Mangalorean Chutney Saar (Lauki curry)

This dish is very typical of a Mangalorean home and my mom used to make it often. You don’t really need an accompaniment with it except maybe some papad on the side.

Lauki is not a much loved vegetable in our home but in this yummy coconut chutney gravy cooked just right with a bite to it, makes this curry absolutely delicious.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup grated fresh coconut

2-3 green chillies

1 lime size ball of tamarind

2-3 garlic flakes

1″ ginger

1 tbsp jeera

1 medium sized lauki/bottle gourd peeled and cut into cubes

1 chopped tomato

Salt

1/4 tsp Haldi

1 tbsp mustard seeds/Rai

10 karipata leaves

4-5 crushed garlic flakes

Oil

Chopped Coriander leaves

  1. Grind the coconut, green chillies, garlic, ginger, tamarind and jeera with little salt and water to a fine paste.
  2. Boil the lauki and tomato with enough water covering the vegetables. Add salt and little haldi.
  3. When the lauki is 90% cooked (remember don’t let it get mushy – needs a bite to it), add the chutney paste and mix well.
  4. Simmer for 5 mins (don’t let it boil as may split).
  5. Add the coriander leaves and mix well.
  6. For the tadka/tempering heat oil, add the mustard seeds when it splits add the karipata and garlic. When golden, put this tadka into the curry.
  7. Serve with steamed rice.

Dhaba Style Anda Tawa Masala

My foodie bestie is Ameya and we discuss or recommend a lot of recipes that we try or intend to try. Recently he had tried this recipe by Suhani Deshpande and seemed might impressed by the outcome. I immediately starmarked it as it seemed like a must try dish.

It’s such a different version from the egg prepations that I have tried till date. The twist she adds in the recipe makes this such a wonderful and flavoursome meal.

INGREDIENTS

6 hard boiled eggs – cut to 8 pcs each

6 sliced big onions

2 big tomatoes pureed

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

2 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp pav bhaji masala

1 tbsp besan

2 slit green chillies

1/2 cup water

Salt

1/2 tsp haldi

1 tsp jeera

Oil

2 tbsp butter

1/4 cup chopped dhania

1. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera. When it sizzles add onion and fry till golden brown.

2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes till the raw smell disappears.

3. Add the sieved besan and haldi and fry it off for 3-4 mins till it’s rawness leaves.

4. Add tomato puree, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, salt, slit chillies. Mix it well and fry till the masala leaves oil.

5. Pour 1/2 cup water and cover and simmer for 5 mins.

6. Add butter and mix well. Add the chopped eggs and 3/4th of the coriander leaves and mix well.

7. Cover and cook for another 2-3 mins. Serve hot garnished with the remainder of coriander leaves

Link to original recipe -https://youtu.be/mfeD7PWt7qk

Prawn Basil Stir Fry

Recently everytime I get a protein I get the itch to try something new. I had actually saved half of the prawns to make butter garlic but just an hour before lunch the itch to attempt something for the blog started.

I started googling recipes and just wasn’t too excited about any I saw. Suddenly the word basil popped up and I remembered that I had a few leaves left over from making the focaccia. So here it’s is Prawn Basil stir Fry. I ofcourse adapted the recipe on the ingredients available.

INGREDIENTS

20 big sized prawns
3-4 green chillies chopped
10 garlic chopped
1-2 TSP paprika powder (as per taste)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp olive oil
Handful of basil leaves
Lime wedge
Salt

  1. Blend chillies, garlic, sugar, salt, fish sauce, 3 tbsp oil and paprika powder in the blender.
  2. Marinate the prawns in this for 30 minutes
  3. Heat the rest of the olive oil in the pan, cook the shrimps without the marinade. 
  4. When the shrimps are cooked, add the basil leaves and toss it till it’s wilted.
  5. Squeeze lime when you serve.

Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is such a wintery preparation but fits in perfectly when its raining outside and the aroma of the wet earth warms your soul.

I have come to realise that most soups are quite easy and wholesome to make. Surprisingly the kids seem to like them too. This series of soups are dedicated to my mom who is a fighter and recovering from ill health.


