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My experiments in the Kitchen:

Disclaimer:  This portion of our blog is maintained by me i.e. Teresa. It is not a great food blog rather it’s just my way of maintain a copy of my experiments with food in my kitchen. The recipes are not all original but they have been taken from my mom, aunts, friends and other food blogs…….but I have added a touch of mine to it. Maybe it’s the science freak in me, but I just can’t seem to copy a recipe as such, I have this innate need to add a twist of my own.

I have always wanted to make an effort to write food blog, but have always been in awe of all those food bloggers who have some amazing stuff out there. Then Antony convinced me that why not make it a part of our family blog, that ways even if it’s not great I do get an opportunity to write. (Sometimes I just love my hubby…..lol!). I am not a great cook, but I thoroughly enjoy cooking. Most of what I make is taken from my mom’s kitchen, now she is a great cook! I don’t promise that the recipes are out of the world, but what I can guarantee is that all them have been tested in my kitchen and passed gourmet testing by Antony.

If I love to cook, then Antony loves to eat……his motto should be I live to eat. It’s a real pleasure to cook for somebody who enjoys food as much as my jaanu does. This portion of the blog is also an effort to make recipes accessible to Antony, who keeps on bugging me about writing down what I cook, so that he can make it sometime. I think that’s just his excuse for not entering the kitchen!

Quick Snacks

Even though I am not a big fan of snacks, but every day when Tony gets home, u can hear a plea “Honey! I am hungry”, so now making quick evening snacks has become a routine. I try to keep it simple and healthy since most days I have classes and so don’t want to slave over the Kitchen stove for long. Give a girl a Break; I need to have my brain cells functioning in the class!

Chatpata Dahiwala(curd/yogurt) Bread

5 bread slices—cut into cubes

½ cup curd/yogurt.

¼ tsp turmeric pwd

½ tsp chilly pwd.

¼ tsp hing.

3-4 curry leaves

½ tsp grated ginger

1 onion chopped fine.

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste

Fresh coriander leaves chopped finely

1/ cup Peanuts (optional)

½ tsp cumin seeds.

 

In a bowl combine the curd, turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt with 2 tbsp. of water and mix well. Add the bread cubes to this and mix well till the bread is coated with curd mixture. Heat oil in a non stick pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle add the hing, curry leaves & ginger and sauté for few seconds. Add the onion and sauté till translucent. Now add the bread mixture and sauté over low heat, stirring occasionally till bread browns lightly. Just before taking the pan of the stove mix in the coriander and peanuts.

Serve hot with sauce or green chutney.

(I add peanuts for the extra crunch that they add, if you are allergic to it you can avoid it.)