The above picture was taken at a confectionery shop at Kolkata’s City Centre 2..a shopping mall… One glance and it reminded me of the toadstools in the fairy tale books… Oh how I wish that was me sitting atop it…. 😍
Reminded me of this poem I read long long ago… It goes like this…
The Toadstool House
I wish I lived in a toadstool house, Beneath an old Oak tree, With a tiny door and a chimney pot, And windows – one, two, three.
I’d play with each wee squirrel, Who chanced to come my way, I’d get to know the woodland birds, And feed them every day.
And if you’d ever wandered by, I’d ask you in to tea, Inside my little toadstool house, Beneath the old Oak Tree.
Today post is about a salad.. Hesaru Belle Kosambari
Hesaru Belle – Split green gram Kosambari- Salad( in the South Indian kannada language)
Kosambari is a simple and easy to assemble South Indian salad. A very healthy and yummy one served usually in weddings and festive occasions where food is prepared and served in large quantities…If you go to a typical South indian wedding where food is served and eaten seated..not the buffet type..(as in you are seated in rows with a banana leaf spread in front of you, the traditional way of having food in the South of India at functions..)
You will find the servers first placing salt, pickle on the banana leaf followed by this Kosambari/ salad.. It is yum, refreshing and a really tasty salad..so by the time we wait for the actual food this salad helps to satisfy the initial hunger pangs.. I have had this normally at weddings and I totally love it so encorporating this in my weight loss diet as it has a healthy mix of proteins and veggies..
It is made up of Moong lentils/ moong daal, veggies like carrots, cucumber are also added. Addition of fresh coconut is one of the highlight in kosambari and it does make a lot of difference to the final dish. A final tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves is also done. However, the tempering part can be skipped
🥗Soak 1/4 th cup of yellow moong daal for about 2 hours 🥗Grated carrot 🥗Finely chopped cucumber 🥗One green chilli chopped 🥗Freshly grated coconut ( can be skipped) 🥗Salt to taste 🥗A teaspoon of lemon juice..
For the tempering/ tadka
🥗A pinch of mustard…Jeera.. Asafoetida…Curry leaves… Chopped coriander and a teaspoon of oil
So in a bowl.. 🥗Mix in the chopped cucumber, grated carrots and coconut,chopped chillies, coriander.. 🥗Squeeze some lemon juice add in salt.. 🥗In a small pan take some oil add in mustard..jeera..asafoetida..coriander..curry leaves..
🥗Add this tempering to the salad and mix well..Can be had as it is or mixed with curd too..
Do try this really light and refreshing salad as a side dish or with your regular meals..
On friendship day today, Nah not that usual I did this.. My friends did this.. I was this.. We did this thing together…nope not at all..Just a few pics to make you and self reminisce about the lovely times we have shared with our friends..
Ups and downs..good and bad times..Friends come and go.. But everyone will have some memories which will last forever…
I even to this day big time b…h about all things possible with my friends and you know what makes me happy??when they agree and add more masala to the b……g and keep it going…we all laugh about it… Ahhh what a feel good factor…that’s a feeling.. you could hit the ceiling..😇
Happy friendship day to all my reader friends here at WP!!
When I graduated to medical college, I used to take all my friends especially the North Indians to this awesome place in Bangalore, street food of course.. Idlies are served in posh restaurants to the humble thela wala ( street vendor)
The chutneys are something to die for..ahh the endless number of times I have visited this place in bangalore, Commercial street, an elderly couple doling out the most delicious, soft, mouth watering idlis paired with chutneys of two colours, a white one made of lentils and a red one made of fiery hot red chillies and tomatoes..
Chutneys itself need an entire post to be described..you have soo many to choose from!! We have restaurants serving small small lemon sized idlis to huge ones called “Thatte Idlis” with different chutneys..
So I am imagining myself standing in front of this cart waiting for my turn for steaming idlis, served really hot hot hottttt with the chutneys in tow..ahh I have lost track of the innumerable visits to that place !!!
