Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mixed Vegetable Kurma & Two Awards

Not-so-little-anymore M amazes me everyday, with her ever-expanding vocabulary! In the past week or so, it's like her vocabulary somehow exploded! She says things like "anna pushing me", "stop bothering me (thaap baathing me)" and "open this" or "daddy, what you dooin?" or "bess you" when someone sneezes (including herself!). She can recite numbers from one through ten. Does not know to count but any time I ask 'how many..', she knows to respond with a number, random of course. Simialrly with colors, does not know which is what but says blue, pink, red, black or white. Most days she wakes up with a great attitude - lying in her bed, all sleepy eyed but singing the ABCD song! Wish I could feel that way when I woke up!


This first picture below is my entry for Click for Bri hosted by Jai & Bee of Jugalbandi. Yellow signifies hope and enlightenment. Through the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer. Read more about Bri & her fight in my previous post or here. Thanks to Jugalbandi and our best wishes to Bri!



Veg Kurma
For a surprise baby shower for a friend, I had prepared this Mixed Vegetable Kurma.

Ingredients:
Mixed vegetables (I used cauliflower, peas, broccoli, carrots & corn)
Coconut milk - 2 cans
Water - 1 cup
2 Tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Grind to paste:
1 medium onion
5 cloves garlic
1" ginger
4-5 green chiles (or to taste)
3-4 red chilies (or to taste)
1 tsp each saunf, jeera, dhania, turmeric
1/4 tsp tamarind paste
Asafoetida

Method:
Heat oil & fry the ground masala the raw smell of onion is gone. Add the mixed vegetables, salt and water. Cover & cook until almost done. Add the coconut milk and cook until well done. Garnish with cilantro. Though the heat index may seem rather high with the amount of red & green chillies, the addition of coconut milk neutralizes most of it. By the time we ate it in the evening (prepared in the morn), the kurma was pretty mild.

Veg Kurma

One more look at the kurma!



Sireesha, Skribles and Shubha gave me the "Nice Matters" award. "Nice Matters Award is for those bloggers who are nice people, good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.” Wow! That is such a beautiful award & I'm honored! Thank you all! :)



Skribles also gave me a "Good Chat Blog" award! (Don't you love the retro look of the badge?! Kudos to whoever designed it!) Thanks again, Skribles, for thinking of me for this lovely award! :)

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61 comments:

indosungod said...

Vani, it is the best age, whatever they do is just adorable.

Kurma goes so well with idli and dosai right?

Laavanya said...

What a beautiful looking kurma that is - esp. the lighting falling on the kurma makes it very pretty.

So nice to read about little M 'stop baathing me' is so cute.

Asha said...

Cute!!Bess her!!! We used to call Trisha a "Verbal Diarrhea"!!
Tushar never talked at all until he was 4yrs old. We thought "UH OH"!! Now he makes straight A's!:D
STOP wishing to feel how a toddler feels girl, only makes us sadder. Hahaha!
Reality is we all lose ourselves in doing things for others once we get caught up in the family stuff, but that's okay too!:)
Send the first photo of Kurma to Bee's Yellow CLICK, ie if haven't already, looks yummy.
Bookmarked. Coconut milk gives the dish a smoother gravy, I like it.
Enjoy the award. Chat logo is cute!:)
It's 100F today, burning hot. Sitting safe inside. Enjoy the Sunday and M's banter too!:))

Sagari said...

what a delecious looking curry vani, yummyyy

Vani said...

ISG - Yeah, every little thing she does is magic right now, including her talking back when scolded! :) Kurma is such a versatile dish, isn;t it? Goes well with idly, dosa, puri, roti & plain rice too!

Lavanya - thanks for the comment on the picture and M! It's lovely listening to her. Will be more fun when I can understand more :)

Asha- thanks for the suggestion! Sent the entry for Click just now. We had temps close to a 100 yesterday but today is better (early 90s). Perfect beach weather! I've heard that boys normally talk later than girls but their motor skills are developed sooner. The sheer contentment that M must have to start her day by singing, I really envy that! I'll take that even for one day! :)

Sagari- thanks! :)

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Hey vani... Nice click and congrats on ur lovely award..:)

TBC said...

The kurma looks good, and the first pic is beautiful!

Congrats on the awards.:D

Coffee said...

Little M is so so cute!! Muah!!

The korma is bookmarked to try..... do you make this with appams?

