheelers, hair carelessly flying in the wind in gay abandon. The thrill of unlimited freedom for those few hours still remains unmatched. A regular stop used to be the Indo-Chinese street cart and sharing a bowl ofContinue reading “Hot and Sour Chicken Soup”

Apple and carrot soup

Apple and carrot soup –The average time for any gadget to reach its resting place in the dark recesses of our garage is 4 weeks. So it has been only 2 weeks that the soup maker has entered the house, too early to pack it away .Hence today was apple and carrot soup day. ThisContinue reading “Apple and carrot soup”

Easy apple chutney

So, I finally got some apples from my neighbour…. No, not stolen, in fact, he actually delivered it to the front door, in the rain. So made apple chutney and my neighbour  loved it. In fact, as I write this, I can see him on the ladder trying to pluck some more apples from hisContinue reading “Easy apple chutney”

Green tomato sabji and chutney

Since life is returning to nearly normal, gardening in my world is reaching its autumn too…. I accidentally stumbled upon a huge crop of green tomatoes, unloved and forgotten, in the corner of our garden. The label on the pot had promised red beef tomatoes and I realised that it was not to be. NeverContinue reading “Green tomato sabji and chutney”

Karela stir fry with coconut

Karela stir fry-This is yet one of those green monsters that has plagued me and given me countless nightmares in my childhood!  Eventually came across some really nice ways of cooking and masking the bitter taste. This combined the flavour of karela with fresh coconut, sourness of  tamarind and sweetness of jaggery, a win winContinue reading “Karela stir fry with coconut”

Hyderabad Mirch ka Salan

Hyderabadi mirch ka salan-This is a peanut based curry and tastes amazing. Important tip is to make a very very smooth paste first! Don’t rush on that step.Rest all is just adding the ingredients! Recipe –Fry deseeded chillies in oil and keep aside.Roast sesame seeds 3 tbsp, peanuts 5 tbsp, poppy seeds 1 tbsp, 1/4Continue reading “Hyderabad Mirch ka Salan”

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”

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….”

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”

Salted Caramel Brownies

Nigella Lawson, once purred these famous words -Salted caramel is the Class A drug of the confectionary world! How true, ah how true! One lick of the spoon and you are transported to a heady world of sheer bliss and pleasure. Like a stalker’s obsession, you want more and more but are more likely toContinue reading “Salted Caramel Brownies”

Pumpkin Vetthukozhumbbu

Kalpa’s Vetthukozhumbbu There is something very exotic with all our regional names for various dishes we make in India….. one particular name that has fascinated me was the Vetthukozhumbbu ( vettu-kozhumb-bbu ) which is basically a classic Iyer recipe for chilli ( vettal) and tamarind based gravy ( kozhumbu). A regular member of Kalpa Sundar’sContinue reading “Pumpkin Vetthukozhumbbu”

Dahi Aloo ( potato in yoghurt gravy)

Imagine cold dark winter evenings, snuggled in a cosy blanket, watching your favourite soap and a steaming hot bowl of  comfort food. And by comfort food, there can only be one name at the top, the mighty potato!!! This dish hardly needs anything other than potatoes and yoghurt…easy and quick to make and soul satisfyingContinue reading “Dahi Aloo ( potato in yoghurt gravy)”