Friday, December 02, 2005

I really need a bigger kitchen

Yeah, I know I eat rice very often. At least I do use different varieties. Does that count for anything?

Its mostly basmati and ponni raw rice, but I also use sona masoori, and jeeragam sambu sometimes. (I have "idli rice" and rice flour too, but thats besides the point). I generally use basmati with north indian food, dal, biryani, and nonveg... the others, obviously, with south indian -strongly flavored stuff.

Ive noticed that different brands of each kind of rice can vary greatly. And I always forget which ones I liked/didnt like. I have a feeling "royal" was my fav basmati, but im not sure. The one we have now has practically no aroma :( I think its Falak brand. and the recent ponni rice I got is the worst. It reminds me of "american" rice. Ick. It was on sale, buy one get one free. Anyone have a brand they recommend?!

On another note, I also have too many kinds of cooking oil. Gingelly(sesame), some vegetable oil blend, e.v. olive oil, coconut oil, and a few scrapings of homemade ghee(have to make some more when I stop procrastinating). I think thats all, heh heh.

Ive noticed that, although I really like coconut and the scent of coconut, Im not too fond of the smell of cooking with coconut oil. I also theorize I wouldnt be too fond of Keralite food.- Dont hate me for that. I'd be MORE THAN HAPPY if you want to invite me to your house for dinner and help me change my mind!!!!

Well, I wont even get started on how many spices I have! Its ridiculous, believe me.
The strangest thing I have is something called "Katlu Batrisu Powder" from Mangal brand. It says on the box its a mixture of 32 traditional herbs used in preparing sweets like methipak and golpapdi. I dont know what those are. I tried looking up this stuff on the internet and didnt get much info either. If anyone knows what in the world I can make with this stuff please let me know!!!!!!

But how could I pass it up, really? It has 32 TRADTIONAL HERBS including satavali, salam, asrrio, white musli, piperingum, gokhru and other "herbal roots" for 99cents!!!!!!!!!


Blogger priya said...

hey yum i liked all ur narration, they r too good and the katlu powder one is too funny. I found ur link thru mahanandhi.Do u have any idea were we can get jeeraga samba in US. Any recipes from u YUM?

December 06, 2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger yum said...

Thanks Priya!

I am in New Jersey, and we get jeeraga samba in the indian grocery. Are you in Arizona?

December 07, 2005 9:33 PM  
Blogger priya said...

New jersey is mini india, Iam in arkansas

December 07, 2005 10:01 PM  
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