Foodaholics Recipe Contest Winner :Week 1

Monday 13 September 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Contest,foodaholics

We have selected our first winner for the recipe contest.

Saket  Saket Dhanraj Dabi

This may be considered the most mundane breakfast of India , but its the most tempting and sumptuous too. Easiest to make yet most delicious ,one can find it listed in Menu from a roadside vendor to a five star hotel.Its the pride of Indian breakfast.

Following is my encounter with the LOVE triangle.


Imagine how will your brain tingle to your commands after an all night buffet of Gossips pot pouri, Spicy “Bakar” curry and bitching salads. It will surely be in a state of abeyance and abjure your commands and orders and ignore them bluntly. Confused? don’t be because this the just a upper makeup of the most romantic, spicy, aromatic, strong yet sensitive love triangle story you would have ever imagined with your grey matter .

Saturday, 20th September, almost ¾ asleep I went to the near by, breakfast junction to have my morning brunch and wake my nutshell by having some Poha, chai and Jalebi, that’s an authentic Indian breakfast. I was so drowsy within my lost world of last night’s talk and movie that I assumed as if I am in a movie called “ Nashta bhi kahe Kuch Kuch hota hai” by “Chai Wala Productions” directed by Nimbupani brothers, and Music by our own Nashta Oscar winner K.B P .( P.S- KBP stands for Kanda (onion) bhajji Pakodewala) .

Let me introduce to our cast – Poha, and ever sensitive, soft spoken , an aam Nashta , yet different from heart. , everyday morning when he takes bath in fresh tap waterfall and get dressed in typical yellow turmeric attire , with grace of little golden onion flakes and peas giving him a natural Indian guy look, I’ll rather refer him as Dude from the small town. With his soothing fragrance of coriander and sauf, he definitely is capable of raising a few looks from the near by ladies.
Our hero works in a shop, where everyday he tries to impress his true love ( He is the role model of single sided lovers association ) Miss Jalebi ……. (Flash Back)
(Flash back – continues) Miss Jalebi , as the name suggest is our very own confused , unpredictable, enigmatic, sweet , candid , amiable , eloquent ladki , for that matter she is a hybrid masterpiece of the unforgettable bollywood & Hollywood beauties such as Madhubala, Waheda rehman, Neetu Singh, drew Barrymore, Asha Parik and Madhuri dixit. A serene beauty , with a mystical , spell casting aura of cardamom and Kesar. She is still not sure whether she loves our hero or not , thus always ending up in fighting with him an then repenting for it. How typical of a Indian Gal that is … isn’t ! ! J

(Present) …. So every day morning , our hero , try to impress her with his soft hearted talks, elegant ways of chivalry , and she reciprocate with the same delicacy , they look so happy together , and even our Nashta wala is happy serving them together in a special package called “ Poha –Jalebi” special. A happy couple after all isn’t……

But u know, how can the love story be so smooth, if it’s a smooth one than its definitely a infatuation , In our present scenario also , Don’t you think something , a special character is missing here . You are right… Our third angle of love triangle is Miss Chai , the Sexy, strong, sizzling, an aplomb, confident, and successful hottie, a true cocktail of Jeenat, shabana , Deepika , Julia Roberts , Scarlet Johnson and Penelope. She is the dazzling lady of new age world , yet she posses a deep attraction towards our very own seedha munda of town , Mr. Poha . She almost every morning spell bounds him with her erotic attire , in the crystal cup, her masala fragrance , and fuming looks can blew up any nutties mind’s senses off, poor Poha ram is just a guy from small town was an easy bait for her. Nashta wala’s another special package was suitable called “ Chai-Poha Masale maar ke” .
Each day , the Poha ram falls in a fits , whether to go with the chai or our own sweetie pie Jalebi , both ladies distinctly different from one another yet posses strong sense of attraction or may be love for him. But each day for him is like a new reincarnation and a new birth where sometimes he is coupled with Jalebi and other times with chai, but each time he is clubbed with one , somewhere down the heart he feel misery of the other’s detachment & he is never able to figure out who is his true love , because till the time he decides to reach a conclusion he is either already dead in the sink or ends with morning bowel soup in stomach.

