Marriage does strange things to women! The home made subji’s and curries that you once despised,especially those belonging to the “gourd” category, notorious ones being Karela/bitter gourd and Laukis/bottle gourd, suddenly become your much desired ones, especially mothers home cooked versions! It happened to me as well! One of the reasons being, it was me stepping into my moms shoes, planning meal menus, shopping vegetables and always anxious in the morning, on what should be made for lunch boxes and dinners! Eventually, bringing the gourds and other vegetables was inevitable! But making your family eat it and love it is yet another task. My mantra, very clear, stick to traditional recipes! So this is a very traditional version of my Moms recipe that never fails.
Wash and dry the tondli and cut them length wise,make 4 quarters lengthwise. Peel and dice potato and put them in water to prevent them from turning dark.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and cumin and let them crackle. Add chopped green chillies and fry for 1 min. Now tip in the chopped tondli and potato and fry. Add salt,turmeric ,red chilli powder and garam masala and mix.
Add a drizzle of water and cook covered on low flame for 10 mins. Check pressing with a spoon if the potatoes and tondli are soft and can easily be cut with spoon, the vegetables are cooked. Add sugar and scraped coconut and fry on medium flame till
Transfer on serving dish and serve garnished with chopped coriander. This is an ideal tiffin or lunch dry subji.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.