June 16, 2010

Kothmir-Pudina Zhunka/Pithla, Jowar Bhakri, Chana Dal-Carrot MW Dal, Besan-Semolina Laddoos

Happy Father's day on the 20th to all adorable daddies!
I would like you to watch something fun to make you all smile for dad's day! Have you heard few of Allan Sherman's hilarious songs "One Hippopotami" and a popular Camp song "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" before? He has more like these on YouTube to watch.
Enjoy them while I take a Summer blog break for few weeks! :)


Kothmir-Pudina Zhunka or Pithla/Cilantro-Mint Besan Chutney, my style! :)
Most of you know this recipe for Besan Chutney called "Zhunka (drier chutney) or Pithla (when it has some gravy)", a Maharashtrian delicacy which tastes fabulous with Jowar or Bajri, or mix of flours Bhakris or Pithla even tastes great with Pooris as I have found out. I had surplus of Cilantro leaves and Mint, so I thought I will smother this PithlaZhunka with Cilantro and enjoy it. It was really tasty with strong Cilantro flavor (I love Cilantro!) and hint of Mint, loved with Bhakri. Here is an video of Marathi lady making authentic Pithla and Bhakri.

Here is how I made Kothmir-Pudina Zhunka/Pithla:
1. Roast 1/4 cup Besan/Chickpea flour until it heats thru' or place it on wide plate and Microwave one minute at at time until it heats and cool. Add 1 cup thin Buttemilk or plain water if you don't like to use Buttermilk, 1/2 tsp salt to Besan, beat well until you get a smooth mix without lumps. Keep aside.
2. Heat 1tbsp ghee,1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan, add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds, pinch of Hing. Add 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion, 1-2 green chilli minced, 1-2 garlic minced, saute well until onion is reddish, add 1 tsp grated ginger, 1/4 tsp chilli pd, stir fry for a few seconds.
3. Add 1/2 Turmeric, 1 cup packed chopped Cilantro, 1/4 cup minced Mint leaves, stir for few seconds until wilt.
4. Add Besan and Buttermilk mixture, simmer until it cooks, raw smells disappears and Zhunka thickens. Adjust the salt and heat, take off the heat. It gets thicker as it cools. Add more water and heat if it becomes too thick.
5. If you have used just plain water instead of Buttermilk with Besan, add 1-2 tsp of lemon juice to Pithla/Zhunka and mix well.

Jowar Bhakris:
This delicious Cilantro-Besan chutney can be paired with
my Rajgaro flour -Wheat flour Bhakri, or just using Jowar flour like this Jowar Bhakri and this link in Marathi as shown in these video links or as shown below are made with the same method as this Bajra Bhakri I have made and posted before. Look at this roti making video, what a fabulous skill!!

To make Jowar Bhakri:
You can also make Bhakri the easy way. Mix a cup or 2 of Jowar flour or Bajri flour or Ragi flour or mix of flours, 1/2 cup Wheat flour (Atta is optional addition for binding since these Bajri or Jowar flour don't have much gluten to bind and roll out easily to make circles. Adding wheat flour makes it easy to roll but not authentic Bhakri recipe which slapped by open palms into shape! :D), enough salt and very hot water to mix and make 6" rounds on a oiled aluminum foil and cook both sides on hot Tava/Griddle.

Microwaved Chana dal-Carrot Dal:

I made this yummy dal following the same recipe from Divya's "Dil Se" blog's "Kadalai Paruppu Kuzhambu" post except added some Carrots and a Tomato to Chana dal and did the whole cooking in the Microwave. This will go to Champa who is hosting "Tried and Tasted-Dilse" event which is the brain child of Zlamushka. Thanks to all of you girls! :)

To Microwave the dal:
1. Add 1/2 cup soaked Chana dal to a big bowl with water with 2 tsp ghee and Microwave first until dal is almost cooked.
2. Then add a cup of sliced Carrots (I had a pack of already sliced) and all the other ingredients as Divya says in her post except seasoning ingredients into dal, mix and microwave until Carrots are soft and cooked well but not mashed. Add salt and Cilantro.
3. Heat another small bowl with 1 tbsp oil, Microwave for 3 mins on high. Add all the other seasoning ingredients as Divya's post lists, keep MWing and mixing until the onions are reddish. Add to the cooked Carrot dal and mix.
Serve dal with plain rice, a raita and with that Besan chutney on the side with a Bhakri. Delicious dinner is ready! :)

I am also sending this Microwaved Chana dal-Carrot dal to this month's host PJ, to an event started by Silpa called "Vegetable Marathon-Carrots" and again sending this to Kamalika who is hosting "MEC-Dals", an event started by Srivalli. Enjoy hosting the events friends.

