Monday, May 30, 2016

May 30 - Filini Pasta Upma with Green Sorghum

I would categorize Green Sorghum under 'unusual ingredients for sure, For one thing Its a local, seasonal produce available only during the winter months in India, I spotted a frozen version here in the US of A for the first time, Paid a kings ransom for about a cup's worth, but It was well worth it.
Known as Ponk or Hurda in Gujarat & Maharashtra, these grains were a delight to savor tiny, resembling Beluga lentils in size, they have a slight pop when you bite into them. I added this to Upma with plenty of chopped tomatoes!

Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27 - Pink Lady Apple tart.

I'd Tested this recipe for food 52 a couple of months ago and decided to make a larger batch for Teacher Appreciation week earlier this month. My personal touch was to sprinkle powdered gud for a bolder flavor instead of plain white sugar in this version.
Here's the link to the recipe.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26 - Kibbeh Idli Fry

No prizes for guessing that this was made side by side with yesterdays dish. Although I'd wanted to crumble up the previous day's idlies rather than dice them, once I had cut them up, it seemed to be such a waste of effort.
Kibbeh is a spice blend from the Middle East most often associated with Cous cous. Crumbled up idlies have a similar texture, but the garlicky mild spice works beautifully.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25 - Vadouvan Idly fry

Yesterday's idlies, today's idly fry, thats usually the rule of thumb at home in the (unusual) event that I have leftovers. Left over idlies are versatile, they dry out overnight, resulting in a nice crumbly texture when crushed up. The proteins have seized up nicely and they tend to hold their shape relatively well when stir fried.
I had made a double batch of idly fries during this session, one with Kibbeh (to mimic a Tabbouleh) and the other half I stir fried up with some purple cauliflower and Vadouvan. the green of the spice blend and the purple from the cauliflower made this a visual treat as much as a comforting breakfast.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24 - Bunny idlies

Idlies at home take various shapes as the year progresses. The Cupcake Idlies that I shared in a New York Times article are so passe. It all depends upon the different silicone molds that become available during the year. This was a lunch box offering from Easter.
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