I am doing good...... hope all's fine at your end too. :)

Anonymous said...

Vani, thanks for removing the word verification thingy that I so hate. Hope you won't get spammed like last time! Korma looks mouth watering. This sounds almost like our saagu, doesn't it? Malvika is so adorable! Give her a hug from me, will ya?
Just emailed you info about our event. Hope you can give us some time for it.
Prafulla

Red Chillies said...

Hey, your little girl is adorable and sounds so much like my 2.5 year old boy. As you said, they are so innocent yet so amazing. Even he keeps saying "What you doing" every 5 minutes. How old is little M?

The Kurma looks great especially in the first picture!

Jaya said...

Its a delight to watch little ones growing in front of you, Vani Little M sounds just like my little one .
the curma looks so mouth-watering and nice click also.
hugs and smiles
jaya

Sangeeth said...

congrats on ur award vani

Uma said...

cute little words from your cute daughter! That age is so beautiful. The Koorma looks so mouth-watering. Congrats on your awards.

Jayashree said...

Nice Click, Vani.....
T is the same way with colours and numbers.....everything is either blue, yellow or red....and it's almost always eight o' clock if we ask what time it is.....
Didn't find an e-mail id in your profile....can you drop me a mail at luvgoodfood@gmail.com???

easycrafts said...

Nice to read about the kid's activities..Congrats on the award and nice looking kurma

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Vani...
This is a nice recipe. Looks so good. great color. So creamy. YUM!. Congrats on the award....

Vani said...

Shubha - thanks! and thanks for passing one on to me :)


TBC - thanks! :)

Coffee- nice to see you here! I've never made appams so far, actually! But I think this would be a great accompaniment with that since it is kinda similar to the stew that goes with it. All fine here. Don't be a stranger, R! Do drop in a line sometime :)

Praf- Sent you an email too. If the PS conference works out, then I can make it there too. Will keep u posted :)

Vani said...

Red Chillies - M will be 2 next month. Your son says "what u doing?" all the time? How cute!! Kids are so adorable, aren't they? :)

Jaya- They sure are a delight! How old is your child? And thanks for the lovely comment. And hugs to you too :)

Sangeeth - thanks! :)

Vani said...

Uma - thanks :)

Jayashree- I wish I could meet little T! 8 o' clock all the time - how cute!! :) My email is ginnymeow at gmail dot com. Will email you too

Easycrafts - thanks for the nice comment :)

Sukanya - Thanks for your nice comment :)

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Looks delicious

Jeena said...

Vegetable Kurma looks so delicious. :-)

Kalai said...

Kurma looks absolutely creamy and delectable, Vani! Your little one sounds so adorable and like so much fun! Enjoy this precious time! :)

bee said...

thanks for participating. wonderful kurma and post. cherish this time with the little one...
-jai

Hetal said...

Hey check out my blog,have something for you..

Aparna said...

Congratulations.
The kurma looks very inviting.

Sireesha said...

Hey check out my blog,have something for you....
The kurma looks very inviting.

Sia said...

Bess her :) well, good to know now u r able to understand what she speaks;)

and that kurma looks delish vani. cant wait to try it.

Jyothsna said...

How cuteyour lil girl is! Kurma looks good, like the coconut milk in it.

Vani said...

Sapna - thanks for stopping by & your comment :)

Jeena - good to see you here. thanks :)

Kalai - thanks! M is a lot of fun now. Should remember that when I'm stressing out about her non-eating! :)

Jai - thanks for all that you do! you are amazing! :)

Vani said...

Hetal - how sweet of you, Hetal! thanks! :)

Aparna - thanks :)

Sireesha - thanks for the comment! And for tagging me. Will take it up sometime for sure. I have one more tag from you pending, I know! :)

Vani said...

Sup - thanks! Well, I understand some of what she speaks. Wish it was all coz she gets so frustrated sometimes trying to make me understand what she wants. Kurma turned out well. Do let me know if you try it, Sup.

Jyothsna - thank you! :) I liked the coconut milk in it too. In fact, I think I'd like anything with coconut milk in it :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

wow! love the color of the kurma... looks really good!!

Mallika said...

So sweet. Kurma looks delicious and huge congrats on your award!

lothi said...

hey vani do encourage me by your comments so that i can improve my blog! and i was really impressed by your fundraiser for breast cancer add....

Vanamala said...

Hi vani
I have tagged meme for u. Do check out
BTW kurma pic looks lovely

Vani said...

