Bihari Pitha

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  • One day while chatting with  my friend “A”, she mentioned pitha she had while growing up.  It sounded interesting and so we decided we will make some day.
  • Today  was gonna be rainy day and so i knew i would just stay inside. So i called her in the morning  and asked her if she would like to make pitha today.  She liked the idea and we made a plan.
  • She made dough just like roti but little soft. I soaked chana dal for few hrs.
  • Grind chana dal with few red chillies, garlic and cumin seeds. Add salt and turmeric powder to it.
  • She made small rotis just tapping with hand and filled with dal mixture. Close the corners.
  • Steam it for 20 mins. Cut and server with chutney or can have just like that.
  • We had it with coffee and we both enjoyed it very much. It has earthy flavour of chana dal.
  • There are few recipes online so google if you need more info. I have tried to give an outline.
  • If you have anything on the list that you want to try, get together with a friend and enjoy making and eating. Make it a fun and relaxing time.
  • Trying new things is good for brain. 
  • Am sure my brain made few new connections today. 🙂

 

 

Celery curry for bones

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  • Celery looks just like bones and it’s good for bones. There’s plenty of information on net if  you like to know more abt it.
  • I  had tried celery before in a soup and salad and didn’t enjoy. But i liked celery in a  curry. And since now i know it’s good for bones, more reasons to enjoy.
  • I just cooked some tomatoes, added ginger-garlic paste, red chilli , coriander, cumin powders, turmeric. I added chopped celery and whatever else i felt like. So it’s some mushroom, potatoes, frozen pigeon peas. Added some water and pressure cooked for 3  whistles.
  • Be careful adding salt when you are cooking celery since celery contains sodium naturally.
  • For some reason, my bones are feeling little stronger today. 🙂

Mexican pizza

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  • I buy mexican pizza many times at work for lunch from mexican place. Have seen how they make it and tried to recreate at home . It turned out perfect and it’s so easy to make.
  • Pinto beans soaked and cooked fresh. That’s the secret to have good pizza.  Drain and reserve water to use in something else. Mesh the beans and add salt. Now don’t forget to taste this bean mixture. It’s so yummy.
  • Heat  a pan with little oil. Spread bean mixture on tortilla and now throw it on heated pan. Add boiled corn, chopped red onion, cilantro, green chilli, red-yellow-green peppers and sprinkle salt. Finally some cheese on the top.
  • Now cover the pan and let it cook until cheese is melted. Make sure base doesn’t burn but it will become nice crispy.
  • Enjoy !

Quick turnip curry

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  • Root vegetables stay good for a long time so i always keep few of them in fridge. They are handy when your fridge is running empty of vegetables. And you need something quick and nutritious.
  • Turnip  is little bitter so if you like bitter, you can cook just like  potatoes. But if you don’t then…follow me. 🙂
  • Cooking with tomatoes will take away bitterness. Season oil with mustard seeds, hing and add chopped tomatoes. Add ginger paste, turmeric, red chilli powder and salt.
  • Now add thinly slices turnip, water and cook until it’s soft.
  • Garnish with cilantro and enjoy without any worry. Life is good. 🙂

Peachy curry with thepla

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  • Do you like peaches? I don’t. They are too sour for me. And so the great idea came to cook them. Ideas have to be implemented, then only you know the result.
  • Season little oil with mustard seeds, 2-3 cloves , torn red chilli if you feel like, curry leaves. Now add chopped peaches.
  • Add pinch of turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Cook for few mins. Add little sugar if you like. I didn’t.
  • With my gujarati thepla, tasted soooooooooo  good.
  • I think little bit shredded coconut on the top, will be very yummy too. But i saved those calories for some other time.
  • You can roll it up like a tortilla/sandwich too.