Besan-Rava Laddoos, a dessert to finish off the meal:
My kids usually love any dessert with Vanilla or Chocolate flavors. Since I don't like sweets generally (except Jamuns and Tiramasu!), I try not to cook too many sweets at home. Whenever kids want any dessert like cakes and cookies, most of the time I just buy it for them at the store. However, Besan Laddoos are one of the few Indian sweets my daughter likes. As soon as she came back home from college after finishing the freshman year, she wanted these so I had made them for her. I made very few laddoos using just 1 cup of Besan and few tbsp of Rava/Semolina.

To make these Besan Laddoos:
1. Heat a non-stick pan, add 4 tbsp ghee. Add 2-3 tbsp fine grained Semolina (Chiroti Rava), roast until slightly reddish but not too much.
2. Turn down the heat. Add 1 cup Besan (Gram flour available in Indian stores, make sure it's fresh. I store it in the fridge in an airtight glass jar) and roast until the raw smell of Besan disappears and Besan roasts to a golden color while constantly stirring the flour.
Note: This process of roasting Besan on medium heat takes about 10-15mins, very imp to get the Besan aromatic and well roasted. If not well roasted, Laddoos taste slightly bitter. So make sure you roast it well. You can also Microwave Besan-Ghee mix on a wide plate, take care not to burn the Besan, keep checking after every 1-2 mins.
3. Add 3/4 cup (or more to your taste) of fine grained light brown sugar to the roasted flour, 3 tbsp finely crushed Almonds, mix well. Mix in 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder.
4. As soon as the sugar melts, flour is thickish, take the pan out of the heat. Mix well, let it cool for 4-5 mins and add 1 tsp of milk to it just to make it wet (add 1 tsp more milk if you find the Besan flour too dry but don't add too much milk) mix well, scoop 2 tbsp of flour and make small balls by squeezing gently with your palm to round shapes.
5. Let them cool, they get firmer. Enjoy.

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Movies I watched:
We watched "The Gods must be crazy II", a second movie of the same name on Sunday night. It was hilarious as well but I prefer the the first movie. These 1-2 movies come in one box as "The Gods must be crazy 1 and II". I am not planning to buy any more of these movie series, these 2 are good enough!

"Invictus", on DVD, a movie based on the politics of South Africa and around Rugby World Cup in 1995, which was hosted by South Africa during and right after their internal national conflict and dissolving Apartheid, which united all South Africans as "one team, one country" for the love of the game with new hope for the country with Nelson Mandela as their president.
This movie is directed by Clint Eastwood and with actor Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, all are my favorite guys. Usually I don't watch any movie based on sports but this movie had all that I wanted even though a bit long for my liking (134mins), an interesting movie to watch about inside politics of South Africa even if you are not into game of Rugby. South Africa won the Rugby World cup that year, not without a controversy though! Here is a glimpse of that 1995 game on YouTube video and final highlights. "Invictus" means "Unconquered or undefeated" in Latin.

Books I plan to read this Summer:
"Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
This book is quoted as "A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as "the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe," Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed" here in this website. This interesting book was recommended to me by sra. Thanks my friend!:)

"The Bathhouse" by Farnoosh Moshiri.
A story about how a Iranian teenage girl who was arrested and kept in an old Bathhouse endured the brutal hardship, narrowly escaped death and survived during the Iranian fundamentalist revolution.

Blog Break!!
That's all for this month. I am taking a blog break from 18th of June to plan and enjoy a Summer vacation with kids. I will be back to blogging around mid July or later. Have a wonderful time until then, take care and keep cool, see you all as soon as possible. Hugs to all you! :))

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Priti said...

Ahh what a virtual treat for us..loved the laddoo...enjoy ur vacation :)

Raaga said...

Lovely recipes.

I hope you have fun on your vacation :)

Rach said...

Loved the incredible chutney and yummy ladoos :)

indosungod said...

As usual makes me want to rush into the kitchen and start cooking. The jowar bhakri is somehting I got to try. I have not tried anything besides dosais with them.

Have a good break and a fun vacation.

Pari said...

Same pinch dear, even I am off on a vacation, I hope u have a great time with kids.
The pithla bhakri is inviting me to grab it.

Nandini said...

These dishes are a real feast! I especially love the chana dal carrot dal! The ladoos are adorable! Happy holidays!

Happy Cook said...

Like that MW version, i never do anything with my MW. Except for heating up.
I saw both the movies in TV they show them once a while and loved it and we watch them every time :-)
Enjoy the summer break; i am going to go for shopping, see you later.

BangaloreBaker said...

Asha, Thanks for the entry. All of the dishes look so beautiful. I love sweets and probably can polish the whole stack of besan laddoos and then hit the gym. Hahaha not smart.

arundati said...

have a lovely time with family... will be making the zhunka for sure!

