nammane oota thindi

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Dumrot or Bitter-rot?

(cross posted from my other wordpress blog)

We tried a boodh-kumbalakaayi (white pumpkin / ash gourd) dumrot  this evening. I vaguely remember the recipe that my dad makes. He makes the best kumbalakaayi halwa that I have tased so far. I had seen his recipe about 10 years ago, and tried to recall it to some extent and tried it today. garnished it a bit with almonds and ghee. I offered a cup of halwa to my wife. Kumbalakaayi halwa became her favorite when she ate few years ago that my dad prepared. I thought she was going to love it. Apparently, a small bite she took and returned the cup. I was surprised. I tried a bite. It somehow tasted BITTER. hmm… how could a sweet dumrot turn into bitter – remained a mystery.

Kumbalakaayi (white grated Pumpkin): 1 measure (cup?)
Sugar: 1 measure (cup?) (more the better according to your taste)
Ghee: 3 to 4 tbl spoons
Milk: 0.5 measure (cup?)
cardamom: 1 teaspoon
almond slices: 1 tbl spoon
Cashew: 1 tbl spoon

To Make:
Grate pumpkin. Squeeze out all the water. put the grated pumpkin and milk in a bowl and keep stirring on low-medium flame until the pumpkin and milk turn into a paste. You may add a bit saffron if you want. Now, add sugar and ghee and bring it to boil and stir it well. Garnish with almond slices and ghee fried cashews and serve hot.

well, I think i need to check with my parents if I have missed anything here to get this turned into bitter. )

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December 1, 2008 Posted by | Foods and Recipes, Sweets | 1 Comment

nammane oota thindi

"nammane oota thindi" translates to food prepared/consumed at home; a.k.a home food. Often in Bangalore (karnataka) we greet with people with the first sentence as "oota aaytha?" "thindi aaytha?" "adige aaytha?"; meaning, "have you had your lunch (dinner)/ breakfast" or "what have you cooked today?" etc.

Inspired with eating several food varieties these days,  I wanted to have another blog specifically for food and recipes outside of my general blog. Hoping to add bunch of recipes here, either learned from others, learned by experiments, learned from parents and friends, etc. We will make sure to give credit where it is due when mentioned about recipes that we learned from others, mention the links if the recipe referenced from another website/blog.

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