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Recipe Of The Month: Aloo Ki Tahari (Potato Rice)

I was recently searching for a potato-rice recipe and stumbled upon an Awadhi recipe called aloo ki tahari (can also be spelled tehri, tayari, or tehari). Awadhi cuisine is a native cuisine of Lucknow, India. I’m from Delhi, so I don’t know much about preparing dishes from Lucknow, but as many of you may know that Lucknow is famous for their biryani, kabobs and cuisines overall.

Of course, I had to try the recipe and of course I had to share it with all of you (lucky you) and this time I even managed to take photos as I was preparing the rice. You’d think after blogging for 9 years, I’d get the hang of photographing or recording my recipes on video. This time I did and I must say I’ve done a good job at it (😂).

Here’s the recipe. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp finely chopped ginger and garlic
  • 1-2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato diced into small cubes
  • 1-2 medium sized potatoes diced into cubes
  • 2 cups basmati rice rinsed and pre-soaked in warm water
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (add more for a spicier taste)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 1 stock of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
  • 4 cups water

Here’s what you do:

  1. Chop ingredients, rinse and soak rice in warm water
  2. On medium flame, heat oil in a wok (karahi), add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and allow to sizzle
  3. Add onions and cook until golden-brown
  4. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add tomatoes and cook until slightly mashed
  6. Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder and sauté until oil begins to separate from mixture
  7. Add potatoes and sauté until they are about halfway cooked
  8. Add water and once it begins to boil, add rice
  9. Turn flame down to minimum and cover
  10. Allow to cook covered for 10-15 minutes or until water has completely evaporated and rice and potatoes are fully cooked
  11. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with yogurt or mint chutney (need a mint chutney recipe? Check out this one!)
  12. Enjoy!
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Why Does Telling The Truth Always Come Back To Bite You In The Ass?

There’s no doubt about it, I am a straightforward, outspoken human being. I tell it how it is without sugar coating the truth. I was raised to tell the truth and not lie or alter the truth; which is what I teach my daughter as she gains more wisdom and knowledge. 

Yet, it feels like people don’t want to accept the truth and instead of being glad you didn’t hide it from them, they hold it against you. You get applauded for holding back what the reality is and penalized for being honest. 

But everyone claims they want true, honest friends and hate liars and backstabbers. Yet the backstabbers and liars are the ones that are encircled by their friends and the ones telling the truth are excluded and pushed aside. 

I’ve been through too much in my life to give a shit about such people. But it does piss me off when people talk shit about a person behind their backs and to their face they act like they are best friends. I don’t have tolerance for stupidity, ignorance or arrogance. Yet, we deal with it every day and have to put up with it if we want to live peacefully in this world. 

Quite frankly, I am over “trying” to be civilized and nice and quite content with the couple of people I am truly close to. As for the rest of these pathetic souls, well, I’ll be cutting each and every one of them out one by one. It’s just not worth the time or frustration. 

What are your thoughts on people and how they treat you when you’re honest? Am I right for cutting them off or am I just overreacting? Share your thoughts and opinions with me; I’d love to know what others think about my stance on all of this. 

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Restaurant Diaries: Savera Indian Cuisine

We have visited Savera Indian Cuisine a couple of times over the past few years and it has never disappointed me. Yesterday, when my craving for tandoori food kicked in, D and I decided to revisit Savera to satisfy our cravings. It’s a small restaurant, located on the west side of the city at 815 St. Clair Avenue West. There’s ample parking on the street in front of the restaurant or on a side street just a couple of steps away. 
When we arrived the 7-8 table patio was nearly full and inside the restaurant half full. We decided to sit inside since Nid was with us. I asked for a booster seat for her and 10 minutes later, was given one. It took another 10 minutes for us to receive our menus and water and that too only after I got frustrated and asked the owner who stood lingering around if he could bring us a menu. He apologized and one of the waitresses immediately brought us a menu. Not a good start to the visit but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and decided to stay. 

We ordered the Snack Platter to start; which came with Chicken Tikka, Lamb Kabob, Onion Baji, a Samosa and hot and sweet chutney. The lamb kabob and onion baji  were absolutely delicious. However, the chicken tikka was bland and undercooked. D and I split the samosa in half and just as he was about to take a bite, I pulled it out of his hand. It stunk. It was old and probably spoiled. It had a foul smell to it, like the smell of fungus or food that has been unfrozen and left out to rot. I called over the owner and let him know that there was an issue. He took it away and came back to apologize and asked if we wanted another one and I immediately rejected. A couple of moments later, his daughter Sonya came by our table to ask what the problem was. After explaining that the samosa had gone bad, she apologized, asked if we wanted a replacement item of our choosing and I declined the offer as we had already ordered plenty of other dishes for our meal. 

Sadly, that wasn’t the only disappointing dish we had to experience last night. For our main course, we ordered chicken tikka, chicken curry, fish curry, plain rice and garlic naans. 

Once again, the chicken tikka was bland and a couple of pieces seemed undercooked. The platter had so much onions and cabbage on it, which under normal circumstances I would really enjoy because most restaurants will add some spicy or salty masala to the onions and throw the chicken on top of it. However, here, the onions and cabbage had no seasoning on them just like the chicken tikka. What a disappointment, since the main purpose of our dinner here was to satisfy our tandoori cravings.

As always, D ordered the fish curry expecting perfectly seasoned fish in a spicy curry; which authentically how fish curry should be made. To his disappointment, the fish wasn’t seasoned and had just been placed on the curry. The curry itself didn’t taste bad, it was quite good. But it lacked the spiciness that we had expected. So, he ended up sharing most of my chicken curry instead of enjoying his fish.

The chicken curry was well-made and tasted authentic. It wasn’t spicy but was a perfect mixture of spices and seasoning. The chicken was well-cooked and it really hit the spot. Except for a couple of pieces of chicken, we nearly finished it. The garlic and plain butter naans we ordered with it, perfectly complimented the curry. Besides the lamb kabobs, this was a second favourite dish.

At the end of our meal, we spoke to the owners daughter, Sonya and I let her know how so many dishes were undercooked and flavourless. Being from the Indian restaurant industry for so many years, we recognized one of the chefs as a past colleague of D’s. He came outside to greet us and I mentioned to him how disappointed we were. He too apologized. I mentioned to them that I was a food critic and wrote restaurant reviews for my blog and that sadly, Savera had failed to impress us this time around. 

Sad to say, this little nook on the west-side of the city has left us terribly disappointed and I doubt we’ll be revisiting anytime soon. The 10% manager discount couldn’t justify the price we paid for the undercooked, spoiled food we were served.

Here’s the rating:

Service: 1/5 – we waited over 15 mins for menus, a booster seat for Nid and to be served

Ambiance: 3/5 – Nicely decorated and dimmed lighting. However, with their garage door patio opening, the inside of the restaurant was extremely humid and guests were left sweaty

Food: 1/5 – undercooked, under-seasoned and spoiled food was served to us

Price: 1/5 – Over priced, even after a 10% discount for the spoiled samosa. 

Portion Size: 4/5 – Good size to share

Will we visit again? 1/5 – No

Recommend to a friend? 1/5 – No

Overall Rating: 1/5