Monthly Archives: September 2009

Macaroni Patata – Fusion Sindhi Recipe

Macaroli Patata Tamate Je Dhagh Mein (The Traditional Sindhi Name)

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One of my favorite recipes that I cook at home is Macaroni Patata. By favorite I mean not only it is yummy, it got me started blogging. Being interested in cooking I always visit blogs to find different recipes that I would love to prepare at home. It all started when I saw an event on one of the blogs, reading that post, got me thinking of this wonderful recipe which I prepared the very same day. The next day I sent the email with the recipe and tada… it was on the blog. By the way it was put up with the name of Haag12. I was so nervous that I did not want to reveal my name and that’s how I came up with the identity of Haag12 which really are initials of my maiden name and married name. Now, why not put up this traditional recipe on my own blog and I don’t have to hide my name :-D .

Here is a question that someone came up with, ‘How did macaroni’s get into traditional Sindhi Food?’ Indeed a very good question…An answer (a good guess)… Sindhi’s have always been very enterprising people. A lot of our bread winners travelled abroad (called Phoren in those days) and the good wives remained at home. The men on return would often bring goodies and once somebody happened to bring some macaroni’s (pasta). The good wife (one of our ancestors) came up with one of her bright ideas  :idea: and invented this recipe of macaroni and potatoes. Everyone at home loved it and thus Macaroni Patata became a traditional favorite recipe made over and over again in every Sindhi home. This is how macaroni’s got incorporated in Sindhi cuisine, a wonderful fusion of Italian and Sindhi foods. Here goes the recipe of Macaroni Patata …

Ingredients:

·1 cup Macaroni (your preference)

·4 Tomatoes (medium sized)chopped

·2 Potatoes

·3-4 Table spoons Oil

·2-2½ cups Water for cooking

·1Tsp Cumin(Jeera)

·1 heaped teaspoon Dhania powder

·½ teaspoon Red Chili Powder (Add more if you want it spicy)

·½teaspoon Haldi powder

·Salt to taste

·½ teaspoon Garam Masala for garnishing

·1 tbsp chopped Cilantro/Coriander leaves

Adding a little Twist… (Optional)

·Leftover phulkas : Fry quarters of these phulkas till brown and crunchy(Tikkars)

Method:

·Peel and dice potatoes about 1½ in squares. Wash thoroughly.

·Wash and chop tomatoes finely. (You can use canned, pureed, stewed or blanched tomatoes).

·Turn on heat and place pressure cooker on stove.

·Heat oil in pressure cooker. When hot, add cumin and fry for couple seconds.

·Next add the potatoes, macaroni’s and chopped tomatoes.

·Then add all dry masalas, except garam masala.

·Keep frying (bhunoing) for about 5-7 mins.

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·Add 2-2½ cups water and put on the pressure cooker lid.

·Let it whistle twice then lower the heat and simmer for about 3-4 mins.

·Ones the pressure is out open the lid.

·YUMMY, TASTY, DELICIOUS, SLURPY, MOUTHERWATERING…… Macaroni Potatoes is now ready.

·Garnish with garam masala and chopped coriander/cilantro leaves.

·Serve with plain Rice (Chawaran).

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Add a little twist by dipping the crunchy fried phulkas (Tikkars) in the Macaroni Patata.

Note: You can always add more water if you want more gravy.

Make sure it is nice and soupy as it is fun to slurp the macaroni with rice.

Keep it simple keep it Sindhi.

Awards

 

I have been writing, cooking and trying out recipes since a very long time. Being interested in cooking I visit a lot of different blogs. Then I started sending recipes to different blogs, now I have my own blog. My blog has been in existence for only a few months and I have found myself surrounded by the most wonderful world of blogger friends. Everyone is enthusiastic, very talented, encouraging and always appreciating each other.

My purpose of writing this post is to acknowledge and thank my dear fellow blogger friends for the awards that they have been passed onto me while I was on vacation. When I started blogging I had never ever dreamt the recipes that I post would be appreciated so much and that I would be showered with such admiration and lovely awards. I feel blessed and truly honored to receive these awards.  These awards mean a lot to me.

