March 14, 2010

Roti on an Egg and a blogging break!

My life suddenly feels like is in a 'fast-forward-motion'..time is passing by so quickly and in about 4 days, I will flying to India....after two long years!! :D Yeh!. I don't have much time or interest to cook these last few days and moreover I terribly miss my mom-ka-khaana. :(

...though I am plannig to keep my photo blog active with some lovely pictures of India, I will be taking a blogging break from my food blog. But before I do that, I wish to share a really simple yet tasty recipe with you all.

...Do you like the combination of omelet with a roti or a chapati? If you haven't tried yet, then you HAVE to. It is simply the best.

I donno how and where I got this idea to make this 'Egg on a roti' or should I say - 'Roti on an Egg' ;), but it is surely a fun way to eat. I usually end up making this atleast thrice a week and All I do is -

a) Prepare some of our usual rotis or chapatis.
b) Mix - eggs with salt, red chilli powder, garam masala and fresh coriander.
c) Heat little oil on a pan, pour the egg mixture on medium heat. When half done, press a roti over it so that the omelet sticks to it.
d) Cook for a minute more, roll it up and Serve! It is as easy as it could be.

[Updated]: Check out Sandeepa's Kolkata Egg roll. Thank you Sonia. I loved this recipe :) Also,Wishing you all a very Happy and Joyous Ugaidi :). May this year bring you lots of happiness and all your dreams come true!

Hope Spirng arrived at your neck of woods and you are enjoying lots of sunshine, at times a lovely drizzle of rain with birds chirping and flowers blossoming.

....and I am all set to enjoy the blooming hot days in India!

cya soon,

March 7, 2010

Healing Foods: Avocado - A Roundup

Important Annoncement: As some of you already know, that I am getting married in April 2010. Since I will be able to blog only occasionally until things settle a bit on our side , I am opening up Healing Foods event for you all to host.

You can choose any food item from the below list:

Here is the Healing Foods announcement page and if you are interested to host, please email me the Month you wish to host with the Theme to info(dot)siri(at)gmail(dot)com.

If you have Avocado as a theme, one could expect one thing for sure to reign the charts - our beloved Guacamole and - it D.I.D.  It was also so much fun to discover so many new bloggers and their creative ideas, it is the variety that surprised me the most - using avocado from dips to muffins to sorbets to smoothies. I can't express enough how happy I am to receive all these entries for Healing Foods: Avocado. Thank you guys. You rock! :D If you find any entry missing or incorrectly linked, please drop a comment & I will correct it asap :)

..time for roundup of Healing Foods: Avocado event.. Enjoy!

Authentic Mexican Guacamole is everybody's favorite dip. Away from the usual, Madhu has re-created the dish with Indian seasoning as Avocado Chutney!. Yum


Who don't love fried goodies and if you add a healing food like avocado to them, it becomes a 'guilt-free-dish' ;) Isn't it. Beat the chills outside and dig into Ruchika's Avocado Poori.


Who dat! Yes, New Orleans Saints won this year's Super Bowl. For the occassion, Ashaji made her special 'Avocado, Sweet peppers and Corn Guacamole' to go with tortilla chips and other goodies too!. 


Gear yourselves up as you are gonna have a treat to your eyes with the variety to dishes that Priya made with Avocado - Each one of them very different and creative and delicious. Thanks a lot dear :)




Apart from being called as butter-pear, avocado has 20 vitamins and acts as a nutrient booster. Muskaan's post has much more information on goodness of this yummy fruit. She sent the following two entries for this event. :)



She harvest her own herbs - almost in every season. Isn't it wonderful. Graziana made this yummy Avocado Nachos Dip with Coriander :)

When I was 5 years, I didn't even know what a salad meant. Check out the delicious salad that Jaya's 5 year old came up with. So healthy and colorful and she calls it - Healfy Salad :)

Her blog's name says it all - Dreamy Delights and Preethi, the hostess of this blog send two of yummy entries made with avocado :)

Avocado is something which is so versatile that it can be added to any dish - soups, sandwiches, smoothies etc. Just like Apu made this healthy - Avocado & Pepper Salad with Lime Roasted Cumin dressing. :)

Jagruti brought in the goodness of three awesome ingredients - Avocado, Watercress and Mango into one Super Smoothie which is both healthy and appeasing to the eyes!


Say it is peek summer, sultry hot outside. The first thing we wanna have is glass of cool water or buttermilk. Make Latha's Avocado Buttermilk, this time for a change. I am sure it would taste heavenly :).


When I read her post, she very much reminded me of my close friend who has a habit of eating one dish until she gets completely bored. Here I present to you - Cooking Foodie and her Guacamole.


