Sunday, 14 September 2014

Spicy crab masala

A lovely Sunday morning to all!

In todays post I wanted to share my love-sea food. I am a sea food fan and practically love all kinds of it:-)

One such dear crustacean friend of mine from this world is someone who is so versatile (soft shelled, hard shelled)that you will fall in love with it...familiar to many as their own sunsign and not so familiar to many being also the name of a small city in India!

He is known as khekda, curlya, chimbori and more commonly as the Crab!!!

This little buddy is full of protein, vitamins(especially Vitamin B12) minerals (salt and potassium) and assures you to rock your taste buds.

You can taste this magnificent shiny explosion of taste in multiple formats.

Use in salads, or add it to your favorite soup or stew recipe. Use it as a filling in sandwiches or stuff it in your whole chicken recipes...you can also try the way I like the best in which the crab is definitely standing out as the shining star...

The crab curry!!!

For this instance i picked up crabs from the Fremont Ranch 99 outlet. Always fresh!

My spicy crab masala recipe begins:-

Ingredients

4 crabs
1 cup onion paste
1 cup fresh coconut grated, fried and ground  into a paste
1 tea spn coriander seeds
5-6 red chillies
5-6 peppercorns
5-6 cloves
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2-3 finely chopped garlic
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
½ tea spn tamarind extract
Oil 2 tea spns
Salt to taste

Instructions

Clean the crabs. If the crab is big, cut them into 2 pieces

Heat 1 tea spn of oil in a wok.

Fry coriander seeds, peppercorns, cloves and grind them with red chllies.

Heat remaining oil and fry onions till they are slightly brownish.

Grind the onions and coconut to a smooth paste

Now in the wok,add ground masala, garam masala, ginger garlic paste, chopped garlic, onion-coconut paste,tamarind pulp and add salt, red chilli powder and cook for 2-3 min. Add some water.

Now add the crabs and cook for around 12-15min.

Enjoy the spicy crab masala with rice or appam or neer dosa!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Ganpati Bappa Morya in California

Ganpati bappa morya!!!

A very happy celebration having Ganpati Bappa at our abode in California this year.

Though it has been only few weeks of me being here, the warm welcome that the state has extended has been overwhelming.

The ease at which welcoming bappa at our place was unimaginable.

You will find Ganapati Bappa idols ready for sale around 10-12 days before Ganesh Chaturthi at any of the places mentioned below:-
1)India Cash n Carry
2)Namaste Plaza
3)Namaste India amd many other India  Stores.

There are also specific shops like the "Pooja Store" in Fremont which offer Ganapati idols on sale as well as all the other things required to fulfill the Ganesh pooja at home. Banana leaves, mango leaves, beetle leaves, Suparis, diya, as well as all of the other puja material is available.

As the time approaches to bid Ganpati bappa adieu, one would wonder how to do the Ganesh visarjan.

While I have met and interacted with many families in California who have had Ganpati bappa at their homes for years, I have learnt:-
1) some worship the Ganesh idol at home year after year but dont do visrajan but welcome bappa home and chant "ganpati bappa morya pudhchya warshi kavkar ya" at the end of 1 and a half or 5 or 10 days as per their family tradition with same enthusiasm and excitement
2) some bring new Ganesh idols every year but dont do visarjan/immersion in water
3) Some do the visarjan in small water pool in their own backyards or some like I did
4) leave their dear Ganesh idols in safe custodies of the various Hindu temples in the area who then on the end of 10th day I.e. on Anant Chaturdashi, do the visarjan of all Ganesh idols in San Francisco bay.

Some temples like the Vedic Hindu Temple, Fremont or the Sankat mochan Hanuman temple in Fremont, also allow you to join the cruise into the Pacific Ocean and do the visarjan in person.

Charges for safe custody and in person visarjan are USD 51/-

The Indian communities also arrange for a variety of cultural activities ad competitions for children amd adults. Some of the interesting ones are those arranged by the Marathi Mitra Mandal of Bay Area. Do visit their websites to gather more information.

Hope this blog provides you with some information on how the Indian community celebrates the Ganesh festival in California.

Also sharing some photos from my celebration!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Mumbai Food Festival

Hi Everyone,

Today's feedback I plan to share with you all is about The Mumbai Food Festival which was held in Mumbai from 9th to 11th May 2014. It was a twin expo with another Fashion Expo on the side.

The Venue was the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.

With much excitement and anticipation I visited the Festival and though I won the Prize at the cooking competition which was also held as part of the event, that exuberance was overridden by the lack of the variety and scale of culinary Indian and International dishes that were promised of the event.

Few of the stalls which showed promise were the
·         Samudri Kanya - Seafood specialty
·         Fruitilicious – handcrafted fruit bouquets 

Some other stalls covered kitchen equipments for demo and sale which I personally felt were overtly priced.

