Monday, January 02, 2006

pure gujarati khadi

one of the reasons that i was so excited to move to london is that my best friend, darshini, lives here. she has a lovely 2 bedroom house (a converted victorian) in west hampstead and is the proud mommy of an adorable little boy named arav. i love going over to darshini's place because she cooks the best gujju food in the world and she always does such a great job with presenting the food, making even a simple dinner seem so special. she loves to make different dishes for me but i always beg for her khadi every time i go over for lunch or dinner. so now darsh just makes sure there is a steaming bowl of khadi just for me no matter what else she is making.

khadi is super simple to make and i can easily make it myself at home. but somehow, darshini's khadi is infinitely more delciious than mine although we use exactly the same recipe!

start with a of sour curd. add two tablespoons of besan and 1 cup of water. start to boil. meanwhile, grind together 2 green chillies, half an inch of ginger, 1/2 tsp each of cardamom and cinnamon, a few sprigs of coriander and some salt. boil for about five to seven minutes on a low flame and stir continuously to prevent the mixture from boiling over. in a small frying pan, add one tbsp of oil. add jeera and mustard. and then some fresh curry leaves and asfoetida. then pour over the khadi. enjoy with steaming hot cooked basmati rice or phulkas. yum!

ps - samarat in bombay serves a great khadi as part of their thalis.


Blogger papamali said...

Yes, I've tasted khadi at Samrat in Bombay but my personal fav among Gujju fare is the dhokla. The fluffier, the better! And also Saurashtra cuisine... fat spicy chillis wrapped in batter and fried. And, of course, the Undhiyo, a mish mash concoction of veggies that owes its provenance to Surat I think. Cheers and thanks for visiting my site.

2:01 am  
Blogger rums said...

lools, your friend's crockery reminded me of 'takete maluma', a store in bandra (sadly it's shut down now) which stocked exactly the same stuff. i used to love that store!

1:36 pm  
Anonymous priya,ar said...

Darshinis serveware looks excellent ( ur kinda color ;) )Her presentation is great !! so u r having a great time in London han !!

3:16 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi papamali,
i love dhokla as well. especially topped with lots of freshly chopped coriander, green chillies and lemon. my mouth is watering just thinking of freshly made dhokla!

i asked darshini and she says she got it from good earth in bombay!

hi priya,
yes, yes. know you also know how much i love tangerine :)
london has been fabulous so far. but i have to admit, i haven't yet met a big city i haven't loved!

7:17 pm  
Blogger gs said...

i love undhiyu and kakra with jalebi.undhiyu is a surat speciality.our cook gb worked in a gujerati home for 2 years.she can dish out gujerati stuff excellently.kadi is also one of my is the sweet equivalent of the tamilian mozh kozhambu.kadi is normally taken with kichdi with dollops of ghee and kadi and if space permits kakra with jalebi can be a fabulous way to start the day.older people prefer the kichdi and kadi is taken hot,easily chewable and digestable,and sufficiently filling.the proteins in the dal give nourishment along with the carbohydrates.

1:37 am  
Blogger gs said...

sorry,it is not kakra,it is faafda- gathiya. i will send you apicture soon lulu.

8:52 am  
Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hi Lulu... My best friend is also a gujarati & I must admit, that their kadhi is awesome. Though how much ever I try... it does not turn out exactly the same...
Moreover, I like everything in a gujarati meal.
BTW.. this is the first time, I am visiting ur site & I am really impressed..
Happy New Year & Compliments of the season.

2:58 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks, tina! totally agree with you that my khadi also does not turn out the same as one made by pukka gujjus..

7:14 pm  
Blogger Rachel & Dhiraj said...

Wow - amazed how much of your London blog you have already compiled in such a short time! Looking forward to seeing you soooon!

- D.

8:27 pm  
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