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Wish you all and your loved ones a Happy Valentines Day. Hope you spend time with the ones you love and enjoy the day with them.

I wanted to share couple of new updates,

First and foremost, it would be the third time I guess that I would be saying that am sorry for not updating the blog regularly. But this time I am taking things seriously once again. All my time would be devoted to cooking and blogging. So lots of updates are in line

Secondly, I have aunched facebook page for the blog, had to do this for a long time now. Finally it’s done. Follow the link below. I would really appreciate if you would take time, visit and like the page.
www.facebook.com/foodlyrics

Finally, the blog will soon go through a makeover.

So keep visiting, commenting, it’s really means a lot to me.

Till next time take care, have fun and keep cooking

Penne with tomato, cream & basil

Hi everyone. This is Girish & I am absolutely thrilled that the very first Italian recipe I have attempted to cook has come out perfect, and I even get to blog it. Absolutely happy. Yes, very happy.

We have been in love with Italian cooking for some months. And pasta has been a topper on that list. When you start cooking pasta at home it’s then you realize how easy it is. Ofcourse, we haven’t yet reached at the point where we can actually make a “pasta” and then cook it with various other ingredients. For a beginner like me, this recipe works so well. I haven’t been a crazy fan of the white creamy cheese pastas. I haven’t yet developed the taste for it. But when it comes to the tangier, spicier pasta’s am all ready to eat.

I have used a couple of ready made ingredients for various reasons but you can surely use fresh produce from the market.

Ingredients

Onion – 1 finely chopped
Tomato puree – 200 ml (Dabur Homemade)
Basil – dried basil 2 tbsp
Penne – 200 gms
Garlic – 3 cloves crushed
Cream – 150 ml (Amul)
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Recipe

Cook the pasta following the packet instructions.
Cook onion in olive oil until soft
Add garlic & cook for couple of minutes more
Add tomato puree & simmer for 2 or 3 minutes
Stir in the cream & simmer for couple of minutes, then add the basil
Add salt & mix well
Add pasta & toss it with the sauce

Tips

You can use 2/3 chopped tomatoes instead of the puree
I wasn’t able to find fresh basil, but you can surely use a handful of freshly chopped basil 

Tomorrow’s guest blogger is “Parita”

Hello Everyone,

We are back on the the day when we get to know who’s tomorrow’s guest blogger and it’s “Parita”

Parita is a IT professional.  She is a true baker ;) and loves what she does. She is crazy about baking !!. The most weird thing she says is that she does not eat her baked goodies.  (shocked !! because she is a wonderful cook and her recipes are amazing). She is so crazy and in-love with baking that she has baked at 1 am and even at 5 am (crazy girl !!). It’s won’t be a surprise that she would share a wonderful recipe related to baking. Yesss, it’s a wonderful baked ……………. (I wish I could share it right now)

Make sure you come back tomorrow and have a look at the wonderful recipe she is sharing with us.

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If you wish to have yourself featured as a guest blogger send me an email. It can contain anything you wish to put in and share with all of us (not necessarily cooking related) your experiences in life, funny moments, etc. You can have a look at the earlier guest posts to have an idea.

Please email me your entries at – deepa[dot]godbole[at]gmail[dot]com (please replace the symbols where necessary)

Today’s guest blogger is Ruchika…

Hello Everyone,

Today’s guest blogger is Ruchika from Ruchikacooks, make sure you do visit her.

Here is a small introduction of her, take it away Ruchika

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When Deepa asked me about the guest post on food I was so happy and I said Yes. I had a couple of questions circling my head. What should I write about food? I decided to share some memories I associate with food as well as a recipe.

Half the time on a trans-Atlantic flight, the wonderful aroma of pizza wavering through the cabin fools me and I eagerly wait for my plate of heaven. As I request vegetarian food, I know my plate will be out before anybody else’s and I am controlling the urge to pounce. With the sweetest smile I have ever seen on earth, the airhostess would offer me a plate of fruits.  Seriously!! Others would be feasting on Pepperoni Pizza and all I can do is to tell my stomach to stop grumbling.

I gulp down the vegetarian option given by the airlines and will focus on the yummy food I can eat when I go home. Though I have warned amma not to make anything special for me, I secretly hope that at this age amma would have gone the distance and prepared some of my favorite dishes. And she may even sneak some of those in a Tiffin box a and will bring it to the airport so that her daughter can eat all the way from airport to home :)

Though amma is a strict vegetarian, she was so sweet when I was preparing to study grad school here. She told me that if I can’t find the food I like, it is OK with her if I turn Carnivorous :) But luckily all her recipes saved me and I was able to pull it off as a vegetarian.

Isn’t it strange that when we are angry the first thing we do is to show the anger on food and refuse to eat, but the same home made food is what we miss when we are alone?

Recipe: Kadhi Pakodi


Kadhi is the simple side dish made with yogurt and it goes well with anything from Khichdi to Pooris and it is one of my go-to dishes if I am in a hurry.

Ingredients: (Serves-2)

For Kadhi:

Sour  yogurt- 2 cups
Water- 1 cup
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Besan (Bengal Gram flour)- 1/4 cup
Salt- To Taste

Tempering:

Oil- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Red Chilies-2
Red chili powder- 1 tbsp

Whisk yogurt and water together so that there are no lumps. Add turmeric powder, gram flour and salt to this yogurt.

Heat oil in a pot and add cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add red chilies and red chili powder. Let it sizzle for a minute. Pour the yogurt-water-besan mix into this pot, stir well and simmer for 15 minutes. The trick is to look for a shiny gloss on the top. When the kadhi looks like that, it is ready. While the kadhi is simmering, you can prepare the bajji.

For the Bajjis:

Yellow Potato- 1
Green Chili- 1
Besan(Gram flour)- 1/4 cup
Red chili powder- 1 tsp
Water- Just enough to make a batter
Oil- to deep fry
Salt to taste

Slice potatoes into medium thickness and into round slices. Make a thick batter with gram flour, chopped green chilies, red chili powder, salt and water. Dip the potatoes in this batter and deep fry. Drain and keep aside.

When the kadhi starts to thicken and the water has reduced (the glossy stage), add the bajjis to the kadhi and simmer for another 5 minutes so that the potatoes can soak in the gravy. Switch off.  Garnish with cilantro (optional). Serve hot with pooris.

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Thanks Ruchika for sharing this wonderful recipe with us, and taking out time and making the guest blog. You did a splendid job.

Visit Ruchika’s blog here Ruchikacooks

Tomorrow’s guest blogger is Ruchika !!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another introduction of one of our guest blogger for tomorrow..Ruchika.

Ruchika is going to share some wonderful memories she has about food and a very nice recipe. As she says she started her entry into the world of cooking by helping by cutting veggies and doing a little bit she could. Her blog has a mix of Tamil, Kerala and Karnataka inspired recipes. She loves to travel and learn more of the recipes and cooking from places she has been.

Make sure you come back tomorrow to have a read about her memories and a wonderful recipe she is going to share with us….

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If you wish to have yourself featured as a guest blogger send me an email. It can contain anything you wish to put in and share with all of us (not necessarily cooking related) your experiences in life, funny moments, etc. You can have a look at the earlier guest posts to have an idea.

Please email me your entries at – deepa[dot]godbole[at]gmail[dot]com (please replace the symbols where necessary)