Gujarathi recipes

My therapist. A comforting dinner.

I have a therapist. Let me tell you how I met her…

I live in a civilization that can sometimes be harsh and ferocious. We all do. The noise, insensitivity, pollution, crime, greed can be breath choking. I`m awed by all the luxuries and advancements the civilization has to offer. So much so that I am blinded by it all and easily fall prey to it. I revel in its beauty, temporarily. And then I see the first layer peel off. What lies beneath does not seem promising. Nor does it continue to give me solace. My eyes are now wide open to the darker side, the side to which I turned my blind eye to. Now I seek to escape. I look around for a sign of escape. But I can`t seem to find any.



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The transformation and some Rice Muthias

A tasty way to use leftover cooked rice!

How often do we hear the line “Failure is the stepping stone to success” when being given a pep talk by our well wishers! And these lines are supposed to rebuild one`s  confidence to tackle difficult situations head-on, with a brave face. They are not a mere soliloquy but a trumpet call to the ones who have experienced hardships that seem to pull down, when in reality it can be turned into a learning experience!Life, as we know, is bound to have a few roadblocks on the way. You may look for a pit stop, a moment to pause, catch your breath and to contemplate. But of course the road to reach the destination is still quite long.Every challenge we come across gives us an experience from which we can build on or improve. Every difficulty we encounter builds our strength. Every failure teaches us a lesson.  Its these eye-opening experiences, the new found strength and lessons learnt that can physically and emotionally make us a better person.With a  little bit of faith, a little bit of commitment, a little bit of thinking and creativity a Herculean task can be transformed into a blessing or a wonderful experience!
~By Anjali Rao

Shrikand Trifle

Life throws in many opportunities your way. Some seem promising and some not so. Some call for major turnaround and some become a part of our daily life. Some call for role reversal or role change. The new openings and chances that come your way will have many more such different shades. Opportunities need to be seized real soon! Because, once opportunities go they take a long time to come back. They need to be scrutinized from various angles. These ‘chances’ do not last forever. They come with an expiry date.
What will be the right key to unlock the ‘opportunity’?
Have a positive attitude, focus, be curious, meet more people and discuss on it, be willing to explore and take risks and in the end, take your decision and stand by it!
When we set out to do the best we can do, putting all our efforts, heart and mind to it, it is but inevitable that the best opportunites light up your path. Great opportunities will find us and knock on our door because we are doing what we truly believe in and what makes us happy. And then we open the door to welcome a ‘new juncture or event’ with hope and dedication at an all time high!
Do you hear OPPORTUNITY knocking on your door???




It is the season for the ‘king’ of fruits, the season for luscious, sweet and the divine tasting fruit – mangoes!

You slowly peel away the smooth skin to reveal the pulpy layer which beckons you to wait no longer to bite into them and you do without any hesitation and you are transported to sweet serenity. Such is the magic of ‘mangoes’.!



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Khaman Dhokla

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
~ Paulo Coelho in ‘The Alchemist’
Some incidences have happened to me too many times to be ignored. I just think I need to meet a person for some reason and fate complies. I meet ‘that’ person unexpectedly during our outings! If you thought it only applied to local acquaintances then you are wrong. Ah…the wonders of Facebook! I login to find ‘that’ person online after ages!!Ditto for some recipes I plan to make for the week. I plan to do some hunting for the ‘perfect’ way to make that ‘dish’. And there I sit in from of my lappy planning to search away till I hunt ‘it’ down but only to find my blogger friends would have already done that work for me!! Then all there remains to be done is write it down and head to the kitchen. The search ends just when it began!

We at home love dhoklas!! They are easy to make, tasty & healthy!! All this while though we have relied on ready made dhokla mixes to satisfy our dhokla cravings. These were quite delicious, soft and spongy. Making this Gujarathi delicacy from scratch had been on my to-do list for quite sometime but always wondered if they would give the same satisfying results. So there was an excuse to putting off any plans for making them for the time being. But plans to make them kept coming up too often to be ignored.

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Turai Makai Nu Shaak

……ridge gourd & corn in a coconut milk gravy
Another post to share another of our family favorite recipe with you all but have to force myself to type away the words. Yes, while I enjoy cooking & clicking, finally posting and sharing the taste and experience in words is sometimes not an easy tastk. Sigh, how I wish the sentences and words that are framed in my mind magically appear on the screen!  To put it in plain and simple words, it is nothing but pure fantasy! While it never will happen in reality, it gives me a chance to engage in day dreaming for a little while. The ringing of the phone brings me back to reality. But I continue and  ponder upon this fantasy.
A century ago, did one imagine that it was possible to engage in a long & visual conversation with someone on the other side of the world? And then again, some one who day dreamed about it being possible was probably laughed at! A passing thought in my mind one day as I was day dreaming was to transform vegetables like bitter gourd or ridge gourd or similar vegetables sometimes not given the importance they deserve into a dish that will be the highlight at the lunch or dinner table. Continue reading
Tip of the Week
Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.