Ramya, Mallika - thank you both! :)

Lothi - hey thanks for stoppng by & commenting, Lothi! I just left you a comment. Hope you got it :)

Vanamala - thanks for the tag. Will take it up sometime for sure! :)

Meera said...

Beautiful kurma, Vani. Little M is a sweetheart!
Congrats on your awards..

Prema Sundar said...

Kurma looks great ... love the coconut milk in it. congrats on the awards .

bhags said...

your daughter is real a smart cookie it seems....:)
Nice looking kurma and congrats for your awards

skribles said...

Ur daughter sounds really cute .. how old is she now?
And the kurma looks yumm ... will try it out ...
And congrats on your awards!

Swati Raman Garg said...

heyy perfect color of kurma haan.. love it

lothi said...

Thanx for ur sugestion vani and I will sure!

vandana rajesh said...

kurma looks delicious...thick and nice , goes gr8 with idli, dosa, paratha and even appam

Andhra Flavors said...

hey kurma looks mouthwatering.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! thanks, Vani.
-Archana

Vani said...

Meera, Prema - thanks! :)

Bhags- we certainly like to think she is a smart cookie, though I sometimes do wonder about it :)

Skribles- M will be 2 next month. Thanks for passing the award on to me :)

Swati - it was the turmeric that gave it the lovely color. thanks :)

Vani said...

Lothi- you are welcome! :)

Vandana - Thanks! Goes well with idly, dosas for sure and puri/rotis & rice as well! Never had appams before but I think it'd be great with that as well :)

Andhra Flavors & Archana - thank you both! :)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo..delicious kurma...good combo with chapathi or puri or naan...

meeso said...

Congratulations on your awards! The kurma looks good :)

Vcuisine said...

Coconut milk is the secret of Kurma i feel Vani. Nice one. Viji

Devi Priya said...

Kurma looks delicious, I have a surpise for you in my blog.

Pavan said...

Pavan here - after a long time, m experiments with food have died out, though I cook a lot, dont try out new things due to lack of time.But I do enjoy the recipes and wish I had more time. Great work with the blog and the philanthrophy!

On the kurma, what will happen if I just add the onion garlic etc without making it a paste( I dont own a mixie)?

Vani said...

Suma, Meeso, Viji - thanks!

Devi Priya - thanks so much for the "Rocking Girl Blogger" award! So nice of you to think of me, Devi :)

Pavan - I totally understand the lack of time thing. I must say, am very impressed you are cooking a lot despite that! :) Thanks for the nice words, though I wish I was a true philanthropist. This is something very small I'm doing for a fellow blogger but am very happy that I could do at least that.
No need to grind the masala, if you cannot. It will still be flavorful. Just saute the masala ingredients with oil & continue with the rest of the recipe.

Maya said...

So sweet that age is isn't it ?? Ur daughter is really cute. Kurma looks great. I made kurma too couple of days back, with coconut milk. Will have to try ur version the next time..

Sandeepa said...

M has become quiet a chatterbox...han ? Isn't it cute when they start talking and giving their opinion on everything ?

Lovely warm yellow Kurma

sukku said...

Looks yummy and thanks for sharing.

sukku

Mrs.SriLekha said...

hi vani
happy to inform u that i have added ur blog to my blogroll. congrats for winning awards dear. feeling little jealous on seeing that u have number of awards and y cant u offer me one(just kidding u not serious yar..). u r doing a great job and keep it up. visit my blog when u find time.

Coffee said...

hey..... hows you? I made the kurma today and had it with Dosa. We loved it....... literally licked it till our plate were clean! haha! :)
Thanks for this recipe and its goign to be a regular from now on. :D

Vani said...

Maya - thanks! This is a nice stage as she communicates verbally with us and though it can be a challenge sometimes to understand what she says, it sure is fun! :)

Sandeepa- she's a chatterbox alright! And yeah, especially when I scold her for something, she talks back & it is so cute to hear & see her then! :)

Sukku- thanks :)

Srilekha - hey, thanks for stopping by & commenting & adding me to your blogroll. Will add u too.

Coffee- hey, thanks for trying & letting me know. Glad you liked it, R! Hugs to you! :)

Archana said...

I made this kurma for lunch and both me and my husband liked it. I made some minor tweaks - the end result was still delicious!

Vani said...

Thanks for letting me know, Archana! Glad you liked it :)