Mumbai Monsoon Essentials

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Seems like the monsoons have finally hit Mumbai. Yea , the usual follows ….Oooh Romantic walks , the romantic talks , traffic , potholes , train delays , flooding , intense conversations with self , sudden energy after the sapping heat .,,,Lonavala , …and then therez food!! . The rains bring in a very weird mix of problems and mush.

As cliche as it may sound the Vada Pav , Bhajiyyas and Samosas , get a sudden boost of  popularity during this time of year. Not that they don’t sell during the rest of the year . Its just that the rains confer on them almost a “must-do” kind of aura . Yes and they are paired of with tea, which sounds very wine pairing-ish. (Although , it’s a sure formula for crazy acidity) , But because tradition demands to be followed we do .

Today I want to feature the Vada Pav and the Moong Dal Bhajjiya from Chembur 🙂 Its a roadside stall that sells only for a couple of hours . Its almost like your life depended on it if you don’t get your share of his wares. It feels like the Zara of street food!

But we all love it , with whatever gastronomical discomforts our street food gifts us ..Coz therez always Digene!

Soak yourself . Have the time of your life . Loads of love XX

 

Kuch Thanda Ho Jaye

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Ice creams are dessert for me . its amazing how much you can play around with . My daughter is a big fan of ice cream , although her world revolves around the most favoured flavour in the world i guess – CHOCOLATE!!

I got really inspired by Gemma Stafford  and her simplicity with which she makes ice cream. I took her ice cream base and experimented . I came up with Rose , Mint n Choco Chips ( I borrowed Gemma’s recipe here) and Coffee with Salted caramel.

My favorite one was Coffee with Salted Caramel. Used the Indian Filer Coffee here for a strong coffee kick . The Salted Caramel complements it nicely .

Ice Creams for the family have always been about great conversations and choosing your own flavour.  I love noticing people choosing their flavours at ice cream parlours . Yea just a weird side to me I guess 😉

Ciao XXX

 

An India-Pak Final needs loads of ENERGY!!

Its the Champions Trophy Finals on Sunday. And what better than an India Pak Final . Emotions run high , Stress levels are high ..its only fair enough that the energy levels are high to cope up with the stress!!!

I came up with some things to munch during the match and created a platter of sorts. All spiced with the Indian Spice Kick!

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Well Well , whats on the platter.

There’s Egg Kabab. – Essentially a boiled egg , wrapped in spiced mashed potato and fried. You can season the potato with anything you like . I did with Onions , red chilli powder , tumeric , graram masala and some mozarella . It’s quite filling and its loads a punch in taste.

Then I’ve made two brushettas, one with Tandoori Chicken and the other with Cottage Cheese (Paneer) Stir fried the chicken with Onion tomatoes and spices and plopped in on a toasted bread.  Grilled the cottage cheese and topped with seasoned tomatoes

Potato and Pea Croquettes – Mashed potatoes and peas mixed with onions , nutmeg , salt , pepper , coriander and chillies. Have slid a cube of mozzarella inside for that cheesy goodness when you bite in !

Masala Popcorn and  Blue Curacao Lemonade make the perfect accompaniments. Have put a Salsa and Tzatziki for the extra punch. And yes therez always chocolate for sweet endings .

Bleeeed Blue!!!! Lets go Boys!! India , India !!!!!

Relish!

Relishes are the those magical additions to any dish that take it up notches higher. I love having a good relish / chutney with almost anything I eat! They’re simple , quick and packed with flavor. India has loads of chutneys to choose from  You travel to any part of the country and they will have their own chutneys .  We eat chutneys with anything from snacks to curries to biryanis. And if its like someone like me , I eat it just like that. They’re my Nuttella 🙂 I have several jars that I just dig into when hunger strikes.

Chef Kunal Kapur is one of my favorite from India. I love his recipes. It allows you to innovate and put a bit of you in the recipe! In his book, A Chef in every home , I came across two chutneys that were really different and could lend their flavours beautifully as accompaniments. I’ve played around a bit with them.

I tried the Pineapple Chutney and an Aubergine Chutney . I must say they were refreshing , fresh and bursting with flavour .

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The Pineapple Chutney is lightly flavoured with spices like red chilly powder or you might use paprika . I’ve given it a little more hint with star anise and cloves .  As all the ingredients lend their taste while simmering beautifully , what you get is a chunky summer treat that would go well with a lot of finger foods . I would even go further and add it to some of my salads just for that extra kick . Its got sugar , vinegar salt and spices. You can play around with the spices to make this dish your’re own.

The Aubergine Chutney is one robust fella. The humble vegetable just get a great lift with the addition of tomatoes , curry leaves , cumin , onion seeds , jaggery , tamarind and peanuts.   Its great for pairing with breakfast items like pongal / khichdi , dosas , idlis , maybe rice too . Couldn’t stop lickin the spoon , the tamarind , spices and jaggery give a heady taste of sweet , sour and spicy . A must try

Until next time guys … and remember “First we eat, then we do everything else  😉 XX
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Sweet Beginnings

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It’s always nice to begin things with something sweet! It sets the tone for things to come. Hi! I’m Michelle. Am here for the love of food. I can’t stop thinking about food whenever I have a little free time on hand. It’s no surprise if you see the recipe books that I’ve piled up through the years.  When I pick up a recipe book , there is a story that each one has to tell . About the chef , his/her style , the way they treat food , the reason they cook , how they experiment. They secretly reveal little details , their influences .

Their recipes make you the star of a party and sometimes well …..maybe not. But you silently build these relationships with the chef unknowingly and they become part of your  life. In today’s connected world , you become privy to what’s happening in their lives and you laugh and cry with them silently .

My blog is dedicated to all the chefs I so love . It’ about all the food that I love from the books that I have . It’s about stories related to those dishes . . It’s a blog to celebrate food and their creators. Welcome to my world !