December 27, 2007
The Last Post of the Year...Thanks!!
Most of this year went in a pregnancy, delivery and post pregnancy haze with nothing extravagant being blogged from my kitchen beyond the basics. When I got sick of my own recipes and I craved food from someone else's hands, I raided my fellow bloggers yummilicious recipes.
The whole year I have been cooking from other blogs on the sly without posting a "Thank you, this is what ur recipe turned out in my kitchen note." Most of this surreptitious activity occurred conveniently under the cover of darkness in the evenings and hence I have the perfect excuse not to have photographed it.
So let me take this year end time to list all the recipes I tried and loved in the last one year. Most of them are repeated frequently now in my kitchen just as I keep trying out new stuff too.
I developed a sweet tooth midway thru the preg. just after a friend asked me if I have sweet cravings and I said "nah!".
I always thought ladoos took time and effort, but these Moong Dal Laddoo were as delicious and easy as was described. My sweet tooth then intensified and I had to make Pooran Poli , Rasmalai, Addictive Date-Tamarind treats , , Palada Pradhaman,Pal Payasam amd most recently Almond Macaroons.
I went on a veggie kick (which is still quite active) and tried out yummy Punjabi Chole and Arbi ki Subji, Pav Bhaji as well as Kali Peeli Dal (now a staple here) and Gobi Ka Kheema which made the bland cauliflower actually taste good!! Some others were these crispy Bittergourd Chips, Pongalu and Methi Muttar Malai.
Meat and Fish Curries had to be tried out too to feed my better half so those were these Kashmiri Meatballs which were really good and went well with Jeera Rice. These Kuttanadan fish fry are always a hit but I just grill them instead of frying.
Pizza making turned out to be fun my little one with this recipe for Pizza, made quite a few times now as well this Chili Bell Pepper Pasta.
I got introduced me to a whole lot of beans this year (still working on how to make them better digestible!!!) and even made a multi-bean Adai and kollu rasam but the recipes that keep repeating in my house are the Cheese Dosa, and Bell Pepper Jalfrezi.
Kerala food is always welcome and always made but some new recipes I rely on have to be mentioned here...Koombu thoran,Mango Chammandi,Chemmeen Vada, Fool Proof Rasam Mango Pulissery,Veg Kurma, Crab Masala, Kozhi Porichathu. After a day of binge eating recently, we recovered on a bowl of Kanji-Payar, mishmash ishtyle!
Some recipes came as part of the Express Event and since I was on an express cooking mode then, they were quickly tried out and were yummy.. Moong Kichdi w/ Carrot Raita, Nut Cutlets, Best Chilli Chicken ever, Quirky Pita Pockets with Chickpeas,Dalia Pulav,and Methi Mushroom Curry
There are a lot more but I can't remember where to find them now and no time..
Thanks to all my blogger friends for adding to my repertoire of recipes and tastes. Looking forward to more next year!