Archive for October, 2011

Bharwan Bhindi

Ladies’ finger gets counted in the list of my favourite veggies. And I’m glad to discover that my kids love it too. Bharwan Bhindi has been in my to-do list for quite a long time. But most recipes I laid my eyes on in the www had coconut in the stuffing or just a mix of few spice powders. Neither of these struck a chord. I decided to stuff with paneer burji. I sauteed some chopped onions… and realized I had ran out of tomatoes. I dunked in tomato ketchup, mixed in crumbled paneer, some spice powder, salt, coriander leaves and combined. Abbas came into the kitchen and like a dutiful husband, asked “Do you need some help Seemu?” Chance pe dance I did. “Would you like to stuff bhindis?” After some thoughts, he obliged.

I heated some oil in a pan. Added a pinch of cumin seeds and asafoetida. I placed the stuffed bhindis neatly and sprinkled the leftover stuffing on top. When the bhindis were almost cooked, I realized that the salt was less. I plainly sprinkled some salt on top. After light stirring I felt that the salt was more now. Hmmm, I did not give up! I added some tamarind extract… WTH? You may exclaim. Out of the box thinking, I say. Anyway, again I felt the bhindis were getting soggy and suddenly craved for some crispy bhindis. Guess what I did. I sprinkled some Besan all over and gave a good stir.

Inspite of all these impromptu additions, the end product came out a winner. I wonder if I will be able to recreate the taste next time when I add in the known ingredients!

Get going with your instincts… With tender Bhindis in your kitty, you can never go wrong!


Egg Curry with Coconut Milk

This was my Grandpa’s favourite. Amma used to prepare this along with Ghee Rice. It was a combo to die for. I hardly make this egg curry because Abbas is too fond of Bong Egg Curry and also Ma is allergic to coconut. Now that she is not here, I am preparing most of the coconut based dishes and loving it. I prepared this curry along with Bong Mishti Pulao and the combination worked well. Since I used instant coconut milk powder, the curry got done with minimal efforts and time. In my attempt to further reduce the effort of de-shelling eggs, I delegated the task to Mantam only to see that I got uneven scrambled eggs mixed with petty pieces of egg shell. Sigh!

Eggs – 3-4, hard boiled, de-shelled and halved
Onion – 2 medium sized, finely chopped
Tomatoes – 2 medium sized, finely chopped or pureed
Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste – 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves – a handful, finely chopped
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Coconut milk – 1 cup thick milk, 1 cup thin milk
Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste

1. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Saute till they are translucent.
2. Add ginger garlic green chilli paste and saute till oil separates.
3. Add chopped tomatoes and keep pressing them against the pan using a spatula. Let them turn mushy and oil has to separate again.
4. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Combine.
5. Add coconut milk and give a brief stir. (I generally switch off the flame and add coconut milk due to the fear of it curdling. Then switch on flame on sim and slowly increase.)
6. Bring it to boil, place the halved eggs, add coriander leaves and let it simmer for 6-8 mins.
7. Let the gravy stand for atleast 30 mins before serving. With time, the taste of this curry enhances like with most non veg curries.

Due to unavailability of VaaLi or Malabar Spinach, this dish laid back in my memory which used to be my favourite. Whenever Amma brought VaaLi home, it was mostly Vaali Ambat. I used to make frequent requests for this Sukke also. It’s so easy to make and finger licking good. I can have a couple of bowlfuls of this dish and easily skip a meal given an option. Recently most of the supermarkets have this on offer and I am a happy girl. During last visit, I bought two bunches and they were undiscriminatedly divided to make a Bong Side Dish with Hilsa fish head (which is like a classic) and the next day I make this dish.

VaaLi / Malabar Spinach – 1 punch
Coconut – 1/2 cup, grated
Red chillies – 8-10 (or as per spice tolerance)
Tamarind – a marble sized ball
Salt – to taste
Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 10-12

1. Chop leaves of spinach and cut the tender stems in 1″ pieces. Pressure cook for 2 whistles.
2. Grind together coconut, red chillies, tamarind and salt together with a little water.
3. Add this masala to the cooked spinach and boil well till well blended. Adjust any salt required. Keep aside.
4. Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic cloves and saute on low flame till they are uniformly cooked on all sides.
5. Pour this tempering on the spinach mixture.
6. This is served as an accompaniment with rice.

Sending this to Priya’s Veggie/Fruit A Month – Coconut

Vison is called Brahmin fish. You know why? The fish has a single thin line on its body which resembles the thread that Brahmins wear as per religious customs. Vison to Konkanis is what Betki is to Bong if I may say so. In Kannada, this fish is called Arakozhi (Ara meaning half, Kozhi meaning Chicken) because of minimal bones and texture is close to chicken. Back home we used to fry fish by marinating in masala and rolling in semolina. But since my Bong family does not prefer semolina coated fish, I have begun coating in rice flour which turns out yummy too.

Seer Fish – 3-4 slices, medium sized
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp or as per spice tolerance
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Rice flour – 2-3 tbsp
Coconut Oil – 4 tbsp (I prefer coconut oil, any other cooking oil can be used)

1. Marinate fish pieces with ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice. Keep aside for atleast half an hour.

2. Roll the marinated fish in rice flour so that it is well coated on both sides.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan, place the fish pieces in the pan and on low flame let it cook for about 5 mins. Invert the fish pieces. Once the fish pieces are cooked, increase flame and let it get roasted well on both sides.
4. It can be served with lemon wedges and onion rings.

Hello world!

Welcome to After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can always preview any post or edit it before you share it to the world.

Dulche De Leche Payasam

I was raving about how I made Dulche De Leche at home in my last post. While I had plans to make brownie and flan using it, I had some guests coming over. Due to short notice, I made this easy breezy payasam impromptu. There is no such recipe as such. I shallow fried some vermicelli in ghee. When it turned brownish, I add milk and let it cook. I finally threw in dulche de leche as per my sweet buds. It’s as easy as that folks. I do not have the exact measurements of milk to vermicelli to dulche de leche ratio here coz I added by instincts and while tasting as I went about it. So follow your instincts folks! It came quite close to Nolen Gurer Payesh due to its caramelized taste.

Dulche De Leche – Homemade

When I learnt to pronounce this, I challenged my kids to say it! It was a tough tongue twister for them… But a tongue and soul soother with its caramalized taste. Amma used to make chocolates at home using milkmaid. And hence I used to always attack the refrigerator and have a few spoonfuls each time… Blogosphere introduced me to dulche de leche and all the rave reviews written about it made me wanna try making it at home. It was like magic turned the condensed milk into this caramelized goodness. I simply couldn’t wait till the tin cooled and I could catch a glimpse and taste it.

I followed methods from here and here:

I used Amul Mithai Mate.

Remove the plastic lid and place the tin in a pressure cooker. Pour water and let the tin be immersed in water. Water should be about 2 inches above the tin.

Close the lid, cook on high flame and wait for steam to come out. Put the whistle on. After the first whistle, simmer and let it cook for 30-40 mins. Remove from flame. Let it come to room temperature and dig in to indulge in sheer bliss.

Watch this space for more on what I made with Dulche De Leche!!!