Clean Up the Kitchen Soup

We are in the process of cleaning up our pantry and crisper. Whoa , what a disorganized shopper I am ! I found a bag of Peas both yellow and Pigeon peas, some Ras el hanout  a potato, a carrot , a stalk of celery and what not … We normally dont spend a lot of time for dinner , we’d rather spend that time eating or relaxing . I prefer one pot meals . This soup was not well thought. I randomly threw in everything into the pot and lo a spicy, steaming hot and unexpectedly tasty soup emerged. I had to post it !

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Nupur’s Laadi Pav and Pav Bhaji

I dread making breads , somehow , I am judgmental about myself when it comes to breads, I simply cant picture myself doing it or believing I can do it. I almost settled on this before I blew out some air , decided to risk my day in the kitchen and took up the challenge and thankfully succeeded in making Nupur’s Laadi Paav. I am happy that I tried . It has been an icebreaker for me .

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RCI June – Maharashtrian Cuisine

I am aware of certain dishes when it comes to maharashtrian cuisine as both my mother and mother in law grew up in maharashtra during their formative years. But I havent ventured much into this regional cooking except for koshimbirs, pithlay and zunka…

Well, I decided to try this restaurant special Vegetable Kolhapuri and of course Koshimbir , which I think is a soul satisfying relish! My entry to Nupur’s RCI – Maharashtrian cuisine, Originally concieved by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine

For the Vegetable Kolhapuri

1/2 cup of Beans
1/2 cup of cauliflower florets
1/2 cup of carrots
1/2 cup of peas
3 tomatoes finely chopped
1 medium sized onion finely chopped

For the Paste:
1/4 cup dessicated coconuted(unsweetened)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 table spoon khus khus ( poppy seeds)
1 teaspoon ginger paste
3 red chillies

For the popu/tadka/seasoning

1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon hing

1.Do the popu, tadka /seasoning by adding oil in a skillet and adding mustard and cumin seeds. Once the pop, add the onions and saute until pink.

2. Boil the vegetables and keep aside , dry roast the poppy seeds and add the sesame seeds and grind all the ingredients to a paste. The poppy seeds should be ground first and then the remain ingredients should be added, else the poppy seeds wont crush properly.

3.Once the onions turn pink, add the paste and the diced tomatoes and cook until done or the oil separates. Add all the vegetables and cook until they blend well. remove and serve hot with rotis.


Koshimbirs are the soul satisfying relishes according to me, I can just eat them as a main course and be done with it. I did not make the traditional peanut koshimbir but instead opted for the yogurt one.

I added carrots instead of tomatoes and of course onions were always there.

Take 2 cups of curd and whisk until there are no lumps, add 1/2 cup of finely diced onions and 1/2 cup of finely chopped or grated carrot , salt to taste.

For the tadka, add oil in a vessel, half a teaspoon of mustard seeds, a pinch of hing and also cayenne pepper. Once done, slowly add to the curd mixture and lo! the koshimbir is done.

Aalugadda Barada- Happy Mother’s day Ammakayya!

Manthani is a small town village karimnagar and the vegetarians there have a mix of karnataka and maharashtra traditions. Its on the banks of the godavari river and has been a great, hsitorical place to hear stories about. More about Manthani here

My Ammakayya’s(amma’s elder sister) is married into a household belonging to Manthani and lo, we get to eat wonderful dishes some learnt from the elders of her household and some her own creations. A fabulous cook who makes rasam without rasam powder and we wouldn’t simply know unless she tells us and who is always short of some seasoning in her cooking but never fails to impress to serve a hearty , delicious meal filled with love and affection.

An inspirational cook , A mother figure who would make sure one would eat at least a snack when we visit her( No one one can leave the house without eating ), A tribute to her this mother’s day from me and K by making her very special dish.We decided we should do this apart from doing it to our mother’s day special for our mothers.

Barada is very similar to Patoli , but the dals used are a little different.

Ingredients :

3 medium sized Potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium sized onions finely chopped
2 green chillies
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
A pinch of turmeric
Oil, Salt to taste.

For the Masala:
1/2 cup of chana dal
1 teaspoon of moong dal
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

For the Popu:
1 teaspoon Urad dal
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 dry red chillies
A pinch of asafoetida
A few curry leaves(optional)
Coriander sprigs for garnish.

Do the Popu/tadka seasoning in the order of Urad dal, mustard seeds, red chilies, asafoetida and then add the turmeric to the oil and then add the Onions. when turmeric is added to the oil and then the veggies are added, it gives a nice colour to the vegetables. Once the onions turn pink, add the cubed pototoes, some salt as required and keep covered and cook for 10 minutes.

As the pototoes are cooking, in a pan, dry roast the chana dal, moong dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and let them cool. Once cool, grind them into a coarse powder and add to the cooked potatoes. You might need to just sprinkle water over the curry so that the powders mix well with the potatoes . Mix well for a minute or two and then remove from heat, garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice and ghee.

Potluck Special-Kizhangu payaru stew

I decided to make this stew for a potluck we were invited and it was a super duper hit!! .A mildly sweet and a very light stew, taken from Curry Cuisine , co authored by Das Sreedharan.

Das sreedharan is the founder Chef of the Rasa restaurants In London.

Here is the recipe

Ingredients :
1 onion chopped finely
2 potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
1 cup fresh or frozen string beans
1 tomato diced
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon turmeric
A pinch of crushed black peppers
Oil, salt to taste

For the Popu:
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies
A few curry leaves

Heat oil in a large bottomed vessel and add the mustard seeds, once they pop add the red chillies and the curry leaves and saute for 2 minutes. Add the onions and saute till they are brown and soft .
Add the coriander powder, garam masala, chilli powder, turmeric and add the tomatoes and cook covered for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes .

Add the strings beans and salt to taste. Lower the heat to a low and stir in the coconut milk and add a half cup of water. Stir well and cook covered until the vegetables are tender.

Add a pinch of crushed black peppers and serve hot with parathas/phulkas/rotis or even dosas.

Kizhangu payaru stew