She is a passionate cook originally from India and now residing in UAE. Umm Razeen, of Kitchen Samraj made two no-cook avocado recipes for us.

I love the idea of making a sorbet with Avocado. Wanna know how to make it - check out Nandini's post on Avocado Sorbet, perfect for upcoming summers. :)

Giving our usual rotis (an Indian flat bread) a new twist, Usha sends us her delicious Avocado Rotis, perfect with any side dish. :)


I love Alton Brown's recipes - from his dips to cookies to cakes to breads. He is the master of all. Divya for the first time tried her hand on Guacamole (following his recipe) and also, some yummy Homemade Bean Burritos.



I must say, I was quite surprised when I got this muffin entry from Umm Razeen. I mean using Avocado's in muffins is such a different and neat idea. :).. She also made a beautiful looking Avocado Mayo, a perfect dip for almost everything and anything.

Avacado Mayonnaise


How many times did you see this famous 'Seven Layer Dip' during Super-Bowl parties. It is a very famous and hugely popular dip, best with tortilla chips. Cool Lassie shares her recipe and also couple of other yummy Avocado recipes. :)


Festive Edible Wreath


Adding beans to our very famous Guacamole is such a lovely idea. - which makes it even more healthier and tasty. Swathi wanted to make this dip for Super Bowl with her other fried goodies, but couldn't. Now, she made it especially for us. Thank you dear. :)


What she said is so true, Avocado has no particular taste of its own. Add any seasonings, it will take those flavors - sweet or savory. Try out her 'Avocado Smoothie' which has  milk and sugar, giving it a creamy texture.


Just like Jagruti's little one, I love pasta - for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, any time of the day. It is such a versatile dish and I was so thrilled when she used Avocado in her pesto sauce base. Yum, isn't it? :)


Lastly is my humble entry to the event - Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta, a Latin variation on an Italian platter with an Argetinian sauce.

Are you ready for the next edition of Healing Foods: Spinach. Hop on to Divya's blog for more details.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.


March 1, 2010

JFI: Fennel Roundup

From earth sprang herbs, from herbs food, from food seed,
from seed man. Man thus consists of the essence of food.
From food are all creatures produced, by food do they grow..
The self consists of food, of breath, of mind, of understanding, of bliss...

- the Upanishads (circa 1000B.C)

A special thank you to one & all who enjoyed the aromatic Fennel spice with me, all this month and sent their creative entries to the event, making it a success. I have tried my best in presenting every recipe with equal ardor and gusto, but if in case anything is missed or incorrectly linked, please leave a comment or send an email to info(dot)siri(at)gmail(dot)com. I will correct it as soon as possible. without further ado, presenting you the roundup of JFI: Fennel. Enjoy!

Shall we begin with the entry of the hostess of first ever JFI herself. Yes, I am talking about our beloved Indira, whose brainchild event, Jihva for Ingredients is so popular that the guest host line up gets filled up in hours and sometimes in minutes :). I love her cooking, her blog, her photography and her as a person. Thanks a lot for sharing the love and warmth through your posts Indira and your participation mean a lot to me :). Check out her Fennel Sandwich.

Fennel, a part from being a taste-enhancer also has many medicinal qualities and the best way to get them all is through a tea-concoction - Herbal tea sent by Graziana. :)

It never so happened before that I receive an entry within 10 minutes of my event announcement. This time I did, from Radhika and her delicious Baked Sweet Potato Methi Cutlet.

I openly profess my never-flinching love for eggs and every time I see a yummy egg recipe, my heart skips a beat. Just like it happened for Egg Kurma, by Ramya. :)

Every post of hers is like a fun-food-ride where you get to taste such yummy dishes that by the end of it, you crave for more. this time for JFI, she made Horsegram Kurma. Go check it out! :D

Fennel bulbs are beautiful to look at and so is Nisha's Potato Gratin spiked with Fennel & Spinach. She tries her hand on 'fresh fennel' for the first time and I must say, the results are just amazing!

A teaspoon of Fennel spice powder enhances the flavor profile of any dish , multiple fold and the proof of that is - Pumpkin and Green Pepper Curry with Fennel Seeds, sent by Latha. :)

Freshly ground-homemade-garam-masala is the best. If you wanna showcase the elegance of our Indian spices, have them taste - Collaborative Curry's Garam Masala. Thank you Sunitha and Namitha for sending this along. :)

Jagruti has sent us a double-treat for JFI this time - her own re-creation of a greek dish, an aromatic Fennel and Saffron Rice and a yummy yet whole meal in itself - Marinated Tofu-Paneer on a bed of wilted greens and baked beans. Delicious! :D


Do you wanna munch a snack now, then try Sadhana's Ragi-Black Chick Pea & Green Mung Bean Pakoda which are low carb and high in protein!..the best of both worlds.