Umm Mymoonah said...

All the recipe looks mouthwatering, will bookmark it. Loved reading your post.

sanjeeta kk said...

Wow ! a real healthy treat to go.

A_and_N said...

I'd love to make the pithla! Its been on my agenda for ages now!. Will try soon :)

Vrinda said...

Everything sounds new to me except ladoos..Happy holidays,Enjoy

Rajee said...

As always, lovely post Asha. Love the besan ladoos. Have a fun vacation.

Priya said...

That Laddoo is one of my favorite:)) Will sure try that.

Pavani said...

Yummy recipes..
Enjoy & have fun on your vacation..

lata raja said...

First things first...enjoy your time with the kids:)
I have never tried besan laddoo and you have just told us how easy it is. I shall reserve this for my husband's birthday coming soon.
I love the pithla...my with the two of my favourite herbs, it should taste heavenly. I made bhakri with normal wheat flour. Will try the jowar one as I have the flour and am wondering how to clear the lot.

As always your posts make me very nostalgic with the movies and the books.

Sharmila said...

I love pithla and make it when I run out of vegetables. Those bhakris look so perfect!
Dunking in lots of fresh coriander sure will give a different flavour.
Have a wonderful time on your break Asha! :-)

Rachana Kothari said...

As usual, I enjoyed your post and my favourites are the besan laddoos...absolutely yumm!!!!

Have a lovely vacation!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely set of recipes... Looks so mouthwatering. YUM!

Have a wonderful Vacation....

Rujuta said...

Dear Asha,

Such lovely recipes and the clicks are so lovely too...the pitla bhakri look so tempting that it makes me want to try it asap...
Happy Journey and enjoy your summer holidays with your kids...
Looking fwd to your next post after your blogging break...

sowmya's creative saga said...

the ladoos look awesome..

Anonymous said...

Hello Asha,
Besan rava ladoo looks delicious.Hope you enjoy your vacation.

Shalini

Bong Mom said...

Whaaat, you taking a break again. Wyaaaaaaahhhh.

But i will not be selfish, you have a good vacation

Asha said...

LOL! Sandeepa, last break for 7-8 weeks was unintended because of blogger problem, this time it's REAL Summer break. Yeah, need to pay some attention to my kids and my veggie patch too, it will be fun!:)

Priya said...

ENjoy ur vacation and have loads of fun..Bhakri looks fabulous, never tried yet at home, dal and ladoos tempts me a lot..Beautiful dishes and very pleasing to eyes..

rekhas kitchen said...

Ohhh you are so fast Asha just now I posted my recipe and came to your place to read your post I didn't even finish reading your post there is your comment for my post Thank you so much dear.Yeh just love that carrot-dal recipe very new to me. perfect combination for me that bhakri and pithla mmmmm laddoos looks so tempting....
Enjoy your vecation Asha have fun with your kids..

Swathi said...

Nice dishes, Enjoy your vacation.

sra said...

Have a good vacation, Asha! Now I'm reading Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk. You can read some chapters and leave some, it's not continuous, as far as I can make out.
The pithla looks good. I am going back to the gym from tomorrow.

Roopa said...

Zhunka looks healthy. I guess Besan is used a lot in Gujrathi cuisine to make curries like this right? Love the Besan laddoo, mm, they came out round and perfect color. I saw the youtube videos , nice one :)
Have a happy summer break :)

Manasi said...

Missed on ur last post ( bad net connexn) As usual, a fantastic treat! I so want to have the ladoo, just took some medicine that has left a BAD taste in my mouth, yuck! Those laddos can work well for me!
ENJOY ur vacay! C ya soon!

Parita said...

Love the laddoos...yummm! Good you reminded me to buy dvd of Gods Must B Crazy Part 1

Asha said...

Thanks to all of you girls, enjoy the Summer, see you in few weeks! :)

You are very welcome Rekha! I just sat down to check my blog after lunch, your post popped up!!;D

sra, one more to check out for me, thanks. See you in July, keep up the Gym routine.

Anonymous said...

finished making the ladoos and it turned out good.I used normal sugar,omitted the nuts and used about 3tbsp of ghee.Thank you for the recipe. Shalini

Swapna said...

Most of the dishes are new to me expect Ladoos...Enjoy your holidays and have fun Asha...We are also going for our summer vacation in 3 weeks...

Varsha Vipins said...

Everything looks grt..esply the laddoos..wnjoy the break n have fun ashakka..! :)

ವನಿತಾ / Vanitha said...

