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Cricket has been a huge part of the majority of Indian homes and from the looks of it, will continue to be. This has been one religion that marries the whole of our country. Tensions leading to heavy betting and self mutilation(nail biting included) are all part and parcel of this religion.

Fortunately or not the only exposure I’ve had to this game was when my cousin played with his friends in the little make shift playground behind our rented house. That was when I was 10. Pappa was a Tennis fan and so I grew up watching tons of tennis tournaments and having crushes on Agassi and Boris Becker and admiring Steffi Graf. I then grew some more and realized that all my friends knew so much about cricket and I was clueless. I ditched Tennis to try and understand the game that my peer group seemed to be crazy about so that I could “fit in”. I wasn’t very successful - I still dont fit in. I don’t understand the thrill behind every match and I don’t understand the lbw or the wide and I have no clue who the players are anymore - except Tendulkar ofcourse!

So I take comfort in being in my safe place and playing the game that I have come to enjoy - cooking :) One of my favourite comfort food is Idly with THenga or Ulli CHamanthi(Coconut or Onion CHutney). 80% of my school lunches has been idly with sambar or chutney. I’ve never dared to try making the idly batter myself till very recently when the greed for the fluffy steamed rice cake overcame my fear of making its batter.

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French Beans Toran

Yed another mallu dish!

Not my favourite veggie but its pretty easy to munch with Avacado Chapati.

I’m in a city where i believe everything is expensive and so its been my constant effort to find a place where I can find what i need for the best prices! I’ve gone to farmers markets all over the place to get a feel of the prices. I also did a round to some of the Top values and Buy lows. I wouldn’t recommend these places for everything but a good combination of these places saves you a lot of money. I mean when i got here we used to go to ralphs for everything and i just saw the money flow and the bags no heavier. So where was i now. Yea, the French Beans toran. They are high in fiber content and you can feel the fiber as you chew!


French beans - 2 cups chopped to 1/2 inch size

Onion - 1/2 cup chopped finely

Grated coconut - fresh or frozen 1/2 cup

Garlic - 2 pods finely chopped

For tempering:

Oil - 1/2 Tbspn

Mustard - 1/2 Tspn

Jeera - 1/2 Tspn

Turmeric - 1/2 Tspn

Red chilli powder - 1/2 Tspn

Dried red chilli - 1

Heat oil in a Pan and put in the tempering ingredients in the order mentioned. But do wait for the mustard to snap before putting in the jeera. Add the garlic and the oinion and toss it till the onion turns translucent. Add the french beans and cook it for a bit on medium high. It does take sometime for the beans to cook around say 15 min. The colour begins to change and you know its time for the coconut to go in. Add salt and the toran is all ready for the avocado chapati.