Pav Bhaji Dosa

Mumbai Street food

Menthyada Hittu

Healthy and nutritious "spiced fenugreek powder"

Sabudane ki kheer

Tapioca or Sago Pudding

Hotel Sambar

Restaurant Style Sambar that goes well with idli

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Palak Bajji/Spinach Curry/Palak Gojju: Tangy, Spicy & Garlicy

Want to enjoy a meal during sore throat, cold & cough? Prepare palak bajji & enjoy any boring meal. It has the perfect ingredients to give a high to your taste buds. Great news about this curry is, when refrigerated it stays up to a month.

Ingredients: (For around 2 cups of curry)
Spinach/Palak: 3 big bunches (Around 300 grams)
Garlic: 5 pods
Amtekayi: 3 nos (Since this is not available outside India, substitute with a medium grape sized tamarind).
Green chillies: 6 nos, more or less
Salt: According to taste

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp, preferably coconut oil
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Garlic: 4 pods, minced or sliced
Curry leaves: 8-10nos

  • Wash the spinach leaves along with the stem thoroughly in water. Chop the leaves & the tender stem coarsely. 
  • Add less than 1/2 cup of water to the chopped spinach leaves. To this add garlic, amtekayi or tamarind, green chillies & salt. 
  • Boil on medium-high heat for 10mins or pressure cook for 1 whistle.  Allow them to cool. 
  • Once cooled, puree the mixture. 
  • Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot, throw in mustard seeds followed by garlic & curry leaves. Saute till the leaves wilt & garlic turns golden brown.
  • Add the spinach puree & adjust the seasoning. Boil on a medium-low heat for 10-15mins until the flavors blend in.
  • Enjoy with ganji/porridge, rice or dosa.

  • If amtekayi is used: After boiling the amtekayi, squeeze out the juice & discard the hard portion.
  • Ganji/Kanji/Porridge & this curry is a classic combination. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Taiyo Meat Chopper

Are you wondering that how come a vegetarian blog is writing about meat? That is the name of the chopper that I recently invested in chopping vegetables. Sounds contradicting!! I went with the words of my friend here & bought this chopper. I am so far happy with it.

When I wrote about my chopper here, many of my friends asked me to share the information. So, here I am writing about it.

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Name: Taiyo Meat Chopper
From: Courts Megastore
Price: Usual price S$39.90(I bought for S$29.90, during some sale)
More details:Refer here.

Now coming to my listed pros & cons.

  • Slicing + grating of carrots, cucumbers: very good & can be done within seconds.
  • Mincing + shredding + chopping very fine, great.
  • Watery vegetables like tomato & cucumber could also be chopped.
  • Small in size.
  • Cleaning of the jar is very easy.
  • Was not able to chop green leafy vegetables.
  • I did not find it useful for making stir-fry/poriyal/palya because it doesn't cut the way we need. 
Note: This is not a paid review. My friends asked for the details of the chopper, so I wrote it for them. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Popular Rasam Recipes

My blog is getting a back seat because of other higher priority tasks. I really want to get back to blogging in full swing. Hoping to settle all the other tasks in another couple of weeks.

So, thought of taking a sneak-peak of some of my popular rasam recipes. Do try if you haven't tried them yet!