Monday, July 25, 2016

Squid roast / Kanava roast

Squid is not a frequent visitor on the menu at both Jacob's as well as my house. The times we had squid from outside, were those fried ones that we usually avoided. 








I have had squid at one of my relatives place in Bangalore. And that taste had lingered around for a while. So once when I saw squid in the market, we decided to buy it to recreate the same. Jacob was all in for the game. But the store keeper packed up a different order for us which happened to be octopus. I might be a foodie but not a bizarre  one. Sorry I consider octopus under that bizarre category. I just can't think of it to be eaten. 



So we dropped off the idea of squid for life , until we came to pune and the look of fresh squids again made us tempt for it. We bought once and made this curry and it was like squid just came back into our lives. And since then I don't even remember the number of times we have relished this delicious squid roast. It is just amazing. Wanna try? Here is the recipe to it.




Ingredients
  1. 1/2 kg of Squid, cleaned and cut into rings
  2. 1 1/2 cups of sliced red onion
  3. 1 1/2 tsp of garlic paste
  4. 1 1/2 tsp of ginger paste
  5. 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
  6. 1 large tomato finely chopped
  7. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  8. 1/2 tsp of pepper powder
  9. 1 tsp + 1/2 tbsp of kashmiri chilly powder
  10. 1/2 tsp of garam masala
  11. 1 sprig of curry leaves
  12. Salt to taste
  13. 2 tbsp of oil
Method
  • In a bowl, take the cleaned and cut squid. Add turmeric powder, 1 tsp of kashmiri chilly powder and salt. Marinate it and keep it aside for about half an hour.
  • In a pan (preferably an earthen pot), take a tbsp of oil. Add the marinated squid and cook it on medium-low heat for about 6-7 minutes. Remove the cooked squid on to a plate.
  • To the pan, add 1 tbsp of oil. Once hot, add the sliced onion, ginger and garlic paste, green chillies, curry leaves and salt. Saute it untill the onion turns tender.
  • Add the remaining spices - kashmiri chilly, pepper powder and garam masala. Give it a mix. Add the chopped tomatoes and give it a mix. Let it cook on low heat untill the tomatoes turn mushy and disappear and the oil starts to clear. Add the cooked squid to it. Mix it thoroughly. 
  • Let it cook for another 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat. Switch off the heat and let it stand for another half an hour or so for the flavors to settle in before serving.
Tips
  1. Cooking the masala thoroughly is one big tip to make the roast tasty.
  2. Cooking any seafood in the earthen pot enhances the taste. The same stands true for this squid roast too. So try making it in the earthen pot.
  3. Do not overcook the squid, else they turn hard. Since we wouldn't be cooking the squid for too long. Let it stand for minimum of half an hour after taking it off the heat for the flavours to settle in.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chana Dal Chutney

Jacob is a fan of Sambhar. And I am a chutney lover. So we make both sambar and chutney, whenever we have dosa/idli. Even if we are dining out and order for a masala dosa, I end up just having the chutney with the dosa and leave the sambar untouched. I just love them.






This chutney is super easy to make and can be quickly made in minutes time. So I don't mind making it even though we might already be having sambar to go with the dosa. Back home, my mom also used to make it and I used to love it. So I try recreating the same combo now. This is how we make it.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tamukku ~ A Banana Delight !

This recipe, unlike other overripe banana recipes is for you if you are lucky to have too much of banana produce at home or got lots of bananas at a hugely discounted price and wondering what to make out of them to prevent getting spoiled or simply because, you love having Tamukku. In our case, the love for tamukku is the primary reason for making it.







Back at home, whenever we have a huge produce of bananas, apart from distributing and redistributing among relatives and friends and also having it every day for breakfast with puttu, upma, Aval villayichathu etc. we would make this tamukku. They are truly addictive. It is also sometimes given away in churches as Nercha. My intension of making it also had another reason and i.e. to make my lil banana hater, have bananas.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Multi Dal Dosa

After a short while of having started the blog, I realized that I need to keep a watch on the intake of food both in means of quality and quantity. A closer look on the visible( increasing pounds in the weighing machine) as well as the hidden facts(increase in the vital stats) scared me to take that decision.










Now with a kid, who is a picky eater on most of the days, else on a hunger strike, I am really cautious of not giving up to the temptation of feeding him those fast food or junk foods which he may fall for. The conscious decision makes me try new recipes every now and then to bring about a balanced diet. I saw this recipe shared by a food lover on one of the food community and noted it down to try it. They were super hit at home. It might sound an overdose of dal, but trust me it's good stuff and tastes yumm too.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Papaya Halwa

Its a task to make my lil one eat some fruits. There are very few fruits that he would eat it raw, else I have to transform them into more yummier things to let it go in. Papaya is one such fruit. The way he would call out papaya and throw tantrums if we don't get it, while in a grocery store, you would think he is gonna hog on it all by himself. But no, that's not the fact. He loves Papaya Halwa, but doesn't know that papaya is in it. Mama hasn't told him yet with the fear that he would give up on that too.