The Don Bosco culinary school of Kurla had a wide spread of savoury and sweet and baked goodies with some unique food items like the Chicken Donut! Contact details were of Ms. Rebello.

Overall, the Festival could possibly have been much more as I personally felt it had a great potential but lacked stronger commitment and participation from stakeholders of the food industry and fell short on good execution!

I however look forward to the next in the series with my fingers crossed, hoping for the best!

P.S: Sharing some pictures of my dish and the event.



Tuesday, 19 November 2013

TheStarFoodies this week - our little ones!

Crispy chips with 3 yummy dips

For the chips
Ingredients:
½ cup nachni flour(rich in calcium), ¼ cup wheat flour (protein, carbohydrate, fibre), ¼ cup corn flour ((protein, carbohydrate, fibre), pinch of salt, 1 tea-spoon cooking oil, fresh pepper powder, water to mix
Recipe:
Mix all the above ingredients to form smooth dough. Let it rest aside for 15 minutes.
Roll it into a chapati. Cut into 8 pieces and deep fry till crispy chip like formations.

For the dip:
Dip1: Strawberry surprise
Hang one bowl of curd overnight to form hung curd.
Take the hung curd and strawberry crush to it. Add a spoon of honey. If curd found to be a little stiff, add milk to make it flow.
Mix well and strain, if required for smooth consistency of strawberry dazzle. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Dip2: Potato and Cream
Ingredients:
1 mashed potato, 2 spoon sour cream, 2 spoons cheese spread, 3 crushed peppercorns, and salt to taste.

Recipe:
Mix all the above ingredients and take it out of a blender to form a sooth mixture

Dip3: Hummus
Ingredients:
1 cup kabuli chana-soaked over night, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed, plus more for garnish
Juice of 1 lemon
½ spoon chilli powder
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 spoon jeera powder
10 black pepper
1/4 cup water

Recipe:
Put in mixer and combine all the above ingredients. Keep cut coriander leaves to be used for garnish. Blend on low speed until smooth.
Remove in dip bowl and sprinkle cut coriander leaves, drizzle lightly with olive oil and serve.
            LOVE FOOD!

Monday, 18 November 2013

My encounter with the WALL!


My encounter with the WALL!
The WALL- as he is popularly known as is an absolute personification of humility, poise and talent!
Those 5 minutes in his presence and hearing his rapid fire Q&A responses, surely left me in high spirits -charged , motivated   – that’s what the celebrity personalities do I think, they INFLUENCE  YOU! And in whatever that you do, you will find yourself focused with a new renewed energy and zest!
Thought of sharing this with my dear friends hoping that you all also find your own motivation influenced by your ideals and personalities!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Restaurant like Crispy Fried Chicken at Home!



Fried Chicken
Ingredients:
4 pieces of chicken with bone,
1 cup milk,
pepper powder to taste,
1 egg,
1 tablespoon meat masala powder,
1 teaspoon chat masala powder,
3 table spoon cooking oil,
2 slices of bread fried and powdered to form bread crumbs
Salt to taste.

Method:
·         Clean the chicken pieces with bone and marinate it with some salt and pepper powder. Keep aside for 15-20 mins.
·         In a deep cooking vessel, add milk and boil these chicken pieces in the boiling milk till perfectly cooked on slow flame.
·         Remove from flame and let it cool.
·         In the meanwhile, whisk the egg till light. Add some salt to taste and keep aside.
·         Fry bread till hard on a frying pan in some cooling oil and run into through the mixer till it turns into bread powder.
·         Once the chicken pieces are cooled, put some meat masala and chat masala powder on the pieces and dip them in the beaten egg mixture and roll with bread crumbs.
·         Fry till golden brown
·         Serve hot

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The winning recipe of TheStarFoodie contest this week by Dr. Rupali Jain- Aloo Phool Gobhi

The winning recipe of TheStarFoodie contest this week by Dr. Rupali Jain
Aloo Phool Gobhi
Main Course
Indian Veg

Serving: 2 portions
Ingredients:
2 medium sized potatoes, peeled cut into cubes and deep fried
2-3 big florets of cauliflower broken into smaller florets and deep fried
2-3 tablespoon mustard oil
1/2 teaspoon cummin
2-3 bay leaves
1 tomato finely chopped
1 teaspoon cummin poweder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar tablespoon
Finely chopped fresh coriander
3 slit green chillies
2 teaspoons ghee
Salt to taste

Method

Take a deep frying pan and fry the potatoes and cauliflower florets in mustard oil and remove to set aside.
Take a cooking pan and add ghee. Add jeera, bay leaves, corainder, cumin powder. Sprinkle some water and let it cook till the oil seperates.

Add the fried vegetables and mix well.

Add water, the chopped tomato, salt, sugar, chillies, garam masal powder and cook till done.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Best tasted with paranthas.
Enjoy and LOVE FOOD!