Category Archives: Accompaniments

Khatkhate~An Exotic Goan Vegetable Stew

One of the famous dishes in Goa, vegetarian dishes in Goa is Khatkhate.


It’s fusion of vegetables that are cooked and served in the typical masala in Goa.  Khatkhate is a typical Saraswat Bharamin Community preparation served at pujas, weddings etc.

The preparation involves using veggies like radish, turnip, pumpkin, sweet potato, potatoes, corn; drumsticks in coconut gravy (use what you can lay your hands on).  Soy as coconut is called and mind you Goans when they say “Soy” they mean freshly grated coconut. The ingredient that you need to get used to is triphal or tephal or Sichuan pepper which has a unique taste and lends an aroma and taste that you need to get used too.

You either love Khatkhate or hate it.

Continue reading


Sprouted Moong~Diabetics Friendly

Sprouted Moong

Something we buy to use but they end up being show pieces in our homes. This is especially true in my case.

I have a Futura Pressure Cooker but I rarely use it as it is manhandled by all and I hate it.  So it has ended up as a space occupying gadget in my congested kitchen. I do not want to give away the cooker nor do I want to use it.

Recently my old cooker conked out on me after giving me years of service. Tired of the fact that no one else but I can operate it, my hubby told me to buy a new cooker. That is the time I rethought… Am I for the cooker or the cooker for me?  So I brought a new cooker but my Futura is getting more workouts. The old one is there too but for steaming as in Futura you cannot steam.

The cooking is faster in Futura; you cook on reduced heat once the steam comes out steadily.  In these times where fuel is expensive and you need to save it I feel this is a cooker that we should have.

Here try these Sprouted Moong this is from a old copy of the cookbook that came with Hawkins Cooker. I believe it’s my MIL’s. Though this is a pressure cooker version its Diabetic Diet friendly.

  • 1 cup moong
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2-3 green chilles (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 red chilli, cut in pieces
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder(adjust as per taste)
  • ¼ tsp chat masala
  • Salt
  • ½ tsp lemon juice(adjust as per taste)
  • Clean the moong, soak them overnight.
  • Next day drain the moong and wash them. Now tie them in a muslin cloth wet them and set aside in a warm place. Many times I have found that keeping a weight on them helps sprouting them. Your sprouts will be ready by evening.
  • In a bowl add the oil, minced garlic, slit green chillies, red chillies and the moong.
  • Add the salt and mix well.
  • In the cooker add 2 cups of water and place the grid. Remove the steam vent/the weight /whistle.
  • Place the bowl of moong mixture in the cooker and close the lid. Heat on high flame.
  • Once the steam escapes from the vent in a steady stream put the steam vent/the weight /whistle. Let the steam escape in a steady stream again.
  • Switch off the gas and release the pressure from the cooker by steadily pressing the vent release.
  • Open the cooker and remove the bowl of moong and mix the onion, chilli powder, lemon juice.
  • Serve.
  • I served it with roti for my father-in law but personally I preferred it just plain.

Here I have used the Futura pressure cooker. For regular cooker and a little water in the moong and then steam for 2 minutes then let it cool down naturally.

If you add green chutney and tamarind chutney, top it with sev. It will taste awesome too.

This is a part of Healthy Eating for Diabetics for BM #35. You can meet the rest of us here.

Hi! First time here?

Well then you are Most Welcome! I hope you keep coming back for more here.

If you are my regular visitor then Thanks, for you encourage me to experiment more!!

I would like you to please click on my link below and like my Face Book page. I will be happy if you can follow me on Twitter too!


Pressure Cooked Boiled Vegetables~Sinfully Rich


For the blogging marathon # 35 when Valli announced pressure cooking my first choice had been a pulao.

I make pulaos, but never in the cooker somehow, I am never satisfied unless I keep peeping in the pan masking sure that the water is enough the rice is not sticky…. In general interfering with its peaceful cooking process!!

I made a pulao, in the pressure cooker, it was beautifully done, each grain was separate but it was exact copy of this pulao here so I did not want to post it.

So I was wondering what to make. Something easy and fast and good to eat!

Continue reading

Mixed Vegetable Curry


Cooking in pressure cooker is simple. Simple if you know when to switch off the cooker. Else you will end with a mishmash that no one will want to look at let alone eat.

Like I have said yesterday my Futura is crying out for work all the time and I ignore it all the time. But when Valli announced cooking in pressure cooker I decided it will be cooking in Futura.

Continue reading

Chawal ki Kheer


I have been suffering from writer’s block, cooker’s block…. this will sound better if I say Chef’s block, so I am suffering from a Chef’s Block and of course plain old laziness. So there is nothing big churning out in the kitchen.

So how to get the juices flowing?

Take part in a Blogging Marathon! So I immediately signed up for this series of Blogging Marathon #35.

So this week there is pressure cooker cooking at the my place.

Continue reading

Chunda- A Tribute to Tarla Dalalji

Logo courtesy Preeti

Logo courtesy Preeti

The first I heard that Mrs. Tarla Dalal was no more I could not accept it. She is a personality who I considered immortal. But when the messages in the Blogging Marathon group kept pouring i had to believe it.

A lady, who when it was unheard of churned out books, TV shows and brought cooking from boring to “hey wow that is fantastic ” almost single handedly! A daunting task that she accomplished with panache that was unmatchable!!

So as a tribute we at the Blogging Marathon are posting today as a group.

Continue reading

Chenar Jalebi or Paneer Jalebi

chenarFor SNC this month we are celebrating out anniversary. So we have a free hand and can make and post any old posts that we have missed. Well I have missed many and wanted to make them all.

Then we have a saying about wishes and horses…. They apply!!!

One that I had wanted to make badly was Chenar Jalebi. I had already bookmarked it at Sukanya’s blog Saffron Streaks and I made it too once Chandrani announced it but I could not blog it due to some personal problems.

I thought I will blog it when I do the ABC marathon, but then again I did not so it’s high time I did blog this beauty don’t you think?

Then today I was trying to search the draft of this delicious sweet I cannot find my draft. I am guilty of not having a backup. Take care keep a backup.

All that I had written is lost and I do not have the time to rewrite.

chenar 3

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: