Shopping: Mission Accomplished!

So, we went to Columbus today to shop.

We do this fairly frequently, considering that Columbus is an hour and a half drive away from home. But we hadn’t gone there to shop for meat and chicken at the North Market since before Christmas.

Which meant, my freezer was becoming bare.

You know, we were down to some weird stuff like chicken bones, a bit of bacon, a pound of ground sirloin and a ham hock. Which, mind you, is fine–I can come up with any number of dishes that would utilize some of these items, but the possibilities for variety were limited, and being as I live with two people who -can- be picky eaters (though they generally are not), a larder which is rapidly approaching empty can be a tragic thing.

So, off we trundled to Columbus, in order to make the meat and chicken buying mission. I figured that while we were there, we would stop at the Columbus Asian Market, as I was nearly out of my favorite brands of soy sauce and coconut milk, neither of which are carried by our local, quite good New World Market. Besides–I needed bitter melon, gai lan and fresh water chestnuts, and these are not often available at our market.

We took Dan with us on our mission, and, as he and Heather have become enamored of the meats at Bluescreek, he, too, did some shopping. He also picked up fish sauce, as I suspect Heather is planning some Thai cooking soon. (You go, Heather! I hear you have been printing out my recipes! Woohoo!)

And we ate at the Hometown Chinese Carryout and Deli, which had a facelift while we had been away, and discovered that the food tasted just as lovely as we remembered it.

Then, because, you know, we were in Columbus, we decided to go to the really new, large Indian Market, Patna’s. Because, you know–we hadn’t been.

Ah—what a good idea we had!

They had fresh fenugreek greens, and curry leaves that smelled of heaven. I picked up some lovely tiny eggplant to stuff with spices, and some tiny little gourd-looking things that I have no idea what they are, but I bet they will be good. I will have to ask Indira at Mahanandi to help me identify them (Indira–if you read this–they are the wee green fellows on top of the purple potatoes in the picture), as I very much want to learn a nice way to cook them.

Morganna found a spice I had not run across before, so of course, I bought a small bag: Whole Ganthoda. They look like knobby cut up rhizomes of some sort. I will have to do research on it, ask around (Indira, Meena, VK–help!) and then figure out how to use it. And of course, I will report back here, dear readers.

I also found a beautiful crimson-colored jelly from Pakistan called “rose petal spread.”

Look for a recipe featuring it for Valentine’s Day….

Dan and Zak took all of my exclamations and excited jabbering with great patience, and they waited until Morganna and I finally exausted our curiosity and thrilled gathering of vegetables, dals, spices and greens.

Once we got up to the head of the line to pay, Zak made what he would claim was our most important purchase at Patna’s, which the very nice clerk smilingly retrieved from their refrigerated case: mango barfi.

You see, Zak adores barfi. He is passionate about it. He thinks it is one of the best sweets in the world. (For those who have not had barfi, or burfi, as it is sometimes spelled, it is a milk-based fudge made by simmering sweetened milk until the water has boiled away. Ground nuts, or pureed fruits are used to flavor it; the resultant thick mass is poured into a buttered dish to cool, and then it is cut into squares or diamonds and served as a sweet, and I am told it is used to make offerings in Hindu temples. (Morganna and Zak both delcare that is truly a divine comestible and thus is more than fit to be given to the Gods.)

Until this very day, Zak;s favorites had been almond-rosewater and pistachio barfi. That was before he tasted the mango barfi.

Barfi is very sweet, you see–I can only eat the tiniest of bits of it, and usually, I like it best with very hot unsweetened coffee or tea.

But the mango barfi–it has that slight tang from the mango pulp in it, and the overwhelming floral fragrance of mango that is utterly intoxicating. It is like golden sunlight in the middle of a blustery winter day. It is as sweet and bold as a laughing girl’s kiss, and as tart as her teasing words to an earstwhile lover.

It is utterly delightful.

And it made Zak’s day. (His day was also made when I showed him the milk powder I bought and when his brows fell in question, I smiled and said, “For gulab jaman.” His face lit up. Though, Morganna did a bit of a dance, so I think she was even more excited than he was at the prospect of fresh gulab jaman.)

After Patna’s, since we were in the neighborhood, we went to Whole Foods, where we stocked up on cheeses and olives, dried porcini mushrooms, some fresh mangos, freshly ground almond and peanut butters (peanut butter from honey-roasted peanuts is a delight–we just discovered that today), and purple potatoes to cook with our fenugreek greens. (Aloo Methi is something I have been missing, very, very much.)

As we were thirsty, we splurged on some Izze Sparkling Juice–they are nothing but fruit juice with carbonated water, but they are so delicious, and thirst quenching, that we each nabbed one. My favorite is still pink grapefruit, but Zak loves blackberry, while Morganna favors pomegranate. Dan did not partake, though I think he should have–they are that good. Considering how infrequently I drink soda–these bursts of fruit flavor with the tingling bite of bubbles are a real treat.

When we got home, and unpacked our parcels, Morganna bade me take pictures and blog about our trip. She said that the shopping was scary, though, as Dan pointed out–these are items that we stock up on when we can get them, and then we go months on end without needing them. This is especially true of the soy sauces, coconut milk and meats, and the spices and dried items. All of these are staples that are preserved to last for some time.

But still–seeing them all amassed on the counter was a tad bit frightening.

Oh, well. When I shop–I shop.

Tomorrow, I will be cutting up meats, and packing them for the freezer, and maybe pulling out chicken bones to make stock. And, I will be cutting up some galangal and fresh turmeric and freezing those as well. All the while, I will be planning a grand Indian feast for later in the week, and perhaps, a supper of Garlic Booger Chicken.

Stay tuned….

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  1. Ooh, galangal! I wish I could find that near me. There were lots off Asian and Indian markets near where I lived before I moved, so almost everything was handy. Not now. Sigh.

    Comment by B'gina — February 13, 2006 #

  2. I looked at the photo and was about to comment (without finishing reading) to ask if that is methi there. But I DID finish reading and see that it is!

    We were buying cuminseeds the other day and saw a nice looking bunch of it. I insisted on getting it so that we could have dhansak (one of my favourites) – made with channa dahl, fenugreek greens and chicken.

    If you like aloo methi, I’m guessing that you would also really like this Parsi dish.

    We also saw some of those bumpy looking green vegetables (just below the fenugreek leaves in your photo) – I asked my husband what they were but he couldn’t remember their name and said that they were very very bitter. What do you do with them?

    -Elizabeth

    P.S. Do you notice that there is a big difference between galangal and ginger?

    Comment by ejm — February 13, 2006 #

  3. As it turns out, just a minute ago I bookmarked fenugreek greens (who knew fenugreek was more than a seed? I LOVE food blogging!) from Food, in the Main. Sounds like my kind of “shopping” BTW!

    Comment by Alanna — February 13, 2006 #

  4. Hi Barbara,

    The little gourds you mention – here’s a link on one way to cook ‘em:

    http://srefoodblog.blogspot.com/2005/10/kovakkai-ivy-gourd-stir-fry.html

    Btw, Indira has a great post on this veggie, too!

    Comment by Shammi — February 13, 2006 #

  5. B’gina–It is hard not to live near great markets. Our New World Market here in Athens is phenominal–it carries Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, African, some specialty European and US regional foods, but the produce selection is small, just because they cannot afford to make it larger. I think that if I asked her to, she could special order for me, but I like to sometimes just look, and pick up the greens or galangal or gourds when they look really good.

    And that is easier to do in Columbus.

    As great as Columbus is, though, I can only imagine the kind of shopping missions I could carry out in the Bay Area. Chinatown alone would be an afternoon of treastures, finds and delights.

    Elizabeth–you are right–that dish sounds amazing. I may have to find a recipe for it, and make that, too–because, if one methi dish is good, more is better!

    Those knobbly fellows are bitter melons or bitter gourds. I stir fry them Chinese style, though they are eaten in India, too. I used Indira’s recipe to cook them Indian style a few months ago, but no one was sure about it…but if I make it Chinese style with onions, garlic and fermented black beans and some chicken breast–Zak and Morganna will fight over the last pieces of the melon….why? I have no idea. In fact, bitter melon is the only cucurbit that Zak actively likes, and asks for.

    Very odd.

    Galangal, especially fresh or frozen–don’t really bother with it powdered or even dried in slices–has a medicinal taste that is very fragrant and flowery, yet peppery. I should say that it -imparts- this taste–you cannot physically eat it. It is hard as a rock, and simmering thin slices of it in coconut milk soups or curries only makes it soften to a fibrous, inedible chunk. No one eats it–you’d choke or chip a tooth, but the fragrance and flavor it gives Thai and Burmese food is quite unique and unmistakeable, once you know that flavor to recognize it.