Wow:)) Enjoy your vacation..
luv that Laddoo n Bakri, I have never tried besan laddoo, ate whatever mom prepared!!!..shud try some day..
I love the jolada rotti, but I get very old jower powder..so never it turns out good..So I prepare rotti adding rice flour, onion, n cilantro..

Divya Vikram said...

Thanks for trying out my recipe Ashakka. Have fun during your vacation :)

Asha said...

Thanks everyone, enjoy!

Divya, Kuzhambu was tasty and simple too, thanks!:)

Shalini, you tried already! Thank you and yes, Almonds are always optional, not really used in traditional Besan Laddos. Enjoy them!:))

starry said...

love the ladoos and also the chutney.have a good vacation and a happy fathers day also.

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Hey Asha
enjoy your break...I'm too thinking taking a break from blogging for a while..kids holidays are coming..let's see;-) Loved all the dishes..never made pithla..got to try soon!!

hugs:-))

FoodLovers said...

Enjoy ur vacation Asha ...Happy Fathers day to u as well dear in advance .gr8 feast from u Asha with yummmy ladoos iam sure u have loads of fun along with ur kids

Sreelu said...

Have a fun filled summer Asha. Love your besan dal laddoo.take care.

Nostalgia said...

Another feast.. awesome Asha.

Usha said...

Loved the zhunka/ pithla look forward to trying it ! Thanks for sharing those sites will definitely check them out soon...
Enjoy your vacation :-)

Meera said...

Enjoy your break. Have lots of fun.
Loved your post.

Shree said...

Besan ladooo bayalli neeru bartha ide

Madhuli said...

Pithla-Bhakri my all time fav. Pithla looks awesome!

Leena said...

Asha,

You surprises every time with wonderful spread of dishes..My fav is
ladoo :))

Padhu said...

Lovely recipes as usual!! Have fun on your vacation

My kitchen skills said...

Hey Asha...what a coincidence..today i thought of making pithla for dinner alsong with chapathi...and here i got a yummy recipe on your blog..laddoo's looks tempting to eat..can't stop making them too..

Dershana said...

love that idea of adding those greens to pithla. never tried that, sure will now.

besan laddu is my favourite. wish you were staying somewhere close by ;-)

enjoy your vacation with kids :-)

Pravs said...

I have seen pithla made on tv..yet to taste it. Looks yummy..must be great with jowar bhakri. You have a great blog break and enjoy your time. Hugs to you :)

Viki's Kitchen said...

The chutney seems easy n delcious. we call it Bombay chutney.... don't know the real name till I see your post:) Ladoo makes me crave. Will definitely try that roti + dhal and tell you. They look fabulous.
Wish you a happy summer break. Enjoy! See you soon dear.

Sushma Mallya said...

hope u have a lovely vacation:)..all dishes looks absolutely yummy:)

Asha said...

Thanks to all of you my dear friends. I will see you all as soon as possible in July!:))

arthi said...

Hi Asha,
Love your blog..Every time you are giving us a real feast with four recipes :)All the recipes are different and yummy :)Thanks for sharing..

Apu said...

Bhakri looks amazing!! Thanks for all those useful links Asha. Have a wonderful vacation.

notyet100 said...

come bck soon,,will be waitin for ur posts,..

Sandhya said...

Ladoos....my favorite besan ladoos....I am making them this weekend!

Mansi said...

Hey asha, long time! I've been very busy with my 10 month old:) you'd know all about that!!

enjoy your break, and be back with more delicacies. just before you go, if you get a chance, do send in something for the Magic Bullet Giveaway on my blog!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Asha
enjoy your holidays..see you after the break..your blogotorial always has wonderful information to assimilate.

Cham said...

Have a wonderful time with ur kids! U always make us hungry! I tasted last year Jowar roti i don't know if it is the same! Well no deep frying this week, just kidding!
Have a safe vacation!
Hugs,
Cham.

Asha said...

Cham, didn't want to deep fry this week, too hot and muggy outside but I am craving for some Pooris, may be after I come back! ;D
Enjoy your vacation, see you next month.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Wow...lovely spread... have fun..

Uma said...

As always those are so tempting dishes. Enjoy your break Asha and have a nice time with family :)

LG said...

Lastalli besan laddu idyalla adanne nodkotha idde swalpa hottu haage hotte tumbi hoythu! slurrp..slurrrp..superagide ellanu

Srivalli said...

OH awesome spread!..lovely dishes Asha as usual..going for another break, you know we miss you right! Be sure to be back soon ok, enjoy your vacation with your kids!

PJ said...

Yummy treat for us!!loved the besan ladoo.Thanks for sending the carrot dish for the event Asha.

Have a wonderful holiday Asha and come back soon.I will miss ur posts ;)

Asha said...

