Garlic Pickle/ Lasun Achaar

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For folks here in the United States hope you are having a pleasant thanksgiving long weekend. Unlike the hectic weekends we have been having over the past few weeks, we have been taking it easy and relaxing most of the time at home. The weather also has drastically changed, with temperatures sometimes reaching close to 0 C during nights and early mornings. Most of the time all I want to do is curl up with a book or a movie and sip on hot tea all day.

 So that is what I did on the first day of the holiday when I just took it easy, cooked some   pongal and watched some old sappy movies. The husband decided to spice up the food a bit and decided to make some spicy pickle. After looking for some recipes on the net, we finally settled for this one here. We were sure that the combination would tickle our taste buds and also provide from respite from the cold. We tried it and were pleased with the recipe; I am sure we will try it again soon.

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Matar Paneer Masala

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I have already posted a version of Matar Paneer with Methi before. Usually this is the recipe I stick to, while making Aloo matar or Matar Paneer.  But over the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with coconut milk and have been adding it to many curries with good results.

 Adding coconut milk to this curry provides a mild creamy taste and balances the taste of the spices/garam masala. This provides good flavor without having to add heavy cream or even the cashew almond paste. The combination of tomato paste and coconut milk gives ample thickness to the curry. 

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Kadgi Bajji/ Raw Jackfruit fritters


Raw or Young Jackfruit as the name suggests is a smaller version of ripe jackfruit. It is called as ‘Kadgi/Chakko’ in Konkani and widely used in Konkani cooking. The raw jackfruit has mild flavor, with unique thick green texture and unlike the ripe fruit does not have a sweet taste and goes well in making curries. Growing up, this used to be one of my favorites and I used to love dishes made from it. Friends and relatives who had jackfruit trees would gladly share it with us as and when available. The young jackfruit is usually available in specialty stores called the Mangalore stores.

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