Category Archives: Food

Pumpkin and french beans spaghetti bake

We had bought a variety of veggies from the local market and I wanted to make a super veggie packed dinner. If we go the nepali way, either we make one item for each veggie or combine all to make a veggie curry. A and I didn’t want to have rice for dinner and making flat bread would be a lot of work. So we settled for a veggie spaghetti bake. The result was quite nice and hence I decided to include the recipe here.

Ingredients for the sauce

Pumpkin – same amount as the tomato puree
Tomato puree- 1 small can
Diced tomatoes- one big tomato dices
French beans- a bunch
Garlic-3-4 cloves smashed and chopped
Red Onions- one big onion sliced
Oregano, rosemary and thyme- according to taste
Chilly flakes and Salt to taste
Mozzarella cheese
Olive Oil-2 tablespoons

I began by cooking spaghetti and throwing in the cleaned and largely diced pumpkin in the same pot. Once the spaghetti was done, I drained it and put french beans in the hot water and let it sit for a while.

For the sauce, I fried some chopped garlic and half the red onions in olive oil first. After that I put the tomato puree in it, added some water and let it shimmer. In the meanwhile I smashed the boiled pumpkin and cut the french beans. I added all the veggies in the sauce, added oregano, rosemary and thyme along with chilly flakes and salt. I let it cook briefly(I wanted the french beans to be crisp).

After that the job was almost done. I just needed to arrange it all in a baking dish. First I put the spaghetti and then went the sauce followed by a layer of sliced red onions and diced tomatoes. I grated some mozzarella cheese on top and let it bake for 20 mins.

It was yummm..

It was yummm..

Voila! the dinner was served. It was yummy, I wish I had taken good pics of it though.

Dinner Served, no salad though :P.

Dinner Served, no salad though :P.

I made this again last night and I added beets to the veggie sauce and a layer of fresh basil leaves, it was yummier :).

16 Comments

Filed under Food, Kitchen

A peek into the local Thai market- A photo blog

We live in outskirts of Bangkok and we do not have a lot of supermarkets in this area. So, every Wednesdays and Sundays there is a huge market where locals sell stuff like meat, vegetables, food, clothes and what not. We buy our vegetables and fish from this market since it is more fresh than the supermarket and its cheaper too. Thailand is famous for its street food. On this market too, we can see lots of stalls selling local Thai food. Its pretty convenient to buy food there for people who don’t want to cook at home.

So, in this post I’m sharing with you the pictures from the market taken with my phone. The market is quite vibrant and definitely worth a share :).

Motorcycle taxi ride to the market, costs around 20 Baht

Motorcycle taxi ride to the market, costs around 20 Baht

Tropical fruit Rambudan right at the entrance

Tropical fruit Rambudan right at the entrance

Market entrance

Market entrance

Thai/Chinese style pork

Thai/Chinese style pork

Famous Thai pork and rice balls with sweet and sour sauce

Famous Thai pork and rice balls with sweet and sour sauce

Tropical fruit, I don't know its name 40 Baht per kilo

Tropical fruit, I don’t know its name 40 Baht per kilo

A very sour Thai fruit used to make sweet and sour salad, sorry for thw blurry pic :)

A very sour Thai fruit used to make sweet and sour salad, sorry for thw blurry pic 🙂

Local Deli

Local Deli

Some kind of spicy soup with mushroom

Some kind of spicy soup with mushroom

You can buy some lottery too...

You can buy some lottery too…

A drink stall, very famous in Thailand...you can find similar stalls in each and every corner.

A drink stall, very famous in Thailand…you can find similar stalls in each and every corner.

Thai curries with steam rice ready to take away

Thai curries with steam rice ready to take away

Pork BBQ

Pork BBQ

Fried fish

Fried fish

Some kind of salad

Some kind of salad

You can find SIM cards too

You can find SIM cards too

And shoes as well for 100 Baht per pair

And shoes as well for 100 Baht per pair

Our favorite stall, all kinds of seasonal greens are found here.

Our favorite stall, all kinds of seasonal greens are found here.

A's favorite stall which sells onion and garlic

A’s favorite stall which sells onion and garlic

Durian Durian

Durian Durian

Fruits

Fruits

Fruits

Fruits

More fruits

More fruits

Clams and shells

Clams and shells

Boiled veggies with different kinds of spicy sauces.

Boiled veggies with different kinds of spicy sauces.

Steamed, fried fish ready to eat along with omelet

Steamed, fried fish ready to eat along with omelet

These tiny shrimps were still alive!

These tiny shrimps were still alive!

Fried eggs with two yolks

Fried eggs with two yolks

In case you feel sunny ;)

In case you feel sunny 😉

Thai sausage

Thai sausage

Thai steamed red curry

Thai steamed red curry

Local pizza

Local pizza

Charcoal grilled whole chicken

Charcoal grilled whole chicken

Thai dessert

Thai dessert

Fresh seafood

Fresh seafood

A flower stall

A flower stall

Grilled mackerel

Grilled mackerel

Steamed mackerel?

Steamed mackerel?

