Kadgi Bajji/ Raw Jackfruit fritters

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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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Doddapatre Tambuli/ Cuban Oregano Spiced Yogurt

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Hope you all had a wonderful Diwali. We had a wonderful time with many of our friends making this Diwali a memorable one for us.

Things have been pretty hectic at home and work and so I was not able to update posts at regular intervals. In fact I have been working on this post for the past 2 weeks and was able to post it only today.

This recipe called Tambuli/Tambli is a specialty of Karnataka/Konkani. It is a refreshing yogurt/buttermilk drink which aids in digestion and forms a good cooling agent. Usually spices, vegetables or green leaves are added to it, ground and then mixed with yogurt/curd. It is usually had cold or room temperature as is or along with rice.

These leaves are not available here in the US or at least I have not found them here in the Indian groceries. So this time when we went to Bangalore I had requested my MIL to make this and this was one of my favorite drinks growing up. The picture of the leaves is from my mom’s garden.

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Diwali Treats: Chivda

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You know the expression “”time flies” and it could not be true at the moment for us. Today morning as I sat around sipping my tea, I thought of the turn of events that happened to us in the past 2 months. There we were (what seemed like few days ago) in late August preparing to go to India and busy with the packing, shopping etc and then as if in a blink we are here almost at the end of October ready to welcome winter.

And before we know it, we will be bidding farewell to this year and then welcoming the New Year. Darn! Somehow I am not ready for this year to end, I wish it stays but it does not matter, does it?

The same thing applies to the plethora of festivals that came and went by. I remember waiting for the Ganapathi festival, as we would be celebrating with our family in Bangalore. The last time we celebrated it together was maybe 8-9 years ago. Anyway, now that is gone and so also Dasara. The only remaining major festival for this year is Diwali and hopefully we make the best of it.

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