Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Baby Blogging & Padvalkayi Hasi Majjige Huli (Snakegourd in Yogurt Sauce)



Little M is now four months old! I can't believe just how fast time has flown! I'm glad that the days of constant worry and absurd fears (that seemed very real at that time) are over! Of course, I still worry sometimes (and I'm told that it's not going to end anytime soon!) but it isn't all-consuming like it once was. I am enjoying every single moment spent with her. She loves being spoken to and coos and gurgles a lot. It is fascinating just to watch her!

She was at the 25th percentile for height and weight when she was born. At two months, her weight was still at 25th percentile but her height was up to the 50th. At her check-up today, I'm glad to report, her weight is now at the 50th percentile and height 75th! It's hard not to get caught up with numbers, even though I know it is not indicative of the health of the child. She seems to be doing well on that count as well. Knock on wood! The only sad part of the doctor visit was her shots. The poor thing cried so hard. But it is a necessary pain, unfortunately. I wish they would come up with a better way of administering vaccines soon. Hopefully, within the next 2 months, when she's due for her next set of shots! :)




Alrighty! Onto food now!
There are many variations to the majjige huli (kadhi like yogurt gravy) that we make. Mom made this very delcious hasi (raw) majjige huli with snakegourd. While most majjige hulis require boiling the yogurt sauce, this particular form just has cooked snakegourd mixed with yogurt and a ground paste. It can also be made with boiled cucumber or boiled pumpkins.

Ingredients:
2 cups Snakegourd (cut into small strips and boiled)
2 1/2 cups Yogurt
1 cup Water
Salt to taste

Grind to Paste:
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 cup coconut shredded
2 Tbsp Dalia
2 green chillies
A pinch of Asafoetida

For Tempering:
1 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
A Pinch of Asafoetida
1/4 tsp Turmeric

Method:
Blend water and yogurt. Mix the ground paste and the boiled snakegourd and salt to taste. There's no need to heat or boil this mixture.
Heat ghee in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add Asafoetida and turmeric. Add to the yogurt/paste mixture.
Goes well with plain white rice.

49 comments:

Vcuisine said...

Hi Vani, Your daughter is cute. Enjoy parenting. Havea a good day. The recipe is new and sure i will try later. Viji

Jayashree said...

She looks so cute....this is when they start to become really entertaining.....enjoy these precious moments...they do grow up real fast.

Ashwini said...

Your cutie is adorable...I am glad she is doing well.

Sumitha said...

Oh Vani I wanted to give you a hug when I read about the painless vaccine that you need within the next 2 months:)Dont worry dear girl, that cry for a few minutes will only make your little baby more strong:)

Lakshmik said...

That's a cool recipe. I usually make curry or dal with snake gourd. This seems to be a new twist.

sra said...

Baby, recipe, both look cool!

Vaibhav said...

She is such a cutie pie, muah ....

Twisted DNA said...

About the percentiles, something I learned the hard way. My kid was in 90th percentile for one check up and 50 for the next. I naturally freaked out. The doc explained to me that a difference of 1/4 inch can cause huge variations in the percentile and the measurement of the kid's height is generally error prone. I just don't want you to be disappointed if the percentile doesn't match your expectations in your next visit. Apparently it's a little more reliable after they are 2 years of age.

Cute kid. I am guessing your first kid. It's amazing that you are finding time to cook and blog with a 4 month old kid at home. We were busy worrying at that time :)

Johanna3 said...

hi; thanks for comment in my blog, your daugther is so cute! i will be reading you past post!

mandira said...

Your baby is so cute. 4 months before you know she will be walking... :) And the dish looks delicious.

Seema Bhat said...

hey vani:
you cute little baby doll looks like a button ....she is thooooooooo cute ...i bet u must be having a nice gala time with her..and with majjige huli i was under the impression that majjige huli is something like our melara (coconut+greenchilli+yogurt)..this looks interesting ..should try out your version next time ..
Thanx
Seema

Nee said...

