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Rohini from Curries and Spices

A software Engineer by profession, now a home-maker by choice, I devote my time mostly to creative activities and learning new things. The result of which are my blogs Curries and Spices and Demystifying Beauty. Apart from this, I also learn Deutsch (German) to keep myself busy and integrated into this new culture.

As a child, food was something I never gave importance to. I ate so that I can live. But growing old teaches us a lot of things, doesn’t it? Now on any given day I have given a major part of my time to plan for what to cook. Now I live to eat (a little exaggerated, but true!)

Like every Indian family, my culinary skills are purely inherited from my mom and grandmom. After marriage, I have learnt a good deal of cooking from my MIL too. So to me, my mom, MIL and my grandmom are the greatest cooks in this world.

Today I have all the reasons to be excited, because this is my first guest post. I have been in Blog hibernation for sometime now due to health reasons. But I do hope I’ll be back to blogging soon, so this guest post might as well be the ice-breaker.

Coming to the recipe, being a Guest post, I knew that the recipe can’t be intimidatingly complex, at the time it should be something special. So this was the only recipe that came to my mind. This is one of my mom’s signature recipes with little changes that only enhance the taste and flavor. Over to our recipe!

Vegetable Kurma (For Rotis)


What we need:

2 cups of Mixed vegetables
(I normally use Cubed Potatoes, Peas, Diced Carrot, Cauliflower florets, Cut Beans. Don’t mind if one ore two of these are missing, you can increase the portion of other veggies)

1 cup of a special vegetable
(This vegetable can be Lauki (Bottle Gourd/Dhoodi/Sorakai) or Chayote (Chow chow) or Squash or Pumpkin) and it acts as the flavor enhancer. So please don’t omit this one. I read this tip in a blog, but can’t remember where :(

Onion – 1, medium sized, sliced
Green chillies – 2 to 3, slit vertically
Garlic – 2 to 3 pods, slivered
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder – a pinch (Optional)
Water – as needed
Oil – 3 tbsp
Curry leaves – a few
Coriander, chopped – a tbsp

To Grind:

Coconut (fresh/frozen) – 3 tbsp
Roasted gram/Dhalia – 2 tbsp
Cinnamom – 1 small piece
Cloves – 2 to 3
Cumin (Jeera) – 1 tbsp

How to do:

1. Make a smooth paste of the ingredients under ‘To Grind’ with little water.
2. Heat oil in a kadai, and add the sliced onions, garlic and green chillies. Add salt, (turmeric powder, if you are using) and fry.
3. When the onions start to turn pink, add all the vegetables along with a cup of water. Cover with a lid and let them cook on medium-high for 10 to 15 minutes or until done.
Alternatively, you can also cook them in a microwave before hand and add.
4. Once the vegetables are tender, add the ground coconut paste and give a good mix.
5. Let the gravy come to a boil, check the seasoning and remove from flame.

Garnish with curry leaves and coriander and Serve with Rotis.

Rohini is tomorrow’s guest blogger

Hello All,

Tomorrow is Wednesday and our guest blogger is Rohini. We all lovingly call her Ro.

Ro and I share some common interests. Needless to say cooking, but in addition to it, German language and photography. Oh how could I forget, we both are Saggiatarians. ;-) (We both have birthdays and anniversary in December yeay..)

A software engineer turned into a real great home maker. She is a big foodie who doesn’t care about her weight and lovesss to eat a lot. ( I wish I could say that about the weight..:P) She is an excellent mehendi artist. Love her beautiful creations. Be it food or mehendi designs.

Ro is going to share an amazingly tasty and a finger licking recipe tomorrow. So do no forget to drop in.

Kanchan from Personal tadka…..

Hey Everyone,

Todays guest blogger is Kanchan from Personal Tadka. (Personally i like the name Kitchen Gossip. Had voted for that too..) ;)

For her introduction check here.

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When Deepa mentioned about Guest Post couple of months ago, I jumped with joy with “WOW I can do a guest post; Life is Great!!” (Yeah such petty small things about my blog give me pride). So Special Thanks to Deepa for this lovely opportunity.It took me two months to decide what can qualify for a guest post.

I and Deepa belong to same culinary culture – Maharastrian cuisine, so wanted to post something different yet reliable – can’t dare experimenting for my first guest post. So other Indian cuisine that I’ve been familiar for more than a year –is Marwadi cuisine. Me and The Foodie belong to this nuclear family structure, so my one and only trustworthy source of inspiration for Marwadi recipes is The Foodie himself (!!!) and yeah obviously I can’t allow him to steal the thunder for my First Guest Post  (I’m cruel that way :D)

So I preferred backing on this wonderful book by Sanjeev Kapoor on Marwadi cooking. Whoever has eaten even a single dish know the basic fact of Marwadis – no food is completed without whole lot of Oil or Ghee – I went for the Oil and this Deep Fried Recipe – . It’s supposed to be starter-appetizer but it’s more than filling in itself.

