Long Weekend Pictorial

veg of the year — 2009

2010 may be the year I go entirely veg — but not before trying this once:

Solai’s Spicy Chettinad Mutton Biryani

cooked in this!

gift from my most generous kitchen fairy!

poor little starving curry leaf plant

but not for long… hmmm…

expecting popeye for supper…?


two pots simmering on a snowy evening…

dinner is served!

pinkie says, forget about feeding you — feed ME! πŸ˜‰

Happy Sunday, all! πŸ™‚



  1. meeso said

    How are you growing curry leaves? I’ve been wondering how to do it, without them dying from the cold and no sun.

    meeso, I bought a plant from seeds of india last spring — I am wondering whether it will survive the winter. It’s growing, but slowly. At this rate, I can harvest leaves maybe in ten yrs πŸ˜‰ Meantime I buy them for cooking, and watch the baby grow…

  2. shyam said

    I do the exact same thing with my curry leaf plant πŸ™‚ I look at it (and its few leaves) every day, then go for my frozen curry leaves to use in cooking!

    I have used frozen curry leaves too, Shyam — nothing beats the fresh when I get to the market on a weekend though!

  3. Nupur said

    Ooh , shiny new pressure cooker!

    With the curry plant, I’m no expert, but can you bring it indoors during winter and set it by some window so it is warm but still gets sun once in a while? For the last 2 winters, my plant (which lives indoors the whole time) has stayed dormant during winter but starts growing rapidly once spring is here.

    I consider you an expert Nupur — with that gorgeous plant you have! Mine is indoors now at the kitchen window — it gets very little winter sun and as you say, seems to have gone dormant. I have high hopes for it next spring… πŸ™‚

  4. Srivalli said

    Lovely post dear Linda..love your curries..:))

    Wish you and your family a very happy new year!

    Thank you so much, Srivalli dear πŸ™‚ Wishing you and yours the same — all good things in 2010!

  5. Lovely display Linda. How are the curry leaves surviving in the snow. I read that you are in MA..Used to live there, gosh, but your plants look so green..even now 😦

    Thanks, S! The curry plant is inside for the winter — where did you live in MA? We had a poor garden season in 2009, but 2010 can only bring better yes? πŸ™‚

  6. indosungod said

    Linda, I so want some of the Mutton Biryani. Look at those leaves on the turnip(?)

    I bet you were purring like the kitty after the meal πŸ™‚

    It came out just as I hoped, ISG — love those recipes from Solai — they remind me of yours. Good and spicy! You would love the veg — it’s not turnip but close. And yes, I was sound asleep πŸ™‚

  7. Lavanya said

    ooh- that biryani is making my mouth water (and I am vegetarian). You should definitely make that before turning veg!!

    Thanks! I did make it, Lavanya — and it was perfect. Look for Solai’s recipes on the link. She has lots of great veg options too πŸ™‚

  8. In Malden, Linda..Still miss charles river and the Punjabi dhaba near MIT.

    We were happy to move here(escape from the snow), the day we moved we had the snow storm and that only made us sigh ..Like birds flying south for the winter πŸ™‚

    I know that restaurant!! They had awesome sweet lassi. I used to work down the road in Somerville — oh, how I miss all the great restaurants and most of all, the luxury of running out for curry leaves, or some other fresh something, at any one of the myriad little groceries in the area. You wouldn’t miss the snow and cold here today, though! πŸ™‚

  9. I used to work in Charlestown Linda! And you were so close by to both places…Wish I was there (or you were here) and we could have met in person. Really happy that I signed up for the marathon.

    Is Dakshin still running? (near Framingham) they had issues with rats and were ordered to close down..They had really good chettinad food..and even dosa temple was good. We are getting another round of snow here on thursday..I was celebrating too early..

    That would be fun, S! I haven’t been out west of Boston for a long time, so I don’t know about Dakshin — I used to live out that way too, about 25 yrs ago (now I am telling my age!) πŸ˜‰

    Did you ever eat in the place in Malden — Jyoti, maybe, was the name? There’s a sweet little grocery store right there, too. Hope you’re staying out of the snow now!