Isn't it pretty common for all of us that - we start out to make a dish and finally we end up with something else - yummy though :) that is what happened with PJ and her Kadalai kuzhambu (Kala channa gravy).


She is an Indori - "Born and bought up in Indore, MP, India; a foodie to the core; has aloo kachori, bhutte ka keese, garadu and..(read rest at her blog)" and so is her recipe - Indori Kanda Poha  :)


Navratan Korma is considered a royal dish, with its rich & delicious gravy which is to die for. If you are craving for some now, not-to-worry. Ruchika made some for us. Enjoy!

Did you know that - "Roasted fennel is a tried and tested remedy for relieving gas and stomach acid, and other painful stomach disorders related to digestion". Lubna made Fennel Seeds Water a.k.a Saunf Ka Paani for JFI and also listed out many such uses of Fennel in her post with some beautiful photographs. 

"Looking for something easy , flavourful, super quick and delicious rice dish for ur lunch box or for ur dinner..", then this delicious Mint Pulao , sent by Priya is for you :).

Priya also sends a deiclious coconut-free kurma - 'Potatoes & Green Peas Kurma', perfect for those who are trying to cut calories or diet-consious.


Another keeper recipe - Corn & Tofu Pulao from Priya :)


If you are looking for a light snack in these cool, windy evenings? then try out Priya's Onion Bhaji. Yum :)


I guess, there is hardly anybody out there who doesn't like 'Rajma Curry', when served on a bed of hot jasmine rice ;). Swathi from Zesty South Indian Kitchen made some for us! Yeh. :)

Did you ever heard of Indian Apple Gourd? I did, for the first time at - Kamala's post on Stuffed Tinda. It looks both - yummy and very creative!

With winter till looming around in most parts of US now, soups are the best way to keep us warm. Try VnV's Leek-Fennel-Smallage soup and I am sure it will instantly warm you up!

Suma is associated with two Siri's in her life. One being myself and other is her beloved sister, for whom she whips up delicious subzis every now and then. One of which is - 'Fennel Flavored Mixed Vegetable Subzi'. Curious to know what all other she made for her sis. A quick search of - 'Subzis for Siri' will reveal all. :D


What would you do when you forget to add your best friend's entry to the roundup. You feel horrible and curse for not receiving the email. That is what I did. The delicious Cream of Fennel soup below is sent by DK, who is now officially, acc to me Queen of Soups. ;), who can make a sooppa out of any veggie available! :D

She made Methia Olu Chaman twice intended to send for JFI, but both the times, it was devoured without taking a picture. (..can't wait to see the recipe on her blog soon). So, celebrating the theme of Holi, Sayantani made a very dear recipe of hers called - Thandai. Holi Hai!!!

Twenty minutes on the clock and you will finish preparing Ramya's Rava Khitchadi, which is both appetizing and delicious on any lazy day. Isn't it?

After having spicy dishes, one craves for a silky dessert. the team of Turmeric & Spice just have the perfect one for you - a no-fuss Malpua recipe.


One thing I have learnt from using Fennel is - a tad bit of it adds so much depth and flavor to any recipe. One such perfect example is Jyoti's Apple and Carrot Soup - subtle and delicious!


Her blog is a repertoire of Ismaili (Khoja) cuisine and Saju sends one such yummy recipe for JFI - Baked/Roated Chevro/ Chevdo.


As aromatic Fennel spice can be, when added to any pulao rice recipe, like did in her Fennel-pilaf rice - it makes the dish both flavorful and different.


Daisy blue sends a typical dish in Tamilnadu cuisine - Vadacurry which she says might seem difficult but is very easy and looks appetizing too. :)


Silpa shares two classic recipes for JFI this time - one from Northern part of India and other from Southern part. Both look equally tantalizing and inviting :)


Healthy Gutti Vankaya Curry

The next entry is - presenting Jayasri's Aubergines and Canellini Beans Gravy.  The combination  is very intriguing and I loved the recipe too. :)

Last but not the least - is Apu's Home-style Tamatar Ki Chutney. She is right, every family has their own version of this yummy chutney and now check out hers :)

[UPDATED: March 6th 2010] this is quite a unique recipe I must say - where the okra is stuffed with two different stuffings in the same dish. Don't believe me - check out Kanchan's Marwadi ishtyle Peeth Perun Masala Bhendi

~ End of JFI Roundup ~

It was so much hosting this month's edition of JFI and I would like to thank Indira for the opportunity :)
..wondering what could be the theme of March edition of JFI?.. For that you have to check out Suma's blog.

Hope you all have a great week ahead.


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