Monday, January 20, 2014

VINTAGE-Dahi Karela ...

As mentioned in my earlier post I will be posting some vintage recipes which I have collected over a long period of time..They are from friends and some are from very old books which are owned by me.
I will be putting in the recipes which are tried and tested by me and which I am sure have been very tasty. 
If I have made any changes in the recipe I will mention it in my post as I never ever follow a recipe exactly as it comes , I change it to suit my taste and make it my own that’s what is very important for me.
I will be mentioning the sources if I do have one, as most of the old recipes, which I have are on a piece of paper where the source of the book that they come from is not mentioned.
Please look out for tips on the recipes at the end of the post **
Today's second recipe is 

     DAHI-KARELA (Bitter gourd in curd sauce)

1.Do not add the tomatoes
2.slice Karela or bitter gourd into thin slices . not soak in the curds,squeeze out salt and fry
4.add fried onion, garlic salt , chillies and fresh        coriander to the curd mix
5. add 1 tsp of sugar to 1 cup of curds with a little salt
6 add fried karela just before serving. 

I have posted this recipe in my Goan food blog because this recipe is made in Goa and loved by all goans. it is a side dish very much like a raita or salad.
I will be posting Non goan vintage recipes on my other food blog so those interested please check those out too.. at




I am a collector of books especially cook books and Interior books.. I have been buying books since the last 15 yrs and have a huge collection of them.. In India as space is always not enough .It becomes a big problem storing these books and it takes me a lot of time and effort to arrange and keep all the books in place.
Its my project this year , to go through all my loose recipes i.e recipes which I have taken copies from old cookbooks and filed . 
I am planning to discard a few of them as I have cooked them before ( I have never ever followed a single recipe from a book as it is , I always make changes , to make it my own and hence I do not need the exact recipe for making a dish ). Its my hobby to collect cookbooks read them and also as they grow older my fondness for them increases which makes it impossible for me to discard them.
But the loose pages which I have either torn from old books or magazines or had taken copies from friends who owned those books these pages are giving away as they are old. The copies have been  taken over a long period of time hence I do not know which books they come from or the source..
So It just passed my mind that I should not let a old recipe go to waste why not share  with like minded friends and then discard it.. Will my friends and  all my readers like it if I do so more often because I have a lot to share.. It would be great if you tell me what you feel .


This is a simple curry made with chickpeas and mushrooms 


Each of my recipes are tried and tested unless mentioned but I change them to suit my taste you can do so too ,and if I feel that there are some tips to be given I will share them here at the end of the recipe.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


I just love this fruit and I can consume even an whole fruit without any problem...

Last weekend we were at   DAHANU   a small beach town about 2 hours drive from Mumbai....

While driving back I saw these awesome fruits in piles along the road side and there was nothing that could stop me from having a bite..

I had posted about this earlier in 2011 .. But let me tell you that a Watermelon is a great dish when you have a nice spicy meal keep it at the table with a little salt and chaat masala sprinkled on it.. It refreshes you instantly.

Watermelon is one of the most refreshing, thirst quenching fruit available year round now even in India.


Watermelon consists of 92% water and 8% sugar.
Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.

It has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable.
so that dayI purchased one whole for later use and ate a plate full of freshly cut fruit that you see above.


This was a quick sandwich I made for my son because there was nothing else in hand that he would like with is sandwich bread..
This is an easy and filling sandwich which  can be made in 10 mins flat and you can even make a lot of changes as per choice i will suggest a few changes which you can incorporate into the sandwich making.

I used ready schezwan chutney for this recipe you can make schezwan sauce at home too .
spread one side of  your bread slice with butter , on the other slice you can smear with a spoon of schezwan sauce keep a cheese slice on top and sprinkle with a little Italian seasoning a little pepper and chilli  flakes.. 
which gives a tangy , yummy Sandwich.

 I am sorry, I did not take a picture of the sandwich open.. I just took the outer picture as I was in a hurry.

You can add your own things like a scrambled egg . boiled potato finely sliced some finely chopped onions etc.

Friday, October 04, 2013


Here I share with you my meal of the day or lunch of the day..