My sincere thanks go to 2 very enthusiastic and talented bloggers 1) Preethi of Authentic Food Treasures and 2) Jyoti of Food Seasons for showering me with the Kreative Blog Award.

 

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This award comes with some rules, and the rules for the Kreative blog award are.

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreative Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Here are 7 things about myself
1. I enjoy cooking and love to see people eat well. I like picture perfect meals.
2. I love to socialize and enjoy vacations. (You all know by now that I have been on vacation for a very long time.)
3. I love to talk, not just idle chatter, but with my mind.
4. I love to buy gold jewelry and diamonds.
5. I have learned a lot from my past experiences and hope to learn a lot more. To me life is all about learning.
6. I am comfortable with what I have. My 2 kids and my husband mean a lot to me.
7. I am very moody, sensitive and do take time to recover when hurt.

I would Love to pass the award to each and every blogger but this awards allows me to nominate only seven bloggers

1)    Cilantro – Cilantro.blogspot.com

2)    Lubna  - kitchenflavours.blogspot.com

3)    Sowjanja – mommyscuisine.com

4)    Sunshine Mom – tumyumtreats.blogspot.com

5)    Roma Sharma – romasharma.com

6)    Rashmi – delhibelle.blogspot.com

7)    Priya Suresh – priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com

Please pass this onto another new set of creative bloggers.

 

Thank you again Preethi and Jyoti

 

My next awards and tag have been showered to me by Jyoti of Food Seasons. Thanks once again Jyoti for these encouraging awards

 

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The rules are: 
Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag other new set of people.

Here are the answers to the Tag

TAG:

1. What is your current obsession?

Blogging recipes

 

2. What are you wearing today? 

Jeans and T Shirt

 

3. What’s for dinner? 

 Sorry it’s Sunday, kitchen is closed today and will reopen tomorrow.

 

4. What’s the last thing you bought? 

Groceries

 

5. What are you listening to right now?

It’s very late at night. Its quiet around here all I can hear is the clock tick.

 

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?

 Jyoti is a dear friend. I like her posts and pictures too. She is always there to encourage me with her lovely comments. She has also showered me with these wonderful awards. Btw I love fancy cooking and do admire your style of cooking.

 

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

Grass is always green on the other side. I am fine where I am and have no regrets to where I live.

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8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?

 Capri’s and T Shirts.

 

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

 Should I go on vacation again? I would love to go this hour why wait for the next. Australia is next on my list.

 

10. Which language do you want to learn? 

To read and write in Sindhi

 

11. What’s your favorite quote? 

 I am done for the day, see ya tomorrow

 

12. Who do you want to meet right now?

 Nobody. I am already married

 

13. What is your favorite color? 

Red

 

14. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet? 
My newest sari collection that I just got from India

 

15. What is your dream job?

 I am dreaming of retiring

 

16. What’s your favorite magazine? 

Home and Garden

 

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?

 I don’t need anything right now; I’ll give it to charity

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18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

Be simple. 

19. Who are your style icons? 

None

 

20. Describe your personal style. 

I can be simple, on the other hand be jazzy, depending on the occasion.

 

21. What are you going to do after this? 

Sleep. It’s 2.30 am and I am writing answers to these questions.

 

22. What are your favorite movies?

Dil Chahta Hai, Salam Namaste.

 

24. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can’t live without?

 I don’t use any makeup. I do use perfumes but can live without them. I am body lotion crazy.

 

25. What inspires you? 

My business

 

26. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

 Am a Mom, Am a wife, also a daughter/daughter-in-law

 

27. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?

Do I have to blurt this out? I’ll just keep it a secret. Shhhhhhhhh…

 

28. Coffee or tea?

 Tea, no sugar, little cream

 

29. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed? 

Try not to talk to anyone.

 

30. What is the meaning of your name?

Hira –my maiden name means diamond. 

Avisha – my married name means non poisonous.

31. Which other blogs you love visiting? 

OMG the list will be too long, such lovely recipes, I cannot omit anyone’s blog. All bloggers, you are great. Keep up the good work.