Thanks girls, I will miss all of you too. I will be back as soon as possible, got to spend some time with kids before school starts, time goes by so fast!:))

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, man....that luks colorful...the kothamir and pudhina must have been aromati treat. Love those laadus, luks delicious. Gods must be crazy 1 and 2...are the best hilarious movies I ever watched, oh my...they are damn too good:):)Enjoy ur vacation:)

Red Chillies said...

It has been a long time since I made Jhunka, I like the idea of adding pudina to it. My mom used to make this with methi.
Besan laddos are the best, my son also loves them.
Have a great time, Asha. See you soon. Hugs!

sheba said...

enjoy ur holiday...in the meantime i will try the besan ladoos..they have been on my to do list for a long time. and urs sounds fool proof..

Rahin said...

Wow! zunka- bhakri , ladoos, what a treat ! have a fun vacation , hope to c u soon

Shobha said...

Thanks Asha ..I was looking for the recipe of Pithla..this one looks perfect...I was not happy with the one I got from a friend.

Aparna said...

Another delicious spread. I envy your family. :)
Love, love, love besan laddoos.
Have seen Invictus. Need to read Sra's recommendation.

Have an enjoyable summer break and see you when you get back.

Rekha said...

Wonderful platter, have a great holiday!

eatme_delicious said...

Wow all that food looks so good!! Enjoy your time with your kids. :)

Swati said...

Many goodies to eat .... love the ladoos...

Asha said...

Thanks girls, have a fun Summer or Monsoon and stay safe. I will be back in July! :)

Miri said...

I loved Adige's other book too - The Thing Around my Neck.

I have the Jowar Bhakri when I travel to Maharashtra and simply love it! Havent tried making it at home though...

Jayashree said...

Have fun, Asha. The bhakri looks delish.

Laavanya said...

Asha, just as I get back you are on break..! Will catch up with you when you are back.
Such a lovely spread of dishes as always.
Enjoy the summer with your kids.

AnuSriram said...

Visiting your blog after a long time... I had a satisfaction, i enjoyed some virtual yummy treats!!! Wonderful pictures that make me drool.. Enjoy summer!

Padma said...

All the dishes look yummy Asha. Enjoy your break.

GayathriRaj said...

Hey wow what a colorful dishes...really a big treat to eyes....all of them together and at one time....too good .... I liked the Besan Semolina Ladoos and Jowar Bhakri a lot....

srikars kitchen said...

All dishes are really fabulous..nice clicks..

Babli said...

Wonderful and delicious recipes. Specially laddoos looks mouth watering.

Fathima said...

Wow... what a treat for the eyes!... a complete meal!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Lovely recipes...

shriya said...

lovely dishes. I am so hungry and cravin for all now. :-)

Linda said...

Hi Asha dear -- as usual your dishes are all so tempting, and I am drooling now! :) Happy to hear you're planning a break with the kids... now having m home from college (looking hard for a job, not easy to find!) and the other m heading for camp in a week, then straight on to school -- it's good to have this time with them. I know you will enjoy!

Hope all's well and look forward to hearing about your break, garden, kids and of course, more delicious delights from your kitchen :)

Hugs
Linda

Mahek said...

hI
Asha
Thanks for the lovely Post...
Enjoy your vacation...

Superchef said...

I love the dry zhunka - love the besan flavor in it. Havent yet tried the gravy version of it. The besan semolina laddoos look delicious! Enjoy your vacation! :)

Cynthia said...

That cilantro-min-besan chutney has me drooling.

Anisheetu said...

wow laddoos are so yummy... feel like having one from there....

Keshi said...

YUMMO as usual! :)

Hope all is well with ya Asha. Im here after a long time..just for a lil while hehe..

TC n ty for all the msgs in my absence!

XO
Keshi.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Lovely recipes and lovely pictures too Asha!

Rach said...

I was waiting for wednesdays for the past 2 weeks to see your platter recipes, with starters,main course and dessert. Hope to see your new recipes soon :)

Mandira said...

I've been meaning to watch Invictus as well. The laddoos are delicious. Have fun on your vacation!

lissie said...

loved the besan ladoos! hope you are enjoying the vacation... :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

First time here,u have wounderfull space...
do visit my blog,if time permits...
http://premascooking.blogspot.com

Food,Health and Beauty said...

was lukin for some nice bonda recipes......n i am already drooling over these lovely recipes.......loved ur page :)

shahana said...

Lovely n tempting recipes!Have a great vacation.

Kams said...

hi...
i live in charlotte,NC..
found your blog really interesting...
esply the books & movie section..u rock..
pls visit my blog & leave ur comment..
suggest some tips to improve my blog..

http://feed-your-tastebuds.blogspot.com/

Kalpana said...

Hiii... how are you? :)

Jay said...