CHAPATI AND RICE(not pictured)

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

TISRYACHE DANGAR ( clams cutlet)

This is an extremely tasty appetizer.. very unique and you won’t find it being cooked in many households and the reason I think is that the cleaning of the clams is a tedious process which takes time and patience.

I first tasted it at my sister in laws house … My mom had never cooked this so it was a new dish for me. I love tasting new stuff and that is so contrary to my nature as when I was growing I would never ever taste anything new, I would stick to the regular so that I don’t have to experiment with new tastes. Even when we went to restaurants I had my fixed dishes for each restaurant which I would taste.  Look at me now; I am always ready to try something new.

My sister in law loves to cook and I must say is a pretty good cook. She made this for her birthday party for the first time and since then it’s a regular at all our family get together's. This is served as an appetizer .
I love this dish for its simplicity, the only difficult part being the removal of the flesh of the clams from it shell which is very time consuming.
If you do get this clam flesh ready and removed it is the easiest and tastiest dish one can make. 
We go to the fish market to get the clams, clean them well, and then have to open each and every clam at the center to remove the flesh.



1 cup clams flesh
1 cup freshly grated coconut
½ cup onions finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped (this is optional)
2 tsps chili powder
1 tsp turmeric or haldi powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Pulp of a little tamarind soaked in warm water
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Rice flour just enough to bring all the ingredients together to form a cutlet.
You can add a little besan or chick pea flour too but this is optional
Salt to taste.


The procedure is very simple, Jut mix together al l the above ingredients in a bowl, add just enough rice flour that the mixture comes together and can be molded into a cutlet.
Take oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the cutlets till they are nice and crisp on the top.

Monday, September 16, 2013


I was in Goa the whole of last week .. I have purchased a new CANON DSLR camera before leaving for Goa and hence I wanted to try out my skills at photography with a DSLR..
Here I share with you some pictures taken by me and my son who is a budding photographer , he has a natural instinct when he takes pictures and I feel he is quite good at it...




Friday, September 13, 2013


I love posting what I cook on a day to day basis.. If it was possible I would have posted one daily .
But with our day to day routine its just impossible to click pictures and make a new post everyday, but I will try to post as many thali's or meals that I can and I hope this will help you plan your meals too..
My intention of sharing my daily meals with you is that those who also have to make a whole meal everyday might get inspired or get some tips and ideas as to their meal planning..
I normally plan in such a way that if there is a spicy vegetable on the plate I will make something light i.e non spicy with the rice .. 
We eat rice and rotis every morning and hence I have to have one or two vegetables for my lunch and also something with  the rice ..which is Dal or fish curry.. 
When I make a fish curry , I make very simple vegetables which are only simply tempered with mustard and chillies ..
Here I share with you one such thali or meal on a plate.

                                                         DRUMSTICK CURRY

                                                FRENCH BEANS AND BABY CORN


TOMATO SAR WITH RICE (not pictured )

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


I love to share what I cook for lunch most of the days at home..
Although its not possible to post one everyday, I do click pictures of the daily meal quite often.
I will share with you a meal which has lots of fish and hence fishy..

Here above is one of my favorite non-veg but thali exclusively made of fish.. There are many homes that I know of do not need anything extra other than fish fry or fish curry when they plan their menu..but in our home we need one vegetable to go along with the fried fish or fish curry ..
I normally don't do both on the same day.. i.e when I fry fish I do not make a curry and vice versa ..
But it sometimes happens that I get into a mood of cooking both..
This is what you see on the thali or plate and also some things that you do not see.
1.kalva* and potato tonak
2.radish or mooli leaves vegetable
3.fried king fish and mackeral 
4. chapati or roti
what you do not see or which I haven't taken a picture of is ,what is served once you finish eating the roti.
 Dal and rice or fish curry and rice are served .. sometimes I make to two dishes to go with the rice and the second being coconut milk kadi or sol kadi or curds

* kalva are like small oysters which you get cleaned in water, you have to only removed a rocky hard portion at the tip of the oyster..
will write the recipe in a separate post.