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Indori

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“Indori” ,this sweet is a reminiscence of my time at my dear grand parents place,though never much of a sweet eater I used to always love the whiff of this dish running around in my grandparents place when ever I would chance visit them on Fridays,Saturdays or auspicious days. My grandparents were devout people ,so most of the auspicious days they would have special poojas and some sort of dessert offering to the lord,amongst them were burfi,phenori,churmi laddoo,besan laddo,lai panchkadai,regular panchkadai  and other things,amongst it was “INDORI”.

I used to believe that Indori is a sweet dish belonging to the GSB ,but I found that my belief was partly true. Indori was particular to the GSB from the north Malabar and people who originated in that area.So  I began to wonder why that was so,per chance one day my friend brought in a similar tasting dish called the “ARIUNDA” ,a ball made of pretty much the same ingredient and belonging to the kitchen of the Malayali folks of the same region but made in a little different manner. Whats even more coincidental is that the name “INDORI” seems like a play on the word ARIUNDA,which brought me to the conclusion that perhaps it was the influence of the MALABAR on the GSB which probably brought it to their kitchens ,and the GSB ladies being smart gave it a different name 😀 .

Another factoid behind this was shared by my mom recently,it seems this sweet dish was considered a “poor mans dish” something they could make out of things readily available at home and dint require any of the luxury ingredients which normally goes into making most desserts around the world.

An interesting myth (also shared by my mother),this dish requires rice to be fried which was considered in auspicious there fore they would not make this dish on auspicious days or fridays,saturdays or mondays which are considered the more important days of the week,what a contradiction !!!!

 

Here is the recipe :

  1. 1 Cup red/boiled rice.
  2. 1 cup Jaggery
  3. 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp CArdamom
  5. 1 few drops of ghee
  6. a small bowl a size golf ball.

 

MEthod:

1.In a thick bottomed pan fry rice on medium heat by constantly stirring them,the rice will started changing color ie would become opaque from its translucent shade and puff up a little,do this till most of the rice has turned without burning it.

2.Make a fine powder of this fried rice.

3.In another pan,add the jaggery and about one cup water and cook it medium flame,constantly stirring it.when it starts bubbling check on the consistency by taking a bit of the syrup in between 2 fingers and bringing them together to see if the syrup makes strings,when the syrup does this take it off flame and add cardamom and coconut gratings.

4.when it has cooled down a little add the rice powder.

5.while still warm take the bowl and grease it with little ghee.

6.Put the mixture in the bowl ,and press it to its shape.

7.Now band the bowl on a plate upside down so as to release the indori on the plate,which would have taken the shape of the bowl.

8.Do this till as many times as u have the mixture left.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Desserts, Konkani

 

Tandoori chicken curry

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This is a curry I stumbled upon on day when I had some Chicken legs pre marinated with SWAD tandoori chicken,ginger garlic paste,curd and salt in my refrigerator and i had only a few mts to prep for lunch .

Fairly easy,

1.In a pressure cooker,fry 1-1.5 Large red onions to translucent,add green chillies and tomato and fry some more with salt.

2.Add Marinated chicken and fry in along with the onions for a few mts.

3.Add adequate amount of water based on the amount of chicken.

4.Close lid and pressure cook on medium for 3-4 whistle or more depending on the chicken.

5.Switch off stove,after pressure is let of naturally,serve hot with rice.

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Chicken

 

Shrimp pepper manchurian

 

 

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  1. 1/2 lb Shrimp :peeled and de veined
  2. 1/2 tsp Paprika powder
  3. 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  5. Salt
  6. 1/2 tbsp Rice powder
  7. 1 Red onion chopped
  8. 1/2 Green bell pepper chopped
  9. 2-3 Green chilly/jalapeno chopped
  10. 2-3 pods of garlic chopped
  11. 1/2″ ginger chopped
  12. Salt
  13. Sugar
  14. 1 tbsp soya sauce
  15. 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour(only for gravy can be avoided for a semi dry reicipe)

 

Method:

1.MArinate the shrimp with items 2-6 and set aside for 30mts.Shallow fry for 4-5mts(ie half done).

2.In a pan fry onion,green chilly,garlic,ginger,bell pepper with salt to taste ,and add about 1/2 tsp sugar and soya sauce.

3 to this add the fried shrimp and mix well,add 1/4 tsp if need be

 

4.For gravy make a mix of all purpose flour and water and pour it over the above and adjust the salt accordingly.

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Indo Chinese, Seafood

 

DIY Organise your cluttered Wires

 

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What do you do with cluttered wire in your living room with TV,Wii,Xbox,Telephones etc.

Do you have Shoe box and some spare gift wrap paper at home ?

Just put the 2 together

 

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Depending on the size of the box it can not only hold the wires,it can also hold adapters,converters and even power strips.

