My Blog turns 2 today !!. I’m actually quite surprised and thrilled about my blogging journey thus far. It just started of as a hobby, simply because I love to cook, also after moving here to the States, sitting at home really drove me crazy! I needed to do something with all the spare time I had. Continue reading →
Hi guys ! Hope everyone is doing great! First off let me start with some exciting news happening on my home front ! My daughter Katelyn was born on the 24th of February , and hence I’ve been away from blogging for a while. Y’all know the drill of having a newborn around if you’ve been there, done that 😀 This post and the ones that will follow in the coming weeks are all scheduled, as I was sure I wouldn’t have much time at hand to blog. And I also know taking a break only makes it harder to return. Experienced this in June last year and it took me 2 months to get back to blogging again. So this time I did a little homework to avoid that scenario 🙂 I will surely catch up on all your posts sooner, meanwhile I’m enjoying this precious phase for the second time in my life.
I never imagined I would be baking breads at home. But then as you know things happen and you end up really surprising yourself by doing things you never dreamt about doing in the first place. As intimidating as baking breads seem, it really isn’t, once you get past that initial fear ! I still consider myself an amateur in this area, and still have a long way to go ! The different kinds of flour, bakers percentage, hydration , bulk ferment, sourdough, artisan, Polish, biga to name a few are words that I’ve probably never ever came across before ! Now I know the words, but still have to know how to work with a couple of them. I have tried my hands at sourdough and I hope to do a post on that in the coming months too 🙂
Sambar or Sambhar is an integral part of the South Indian cuisine. It is a lentil based stew with the addition of various vegetables or sometimes just one vegetable is added. It is a perfect accompaniment to idli’s ( steamed rice cakes), dosa’s ( crispy rice crepes), uttapam ( pretty much an Indian version of pizza :p) or medu wada ( savory Indian donuts :D) and the likes. One of my favorite meals is plain steamed rice with piping hot sambhar, an omelette, some crunchy papad and pickle.Thoroughly satisfying!
Bharli Vangi is a flavorful and delectable Maharashtrian dish, one that is brimming with a range of flavors and layers of texture! It is popular on the menu for most Maharashtrian festive occasions.
Ragda patties is yet another lip smacking street food in Mumbai! Ragda is curried dried peas & patties normally pronounced as ‘pattice’ or even ‘petis’ are nothing but potato patties that are shallow fried. These potato patties are dunked in the ragda gravy and topped with chaat chutneys, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, crispy sev and cilantro.
Kulcha, a leavened flatbread, has its origins in North India, in Amritsar to be specific. It is basically made with maida (all purpose flour), yogurt, leavening agents and baked in a tandoor.There isn’t much difference between naan & kulcha, except for the leavening agents involved in their respective recipes. Kulchas are mostly stuffed from a gamut of fillings, potato (the most popular one, known as aloo kulcha) to onions to paneer etc.