Enduri Pitha / Patholi (Oriya Rasoi or Oriya Cuisine)

This is a festivel dish from Odissa. This is also made in south part of India and is known as Patholi.
The idli batter is stuffed with coconut jaggery and wrapped in turmeric leaves and steamed.
Turmeric leaves generally grows in monsoon season and is the perfect time to prepare this recipe.
In Odissa, this cake is made during prathamasthmi when the eldest child of the family is worshipped and is the celebrity for the day.

Many people dont like the strong smell of turmeric leaves and prepare it with banana leaves instead.

Enduri Pitha


Idli batter

Turmeric leaves washed 2-3 times

1 cup grated coconut cooked in 1 cup jaggery till jaggery melts and coconut is cooked

To prepare :

Heat water in a steamer till it starts boiling. If you dont have steamer, take a deep vessel.
Pour about 2 and 1/2 cups water. Cover and bring to boil.
Put normal idli stand.

Pour some batter in each leaf as shown in picture.
Spread the coconut jaggery mixtures.  Fold and tie with thread. Place them in the top rack of the steamer.
Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

You will start smelling the steamed turmeric leaves.

Take it out of steamer. Allow it cool down.
Serve with mixed vegetable Sambhar or Daalma.

Note: In pune, you will get turmeric leaves only in Shivaji Sabji Market

Moutabel - Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip


 1 big eggplant baked or roasted over gas
 4 cloves garlic
 2 fresh green chili
 1/4 cup sesame seeds
 1/2 lemon juice
 1 teaspoon salt
 Dry mint leaves
 1 tbsp teaspoon olive oil

Remove skin of eggplant.
Blend together with garlic cloves gree chili, salt and sesame seeds
Add lemon juice and mix well.
Pour in a serving ball.
Pour Extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkle Dry mint

Serve with garlic naan or zatar naan.

Home Made Sambhar Masala Powder


1/2 cup coriander seeds
1/4th cup each of mustard seeds, whole black pepper corn, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, channa daal, urad daal and grated coconut
10-12 cury leaves
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp hing

Roast everything in plate 1 together.
Roast everything in plat 2 together.
Mix and grind in grinder to smooth powder
Strain if required

Art of Making South Indian Filter Coffee

There is something special about south Indian coffee, also known as Filter Coffee. Its unique taste, aromatic smell which comes from roasting the coffee beans, grinding and decocting, special process used to extract the flavour by boiling and allowing it to stand for some time to pass through a filter.
Every fan would swear by its flavour that it is in indeed the best coffee in the universe.

You can use normal coffee machine available in the market or you can buy the special steel filters available. They generally come in different sizes depending how many cups of coffee you need to make everyday.

What you will need for decocting for making 2 cups of coffee:

3 tsp coffee beans roasted and ground
1 cup boiling water

Place the filter for 3-4 seconds above gas.
Place, 3 tsp of coffee powder. Put the filter above it.
Pour boiling water.
Put the lid and allow it to sit for 30 minutes.

Pour the extract into cups. It should be at least 1/3rd of the cup. Well, in South India you get special steel utensils to drink coffee. I used normal coffee mugs.

Take 1 and half cup milk. Put 3 tsp sugar (or accoriding to taste) and bring it to boil. Pour over the coffee extract.
Enjoy your South Indian Coffee with breakfast.

I generally allow the decoction to happen overnight. I prepare it at night and have it in the morning. Also, I put the filter 1st and then put coffee powder and then pour boiling water. This definitely make difference in the taste.

Penne Pasta with oyestor mushroom in Red Creamy Sauce

2 cups pasta boiled as per packet instructions
1 cup dried oyestor mushroom put in boiled water for 5 mins
1/4th cup boiled corn
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp full cream
1 tbsp grated cheese
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp dry mint leaves
1 tsp crushed pepper powder
salt to taste
sugar to taste
7-8 crushed garlic

Heat oil in pan.
Add crushed garlic and oregano.
Add tomato puree and cook for a minute.
Add cooked pasta
Add mushrooms, corn , salt and sugar to taste
Add creme, crushed pepper powder, crushed dry mint leaves.
Add grated cheese and mix well.