Bread basket

North Indian bread varieties

Ajwain Methi Puris

Its hard to resist anything fried till golden, crisp and tempting!!! Moreover it is the season to indulge!!! Festive celebrations are just round the corner. The weather is turning cold and wintry with rains making their appearance every now and then. 

Taking in the cool air and winter shades of nature during our drive to office is enough to charge one to gear up for the long celebrations next week. 

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Ragi Puris, any one?

 
It was a pleasant day with the gentle breeze lightly caressing the leaves. The sun seemed to be generous in spreading golden hue all around. That perfect setting when I could not help but let my mind wander to the fields in my native place.When home grown, organic vegetables seem to be one of the most talked about topic at present, we are blessed to get our little share and taste them first hand! The fields in my native place are cultivated with variety of local vegetables like brinjal, tendli, amaranth, pumpkin and so on apart from the standard rice that is also cultivated.The colors of these vegetables are so vibrant, so fresh to touch and smell. And I said it is organic , right? So need I say more on its taste? For the taste of dishes made using these vegetables from our farm house is so exquisite!
 
Not that the dishes made are ‘gourmet’ style, but just a simple sambhar or dal or poriyal. In just one bite you know there is something very different about the dish than those made from regular store bought ingredients. The vibrant color is what first catches your attention as you glance at the dish. And then on taking a spoonful of it the, true flavor of the vegetable is what hits you next. Its so rustic, so magical!  The taste is soul filling. And then you simply go on with eating and relishing this simple home cooked meal along with organic rice from the same field and wished the meal never ended, until your break time is up of course! And then again you look forward to when you can once again taste this simple special menu!
 

Tandoori Rotis

 
 
 
…..without a tandoor
 
There are some who rejoice the start of rains and monsoon season. And there are some who find every possible excuse to curse at the pouring rain. Some eagerly await to go outside and feel the rain drops on their faces. The nature seems to be happy too. The birds chirp the happy song on top of velvety green trees. But then again, you have to travel to work and then the rainy weather becomes the foe!! Well, what can we do. Every season has the good & the bad!
 
When you find your thoughts wander towards the ‘grumbling-at-the-rain zone’ just look outside and be soaked in the joyous moment – be calmed listening to the soothing sound of rain drops and watch nature do a happy dance. And then maybe…..you will spot the rainbow……Right now its pouring outside and all I can feel at the moment is a warm and fuzzy feeling. The The cold air tempts me to grab a good book  cookbook and escape under a blanket to simply drool at the pictures.
 
And then I remember the piping hot rotis I had for lunch last week.

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