As someone who loves a good meal, cooking one, came to me as a natural passion. I belong to a family where meal times consisted of not just food, but also noisy conversation centered around the events of the day and discussing the menu for the next. (ah yes, we are a greedy lot! )

For the most part of my life so far, my contribution in the kitchen was assisting mom and my duties were limited, to chopping veggies and laying the table. Then along came the great Indian wedding, and I was suddenly the queen of my very own kingdom. My curiosity about this magical world, coupled with an enthusiastic sous-chef (my husband, Vineet), led me to take on the challenge of preparing meals on a daily basis, and not succumbing to the convenience of hiring a cook.

This blog is a product of my experiments with food (not all are life threatening :D) for my fellow culinary enthusiasts - especially the newly weds and hungry bachelors and is dedicated to the women who've inspired me in the kitchen;
Aji (s),Ma and Nigella Lawson.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Baingan bharta with Dahi + Koshimbir

(Serves 02 persons with moderate appetites)

This is the maharastrian answer to the traditional north Indian baingan-bharta. Light on the stomach and healthy in every way, this one is worth a shot especially during the summer months.

1 Large Baingan (aubergine)
1 large onion - finely chopped
Coriander - 1 handful - finely chopped
1 1/2 cups Dahi (plain yogurt)- chilled
Handful of chopped coriander
For Tempering (tadka) : 
Heat 2 tbsp oil + 1 pinch asafoetida (Heeng) + 1 tbsp Jeera (cumin seeds) + 1 green chilli chopped into 1/2" pcs + 1 small pinch turmeric. (be careful of chillies splattering)

1.) Rub a tsp of oil/ ghee all over the washed baingan and roast on an open flame. Peel and mash into a bowl.
2.) Add the chopped onion, coriander and dahi and mix well.
3.) Make the tempering and add into main bowl. Garnish with chopped Coriander.
4.) Tastes best when served with hot roti's.

KOSHIMBIR : Ingredients
1 Medium Onion - finely chopped
1 large Tomato - finely chopped
1 cucumber - cut into small cubes
1 Small green chilli- finely chopped 
Handful of Coriander leaves - chopped
Handful of Mint leaves - chopped (optional)
2 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Salt/sugar as per taste

Mix all chopped veggies into a bowl. Add the lemon juice, pepper, salt, sugar and toss. 
Yes, its as simple as that. 
This 'koshimbir' is perfect to get your dose of raw vegetables and also adds wonderful colours to your plate. It is strongly recommended with spicy gravies and Biryani's.

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