My friend is a Tupperware distributor. Every month she regularly gives me the flyer she receives from them. My interest is not is on sale but what recipes are given there. J
I have copied quite a few of the recipes but this was for the first time tried one out.
Today I decided to try Rava Idlis. Well I do try them out regularly you may expect me to be an expert in making them but in actual fact we, the Rava idli and I do not agree. The Rava Idlis do not agree that and I am the boss and I expect them to turn out in a particular fashion.
Either the idlis are soggy or they are flat pancakes. So when these came out so beautiful I was thrilled.
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.
As a child I have stayed in rented places always. Pappa used be transferred after every 3 years and we used to shift bases. I love that life too. It was new friends, new beginnings and a new house.
One such house I remember when I was small we had a lot of garden place we had marigold (my rapt students who used see the end of my stick if they did not pay attention to teacher J ) and we had corn planted, there were groundnuts too but then some creature ate them up at night. Must have been rats.
Anyway we had had a bumper crop of corn and Amma had made Corn Upit. I do not remember how that tasted but I remember Amma and the maid sitting and grating corn.
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.
I am happy to make chaat since all of us love chaats FIL included.
When early in the morning I have to pack the kids tiffin she will be happy if I give her some chaat item. But then that is her breakfast and I want something reasonably healthy in her.
Now the kid will agree to one thing in the evening then want something diametrically different in the morning. The solution was to get her make a chart and day in and out we stuck to it. I was bored so can you imagine her state. J
So when I offered her Steamed Corn was she delighted? Her smile was enough to light the whole state of Goa!! J Okay I am exaggerating! But you get the general idea.
When I asked my husband to buy corn he brought the cob. I was expecting him to but the separated corn kernels. Complaining was of no use as I would have been told “you did not say you wanted kernels”. But I did not say I wanted the cobs but that’s beside the point…
So it added one more step to what I wanted to make, getting the corn off the cob. Now that is easy but time consuming. Here is what I do.
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!