Ingredients

250 gms pumpkin sliced to 1″ thick cubes
5 garlic flakes
1 chopped onion
1 bayleaf
3-4 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
1 cup water/stock
Olive oil
Butter
Salt
Chilli flakes
Pepper
1 slice bread

  1. Drizzle oil on the pumpkin pieces and sprinkle salt and chilli flakes
  2. Roast the pumpkin in a pre heated oven with the garlic. Roast for 15- 20 mins at 180 or till pumpkin is tender.
  3. When cool, blitz it to a puree.
  4. Heat butter in a pan, add the spices, when it sizzles sauté the onions.
  5. When the onions sweat, add the pumpkin and Garlic and mix well. Shut the gas.
  6. When cool, discard the spices and blitz in mixer.
  7. Heat this mix with water/stock and milk. Add pepper and adjust seasoning and consistency.
  8. Cut the bread slices into small squares and toast on pan with a little butter to a golden crisp.
  9. Garnish the soup at serving time with croutons.

Italian Herbed Garlic Bread

A bread packed with so much flavour that can be eaten by itself. Another bread recipe adapted once again from Sumod Toms blog.

INGREDIENTS

All-purpose Flour – 241 grams 

Whole wheat flour – 241 gms

Milk – 300 grams Sugar – 32 grams 

Instant yeast – 2 1/4 teaspoons bloomed in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 1 tsp sugar

Salt – 1 3/4 teaspoons

Butter  – 30 grams soft

Milk Powder – 35 grams 

Minced Garlic – 20 gms

Mixed herbs – 2 tbsp

Chilli flakes – 1 tsp

  1. Take ¼ cup lukewarm water, add 1 teaspoon sugar and the instant yeast, mix well and set aside to rise for about 10-15 mins.
  2. Mix the flours, milk powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. In another large bowl mix the milk and sugar. Add the risen yeast mix to this.
  4. Start adding the flour mix, a cup at a time, mixing well with a silicon or plastic scraper (if you do not have a scraper, mix with hand), till you get very wet dough, which starts pulling off from the side of the bowl.
  5. Add butter little at a time to the mix and keep kneading.
  6. Add the garlic, chilli flakes and herbs and incorporate it well in thr dough.
  7. Transfer this to a lightly floured work table, knead gently for 8-10 minutes (lift, spread and throw or stretch and pull), adding little flour at a time (if required only), till you get a very loose, but not sticky dough. (The dough may seem very sticky, but after the above kneading, it will automatically form smooth dough, do not add excess flour, and do not knead hard). Don’t overwork the dough
  8. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Grease the dough also.
  9. Cover it, with a wet cloth and let it rise at room temperature (preferably warm place) until it’s doubled in size, appx 1 to 1.5 hours.
  10. You can check by lightly pressing with your finger. If there is an indentation then it’s ready.
  11. Punch the dought down well.
  12. Divide the dough into 3, roughly 300-320 GM’s each.
  13. Flatten it with your fingers and make a rectangular flat base.
  14. Begin from one end and gently roll the dough into a log.
  15. Make it tight by pressing from all sides and shape it into a log. Place on a silipat mat or parchment paper leaving a distance between each other.
  16. Let it rest covered in cling film till it doubles in size. Anywhere between 30-45 mins or more.
  17. Preheat the oven at 190 degrees Celsius.
  18. Brush with a milk wash and put it in the oven to bake between 180-200 degrees for 16 mins or till golden brown and has a knock to the crust. 
  19. When the bread has browned well remove and let it cool.
  20. Slice and serve warm.

Balsamic Chicken & Mushrooms

What do u do when you want to try something different from your regular dishes. You google combinations from whatever ingredients you have in your fridge.

Then u start trying a little bit of this and a little bit of that to get a killer combination. Paired the sweet, sticky and sour chicken with some homemade Italian herbed garlic bread and delicious creamy mashed potatoes.

INGREDIENTS

500 gms boneless chicken (preferably thighs)
Salt and red chilli powder as per taste
Olive oil
200 gms mushrooms halved
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1.5 tbsp soya sauce
4 tbsp barbeque sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp mixed herbs
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp maida

  1. Marinate the chicken with salt and chilli powder for 1 hr.
  2. Prepare the sauce by mixing balsamic vinegar, soya sauce, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, herbs and garlic.
  3. Take olive oil in a pan and cook the chicken till it’s cooked and golden brown on both sides. Remove onto a plate.
  4. In the same pan, add the mushrooms and pan fry on semi high flame till it gets slightly golden.
  5. Add the sauce mixture and let it simmer for 5 mins, it will reduce a bit. Adjust seasoning. I normally dont add salt as the sauces already have some sodium content.
  6. Sprinkle the maida and mix the sauce, let it get little thick.
  7. Add the chicken and mix well till the sauce coats the chicken properly.
  8. Serve hot with some warm bread.