    I used to use ginger as a substitute, but once I got my hands on galangal and tasted it for real–I don’t do that anymore, if I can help it. Certainly not in a dish like Tom kha gai, where galangal–kha–is the main flavoring item.

    Alanna–fenugreek greens are amazing. I cheat, though, when I cook fresh ones. They are wonderful, they have a good flavor, but they lack the sweet, hay-like scent of the dried greens.

    So, when I cook them fresh, I mix in some of the dried greens that I have rehydrated in warm water, then squeezed out. This double dose pumps up the flavor and really makes it shine. Then–if I really want to focus on fenugreek–in goes a bit of the ground seeds.

    The triple-play flavor is a powerhouse.

    The greens are also really good for you, btw. If you find them, you should give them a try.

    Shammi! I -knew- one of my Indian food blogging friends would come to my rescue! In fact, I said that, when Morganna saw them, cooed over them and insisted we buy them. “How will you know what they are, Mom?” she asked.

    “I will ask the Indian food bloggers–they will know.”

    And not only do you all know, you have recipes. Ivy gourd, huh. They are pretty little things–the color is like the spring green jade in my wedding ring.

    Well, we are going to be eating lots of Indian food this week…look out for more recipes, research and other goodies.

    Comment by Barbara — February 13, 2006 #

  6. That was a very good day you had. And I’m on pins and needles waiting to see Garlic Booger Chicken!!

    Comment by Sher — February 13, 2006 #

  7. Barbara,

    Hi. Chanced upon your site through Mahanandi’s, a few days ago.

    The “tiny little gourd-looking things that I have no idea what they are” are called ‘Tondli’ in my mother tongue(‘Gherkins’ in English). They are really easy to make. Here’s one simple recipie :

    http://www.mumbai-masala.com/maharashtrafood/tondlibhaaji1.html

    Also, just a suggestion…if you can get ‘MDH Kitchen King’ masala from Indian store…It is a very tasty masala, to use just by itself in any (meaty)vegetable fry like potatoes, cauliflower, tondli, okra etc.

    Comment by Sonali — February 13, 2006 #

  8. Ooh Barb!!

    You get galagal at your Indian store! So lucky! I’m tired of hunting around for it here :o(

    Mango Barfi really is good. If you ever get the chance you should try Rose Barfi. Its made from rose water and has a lovely pink colour!

    Comment by Meena — February 13, 2006 #

  9. Heh, she didn’t show all of the huge pile of meat to ya’ll.
    She doesn’t want her meat addiction to become public….
    But yeah, we must have bought a twenty pounds of meat yesterday.

    Comment by Morganna — February 13, 2006 #

  10. Hi.
    I stumbled across your site via the recent Meathenge (char siu) mention. How cool to hear about the burgeoning Athens culinary scene. I attended OU in the early/mid 90′s and haven’t been back to visit in at least 10 years. I recall in my day The Farmacy was about all that was available as per “alternative” grocers. Anyway, I dug your post on the Freegans. Best Wishes,
    Chris

    Comment by Christopher Gordon — February 13, 2006 #

  11. …and just to affirm: galangal and ginger are definitely not interchangeable…It always irritates me to see ginger offered as an acceptable substitute in the more pedestrian recipes.

    Comment by Christopher Gordon — February 13, 2006 #

  12. You have been v busy! Well I am sure you know this by now, the vegetable is gherkin or tondli in Marathi and tinda in Hindi. This is a crazy coincidence, but this is the same veggies I have cooked up! The rose petal spread is gulkand, rose petals soaked in honey. I make phirni from it. Look fwd to coming posts about what you cook with that load!

    Comment by Ashwini — February 13, 2006 #

  13. Barbara, here is our take on dhansak:
    http://etherwork.net/recipes/Indianchicken2.html#lentils
    We based it on a recipe in “50 Great Curries of India” by Camellia Panjabi

    My husband has only ever tried those bitter gourds in India and he didn’t like them all that much. When I asked what they were, his nose wrinkled visibly (and he eats and likes just about everything)

    And we have bought fresh galangal here; it’s pretty widely available in Chinatown; but not cheap…. I’m afraid we must not have sophisticated enough palate because we didn’t really notice that much difference when we made a dish with galangal and then made it with ginger instead. (Oh dear. the shame of it all)

    We did like the perfume of it though.

    -Elizabeth

    P.S. I mentioned to my husband that you bought methi to make aloo methi and his eyes lit up. He says he will make that soon for us. (Yay!)