 

32. Favorite Dessert/Sweet? 

Kulfi Falooda and Singhar Ji Mithai.

 

33. Favorite Season? 

Summer.

 

34)  If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me? 
As I wrote before Kitchen is closed today and will reopen tomorrow. When open will definitely cook Sindhi Curry Chawal, tukah, Meethi Boondhi & Sindhi Chaat

 

I have added this question… 

How would you describe your birth sign in one sentence?

Gemini’s are wonderful, practical, bright, and witty and on the other hand can be wishy-washy, moody, and restless because you never know when the other side will show up.

These awards and tag are being passed to the same 7 nominated up for the Kreative Blog Award.

Thanks once again Jyoti and Preethi, You Rock …

Keep it simple, keep it Sindhi.

 

Seyal Dabalah – A Simple Sindhi Breakfast

Sindhi Masala Garlic Bread

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Thanks to all of you who visited my page and left me some wonderful comments whilst I was gone. It must have been hard for all of you who visit my page regularly to see the same recipe on the page. Finally I am back from my long vacation. I did have a wonderful time in India and as soon as I came back I got busy with back to school for both my kids. Now that they are settled, it’s my turn to settle down to my regular blogging schedule.

It has been really very hard to start back again. All my creative juices are still on vacation. There is absolutely no flow. The grey matter seems to be frozen and I just cannot think what I should put up for the good folks who visit the site. I keep reading the emails and comments over and over again, thinking this would break the logjam in my brain somehow. Maybe I have to do some magic abracadabra, mmm does not work. Well then let me try hocus pocus, still does not work, Ok let me do it in Hindi, Jantar Mantar … , I guess I’ll give up the magic tricks. I will make it easy on me and start with the first meal of the day - A breakfast recipe… Seyal Dabalah.

This is another of my favorite Sindhi recipe. I love this recipe because of the garlic flavor. Traditionally Seyal Dabalah is made for breakfast; sometimes I serve it for lunch. I have received a lot of requests for Seyal Dabalah (commonly known as Yellow Bread). The word Seyal means the food is cooked using very little water or none at all. Dabalah means bread in Sindhi. I make this with slightly dry bread, it stands up better to the cooking process and the water makes it gooey enough to enjoy the taste. Here goes the recipe of Seyal bread.

 

Ingredients:

 

·         10-12 Bread slices (Preferably day old bread) or any leftover white bread cut into 1′ x 1″ cubes or slices torn into bite size chunks

·         1 medium size Onion chopped finely

·         2 medium Tomatoes chopped 

·         2 -3 Tbsp chopped fresh Coriander leaves

·         1/2 tsp crushed Ginger

·         2 tbsp crushed Garlic

·         1 Green Chili chopped (optional)

·         1 tsp Cumin seeds

·         3/4 tsp red Chili powder

·         1 tbsp Dhania/Coriander powder

·         1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

·         1 tsp Tamarind juice

·         1/2 tsp roasted Kasori Methi powder (optional)

·         1 tsp grated Coconut for garnishing (optional)

·         4 tbsp oil

·         8 tbsp water (approx)

·         salt to taste

 

Method:

 

·         Heat oil in skillet, add cumin seeds when hot.

·         Add onions. Fry for a couple minutes on medium heat till translucent.

·         Add chopped tomatoes, and fry till tomatoes begin to soften and get pulpy.

·         Next add ginger, garlic, chopped green chili, red chili powder, dhania/coriander powder, turmeric and fry for 1 -2 mins till you get a nice aroma and the oil has begun to separate from the masala.

·         Then add tamarind juice, salt, chopped fresh coriander leaves and water. Stir and mix well. (The water helps combine everything)

·         Lower the heat again and add the cubed bread pieces. Mix gently till all the bread cubes has been coated with the cooked masala.

·         Sprinkle some more water if necessary. This recipe tastes good even if it is gooey.

·         Cover and let the bread take in the flavors on low heat. Stir a couple times…

·         Garnish with kasori methi and grated coconut.

 

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·         Serve hot for breakfast and don’t forget the Sindhi papad.

 

 

Keep it simple, keep it Sindhi