Daal Bafauri| Zero Oil Recipe From Chattisgarh

The theme for this month’s Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge is ‘Recipes from Chattisgarh’. From the multitude of very interesting dishes that the state of Chattisgarh has to offer, I chose to make a light, steamed snack called Daal Bafauri. This dish uses absolutely zero oil and is, hence, perfect for the aged and infirm, weight watchers, and children alike. It tastes lovely, and makes for a perfect tea-time snack. What’s more, it is very, very simple to put together as well.

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Sattu Ka Paratha| How To Make Sattu Paratha

I often make sattu ka paratha, which is highly nutritious and much loved by everyone at home. It is a very simple thing to make, but quite delicious. You must try it out too, if you haven’t already. I made the paratha for the Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge last month.

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Vegetarian Thukpa| Tibetan/North Eastern Vegetarian Noodle Soup

The thukpa is a kind of noodle soup that originated in Tibet, but is quite popular in parts of North East India. When I tried my hands at making it recently, it turned out absolutely delish, and we loved it to bits. It made for a hearty lunch for the husband and me, a lovely change from the usual. It’s the perfect thing to make right now, considering the chilly weather in Bangalore presently.

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Gongura Thokku| Spicy Andhra-Style Sorrel Leaf Chutney

Gongura thokku, a spicy gongura (sorrel leaf) chutney, is a very popular dish from the state of Andhra Pradesh. It makes for a beautiful accompaniment to piping hot ghee rice, and the husband and I love thulping it down with dosas as well. I learnt the recipe from a friend of my mom’s, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, and it has been practised and perfected over time. My 92-year-old granny, who was brought up in Bellary alongside Telugu neighbours, approves of it, too.

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Boiled Fruit Cake| Instant No-Alcohol Plum Cake

Beautiful, beautiful plum cake is ready!

Christmas is still a few months away, I know, but it is always a good time for ‘plum cake’ at our house.

Try out this instant version of the plum cake, which needs no alcohol and no soaking for months on end, and is yet absolutely moist, rich and extremely flavourful!

The recipe is just in, on my photo blog!

Chawal Ke Pakode| Leftover Rice Fritters

Recently, I recreated a dish that my mother would make often as I was growing up – Chawal Ke Pakode or fritters using leftover rice. She would make these fritters whenever there was extra cooked rice left over, and they would get gobbled up in minutes. In fact, apart from the rice, she would add any leftover dry curry, upma or vermicelli too. 🙂 Best way to use up leftovers, I say.

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