Hi Asha, I used to come over your blog salivating over your recepies..hehehe..Glad to be here again :-)

Asha said...

Hi girls, enjoy the Summer. Thank you for all your comments, glad you all still remember me!!:D

Kalpana, I am doing well, very busy right now since kids are ready to back to school and college. I will be posting something next month. See you soon! :)

Manasi said...

Hi Asha! WHEN.. do u plan on blogging? Isn't ur vacay over yet? Gosh! u've been gone for MONTHS now.

Asha said...

Hi Manasi, nice looking profile photo girl! You look great.

I thought I was going to come back in August but kids are getting ready to go to school and college next week, so I thought let me be done with all that first before I start blogging. I will be back soon. Hope you are doing well there! :)

Poonam said...

pithla bhakari........yummy i want to have it now :-)

mommyof2 said...

Hi Asha di! This was the last post I read before going to india and now I am back since almost a month and you are still disappeared. Hope everything is ok..

I wanted to email u then I remembered u didn't check last mail from me for months and I forgot the other id u mentioned. Relly hoping that u r just taking a break and everything else is fine.. do drop a line whenever u get chance. hugs

My kitchen skills said...

Hi Asha...Still how many days we need towait for your delicious recipes..hope you are safe wnd return soon.....

Rajani said...

lovely spreas! my mouth's watering :p






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi,

Lovely recipes...great clicks...

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

sanjana said...

Love your blog as my roots are Karnataka married to Guju hence always cooked Guju meals and forgotten Karnatika dishes. Glad I came across this blog it is better than facebook ha. Remembered the pitla dishes used to come from our neighbours house when I was a kid.I used to love it. After 40 years my mouth is watering and will try it this week. Thanks for your blog will frequent it.

Asha said...

Thanks to all of you girls. I have been busy this Summer. Now that Fall is here, I am planning to come back. Don't know when but I will be back soon. Meanwhile enjoy the milder weather and be safe! :))

Pushpa said...

Great recipes and great clicks.

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Classygal said...

Gud blogging Asha..
I am in NC too.
Gr8 Recipes.

Thanks.

Visit my blog
http://lavenderlawn.blogspot.com/

Asha said...

Thanks Pushpa and classygal, still on break. See you as soon as I start blogging. Meanwhile, enjoy the weather and have fun! :)

n33ma said...

Hey Asha hope ur doing fine!

Asha said...

Neema, I am doing well. Suffered from allergy for a many months this year but it's better now. Daughter is home for Fall break, going to the beach next week, enjoying life in general. See you soon! :)






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Asha,

Sorry to hear about your allergy...I also have allergy...ake cetrizine for 3 months...Sta away from allergens after identifying them...Most common allergens are smoke,dust,talcum powder,perfume,pollen...Check it out...:)

Dr.Sameena@

www.lovelypriyanka.blogspot.com

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Madhavi said...

Hey where r u these days ???

Asha said...

Thanks Sammena, great advice. Yeah, mostly I am allergic to grass weeds, Pollen etc. around Spring season here but this year it's going on and on until October! Must be indoor allergens as well. I take OTC meds and sometimes Allergy shot too. I am feeling alright now!:)

Madhavi, just talking it easy and squeezing in a few vacation. I will be back soon. Take care!:)

Divya Vikram said...

Hello Ashaka, How have you been? When will you be back?

Asha said...

Hi Divya, we are at the beach right now, taking a short Fall break. I will be back as soon as possible. I mean to start every month and then slack away! Enjoy and take care! :)

notyet100 said...

hi there,
wish u and ur family happy diwali
come bck soon,..

Asha said...

Hi N, thank you girl. Wish you all a very happy Deepavali too. Have fun. I will be back as soon as I am ready, busy months ahead since kids have so many holidays coming up! :)

Cham said...

Hi Asha,
How are you? Come back - miss your posts so much. Hope everything is fine.
Happy Diwali to u and your family!
Hugs,
Cham.

LG said...

Happy Deepali to you n family ...

Pavani said...

Hi Asha, Wish you and your family a very Happy Deepavali. Thanks for dropping by. Just wondering when are coming back to your virtual space. If not enjoy your holidays. Hope the kids are doing well. take care.

indosungod said...

Asha,
Happy Deepavali! It was great to see your message and hear you are doing fine. Would be nice to see you back blogging. Enjoy the holiday season.

Vani said...

Hope you had a great Deepavali with your family, Ashamma!

Asha said...

Thanks Cham, LG, Pavani,Indo and Vani. It was cold on Diwali day here but enjoyed it anyway! :)

Will be back as soon as this holiday season be over. Have fun until then.

Anonymous said...

