Now this week is so much with 4 North Eastern states in a row.. Oh that was a research monger… Had to do so much search and research. But I am so happy and excited with the learning. Let us start the travel with Manipur, tomorrow will be Meghalaya and then Mizoram and then Nagaland… So visiting the beautiful and picturesque Manipur today. Manipur is very famous for the Martial arts, dance, theatre and sculpture. One state and it has 29 different dialects spoken – wow!!! Also the state’s dance is very popular – Manipuri.. It is a treat to watch for sure… Click here for Youtube video of one such dance. Coming to today’s recipe, it is a delicious and easy breakfast. It is made during the Manipuri festival – Lai haraoba, which literally means “When Gods are happy”. This makes 8 - 10 chaak-hao tanns. I got this recipe from here and loved it.. Rolling the chaak hao tann was so easy, that my little daughter made 2 pieces. She was super excited to do it… Thanks to little hands for help!!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today we are visiting the state of Central India. Madhya means middle and pradesh is place and I believe that the story behind the name of the state - Madhya Pradesh. This is a very refreshing and delicious drink. It is scotching summer here and what a better way to beat the heat other than a refreshing juice.. So chilling!!! I got this recipe from here. Shikanji is also popular in the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh also.. Since it is a simple post, I have shared some tricks of serving the juices in my post..
Monday, April 14, 2014
Come and travel with me to Kerala - Called as the "God's Own Country"... Kerala is a coastal state which has the highest literacy rate and lowest positive population growth rate in India. The state also has the highest human development index in the country. Kerala is very popular for the Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, cloves, cumin, Tea and seafood. It is very picturesque and beautiful place with a beautiful coast, many coconut trees and fertile greenery. The Cuisine of Kerala is linked to its richness to its history and culture. Rice and Tapioca are also popular. Coming to today’s recipe, it is a sweet dish made with ada, coconut milk and jaggery.. This delicacy is made during the Onam festival. Onam is a festival of harvest celebrated in Kerala and is celebrated during September. The flavor of coconut milk, jaggery and the aromatic spices are so heavenly. I got this recipe from a few places online… This is like the payasam we make for festivals and marriages. Loved the taste and was so excited to have made this authentic dish..
Wish you all a very Happy Tamil New Year… Iniya Tamizh Nalvazhthukkal… You can learn about Tamizh Puthandu here
இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Love Street food, but making street food at home needs a lot of patience as you need lot of ingredients and preparation time.. But there is hardly any cooking involved, which makes it a great choice to do with kids.. Can be categorized as "Non-heat cooking".. This Jhalmuri is a very famous street food and is quite popular in Jharkhand. I got this recipe from here. Jharkhand is a newer state compared to the others in India, It was formed in the year 2000. It was originally part of Southern Bihar and was seperated from Bihar on 15th November 2000. The name “Jharkhand” means “Land of forests”.. From Wiki – “Jharkhandis have a cuisine in which spices are rarely used and rice is the staple. They prepare different dishes of rice, different types of Rotis, Litti Chokha, Pani puri, Pittha, Dhuska, Dudhauri, kera-dudhauri, etc. Dhuska is a famous dish of Jharkhand cooked with mashed rice and pulses and served with either aaloo dum or mutton curry; kera-dudhauri is a famous dish prepared with milk, rice, ghee and gur. In many parts of Jharkhand including Panch Pargana area (Bundu, Rahe, Sonahatu, Silli, Angara, Arki and Tamar Blocks of Ranchi & Khunti districts) a special food item "Charpa" is prepared by frying mashed rice mixed with spicy vegetable preparations; hence the name follows viz. Sembi Charpa, Egg Charpa and many more depending upon the ingredient vegetable source.
Jharkhandis use different types of flowers as vegetables, such as the flowers of drum-stick, August and Jhirool. Use of Sag, i.e. leaves of different shrubs and other small plants, is perhaps another peculiarity of Jharkhandi food. Commonly used sags are Palak, Beng, Kataei, Gendhari, Saranti, Sunsunia, Koinar, methi, bhathua, Sarso and chana. "Maad Jhor" which a nutritious substitute for Daal is prepared by boiling saag in starch left after cooking rice. The same is made more delicious by adding flavour of Garlic fried in mustard oil (Tadka/Phodan in local language). Many vegetables and leaves are dried and stored for use out of season, and the same are consumed in the form of "Maad Jhor". In many village markets of Jharkhand you can easliy see women selling powdered dried leaves or other dried food items.” The cuisine of Jharkhand is influenced a lot also by its neighboring states – Bihar and West Bengal and Orissa