Marag Alkhadaar~ Kuwaiti Vegetable Stew

  If you regularly read my blog, last year, during this time I had gone for a 10 day treatment for my body pains. I have mentioned it in this post. During the stay, I had become pally with a Kuwaiti lady who had also come for her treatments. I hadn’t seen her during the initial days of my stay, but then I met her at the passage, and we stuck up a conversation. She was so relieved to know that there was somebody who could converse with her in English! 😀 After the initial meeting, whenever she would feel bored, she would knock at my door and get chatting away for at least an hour, till her husband calls from their room. For me, it was a good time pass, since I also had no company other than my books, the phone and the TV.   During our chats,… 

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Coconut Water Chia Cooler

  After the Fruity Iced Tea, here is the second in line for the summery drinks in this month’s 3 back-to-back series. I don’t think I have to tell how good coconut water is in sweltering heat. It is one of the most electrolyte filled natural drinks that you will find on the face of earth. I am really not a fan of coconut water but of late, I have come to liking its taste. I know it’s strange for someone who loves coconut a lot, but somehow coconut water never appealed to me since childhood!   I must say this drink changed my perception about coconut water altogether. This drink is nothing much than lemon juice spiked up coconut water with plumped up chia seeds floating all over the glass! The drink in itself is a pretty sight to watch, and then with all ingredients that has gone into… 

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Cabbage Chana Dal Subzi ~ Cabbage Chickpea Lentil Stir Fry

  Cabbage is a pretty boring vegetable. The only way I like to have it is in the form of this stir fry for rice. Sometimes, I end up buying a big one and then forget about it in the fridge, and one fine day, when it stares back at me, I wonder what to do with it. It was during one such incident that this recipe was discovered. Here is another one to be added onto it when you are looking for inspirations to cook with cabbage…   Channa dal aka chickpea lentils or bengal gram goes amazingly well with any vegetable – a perfect example being the lauki chana dal sabzi. This recipe was a trial in similar lines, just that cabbage is more of a scoop-able vegetable than one that can be curried. I kept the flavors very simple and let the vegetable plus lentil do the… 

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Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

  Remember my quinoa salad post? I had mentioned in that post that my first experience with quinoa was not really encouraging. It was this quinoa porridge that I had tried first, and I hated it to the core. But I still ate it since I knew nobody would touch it and I don’t like food going into the bin. While eating it, I sat searching on Google as to where did I go wrong, and it was one basic error – not washing the quinoa properly!   Most of the grains doesn’t have any change in taste when washed. It just ensures that the dirt is gone. However, for quinoa you have to wash it as much as you can to remove the bitterness off it. Once you feel that it is good to go, go ahead with cooking it and it becomes a pretty looking pearl texture, ready… 

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Bangala Dumpa Kurma ~ Andhra Potato Curry

  It is the last Saturday of the month, and here we are with the book review! Since I have quite a lot of cookbooks – small and big – it is a task to select one for the month. This time, I decided to review “Southern Flavors – The Best of South Indian Cuisine” by Chandra Padmanabhan. The reason why I went for this particular book was some very favorable feedbacks from vegetarian food bloggers. They swear by her books for authentic south Indian cuisine. Apart from my own cuisine – which I am still learning! – I do not know much of our neighboring state food apart from the masala dosas, vadas, idlis and sambar, which we have adopted into our eating habits. It was this quest that made me buy this book and make it my own.   I purchased the book through Amazon India and got… 

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Vegetable Pulao

  While I had posted the One Pot Turmeric Veg Rice, I had hinted I would be sharing my version of the vegetable pulao soon. Thankfully, the “soon” has just arrived. 🙂 This rice is something I make whenever we are going out prior to lunch for an outing.   At the moment, it is not advisable to even show your face out in the afternoon, but once October comes by, then majority population will be found at the beaches and parks enjoying their time out. We do not have a friend circle as such, so mostly we don’t move out. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. We do get together for barbecue and lunches with a small group of friends whom HD is comfortable with, otherwise our weekends even during the good months are quiet. I, being a “social” being, crave for more… 

