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  1. peartree

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    Kanda Pohe - Maharashtrian Breakfast Dish (Aval Upma)

    Ingredients -
    1) Poha/Aval - run under water for 30 seconds or so and drain in colander
    2) Onion - finely chopped
    3) Green Chillies - Finely chopped
    3) Potato - Cubed
    4) Cumin seeds
    5) Mustard Seeds
    6) Oil/Salt
    7) For garnish - Cilantro/Sev

    Method -

    1) Saute Mode - Add oil, mustard seeds and cumins until they splutter
    2) Add the onions and green chillies and saute until the raw smell goes away
    3) Add a pinch of turmeric, salt
    4) Add in the potatoes and give it a good mix. Saute for ~ 2 minutes
    5) Add in the poha and give it all a good mix.
    6) Sprinkle about a half cup of water over the poha and set on manual for 5-6 minutes
    7) The pressure may not build up because there is not much water.
    8) Once done, release pressure (if it did build in the first place) and garnish with chopped cilantro and sev (omapodi) and serve.

    Optional - You can also add peanuts. Peanuts are a maharashtrian staple, I did not add it because of restrictions at DD's school.
     
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    Nice thread.
    Many kitchen counters have Cabinets on top of the counters, And the space between the counter and cabinet-bottom can be used to add a shelf. That way you may double the space, and the "thing" is on your face. You wouldn't forget it, and lose it in a closet. Assemble yourself shelves made of stainless steel tubing would be the ideal thing.
     
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    Made this .....thank you thank you...I cant believe I had IP all this time and never made this...unbelievable..perfectly cooked pasta.
    And one pot...how simple is that ..not even a strainer?
     
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    peartree, can you pls elaborate a little bit on the above? I have never made pasta except from the Pastaroni box/kits or the macaroni & cheese also from box, and going to try straight in IP. My neighbor once wanted pasta sauce, and when I said I don't have and never buy, she was so suspicious. : )

    - pesto: any particular brand and type that is good?
    - pasta sauce: I bought Ragu (Hearty Traditional). Is that good?
    - about how much amount of pesto/pasta sauce? 1 tbsp each?
    - pasta: which is best for newbies? http://finedininglovers.cdn.crosscast-system.com/BlogPost/l_12574_pasta-types.png does pasta come in brands? Or just pick a packet from Safeway?

    My IP Is currently acting up a bit. Like I ask "what's wrong?" and like a difficult gf, it is saying "nothing" or "you wouldn't understand", so while we resolve our communication issues, one more question: for the recipe described, is the IP much more convenient than a heavy bottom steel vessel with lid?

    After typing up the post, I realize it is like a visiting MIL quizzing the DIL : ) question is open to all, not just peartree. : )
     
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    Rihana, so this is what visiting MILs are like? :) I get a kitchen holiday usually when moms visit, so I am happy to answer!

    Really, any brand is fine. I usually buy the Kirkland Organic everything - pesto, pasta sauce and I just eyeball for measurements. But it is definitely more than a tablespoon of each. I would say for a full box or 3/4 of a box of pasta, a couple of spoons of pesto and about a 1/4 1/2 bottle of the pasta sauce. And Ragu traditional is as good as any other pasta sauce. Do check for the tanginess, though. The quantity of sauce you use might depend on the amount of tanginess you like, I guess.

    I usually like the Barilla brand of Pasta since - either the fusili or the penne or bowtie that come in different colors because my kids like it. But any other brand of pasta is good. I did not like the Decoto Brand though that I got from Safeway once. I thought it had kind of an "eggy" aftertaste.

    I like the IP for this recipe for the convenience in not having to check on the pasta every now and then for done-ness. Usually, setting the IP in manual mode for half the time mentioned on the directions on the box is a good guide for cooking the pasta in the IP, I have observed. I just find it to be quicker to make it in the IP than the regular way :)
     
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    Pongal is like Khichdi???
     
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    Yes...essentially khichdi without veggies.
    Only spices are pepper +cumin+ ginger + Hing.
     
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    Yes, usually cooked with rice and moong dal, mashed to porridge like consistency tempered with hing, kaaju, kadi patta and pepper/jeera, ginger etc.
     
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    Something I meant to post for while.
    Quinoa Vegetable Upma.
    1.5 cups of Quinoa.
    1.5 cups of Vegetables (I use frozen organic from Costco)
    0.5 cup Chopped onion (optional)
    1tbsp -oil (I mix ghee+ oil for flavor)
    1tsp -mustard
    2tsp-urad daal
    1tsp ginger grated.
    pinch -hing
    5-6 curry leaves
    Green(red) chillies chopped fine (to taste),
    1tbsp -dhania (coriander leaves chopped)
    2 tbsp -cashews(optional)
    3 cups of water.
    1. Turn the IP in saute mode. Add oil. Once it says hot ,add the cashews ..toast until golden and remove with a slotted spoon . keep aside.
    2 To the pot add mustard ...once they crackle add urad daal ...toast till slightly golden add . chillies ,ginger ,curry leaves ,hing.
    Fry a bit ..then add onions. Wait till they are a bit translucent..
    Add the veggies and saute for couple of min. (It does not have to fully cooked).
    3. Add the water ,quinoa ,salt to taste .
    4.Press cancel. Close the lid.Set to rice mode and close the vent.
    5. Wait for pressure to release naturally.
    6. Open ..add toasted cashews..chopped dhania...mix and serve. I usually serve with yogurt and pickle.
    My goto quick meal. Easily serves a family of 4.
     
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    I like such detailed instructions. : )
     
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