RCI Maharastra, food of maharastra has bought back childhood memories though we spent hardly 2 years of our stay in Pune. I loved the climate the place for its simplicity and homely neighbours. The food loved for hot sabudana vadas, chats bhel puri, various kinds of wadis, polis . I can still remember the unique taste of bhel puri was hot and spicy but the flavors were excellent. The ganesh Utsav is a big bang for the 10 days rejoicing playing music and dance with the local community gathering was loads of fun from installing the madal to decorating, distributing sweets to the last day immersing the Ganesh idol in the near by river .
Here I tried two simple dishes which were unique in taste. I loved the taste of both the dishes. My pressure pan never gave good result as my baingan were mushy. When I make vangi bhath with Baingan i usally cook rice seperately. Next time i will opt for cooking seperately with my old way . The brinjals i used were thai brinjals which take longer time to cook than the purple ones.
All you need:
gherkins – 1 cup
peas – 1 cup
Brinjals – 1 cup
goda masala – 2 tsp ( thanks Tee)
turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
rice – 1.5 cups sokaed for half an hour
curry leaves – 1 sprig
whole garam masala
cinamon sticks – 2
cardamom – 2
cloves – 4
bay leaves – 2
1/2 cup coconut,
dry chillies – 4-5
- Heat oil in a kadai/pressure pan add whole garam masala fry until masala are plump add curry leaves
- Fry gherkins for a few minutes add peas and brinjals fry for a few minutes
- Add rice and fry for another 2 minutes. Add boiled water 1.5 times rice. Let it boil add the goda masala and roasted masala
- Add sugar and salt simmer until rice is cooked.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and fried cashews
Capsicum Cabbage with shallot fry
All you need
1 cup capsicums
1 cup cabbage
1 cup Shallots
1cup chick pea flour / gram flour (besan)
1 tbsp peanuts powdered coarsely
4 tsp chilli powder,
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
sugar (optional) to taste
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil
- Wash the peppers,cabagge, shallots. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
- Chop peppers and cabbage 1/2 inch square pieces.
- Dry roast gram flour until aromatic
- In a bowl, combine gram flour, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, salt and sugar. Do not add water.
- Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida and the remaining turmeric powder.
- Add peppers, capsicums, shallots and fry till they are half tender.
- Add gram flour and mix well until all the pieces are well coated with the flour. Fry for sometime over medium heat.
- Keep tossing the bhaaji until crisp and golden. Toss in peanut powder and fry for a minute.
Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves and serve hot with chapati.
The bhajji was delicious, the flavour of gram flour was not strong but was crisp and nice combo to the bhajji.