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Khatkhate~An Exotic Goan Vegetable Stew

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

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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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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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Pressure Cooked Boiled Vegetables~Sinfully Rich

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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!

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Mixed Vegetable Curry

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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.

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Diabetics Awareness Campaign-Jowar Rava Upit/Upma

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One word that had caught up with me is Diabetics.

Some 25 years ago it was something that my father-in law’s brother suffered from. He had a very controlled diet. Beyond that it did not exist in my dictionary.

Then in one health check-up my Father in law was diagnosed as diabetic! Now came in my world the word regulation… diet regulation. Being extremely on the thin side and wishing to put on weight this was a word unknown to me. But there were/are diet restrictions!

Yes this is post is a part of the Diabetic Awareness Day where a group of us are  getting together to spread awareness about Diabetics!

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