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We all love chatpata, spicy bhaaji along with those homemade pavs, don’t we.. here is how I make mine.

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Recipe for bhaaji

1 small cauliflower
1 small cup peas
2 to 3 small potatoes
1 medium capsicum
3 medium onions
4 to 5 pods garlic
Ginger half inch piece
4 green chillies
7 tomatoes blanched peeled and pureed.
Finely Onions and coriander leaves for garnish
Lemon wedges as per taste
Butter as per requirement
Salt to taste
Kasuri methi 1 to 2 tsp
3 tsp oil

Pressure Cook potato for 4 whistles and lower the heat.. let it cook for 5 to mins.

Finely chop onions.. finely cut capsicum. Wash peas.

Boil a pot of water and add tomatoes, once the skin starts separating, remove them from water and peel. Puree it.

Cut cauliflower into small wedges, check thoroughly.

Cook cauliflower in the microwave for 6 mins.

Peel potato and mash.

Make a paste of ginger, chillies and garlic.

In a thick and heavy bottom pan add oil or butter sauté the ginger garlic and chilli paste.. now add onions and sauté till it turns dark shade of pink.. add Lil salt with each new ingredient.

Now add peas and let it cook…Once done add capsicum.. sauté. ..

Now add the cooked cauliflower. . Use a masher and mash all the ingredients as you go… add potato. .Lil butter and add 2 cups water. Let it boil… Once the water dries up mash again. .. add butter, more water, 2 to 3 tsp pav bhaji masala, Lil red chilli powder, kasuri methi 1 tsp . .. mash as you go… now when the water dries up add the tomato puree. . Let it boil and simmer.. Cook for 5 to 7 mins on low. .. check for salt. . Add a pinch more of kasuri methi. . Take off heat. . Add lemon juice and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. And top with some butter.
Serve with finely chopped onions, lemon wedges and coriander leaves.

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Cooking I believe shouldnt be done for the sake of cooking and feeding empty stomach. It should be enjoyed and then you can feel the magical taste it adds to the food…no matter what you make.

I had started cooking simple food when I was around 7 to 8 years of age. I was staying with mom, brother and moms parents at Jabalpur. One evening, mom n grandma were leaving.for shopping and mom said to me, “you make sabzi and keep.” she was joking, but i seriously made potato gravy sabzi.

Everyone enjoyed it so much. I remember, I used to climb on a stool to reach the kitchen platform. Thats how I began my journey as a cook. I made my share of goof ups too.

The first time I made a sambar, I used chana dal instead of toor dal. I added turmeric powder to upma the first time.

When I first tried making poha..my grandpa suggested soaking poha or aval overnight. I instead soaked for 2 hours and we all had to have poha soup. Poori looked like papad, when I experimented. My brother had actually asked me, is only pappad there for dinner?? Sheera looked like upma… And list goes on and on…

But with repeated attempts, I learned the process and measurements. And above all my moms patience and super guidance.. And my family, who never complained about the experiments…but always encouraged me to cook and praised my hardwork.

I wonder, if they had not encouraged me, may be I would have lost interest. My mom… I am so happy and lucky to have her. She never complained or scolded me for messing up the dishes or putting all the vessels in the kitchen to clean. She not once said anything when I made too many items. I guess all these things have increased my love for cooking.

I would dedicate all my achievements to her. Whatever I am is just because of her and my family. My grandpa used to say, the food cooked by kavi is so sweet. ….thank you for your patience.

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I have never been a very outgoing person, more on the homely side… Love cooking and looking after my home, family, etc…

Ever since kaavya was born, been planning to do something from home, without disturbing the balance of the family… Like I had a daycare when sid was younger…

I have always loved making sweets and taking orders for sweets felt like a good idea. So, here I am, taking orders..I have printed a menu and have started in a small way.. Hope people do like my sweets and do order..my kids love the sweets made by me and thats the biggest appreciation….

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Nearly two years back, I had a daycare set up at my home. Started it with the idea of giving a few friends to my two year old son. I closed it when I was expecting my daughter.

Now, I am again starting it under the pressure of the parents, who won’t take no for an answer. I am happy that they like my daycare.

I am concerned about my 10 month old daughter. I feel she will be happy with the kids around.

My house, which I keep in order, will ressemble a Minh zoo…I let the kids play and join the party myself too.. That’s my secret of success.

I give my kids good home made food, play with them and also teach them good manners and cleanliness..

Hoping for a success story this time again!!! Watch this page for updates on my daycare