Author Archives: The Weekend Baker

About The Weekend Baker

Weekend baker, cook book collector, gatherer of family recipes.. I have inherited my love for baking, cooking and experimenting in the kitc

Cauliflower bhaat

Cauliflower bhaat or cauliflower khichadi was what mum would make when we returned home after a tiring day out. You and I would probably order a takeaway meal but mum used to roll up her sleeves and prepare this cauliflower … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2018, One Pot Meals, Quick Weeknight Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Baffad

Baffad (pronounced buff-aad) is a versatile coconut curry that can feature either chicken or prawns. It is made by grinding chillies and a variety of spices with a splash of vinegar. The pungent aroma while grinding the spices takes some … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2018, Chicken, curries, Fish and Meat, Gravy dishes, Meat and Poultry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aunty Shelma’s soup

Aunty Shelma was a family friend and this story dates back to a rainy Mumbai evening when we went to bid her adieu before she emigrated to Canada. The evening was a long, chatty one as the adults couldn’t get … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2018 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Soups, curries and one-pot meals: Easy school night dinners

For the month of April 2018, Varan-Bhaat wakes up from its slumber and takes a bit of a detour from traditional Pathare Prabhu recipes for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Our munchkin started Big School (that’s Year 1 for the uninitiated) and … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2018, curries, Curries (Kaalvan, varan, sambhare etc.), Gravy dishes, Miscellaneous recipes (non PP), One Pot Meals, Seasonal food, Seasonal Veggies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Z for Zhinga (prawns) toast

Ok, so Zhinga toast is most certainly not a Pathare Prabhu recipe. This is my mum’s take on the ever popular restaurant favourite. A lighter and fresher version, with an Indian twist. The bread is toasted  instead of the usual deep fried … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Savoury snacks, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Y for Yam (Suran) Vadis

Suran (yam) vadis are one more addition to the repertoire of fasting foods.  Free from grains and everything else that’s to be avoided on days of abstinence. But the one thing they definitely do not lack is flavour. As you bite … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Savoury snacks, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

An eXtra special cuppa – Masala milk

In my mind, masalyache doodh or masala milk is permanently associated with the Ganpati festival. This used to be part of the ‘naivedya’* on the tenth and last day of the festival. Everything was extra special on that day. Emotions … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Desserts, Festive food | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

W for Walnut chikki (Walnut brittle)

Traditionally, chikkis or brittles are made to celebrate Sankranti, the harvest festival. The usual way is to make them with jaggery and include peanuts or sesame seeds – warming ingredients for early January when it’s not quite spring. My grandmother (Aji) … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Desserts | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

V for Vaangyache Kaap (Fried aubergines)

Vaangyache kaap are thinly sliced aubergines, spiced and shallow fried. These are different from the bhaje/bhajias/bhaja as they are variously known in India. The bhajias are dipped in a chickpea (besan) batter before they are fried but the kaap are … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Accompaniments, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas, Vegan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

U for Ukadlelya Shenga (Boiled Peanuts)

This is certainly a strange choice of a ‘recipe’ but if you’re looking for a snack that brings the family together and away from their devices, this one is hard to beat. All the cooking it involves is boiling peanuts in … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

T for Thaalipeeth (with red pumpkin and peas)

Thaalipeeth is a popular Maharashtrian griddlecake or flatbread – made from a variety of grains, or a combination of a few. Veggies are not a common ingredient, though my mum does add roasted and mashed aubergine, on occasion. This red pumpkin and … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Savoury snacks, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

S for Shankarpale

These sweet and crunchy crackers are an eternal favourite in India. They are called Shankarpale in Marathi and shakkarpara in Hindi. Shankarpale are essential deep fried, crisp and sweet diamonds (or squares) of dough. They form part of the Diwali … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Festive food, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

R for Roath (Spiced semolina cake)

Roath rhymes with coat, announced our 4 year old as he munched on a piece over the weekend. If you are not familiar with this semolina cake, now may be a good time to give it a try. It is the … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Desserts, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Q for Quick brunch : Shikran

It’s difficult to explain this dish. If you’ve never eaten it before, it’s simply mashed up bananas, sweetened and then thinned down with some milk. If you are familiar with it, I hope it reminds you of many happy meal times. … Continue reading

Posted in Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

P for Pangoji (Spicy prawn fritters)

Every PP household worth its salt serves this tea-time delicacy with some regularity. I know I certainly had my share of these in my childhood – vegetarian pangoji on Mondays or Thursdays and pangoji with prawns on any other day. For a … Continue reading

Posted in A-Z 2016, Savoury snacks, Teatime snacks or Brunch ideas | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments