Kanda Pohe (Mumbai street food special) Maharashtrian speciality (Flattened rice)

  Ask any Mumbaite about Kanda Pohe and you will see their  eyes light up as this is almost an everyday breakfast affair and one can never tire of this simple humble fare.God knows how or why this dish tastes so good considering the very simple ingredients that go into it. Simplicity is perhaps the reason for this dish to attain… 

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Bakhar Wadi ( Maharashtrian )

Bakhar wadi is a popular fried snack from regions of Maharashtra particularly Pune and  Kolhapur. To many who have tasted this superb tongue tickling savory with all the flavors of sweet,tangy,mildly spicy chaat like taste ,preparing this at home may seem intimidating. Believe me it is not.Although the list of ingredients seem to be long ,most of them are already available… 

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Avial ( Vishu menu)

Avial is a popular vegetable gravy dish of not only Kerala but also in Tamilnadu. Almost for all weddings,religious functions and for festival lunches avial is prepared. There are also so many variations in making this dish. I have given the recipe for the most traditional way of making as my mother has been preparing for years. Ingredients: 3 cups of vegetables like… 

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Mambazha Pulisseri (Ripe Mango pulp cooked with spiced grated coconut and yogurt)

A Kerala Sadya round up cannot be complete without the seasons best Mambhazha Pulisseri which is thick mango pulp cooked with some spices,grated coconut and fresh yogurt. Little sour yogurt is also used by many but we prefer to use fresh yogurt. Mambazha Puliseri is somewhat like the Mooru Kootan. This is one of my favourite gravies… 

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Recipes for Vishu/Tamil New Year

I had already posted the pictures of the menu for Vishu and Tamil New year but couldn’t find the time to post the recipes until now. As we celeberate both festivals together I usually keep the menu largely Kerala based with Avial,Eriseri,Kaalan,Olan,Puliseri, Thorans, three varieties of pickles and Sambhar.Rasam,Aama Vadai ,Vermicelli Payasam from the Tamil New year… 

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MANGA PACHADI ( SWEET AND SPICY RELISH) TAMIL NEW YEAR

Tamil New Year means among other things the arrival of Mangoes and the inevitable Manga pachadi. The festival feast is incomplete without the simple Manga pachadi. There are so many interesting facts about this festival.Besides heralding the arrival of a New Year ,it also symbolizes the presence of the arusuvai tastes. Life is made of many tastes… 

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Eriseri Yellow pumpkin/Mathanga ( Vishu Menu)

This is a popular dish from Kerala and is almost always prepared as part of the Sadya. The varieties of making eriseri are many and combination with different vegetables. The most popular erisseri made are the chena (yam) and green plantain (vazhakkai),the yelllow pumpkin/mathanga erisseri. The recipe given below is for the yellow pumpkin/mathanga. Ingredients:… 

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Spring Summer Salads

With the onset of Spring it is quite tempting to try out as many spring salads with fresh veggies. Often one is tempted to add as many greens and veggies in one salad as possible.It is healthy too. One such spring salad which is easily prepared is the sprouted green lentils,lettuce,grated vegetable salad which we have almost regularly. It… 

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