Gajar Halwa/Carrot Pudding

If Super Bowl makes the Americans go crazy, then Cricket makes the Indians go bonkers. In India, you can see boys as well as men playing cricket in every corner, on every street, in every playground. Even though hockey is the national sport of India, it’s cricket that you will find in almost every Indian’s blood. My brother and my dad never ever miss any match, be it cricket or football. I remember as a kid, if ever India lost a cricket match, my brother used to get SO emotional that he would not talk and just go off to sleep without eating dinner and he is kind of still the same πŸ˜€

Me and Arvind are not too cricket crazy. We follow the news and get an idea who’s winning, who’s where but we never really sit and watch a whole match. Today was different. It was a big day for India today. 2011 World Cup Final Match: India Vs Sri Lanka.. India in Finals, YAY ! πŸ™‚ I wished that I was in a different time zone and I could have watched the whole match. But, no regrets! We at least saw how it ended.. nail biting.. amazing.. legendary! India rocks! We WON the world cup πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ continue reading »

Tortilla Cups with Tangy Filling

We both like to eat some light snacks in the evening. Something that can be paired with ginger tea or coffee followed by a light dinner later in the night. The habit of eating snacks with evening tea is very common in India. It would mostly be something savory, like fritters or something deep fried. I never had the habit of making snacks back in India. By the time I reached home, it would be time for dinner followed by some pending work to finish.

However, it’s been different since the time I moved to US and became a full time home maker. You will notice that I have quite a few snack items in my recipe index πŸ™‚ I am always in hunt of snack recipes and at times, I try to come up with some new ideas. I avoid deep fried stuff these days because i’m trying to get back in shape… you know, time to get back in summer clothes. No more jackets or sweaters to cover those guilt calories πŸ˜€ continue reading »

Egg Masala

Last week was one crazy, busy and fun week! Our friends were here from NJ and the whole week was all about parties, delicious food and too many late nights πŸ™‚ The weather was however, not too supportive. It was raining the whole week, bad storm and chilly winds. It made me wonder that if the winter was back again? Anyways, the weather forecast for this week looks good and may be, the rain will finally stop.

I have a lot of catching up to do in the blogging world. I have missed a lot of recipes in the last week and a half. I was hardly getting any time to go online! There was a lot of interesting cooking happening in my kitchen and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. Talking about today’s recipe, this is more of a typical Indian dish and my Mom used to make egg curry a lot.
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Lemon Spaghetti

As a kid, one of my hobbies was reading novels and I could keep myself busy the whole day with that. I always enjoyed reading light novels which involves a little romance, a little drama with a little suspense. Back at home, I have a good collection of novels and they are like my assets and I get little possessive about them at times πŸ˜€
 
With the work load getting on top of my head, this hobby started dying but I still enjoyed buying books. One book that I never thought of buying is Cook Book! It never fascinated me or even attracted my attention. No point for guessing that it changed recently. Since the time I got interested in cooking and started my blog, I have always thought of buying my first cook book but could never think of which one to pick!
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Cauliflower cooked in Five Spices

Let me start by explaining a little bit about Five Spices. It’s a mix of five whole spices in equal parts: Fenugreek, Nigella Seed, Cumin Seed, Radhuni and Fennel Seed. This spice mix is commonly used in eastern part of India and is called Panch Phoron. Literal translation: Panch is Five and Phoron is tempering. I really like how the kitchen smells when these spice mix sizzles in hot oil. I am not sure if you guys have heard of Chinese Five Spices.They also use five whole spices, which they grind to fine powder and the spices they use are: Star Anise, Fennel Seeds, Cloves, Chinese Cassia Bark and Sichuan Black Peppercorns.

The Cauliflower/Gobi with five spices is one of my Mom’s recipe. However, the daal/lentil recipe is something that I discovered recently. I always used to put cilantro in my daal/lentils, but off-late, I started using curry leaves and they tasted so yummy and tangy and the smell .. mmm .. mmm .. mmm ! πŸ™‚ continue reading »