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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.

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X for Xec Xec with Mushrooms

 xecIn my mind X was Xauti or X’mas Cake full stop.

But when I was discussing with my girls what I should be making for the alphabet themed BM there was only one voice that said Xec Xec!!

The only Xec Xec I know of is crab Xec Xec so the first thing that was to think of was the substitute for crabs.

Then the replacement for crabs should be something that will not clash with the different masalas that go in Xec Xec, a delicious Goan preparation. I was skeptical. How will I be able to recreate the magic of Xec Xec?

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C for Chana-Cho Ros Goan Style Peas Bhaji

Chana cho

Blogging Marathon  for this month is running again for the full month but this time we are blogging with alphabets.

So get ready for today’s alphabet… C

What do you see? Breakfast…

Breakfast is an important meal and breakfast should  have all the four components of food i.e protein, carbohydrate, fat and  minerals.

Most traditional reflect this combo in some form or other. Take Dosa chutney, paratha and curds they are complete meal by themselves.

In Goa there are a lot of Portuguese influences so pav or bread forms an integral part of diet.   So every morning you will hear the Pav Walla called the “Poder”, trading his wares loaded in a basket and on a cycle.

The lady of the house will make suki bhaji, alsande tonak, chana cho ras, salad bhaji or tomat bhaji. This is eaten with the pav or unna else buns. These buns are not your usual buns from the bakery but they are deep fried and like puris only softer, spongier and sweet (will post the recipe soon)!

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Bhat Masala

bhat masala

I realised that my cousins are all grown up a bit too late. They are all married now with kids of their own but I still think of them as the Brats!

Reason being “the kids” my Aunts left behind to make my life miserable, the only way I could get them to behave was to terrorise them!! Well not a very pretty picture is it?

Well it is either that or being in bad books with your Aunts and Granny…. Well now you know. You definitely do now want to be in Nani’s bad books…

So where was I … Ah yes my cousin…

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Paneer Kofta

malai koftaI know I am contradicting what I said yesterday no frying but then I love koftas and I was dying to make these koftas. What better chance than now, when I want to do Punjabi cuisine for BM.

This once no one complained that I was frying and that too frying paneer. Because basically they did not know what went in the making of this koftas. I fried and hid the koftas well from the inquisitive hands that always finds stuff she is not supposed to find. J By the time the fried paneer cat came out of the bag the kofta were all over. J  of course hubby was worried I will start coughing etc ( he tried to keep the fact hidden but then when he keeps on checking on you every time you cough or sneeze then you know) so I felt sorry for what I did.

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Gatte ki Kadhi

Gatte ki Kadhi

Gatte ki Kadhi

I had always wanted to make Gatte ki Kadhi! Not that I have eaten it but my mom had once described it to me after her visit to Rajasthan.

So I tried it out from one cookbook but then the gatte turned out a tad bit too hard! So I was disappointed.

But on the same day Anjana Chaturvedi from Maayeka (apt don’t you think) posted Gatte ki Kadhi! She also told me how to make better gatte but then when I have a tried and tested recipe what will you do?

Yes I made Gatte ki Kadhi again but this time I followed Maayeka to the “T”!

This is my Blogging Marathon entry to the “Theme Traditional” for the month long Marathon!

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Veggie Thai Red Curry

When Kalyani announced the combo of Pumpkin and Chilles for Magic Mingle the only though I had was parathas. But since that is quite a staple in my place the kids were not keen.

Then my FIL did vegetable shopping and came back with ½ kg of brinjals that are shunned by the girls, I had no option but mask them.  Then the fridge threw up some surprises!! I found some par boiled pumpkin and baby corn! What better then to make this delicious Thai Red Curry?
This is from the IFB Cook Book by Neeta Metha.

Serves 4-6


For Red Curry Paste

4 dry Kashmiri chillies soaked in ½ cup of warm water for 10 minutes
½ onion, chopped
8-10 flakes garlic
1 ½ “ginger piece
1 stalk of lemon grass
1 ½ tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin/cumin
6 pepper corns
1 tsp salt
1 tblsp vinegar


7-8 baby corn slit lengthwise
2 small brinjals
½ cup cauliflower cut in small florets
2 cups par boiled pumpkin cubes
7-8 mushrooms (I did not use)

Other Ingredients

 1 ½ cups coconut 
½ tsp soya sauce
2 tblsp coriander
Salt to taste
½ tsp sugar


1.      To get the lemon grass stalk peel all the outer layers of the lemon grass till you get to the soft bending part. Use this.
2.     To make coconut milk grind 1 coconut with 2 ½ cups of hot water to a fine paste. Strain through a muslin cloth or a fine strainer. Set aside.
3.     Grind all the ingredients of the red curry paste with the water that the chillies are soaked to a fine paste.
4.     Mix 2 tbsp oil and the red paste and microwave dish. Microwave for 3 minutes.
5.     Add ½ cup of coconut milk, vegetables except the pumpkin and microwave for 2 ½ minutes.
6.     Add the pumpkin, stir and microwave for 1 ½ minute.
7.     Add the rest of the coconut milk, soya sauce and chopped coriander. Mix and microwave for 4 minutes.
8.     Add salt sugar to taste. Microwave for 1 minute. Serve hot with steamed rice.
1.              In place of cauliflower broccoli can be used.
2.              In place of lemon grass use zest of 1 lemon.
This is my entry for Magic Mingle#9 @ Sizzling Tastebuds
Serve it Microwaved @Kirthi’s Kitchen

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