Saturday, April 28, 2007

Baby Update and Recipe Preview

It's been a long time since I wrote about little M. She has started to crawl now and there's no stopping her! We have to buy one of those fence things to keep her in coz there's no way we can leave her alone for even a minute! She follows Ginger(my cat) and tries to catch her tail at every opportunity. Ginger has now accepted M and is no longer afraid of her. She gives M a forehead rub every morning (her way of saying "G'morning", I guess!). When M cries at night, Ginger paces up & down for sometime and when she can't take it anymore, she puts her face right onto ours as if saying 'can't u hear the poor thing crying??!! Do something!' She is so adorable! M used to walk backwards in her walker and has in the past few days, learnt to walk forward and can even maneuver to change directions. Her vocabulary includes "ma", "da", "tha" and since yesterday "na". Of course, her entire sentence would be repetition of one of the syllables and she goes on & on with that one syllable. It is of course, music to my ears! :)

Weekly cooking sessions are still on but I haven't been taking pictures as much as I used to. Here's a sneak peek at some recipes that I will post soon. I figured even if I don't have time/energy to post recipes, I can at least post photos and write the recipes later.

Hurali Saaru (Horse Gram Rasam) and Hurali Palya (Horse Gram Usli).

Raagi Rotti with Cabbage Huli

Doddak (Mangalorean Rava Rotti)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Small White Bean and Spring Mix Curry

My cooking, these days, is confined to weekends. In the one hour or so that little M sleeps, I cook as many dishes as possible for the week. Most are the quick and easy types. Here is such a curry. I was out of tomatoes and improvised with ketchup, which I use pretty often in my bhajis and currries. Canned beans, bagged greens and ketchup instead of tomatoes-this took all of 5 minutes to make!

1 can Small White Beans
1/2 bag of Spring Mix Salad or Spinach (chopped)
1 medium sized Red Onion (chopped)
1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
3 Green Chillies (chopped fine)
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/5 tsp Tamarind Paste
1/2 cup Milk
Salt to taste

1 tbsp Oil
Mustard Seeds

Method: Temper the oil. Add green chillies and onions & fry for a few minutes. Add the canned beans, tomato ketchup and milk. Stir often until it comes to a boil. Add tamarind and the powders. Season with salt.