Monday, October 22, 2007

My Navarathri Golu

These are pics of my Golu this year. My hubby was very nice and built the golu padis after multiple trips to home depot this year. We didnt really get much time to do other stuff like park and other peripheral decorations but hopefully next year. I also bought some dolls from Michaels (Thanksgiving couple, birds, halloween pumpkin garden, etc) :) .... The rangoli on the side is done with rice flour mixed with some water and comes out really well on the hardwood floor but as you can see I had alignment issues ;) .....Oh well you always learn something new! The Japanese dolls on the third step from the top were a gift from my friend Vindhya and I loved how well they went with the rest of my international souvenirs that I put up to fill up the steps. I called that my international step. So far I have "Ashtalakshmi set", Karthikeyan, "Marapachi" couple and some others. I plan to buy some more in India this year.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Paneer Pizza

Credit/Thanks: I must give the credit for this recipe to a friend/cousin Kanaka who made this for our potluck and got me hooked to the idea of desi style pizza. I remember having paneer pizza in India but hadn't really tasted it in US until she made it for us. So, thanks Kanaka!


  • Store bought pizza base ( I used Boboli brand)
  • Marinara sauce
  • Paneer (about 15 small cubes)
  • Red onions (diced small)
  • Capsicum - red, green, yellow - whatever you have on hand (diced small)
  • Cilantr0 - finely chopped
  • Lemon -1/2
  • Garam masala - 1/4th teaspoon
  • Tandoori masala - 1/4th teaspoon
  • Chilli powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Haldi - 1 pinch
  • Mustard seeds and jeera seeds for tadka
  • 1 table spoon oil - vegetable or olive


Heat the oil in a pan and do the tadka. Add 3/4th the onions and paneer and saute.
Add all the masala and marinara or any pizza base sauce and some water to get the right consistency.
Spread on the pizza base evenly and sprinkle the bell peppers and cheese on top
Preheat oven to 350 and bake for about 20min (15min if you don't like it too crisp)
Once out, sprinkle the chopped corriander and lemon juice and enjoy!!