August 25, 2008

CLICK: August 2008 – Citrus, A Mixed Vegetable Xacuti and Some Spring Onion Pancakes.

This is a post with one picture post and two recipe posts. Since all three are related in some way to Jugalbandi, they’re all under one header in one post.
First the matter of CLICK, the monthly photography theme is event. This month’s “Citrus” and this picture is my submission for the event.


Unravelled?

I was peeling an orange to decorate my chocolate mousse when inspiration struck me! How great, I’m not sure. But if someone else would have taken a picture of me (in the middle of the chocolate mousse-making mess, half peeled orange and a camera in hand) trying very hard to take the perfect(?) orange picture, it would definitely have had everyone in splits.

Mixed Vegetable Xacuti:

Zlamushka’s Tried and Tasted event is featuring Bee and Jai’s blog this month. Their blog, Jugalbandi, showcases their unique style of writing (whether about food or in general), their exotic garden produce and beautiful photography. If you haven’t seen the blog, then please go over and take a look and you won’t be disappointed.

They have an interesting variety of recipes but what caught my eye was the Xacuti. Xacuti is essentially a non vegetarian dish that Goa is famous for. Bee’s vegetarian version was just right for me. After doing some research, on the net and otherwise, I made a few changes and cooked up this version of a vegetarian Xacuti.We had it with Basmati rice. Each household/ recipe has its own version of the combination and amounts of ingredients that go into making the spice paste for Xacuti.




Bee used cauliflower and potatoes while I used a mixture of vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, some frozen peas and potatoes). My version can be found here.

Verdict:

It was good and tasted a lot like the vegetarian versions served at some of the better restaurants here. To describe it, I would say it tastes a lot like a Vegetable Kurma with a greater variety of spices. We think it would taste best served with rice based preparations like Idiyappam or Vellayappam.


Spring Onion Pancakes:

Bee's Spring Onion Pancakes was another recipe I had bookmarked to try out from Jugalbandi, as the idea of savoury pancakes appeals to me. I made some changes to this one too (I find it difficult to resist tweaking recipes!:D), to suit our taste.
I added some cornmeal, a tbsp of wheat bran, some mustard, asafetida and curry leaves to the pancake mixture. My versioncan be found here.



Verdict:

These pancakes made a tasty and filling breakfast, served with a spicy coconut chutney or powdered jaggery. You could try it with honey too, if you feel a pancake needs a sweet element to be perfect.

These two recipes are going over to be a part of Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen for this month's Tried and Tasted.

31 comments:

delhibelle said...

It all looks good & nice to see another vegetarian xacuti

sra said...

So inspiration struck, finally! I like the caption and the picture of the pancakes too!

Arundathi said...

oooh those spring onion pancakes look great!

Srividya said...

Both the xacuti and the pancakes look delicious,will have to try.

Sireesha said...

It all looks awesome and superb.Nice click.

Jayashree said...

I've been wanting to try those spring onion pancakes too.

Divya Vikram said...

Nice click Aparna..and the pancakes look too healthy n delicious.

bee said...

thank you, dear aparna, for the lovely click and kind words. glad you enjoyed the xacuti and pancakes.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

That was a neat click. Pancakes sounds healthy.

Simran said...

This is such a lovely picture. And if you were to see me clicking pictures, you will be in splits for sure!

A small surprise waiting for you on my blog. Do stop by!

Annarasa said...

The pancakes look super!!

Apu

A_and_N said...

Nice! Loved the pic :)

Sameera.. said...

Loved the picture !!!
And the dish looked so goood !
Best Rgds,
Sam !

Rosie said...

Wonderful click :)

Rosie x

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely click .. i really liked spring onion pancakes .. very new to me

Vaishali said...

Aparna, What a delicious spread: the pictures are awesome.
I wanted to also answer your question on almond milk in my vegan kheer post: I use readymade but I would guess you could very easily make your own by grinding up almonds. I'd advise soaking them in warm water first and then grinding them in the same water. I also imagine you could use the pulp since it would add great flavor. I usually do a thicker version of this for curries where I want to substitute cream.

Cynthia said...

Love your CLICK pic and those pancakes, I think they'd be good just as is with a cup of tea.

Bharti said...

Love eveything- the click picture, the xacuti and the pancakes. I might just make those for breakfast this weekend!

Manggy said...

Lovely pic! :) I sometimes do have "vegetarian" days when I really don't feel like eating any meat. Makes me feel good. Your xacuti (oh, new words for me!) looks like it could really hit the spot :)
For some reason I just heard of the word "jaggery" a few weeks ago and I've begun noticing it popping up a lot!

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Ivy said...

Lovely pancakes, perfect for any time of the day. Your picture for click is also very beautiful.

Pearlsofeast said...

nice pancakes,i had heard about Xacuti but never.This looks delicious and nice click too.
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Bev said...

ooh these sound delicous! I bet they were too! mmmm

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Tartelette said...

The pancakes sound delicious!! I am thinking of doing a cross cultural meal by paring them with ratatouille...I bet the flavors would be nice together!

Aparna said...

I can see that Bee and Jai's recipes are quite popular with many of us. Yes the pancakes are healthy, but then they would be.:)

Thanks, Vaishali. Shall try that out.

Thank you for the award, Simran.

I've done that tag already, Srilekha and Curry Leaf, but thanks for thinking of me, all the same.

zlamushka said...

Hi there,

I am so sorry for leaving your gorgeous entries out of this monht´s T&T. I ll do much better next time, if you still want to participate.

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