KonkanFood

Food has always attracted me and been away from home for years for my studies and work taught me the importance of good home made food. Food makes me happy. I have named by blog "KonkanFood", I come from the konkan region of India and my food is majorly influenced by this region. I love eating and like to incorporate the delicious dishes I come across in my day to day life.


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Egg plant curry

Egg plant is a very versatile vegetable. Add to any preparation or just have it alone, it enhances the flavor. One of the meatless days and I tried and made this curry, very simple to do and requires a few ingredients.

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Ingredients:

1 medium sized egg plant

1 medium sized potato

1 big sized tomato

1 tsp mustard seeds

3 tbsp oil

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 red dry whole chilli

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 bunch coriander leaves

1 cup water

salt to taste

 

Method:

1. Take a heavy bottom pan, add the oil, once oil is hot add mustard and the whole chilli. Cook on a low to medium heat at the start, as this will not burn the spices.Once they splutter, add in the spices turmeric, chilli, coriander, ginger-garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.

2. Add finely chopped tomato and cook till it has reduced to a paste consistency.

3.Cut egg plant and potato in cube shape, add to the pan once tomato has completely cooked.Toss in the chopped coriander. Add a 1 cup water and cook the curry till you can easily pierce the potatoes.

Serve with rice and enjoy.

 

 


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Which nonstick pan you use for cooking?

It is not a cooking post today but something I would like to discuss and get your views on. Last few days I have been searching the Internet on a number of phrases like “which is the best pan to cook?”, “what material a cooking pan should be made of?”, “Is ceramic coating non toxic?”.

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I couldn’t get a definite answer to my questions and thought this would be the right forum to ask these questions.

Some of my pans/skillets have worn out and I am planning to buy some good quality and long lasting ones. I got a few the last time I visited India, they are hard anodized interior pans and a iron skillet. I have been using them for last few months and they are good but NOT non stick.

I am looking for something which has nonstick surface and the same time NON TOXIC!! I know, each of us try and search for healthy options when it comes to everyday cooking and when its a nonstick surface its less amount of oil.

Few findings:

1. Ceramic is better than Teflon coating but some ceramic coatings do have lead content.

2. Enameled iron coating are as good as nonstick but then you cannot cook in them all the time because iron leeches into the food.

Now I want your take on this and suggestions?