Green Chili Thecha

Thecha is a traditional Maharashtrian chutney , made by crushing green chili and garlic in a pestle and mortar. This particular chutney is really hot , not at all for the faint hearts. It’s a perfect condiment for any regular meal , for people with a spicy palate ! Thecha in Marathi refers to a coarsely crushed mixture of chilies and garlic using a pestle and mortar. And as they say ,the chutney made using a pestle and mortar or the silbatta tastes far better than the one we get from the modern gadgets. It is typically enjoyed with Bhakri…

Dadpe Pohe – Coconut Infused Rice Flakes Snack

Dadpe Pohe is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made with flattened rice flakes. This cold snack has the very basic flavors of lemon , curry leaves and green chili , with the prominent flavor being that of fresh coconut ! An ideal , healthy and no-fuss evening snack , that is ready within minutes. As far as Pohe is concerned , it’s a very normal ingredient in any Marathi kitchen. The most widely known preparation being Masala Poha. Dadpe pohe is one of the lesser known preparations. I think only known to maybe our grandparents generation. This dish had gone down…

Poha Bullets – tea time snack

Poha Bullets is a savory tea-time snack , made with flattened rice flakes and Indian spices. This crispy snack should be served piping hot with any dip or ketchup of your choice! It’s a great snack that can go well as a starter or appetizer too. Poha is a truly versatile ingredient to work with. But growing up, I only knew two dishes that could be made with it , and that’s Masala Poha (a general breakfast for us Marathi folks) and Chiwda. Recently at a get-together at one of my friend’s place, I tasted a cutlet that didn’t have…

Potato in a blanket – Aloo bombs recipe!

A spicy potato based filling inside a blanket of perfectly crispy bread crust. A recipe that can easily make a weekend breakfast or a weekday snack , tad bit more special. Just team it up with lightly toasted bread , dip of your choice and ketchup. And ,how can I forget … ginger tea! Its OK to give in to the cravings sometimes , right? Specially when its drizzling outside , signaling that the monsoons are finally here, and they are here to stay! We had a nice leisurely breakfast yesterday at the sit-out, enjoying the rains . Doesn’t the…

Kala Chana Masala – Black Chickpeas in spicy tomato gravy.

Kala Chana Masala is a North Indian preparation of black chickpeas with a spicy tomato based gravy. Its relished as a heavy breakfast along with poori , tandoori roti or plain rice in North India. There are a few days when the Nortn Indian within me starts craving those flavours and those aromas. Yesterday was just that kind of a day. So I planned on making spicy and flavorful kala chana masala for lunch. Luckily everyone in the family loves it too and quickly agreed upon the menu plan. And I guess , everyone wanted a break from that regular…

Narali Bhaat – Sweet Coconut Rice

A traditional rice preparation with coconut and sugar or jaggery . Narali Bhaat is a mildly sweet delicacy with subtle flavors of cloves and cardamom. Traditionally prepared during Narali pornima , it is an awesome Indian sweet for any occasion. Narali Bhaat used to be made at my mom’s place, but as kids I was more into spicy rice preparations rather than the sweet ones ( actually I still am!). So this preparation was never on my crave list. But yesterday hubby dearest, asked me casually , do you know how to make Narali Bhaat? I had a faint idea…

Carrot and Tomato Salad – Koshimbir

Fresh grated carrot and chopped tomato salad with Maharashtrian flavours. A simple tempering, a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of sesame seeds takes the salad to an altogether different level. Salads are nothing new for us Marathi folks. Just that we have a different name for it – koshimbir!

Crispy Sandwich Pakoda with Veggie Stuffing

Spicy veggie mix ,stuffed between the soft bread slices, sealed with the batter and fried into crispy fritters. Just the kind of recipe you need for this monsoon season, right?. It is a great snack, and an awesome lunch box recipe for kids too! The monsoons seem to have finally arrived! And this awesome weather , makes all of us crave for some hot spicy treats! Doesn’t it? A dear friend has asked for some monsoon recipes. Now , I can’t let my friends down , can I? So let’s give this monsoon season a hot spicy welcome. These crispy…