Category Archives: Appetizer

Waal/Long Beans in Butter Garlic Sauce

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In Goa we get lovely beans they are long beans, called Waal aplenty and it made quite often. Its health benefits are well known. In Goa a lot of coconuts are used generally these bean are cooked with a little oil, mustard, onion, green chillies and lots of coconut.

How often can you eat this? Especially when a person like me is used to all chatk matak dishes! So I do not enjoy this veggie. So I cannot cook it… Simple! I enjoy something I cook it well, well reasonably well!! So now we do not buy long beans or Waal at least not to cook. Hubby may buy them but he likes to eat them raw.

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Wok fried Lotus Stem and Assorted Veggies in Honey Chilli Sauce

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This year Santa visited me early, yes she does that he visits good ladies, early she arrived on December 2nd. Yes Vaishali visited Goa and she came bearing gifts, sorry loaded with gifts!!

She carried wadhwani chillies and one more kind, I forget the name I think it was bhavnagri chillies, fresh haldi/turmeric, mogri and many many more things.  One of the many things she had brought was Lotus Stem.  We made delicious dishes together (you will hear about them one by one later) and discussed delicious dishes.

I had never made lotus stem also called nadru and was so thankful that Vaishali showed me how to make it.  She made one amazing dish it disappeared like snow under the sun.

Recipe?

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Sweet Corn Soup

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Hubby loves corn, boil it, roast it any fashion he loves it. As a snack or as a meal, a side dish or main one he is game. So one of the first soups I learnt to make after marriage was Sweet Corn Soup.

There was a time when soup meant Sweet corn Soup. Now the alliance has shifted to Manchow Soup, Lung Fung etc. so there I have new soups that I have to learn.

The other day I had 3 sick people on my hands, cold, fever and running noses. If that was not enough there were complaints that the throat is itching.  So I decided to make soup.

What soup?

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Soup with Varya Che Tandul or Samo rice

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With my FIL having problems with Diabetics we are more careful of his diet. More specifically he is much more acceptable to the changes we are making in his diet. He is no longer allowed the biscuits that he loves or the farsan and sev that he adores. There are more fruits  and vegetables in his diet. More low glycimic index food. Low GI foods means that carbs are released slowly in the blood stream.

You can read more about Diabetics here.

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Q for Quaker Oats Sheek Kababs

sheek 2Like I have said never have I pored over the bookmarked recipes as much as I have done for this series of Blogging Marathon of Blogging with Alphabets!!

I now understand why hubby felt that I was making a mess with all my chits and scraps and bookmarks and printouts. I was just overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have collected.

So did I throw it all out?  Definitely not…

So today it’s the turn of the alphabet Q.. What can you make from Q?

I went through the list Quiche no with my FIL and Father at home it’s out of question I have already done the Eggless Quiche. The girls were not interested Quesadilla right now, quick bread and Quaker Oats Sheek Kababs were my only option.

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K for Katin Saar or Kat chi Amti

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I have already said I will like to pass on some traditions to my daughters so I had made Holgi/Puran Poli for Holi.  The fact remains that they ate Holgi grudgingly, but  they ate.

To make Holgi/Puran poli you boil the channa dal for the hurna/puran you strain out the water in which you have boiled the channa dal and you do not discard it. It is made in a delicious saar/rasam.

When I started to make this saar/rasam I was not too confident about how it’s made. Thanks to Vijaya, my friend who simplified the whole thing and I made it.

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Kapi Cho Potatoes

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My dad has always encouraged me to cook right from the time I was a kid to now. He himself is a very good cook and loves presenting me with new books. So time ago he had presented me with Cooking and More by Tarla Dalal.

In one of them I found this delicious dish that has become quite a regular in our home. So will you not make it for a party? It’s easy to put together and a Crowd pleaser. Can be served both as an appetiser and as a side dish!

Do try it out and let me know what you think of this.

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