Okra fry (Ladies finger fry)

For today’s lunch we had drumstick sambar and okra fry. One of the nutritious vegetable. A good source of fibre. This dish, we added oil to fry this, so a bit on the high side of calories…still once in a while do have to indulge..

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Aloo mushroom stir fry

Potato, you get throughout the year and is a good source of dietary fibre and reduces cholesterol. When eaten baked or boiled and mashed the benefits are high…This is one vegetable that can be substituted for meat…Combined with mushrooms the nutritional value increases. Mushrooms are rich in vitamins and iron. Taste wise also both of these compliment each other and gives a rich meaty flavour …a boon to vegetarians.. This combination we had with chapathi and we did not miss the meat..the taste was really too good to resist..

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Mango bread pudding

Mango bread pudding…this is an awesome combination…I had lots of mangoes with me and was searching for a unique dish to do with that with no proper recipe available..all are used up by people..Like jack fruit, mangoes can’t be preserved that well..so you have to finish then and there without waiting for it to rot..Juice we always make and nothing new about it..then I thought “why not combine with bread and make pudding??!!!…That is how I ended up making this sweet dish.. You can add more condensed milk if the sweetness is less. It is your personal preference. Add nuts…

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Bread Pudding (double ka meetha)

This dish is a Hyderabadi sweet..I remember having this dish when we were stationed in Vizag,,,an important port city in South India..The biggest city in Andhra Pradesh..The easieast dish possible…all you need is some bread , milk and sugar. This sweet tastes good when eaten warm..not necessary to wait for cooling. An easy dessert that can be prepared in a jiffy.

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Aloo Paratha

The foolproof dish..Any stuffing with paratha is too good to resist…Whether veg or nonveg the filling takes it to a different level…and even who hates parathas ( like my husband) loves it when it is stuffed with something edible..When it is nonveg all the more reason to crave it..Aloo is one vegetable when there you don’t miss the meat…A cholesterol lowering vegetable..has high fiber content. Here we had it with prawns pickle, an awesome combination..

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Baby corn satay ( my version)

An Oriental starter…I was looking for something to make with baby corn…and came upon this dish by chef Sanjeev Kapoor…I tweaked the recipe a little according to the ingredients available to me…This was a success…Kids are going to love this,, as it is sweet with gingery garlicky flavor…

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Sunday lunch with rice and dry nethili( anchovies) and baby potatoes and the usual dal with cucumber ( we call it mulagushyam) altogether a nostalgic combination..

Dry fish we all love ( fish lovers)..can’t explain the taste..even if it is a bit on the higher side on salt we all love it in Malabar…anywhere for that matter…Only not liking part is the pungent smell it gives out when frying…In fact the smell lingers for a whole day..But when you think of the end result you look forward to only that,,not the in between awkwardness..During rainy season we use dry fish in plenty,,those time fresh fish will not be available in plenty..mainly fisherman will not go to sea fishing…

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Chicken sweetcorn mixed vegetable soup

Totally inappropriate in this scorching hot season…But soup will not do any harm to our system,,,except the heat part all are well in a mixed vegetable and chicken soup…You get all the nutrients..Vegetable combined with chicken gives a better taste for those who dislike vegetable on its own..Soup is a comfort food, mild, have its own peppery, gingery garlicky flavor to please your tastebuds..

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Prawns masala curry

Yesterday night’s special…A little heavy..I had shop brought ready made layer paratha and thought of having that with the prawns masala curry…I am not that good at making layer parathas..This combination was a hit anyway..I made dosa also to make up for the less quantity of paratha…and mango milkshake to wash it down. An awesome combination…nights usually should be light…Due to circumstances had to indulge to finish off the balance food.

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Chikoo (sapota) milkshake

The most nutritious and least expensive of fruits…You get this fruit for a down to earth price…Even if you have it everyday in hot season, is not going to pinch your pocket…. A rich source of Vitamins and minerals…See that you get the ripe ones, or there will be latex in the semi ripe ones that you feel the stickiness in your mouth after having the juice

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