Mooga Dali Usli/ Moong Dal Stirfry

Mooga dali usli is a healthy and tasty snack prepared by Konkani people. While talking with HD about the plan to incorporate dals in my everyday cooking,  pat came his suggestion "Mooga dali usli". Outwardly I was smiling (and my eyes rolled up) but inwardly I was thinking how will I prepare it? Though the recipe is simple, easy and nutritious but the key step for a tasty usli lies in cooking moong dal perfectly - neither overcooked nor undercooked. And this step which I failed to achieve during my initial days of experimental cooking had discouraged me. I had not prepared it for long time after those failed attempts. So after a lot of trepidation, I decided to include the dish in my meal planning and prepare it regularly. Glad I did so because with each attempt I managed to master the step of cooking the dal perfectly!

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Madgane / Chana Dal Payasu

We GSB people [Amchigelle community] usher in the new year and celebrate springtime harvest season with Samsaar Padvo/Ugadi celebrations. Traditional home cooked food is an integral part of our celebrations and Samsaar padvo is no exception. The Ugadi menu mostly consists of Chano Kadgi Ghashi, Khotto, Chutney, Tendle bibbe upkari, Dalitoy, Madgane, etc. Though this traditional celebration while living overseas is desirable but not always practical, hence the festive menu gets adjusted depending upon the availability of ingredients and time. Whatever is the menu it does include Madgane as sweet dish. Today posting here the recipe of Madgane that has been lying in my drafts.

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Doodhpak / Milk and Rice Pudding

There are variety of payasu made on auspicious occasions and festivals by the GSB/Konkani community. Few to name are Shevayin payasu, Rawe payasu, Gharayi, Madgane, Doodhpak, etc. I have already posted the recipe for Shevayin payasu and Rawe Payasu. Today I have got you the recipe for Doodhpak. 

Doodhpak literally means milk sweet syrup. It is basically a delicious and aromatic concoction made by slowly simmering the milk with rice, sugar and cardamom powder to form a creamy rich treat packed with all dairy goodness. Few years back when I got an opportunity to make this sweet dish for a festival celebration here, one of my friend passed on this recipe to me. 

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Stuffed Onions - Ratatouille Style

If you have watched Pixar movie titled "Ratatouille" you would recognize this name as well as the dish. Traditional Ratatouille from French cuisine is a vegetable stew made from eggplants, zucchini, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes,  and a variation of this dish was created by lill Chef Remy in the above movie to impress the restaurant critic. Although, it has been on my to do list since the time I watched this movie, the muhurat never came. 

Its only during this weekend, while carrying out my regular chore of scanning the refrigerator, I found some mushroom, bell peppers, tomatoes in smaller quantities lying in the vegetable storage box. Immediately I decided to make this French dish. I had everything except eggplants so I went ahead to prepare some Stuffed Onions - Ratatouille style inspired from the recipe here

An impressive side dish, this easy recipe will surely be a crowd pleaser. You can sneak in more veggies (according to veggie availability) into this dish to make it more colourful and healthy. The bonus point is, this dish can be cooked ahead of time and rewarmed at the time of serving.

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