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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fascinating Food in a Fascinating City 3 -- at Dadar on Sunday

          It was our last in India's commercial capital. It was Sunday.
Our host works long hours six days a week but still spent his single free day with us. Our dayout started with a late breakfast and roamed around the whole day through this fascinating island city.

Breakfast with Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi at Gypsy, Dadar

Bajri Roti, Bharli Vangi and Phulgobi Rassa
Masala Bhat -- this I'm going to learn, too.
Thalipeeth of Millet with Curd -- I was very curious about this dish because M_ has already invited me to her place sometime later to taste thalipeeth made by herself. She told me thatshe got bhajNi through online shopping to prepare Thalipeeth at home.

In the internet, while searching for its recipe, I found Sabudana Thalipeeth, too, which I'm going tp prepare very soon.

Mumba Devi Temple

Photography is prohibited in Mumba Devi Temple premises. Outside at the entrance we were given boxes of sweets flower and a piece of new cloth (I don't know the exact term for this cloth because I am not very familiar with Pujas). The sweets were like sugar bombs! Just like me, our host also doesn't have sweet teeth and cried out for water as he put one into his mouth. After we did Puja with them, the sweets are Prasad of God. And Prasad is something not to refuse.
Mumba Devi's Prasad

During this stay in Mumbai, I regularly sent all the photos of these food to M_. "Stop torturing me", she said! So, immediately after my return, I asked her if she is going to talk to me again in her life because of those tortures!
     After visiting Mumbai I realised why M_ said that she took time to understand the concept of "bikal, late afternoon in kolkata.Unlike Kolkata evenings are sunny and much longer here. It reminded me of European summer evenings. Snacking on a beach basking in the mellowing evening sun in a metro city? Remarkable indeed! And beautiful!

Tamarind Rice (Puliogare)

Puliogare powder and the tamarind sauce: --

Masala Bhat

Masala Bhat -- Maharashtrian Style

My Quick Eggplant Curry

Eggplant with Tomato and Potato

Spinach Curry

The common Palong Shak to go with Roti

Tapioca Pearl Fritter

Sabudana Vada -- for Vegens, Vegetarians, Vaishnavs, Jains and Omnivores

Sabudana Vada

I was delighted to have successfully made this. But my happiness was shortluved. As I was taking photos of my new creation, I heard my family member bickering and complaining that I must have made this only to show off. A few moments later a query was yelled at me: "You are going to post this on your blog, aren't you? Aren't you?" " Yes, I am. As usual! Whyvare you askung suddenly?". No, I didn't feel like posting anything for a very long time

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jawl - Bhaat

Steamed Rice soaked in Cold Water, with Lemon and Fritters

        This is a summer delight! "jawl" means water. "Bhat" means cooked rice. So, literally, it is 'water-rice'.

Jawl-Bhat ("Water Rice"?!!)
          Indian Summer can be deadly, especially if you are outside under the scorching sun for a long time. Even indoors it is not really comfortable. Our entire house is not air-conditioned. We have ceilings fans and we have comforting food! Jawl-Bhat is one example!

To make Jawl-Bhat. I cook steamed rice, drain the starch and then, leave it to cool. Then I add cold water and salt and squeeze a lemon to it and mix everything well. Usually a green chili is eaten with it, too, which I can do without. (My taste buds are rather d-e-l-i-c-a-t-e!)
          Common side dished to go with this are thinly cut and fried potato, lentil fritters and / or onion fritters. You can check my posts for recipes of fritters.

Onion Fritter:-

Cabbage Fritter:-
Plantain Balls:-

Jawl Bhat and Peaji and Lalshak (red leafy vegetable)