Monday, October 29, 2007

RCI Bihar : Kadima Tarkari

My parents were very excited when they heard that I was hosting the RCI event for Bihar. My Mum and Dad, bursting with recipes, were ready to cook up a storm. Today I am presenting one of their favorite vegetable : Kadima (in Maithili) or Indian Pumpkin or Squash as we call it here. On my last trip to the local Farmer's Market, I had found Calabaza Squash which in my opinion is the closest to the taste and texture of the Indian Pumpkin. You can also use Butternut Squash for this dish.

500 gms Squash
Pinch of Hing (Asafoetida)
1/2 tsp Methi (Fenugreek) seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 dry red chillies
Salt to taste
Peel the squash, remove the seeds and threads. Cut the squash into 1" cubes.

In a pan, heat oil. Add the Hing, Methi seeds and the chillies. Now add the cubed squash, turmeric powder, salt, chilli powder. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook on medium - low flame, stirring occasionally. Cook till the squash is cooked.

Serve hot with Roti / Paratha and a bowl of yogurt. Enjoy !!

This is my entry for the RCI : Bihar event.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

RCI : Cuisine of Bihar

I am hosting the RCI (Regional Cuisine of India) event for the month of November. A big thank you to Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine - this event is her brainchild :) Another round of Thank you's goes out to all those gracious bloggers who hosted this event before me.

Simplicity defines the food eaten in Bihar. The staple diet is "Bhaat" (Rice), "Daal", "Tarkari" (Curry), Chutney. The diet is mostly vegetarian, although Fish and Meat is served on special occasions. "Chuda" (Poha / Flattened rice) and "Dahi" (Yougurt) and "Sattu" (roasted gram flour) are breakfast regulars. The cooking medium used here is Mustard Oil. You can find recipes here, here and, here.Some of the "Bihari" recipes listed on this blog are here, here, here, here, here, and, here.

Participation rules are very simple. Post any recipe from the state of Bihar on your blog from October 25 to November 25. Mail me your name, the URL of your post along with a picture 200 x 200 pixel size at Non bloggers, please email me the recipe and a picture.

I will do the round-up in the first week of December. I look forward to your participation. Should you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email.
Happy cooking :)

Monday, October 01, 2007

I am Back ....

Hello All,

After a long, long break, I am back in the blogging world. Thanks all, those who enquired about my whereabouts. My folks are here and I just wanted to take a break and spend time with them.

See you soon with more recipes :)