Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Neighborhood Farmers Market

Glad to be living in a cute neighborhood where we have Farmers Market every Wednesday and Sunday. With warmer days comes more varitey of flowers and vegetables. Got my self an Orchid plant, this is the first time ever trying to grow an Orchid. I hope to keep it alive.
Sunny mixed flowers is always a welcome , always make it a point to pick few.
Newest addition to my herb garden Sweet Basil, can't wait to make some yummy Italian dishes.
Have been playing around with few photo editing softwares. Do you guys like the pic ?
I would love to hear your feed back.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Red Bell Pepper & Tomato Chutney

Red Bell Pepper & Tomato Chutney
Happy Earth day everyone,with all the awareness and alternatives around being green hope we make sound choices and help preserve our natural resources and be environmentally responsible.

Spring break just got over and boy it was beautiful weather in Bay area sunny and bright.Had a cousin of mine visiting from NJ,it was great catching up with her and her family after along time, enjoyed long chats and drives with her, as you can imagine the amount of topics and talking that went on was endless, there were quite a few recipe exchanges that took place and today's recipe is one of them though I kicked it up notch.

1 Large red bell pepper
2 medium size Tomatoes
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 small piece of ginger
1-2 Green chilies
cup of coriander ( adjust according to liking)
1tbsp of Tamarind paste
tbsp haldi
Salt according to taste
pinch of sugar/small piece of jaggery
Dry Ingredients to be ground into fine powder
1 tbsp Channa dal
1 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp jeera
1 tbsp dhania
1 tbsp Sesame seeds ( White or Black)
1/2 tbsp methi seeds
1-2 red Chilies depending on spicy level
1. pre heat oven to 425 degrees
2. Once oven is ready place red bell pepper and tomatoes on a baking sheet and broilfor 3- 40 minutes until skin turns to char. Alternatively you can roast it on the fire/grill.
3. Roast all the dry ingredients until they release their aroma.
4. grind the dry ingredients into a fine powder keep aside.
5. Remove charred skin from red Bell pepper and tomatoes.
6. grind grilled red pepper,tomatoes,garlic,ginger, green chilles,coriander,tamarind paste
7. To the ground paste add fried masala powder,salt and haldi and grind once again.

This simple yet delicious chutney compliments roti's ,rice and idli's.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Celebrating 35th Year Of Togetherness

For Amma & Dad

As you enter your 35th year of togetherness wanted to let you know that You are the root of my happiness and strength, May your love be stronger each day and may you celebrate many many more anniversaries.

Thanks for being the BEST parents ever !!
Love you and miss you a ton

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Coconut Stew/Kobbari Pulusu

Coconut Stew
Growing up as Southern Bella, coconut is something that is used on a daily basis, be it in chutneys,stews or rice items it's a qunitessencial ingriedent for daily cooking, the easy with which coconut meat is scrapped and how quickly it was turned into a mouth watering concostion is quite a wonderful thing.Well on the other side of the world where I currently live getting fresh coconut is a matter of luck.Groceries stores here carry coconuts that are like years old. With many coconuts gone bad learnt to use alernatvies like coconut cream,cocnut milk found in Asian/Chinese stores. Well must say it comes close to tasting like fresh coconut.

Today receipe is cocnut stew eaten with rice, quick and delicious to eat.
1 small coconut cream can or 1 cup of grated coconut
2 tb Sesame seeds
3-4 garlic pods
tamrind size of 2 quaters, add water and sqeeze the pulp to make it about 2 cups
a pinch Turmeric
1 tbsp sugar

For seasoning
1 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Jeera
1 tbsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp Urad Dal
3-4 Red Chilies
10 curry leaves
pinch of Hing

1.Grind sesasme seeds into a fine powder,remove and keep a side
2. Grind coconut and garlic into a fine paste
3. Add sesame seeds powder to the above and grind once again into a fine paste
4. In a pan add a tbsp of oil and heat,when oil is hot add all the ingredinets of seasoning
5. Add tarmind juice,salt, tumeric and allow to boil
6. Once tamrind juice starts to boil, add coconut garlic paste and allow to boil on simmer for about 5-8 minutes
7. Add a table of sugar and adjust salt accordingly.

Remove for heat and serve hot with rice.

Happy Spring Everyone !!!


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