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Dinner at the Joshi’s

Posted by sailaja on Nov 17, 2009 in Dinner at the Joshi's, Recipes

So I thought it would be nice to start a series called Dinner at the Joshi’s. I figured, I make a lot of food and hey, maybe you would all be interested in knowing what us Joshi’s are eating. So, for our first Dinner at Joshi’s post, I thought I’d tell you about last night’s dinner.

So as a Marathi Man, Neel is a huge fan of Peanuts, Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls) and Dal. Now, since I’m deathly allergic to Peanuts and mildly allergic to Dal, I figured I would try my hand at Sabudana. Sabudana is pretty easy to make, you just soak it over night in water and then cook the next day.

For yesterday’s dinner, I first boiled Itty Bitty Potatoes which are available at Trader Joe’s, once boiled and cooled, I mashed them individually with the back of a spatula. In a medium size pan, heat some vegetable oil and then add Geera seeds along with chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Let the mixture roast a bit and add some crushed cashews to the mixture. Traditionally, peanuts are usually used but since I’m allergic, we avoid them.

Once the mixture is toasted brown, add in the potatoes and let the potatoes brown for a bit. Add in the Sabudana along with salt and curry powder to taste. Let the mixture get a bit brown and crunchy on the bottom, and then serve!

Here is a look at last night’s meal. For dessert we had fruits with Chaat Masala-always a good mix!

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Merry-Mint

Posted by sailaja on Nov 16, 2009 in Recipes

So here in San Diego I’ve had an opportunity to refine my culinary skills. I can now make a variety of unique and interesting Dal, all for Neel’s enjoyment.

In addition to rocking with the Dals, I’ve also been experimenting with making liquors. My first creation is Merry-Mint for the holiday season. Created using mint infused vodka and simple syrup this liquor is going to be a lovely addition to our holiday table!

Here is a look at the finished product, the lovely green color is thanks to the wonderful mint.

If you want to try this out yourself, simply add 2 cups of fresh mint leaves to a 750ml bottle of vodka and let soak for 10-30 days, shaking the bottle every so often. Once you feel your vodka is minty enough, strain out the leaves and return the now mint infused vodka to its bottle. In a large pot, bring 2 cups of sugar and 5 cups of water to a low boil, letting the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar mixture is room temperature, add in the mint infused vodka, stir and then bottle! I recommend clear bottles with a spout so you can see the beautiful green color of the liquor.

I haven’t tried out any cocktails, but I have a feeling it will go well with some Hot Coco!

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The Joy of Cooking: American Style

Posted by sailaja on May 27, 2009 in Recipes

From the Top Left: Habenero Shrimp, Mint Pea Soup, Spinach and Mushroom Pockets

After a few nights of Indian food, I decided to try some recipes from The Cook’s Bible. The Shrimps were purchased at Whole Food’s (or Whole Pay Check) for $1.99 each. The soup along with the pockets were made from scratch and I have to say they were pretty tasty. Even without a large Cusinart we were able to blend the soup pretty darn well.

Next time around when making the soup, I may add some spice to give it a bit of a kick.

Tomorrow: The Joy of Cooking: Homemade Bread

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The Joy of Cooking: The Green Meal

Posted by sailaja on May 26, 2009 in Recipes

From Top Left: Spinach Chicken, Okra Fry, Chapathis, Veggie Spinach Chicken, Bell Peppers

My yearn to cooking classic Indian dishes took flight Saturday night as I made a A Very Green Meal. No, the meal was not Eco-Friendly; rather made up of all green veggies. Comprised of Spinach Chicken (both Veg and Non-Veg), Bell Peppers with Coconut and Cashews and Okra. In addition, the husband made some wonderful Chapthi to go along with this Green Meal.

For those Veggies, like myself who have carnivorous counterparts, use Quran Naked Chicken as a substitute in any chicken recipe, it works really well and is a high source of protein.
Tomorrow: The Joy of Cooking: American Style

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The Joy of Cooking: Monday Night Dinner

Posted by sailaja on May 19, 2009 in Recipes

Hyderabadi Chicken and Ginger-Garlic Eggs.

Monday Night Dinner. A new tradition that I’ve started as a Joshi and I think is going to be a successful endeavor. Last nights dinner included Hyderabadi Chicken and Ginger-Garlic Eggs, recipe courtesy of SriVani R. Ganti.

While I did not try the chicken, the Ginger-Garlic Eggs came out really well. I’m thinking of making a Deviled Eggs Indian style sometime soon.

Tomorrow will be another Indian cooking adventure, stay tuned!

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