Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tawa Vegetables, clicking Beans n lentils & Mango Manthram :D

I loved "Tawa vegetables" in restaurants , and we had enough of that in Pune at a restaurant names"Atithya"( which literally mean the warm way to welcome guests). I loved the name ,service, cleanliness and food of that restaurant. Now ever since I moved out of NJ , I try those restaurant styled curries at home mainly. It is not easy to rush to nearest Indian restaurant now, as the nearest one is also not so near :)). But I must accept that it prompts me to try many innovative thing in my kitchen now. And over all my mind is working much on how to make such curries... and likely thoughts... to make it perfect with colors and tastes too. Here is something which I tried recently.
Tawa vegetable means vegetables cooked on flat styled pan (Tawa) adding some spices to it. They normally fry (shallow/deep ) each veggies and paneer.Then together cook it for a while adding all the spices and paneer cubes for a while. Tastes always too good, and who count the amount of fat you deposit when you eat out :)).

Friday, May 16, 2008

Capsicum Rice -A Guest Post

Our guest this month is Ujwal Prashanth Rao , who choose to share recipe of "Capsicum rice " to be a part of "VoW-JFI " this month . Here is the recipe in his own words.

1 cup chopped mixed bell peppers (I used red, yellow and green)
1.5 cups of cooked Basmati rice (Ensure that rice grains are well separated and not over cooked)
1 tbsp Oil
1 big Onion chopped
3 Garlic pods chopped fine
0.5 tsp red chilli powder, Garam masala powder/Kitchen King (Increase/decrease as per taste)
2 tsp Lemon juice
Few Coriander leaves chopped fine
Salt as per taste

Monday, May 12, 2008

Daal Bati

With so many food blog events going on , If you are making any dish at home I think it will suit to one or many of the ongoing events :) . Thats what exactly happened to me, while I was planning to make Daal bati.
The idea of making it started with movie" Jodha-Akbar" , it reminded me of how much we used to enjoy Daal bati dish in India at "Sanjha Chulha " restaurant ,which was famous for its Daal bati . Now here , no luck so far to have such delightful dish to enjoy ready made from some restaurant. So I thought to give it a try . And there was RCI-Rajasthan announced then , not only that , it perfectly suits to the idea behind this book makes me cook event of bhags :) .

This Daal Bati is one of some dishes which Maalika-E- Hindustand Jodha made for Jalaluddin Mohammed Akbar in movie " Jodha-Akbar".

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Lets celebrate completion of 2 brilliant year of JFI together....

It's been exactly 2 years since we had first round up of JFI .Completing 2 successful years on May 1st , Jihva for Ingredients is now landing on "My creative Ideas" for the month of May. Last year when Indira herself hosted it with the beautiful theme of "Mother earth" (JFI-Greens) for the 1st anniversary of JFI. This year Jigyasa and Pratibha did a wonderful job at Jihva for Love round up.
To celebrate the completion of dazzling 2 years of this food event, JFI and VoW is coming together this spring to invite you to cook colorful dishes with ”Bell Peppers “ .

(Bell pepper image courtesy -

Bell Peppers/Sweet peppers/Capsicum/ Shimla Mirch/Tondali Mirch – call it by any name it is always a good option to cook a healthy dish . And who don’t love the colors they have ? So put your thinking cap on and send in something nice soon .... :) .
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