26 October 2011


Diwali Tunes...

'Aarti' By Sadhna Sargam
'Deepavali Manayi Suhani' By Asha Bhosle
'Aai Ab Kai Sal Diwali' By Lata Mangeshkar
'Lakhon Tare' By Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh
'Raghupati Raghav' By Alka Yagnik and Shankar Mahadevan


I made all these vegetarian dishes at work today to celebrate the festival of light. Right now I can hear fireworks outside my window and am slightly gutted I am not with my family.

Here is what's on display starting from the top of the page...

Sweet potato with phanch phoran

▶ Masala wedges
- Par boil potatoes and then tip in a roasting dish with vegetable oil, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp chili powder, salt, 1 garlic clove and 1 tsp garam masala. Bake for half an hour until golden and crispy.

▶ Curried chick peas

▶ Saag (curried spinach)
- Fry half an onion with 1 crushed garlic clove - empty a 450g bag of fresh spinach and watch it reduce. Keep on a low heat and add 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp turmeric, salt and fresh ginger and a bit of lime juice. This could end up tasting like wet spinach so keep on checking on it and flavour as you go.

▶ Tomato, onion and fine bean coconut curry.
- Quite random this recipe but it tasted amazing, that's always the way don't you think?
Fry half an onion in vegetable oil with 1 crushed garlic clove - wait for onions to brown. Cut vine tomatoes in half and place down in the frying pan. Add a handful of fine beans and half a can of coconut milk. The next step is to add 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground coriander,  1 tsp ground cumin and 1 tsp turmeric.

All these dishes took me an hour and half in total, and this was when I was also watching a toddler and three boys were running around the kitchen.

Shattered. But will still bake! After all at Diwali you have to exchange sweets.

Favourite Song:

ê 'Deepavali Manayi Suhani' By Asha Bhosle