Where I come from, the Southern Part of Gujarat, Winters definitely mean a bounty of bounty of fresh vegetables. And while there are a lot of vegetables at their prime in winters, one of the most celebrated ones in Southern Gujarat is Tuver | Pigeon Peas | Tender beans from which Arhar ki Daal is made on de-husking and drying. The way Northern India celebrated Peas with Nimona and a zillion other things, we celebrate Tuver Lilva with Ghughras | Kachoris and so many myriad ways. They are slightly more cumbersome to shell than peas unfortunately and today, I still look back my memories in wonder when I remember the mounds and mounds of Tuver my mother, my grandmother and all women of Southern Gujarat demolished through in winters. I am still spoiled, although I do get Tuver in Bengaluru, it is not the same texture/tenderness as the one in Gujarat. The Gujarati Tuver is harvested at a much tender stage, has a tinier, softer bean and is not spotted. So, the way all moms spoil their offsprings, my mom still accumulates a small mound of shelled Tuver Lilva for me to carry back home, ( inspite of my numerous protests that I do get it in Bengaluru, ) every time I go home in winters! ❤ If you are reading this mom, my protests are usually pretend play, I love the Tuver Lilva you give me. Its just that I hate to think of how much time and effort it must has taken you to shell the not-so-small mound! Love you, Mummy!
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I am pretty sure Khaman need no introduction. There are numerous versions of Khaman and Dhoklas. Khatta Dhokla ( made of rice and Urad Daal ) is easily distinguishable from the Khaman because of the colour and composition. While the Instant Nylon Khaman ( made with Besan/Chickpea flour and eno/cooking soda ) is immensely popular among folks, popular even among folks even outside Gujarat, we South Gujaratis ( especially folks from in and around Surat ), favour the overnight fermented version much more over the instant ones. Vaati Daal Na Khaman is distinct from the Nylon Khaman in the sense that they are made of Chana Daal, that has been soaked, ground and fermented overnight and does not have any soda or citric acid in the batter, at least my version doesn’t. It is dense and crumbly at the same time unlike the soda-induced sponginess of Nylon Khaman. The ground batter is then spiced with ginger chilli paste, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt. Instant / Nylon Khaman has a slight aftertaste of cooking/baking soda which puts me off personally.
The image is from my own instagram account and can be found here
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Okay, not that I am trying to reinforce any clichés or stereotypes here ( blame Bollywood, I am how do you have the heart to call Dhokla, Fafda, Havdvo, Thepla as missiles??? ) No, we do not eat Theplas everyday. No, we do not break into Garbas at the drop of the hat ( well, anytime IS Garba Time, but we don’t do it that way! ) Anyway, like a true blue Gujarati ( Gujjus is cute, but ain’t as sweet as Gujarati 😀 ), I love all my dhoklas and khaman. There are so many variants, that I assure you that you will never be bored. And so, I was amazed at why it took me so long to make this instant version using semolina. It is so easy to put together with some very basic pantry staples. It can be easily put together for breakfast, or when they are surprise guests or when you are planning an elaborate thali and are looking for something savory, yet not too heavy, on the platter (we Gujaratis call the savory snack as the part of the thali as Farsaan). Also, if you have exceeded your quota of pakoras and bhajiyas for the week, this is also the perfect rainy day snack to accompany your chai! 🙂
Continue reading “Rava Dhokla ~ because true Gujaratis don’t need an excuse to make Dhoklas!”
I am not a morning person. But, I am a hardcore breakfast person ( well, I am a foodie, and hence for me, what’s better than a brilliant start to the day! 😉 ) So, I have this weird notion of trying out 100, possible healthy, breakfasts from all the regions of India. And in one of my searches I came across this beautiful dish called Choora Matar.
Continue reading “Banarasi Choora Matar ~ a Breakfast fit for the Kings!”
I have been based out of Bengaluru for about 2.5 years now. And Bengaluru has given me an opportunity to go some amazing road trips. And what are road trips without tea breaks! These Masala Vadai have stuck in my mind since quite a long time now. But, this weekend I just took the plunge. Yes, it is deep fried, but it is also made with lentils, an excellent source of protein for a vegetarian like me.
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Snacks are called Tiffin in the Southern India. They come in all forms, steamed, deep fried and even shallow fried. Often served as tea-time snacks, I usually prefer to indulge in a heavy breakfast with on of these tiffins.
Adai is a non fermented, lentils crepe, quite similar to Dosa. The prominent difference between the two, apart from the Adai being non fermented is that, unlike dosa, which has a larger proportion of rice, Adai has more of lentils. It is actually mostly lentils.
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From my previous posts and Instagram feed, it is pretty clear that I am a breakfast person. I stumbled upon this breakfast during my usual food blog stalking sessions. My mother in law once made this once, long before I even knew that this is quite common as a breakfast or an evening households in Andhra households. And to say it was good would be doing a great injustice to this yum, quick to put together breakfast, provided you have the batter sitting in your fridge.
Continue reading “Dibba Roti / Minapa Roti ~ Lentil Rice Breakfast Pancakes from Coastal Andhra Pradesh!”
I hate rainy and wintry mornings. Period.
No concessions please. I mean, no offence intended, I get up and get about my routine as usual, but something about the cold in the air makes me a bit grumpy. The cold makes it all the more difficult for me to leave the cozy warm confines of my thick and warm comforter and get out of my bed. The only thing that then improves my mood is a good breakfast.
Continue reading “Methi Dhebra ~ Of Lazy mornings and fresh breakfasts!”