Sunday, September 29, 2013
Weekend is almost about to end 8-| and it is that time again! Time for me to write a post :) Today I made some lettuce wraps. I discovered this recipe long time back when I used to have excess ground chicken mixture while making MOMOs. Before, I used to make this recipe with the leftover mixture but now I separate some ground chicken beforehand just to make these delicious wraps. I make different mixture with different spices to give Wraps a distinct flavor. This recipe is so simple and makes a great snack. Follow the process below to enjoy this crunchy delicacy:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Bara is mainly popular in Newari community in Nepal and is mostly available in Kathmandu. Bara is sold like a fast food and is often served with some kind of soup. It is like a pancake made up of black lentil (maas ko dal). Ginger, Salt and Oil are the only spices used in commercialized Bara. However, in the recipe below I have included other spices as well as egg and meat. By adding all these extra ingredients, I wanted to make the dish more flavorful. I was little hesitant to do so, since it was my first attempt but the end result was great and honestly I like this version than the ones they sell in Kathmandu :-o Also, it is extremely easy!! Follow these simple steps to relish the yumminess 8-> Also, click here for Chatamari Recipe
Monday, September 16, 2013
For us, every Friday dinner is either chicken wings or MOMO. Chicken wing is another simple recipe that is so tasty and tummy friendly. There are different ways to make chicken wings. Most people use readymade marinating sauce but I like to create my own Nepali style marinating process. Even though the readymade sauce is super easy to deal with, combining different spices from your pantry will give the chicken distinct flavor and taste. Lastly, I must mention homemade chicken wings are the best. So, here is the easy yet yummy chicken wings recipe for you all to try.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
At first, I was little hesitant to put this recipe up because this is so easy and I am pretty sure most of you already know it. I am writing this post just because of my sister. I do not know what it is with my sister; she wants me to write a blog post with step by step process on how to make Nachos Supreme. I told her that there are no steps and also tried explaining everything over phone but it wasn’t enough for her. She wanted pictures, quantity info and detail description. So, here you go sissy and you everyone, who would like to recreate this effortless easy snack. Btw, let me mention, this is my favorite.
Yum Yum Yum :D
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
This year was my second time celebrating teej. I never knew the essence of this fiesta until last year. Even though born and raised in Nepal, I had never celebrated nor had I bothered to know about this festival in detail. I just knew the fact that women on this particular day, dress pretty and get together for singing and dancing. Now that I am away from home, I always search for opportunities that will allow me to learn and be engaged in our cultural activities. Living foreign has taught me to appreciate different cultures and at the same time has enhanced my own cultural skills.
For those of you who do not know what teej is, Teej is an annual festival, which lasts around three days. First day is an eating day. Women cook lots of different varieties of foods and can eat until midnight. Second day is a fasting day. Historical aspect of fasting on teej is related to Lord Shiva. There is a belief that if on one of these days, women worship Lord Shiva and go through an intensive fasting without even drinking a drop of water, their husband will have a long and healthy life. For those unmarried, this belief applies to their husband to be. Finally, third day is a worshipping day, where ladies perform “teej puja”. This day is called “Rishi Panchami” in Nepal.
Now on to what we did on teej this year. This year was much fun because there were more girls to celebrate than last year. We had planned a pot-luck at my place and I was so surprised to see so many delicious foods for our gathering. I must commend on cooking skills these girls have. There was everything from a special “Happy Teej Cake” to something that I had never herd or imagined “The Pineapple Curry.” Ah everything was superb!! Dress code for the day was Nepali and most of us wore sari and we only played teej songs. We ate, danced, took tons of pictures and of course gossiped a lot ;) ;).
It was so exciting to see everyone happy and pretty. This day resembled so many things about our culture and I felt so at home. Here are some glimpses of Teej Celebration this year. Enjoy and feel free to share your experiences in the comment box below. Also, click here for updates on 2014 Teej Celebration :)
Thursday, September 5, 2013
When I first started cooking, I used to be overwhelmed by the fact that regular Nepali meal consist many side dishes. Back home, our everyday lunch and dinner use to have at least 3-4 side dishes. Of course, eating was fun but now that I prepare our daily meals, I understand my mother's effort.
I am lazy and do not have patience to make varieties for an everyday meal. So, I tend to opt for dishes that are easy and at the same time have many flavors that make me forget about other courses. Egg curry is one of them. It is tangy, spicy, juicy, and gravy in consistency. On a week, I prepare egg curry at least twice and I love it with rice/bread. There are several ways of making this dish and here is an easy way: