Showing posts from February, 2016

Avial, My style

Avial is a vegetable stew in raw coconut and curd gravy. I love Avial because it is mild, full of flavor and has assorted vegetables.  Hubby made a big bowl of curd last night. Well, how do we use it before it starts to get sour? Brilliant idea, Make Avial. I then rummaged / foraged in the fridges and came up with a not so traditional mix of veggies. This my style of Avial, so they are all welcome. Hey, I am in luck! Found a quarter of a small coconut in the deep freeze, left over from last week.  There were different recipes on the internet for avial. I went with ingredients and the result is as follows: 
Curd - 1 cup
Coconut - 2 tbs.
Dry red chillies - 2 nos.
Curry leaves - 6 - 8 nos.
Cumin and Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp each
Oil for garnishing - 2 tbs.
Green chillies - 2 nos. small
Salt - to taste
Rice flour - 1 tbs.

Assorted veggies:
Drumsticks - 1 nos. cut into 2.5" pieces
Potatoes - 2 nos.
carrots - 2 nos.
French beans - 20 nos.

You can also add yam, raw plantain etc. Since I did…

Radish and Ginger chutney

There was fresh ginger at home. Wanted to make ginger chutney. But I was not in the mood for a strong ginger flavour. So, to tone it down, I thought of using raw coconut. Then I found this radish waiting to be consumed. it too joined the list. Here is a radish, ginger and raw coconut chutney. it is spicy (thanks to ginger and radish) and quirky!
Ingredients: Radish - 1 no. ginger - 1" pieces 2 nos. Raw coconut - 1 cup grated or 1/2 cup pieces Green chillies - 3 nos. small  red chillies - 2 nos. Tamarind - a few flakes Coriander - a small bunch Curry leaves - 2 twigs Cumin and Mustard seeds - 1 tsp each salt - to taste Oil - 3 tbsp.
Clean and cut radish into small pieces. Grate or cut coconut into small pieces. Clean and soak tamarind in half cup of water. Chop ginger finely.
Heat 1 tbs of oil in a pan. Add cumin and mustard seeds when the oil is hot. When they start to splutter, add ginger pieces. Fry for a few min. and drain the fried stuff into a mixer chutney jar. Add salt to it an…

Recycled vest into a tote bag

I am very impressed with all the recycle ideas I see on the internet. I do a fair amount sewing, but not much refashion or recycling of old or used stuff. Lately I have been taking a stern look at my wardrobe and several items did not make the cut, so had to be relegated either to be given away or refashion them. This was one vest I used to wear a lot at home during winters. Ever since I moved to Goa, there is no winter and definitely no need for the extra layer. So it was hanging in the wardrobe for some time now, thinking when i need it, it will come useful. The other day, I decided the time has come for it to be discarded. I love the embroidery on the front and bright coloured flowers. I wanted to try my hand at recycling it and quickly turned it into a tote bag. 

All I did was to measure the length of the bag and cut out the rest from the top. Double folded it half inch and stitched the raw edges. Attached the front flaps together. Stitched up the bottom. Sides are already joined. Clo…

Trek to Savari Waterfalls

The trek to Savari waterfalls has the best scenic beauty.The landscape is rustic and enchanting; especially the sunlight through the foliage; The movement of water through the rocks; the brown, black and beige coloured dry leaves on the forest floor; the same coloured leaves in the crystal clear water, the trees which are 100s of feet tall trying touch the sky or wanting the sun?; the fallen trees on the ground, in the river, on the rocks, oftentimes on other trees, as if cradled in the laps for ever (?), suspended in pace and time; There was a tree in particular, which grew upto 60'-70' in height, abruptly bent at 60 degrees, and grew another 30', and went over another tree, and kept growing tall / long(?), entwined with another tree, mind you, all this at an angle or horizontally, and passed another 20'-30' and got tangled up among other trees. The last we could see, it crossed diagonally across the river below. We could not trace its journey beyong this point. …