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Punjabi Kadhi with Pakoras

On August 5th a tragic shooting occurred in Wisconsin, US. For those of you who don’t live in the US, a Sikh temple was attacked and 6 Sikhs were shot and killed. It reminded me again of how fragile our world is. In what probably felt like an eternity for the victims, but in actuality just few minutes, lives were taken. Lives of loved ones. Lives.

The Sikhs as a community are one of the most loyal and jovial people I’ve ever come across. I’ve known many Sikhs in my life and every interaction with any one of them has left me smiling. I still remember the first Sikh I ever really interacted with. She was a girl in my 5th grade class in southern California. I was amazed with her thick hair that flowed down past her waist. At the time I had no clue of how to deal with hair even longer than my shoulders. Heh, I still remember asking her how in the world she managed it. The answer – pretty much she just could and thought of no reason why I couldn’t do the same.

Sikhism, the religion of Sikhs and the temple that was attacked has it’s origin in 15th century Punjab (now the state of Punjab in India and Pakistan). As most religions, you can find people practicing Sikhism all over the world. However, India still has the largest population of Sikhs followed by UK, Canada and the United States.

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Kashmiri Dahi Baingan/Eggplant in Yogurt Fennel Gravy

I found this recipe a while back when Puja at USMasala became a featured blogger at Velvet Aroma. Ever since then it has been sitting in my “Must-try” cookbook. I finally tried it last month and boy was I over the moon. It is absolutely stunning and has now moved to my “Tried & Loved it” cookbook! πŸ™‚ Yes, I am slightly dorky that way but trust me… the flavors, the aroma, the gravy is simply scrumptious. If you are counting calories, then leave them at the door because let me tell you something, when you shallow fry eggplant it soaks up oil like a sponge… No seriously it does!

This is an absolute must try dish for any and all! I modified a few steps from the original just on the spot but I think either recipe should work wonders… Enjoy!

Kashmiri Dahi Baingan/Eggplant in Yogurt Fennel Gravy Adapted from usmasala.blogspot.com

Makes: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 cups of yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oil + extra to shallow fry the eggplant
  • 1 large pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 tsp fennel seed powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1 large pinch of Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri mirch or to taste
  • chopped cilantro Read More

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Curd Rice

Let me start out by giving a TMI alert. This post is going to talk about tummy trouble and a classic south Indian dish which soothes it. So if you are sitting with food, reading this post, you have been warned!

Now this holiday season was bad for me. I started out with diarrhea (Yes, I’ve just told the world! eww, right?) then it went on to a cold, then infection, finally antibiotics! The moment you tell an Indian mommy that you have tummy trouble, she’ll sympathize and ask you if you are eating curd rice. It is almost a rule and, yes, I am generalizing here but it is something that pretty much any Indian kid has had growing up. To add to that, I now realize, modern medicine actually supports this dish too. If you have the stomach flu, doctors advise you to eat starchy foods, so there is your rice and since you are killing bad *AND* good bacteria when you take antibiotics, the probiotics from yogurt would actually help replenish the good bacteria in your gut. All in all, there is some logic and sense to the old traditions that you’ve grown up with. I never really paid Read More

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Mint-Cilantro Chutney

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. I got a chance to do not one, but two Thanksgivings and loved both of them! We also took a trip to Arnold, California where a friend’s friend has a cabin. All we did was eat, hike, come home eat some more then drink and play poker. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰ It was a blast! πŸ™‚ One of my friends made this awesome mint chutney and we had indian street food style chutney sandwiches with tea. Aah, the simple joys of life! It took me back in time to when I was a teenager and I’d eat one of these sandwiches on my way to or back from the numerous classes I took then.

Needless to say the chutney sandwich craze stayed with me past the weekend and I had to make them. I kid you not, this entire week my family has been making different versions of sandwiches, with this chutney, for dinner. My 2 year old loves it too! and I have a slightly picky 2 year old… but i’ll count my blessings that he does eat spicy food… my little darling just needs flavor! Don’t all of us? πŸ˜› Read More