Great post! I’m looking to make some changes in my own eating habits and learning to cook, so I appreciate your insight a lot! Thank you. I recently stumbled upon this blog like I did yours and I thought your readers may appreciate it: http://burisonthecouch.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/food-for-thought/

I’ve started to look for blog help more regularly and I think I’m going to add your blog to my list as well. Thanks for the post!

-Amy

Asha said...

You are very welcome Amy, enjoy! :)

Madhavi said...

Hello Ashaji,

Where r u ?? Hope doing good. Waiting for ur new post :))

Asha said...

Taking a looong break,Madhavi! ;D

I am doing okay. Taking a short vacation around XMas and after that I will be back blogging. Miss you all. Take care, enjoy the holidays.

Kusum said...

Hope to see you blogging soon ...

Asha said...

Hope so too Kusum, just got back home from a warm Orlando vacation to lot of snow here! :)

Happy New Year to all of you.

Cham said...

Wishing you a Very Happy New Year to you and Ur family. Hope kids are doing great!

Viki's Kitchen said...

How are you Ashaji? Wishing you and family a bright and prosperous Happy new year dear.

Asha said...

Cam and Viki, thank you so much. I glad you all still remember me! ;D

A very happy and healthy new year to you both. Kids will be back in school and college next week, so I will try and post one soon. Have fun, see you soon!:))

jayasree said...

Hello Ashakka, wishing you and your family a lovely year ahead. Hope you all are doing well. Take care.

Asha said...

Thanks Jaya, wish you the same. I am doing well, coping somehow with the bitter cold here. I will be back blogging soon, see you then.

Pravs said...

How are you, Asha ?? Missing you around. Wishing you a happy new year !

Asha said...

Hi Pravs, I am doing okay girl. I was planning to blog from the first week but it snowed so much here,school closed for 5 days! With kids at home, don't get much time but I will be back soon. Hope you are having fun there, enjoying better weather than us atleast. It's so cold this winter. I am waiting for Spring already! :)

PJ said...

Dear Asha..How are you?Dropped in to say Hi!!! :)

Really missing your posts.Please come back sooooooon :)

Asha said...

Hi Pj, thanks for caring girl. Just going thru' some personal stuff here at home. I was going to post in new year but right now, I am coping with life as it is. I will surely try and blog soon, take care! :)

mommyof2 said...

Asha di, abhi bhi gayab ho:-) Hope you are ok!!

G

Asha said...

Hi G, I am here girl, how are you and the kids? I am going thru' some stuff still. I will be back soon! :)

Alka said...

Knock Knock? Any body in? Where r u ?Dont u feel its time to be back in action? Missing ur lovely posts dear :-(

Asha said...

Alka, I will I will. Just don't have the energy right now to blog and circulate. But I will be back as soon as I can. Hugs to you, take are! :)

Lady Amalthea said...

Hope everything's ok!

This dish sounds so good! Definitely makes me dream of warmer weather. Brrr!

Keerthana@LifenSpice said...

Ashakka, where are you? Hope all is well at your end. Come back and post something. Missing your energy filled posts:(

PS: My blog is now called Life n Spice:)

Asha said...

Hi Lady A and Keerthana. I am doing okay. All this gray Winter gloom is making me lazy and not blog.
I will be back asap, trying hard to be cheerful and smile these days :)
Take care, hugs to both of you.

vimmi said...

Hi Ashaji
Visiting after a long time. Had a baby 11 months ago, uske pahle a difficult pregnancy. And I am 40 yrs old now, so it gets a bit exhausting.

Where are u? Its not like you to take such a long break. Hope all is fine. Take care and God be with you.
Love
Vimmi

Asha said...

Hi Vimmi, so good to see you! Congratulations, glad you have a healthy and happy baby now, enjoy every second! :))

I have few personal problems, dealing with it now but I will be back soon. Can't lose good friends like you. Hugs to you and blessings for the baby. See you soon!

Srivalli said...

Hello Asha..hope things are fine now..don't you think it's time to get back here..:)..hugs

Asha said...

Hugs to you too Sri. Not over girl, still dealing with it but there is a rainbow at the end of the tunnel soon. I will be back to blog but I want to be ready 100% first. Have a great time there friend! :)

Li'l Lite said...

Ashaji, Please come back soon!

Asha said...

lil lite, thank you so much for caring, I will be back soon! :))

Orhan Kahn said...

Just thought I'd stop by and let you know that I'm training to be an Army cook right now :)

Asha said...

Orhan, so good to hear that. Must be tough training to learn to cook there. Good luck, I am sure you will do great! :)

Notcathy said...

Hi there,

I just visited your site and it was awesome.. I hope you are okay... Thanks for the great article you have shared to us.. :)

Asha said...

Thanks N. I am doing good, just taking a long break. Have fun there! :)

vimmi said...