    • Nope, we lived so close to Jyothis(Jyothi Palace), but it was always a take out place for people living in malden towers . I came to Malden just 2 weeks after I got married. So, I never gave Jyothi a chance and dumped all that I could cook on N πŸ™‚

      There is this vietnamese place opposite to it, but that was also OK only. The indian store you are talking about is Leela’s, a very small shop but it had enough stuff.

      There was this new Indian grocery store when we left called India Bazaar and that is really good. There are a couple of good Indian restaurants in downtown, Rani, Punjab, Kebab Factory, Mela..

      There are so many great places in Boston, S, and in Cambridge/Somerville etc… I do alot of my shopping in Burlington. Lots of stores up there! πŸ™‚

  10. Bong Mom said

    That chettinad lamb biryani makes my mouth water. This week I am going to be strict with myself though πŸ™‚

    I’m trying that strict stuff on for size this week too, Sandeepa. It’s slow-going πŸ˜‰

  11. BDSN said

    HI Linda,

    I think I haven’t stopped by your blog or any blog for quite some time.I had been on a vacation.Very Nice pics as usual. Since Iam a veggie I wasn’t all to excited about the biryani but Iam going to pass on this recipe to my hubby as he is a true non veg. Once he tries it I will let u know how it came out.

    Hi, BDSN! Happy to see you — hope you had a great vacation! I am going to try this biryani with nutrela next time, for a veg version πŸ™‚

  12. Vinaya said

    Lovely pics Linda!! Like how you have something for everyone there…veg and non-veg lovers.

    Am very sorry for the delay in my wishes but here’s wishing you a very very happy 2010. You have already made a lovely start to the year and I hope to see more of your lovely ideas as time goes by!

    No worries, Vinaya — thanks for your kind comment and good wishes — and I wish you all the very best in 2010 too! πŸ™‚

  13. aquadaze said

    hey this is my first time here, I really loved browsing through your blog. Wonder how (and why) I didn’t stop by earlier. That said, I sure will here often now πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much, Aquadaze — I’m glad you stopped! Now I’ll have to peek in at your blog πŸ™‚

  14. Asha said

    Hello Hello! Happy 2010 to you, dear buddy. Hope you had a wonderful time. I am back but barely. Don’t feel like blogging anymore, can you imagine?

    Love the curry leaves plant. Mine grown like monster this Summer. It’s inside now, I will post next week.

    Asha, do my eyes deceive me!!??!! I’m so happy to see you!! I was beginning to worry, seriously. Are you back to Wednesday posting? I’m thinking I might have to do the same sort of thing — once a week or so — I was on a long break too but glad to be back. I’ll peek in at FH. Happy New Year to you too — and welcome back!! πŸ™‚

  15. Happy New Year:)

    Biriyani looks yummmo’ .

    I wasted so much of money ‘trying to grow these curry leaves plant here:( Please, would you like to share ‘how to maintain this plant’ to get thro’ this severe winter.

    Hi and Happy New Year to you too, Malar! This is the first time I’ve tried to grow a curry leaf plant — right after I took that photo, it started dropping leaves! Nupur at One Hot Stove has a gorgeous plant — I would check her advice further up on this page. Good luck with yours! πŸ™‚

  16. Anita said

    Even in Delhi’s winter (min. drops to just a degree above freezing) the curry leaf plant/tree is semi evergreen and sheds most of its leaves. But, come spring (end of Feb here) and it grows really fast.

    I did put the leaves to good use this time before they shed!

    Happy 2010!

    Mine started shedding right after I splashed its photo up here, Anita! I have moved it to a warmer spot, hopefully it stays alive till warm weather πŸ™‚ Glad you got to use your leaves!

  17. malluspice said

    Happy new year to u too. I have just been lazy with blogging but should get back soon.:)

    Glad to hear all’s well, S! We all need a hiatus now and again, yes? πŸ™‚

  18. Sheetal said

    Ah, yes … tell me about exhausting! I have been wanting to post something, but find myself so cold, that it’s virtually impossible to lift a finger, let alone cooking.

    That chettinad biryani looks sooo good, I am going to look just like the kitty-who-swallowed-a-bowl-whole πŸ˜‰

    Everyone needs a blog-respite from time to time, Sheetal! Wishing you a very happy new year — and do try Solai’s biryani — it’s simply awesome πŸ™‚

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