I used to love papaya halwa. I still do. So we make it quite often and serve it as a dessert post meals. If you too would like to try it, here is the recipe to it.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ginger Tea / Adrak Chai

Nothing like a hot tea to drive away the tiredness and bring about a fresh feeling. If the tea is flavorful then it is a bonus. It is rightly said that a lot can happen over a cup of coffee. It stands so true for tea too . Because this very blog started, as a result of the teatime conversation between me and my husband.









This ginger tea is perfect for a cold evening esp. if you are down with sore throat, then it does the job of healing it as well. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Aamras

Whenever I see an advertisement of jams spread on chapathi/ Indian flat bread, I always tend to crave for them. My lil one loves the chapathi lathered with jams or cheese or anything and rolled up. I don't know if it is the taste or its the fascination of rolls. I shouldn't mind right, as long as he eats. I personally love the combination of this aam ras spread on chapathi. They are yumm. 




It is most commonly served with puris. Summer brings mangoes with them and  also so many different yummy ways to relish this absolutely juicy fruit. Aam ras is one of the perfect ways to have mangoes. So make it without fail this mango season. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Raw Mango Juice/ Cooler

This time when we were home, my MIL made this drink quite often. The raw mangoes were in season and whenever she would ask if anyone wanted the drink, which never had the answer as NO, she would go out pluck a mango from the tree and make it for us. It was delicious and so filling. She infact asked me to post this recipe on my blog for my readers to enjoy.




MIL had seen this recipe in the TV in some reality show. She tried it at home and was a big hit. My lil one also would put down the glass only when the last drop was also dripped into his mouth and only to ask for more juice.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tomato pickle

Jacob is a big fan of pickle. He could even eat it plain. Whenever we are out grocery shopping he would always pull out a pickle and place it in the cart and I would be the one to place it back saying I would make it at home. The amount of oil, salt and preservatives that goes into it are the very reason for me to put them back. But I had been delaying the pickling process for a while now. 







Finally the other day I got hold of some perfectly ripe tomatoes that I grabbed them to make this pickle at home. It's usually the first step which is being procrastinated by me. So once that was overcomed by purchasing the ingredients I made it the very next day.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Mango Lassi

The time when you come in home from the scorching heat in this summer, all you would need is to gulp down something cold, refreshing and filling. This is one absolute delight for such occasions.





Summers can't pass by without us indulging in these mangoes. So how about enjoying some mangoes in the form of mango lassi. Lassi and Mangoes are always our favorite. So this is just like 2 in 1 drink for us. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Product Review - Chilli Guava by paper Boat

One afternoon, the security called up to say that I had a parcel. I asked him to confirm if it was for me. Because I was not expecting a courier and also every now and then, the courier guys land up in my apartment by mistake. It was a surprise to receive this package from Paper Boat , yet again. And see how beautifully packed it came, in a box of memories.





The wordings on the box was enough to bring back those childhood memories. Indeed, I had such a box where I used to store such precious( to me) but junk (for my mom) stuff. I remember storing manjadi kuru, old photos, stamps, cute little bottles of homeo medicines or some oil. Now when I think about it, I feel so silly. But at the same time, I think how we used to find happiness in little things the so called junk too :), while we were kids. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Mango Iced tea

Have you ever had mango iced tea? Unlike the usual iced tea it has the flavours of mango in it. Now if you are a die hard fan of mangoes you would know what I mean and would be almost at the verge of trying it as soon as you can. But let me warn you, they are addictive. So control yourself. 





You could very well make it with preserved mango pulp. But there is something different and fresh feeling when you make it right from the scratch with those irresistible juicy mangoes that are available during this summer season. So why wait for it to get canned or preserved to try it. Go for making it this summer season. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chicken Cutlet/ Chicken Croquettes

I have a little Chicken fan here. He loves it in any form...soups, appetizers, main dishes, curry etc. Since we had started cutting down on fried stuff, cutlets have made a rare appearance on our menu. But this lil guy's fantasy for having cutlets having seen it in TV, made me make some cutlets with his own favorite thing, chicken.







I have no clue how these disappeared in minutes time. They were super crisp on the outside and flavourful inside. They made a perfect snack time for us. You could also serve it as sides with meals or may be stuff it in burgers too.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Aam panna - Spiced Raw Mango Drink !

Have you seen the ad of Paperboat? Their ad with the tune of Malgudi days would make anyone go nostalgic about those good old days and go buy one of their drinks. Atleast it worked on me, esp. when the cashier keeps repeating everytime I am there, saying there is an offer on it and I am eligible for it. Ahh, I fell for it one day and then the next day and then the next..






That was last year. And that's when the Maggi tragedy happened. I decided to give up packaged items as much as possible. But by then I was addicted to Aam Panna. So the next grocery shopping I got mangoes to make it at home myself. And when the cashier offered it again, it was hard to refuse, but I did.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chana masala

Chana masala is usually liked by me with bature. But having it with rice, chapathi etc. also tastes yumm. I can eat this side as is. With some chopped red onion to top it, they taste amazing.






This yummy curry has different versions and here I am listing down the easiest way to make it. Hope you like it.