Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pitika II

Recently I had dried bamboo shoots and had kept them in a bottle with mustard oil.My sister(Deepa Baideu) told that mashed potatoes (pitika) and pickled bamboo shoots is a delight.


Pickled Bamboo shoots
Boiled Potatoes

Boil the potatoes and mash them.Add a little pickled bamboo shoots along with a little pickle oil.The dish is ready.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lessons Down South II

Raw Banana :

This south indian dish curry leaves ,dhaniya and mint leaves along with seasoning seeds.


Curry Leaves
Few Roasted Gram
Black gram
Chopped Coriander
Mustard Seeds
(I also used Kala zeera)


The seasoning seeds along with curry leaves are fried in oil.When the aroma emanates from the fried item the finely chopped round (or half round)banana slices are added.The banana is mixed well with the seasoning.And the cooking pot covered and the flame is kept low.Time to time the contents of the cooking pot should be stirred.A spoon is used to break one of the pieces .This makes us check whether the pieces have got cooked.The banana pieces become soft on getting cooked.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Little Garden

Of late I have started off with gardening.I am wondering whether to call it a hobby or a fleeting experience.It has been three months and I am not bored with it yet.But three months is sufficient to see the results.Nevertheless I have to thank little mainu for helping me start off.I know the limits of my patience and had it not been for her the idea of having a garden would not have taken off.My parents come from an agricultural background and have maintained a kitchen garden whenever they have got the opportunity ,space,time but I never had the interest in it.

A series of events in the family and I made up my mind to set up my garden.Difficukt it is to grow them and see them not bear fruits.But then I have realised that we may not get the reward everytime we put an effort.

I started off the first day of mixing the soil and sowing the seeds with an inhibition .What if the garden does not come up.The first surprise came within two-five days of sowing the seeds .Since we had no idea we were puzzled to see a plant popping out to a height on the very first day itself.These were the pumpkin plants .
Now one may think how did we come to know ?While examining one of the plants we saw the seed wide open,coated with mud sticking to one of the leaves.It was like a discovery for us . No other plant was visible in the brown patch except for these.I had lost hope on the tomatoes.So every morning and evening I would water them.Intially the plant looked like this.

Subsequently leaves grew and were different from the ones that came out first.
A look at the different stages.

As the plants grows after the broad leaves tendrils start growing.I really wonder how the tendrils get hold of object and coil around them.It is as they send some signals and from whichever direction there is a reflection they head start in that.
Slowly they started moving from one corner to the other .It was as if superman was moving .

Flower buds came.The first flower did give me immense pleasure .And when it bloomed it was wonderful.Till then there was no sight of any pumpkin growing anywhere.Only flowers .Some times as many as 8 blossom.Suddenly a tiny flower with a round bulb was visible.People back home had explained how the first one would look and it was there.The people back home also advised me not to look at it too often saying it spoils the plants.And yes they were true .The first one got spoiled after a few days.It was not due to any bad omen but insect infection.I am hoping for some more to grow.I even have taken tips for saving a pumpkin bud the next time.Hope the tips work.The journey of the pumkins have been till this place.If any updates are there will soon post a thought :)

Pumpkin Flowers II(Fritter)

The moment i told manashi that flowers are blooming in the garden immediately a recipe popped out from her mouth.It has been handed down to her by her mother and I thank her for sharing the same with me.


A thick batter is prepared by mixing besan and water.Onions ,chillies are mixed with the batter.The Flowers are dipped in the batter and fried in low heat in a vessel.

Pumpkin Flowers(Fritter)

These days pumpkin flowers are blooming in my garden.I will call it my fortune to have them in my small kitchen garden and at the same time have the gracious presence of Deepa Baideu(Sis) at my place.Apart from being a great cook she is also an expert gardener.These flowers had started blooming and every day I could see some two to three flowers .But on this particular day I had eight of them.And she made some lovely pumpkin flowers.

Pumpkin flowers are a rich source of beta carotene.And this is one best way of having them.


a)An egg or two.
b)An onion
d)Leek if possible

Beat an egg in a bowl.Chop the chillies ,leek and onions into small pieces and mix with the beaten egg.Take a flower and roll the flower in the batter.Heat little oil in a pan.Fry the flowers in low heat .And the flowers are ready.