    Comment by ejm — February 13, 2006 #

  14. Sonali! Welcome, and thank you for telling me about Tondi. That is prettier to say than “ivy gourd” or “gherkin.” I will try to remember that name. (And I will try not to dyslexic up the spelling like I am apt to do with anglicized Chinese names. I am terrible for that.)

    And thank you for the recipe and the suggestion on the masala–I will have to try it out.

    I love rose barfi, Meena. Rosewater is one of my favorite flavorings–hence why I picked up the gulkand–which I tasted today and boy was it beautiful! WOW!

    I think that Zak is permanently enamored of the mango barfi, now though….

    The reason the meat isn’t in the picture, Morganna, has to do with how the flash reflected off of the vaccum-wrapped plastic that the meat is packaged in. It looked really weird and didn’t look like meat at all anymore, so I cropped it out. It has nothing to do with not wanting people to know I eat meat–hrmph. They read my recipes, so everyone knows I cook meat!

    But yes, we did buy a lot–but then, it is going to last us a couple of months, at least. And–I bought extra chicken for the Garlic Booger Chicken extravaganza. No sense in making the mess required of fried chicken for just a couple of pieces, I say. (Sher–there will be Garlic Boogers later in the week. I totally promise.)

    Christopher, welcome! I, too, graduated from OU around the time you are mentioning (1994, in fact), and so I know what you mean. Athens has changed a lot–now you can buy locally produced foods at Krogers, as well as a huge range of organic/sustainable products. There are bunches of little bakeries and restaurants around including a real Mexican place and a tiny Indian restaurant. Casa is still here–they celebrated their 20th anniversary last year and they are better than ever.

    Athens is a sweet little place. You should come back for a visit!

    Ashwini–did you blog about the tondi? If you did, I would love to see your recipe, because I think I am going to cook it sometime this week for my own lunch.

    The gulkand–thank you for the name–is delicious. I have an idea of what I am going to do with it tonight….a Valentine’s Day recipe….

    Comment by Barbara — February 13, 2006 #

  15. Hi Barb, I just wanted to confirm Ashwini’s take on the gherkin. It’s called Parwal in Hindi and NOT Tinda. Tinda is the round gourd.

    Comment by Meena — February 13, 2006 #

  16. The following is a joke for Barb:

    “Here’s your mucus Egon!”

    We now return you to Barbara’s Blog, already in progress…..

    Comment by Bryian — February 13, 2006 #

  17. Barbara – I think I have the sumeet problem solved. Finally got hold of someone at corporate office for Williams Sonoma and the grinders are supposed to arrive tomorrow (Valentine’s Day!) For anyone interested the skew number is 7595119. Already have mine on order and should have it in the next week so. Have your recipes all lined up. I can’t wait to put this baby to work!

    Comment by Maureen — February 13, 2006 #

  18. Es tut mir leid…but, wow! Casa…so neat that they’re still around. They offered me my first introduction to the sublime chipotle chile way back when. It’s weird…sometimes I dream of my time in Athens: the febrile, phantasmagoric green in summertime, the general ease and approachability of it’s denizens, the rich mythology embedded in those hills(ok…that’s li’l HP Lovecraft of me). My parents live near there, but they tend to visit me here in Chicago more than I get back.

    One thing I wouldn’t trade is Chicago’s vast culinary
    width and breadth…an earlier poster mentioned how expensive galangal is in their neck of the woods…here..I have my choice of dried(ick…acrid),
    frozen, and fresh at the many SE Asian, Chinese, and South Asian markets.

    Anyway, again…great writing…great blog…

    -Chris

    Comment by Christopher Gordon — February 13, 2006 #

  19. Hi Barbara!

    Had a blast reading your post – I love the North Market. Its character has changed so much since they moved out of the old Quonset hut where I used to shop in college. I haven’t been down there in a couple of months, so I think it is time to venture over there!

    My mother’s family is from down your way – mostly from Nelsonville, Jacksonville and Murray City.

    My hubby lived in Athens for a few years back in the mid-80′s. There is still a bar named for him (which he owned for a couple of years) named “Tony’s” on State St.

    If you are headed up this way again in the spring, give me a hollar, we can meet for a snack.

    Rosie

    Comment by Rosie — February 14, 2006 #

  20. Thank you, Meena–Parwal. I will remember that. (Another pretty name. I cannot help it–I think that Hindi has very beautiful sounds in the language.)

