H is for… #AtoZChallenge
We’ve all eaten a cake at least once in our lifetimes. Tea cakes, cream cakes, fruit cakes, chocolate cakes and so on and so forth. How many of you though have eaten a savory cake, made up of vegetables, lentils, seasoned with spices and baked, making it a truly healthy snack or even meal?
Well, let me introduce you to Handvo – or the savory vegetable cake. Handvo is a native speciality of the western region of India – Gujrat * there are times I wonder if I was switched at birth, from a Gujrati family to mine, because I love the food so, so much! *
A mixture of Rice, Chana Dal, Moong Dal, Tur Dal is soaked overnight and ground the next day with curd. Bottle Gourd (Doodhi ) and Methi leaves are added along with an assortment of Indian spices like red chilly powder, turmeric ginger and green chillies to flavor the mix along with pickle masala to give it that tangy taste.
A generous handful of Sesame Seeds and good stir later the Handvo mix is popped into the oven where it bakes at its own leisurely pace.
And while we wait for it to be done, we whip up a fresh green chutney made of Mint and Coriander Leaves with green Chilles thrown in. As the Chutney gets ready the Handvo gets done. Wait for it to cool, if you can that is, and cut yourself a generous wedge and enjoy!
Get the recipe here
H is for Hate. And I Hate Cooking! Yes, you read right, I H.A.T.E it!
When I got married I did not know cooking at all. The first time I cooked a meal, my Dal was almost grey, my Subzi was purple, my Roti’s were like Frisbees and I was in tears.
Then I realized that Maids are unreliable, my lack of cooking prowess had become the talk of familial gossip and discussion, with each failure taking on phantom exaggerated proportions, and I had a Husband who loved good food.
So what did I do? I decided to tame this monster called Cooking! Online recipes guided me and with each success I realized that cooking is not as big a deal as it is made out to be. Yes, right cooking may be a big deal though, where you use the minimal of oil and spices and still whip up delicious food.
I still can’t get accustomed to the fact that I cook, and I don’t enjoy doing so at all. I am still waiting for my inner Nigella Lawson to make an appearance and for me to feel good about it. Till then quick cooking will have to do 🙂