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When you have little kids at home there tends to be a lot of cooking done, especially if you are the type who prefers to give them homemade stuff. This also means that there are some hits and plenty of misses - leftovers happen in abundance as many of the things don't get eaten after the initial taste check. Thankfully I do scale down proportions enough for two meals but sometimes I run out of luck in that department and I have food in excess sitting in the fridge. I am not much of a recycling champion - just when I need those bright ideas they never seem to pop into my head. Last week after serving idlies with chutney and sambhar I realised that there were still many uneaten ones that I didn't know what to do with them. There had to be some way to re purpose them and the husband quickly came up with this idea of frying them. Although I am not a big fan of deep fried food, especially fried idlies I gave my nod of agreement and set to work. These crunchy slices of idlies were a pleasure to eat, obviously. Some indulgences cannot be guilt free and I guess as long as these indulgences don't happen on a daily basis they can be forgiven :)
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BOSHI# 11

How do you like my colourful plate today? Ain't it lookin pretty? Well, I was happy to see the different colours when I plated this meal. The chicken ghee roast is one of my favourites and a hit on the blog. I missed to add Kashmiri chillies when I made it and so the colour isn't as bright as it should be. Surprisingly, the colour of the vegetable curry (saagu) turned out a beautiful green, maybe because I chose to use lesser coconut while grinding the masala. All in all a lovely plate that I enjoyed putting together.

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January is almost coming to an end and as I reflect back on the days that have passed by I am pretty pleased with myself. The goals that I had set for my self for 2015 have been partially met. I am less addicted to the computer although I need to de addict myself from Facebook but I guess I have a long way to go. On the flip side I am thankful to Facebook as I have reconnected with old friends and made new friends there. When I talk about old friends it includes those people who stepped into my life pretty early when I was still a tiny tot. Perhaps the first real association I had with another tiny tot was at the first play school I went to. This little girl was one of the students there as her mum ran the school in their own house. This also meant that her toys had to be shared and on one occasion there was even a tug of war for her favourite tricycle which she was asked to share with me. These are my earliest memories of her and the school. I must have been all of four that time.
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BOSHI# 10

Sometimes when the weather is dull and boring I like to eat something simple and spicy - generally the kind of mood that helps me remember my childhood and that definitely helps to uplift my mood! A fish curry accompanied by some of my favourite things is on today's boshi. 

The whole combination was so delicious especially due to the homemade tendi-carrot (mixed veg) pickle that the husband made...mmmm! finger lickin good

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A couple of posts ago I had mentioned that I would soon reveal my resolution for this year. To be honest, I don't believe in making resolutions that I am sure to break at some point. However, I have made a list of things that I wish to tackle this year. The first on the list is tackling procrastination and I genuinely hope I don't procrastinate doing this :-)  Apart from this are a host of things I want to do to make my blogging experience easy and faster so that I can post many more recipes than I am doing currently. I am also going to make a serious effort to stay on top of my emails, personal or blog related. Mobile phones are really the bane of our existence, or so I feel as I tend to read emails on the phone and procrastinate replying to a time when I am comfortably seated at my desk browsing the internet from my laptop. I hate typing lengthy emails from my phone, I tell myself and I will get to replying to emails from my computer, I promise. However, this never really happens as I hardly get any quality time at the computer these days. With a little one ever so active and demanding, my 'me time' is shrinking by the minute. So I am making a solemn promise to all of you who have sent me emails and not received responses - I will reply to you positively! Thank you and sorry!
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BOSHI# 9

A protein rich menu with delicious items such as Pork Indad - spicy, sweet and sour pork served with quintessential Mangalorean Sanna - fluffy rice cakes that so perfectly mop up the delicious thick curry of the Pork Indad. Also on the plate is black garbanzo/black chana cooked 'sukka' dry style garnished with plenty of slow roasted coconut. To balance the extra protein on the plate is fresh cucumber slices.

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After all the festive binge eating my taste buds have begun to crave for something simple, light and nutritious. I have decided to incorporate salads into our daily diet and I am on the look out for light eats in the form of salads - raw or with a few cooked ingredients. I came across this salad at a beach resort in Oman last year. The buffet counter had a huge spread of salads out of which this particular one caught my fancy. It was tuna shreds paired with crunchy, refreshing and delicious bell peppers. A few onions were tossed in along with basic season and it made for a delightful eat. 

I knew that I had to recreate it once I got back home and I did. Since I struggle to feed my son fish (he hates it) this was a perfect way to get him some seafood nutrition. Initially he was very hesitant to try it but did in the end and loved it. I think canned tuna tastes pretty ok as compared to the fresh one which tends to have a fishy smell to it. 
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Folks, before I vanished for my holidays last month I had promised my readers that I would keep the posts flowing. Since I got really busy towards the end of December I will post all the festive goodies now. They are a bunch of sweets and other delicious things that I am sure you will enjoy at leisure now. January is a good month to unwind and get into a retrospective mood, no? I am doing just that. As ironic as it sounds, now that school has begun I am actually very relaxed. I love my routines and the regularity in schedule that school days bring with them (I know, I know...before you know it I'll be whining about the school routine). 
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BOSHI#8

A delicious boshi that strikes a fine balance between sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the raisins in the raisin chicken is adequately balanced by the spice in the cabbage miryapito. Prepare this on days when you are not in the mood to make a full fledged curry - there is no grinding involved in these recipes so it is perfect for bachelors or those who have limited interest/inclination/time to make elaborate meals!

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My first post of this year is also the last post of the Christmas season that officially ends today, the 6th of January which is also called as the Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings. Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas (although some Orthodox churches celebrate it on the 19th of January as they celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January) and is the time when Christians remember the Three Wise Men (also called as the three kings) who visited Jesus after He was born.
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