HI Ashaji
just wanted you to know that thinking of you and praying for you.
love
vimmi

Divya Vikram said...

Please come back soon Ashaji :) Hope all is well!

Asha said...

Hi Vimmi, good to see you back.Hugs to both of you.

Hi DK, I will be back soon but kids are home now for summer break, so bit busy driving them to volunteering etc! :))

arthi said...

Visiting your blog after a long break..awesome recipes..look delicious. Please do send your recipe for our "Quick and Easy recipe mela" http://www.spicytasty.com/misc/quick-and-easy-recipe-mela/..

Asha said...

Hi Arthi, good to see you here. I am on break. Enjoy your blog event! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashaji, I have been following your blog for the past four years or so. Was away for a year and I just got back and see you've been missing! Hope all is fine with you and we'll get to see you in action soon! Take care and all the best - M

PJ said...

Hi Asha, once again dropped by to say 'hi'. Hope everything is ok at your end and praying for u too...Come back soon. Missing you...

Asha said...

M and PJ, thanks girls. I am hoping that I could start blogging soon too. Dealing with kids Summer holiday activities and short breaks. I will try to be back asap. Hugs to both of you, have a great Summer! :)

Now Serving said...

wow those are some scrumptious dishes! love them all! cheers, priya

Asha said...

Thanks Priya, enjoy! :)

n33ma said...

just dropped by to say hiiiii

Asha said...

Hi to you too Neema, I will be back blogging in Sept after kids starts school. Have fun! ))

Margie said...

Miss you, Asha.
Hope you come back soon!

Margie x

Asha said...

Hi Margie, so good to hear from you. Hope you are enjoying the Summer! :)

Taking a long break, I know. Once kids are in school in few weeks I will be free to come back here. Hugs to you, take care.

Roopa said...

Hi Asha ! How ru ? Loong time :) Dropped in to say hi :)
hope all is well ur end? :)
take care
roopa

Asha said...

Hi Roopa, good to see you girl. I am okay, hope you are doing well too. Waiting for the kids to go back to school now, then I will be back here soon! :)

vimmi said...

hi Asha,

Just wanted to see if you were back yet. Take care

Asha said...

Great to see you Vimmi! :)
I will be back soon, I just have start creating a post which is hard after the long hiatus.Take care, will see you very soon.

Meera said...

Long time no news! How are you?

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha....Hope all is well. I am waiting for you to start bloging.

Take care,
Karthika

Asha said...

Meera and K, thanks girls. We were out for Labor day weekend and got tired a little. I am trying to make a post to publish, will do soon. Take care, hugs! :)

notyet100 said...

Happy new year 2012"miss ur posts....

Asha said...

Hi N, thank you. same to you too. Just got back home from vacation, bit tired to blog right now but will try and post one soon. Hugs :)

Pravs said...

Happy new year ! Missing you :)

Asha said...

Hi Sweet girl Pravs, thank you and same wishes to you too. I missing all of you as well right now, want to come back sooo bad. But some minor problems still lingering in my life, so got to take care of that first and then I can blog freely. I am sure it will be over very soon. Hugs, take care until then! :))

vimmi said...

Hi Ashaji,

Wishing you and your family a very happy new year. I hope that all your problems get resolved

Asha said...

Hi Vimmi, thanks for your wishes girl. From your mouth to God's ears!! Hope 2012 will be easy for me! Hugs, take care and I will see you soon :))

vimmi said...

Dear ashaji,

kuch rishta na hoke bhi koi rishta hai. I think of you very often.Just wanted to see how you are doing.


You came into people's life so unexpectedly..

For the longest time your words warmed many hearts. You were an inspiration to hundreds of people.

You taught me so much, and not all of it was about cooking.
You gave us all a piece of you, a gift so wonderful, which will warm our hearts for a long time to come.
I come here often, in hope that you are back.
But you will live forever in my thoughts and prayers.
I hope everyone finds a "YOU"

Asha said...

Vimmi, I almost cried reading your comment this morning and I don't usually tear up that easy! Thank you so much, you are all truly like sisters to me. I need your prayers right now, send them my way. I will be blogging soon once kids are done with school and get a week of Summer vacation is over. Hugs to you, take care and I will see you soon :)

Recipeswap said...

Hey Asha, how are u doing?hope all is well at your end. Take care. See ya soon!

Asha said...

Hi girl, I am okay, just taking some time to gather myself! :)
I will be back soon, take care until then.

vimmi said...

Hi Ashaji,
praying for you and remembering you.

Asha said...

Hi Vimmi, so nice to see you. I am doing lot better now, I might start blogging from Sept. We will be on vacation on kids are done with their classes etc. next month. See you very soon, take care :)

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