Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Glass Noodle Salad with Oriental Dressing

Salads are something that I personally want with my meals. it can be as simple as just an onion & tomato salad, or sometimes when in a mood, they can be anything out of the box.
Apart from making food for the house, I also make for friends, and take orders as well. 
So this time, I planned to make something from the vegetables and the produce I had at home and came up with this, healthy and simple salad. 

Ingredients - 
Glass Noodles - 110 gms
Strands of Green and Yellow Zucchini - 70 gms
Fresh Red Chillies - 5 gms
Alfa Alfa Sprouts - 30 gms
Sliced Onions - 20 gms
Juliennes of Carrots - 30 gms

For the Dressing - 
Olive Oil - 20 ml
Soy Sauce - 5 ml
Fish Sauce - 5 ml
Garlic Chopped - 10 gms
Vinegar/lemon juice - 5 ml
Sugar - 3-5 gms
Red Chillies - 5 gms

Method - 
For the Dressing -
1. In a bowl, take the chopped garlic, sugar, red chillies, fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar or lemon juice and start whisking.
2. Slowly add the olive oil and keep whisking.
3. Once all the oil is poured, check the seasoning and all the ingredients are emulsified.

For the Salad -
1. In a bowl, take the glass noodles, carrots, onions, zucchini, alfa alfa sprouts, add the fresh red chillies as per taste and drizzle some of the dressing and toss well.
2. After everything is mixed, keep it in the refrigerator to chill.
3. While serving, drizzle the rest of the dressing and give it a last toss and serve.

Note - 
1. Cut the glass noodles in to small strands if they are very big.
2. Vegetables of choice can be used, for eg. red, yellow and green bell peppers.
3. The hotness of the dressing and the salad can be adjusted to taste.
4. Boil the noodles as per instructions on the pack.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sweet Talk at MM Mithaiwala

Since birth, I have always been a fan of spicy food, but along with spicy food comes sweets as well. Every tuesday, my grandmom, grandfather and mom visit the gurudwara and come home with the most amazing sweet dish - karah prashad (a sweet mixture of whole wheat flour cooked with milk, sugar and ghee).

At time when Im craving for food, not thinking about anything else, I just step out of the house and go search for the best place where I will get that and eat. It was the other day I was craving for Chinese food in the night at around 1:30 am, took the car keys and moved out, with my mom asking me where I was going.

Something similar happened, was walking down near malad station and after eating something spicy, I wanted something sweet, and there I spotted MM Mithaiwala. This place is one of the oldest place in town serving sweets and not just some sweets, a whole lot of sweets.

Upon entering the place, I could only see was, sweets, more sweets and more sweets, along with the lassi wala, the pani puri chaat wala and a whole huge variety of Farsans (Savory items, eg. chips etc).
While I was having a look at the whole collection that they had, Mr. Jassi, the person incharge of the outlet, came and met me and gave me a small background about the brand, the company.

History - M.M. Mithaiwala began as a family catering business in 1946 and remains one to this day. A pioneering family, the Guptas, since the days preceding independence worked together diligently and with determination to build the business from its modest beginnings at Malad, Mumbai in 1951 at Gupta Market by Shri Chandrabhan Nathanlal Gupta. The tradition was carried on by Shri Man Mohan Gupta and his brothers.

After he told me about the history, I was taken on a small tour of the outlet and again, looking at the variety, one could just say, that its an heaven of sweets. Taking a seat in the office, and with some more talks going on, came not some but many sweets, to name a few to begin with, there was Gulab Jamun, Kala Jamun, Shahi Jamun, Malpua, Rasmalai and lots more. 

Orange Chaska
Kiwi Madhuri
Kesar Ras Madhuri

To being with, the Orange Chaska, not very sweet, real good flavor of the orange, soft and moist, this was of the recommendations from Mr. Jassi and he insisted me to try it out.
The Kiwi Madhuri, the first bite felt like there was no sugar and which was just perfect for me. It was a sugar free mithai but one thing that was missing, the flavor of kiwi in the mithai, the only kiwi flavor was from the slices kept on top.
The Kesar Ras Madhuri, again, soft, juicy, perfect in taste, not very sweet, look wise quite different, and taste wise as well.

Platter 1
The first platter that came to me was filled with like abt 10-12 sweets and it was just the start. in the platter we had sweets like the very popular, kaju katli, then there was anjir katli, and shahi katli. Then there was kajur barfi and dry fruit barfi, also there was cashewkiwi, which was filled with kiwi and there was a similar product Cashew Pista Gulkan Matki which was filled with gulkand and this was one of the most amazing sweets.
Then there was boondi ladoo and it is one of those things, that I always like during a festival.

Apart from these, there was also Cranberry and Blueberry sugar free burfis, the cranberry was much better as compared to the blueberry one. Also while enjoying all these lovely sweets, I was told that, there is an in house nutrition who checks the mithai and notes down all the informative values of nutrients so that all the mithais are not very harmful also and are healthy as well making sure that a person gets the required amount of each nutrient.
There was also one of my all time favorite dishes, Moong Dal Halwa, I still remember, while working, when ever there was moong dal halwa being made, I use to remove a bowl aside for myself and have it later. Here, it was a bit grainy, and I felt it was a bit raw, but after telling this to Mr. Jassi, he explained me that here the dal is not made into powder, anyways, each one has their own style of making.

Kala Jamun
Kesar Malai Sandwich
Shahi Jamun

The Kesar Malai Sandwich, a dish from Bengal, made from cheena and stuffed. It was moist, filled had some sugar syrup soaked in and filled with kesar cream which tasted quite interesting.
Everyones had Gulab Jamun, the one I had here was not just any, but stuffed with dry fruits and cooked to perfect. It was soft, but very sweet for my palate, where the Kala Jamun was just perfect and I would prefer it move over the Shahi Jamun. It was crispy on the outside but yet soft in the inside, not very sweet but still amazing.
Platter 2

By the end, I dint have any more space to eat more desserts, there was more coming up, there was jalebi, rabri, rasgulla, rasmalai and much more.
All the dishes that I had, were good in some way and some which weren't suiting my palate. It was for sure that I had a sugar overdose that afternoon.

The place is filled with mithais and it is an heaven for a sweet lover. You name the sweet and they have it. The shelves are filled with mithais from all over the country.

Address: Opposite Malad Railway Station, Parekh Rd,
Vijaykar Wadi Industrial, Vijaykar Wadi, Malad West,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
Phone: 022 2889 9501
MM Mithaiwala
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