Monday, November 16, 2009

Comfort Food - Aloo Bharta with Curd Rice

It was one of the days when you feel you have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. I was already late to drop my daughter to school, when my Nanny said she was feeling really unwell and needed to take off. I called the backup care and there was no slot available. And of course I had back to back calls from 9 AM. Hubby had already left for work and was 2 hrs away, so there was no point asking him to come back. Frantically called back the daycare and pleaded and called the boss left him a message, then daycare guys call back and agree to take him in in. I quickly get my son ready and the nanny ready and drop them all off and attend few meetings, when I get a call from the daycare. They had beef in the menu, and so I had to get him something else for lunch. So I picked him, fed him lunch and when I  was dropping him off again, he throws up - on me! I guess you get the thread of the story - yes it pretty much  was a stressful day for me. Finally at 3, I have to leave to get home in time to pick up my daughter from school.

While kids played, the focus shifted to food and I needed some comfort food. I had food in the refrigerator from the weekend, but no that wouldn't work. I needed something different. So thats when I made this ultimate comfort food, Curd rice and Aloo Bharta (Mashed potatoes - I guess!)
You must be thinking that she is crazy to have clicked pictures when the day was so crazy. The pictures were taken earlier, when the day was not so crazy but the food was the same.

So enjoy the food and wish that I remember to get off the bed on the correct side next time...

There is not much to these recipes, they are more of comfort food. Make sure you add enough salt and don't burn the seasonings and it tastes good...

Ingredients for the Aloo Bharta (Mashed potatoes)
2-3 large potatoes boiled with the skin
2-3 green chillies chopped finely
1 large onion chopped
spoonful of punch phutan
1 tea spoon of mustard oil
Salt to taste

How To
Peel the skin of the potatoes and mash well.
Take the oil in a pan and heat well. (use regular oil if you like. I like mine in mustard oil)
Add the panch phutan and chillies and onions. Mix well.
Add the potatoes and the salt and mix well.

Serve hot with cold yogurt rice - yum!

Ingredients for the curd rice
1 cup of Cooked rice
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 inch of ginger - grated
few green chilies
1 tea spoon of oil
handful of curry leaves
1 tea spoon of mustard seeds
Salt to taste

How To
Beat the yogurt with salt and then mix well with rice.
Take a small pan. Heat oil in it. Add mustard seed, curry leaves, green chillies and grated ginger.

Pour on the rice and serve!



Enjoy my comfort food and tell me about yours....

46 comments:

  1. Never had this before. Thanks for sharing.. sounds great.

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  2. heard a lot about aloo bhartha, but never tried or tasted...looks yumm..

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  3. Aloo bharta - yes it is yum and so common in oriya food...

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  4. Just reading about your day stressed me out! I can't imagine how you managed to get through it. I love your idea of comfort food. I've never had curd rice, but really like the idea of mixing yogurt and spices in the rice. I'll definitely give it a try! Hope your day goes better tomorrow.

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  5. ohhh where have i heard about bharta before?? can't remember.. i know i have had this though :)

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  6. Any Oriyas or Bengalis around you ? Its so common in their household...

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  7. That can be stressful if u wake up late dear...I just love curd rice with fruits very much...as for the bhatha first time I cam across..always there's first time rite??

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  8. Both the dishes look absolutely delicious, can image how stressful it could have been and this is a definite way to relax.

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  9. Dear Somoo
    So you had a very exciting day. Remember that famous dialog of " Jab we met" and in the Bus the girl says "aur mat excitement dena"!!!That reminds me of the days when my daughters were growing up!!!
    Great reminder of Alu bharta , dahi bhata and dahi pakhala days.
    Have an exacting week ( not the type you had on Monday :-)

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  10. heard about bharthas, baingan bharthas, but not aloo. Nice combo

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  11. Oh that's indeed a very stressful day. The combo of curd rice and aloo bharta is indeed looks like a comfort meal. It must have been a soothing meal after your hectic day.

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  12. Nice and simple dishes...real comfort easy food...

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  13. We call this bhatra as podimas,nice recipes :)

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  14. I have never had mash potato like this, looks yumm.

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  15. curd rice and mashed fried potatoes, great combination and a nice comfort food!!