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Spiced Broccoli Dill Soup

  I know it’s summers here and nobody wants to have soups on a hot afternoon or night, when the temperatures are fluctuating between 40-45 degrees and the humidity is a good 80 percent. But I beg to differ. I love soups even during summers. Making them may not be the best experience, since the kitchen turns into a mini furnace during this season. But I always rely on my pressure cooker for my soups. So after the initial sweating of the garlic and onion, I end up dumping everything into the cooker, closing the lid and running away from the kitchen into the A/C-switched-on-hall! 😀 Once I finish counting the whistles, I come back, switch it off and run away again. After half an hour, I come back to blitz it, and serve it warm. Sometimes I make it in advance and keep in the fridge for having cold… 

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Thakkali Thokku ~ Spicy Tomato Relish

  If you had seen something red peaking out in my Ari Dosa post, then it was this delicious “Thakkali Thokku”. Thakkali Thokku is basically a tomato chutney prepared in parts of South India – not Kerala though 🙂 – and goes amazingly well with anything – chapathis, as side for rice, with dosas and idlis. You name it, it goes really well with it. I am not a tomato fanatic but somehow blogging tempts you into staring at certain recipes and it keeps replaying in your head till you make it. That’s how the Thakkali Thokku happened and now keeps happening when tomatoes are available at a good price. I don’t need to tell you how expensive these red roundels have become off late!     The best part about this recipe is its adaptability. I have kept it as mildly spicy as possible for my whole family to… 

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

  I pick up a dragon fruit once in a while. Not that I love the fruit, but at times when I see the pretty fruit, I feel like picking it up. A good way of eating it is with a sprinkle of salt and sugar. It really spikes up the fruit. Another way I like it is when it is made into a smoothie with coconut milk. Somehow I don’t like it with milk, the fruit literally spoils the milk! But with coconut milk, it tends to gel so well. The little seeds also give the smoothie a pretty look, just like how kiwis do.   If you like dragon fruit, then here are other recipes on the blog for you: Dragon Fruit Pudding Dragon Fruit Milk Pudding Off to this simple recipe…       Dragon Fruit Smoothie   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 1… 

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Ari Dosa ~ Malabar Thin Rice Crepes

  Some recipes tend to delude you, irrespective of how much ever you try. One such recipe is the thin rice crepe that we all make in Malabar. Mine would always crack, always… How much ever I follow the instructions, when I finally pour the batter on my pan, it ends up with cracks. 🙁 There is nothing more irritating than that. That is when I landed up on this link and how much it has helped me improve my dosa after so many trials!   The interesting thing is that the Mangalore Neer Dosa is so similar to our neriya (thin) Ari Dosa. It can be because the only difference happens to be a border. I have heard how similar Mangalore style food is to our Kerala cooking, and that was proof enough when I tried this delicious sukka my colleague P had shared with me. Anyway, I somehow wanted… 

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Chana Pulao ~ Chickpea Pilaf

  The first weekend without the kids passed by, and I must say I managed well, though it was a bit overwhelming at times. Since HD is mostly busy with his work, my company are the girls and I tag them along wherever I go. So driving without them in the passenger seat on Thursday night and at home on Friday evening when HD had gone to finish off some important work, was a little emotional for me. But at the back of my mind, I told myself that this may be something that will happen every summer vacation from now on, as long as I will be working, so I better get used to it.   Yesterday, we had a lovely get together at Huma‘s place for lunch. Ria, Priya (your names seem to rhyme! 😀 ) and Zerin were able to join us. We had so much fun chatting,… 

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Qamardeen Tea Sorbet

  Once Ramadan is over, most of the households in the Middle East would have a leftover pack or half pack of dried apricot sheets, after making the Qamardeen drink. At least, I do. Most of the time, I end up drinking all of the leftover juice, so I make it in small batches to avoid over indulgence. Hehe… I find Qamardeen a very addictive drink, since I love apricots, whether ripe or dry. So it was no surprise when this trial of making this Qamardeen Tea Sorbet was really loved by me and even the kids!   Instead of just making it a normal sorbet, I spiked it up with some black tea, that was  cooled and then blitzed along with the soaked qamardeen sheets. The tea gave it a very subtle taste. After all, I consider sorbets as a very guilt free dessert, since there is no diary… 

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