She is SO adorable Vani! Look at that super-serious face. Wonder what she's thinking...!

Linda said...

Hi Vani, thanks for visiting my blog. Your baby "m" is just beautiful! Her eyes are so wide and expressive. I do miss those days. My (big) kids' names begin with "m" as well :)

This is a new tasty-sounding dish for me to try with snake gourd -- thanks for sharing :)

Vani said...

Viji- thanks and do let me know if you tried the recipe! :)

J- thanks! you're right. they do grow up real fast. 4 months have gone in a jiffy. i'm looking forward to her next phase of development now.

Thank you, Ashwini! :)

Vani said...

Sumitha- thank you! yeah, it sure would make her stronger but it is a little difficult to see her tears. i have to get stronger! :) ~Hugs~

Lakshmik- majjige hulis with snakegourd is quite common in my community. do try this. snakegourd curry sounds interesting. will check your blog to see if you have that recipe. if not, do post it sometime.

Vani said...

Vaibhav & Sra- thank you, my dears! :)

TDNA- good info there. thanks! it's hard not to get bogged down by numbers- height, weight,the # of ounces she drinks, the # of wet diapers etc. I've stopped couting wet diapers now. Should give up others too.
Yup. first kid. i've started to work part time too. now before you get all impressed, let me quickly add. my mom helps with the baby as well as cooking. she is the super mom! all the easy recipes in my blog are mine. the rest are all mom's! :)

Vani said...

Johanna-thanks for visiting! :)

Mandira- thanks. i'm looking forward to her walking and talking! not sure how i'll manage though. it's tiring enough as it is, despite all the help I get. but it is such fun! i'm glad i can finally say that! :)

Seema- thanks! yup, time just flies with her, though it does seem to stretch when it's time for her to sleep!
in most of our majjige hulis, we don't use green chillies at all. normally it is pepper and/or red chillies for heat. do try this one.it is pretty simple.

Vani said...

Nee- thanks! she sometimes concentrates on some object and keeps frowning like she's in deep thought! it is really cute to watch.

Linda- thanks! i hope your "m"s are doing well too.
do try this recipe, if you get a chance. i'm really impressed that you are such an adventurous cook, enjoying trying different cuisines. love that! :)

Mythreyee said...

your baby looks so cute and adorable.

Madhu said...

Hi Vani,
Your daughter is very cute. They grow up very fast enjoy every minute of it....
I am drooling over padavalakai majjige huli, i think this is the best veggie for doing that...yum yum..

Sandeepa said...

Such a cute baby...enjoy your time with her Vani, my daughter is now almost 3 and I am astounded at how the time has flown..
Great that you find time to cook even with such a small baby

Lakshmi said...

cute baby

Asha said...

Hey! I was here yesterday,no new post and today I am late.Not fair! I need to get one of those blinking thingies to alert me of new posts:)

That M is more and more prettier everyday! Very cute baby.God bless her with health and happiness.

Majjige huli is killing me, oh man.I HAVE TO make some now.

RP said...

Awwwww...she is adorable!

Nabeela said...

keep the cute baby pictures coming...we love it here!
btw, I have a hunch she looks just like you...am I right? :)

sunila said...

Hey Vaans,M is a cutie.and yes i agree babes are surely thinking people mine also frowns in deep rumination:0)
the watergate salad sounds so yumm but i better not make it now since i have yet to knock off my preg: wt:
majjige huli i will def : try ,though with some other veg: as we dont get snake gourd here .we just make kadhi usually with pakodis or bhindi.

Vani said...

Mythreyee - thanks! :)

Madhu - thanks! Padavalkayi makes for a real yum majjige huli. Do you get this veggie in Alaska?

Sandeepa- thanks! I don't cook that much these days. It's my mom's cooking most days. Blogging is a great way of saving her recipes while sharing with others! :)

Vani said...

