Thursday, July 28, 2011

Masala Dal Puri | Spicy Lentil Fry Bread

After a blistering couple of weeks, we are finally getting some much needed rain. As the summer heat melts away and the thunderstorms appear, the rain drenched ground has marked the return of my hibiscus!! I am so thrilled that taking care of this plant through our frozen winters is always well worth the treat. Year after year in come summer I am treated with beautiful red flowers. This year I am particularly grateful for it as I have not had the chance to plant my usual summer garden.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The sole muffin pan I own has been staring at me askance for several months now. For reasons I can't seem to identify, I have not baked muffins in a long time. My collection of decorative baking cups/ l on the other hand has been increasing steadily. Such pretty colours, designs, and patterns are now available in the market, I can hardly stop myself from adding them to my shopping basket! Just last month, my grocer had displayed some really attractive metallic baking cups and I just couldn't resist buying a box.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Methi Aloo | Fenugreek Leaves Potato Stir Fry

If you are looking for a vegetable dish with full on flavour, no compromises, you're in the market for Methi Aloo  or Fenugreek Leaves Potato Stir-Fry. This leafy green with a unique flavour has a slightly bitter taste. Indeed the greens are so incredibly fragrant when cooked that I'd recommend opening the kitchen window when you get cooking!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Masala Tamatar Bhaat | Spicy Tomato Rice

Whenever I want to make tomato rice, I hunt around for the tangy yet sweet pink tomato!! Piled high at green grocers in the big vegetable markets of New Delhi, these tomatoes were firm yet wonderfully juicy. No winter salad would be complete without them. Tomato purees and tomato paste was not widely available in those days and my Mum and Grandma made do with the fresh version for all those wonderful winter recipes.