A time for new things!

This is my first post since coming back from a short but momentous holiday to India, after taking care of some hugely important personal affairs there; and though I thoroughly enjoyed not getting my hands dirty in the kitchen for a while and being served the most wonderful home fares by my mother and other relatives, I was still itching to try new recipes I’ve come across, in the comfort and familiarity of my own small kitchen.

My mother sent me away loaded with a precious bounty of home-made masalas, cookwares, utensils and other less-readily available delicacies from my hometown, all to last a whole lifetime! My kitchen cabinets are full to bursting and finding certain spices, spoons and other smaller things are becoming a rather regular task for me these days. I recently tried out a new set of Tupperware product which was gifted to us by some very nice people during our visit to India. It’s a two tiered Microwave idli stand cum steamer that comes with a basket attachment and a cute little ladle. After adding a small amount of water at the bottom of the dish and lightly oiling the idli plates, I lowered the loaded plates on the basket and microwaved it for close to 5 minutes.  The resulting idlis were fabulously soft and spongy like the ones prepared in a traditional metal steamer or pressure cooker. Here are some pictures of it…

The idli stand all ready to be steamed…

 The finished Idlis, all spongy and soft. 

And what we had for lunch this Sunday.

Something else I prepared during the weeked was this Banana Halwa that I had been planning on making for quite a while now. Having a load of fully ripened Bananas and a good recipe to put it to use with, I set about making this delicacy that I last tasted almost 10 years ago where I lived in Kerela.