Lakshmi- thanks! :)

Asha- thanks for your wishes! :) Now go make some majjige huli! ;)
Hope you had a good break over the long weekend.

RP- thanks! :)

Vani said...

Nabeela- I'll definitely try to post more pictures of M. This is also a great way of chronicling(is there such a word? but u know what I mean!) her doings.
Reg who she looks like- I really can't make out. Most people say she looks like N now though it was pretty unanimous a few months ago that she looked just like me! :) I guess babies change a lot over even a few weeks.

Vani said...

Sunila- thanks for leaving your comment, hon! :)
Do try the watergate salad though. It's not too bad calorie-wise with light or non-fat whipped cream. Also Jello has fat free and sugar free pudding/pie fillings. Plua this is so simple to make! :)
Bhindi kadhi sounds yum! I don't think I've had it before. Do post the recipe the next time you make it, Su.

Faffer said...

Hi Vani,
My first comment on your blog. My! Li'l M is such a cutie - she looks adorable.

Best wishes.

Indira said...

She looks like a doll! What an adorable, precious baby you have. Blessings to the baby!

Maheswari said...

Sweetie pie..she is adorable...and your are right the constant worries never seems to end, my lil one is almost 3 and i still watch each and every step of him..:))

Yogurt gravy looks delicious, i usually use cucumber in this.

Vani said...

Faffer- Welcome! And thank you for your lovely comment! :) Hope to see you here again!

Indira- thank you for your best wishes! :)

Maheshwari- thanks! 3 years and still worrying about your little one and many many more years to go, right? :) My mom was saying that it will never really go away. At each staqge you think that if you could only get thru till the next one, it will get better but there will be something else to worry about at that next stage. But it is also so much fun with them, isn't it?

Trupti said...

How adorable! She looks great...and yes, I know what you mean about the numbers game...what I have learned in my nursing career is that Kids will advance accordingly, those numbers are just a guideline.As long as your daughter eats well and is active,there is not much to worry. Enjoy your time with her now, they won't stay babies forever...
Thanks for the recipe..snake gourd is not readily available here, only frozen ones but will try this, cos I just love anything made with yogurt!

archana said...

She is a cute little bee, thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Vidya said...

Wow... little M looks absolutely darling! enjoy this phase, its still easy... gets challenging as and when they start getting mobile. dont worry about the height and weight percentiles. my first was slightly preterm, and definitely on the small side, and the whole percentile thing used to drive me totally nuts! fortunately i had this wonderful specialist who told me not to look at any numbers, and to just enjoy a happy healthy baby,... so what if she was really skinny and tiny.. that helped... i'll mail u someitme after around christmas.. hopefully will be allowed to use the computer by then. take care.. cheers

Kittu said...

cute little one

Vani said...

Trupti- thanks for your comment and your words of encouragement. Appreciate it! :)

Archana-thanks! :)

Vidya-you're almost due now! Good luck! Reply to my email when you get a chance. You won't have much spare time in the next few weeks. :)

Kittu- thanks! :)

Bhargavi said...

wow,...She is adorable. Keep posting cutie's pics.
Good day!

Vani said...

Thank you, Bhargavi! :)

Lera said...

I missed out your baby's pic,she is soooo cute, My hugzzzzz to your cutie pie:)

Nayana said...

Hi Vani,

I am a first time visitor to your blog. The majjige huli looks very appealing... I am going to try it out one of these days. The name of your blog... mysoorean caught my eye. Will be back for more kannada recipes. And and and...your daughter is very cute :)

Vani said...

Lera and Nayana- thank you both! i'll be sure to keep you all updated with M'a progress! :)

Johanna3 said...

Have a great Holidays!

Vani said...

Thanks, Johanna! Happy Holidays to you too! Merry Christmas!

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

Your daughter is very cute.

Johanna3 said...

i wish you a great new year!

Vani said...

Johanna3-Happy New Year!

Harekrishnaji- thank you! Happy New Year!