March 21, 2014

Paneer butter masala

The kids are beginning to play together. It is a lot of fun watching them chase each other or Tiny M laugh at Lil A's shenanigans. But there are also times when they want to play with the same toys and there is a lot of negotiation and 'taking turns' involved.

Last week, we were at a friend's house who has a daughter about the same age as Tiny M. Most of the time she and Tiny M ignore each other. This time, however, they both were hanging out in the kitchen by the fridge playing with magnets and invariably wanted the same magnet. Suddenly Lil A appeared next to them, picked out a bunch of magnets gave it to Tiny M and said, "Here, these are your magnets."

I was surprised by his possessiveness and protectiveness for his little brother. I had no idea. Reminded me of me with my little brother.

Lil A has recently started eating paneer and so I am trying new recipes with it. I made paneer butter masala for a get together a few weeks back and it came out quite good, if I can say so myself. No cream in this, almonds give it a rich taste.

The raisins provide a hint of sweetness that goes well with paneer. I even took step by step pictures. But once it was made, I forgot to take the last picture and the paneer butter masala was gone soon.

March 12, 2014

Pyanj tomato diye salmoner patla jhol (light salmon curry with onion and tomato)

Pyanj tomato diye salmon-er jhol

There are some things I get from Whole Foods (no one is paying me for this claim, it's just what I do), fish and meat being a few. They are one of the few places that carries smelt during spring, fresh from the lakes.

I am also on a lookout for good salmon on sale whenever I go. If I find one, it is a prized possession because it makes for a creamy cooked fish. My go to recipe with it is baked and broiled with some spices and it makes a great dinner or lunch.

I got one such salmon fillet when my parents were visiting last year. Usually, they make a kalia kind of curry with salmon because they find the smell strong. But this fish was so fresh that they decided to make a light jhol/curry which is usually reserved for freshest of fish.

You can easily substitute salmon with any other fresh fish - tilapia or even small fish like smelt.

With a little tomato and onion forming the base of the curry, this was a great lunch with some steamed brown rice.

March 05, 2014

Kale and caramelized pear salad

Kale and caramelized pear salad

It's been a rough month with the family sharing cold, coughs and ear infections.  While most of us have been managing it ok, it has been hard on Tiny M who has had multiple ear infections at the end of every cold. He goes to daycare full day and with it being so bitterly cold, the options for going out to play are few and far between. So sharing germs is easier on the baby floor where they all are probably chewing the same toy.

I went through this with Lil A a couple of years ago, but feels like I don't remember now the waking up multiple times at night to soothe a cranky baby part. Somehow it feels new again going through it with Tiny M.

Do you feel that you have forgotten some of those baby days too?

Another thing I have forgotten to do is get this recipe on my blog. We first made this salad for a friend's birthday party last October. It was a big hit and everyone asked us for the recipe. We promised to get it on the blog and then realized I didn't have any pictures. So I waited till the next time. And somehow, forgot again, and again. This time, I made a mental note and took pictures immediately.

We've had the salad with pizza, scottish fish stew, kerala chicken stew and it goes well with everything. It also makes a great weekday lunch.


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