Side dishes have always been important in meals not just in India but all over. A side is typically a food item that accompanies the main course. It is usually served in a small portion and is responsible for elevating the eating experience of the main course. In most meals, the main function of the side dish is to improve the nutritive value of the the meal and hence salads are the most common sides. Additionally, the sides need to be in accordance with the meal theme, provide balance of flavour and contrasting texture. To put it simply, the main function of a side dish is to tantalise the taste buds and make eating a great experience . In Italian food, often along with pastas, garlic bread, salads, vegetable gratin etc are good accompaniments. Continue reading “Zucchine Al Forno – Side by Side”
In almost all the baking workshops that I conduct, one of the most frequently asked questions – What is the right type of baking tin/pan one should use? Well, there are different factors that one needs to consider when choosing a baking pan. Through this blog, I will explain these factors as well as the different types of baking pans and containers available to us. While there are numerous pans used for baking, this article will cover the ones that a primarily used for baking variety of breads. Continue reading “Shape of You… – Bread moulds and tins”
I just came back from the the Strawberryland oops sorry Mahabaleshwar! I cannot help but think of Mahabaleshwar as Strawberryland of Maharashtra just like the fictitious place in “The world of Strawberry Shortcake”, a 1980 American animated television series. Well, the point is what lovely strawberries I got to pick and eat in Mahabaleshwar and carry back home! And naturally, my daughter insisted that one of the desserts I make be the Strawberry Shortcake. Continue reading “Strawberry Shortcake – Berry Delicious !!!”
India is a country of diversities, be it geographical, religious or cultural! Hence food diversity is a natural consequence. Every state in India has its version of potato curry using the spices and ingredients locally available. Naturally, Goan version of the potato curry is made with coconut. When I was first introduced to this scrumptious curry, I was genuinely surprised as to how such a small amount of ingredients can yield such a tasty curry. But then that is Goan food for you, minimalistic yet tasty!
The Goan Potato curry is a breakfast item and is to be had with bread. It is mostly not available on the menu of restaurants and only Goan households make it. It is literally un-heard of! The Goans have it with their bread called ‘Poi’ or with the regular slice bread. Cumin seeds, sesame seeds, fresh grated coconut and dried red chillies are the key ingredients used to make this flavourful curry. Here is the recipe to make this breakfast curry: Continue reading “Goan Breakfast Curry”