Y’all I’ve just gotten so lazy. Except right now because I’m doing this on a whim. Actually I’m at my (share with husband) desk with a nice table lamp on the side and the window in the front. And I felt like I should type. So here I am. Anyhoo. I’m on the new-year-new-me kinda phase since 2020 has freshly rolled out.
Badanekai Pachadi / Smoked Eggplant Yoghurt Relish
Badanekai or eggplant or brinjal or call it by any of its name was never popular at home. Not my mother’s, not mine. But a few days ago I wanted to make a nice baingan bharta. You can’t go wrong with that now, can you? But instead I did a complete 180 flip and decided to make a yoghurt based relish or as we call it, pachadi. I’ve made many kinds of pachadi before, and this kind would be a first. I had already roasted the eggplant over flame and was cooling it down. Simply mixing it with whisked yoghurt, salt and a tadka meant for a quick side dish.
Sticky Lotus Stem and Baby Corn with Peanuts
I’m fascinated with the lotus stem’s pattern. Can’t take my eyes off them. I’d never cooked lotus stem and baby corn before and I wasn’t even curious to. This is my first and it was good. It’s a simple stir fry of sorts. A quick wash, a quick black and a quick stir fry. I blanched it to be on the safer side so I knew it was cooked to an extent. After blanching I saw that it was slightly slimy. I washed it all off and then stir fried it in some sesame oil and garlic.
Roasted Zucchini with Veggies and Yoghurt
I love my veggies. And I love them with a nice char. For this one lunch, I roasted a whole zucchini with cherry tomatoes and then threw some leftover chickpeas and sweet corn. I then went on to drizzle it all with some EVOO and a side of garlic and coriander yoghurt. This was quite a refreshing dish. I can’t figure if it’s a salad or a side dish. I’d say, it doesn’t matter. My OTG doesn’t give anything any ‘char’. It does a good job of cooking everything though. That’s why, I had to get the char effect by roasting the zucchini on a pan. And then I popped it into the oven and cooked it for about 15 minutes.
Roast Chicken Salad with Mango
Winner winner, chicken dinner. And this one has mango and cherry tomatoes too. Before the favourite fruit of the country goes into hibernation, I thought I’d get my lazy backside off the couch and make this salad. Basic stuff. Give a chicken breast a good sexy massage with a special spice mix. Play some Al Green for inspiration. Gently roast it on a pan till you see a nice dark colour on one side. Then pop it into a preheated oven (or simply lower the heat and cook it on the pan itself). Then slice it up and serve with mango cubes and cherry tomatoes that you must throw in the oven with the chicken. Don’t forget the pretty tomatoes!
Clam Meat Masala / Marwai Masala Recipe
Back in Mangalore clams (marwai) is made with its shell. We make sukka, curry, or a breakfast specialty called marwai da pundi. Loosely translated, clams with rice dumplings. There’s this online place I sometimes order my meat and seafood from and has never let me down (freshtohome). Since it’s monsoons I don’t buy fish but I wanted see what else they had. Clams were in. But just the clam meat and no shell. I looked it up online and most Kerala based recipes call for only the meat. That’s how they do it there, I suppose. There were people coming over for lunch the next day so I ordered in a kilo of the meat. Once it arrived I thought it was a lot. But it was just enough.
Cowpea Beans Stir-fry with Coconut / Alasande Palya
Cowpea beans have been a regular fixture at home. French beans were slightly more expensive compared to cowpea ones. That’s why they made the cut. They’re simply stir fried with a tadka of mustard seeds, urad and channa dal, curry leaves and dried chillies. The dals give it a nutty flavour and add a crunch to the dish. There’s no masala or too much salt to kill these beans. Adding freshly grated coconut in the end gives the dish some added texture and freshness.
Kane Rava Fry / Lady Fish Fry with Semolina
Can you believe my luck when I found Kane fish in Gurgaon? OK I found it online and it was coming from Delhi. And that must have come from somewhere in the west coast. Whatever. But good lord this was some beauty of a fish. I hadn’t had kane in what seems like years. It may have been years. One of the things my grandma and women in the family did to smaller fish was to marinate them in a chilli based masala and then give them a good toss around in semolina. I believe this method came from Bombay. I don’t care. I’m going with granny. To the bigger fish they simply fried them with the marinade still slapped on. Restaurants called it Naked Fry. Yes. Let’s do the not-so-naked fry now, shall we?
Chilli Pork with a Sticky, Spicy, and Salty Sauce
There’s something devilishly good about licking the remains of a heavenly chilli pork off your fingers. I had made some a few months ago when I discovered my second love – the pork vendor at INA. There used to be one online vendor who sold pork meat in Gurgaon and that wasn’t even good meat. But the INA market in Delhi is where all the action is. I was kicking myself for not having been there in my almost 4 year stay in Gurgaon. Better late than never, I guess. This was my second visit and I went to the same vendor I did the last time. His was the only shop that was always crowded. He didn’t have time to swat the flies of the meat, unlike the neighbour vendors who looked at his customers longingly.
Pineapple and Cucumber Salad Recipe
Not being a salad person is no reason not to eat a perfectly delicious salad. I’m not one for too many leaves though. I feel like a cow. No, I’m not talking about my figure. I’m talking about chewing those leaves. I prefer salads with chunks of veggies in them and just a few sprinklings of leaves. Like the wind happened to accidentally blow them my direction. Whenever I have people over for a meal, I try and squeeze in a decent salad in there. More often than not, I serve hearty curry based spicy meals and a salad sometimes saves the tummy from burning down. This salad has all the basics and some more. Pineapple and cucumber salad had to be my main heroes and the orange miso dressing, the bombshell heroine. It’s sweet, salty, sour, and delish!