Chicken Broth Soup


As a young girl, I loved reading chicken soup for the soul. Some beautiful messages, some heart touching stories and time spent with the series felt like a warm reassuring hug.


Chicken soup also is exactly like the series, warm, reassuring and nourishing. This light broth is flavourful and healthy. A must try for any season or mood, an instant lift me up.

INGREDIENTS

200- 250 gms chicken with bones (I use neck and fee other pcs we normally don’t enjoy, but ensure you do have some meat on the pieces too for shredding)
1 big onion chopped
6-7 garlic flakes chopped
1 inch ginger grated
2 bay leaves
4 peppercorns
3 cups water
1 tbsp butter
1 sliced carrot
4 sliced mushrooms
6-7 leaves sliced spinach
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt

  1. In a cooker, put the chicken pieces, onion, ginger, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and water. Give it one whistle and leave on slow flame for 5 mins.
  2. When the pressure drops seperate the chicken pieces, and strain the liquid from the onion garlic etc.
  3. Shred the chicken and discard the bones. Keep aside
  4. Put the onion bits in the mixer and make a coarse paste.
  5. Take a pot, add the butter, liquid and onion paste, heat the mix.
  6. Add the carrots and salt and let it cook till half done 
  7. Add the mushrooms and let it boil for couple of minutes before adding the spinach.
  8. Allow the spinach to blanch then add the lemon juice and adjust seasoning.
  9. Add the shredded chicken and mix well. 
  10. You can serve it with some bread stick

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Another addition in our series of soups is the absolutely delicious cream of mushroom soup. It’s quite an appetite satiater and pairing it with some bread makes it a meal in itself.

This recipe is from Veg recipes of India and a definite must try.

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil
200 gms sliced button mushrooms
1 chopped big onion
6-7 chopped garlic
1 tejpata
3-4 peppercorns
1 tbsp wholewheat flour
1 cup water
1 cup room temperature milk
6 tbsp fresh cream
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp pepper as per taste
Salt
Chopped coriander leaves

  1. Add oil in a pan, add the bay leaf and peppercorns. Sautee.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and fry till translucent.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook on high heat till all the water has dried up and there is a golden colour to the mushrooms
  4. Add the flour and mix well, Sautee till raw smells disappears.
  5. Add the water bring to a boil and them simmer.
  6. Add milk and salt, cook on low flame till it begins to thicken.
  7. When it thickens more, add the cream and mix well. 
  8. Add the nutmeg and coriander leaves and mix well
  9.  Cook for couple more minutes.
  10. Serve with some pepper sprinkled on top

Lauki Soup (bottle gourd)

Lauki/dudhi/ghiya and a million other name, bottle gourd features in a variety of dishes from soups to mains to desserts. I have never been fond of this except in two preparations – chutney curry and Bohri style halwa.

When your fussy teenager is disappointed thay there isn’t enough soup for her, you know this recipe is a hit. She has specifically asked me to make this soup again soon. 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup peeled cubed bottle gourd
1 onion
5 garlic flakes
1 TSP mixed herbs
1/2 tsp pepper
Salt
1.5 cup water

  1. Take the bottle gourd, onion and garlic in a pan with the water, heat it on SIM covered and let it steam for 15 mins or till the lauki is soft.
  2. Let it cool then strain it, keeping the residue liquid aside.
  3. Grind the veggies to a fine paste.
  4. Heat a pan, add the puree and liquid. Adjust consistency.
  5. Add salt, herbs and pepper as per taste.
  6. Bring to a boil and shut gas. Serve warm

Corn & Veggies Soup

This soup is a meal by itself, you can choose to add as many veggies of your choice and it’s a great healthy dish. You may choose to add a cornflour slurry at the end to give it a nice smooth finish 


INGREDIENTS

1 cup boiled sweet corn
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1 chopped onion
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp green chilli sauce
1.5 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp soya sauce 
Salt
Black pepper
Oil
3 cups water/broth

  1. Heat oil, add onion and sauté till translucent.
  2. Add the ginger garlic paste and sautee till raw smell goes away.
  3. Add the peas and carrots and sauté well. Add water and cover and cook till the veggies are 90% done.
  4. In the meanwhile, take half of the boiled corn and puree it to a coarse paste. Leave the other half aside.
  5. When the veggies are nearly cooked add the pureed corn and the whole corn and mix well. Adjust consistency.
  6. Add the vinegar, sauces, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and shut the gas.
  7. You may garnish with spring onion greens.