Speaking of idli love let me share with you another personal story..
It dates back to med school, me and my husband who was “Just a Friend” back then!! As usual I was craving for Idlis from the cart, so he took me there, rather I forced him to come along.. Being the hygiene freak that he is, he was cringing when I insisted on having a plate of Idlis, he let me have my fill though..
So the story goes like this wherein I am blabbering away something and the vendor passes the plate of hot idlis!! Too hot for me to hold and my husband ( who was still just a friend) took out his handkerchief and placed the plate on it and held it for me till it was cool enough for me to eat and I literally ended up eating it out of his hands while still chatting away!! Awww that made me melt indeed..(soo kiddish you might say but yup that’s me Nee and what do you expect I would do??!! All of 21 and experiencing this ha ha ha so that was a sign of love blossoming..) Poor hubby still tags along cribbing and grumbling when I tell him I wanto eat idlis from the vendors..
As I was searching for images I got to know there is a world idli fay too.. Every year, March 30 is observed as World Idli Day, a day dedicated to this delicious, fermented healthy food.. Now that’s also news to me.. Wow!!!
More about the Idli love in the next post…Until next time drool away, grab a hot plate of Idli sambhar and let the magic work…have a great week ahead all..
Today post is a very hungry one..Yes my hunger for the staple food in South of India..The Humble Idli!!!😋😋 Why humble??🤔Cause it is the cheapest food!!!
Easiest to make ( I guess only South Indians consider it easy to make) Like rajma chawal is a delicacy for us Southies, Idli is a delicacy in the North..( Speaking entirely and purely based on my experience)
So what is an Idli??!!💁 For my Non Indian friends, here is a link to the description about one of the awesome food South India has to offer..
My love story with idlis dates back to my childhood, when my mum used to give me and my brother 1 rupee on Saturdays ( somedays even she needed a break from cooking and we, a chance to gorge on outside food) So, those were the days when idlis used to cost us just 25 paise each, so 4 Idlis for a ruppee was an awesome deal, shared between me and my bro with the most amazing and tastiest chutneys!!🤤
Idlis in India is available at breakfast and dinner in high end restaurants and as street food too.. The taste of the Idlis sold in the carts is totally awesome and entirely different compared to the once sold at restaurants and hotels which boast of it as a rice dumpling steamed and simmered in spiced broth and blah blah blah, it’s a basic rice ball that’s it!!! 🤨😱😳😩
Coming back to my story, my mom used to pack 2 idlis with mint chutney for school..ahhh a memory I still can’t forget!!😍 A friend of mine amused me by having it with ghee and sugar, so you see, idli can be eaten with groundnut,coconut,mint chutneys..sugar..soaked in milk..with spicy lentil powder mixtures..with vegetable sambhar and the list is endless..
The next memory I have as I progressed to high school is of buying it from a small eateries called Sandarshinis for 1 rupee, the prices had increased by then.. My brother’s love for idli sambhar and vada surpasses mine!! Every Saturday after the routine NCC drill in his school he used to treat himself to 2 plates of Idli Vada sambhar!!
💸The prices kept increasing from 25 paise in the 1990s to 1 ruppee in 1994 to 5 ruppees in 1998 to the current 30 ruppees for 4 idlis.. (street food prices) The hotels charge anywhere from 50 to 150 ruppees for a plate.. Idlis are mostly served in pairs cause no one can eat just one😋
In short, Idlis are the most basic and the most easily available and loved breakfast item that has ever been discovered to us South Indians!! More about my idli love in the next post.. Until next time… Enjoy hot Idli sambhar with cool cool chutney!! 🤗🤗🤗
7 years on WP and still at it..on and off but still at it…sometimes filled with rants and thoughts from my everyday life to forwarded messages which amused me.. From sharing my little cooking recipes to full on b…..g about people, it has been a looong journey for me…
I started WP as I was bored..at crossroads stuck between making a career in the medical field and taking a break from continuous studying…so at my first ever job while still preparing for my post grad exams, I remember writing posts in between seeing patients, I used to and still type them down from my phone…completely new to the blogging world and the technological aspects, I learnt the basics gradually…What started as a hobby and a portal for expressing myself served as hope to when I was really low.. Reading blogs from across the world.. Travelling through places virtually.. Reading about the different cultures, traditions and lifetyles is still exciting…
Once I started my journey here I learnt so many things..it was kind of an adventure for me..the more I read and enjoyed my fellow bloggers post, I realised it is indeed a bright happy world out there.. So with an on and off effect am still here trying to keep up.. Trying to share my musings and thoughts, learning and evolving in the process..
