Pomfret Curry and Fry

It's so hot since last week, cooking is the last thing on my mind nowadays. Infact I've been having curd rice most of the days and sometimes cup noodles. Anything to avoid standing in the kitchen for too long. I made this dish sometime last week, it's one of my favorite curries. It's really simple and reminds me of mom, coz I just love it when she makes this.

2 pomfrets, cut or another similar white fish
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt
80 gms fresh coconut
2 tsp coriander seeds
3-4 dry red chillies or to taste
4 small red pearl onions
4 cloves of garlic
1 small piece of ginger
2 pieces kudampuli (gamboge), washed and torn into pieces
1 sprig fresh curry leaves
1 tsp coconut oil

Marinate the fish with the turmeric powder and salt for a couple of hours.
Grind together the coconut, coriander, chillies, onions, garlic and ginger to a fine paste with some water.
Take the mixture in a wide bottomed pan. Add the gamboge, curry leaves, some salt and enough water to make the gravy. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Slide in the fish pieces gently. When it returns to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook till the fish is done. Take of the heat and drizzle the coconut oil on top.
This dish tastes best if its allowed to sit for a few hours, it's even better if it's made the previous day.

For the fry I just marinated the fish in some red chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, lime juice and salt for a couple of hours and shallow fried it till crisp and done.

Tried and Tasted : Eggless Indian Custard

I really wanted something sweet last evening and thankfully I thought of this recipe that I had bookmarked for Zlamushka's Tried and Tasted that's being hosted by Yasmeen of Health Nut this month. An eggless custard that too with chickpea flour was totally new to me. The recipe is from Ganga's blog 'A Life(time) of Cooking'.

Find the recipe here. The custard was delicious and I just loved it. The only problem was that I used really low fat milk, so I didn't get the right consistency. Could have been a little thicker, so next time I'm gonna be making this with whole milk. A quick and easy dessert.

Baked Onion Rings for Taste and Create

The first time I had onion rings was when I was out for lunch with my Alliance Francaise gang at The Bombay Blues restaurant in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. Fell in love with the it and ever since its the first item I look for in a menu when ordering for snacks. I've never tried making it at home, coz I just avoid frying stuff at home as much as I can, the only way I can control how much I eat:).
I have been paired with Marthe Zwolle of Culinary Delights for this months Taste and Create and this was one of the first recipes I spotted in her blog.
I'm so glad I decided to make this, it was great and we couldn't stop eating. I'm definitely going to bake these rings more often. You can find the recipe here.

I was on an unannounced break for a while now. I've not been keeping well and have also been busy with some other work. I'm so sorry for not responding to all your comments and visiting all your blogs. Will try to be more regular now.
Well Manoj is taking me out to dinner today, so got to hurry....see u'll soon.

Sharkara/ Jaggery Dosa

This dosa was one of my favorite snacks as a kid. Mom used to make this often for us and she would make it in different shapes, flowers for me and animals for my brother, we used to gulp it down happily. I still make this once in a while, when I need to fix us a quick snack. Sending this to 'CFK:Evening Snacks' hosted by Divya of Dil Se, event started by Sharmi of Neivedyam.

1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup grated jaggery
1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Take the jaggery in a bowl, add some water and microwave on high for 30-40secs. Mix well till the jaggery dissolves.
Add the flour and cardamom powder and enough water to make a smooth batter. The batter should not be very thick.
Heat a griddle and smear with some ghee. Pour a ladle of batter and spread a little. Top with a few drops of ghee. Cook till golden on both sides.
Serve hot.

Rava Idli with Coconut Chutney

Manoj loves idli's and would have it for any meal, but I'm not very fond of it. I also find the whole process of making the batter a big headache and too much work, its just one of those things I don't like to do even if its so simple. That's why I love this recipe. Noted it a couple of months ago from the book, Curried Favors and I've made it every week since.
Completely hassle free and the idlis are soft and has great flavor.

Award Time!

Smitha and Ashwini have passed on this wonderful award to me. Thank you so much Girls! It always feels wonderful to be appreciated and I feel so encouraged to do better.

This award comes with some rules:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other
Kreativ Bloggers (it’s tough as all are creative in their own way :))
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

7 things about me...
1. I get along with all kinds of people and make friends easily. But there are very few who actually know me, I don't open up to people easily.

2. I like my privacy, I have to have time to myself doing whatever I want without an audience, sometimes just lie on the bed day dreaming. I can't stand people who assume that just because I'm at home and don't have kids I'm always free and have nothing to do.

3. I'm crazy about food. It wouldn't be really wrong to say that I live for food. It's my solution to all my worries. I'm especially crazy about all kinds of desserts(especially chocolate) and junk food.

4. I love to shop for clothes, shoes, bags and all kinds of stuff for the home. Currently I'm obsessed with kitchen items and I'm trying to restrain myself, feeling sorry for my hubby who is constantly pleading with me to stop:).

5. I believe in God, but not in religion.

6. I do not like to keep pets. I'm fond of animals and I enjoy watching their cute antics, but from a distance, I'd go crazy if they come anywhere near me, I feel terrified.

7. I love to read. I read atleast one novel a day, especially love thrillers and romance. I get so engrossed in them, I often imagine myself as one of the characters and say their dialogues out loud, Ya I'm crazy that way. Same in the case of movies, love them.

Now for the hardest part, nominating seven friends....
2. Ann
5. Ivy

See ya'll soon....