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Friday, July 30, 2010

Problem with the comments section!

Hey guys!!
Looks like there was a problem with the comments section with my previous templete.....thanx to Srivalli for pointing it out to me!!!...
Changed the templete now...And I hope its working better now!!!
Let me know if its working!!!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Eggs in Green Tomato Gravy

Back to cooking for me...had a small vacation from cooking too while in India!!
We usually don't get much green tomatoes here. Since these were from my garden, they are special :) After looking at the number of green tomatoes in the basket, I wanted to use them up before they start to ripen or start to rot! There were couple of decisions I had to make as to what should I cook! I ended up making this, so that kids would also have no problem in eating it for dinner.
Its a simple and easy dish to whip up in less than 20 min.
I didn't add any lemon juice, you can always add that, if you like it little more tangy, since green tomatoes are tart and not so much tangy.
If you cannot find green tomatoes, try using tomatillos instead, its a nice substitution and you create and new dish!!!


4-6 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and 4-5 knife slits made on it
5-6 big green tomatoes (I had a variety of sizes), chopped small
1 large onion, chopped
4 green chilles, slit
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
salt to taste
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp chilli powder

For Tempering:

1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
2 dry red chillies, broken
bunch of curry leaves

Some water
chopped coriander for garnish


Heat oil in a pot. Add the mustard seeds and jeera, let them splutter. Add the dry red chilli and curry leaves. Add the onions and green chillies. Saute till translucent. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute. Add the chopped green tomatoes and cook till soft. Add a tiny amount of water to soften them evenly. Add the salt, turmeric and chilli powder and saute. When everything is cooked to soft but not mushy, add the eggs and let cook for another 5 mins. Add the chopped coriander in the end. If you want to add lemon juice, add it after removing from heat.
Serve warm with rice or roti. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Garden!!

Before I get into writing about food, let me tell you guys about my garden. Every Summer I try to have as many types of flowers possible, so that I feel good about it in winter, that I haven't missed out on gardening.
This summer as I was not here, all the credit of keeping my garden well done, goes to my Dad. We not only have wonderful flowers but also tomatoes, chillies  (yet to come) and leafy veggies (spinach, thotha koora and gongura- sorrel leaves) too.
These pics I took aren't taken at the best of time, I mean silly me took pics after plucking all the leaves off the stems!!! I will take more pics when there are more leaves on the plants!!
Here I leave you guys with some pictures to enjoy!!

Roses: There were more which my camera could catch...cos I was in India :)

 Pink Peonies

More Flowers:

Kanakambaram or Fire Cracker flower



Lilies and Gladioli: There were more colors which bloomed while I wasn't here!! These are the remenants

More flowers and mums!!

Jasmine and Kankambaram

Here are the leafy veggies without much leaves, tomatoes and chillies...I will surely catch some better pictures in a few days...

Tomatoes peaking thru leaves

Tomatoes collected!! + more enjoyed!!

Sorrel leaves, Gongura leaves
Shakambari Devi Prasadam, Andhra Shakam!!!
But with leaves plucked for gongura chutney!!!

Tota koora and Mirchi Plants
Tota koora- leaves gone into curry
Mirchi, still blooming!!

Spinach- again leaves gone into curry!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back from a semi-sweet trip to India!!

I call it semi-sweet, cos it seemed like we were running to see one doctor or other for either of my sons or for myself. Enjoyed less and visited a variety of hospitals!!!....isn't that a enjoyment in itself!!
It started with me falling sick couple of days before we left and still is continuing with my little one falling sick after we came back!!... how complicated can it get!!!....
Anyways I am happy to be back with sore memories of not able to enjoy some good food @ restaurants, street food and also pani pooris on the street side!!!...tho I did have mirchi bajjis couple of times....I am not satisfied...:(
So I need to satisfy myself by cooking for enjoyable is that...:))
lolzzz...anywayz here I am and will be blogging keep watching this space!!!