Wednesday, December 17, 2008

TIFFIN BOXES I MAKE......









I HAVE TO PACK TWO TIFFINS EVERY DAY , I PROMISE TO TRY AND CLICK PICTURES SO THAT YOU CAN KNOW WHAT I MAKE FOR MY TIFFIN. CHRISTMAS VACATIONS HAVE BEGAN SO THERE WONT BE ONE TIFFIN TILL THE NEXT YEAR.




HELLO FROM ME....



GHEE BEING PREPARED AT HOME FOR THIS SHEERA



  • SWEET SHEERA MOULDS


    HI FRIENDS...

    I know i have been very very irregular posting on my blog , but as i have said before that i have started teaching at a school and making tiffin boxes is in full swing। I love packing tiffin boxes ,but now the difference being i dont get enough time to click photos and make a good presentation , i am almost always running out of time and have to rush out of the house by just picking up my tiffin and a bottle of water , but i have taken some snaps which i will share with you and try to write about it as and when i get time.

sheera means rava halwa which a favorite with kids everywhere , this dish is sweet , delicious and most importantly very easy to make. Here too each house their own version of making this delicious dish. I make this dish very often because my husband and my son are very fond of this dish. I used a plastic mould to get the shape and make this simple dish look interesting.
recipe will follow later.
I will be blogging about the tiffins that i make as and when i get time so bear with me.






Sunday, November 16, 2008

NEW STEP......

Hi
Friends
This post is to inform you about the new development in my life, I have taken up teaching in a school. I have at all times been involved with my son’s studies and hence always been in touch with the latest in the field of education, especially the school education. Now that my son is capable of taking care of his studies and does not require my help I considered the option of joining a school as a teacher and getting to know how the kids are taught in school


READY TO TEACH

LESSON I WILL BE TEACHING THIS WEEK
Such an opportunity came to me where by I had to give a written test and a demo lecture before I was given my appointment letter. This is a very novel experience for me. Teaching your child sitting next to you and standing up in front of 50 students and teaching them is quite a unique experience. And it really proved to be that, I was a bit apprehensive when I gave my first demo lecture ever, but I did just fine and got the following remark from the principal who was present for the lecture, she said “you were excellent”. This remark gave me the required confidence to take upon this job of teaching.

Teaching is something that has been in my family as well as my husbands. My sister was a teacher before she got married. My father-in-law had been a professor in college while my sister in law is teaching at a school.
I feel that teaching is a very noble profession and those who teach can share a small but important part of a child’s life. We can teach them certain values which will be beneficial for their future growth we can also learn many things from them and also notice how time and generations brings about changes in the mind set of individuals .



Saturday, September 27, 2008

LUNCH BOX 2..chutney and cheese sandwich

Although getting up early to prepare the lunch box is quite a bother, the planning , the preparation and the presentation is something that i look forward to...
I have been making lunch boxes everyday for 6 days a week as there have been no public holidays in the last few days.


There is lot of rush at the time the lunch box is packed and you will see me being on the edge all the time, till my son finally is out and on his way to college...
I try to take pictures of my lunch boxes but sometimes its difficult to arrange everything and take so nice pictures and that depends on the menu of that day if its something that’s easy, something that I can complete packing, arranging and putting it in his bag (This is important- as the day I don’t put it in the bag it remains on the table).


.But whatever said and done i love doing these little things for him as this is the time he needs me and there will be a time when he no longer needs my help and will be independent and thats the time we miss what we do for our kids so i believe that you should do as much as you can for them, when its possible for us and acceptable to them.
Chutney sandwiches are real life savers, and so last week when i had very less time to cook a good meal for tiffin,and so i gave him chutney sandwiches and added cheese slices to it
you will have the chutney recipe here.
For those who would like to have the green chutney right here.
GREEN COCONUT CHUTNEY
INGREDIENTS:
One cup coconut grated
2 green chilies
½ cup coriander leaves
3 cloves garlic,1 inch ginger
marble size ball of tamarind
½ tsp sugar.
salt to taste
METHOD:
Very easy, just grind all the above ingredients with minimum amount of water .Your chutney is ready . its is a very delicious spread for bread sandwiches.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