I also made soo many new friends across the world, I enjoyed reading their posts, comments and replying back..soo much for WordPress,so thanks again guys..it is not just a blogging platform it is a boon in disguise!!
In continuation of fathers day, here’s a forwarded message.. It was soo touching that I had to share it..sometimes some messages really touch you and make you think and re think, so couldn’t resist sharing it..
A daughter asked her dad if she has ever made him cry in front of her before, because she did not remember ever seeing him cry.
He said, “Once.”
He told her that when she was 3 years old, he laid out a pen, a rupee, and a toy in front of her. He wanted to see which one she would pick…
It represents what you’ll value most when you grow up.
Like the pen is intelligence, money is wealth and the toy is fun.
He was just doing it out of curiosity.
It was interesting for him to see which one she would pick anyway.
He said that she just sat there and stared at the items. He sat across from her and waited patiently.
According to him, she crawled towards them, he held his breath, and she pushed everything aside and went straight into his arms.
He didn’t realize that he was one of the choices. And that was the first, and the only time she made him cry …
So one sunny afternoon…just before serving lunch..I planned to make something to go with the lunch menu which had piping hot sambhar..rice and sabjis
Instead of the usual Papadums or Appalams/ Vadiyalu/ Vathal as we call them in Kannada…Telugu and Tamil..( Yes!!! Yours truly is a multilingual person hailing from the South of India..speaking 8 languages..so I tend to use words in different languages as and when my brain processes the images🙈)
So I decided to go with a Simple easy and instant recipe
Onion pakodas/ fritters It is a staple on rainy days or those long tiring evenings when one craves something to go with Chai/ Tea
Ok so this recipe doesn’t need much of pre preps…
🧅Chop one onion in lengthy strips.. (Divide the onion strips individually..else they all get sticky and we will end up with a gunk of onion batter..)
🧅In a Mixing bowl.. Add 1 cup of Besan (Gram flour) 2-3 teaspsoons of Semolina..( Rava/ Semolina makes the fritters crispy)
🧅A bit of salt…a pinch of chilli powder…( Can also add chopped green chillies) 🧅A pinch of coriander powder,turmeric powder and garam masala and salt…
I also added a bit of dry mango powder( that’s completely optional) So mix up these ingredients well..
🧅Add in water to the desired consistency…some prefer it a little dry, some all wet and gooey…works well both ways!!
🧅Heat a Kadai/ Pan with generous amounts of cooking oil..
🧅Let it warm up and add in the mixture in small quantities..
🧅Deep fry till nice soft and golden brown…keep the flame low as it tends to burn the besan real fast..
🧅Serve with tomato/ chilli sauce or with a side dish of green chillies and pickled onion ringlets or have it with sambhar rice..dal rice..even better make a kadhi out if it!!
( Kadhi is Onion pakodis/ fritters dunked in spiced buttermilk ) more about kadhi maybe in an another post!!
All in all a simple and easy recipe..do give it a try ..
🧅I have heard and seen on cookery shows the batter for the pakodis/ fritters been made with Beer… Heard they come out real crispy and yumm..never tried it though…maybe some time soon
🧅The same batter can be used to make a variety of fritters..instead of onions just add in roundly sliced potatoes..raw bananas…large green chillies…egg plant..boiled eggs..and even bread!!