I am sure one day he finally comes out of his confusion or may be in Nashta Life there is an option of polygamy , where he can have multiple loves together considering the condition both of them are ready to share him , what a night mare it could turnout to be , If it didn’t workout. And we find our Poha ram been burnt by chai’s heat and taking last breaths when sunken in jalebi’s sugar syrup out of gluttony of possessiveness.

Every day morning from 7 to 12 afternoon , the stage is perfectly set for the masala bollywood movie with people hopping in, buying there favorite combos, Suddenly my brain hits a reminder signal with the shop keeper bursting my ear apart shouting for his money. As I woke up from an early morning dream movie, I gave him his share and I took my favorite combo… HMmm guess what I might have taken , It would be easy for those few who know me inside out ( Kaminey types J) …. It is …. No No No

Keep guessing my frens, till my next sequel of the movie called “Poha bhi Kahe Dil toh pagal hai”

A True lover of Indian breakfast


masala-chai-04 Masala Tea– one cup of tea can be prepared by following way. The hot and sharp yet adorable
1) boil half cup of water with tulsi leaves , shredded ginger , two cloves , a pinch of cardamom, 4-5 petals of saffron.
2) When you can smell the fragrance , add half tea spoon of Tea powder, and boil till dark black .
3) Add half cup of Milk and boil it for 2 min.
4) The Tea is ready to serve , for a Saffron fragrance , one can sprinkle crushed saffron and cardamom powder from top.


Jalebi Jalebi: This is an Queen Of Indian Deserts, twisted and Sexy
2 cups All purpose flour (maida)bahut kum suna
11/2 tbsp fine grained semolina or rice flour
1/4th tsp baking powder
2 tbsp curd (plain yogurt)
11/4th cups warm water
1/2 tsp saffron threads, slowly dry-roasted and powdered
3 cups sugar
22/3rd cups water
1/2 tsp green cardamom seeds powder
11/2 tbsp kewra water or rose water
Ghee or vegetable oil for frying

How to make jalebi:

  • Mix the flour, semolina or rice flour, baking powder, curd and 3/4th cup of the water in a bowl (preferably a ceramic bowl). Mix well with a whisk.
  • Mix well and then add remaining water and 1/8th tsp. of saffron powder, and whisk until smooth.
  • Set aside for about 2 hours to ferment.
  • Whisk thoroughly before use.
  • Prepare one string syrup by dissolving sugar in the water. Just before the syrup is ready add saffron and cardamom powder.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai. Pour the batter in a steady stream ( or coconut shell with a hole) into the kadhai to form coils. Make a few at a time.
  • Deep fry them until they are golden and crisp all over but not brown.
  • Remove from the kadhai and drain on kitchen paper and immerse in the syrup.
  • Leave for at least 4-5 minutes so that they soak the syrup.
  • Take the jalebi out of syrup and serve hot.

Poha POHA : The Lovable , soft and kind.

  • 1 cup beaten rice [poha]
  • 1/4 cup crushed groundnuts
  • 1/4 cup grated or scraped coconut
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 stalk curry leaves chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 5-6 green chillies
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 small potato chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
  • salt to taste

Now lets look at how to prepare delicious Poha:)
Wash poha till clean. Drain water sprinkle a handful of clear water and keep aside.After 15 minutes loosen the poha gently, and break lumps with fingers. In a heavy saucepan, heat oil, add seeds and then potatoes. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Add onion, chillies and curry leaves. Stir and fry onions till tender. Take off fire.
Add poha and all other ingredients. Save some coconut and coriander leaves for garnishing. Mix very well. Adjust salt and lime as per taste.
Return to low flame till hot. Stir gently every now and then. Transfer to serving dish and garnish with coriander and coconut.

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