Steps:

  1. Take a good Shoe box.
  2. Cut a square shaped hole in the back side of the box(this can be used to bring out the inlet wires for the Power strip,Internet cord etc.
  3. Cut Couple of round small holes on the front portion of the box(so as to let the outlet cables for phone tv etc).
  4. Wound all the excess wires and place them in the box along with the adapters and the power strips.
  5. Decorate the top of the lid with a any color paper of your choice,I found this nice patterned gift wrapping paper in my closet which worked with my color scheme.

This NOT ONLY REMOVES the clutter, but ALSO ADDS A DECORATIVE piece to your living room.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in art projects

 

Undi with ready made rice flour

rice flour undi (1) rice flour undi (2)When you need to make undi but do not have the time to soak and grind etc,this method seems to work as good .

All you need is about 1.5 cups if Idli rava,Soak it in water for a couple of mts. Drain it, and add corasely ground 1 cup coconut gratings with about  1 cup water and salt to taste.

Then follow step 2 onwards of the regular Undi method mentioned : https://iamcookingtoday.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/undi-and-piyava-gojju-konkani-breakfast-dish/

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Breakfast, Konkani

 

Golden Fried Potato Cutlet

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This recipe belongs to my friend Deepa. Though I do not prefer deep frying much,but for this particular recipe deep frying seems to add a lot of taste.I am sure it can  be shallow fried,which I shall try one of these days and update.

Ingredients :

  1. 2 Large Russet potato
  2. 2-3 carrots
  3. 3/4 tbsp garlic paste
  4. 3/4 tbsp ginger paste.
  5. 1/2 large onion chopped
  6. 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Jeera powder
  8. 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  9. 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  10. bread crumbs
  11. salt to taste,
  12. oil for frying.

Method:

  1. Wash and peel potatoes and carrots.
  2. Cut carrots into small peices and cook it with potatoes.
  3. Mash the potatoes in hand.
  4. Saute Onion and ginger garlic paste till translucent.
  5. Add the powders ie garam masala ,chilly and cumin powder ,salt and cooked potatoes and carrot.
  6. In 1/3 cup water,beat the all purpose flour thoroughly,this will be the dipping batter .
  7. Place the bread crumbs in a bowl near by.
  8. Prepare hot oil,make a ball of the veggie mixture,dip it in dipping batter,roll it in the bread crumbs.Flatten it slightly between the palm of your hands and place it in hot oil and deep fry it.
  9. Serve hot with ketchup.
 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Snacks

 

Rasa odo

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A New year delicacy amongst the GSB,is actually a savoury item which is accompanied by a sweet dish called the Madgane.

“Madgane” is a sweet dish made out of Chana Dal ie Bengal Gram Pulse,cooked in a Sweet Jaggery Mixture to which coconut milk is also added to make it into a sweet dessert with a few more other spices to make it more interesting. Madgane as such can be had as is,but Rasa odo is specifically had with Madgane and none other ,during the New year Festivities as a GSB household. New Year for GSB how ever do not fall on Jan 1st of the Julian Calendar,but the first day of the Chaitra Masa(chaitra month) of the Luni Solar Hindu Calendar and falls mostly in and around End of March to 2 week of April every year.

Rasa Odo on the other hand ,is a fried item mostly made of Rice ,which can be eaten as it is,but works best with Madgane.

 

Method:

  1. Soak 1cup  Rice for 1hr,
  2. Wash and grind it with 2 tbsp Coconut gratings with as much less water as possible into a fine paste.
  3. On your kitchen counter spread out a large muslin cloth
  4. Pour the ground batter on the muslin cloth,the muslin cloth will start pulling out the excess water if you let it on for some time,but make sure u dont let the dough dry out in which case move it into a bowl.
  5. PS:If you find our batter is too runny,take this out into a bowl and mix some all purpose flour till you find it has come to a pizza dough consistency.
  6. Take small round ball of the dough and place a few at a distance of about 4 inches from each other,Also place a small bowl of water to dip your fingers on the side.
  7. Heat a pan full of frying oil of your choice.
  8. Meanwhile ,dip the the tip of your ring ,middle and index finger,into water and spread out the little balls into flat round about the size of lime.
  9. leave it on the  cloth if the oil is not hot enough,but not too long as it dries out.
  10. When the oil is hot enough,wet your fingers a little and transfer the flattens balls into oil making sure the flattened puris actually,slip from your finger into the oil and not the fingers touching the oil.
  11. See that after being in oil for a 20 secs the puris puff up,if they don’t little touch the center with your slotted ladle so it gets some hot oil on top.(most often this step will be required as the puris would puff on their own and flip over.)
  12. Fry either sides and remove it from oil onto a paper towel.
  13. PS:Make sure you do not make too make flatten ed balls and leave them out on the cloth to dry,the flattening and frying is a simultaneous process

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Desserts, Konkani

 
 
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