Masoor Dal Biryani

Masoor Dal Biryani – Guest Post by Mahjabeen Sayed

This recipe for Masoor Dal Biryani has been contributed by Mahjabeen Sayed, the mother of one of my colleagues, Afreen Sayed. In fact, the recipe that Mahjabeen-ji has shared is very versatile and can be adapted to make a variety of biryanis. This is my first adaption of this wonderful recipe. I have never met Mahjabeen-ji personally but seem to know her well through the lovely dishes I taste in Afreen’s lunch. Afreen herself is a great foodie and is […]

Green Peas Pattice - Matar Pattice - Ole Vatana Patties - Maharashtrian Style

Vatana Pattice or Green Peas Patties – Guest Post for Sandhya of IndFused

I was pleased to do this Ole Vatana Pattice (Matar Pattice or Green Peas Patties) as a guest post for Sandhya Nadkarni of IndFused. I am in awe of Sandhya’s fusion cooking. Perhaps because I am a traditionalist when it comes to my cooking, I admire people who happily mix-n-match with awesome results. Want to know what I mean? At this very moment, I am drooling over Sandhya’s Broiled Stuffed Indo Mexican Jalapenos. Sandhya even takes the traditional and gives it her […]

Punjabi Aloo Gobi - Cauliflower and Potato Curry

Punjabi Aloo Gobi – Cauliflower and Potato Curry

Punjabi Aloo Gobi. Most Indians do not need any introduction to this eponymous dish made with Potaotes (aloo) and Cauliflower (phool gobi). This was a regular curry made in our home but it gained special significance after we saw the movie Bend It Like Beckham. In this movie, the soccer-crazy Punjabi girl is regularly chastised for not knowing how to make even something as simple as Aloo Gobi. Now I cannot hear Aloo Gobi without thinking of the movie! 😀 I guess I […]

Sri Rama Navami Naivedyam - Pachi Chalimidi, Vada Pappu, Majjiga, Panakam

Rama Navami Naivedyam: Vada Pappu, Panakam, Chalimidi

Sri Rama Navami (April 15, 2016) is the festival that celebrates the birth of Sri Rama. It also marks the end of Chaitra Navaratri, which starts with Ugadi. The traditional naivedyam for Sri Rama Navami includes: Panakam – A cooling drink made with dried ginger, jaggery, and pepper Vada Pappu or Kosambari – A soaked moong and cucumber salad Chalimidi – A sweet made with rice flour Majjiga – Spiced Buttermilk For a variation, you could try Carrot Kosambari instead of Vada Pappu. 🙂 In Andhra […]

Obattina Saaru, Holige Saaru or Obattu Saaru

Holige Saaru or Obattu Saaru

Ugadi always means we make Bobbattu or Puran Poli at home. The poornam used to stuff this delicious sweet bread can also be used to make another sweet called Poornam Boorelu or Poornalu. This year I discovered yet another marvellous use for the poornam and that is to make Holige Saaru or Obattu Saaru. Also called Obattina Saaru, this wonderful rasam is made with the Puran used as filling for Puran Poli and is a very popular Ugadi recipe in Karnataka. Obattu Chaaru […]