Monthly Archives: January 2014

Of Kombdi Vade And Surmai Fry

Dinner this evening was a very interesting affair. After a long and tiring (but productive!) work day, I landed up at Bandra Reclamation to check out the Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition and grab some amazing food.

This Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition is a handicraft and rural products exhibition that takes place every year around January. The handicrafts make for great purchases. But what is more interesting about this exhibition (at least for me) is that, in the food court, there are villagers from different parts of the state selling their traditional home food.

There is everything from Zunka Bhakar to Fried Crabs to Puran Poli. And it is all really tasty! Here are some photos from my visit.

20140123-231021.jpgFish fryKombdi vadeKombdi Vade (Chicken curry with Fried Bread). The green chutney on the side was really good too!

20140123-231036.jpgBhakri (typical Maharashtrian bread) and Methi Sabzi

20140123-231028.jpgSurmai Fry (Fried King Mackerel)

Puran PoliMonster-sized Puran Poli (I didn’t have the heart to have this one for dinner!)

The exhibition is on till 27th January. If you live in Mumbai, I urge you to drop by and grab a bite here.

P.S. There are also some stalls selling authentic masalas for chicken, mutton and vegetables if you would like to try making some of this stuff at home 🙂

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Bookmarked 19/01/2014

It’s a really busy time at work and I haven’t been doing a lot of other things. Hopefully things will be more relax by this month end and I can get back to doing fun things. Meanwhile, here is a quick round up of some good things I read in the past couple of weeks:

I can’t believe that I lived in France for 3 years and haven’t tried even half of these 44 classic French meals

It’s funny how toast has become the latest food craze in San Francisco 

Some great time saving cooking tips from experts

This glow in the dark ice cream seems interesting

A nice article on cooking for newbies

Love this MasterChef scrambled egg recipe

Another nice article on the most influencial chefs of 2013

And lastly, since I have never had any formal cooking training (and can end up with some major disasters in the kitchen at times) I decided to do some serious reading on the topic. I got my hands on this book and it seems like its the perfect place to start!

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Delicious Strawberry Milkshake (No Ice Cream Recipe)

It’s strawberry season in India and I am enjoying every bit of it! I picked up a pack of strawberries on impulse the other day and decided to make a strawberry milkshake post workout. And it turned out so well that I can’t get enough of it!

I must admit that my version of the milkshake isn’t the idle post workout food. It’s a tad bit rich. But, like me, if a few extra calories won’t hurt you, it’s definitely something you want to try.

My recipe is pretty straight forward. I know a lot of milkshake recipes call for ice cream. But I prefer to keep my food as natural as possible. So, in the recipe, as a substitute for ice cream, I have used lot of milk and a good amount of fresh cream.

I hope you enjoy my version of strawberry milkshake 🙂

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Recipe (makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients

200 ml Whole Milk

1 cup Strawberries, stems cut

3 tsp Sugar (You can add more if you like. I prefer to keep the sugar low.)

2 tbsp Low Fat Fresh Cream  (I use Amul Fresh Cream.)

2 cubes of Ice*

Method

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend.

2. Pour into glasses and put in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving.

*Note: I add the ice cubes only to cool my milkshake quickly. They dilute the milkshake a little if you don’t put it in the freezer before serving. You can skip them if you want.

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Aloo Tamatar Sabzi (Potatoes and Tomatoes in Curry)

I decided to relieve my grandmother of her kitchen duty today and do a little cooking for lunch. I picked a simple Aloo Tamatar Sabzi (Potatoes and Tomatoes in Curry) which goes well with roti and rice, something I used to make often when I was studying in Paris.

But I didn’t want to make the same old recipe as it has always turned out only average. So today I did some research on the internet and put together my own recipe.  And the result has not disappointed me! 🙂

Here is my recipe. Let me know what you think of it!

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Recipe:

Ingredients:

3 medium or 4 small Potatoes (not 4 Baby Potatoes)

2 medium Tomatoes, diced

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

3-4 Bay Leaves

1 pinch Asafoetida Powder

1 tsp Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder

Salt to taste

Water

Method:

1. Peel the potatoes, cut into big pieces and keep aside. (It’s better to keep them soaked in water.)

2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil on medium heat.

20140104-200219.jpg3. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, bay leaves and asafoetida powder. Wait until the cumin seeds start sputtering and turn brown.

20140104-200227.jpg4. Add the coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder to the oil. Mix well and let the masala cook for about 30 seconds.

20140104-200234.jpg5. Add the diced tomatoes, mix them properly with the masala and let them cook until they turn soft. 20140104-200244.jpg6. Mash the tomatoes a little.

20140104-200251.jpg7. Throw in the potatoes, add salt to taste and mix.

7. Add water to the mixture. The water should cover the potatoes. Mix once again and close the lid of the pressure cooker.

8. Pressure cook upto 1- 2 whistles (this will depend on your pressure cooker) and turn off the heat. The potatoes should not be overcooked.

20140104-200300.jpg9. Once the steam in the cooker goes down, open the lid and stir the sabzi. Mash a few potato chunks to thicken the gravy. If the sabzi is still too watery, put it back on the gas and let some water boil off. Adjust the salt if need be. Serve with roti or steamed rice.

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Dinner at CafĂ© Mangii, Bandra

It was my sister’s birthday a couple of days back and so we decided to go to Cafe Mangii at Bandra for dinner. It’s turned out to be a nice, cozy place with decent food. Here are some pictures from my visit.

20140101-214454.jpgA glass of the Spanish red wine, Sangra de Toro (I don’t understand much about wine, but this one was quite nice).

20140101-213506.jpgClassic Cheese Fondue served with Croutons and Vegetables

20140101-213523.jpgAnd of course, their famous Wood-fired Pizza! (I really liked the thin crust.)

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