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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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What do the Joshis do in San Diego?

Posted by sailaja on Nov 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

Well, the Joshis do a lot of things in San Diego. Mostly we work hard on setting up labs, writing PhD application or a Master’s Thesis. In between those activities though, The Joshis find some time for fun. Here is a look at what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks.

The Great Urban Race. Neel and I participated in this city wide scavenger hunt the weekend of October 21st. It was pretty awesome I must say. All in all, we finished in 341st place. Not bad for a couple of confused Indians!

We get visits from relatives! The weekend of November 5th, Gautam came and visited the Joshis in SD. The two brothers decided to hit the waves and try surfing! I was the designated photographer this time around, but don’t worry, next time I’ll be on the waves!

We Eat! That’s right, We Joshis love to eat. And we do so with a lot of love. This past weekend Neel and I headed to Auggie’s Crab Shack to eat some seafood. It was YUMM-O!

It’s hard to believe, but our time here in San Diego is coming to a close soon. Next week will start the holiday season with my Aunt and Uncle visiting from Boston. We’ll be doing some sightseeing in LA and SD before heading to Yosemite to rendezvous with the Sunny Joshis. After Yosemite its back to the Bay for some more sightseeing as we prep for a fun filled Thanksgiving full of family. Neel and I only have a month more here so if you’re itching for some Beach, then come see us soon!

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