Lazy-Easy Stuffed Bitter-Gourd

My friend’s grandmother has a delicious recipe (as gradmothers often do) for a bharlela/stuffed kaarla. I have of course simplified the prep. Minimized the effort. And amplified the taste. Check out the bastardized version of my bharlela kaarla. Ingredients: -5-6 bitter gourds (karli) -1 tsp white sesame seeds -1 tsp goda masala  -1 tsp garam…

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Khandeshi Khichadi (Darn Spicy Rice)

Ingredients: -3 medium sized onions -4-5 cloves of garlic -1/4 tsp of asafoetida -4-6 leaves of curry leaves -2 inch piece of ginger  -3tbsp peanuts (preferably redskin on) -1 1/2 cup toor daal (yellow lentils) -2 cups rice -1 teaspoon turmeric powder -1 teaspoon red chilli powder -1 teaspoon khandeshi masala(substitute with extra 1 teaspoon…

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Ambat Goad Varan

Ingredients: -2 cups dal (toor is preferred but moong is cool too) -4 cups water -2 tsp ghee -1 tsp turmeric -salt to taste -6 curry leaves -1/4 tsp asafetida -1 tsp goda masala -1 tsp garam masala -1/4 tsp mustard seeds -1/4 tsp cumin -4-5 dried kokum (you can substitute these gorgeous Goan beauties…

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Vishakha Pepper Chicken

This delightful dish comes from our Vishakha Maushi. My sister’s best friends mum. So as every younger sister must, I have tagged along with my sister to many of her friend’s homes. But not always have I stumbled upon a finger-lickin’ recipe like this. This one is a total keeper (both the recipe and the…

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Katachi Aamti

I promised a ‘Katachi Aamti’ recipe when I wrote about making Puran Poli. It’s the most resourceful accompaniment and BFF to a Puran Poli. No discarding of water post chana dal is boiled and uses minimal ingredients. How yum? Ingredients: 2-3cups of chana dal water (while making puran) 5-6 curry leaves (coarsely chopped) 1 tsp…

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Puran Poli

“Portrait of a Poli” My most complicated culinary undertaking is showcased here in all it’s glory. ‘Pooran Poli’ is a sweet delicacy made for very special occasions. Mom, Grandmom always expressed the amount of skill needed to craft this creation. My first attempt was fail. So, I was determined to try again.   Here Goes:…

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Say ‘Ghee’

After many trials and errors, I have cracked the ghee-code. To begin with, you need unsalted butter. A great quality, economical option is Costco’s Kirkland Signature Unsalted Sweet Cream aka butter. Ingredients: 16 sticks of butter / 8 cups  How: Empty butter in a deep pan. Heat at medium to high heat. Once the butter…

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Cozy, Lazy Chicken Soup

  It’s cozy. It’s warm. And this low-effort, maximum comfort soup is all that. Ingredients: 2 lbs chicken (thighs and legs work like a charm in this recipe) 3 inches of fresh ginger 8-9 cloves of garlic 9-10 whole peppercorns 1 ½ tbsp turmeric powder Salt to taste Recipe: Crush ginger in a mortar pestle…

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