LUNCH BOX 1

Finally, its time for me to prepare some nutritious tiffin boxes for my son


My son will have to carry his lunch box with him every morning, off course after I feed him a good and healthy breakfast.
Breakfast has been an important part of our morning ritual so as per habit I prepare a proper nutritious breakfast every morning too.
Today I made kanda , batata poha recipe you will find here which is a very typical maharashtrian breakfast which is very nutritious and filling you will find the recipe here.
This is just the beginning for me and I will go on trying new things and new combinations and share them with you. I would love it if my blogger friends come up with some suggestions as to what I can prepare a day earlier so that it becomes easier to cook the next morning.
I will try to give my son something that will keep him going till the evening as he will return only after 6.00 in the evening i.e. if the Mumbai traffic permits him, or it’s even later.

Kids usually tend to eat junk when they are on their own and out of the shell and that’s what I don’t want to encourage and hence something filling made by mom will always make him eat it, as he knows that lots of effort and thinking has gone into preparing his tiffin box .


I personally feel that if you always put ready made things in his box he will not care for what is given to him as he will feel that he might as well eat from out, but the love and affection with which a tiffin box is made goes a long way when it comes to his health as well as his food habits.
A combination of homemade and ready made can be done to make the tiffin box interesting, or should I say you can make it semi-homemade by using some ingredients from out mixed with home made stuff. Here in India one cannot avail of the facility of using a microwave at school or college and so he has to eat his food cold and so certain dishes like pasta or fried stuff won’t taste good after 5 hours of preparation. I know that everything tastes great when it’s hot but the kids have no option.
I usually plan his tiffin the night before as I have to make breakfast and lunch quite early.
This is just the beginning it will be an interesting journey as I think up of new stuff which will help me and other moms like me too.

This is what I gave him today
Fried rice with scrambled eggs to be mixed when he has his food .In this recipe mentioned i have used noodles with rice you can add or omit its optional.
3 small bananas for his small break at 12.10
His lunch break is at 3.10

I prefer not to give him sweets, but will definitely give him one or two occasionally

THESE ARE THE FEW THINGS I PLAN TO MAKE

Various parathas
Dosas
Sandwiches
Pulaos
Noodles

Can my friends suggest some more…

Sunday, August 31, 2008

FUSION CHOLE......

For those reading my blog regularly, will know that I love changing or your can say fusing one recipe into another to suite our preferences.
I am sure every Indian household prepares chole the traditional way, i.e. with the base of tomatoes and onions with ginger and garlic. In Goa all our gravies are made with coconut as the base off course with lots of onions, so I decided to make my chole by fusing the two, use onions, no tomatoes and use ground grated coconut for the gravy.
The chole turned out to be very tasty; my mother in law who loves the goan type of cooking also had words of praise for this dish
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So here is the recipe…

INGREDIENTS
11/2 Cup chickpeas or chole (I got these very tiny chickpeas from a shop near my mom’s house; they looked very unusual as the regular ones are quite plump).
One potato cut into big sized cubes.
2 medium sized onions finely chopped
1 onion finely sliced.
Whole spices: 2 whole cardamoms, ½ sp cloves, one stick cinnamon
1 tsp garam masala powder
½ tsp haldi powder
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp dhania jeera powder
½ cup grated coconut.
Oil and salt to taste



METHOD
Soak chickpeas for 8 hours before cooking.
Cook the chick peas and one medium sized potato cubes in a pressure cooker,
In a pan take some oil and fry the sliced onions till soft add the grated coconut and fry till the whole mixture became brown.
In another pan take oil, add the whole spices
Add the finely chopped onion stir and let them turn soft
Add all the spice powders, chili, haldi, dhania jeera and garam masala, stir for sometime .now add the cooked chickpeas and potato mixture
Add salt and let it cook for sometime.
Grind the roasted onion and coconut mixture with a small ball of tamarind.
Add the above ground paste to the chickpeas.
Add salt and it is ready to be served.