    Poor you, I can hardly imagine myself in your situation, jumping here and there the whole day, hehehehe (sorry makes me laugh...) but I really feel horrible for you!
    some days are like that, so unpredictable!!! will get bored without adventure , isn't it?? :):)

    but, which side should we wake up really? left side or right side or straight up? here, they say that when we get up and step down from the bed, you should keep the right leg first for having a nice day, heehehe, hope it helps!!! :):):)
    Cheers!!!

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  16. feeling sorry for you, we bengalis won't say this as bharta, but aloo shedhdho or aloo bhate, but without panch phutan, we just mash the aloo and mix other ingredients in it with mustard oil, I sometime fry a dry red chilli and mix inside aloo..very yumm with ghee rice. i'll try your way next time

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  17. Feel sad for you dear, take care..delicious dishes together..

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  18. Sarah - I have never tried curd rice with fruits. Have to try that
    A2z - yes very comforting food
    Ushnish - yes I think sometimes a dull boring day is better...
    Shanti - thanks
    Jayasree - very soothing, thanks.
    Sushma - yes simple easy and yummy!
    Raks - podimas, cool...
    Happy Cook - thanks
    Akal - haha. I know it is funny for me now too... But when it was happening I was going crazy! Right foot - wonder if I will remember!
    Indrani - we do the kaancha version too...
    Priya - thanks

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  19. we used to have alu sheddo bhaat while growing up. Mashed potatoes with slightly starchy rice.

    I've got an irritated tummy today after a dubious Cinese take away dinner. Felt greedy. K had told me to eat all the stuff which was at home. She did that. Smart girl.

    I'll probably call in a curd rice for dinner.

    I can quite empathise with your clicking on a mad day. Blogging's such a big part of our lives I guess. Keep clicking

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  20. What happened to my comment? :-(

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  21. Wow...thats indeed a stressful...I am sure that delicious comfort food must have cheered you up :)

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  22. new recipe for me..love it..
    The curd rice looks so inviting!!!
    Yummy!!!

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  23. Kalyan - yes curd rice is good for such days...
    Sharmila - maybe Google acting funny!

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  24. New to me..Never had this before..sounds interesting!!would love to try.

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  25. kothiyavanu - sure let me know how you like it...

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  26. Looks delicious, Somoo!We just put tadka when we make curd rice..And I can imagine one of those crazy days where nothing ever works:)

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  27. Oh Somoo, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND exactly what you mean. Sometimes i feel like the world is caving in on me... its a great idea, when things become over whelming to just take a moment to sit back and enjoy something comforting like this. Believe me...these look amazing and would comfort me...right now infact ! :) ...You are just AMAZING to handle both work and family so beautifully. as for my favorite comfort food...it would have to be nice crusty bread to dip into a rich hot spicy chicken curry : ) ...

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  28. aww..I hope ur son is better now.those mashe dpotatos r super easy and look real comforting

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  29. Aloo barta is new to me ..sounds yumm.ur curd rice looks super yummm,just loved the sinful white color...

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  30. Liked your blog and your food post ..I am your follower now..pls do visit mine.

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  31. Shri - yep one of those crazy days when u want the normal boring day!
    Nat - thanks. Crusty bread with chicken - yum!
    Subha - thanks
    Vrinda - yep spiced mashed potatoes i guess...
    Swarna - thanks for dropping by!

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  32. Very Comfort food! Gosh you had a stressful day ! patience mmmmmmm

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  33. easy and comfortable recipe for a lazy day.

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  34. Alu bharta with curd rice is a very nice combo.Looks delicious.

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  35. Aloo in this for is my delicacy too. Lovely pictures.

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  36. It is hard when the kid is sick and we cannot take a leave ! Gosh don't u feel we need our parents or someone else should live near by!
    The potato dish is new but looks tasty!

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  37. Curd rice is my favorite... nothing can beat seasoned curd rice with pickle, but your aloo bhartha combo sounds extremely tempting :-)

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  38. Viki - thanks.
    Cham - my thoughts too. Wish mom was around....
    Anupama - thanks. Sure try it...

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  39. Perfect side dish-aloo for curd rice, looks delicious.

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  40. Curd rice is always a convinient food.. so easy to make.. never tried this type of Bharta.. will ask mommieeee.. very nice pics

    Work from home India

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  41. workhard - yep so simple... I am sure it will easy for you to put together...
    Thanks for your comments

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