Malai Bhog-Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Malai bhog is a dessert made from ricotta cheese and fresh cream. I made these as an offering to Lord Ganesha during Ganpati Celebrations this year.

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Being a mumbaite, Ganesh Utsav has been always close to heart. The festive season begins from Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s the celebration of Lord Ganesha’s birth. Ganesh mandapas (pandals) in every locality, the sound of dhols and arti, all types of sweets, installation of the Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes, friends and relatives visiting, etc there are so many things which I miss about Ganesh Chaturthi. But no worries.. place doesn’t matter…even though I am in US, it doesn’t stop me from celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with same zeal, belief and enthusiasm:)

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Misal Pav Recipe

Misal pav (spicy curry with bread – “pav”) is a traditional Indian dish. It consists of spicy curry usually made of sprout of Mataki or white peas and chilly powder gravy called ‘Kutt’. The final dish is topped with Potato-Chiwda Mix, Farsan or Sev), onions, lemon and coriander (cilantro). It is usually served with bread toasted with butter

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Shrikhand Puri and Gudi Padwa!!!

Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the New Year to the Maharashtrians. The advent of a new year heralds new hopes, new dreams and greater chances of prosperity and wish fulfillment and so it is celebrated with a lot of joy and pompousness throughout Maharashtra.

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Every year my yearly festival celebrations begin with Gudi Padva icon smile Shrikhand Puri and Gudi Padwa!!! This year I celebrated it with some Shrikhand Puri icon smile Shrikhand Puri and Gudi Padwa!!!

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Bharli Vangii/Stuffed Brinjals Recipe/How to make Bharli Vangi or Stuffed Brinjals

Bharli Vangi is an authentic Maharashtrian delicacy which is made by stuffing brinjals with groundnuts, coriander and spices filling. It’s one of my favorite dishes. Spicy, hot and delicious are the best adjectives to go with this dish.

There are various versions of this dish depending upon which region of Maharashtra where it is made. Some like it tangy and sweet while some like it hot and spicy.

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For fun..some health benefits of Brinjal icon smile Bharli Vangii/Stuffed Brinjals Recipe/How to make Bharli Vangi or Stuffed Brinjals

The nutritious eggplant, also called brinjal or aubergine, hails from the nightshade family of fruits and vegetables that includes potatoes, peppers and tomatoes. Botanically, the brinjal is a fruit, not a vegetable and the brinjal plant grows just like tomatoes as vines. For its utility in the kitchen or rather, for cooking purposes, it is considered a vegetable. Just as other colourful veggies, this vegetable too has a host of health benefits.

It’s helpful to the heart, brain and keeps diabetes in control. It helps to create iron, facilitates weight loss, helps in digestion and has antibacterial properties. It’s considered to be good for skin.

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