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Khatta Dhokla

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Ever since my school days, I have always had a shadow of South Indians around me, either in form of friends or mentors. πŸ™‚ The the time spent with them is somehting to cherish. I had a good friend in school who was a mallu. Then in college another very good friend who was from andhra or karnataka or somewhere down south (my geography is pretty bad πŸ˜› ). In medical college, my best friend, an iyer – the best that I have had till now. If this was not enough, the clinic where I was working in for two years before my marriage , was of a doctor who is a tamilian. πŸ™‚ My mentor, my teacher, everything. I have a colleague and a friend with me currently – a tamilian again. πŸ™‚ And not to mention the blog world majorly dominated by South Indians again!!!!! Also, in the place where I am staying – Singapore, out of all the Indian population here, 80% is South Indian again!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

I can call myself half South Indian when it comes to food. Coffee is like my middle name – thanks to my medical college friend and the clinic of the South Indian doctor that I was working in. Rice is like a staple food in my house for the sheer lazyniess to come home after a whole day of work and roll out chapatis. The idli/dosa batter is forever there in my fridge, at any given time. Enough to prove me a south indian right. πŸ™‚

The commonest complaint I have heard from them is,

“Why do you guys categorise everyone from halfway down the map of India as SOUTH INDIANS???!!!!!! Everyone from each different state has a different culture, different cuisine, different custom!!!! Why doesn’t everyone above the half way mark of India realize this???!!!! Why always the common term of SOUTH INDIANS???!!!! PHEW!!!!”

And I have no answer to this till today. πŸ™‚ I still can’t categorize them as per their states, their culture and their languages.

For me all the languages seem to be the same. All the foods – sambhar, rasam, idli, dosa, wada, upma kuttu, poriyal, kozumbu, bisi bele, tamrind rice, appam, iddyappam …… is south Indian cuisine. Whether its pongal or vishu – its a south Indian festival.

So please my dear friends, please don’t cringe your face when you hear me say South Indian ‘n’ number of times over here. πŸ™‚ I am really handicapped with regards to this. πŸ™‚

So with all you South Indians ….. err, let me use ” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ” (two smilies – for the wonderful people that they are) when I want to say sou….. you know what right??? So with all you wonderful experts of ” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ” cuisine, here’s my small little attempt to showcase your food. Its like diye ko roshni dikhana (showing light to a lamp…..) …….. but let me still try πŸ™‚

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KHICHDI-KADHI

Khichdi (also khichdee, khichadi, khichuri, khichari and many other variants) is an Indian dish that contains a combination of rice and lentils. It is commonly considered to be India’s comfort food. Khichdi is also the first solid that babies are introduced to. Rice and lentils are simmered till mushy, seasoned with turmeric and salt and fed to infants to introduce them to “people food”.

This simple food can be cooked in a variety of forms…… While someΓ‚ cook khichdiΓ‚ as a rather rich and delectable delicacy, some cook it very differentlyΓ‚ – a very plain dish that is normally associated with bland taste and diet for people when sick.

Γ‚ Khichdi is commonly served with another dish called “kadhi” and other accompaniments are papads, ghee, achar, and yoghurt. And today I serve this to you in its nutty variation with lip smackingly delicious gujarati kadhi on special request by Mallika!!!!! πŸ™‚

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