Mirchi Bhajiya


You Need:

  • Large Chillies\ Long Pepper:  around 6
  • Potatoes: 2 large- Boiled and Mashed
  • Gram Flour: 1 cup
  • Baking Powder: pinch
  • Asafoetida: pinch
  • Red Chilli Powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt to tase
  • Oil: Deep Frying + 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds: ½ tsp
  • Garlic: 4-5 cloves
  • Turmeric Pwder: ½ tsp

You Do:

  1. Mix the stuffs in Blue with about 1 cup of water to make a smooth batter. Set aside for ten minutes.
  2. Filling- Heat 1tsp of Oil – add mustard seeds follow with garlic. Let them splutter till fragrant.
  3. Add turmeric powder + mashed potatoes + salt – Mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  4. Divide into 6 equal parts and stuff each chilli with a portion of filling.
  5. Heat oil in Kadai for frying. Dip the chillies in the batter and deep fry till golden and crisp.

Serve Hot!!


Happy Cooking and Posting about it !!

Thanks Deepa !! Loved jotting this, looking forward for the post :)

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Thanks so much Kanchan for this very very tasty snack, perfect to go for this weather. Sorry for the delay again. :(

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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)

New posts are welcome. Pass on the word to everyone who wants to be a part of this guest blog series.

Sara from Sara’s Corner!!

Hey Everyone,

Today we have Sara (Saraswathi) from Sara’s Corner as our guets blogger. As mentioned here she has shared 2 delicious recipes with us. Check these out!!

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Navaratna Kurma/ Korma


Ingredients
Carrot – 1 no
Beans – 15 nos
Green Peas – 1/2 cup
Potato – 1 no
Cauliflower- few florets
Brocolli – few florets
Onion – 1no
Tomato – 1no
Green chilli – 2nos
Paneer/Cottage Cheese – 6 cubes
Pineapple – few pieces(Can or fresh)
Raisins – 1tspn
Cashewnuts – 6nos
Garam Masala – 1 tspn
Dhania/Coriander powder – 1 tspn
Red Chilli powder – 1 tspn
Oil and ghee – 1 tspn
spices – 1 no each
Milk – 1 cup
Cream – 3 tspns
Salt as per taste

Preparation Method
Chop all the vegetables to 1″piece. Cook them in pressure cooker without whistle for 15minutes with little salt and turmeric.
In a thick bottom kadai, add little oil, spices onion and tomato cook till its soft. Grind them to paste or you can also chop them and put.
In the same kadai add ghee and spices add this mixture and boil for sometime. Add all masala powders and mix well. Cook till raw smell goes.
Now add the cooked vegetables and boil.
Once its thick add milk and cream. Mix well. Allow it to boil.
Now add paneer cubes, raisins and cashews. Cook for 2mins and off the stove.
Garnish with chopped coriander/cilatro.

Navaratna Kurma or Korma is ready to serve. This can be served with chapathi/roti/naan.

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Maddur Vade

Maddur Vade is popular in a place called Maddur on way to Mysore, India over 60 years. MaddurVade is available in hotels in Karnataka and when you travel to mysore in train you will be able to taste this. This is very crispy, tasty and best munch. Never miss this Give it a try!!!!

Required ingredients
Chiroti Rava (small semolina) – 1 cup
Maida flour – 1 cup
Rice flour – 1 cup
Oil or Ghee or vanaspati – 3 tspns
Green chilies – 2 nos or
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Onions – 2nos
Curry Leaves -few
Oil to fry
Salt to taste
Preparation Method
1. Mix Rava, maida, rice flour with ghee or hot oil, then add chillies, red chilli powder and curry leaves.
2. Cut onions into thin and long pieces
3. Add onions and salt
4. Now mix everything with little water to a soft dough like chapathi dough
5. Make medium size balls
6. Press it to get round shape by hand on plastic sheet greased with oil
7. Heat oil in pan and drop it
8. Fry both sides in oil till golden brown
9. Remove on tissue paper.

Maddur Vade is ready. Serve the hot crispy vade as it is or with coconut chutney.

Thanks so much Sara for these yummylicious recipes.

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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)

Pari is our guest blogger for tomorrow!!

Hey Everyone,

Here we are back with our guest post series. We have Pari as our guest blogger for tomorrow.

A Pharmacist by profession, a home maker by choice, and an excellent cook, she started her blog as she wanted to be creatively involved in some field. As we all agree what could be more creative than the culinary world. There is some much to explore and yet everytime you feel you are there, you feel theres loads to find.

A dab hand at maharashtrian, kannada and North Indian dishes, she is a collector of various cook books. Recently she has started a new blog for beginners and especially for her young boys, who she feels when they grow up could just refer to these recipes and sail through How sweet!! : )  I am sure that will very useful for most of us.

She is sharing with us a very tasty and yummy recipe, which happens to be my favorite too. So guys do come and visit tomorrow for the tasty treat.

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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)