Find me!:)

Find me!:)

Inside the market

Inside the market

Fried pork or Moo Crob in Thai

Fried pork or Moo Crob in Thai

Red Snapper grilled with seasalt

Red Snapper grilled with seasalt

A must have Thai ingredient.

A must have Thai ingredient.

Steamed crab

Steamed crab

Local version of KFC :)

Local version of KFC 🙂

Fried crickets :)

Fried crickets 🙂

Thai Northern style sausage

Thai Northern style sausage

fried pork skin, sorry for the blurred pic!

fried pork skin, sorry for the blurred pic!

End of the market!

End of the market!

I hope you all enjoyed going through the pictures :).

19 Comments

Filed under Culture, Food, Thai Food, Travel

Aloo Sandheko

Aloo Sandheko is a very common Newari dish that every Nepali loves. It is prepared in almost every Newari feast. It is a spicy potato salad with mustard oil, fenugreek seed dressing which is served cold. It is one of the most simple and basic Newari food.

This month was A’s birthday. We had a simple celebration at home with his favourite food on the menu and the invitees were his close friends here. Since A comes from a Newar family he loves his Aloo sandheko, Choela, aloo tama, aloo achar, aila and so on. I made “Aloo Sandheko” as a starter/snack for his birthday dinner and today I’m sharing with you all my version of the very common Newari dish.

Basic Ingredients

Boiled and cubed Potatoes-3-4
Ginger garlic paste-generous amount(around 2 tablespoons)
Red onions-1 large thinly sliced
Red Chilli powder/flakes-according to taste
Salt to taste
Lemon juice-1 tablespoon(optional)

Aloo ready to be mixed

Aloo ready to be mixed

For the dressing

Mustard oil(preferred)-2-3 tablespoons
Fenugreek seeds or Methi-1 teaspoonful
Green Chillies-few
Turmeric Powder-1 teaspoon

Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.

Peel the boiled potatoes and cut it in cubes. In a large bowl mix all the basic ingredients and set aside.

In a pan, heat oil and add methi seeds. After the seeds start to brown, add the green chillies, turmeric powder and take it off from the heat and pour it in the bowl of potatoes. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl. Let it refrigerate for 30 mins before serving.

Sandheko Aloo, ready to be served :)

Sandheko Aloo, ready to be served 🙂

 

3 Comments

Filed under Food

Dhunga khojda deuta vetiyo(Mexican food joint in Bangkok)

There is a saying in Nepali, “Dhunga khojda deuta vetiyo”, which literally translates to, when I went looking for stone, I found god. Although the meaning of this saying is deep and profound, we use it in our daily lives too. Something similar happened to me during this weekend, dhunga khojda deuta vetiyo. We went looking for a normal shop and we found a great place to eat :).

A and I were out for shopping trying to find one particular shop in Bangkok. By the time we reached the place, we were already hungry but we had to go for dinner with friends in less than two hours. This meant we could grab something to snack before dinner. Then by the same building where this shop was, we saw a small outlet where few tourists were merrily eating. We went in to check what it was. It was a mexican food joint. I like Mexican food, but I hadn’t tried it many times to judge how it really was. I had been to few places that served Mexican food while in C city. In Bangkok, we had been to Sunrise Tacos which is like a Mexican fast food chain and the food is okish, not too good and not too bad.

But there was something special about this little place. The pictures in the menu looked yummy and there were more than one thing that we wanted to order, but since we had to go to this dinner in the evening, we decided to order some light starters and a drink.

I ordered a snack size Quesadilla and A ordered corn chips with Guacamole dip and Mexican chicken wings.

Quesadilla

The Quesadilla was amazing. The chicken was grilled and juicy, it had red beans, cheese and capsicum filling. Each bite was juicy and succulent. And next was Corn chips with Guacamole dip. Guacamole salsa is my favourite dip in the whole wide world, I often make it at home. But whenever we ordered this in some restaurants either the portion was very small or it was mixed with mayo, which we didn’t prefer. But this dip was perfect at this place. It was a bit different from what I usually make, this might be because I had never tried the traditional Guacamole before and I tend to put more lemon. Also the portion at this place was good, we got a bowl full of Guacamole and basket full of chips for 160Baht, which is not bad at all.

Corn chips with Guacamole, I couldn’t wait so took the pic after first few bites 🙂

The chicken wings was also good, it had a nice tomato sauce and dried fish on top of it which made the taste unique (same as the newark golbheda ko achar/tomato sauce with dried fish). I had Mexican strawberry/kiwi soda to go with the food, which I expected to be as good as the Ranjana galli soda that we get in Kathmandu but it was not as good.

Chicken wings with fish and tomato sauce

Our overall experience at the restaurant was very good. We were pleasantly surprised, it also had a free salsa bar from where you could select salsa for of your choice to go with the food. The only thing that I didn’t like about the place were the bench. It was not comfortable at all. It had a hard wooden bench and table kind of setting which is not too uncomfortable given that the restaurant does not come cheap.

La Monita

If any of you are in Bangkok or planning to visit Bangkok and want to try Mexican food, you can visit this place. The address is:
La Monita,
Mahatun Plaza, Ploenchit Road,
Ploenchit BST Station

13 Comments

Filed under Food, Travel