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Monday, September 14, 2009


By this time, you would have seen the photo with a gent's hand. This is a sweet story. My 2nd son wanted me to make something for his collegemates(hostel boys). Usually, the hostel boys come home bi-monthly and there will be a menu from my son. And mostly this will not be in a proper order of lunch or snack or tiffin. He may tell any combination which his friends like in my cooking. This time he told to make Peas Pulao, Pav Bhaji and Rose milk. I had to go out for a music programme. I made everything,(huge quantity of Bhaji, planning to use it the next day with chappati) and transferred the Pulao and Bhaji to a hot pack, Rose Milk inside the fridge and also spread the butter on pav. The only work left was to toast the Pav. I told them to toast it at the time of eating. I left for the programme, and when I came home, the kitchen was a typical bachelor's kitchen. They had cut onions, and toasted the pav and had also taken photos of their "Cooking MELA", and.... everything was finished including the Bhaji. The hostel boys were craving for food, and it was not enough for them. It took 1/2 an hour to set right the kitchentop, but I did it with great enthusiasm because I was very happy, they liked my food.


This is the easiest of all pulaos, a quick filling meal, very colourful and children love it.


Basmati rice : 2 cups
Shelled peas - 2 cups
Big Onion - 2
Mint leaves - 2 handfuls
Coriander leaves - 2 handfuls
Green chillies - 4 to 5
Cumin seeds (Jeera) - 1 teaspoon
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon sticks - 2
Cloves - 6
Cardamom - 4
Garam masala powder - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 1 ladle
Butter - 1 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste
Water - 4 cups


Wash well and soak basmati rice in water for half-an-hour.

Grind together onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies, and cumin seeds to a paste.

In a pressure pan, heat oil and butter. Add cinnamon sticks, cardamom and cloves. Then add the ground paste and fry till oil leaves the sides. Now add the water, salt and garam masala powder. When water boils, strain the rice thoroughly and add to the water. Mix well. Cover it and cook for 3 whistles. When the pressure is released, take out the rice and mix well carefully without breaking the grains. Transfer it to a bowl or hot-pack and serve hot with roasted masala-papads or any raitha of your choice.



Pav bun - 2 packets
Onion - 2
Potato- 100 gms
Cauliflower-100 gms
Peas(shelled)-1 cup
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp.
Pav bhaji masala- 2 tsp.
Butter -1 ladle
Lime - 1
Coriander leaves - few


For Bhaji:

Clean and chop all the vegetables into small pieces.

Boil all the vegetables (except capsicum) and keep aside.

Heat butter in a pan, add onions and ginger-garlic paste. Saute till transparent. Then add capsicum and fry for a while till the colour changes. Now add all the boiled vegetables, salt and saute for a while. Add little water and mash this well with a potato-masher while hot. Finally, add pav bhaji masala and bring it to a boil. Garnish with coriander leaves.

For Pav:

Slit pav buns into two. Heat a pan, put a spoon of butter in it and quickly toast the pav buns on both sides, so that the butter is coated on all sides.

Cut a lime into four. Chop onions finely and place the cut lime pieces on top.

Serve hot with bhaji and onions.



Rose syrup - 1/4 glass
Chilled milk - 3/4 glass
Ice cubes - 2


Blend rose syrup and chilled milk in a blender. Pour it in a glass. Put ice cubes and serve chilled.

Sending this to Rak's cooking for guests event.


  1. Nice to hear ur son also loves cooking.....Nice click

  2. Exactly what the last line said it all Shanthi.Nice spread for the youngsters.

  3. Sailu,
    It was only on that day, he had cut onions and friends toasted the pav.

  4. wow..i luv rose milk,even its simple,its always my favourite..pulao got a twist with garam masala..good job..

  5. yummy menu.. :) I like all the three in the menu :)

  6. Mmm great menu.. Delicious treat!

  7. wow! that looks great!
    do visit my blog when you find time!

  8. Hi Shanti
    perfect menu for the boys!!!!
    I am waiting for my daughter to grow up and bring her friends home, so that even I will get chance to cook for all of them!!!!

  9. It reminds me my hostel days...nice one.

  10. yummy menu... rosemilk looks really yum. thats my all time favorite..

  11. Awwwwwwwww...I miss my hostel days. There is something about hostelers...they have the stomachs of gadordajans..I can so believe when you say everything was over. That's how we ate too - like we never saw food!

    Glad to know that you son and his friends enjoyed it all - you are a popular mom!

  12. He he nice story.. yah really they crave for food when they come home.. SO nice of them.. They would happily finished ur lovely dishes.

  13. hi Shanthi,

    I made your Peas puloa today it was different and yummy, I generally do not grind all together only chillies and ginger-garlic all the others only thalchifying..........



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