Serve with rotis or even rice.

FOOD ON JANMASHTAMI DAY......

our Indian culture is very rich and varied .There are many types of festivals celebrated around India the whole year , each festival has its own beauty.


AMBAT VARAN (Sweet and sour dal)

RICE AND CHAPATI

THE WHOLE THALI



BOONDI RAITA(not a traditional maharashtrian dish)


VATANA BATATA PATAL BHAJI

Food plays a very important part in the celebration of festivals and each family and each state have there own specialities which are cooked at home.

Such occasions calls for only vegetarian food to be cooked. as all festivals are not celebrated by everyone , those who are enthusiastic about cooking different type of food do try to make there wont combinations according to the liking of the family members.
On janmashtami day i cooked a complete vegetarian menu, i enjoy cooking and eating that you make for some occasion and with enthusiasm

Thursday, August 28, 2008

BAL KRISHNA.....

HI,
I had purchased the above picture in the year 2006 on Janmashtami day , i did all the ornamental work on the picture myself.
Its very easy i have shown you the close up of the picture, to see what i had done.


Isnt the picture cute!!!!!





Wednesday, August 20, 2008

DINNER ****

While in the US we were invited by my mothers cousin who stays in Chicago, we had a great time there, lots of eating ,relaxing and roaming that was our daily schedule.








The above meal was made for us a night before we were to fly back and you can see all the delicacies that she served us.
She had a barbeque on her deck ( which i havent clicked) ,she made roasted vegetables, chicken , corn and many more things. we had great great fun.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

DRY POTATO DISH.....

This is a dry potato dish which can be eaten as a starter and also with chapati's or Roti's.
I made this for my son's tiffin and he really enjoyed it , I gave it to him just by its own and not with Roti or bread but he enjoyed it never the less.
Here i will give you the method and the ingredients together as its a extremely simple vegetable to make and so you dont have to be exact with the proportions used and can change the quantity to suit your taste and requirement.

METHOD:

Boil some baby potatoes (do not remove the skin)

Take oil in a pan when hot add 1 tsp mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp jeera add a little hing, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder,red chilli powder and haldi powder .Stir till the masalas stick to the aloo or potatoes .I usually add the onions at this moment as i do not want them to be too soft i want them to remain a bit crispy which gives this vegetable an unique flavour.finally add salt.

when the whole thing is ready add lots of coriander finely chopped and 1 tsp lemon juice.

serve hot.

Friday, August 15, 2008

FARMERS MARKET....

After reading blogs and reading about the various farmers markets that bloggers visit i always wanted to visit one , I always liked the way they arrange their goods and the way they are pretty organized.
I got such an opportunity when i was in Newyork , it was my husbands cousin who was taking us around Newyork , when i noticed this small farmers market along the pavement , i got very excited and requested him to stop our car at a convenient spot and rushed to see the market.

It was a lovely experience speaking to the people who bought came in with their produce .we purchased some fresh homemade choco chip cookies and they were excellent.

FRUITS
HOMEMADE JAMS AND PRESERVES
HERBS AND GREENS
FLOWERS






FRESH BREAD



It was such a pleasure for me to visit small but well organized market on the Newyork street.
check out this local farmers market at Panchagani.
such farmers markets are seen in villages where they have one day of the week for all people staying around that village to come together and sell their produce
you can check out this market in Mapusa Goa
I love to go to such markets in villages, and see to it that whenever i visit a new place the local market is the first place i visit even before i visit the site of attraction for tourists.
But the farmers being very poor their produce are in heaps and are not in an organized manner.
but everything said and done I LOVE FARMERS MARKETS AND WILL ALWAYS VISIT THEM ,OFFCOURSE, THOSE IN INDIA .
I feel they have their own identity , when you see the colours , the flavours , the innocent faces of the villagers and their sincerity it touches your heart.
I have sent this to this blog here where there is an event on FARMERS MARKET