    I may cook some for myself for lunch tomorrow….

    Bry–I think I will have to explain that in a post: My Greatest Culinary Failures….

    Maureen–that is great news! I haven’t gotten confirmation from Sur La Table yet, so your news is wonderful–I will post a quick post about it tomorrow so folks know that they can get them.

    Let me know how you like yours–and let me know which model you get!

    Chris, you so have the look and feel of Athens down–the openness of the people, the wild green growth in the summer, the scent of honeysuckle in the spring and damp humus in the fall. It is a good place. I’ve lived in several cities and as much as I liked about them–I couldn’t help but miss the entire Athens way of life. (Which makes it obvious why I came back.)

    We’ll be visiting Chicago in the spring to celebrate a couple’s wedding, and we hope to do sightseeing and the like. I hope I can take in some cool ethnic shops and eateries just for the fun of it. If there are any suggestions you can give, I would be happy for them.

    Rosie–that would be awesome! We stop by every month or so, but hadn’t been food shopping for a couple of months, because we had stocked up so well, we didn’t need to. I’ll definately drop a note on your blog and we can meet the next time we come caravaning out to Columbus!

    I’ve never been to Tony’s (not much of a bar sort), but I hear it is a nice place. Its cool to know some of its history, anyway!

    Nice to meet you! (And I like your blog, btw…)

    Comment by Barbara — February 14, 2006 #

  21. Hi Barbara,

    I came across your site thru Indira’s Mahanandi. Your recipes are great. Would like to try some of them soon. I am from Columbus,OH and never been to Patna’s as yet. To be frank never heard of it either:-( But I am eager to visit the place just by looking at the fresh veggies you bought. Could you tell me where exactly this is?(Tried searching in internet but nothing came up,may be the reason being its new as u mentioned). Thanks in advance for your help. Hope to see some great Indian recipes soon :-)

    Comment by Kerala Girl — February 14, 2006 #

  22. Hi Barbara, what a wonderful bounty, you are set for the next two weeks, I see. :) lot of veggies.

    Gathoda… you mean the dried root like thing, right? I checked the photo you posted for this root, couldn’t find it. It tastes little bit spicy, and taken with boiled milk and jaggery.A soothing warming agent to increase the blood HB levels, mainly given to women after delivery, in our areas(Nandyala). We don’t use it for cooking regular dishes to my knowledge. Mainly as nutritional thing for pregnant woman. That’s the extent of my knowledge of this spice. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Indira — February 14, 2006 #

  23. Wow, everything looks so fresh. Your shopping trip reminds me of the times I had to stock up with Asian groceries once every couple of months when I was out in the boonies in Louisiana. Those were fun times.

    Comment by Shirley — February 14, 2006 #

  24. Kerala Girl–let me get back to you on Patna’s. I think it is on 161–if you can get the address to Whole Foods–it is very close to there–in fact their parking lots are connected. It is a great little shop. But I will ask Zak where it was–he was driving, and I was too busy looking out for it (I had passed by as it was being built, and wanted to go) to remember to note what street we were on.

    Indira–thank you for the information–I think you are right about the gathoda. It smells interesting–looks like we ended up with a medicinal rather than a cooking spice. Oh, well. Never is anything like that wasted.

    Elizabeth–thank you for the recipe! It looks really divine.

    Shirley–shopping monthly can be fun, but it is nice to be able to go out and get what you need when you need it, too.

    It certainly isn’t as tiring as a massive shopping expedition.

    Comment by Barbara — February 15, 2006 #

  25. Hey Barbara,

    Thanks for the response . I know where Whole foods is, so now I should head to Patna’s :-)Hopefully over the weekend. And oh Mumtaz what a Valentine treat for your Shahjahan…With roses thats very romantic :-)

    Comment by Kerala Girl — February 15, 2006 #

  26. Barbara, somehow, I missed your question about the green small things. Sorry.

    You might already know, they are Tindora in Hindi and Dondakayalu in Telugu. I blogged two recipes with them. One is dry saute curry, the other- tindora cooked in sesame sauce. Both of them are good and tasty with rice or with roti. If you try, please let me know how you like it. Thanks and sorry again for the delayed response.

    Comment by Indira — February 15, 2006 #

  27. Thank you, Kerala Girl. I am pleased with how the cake turned out–it is better than I dreamed it would be.

    I am glad you can figure out where Patna’s is–it is on Dublin-Granville Rd. (161) and is kind of in front of Whole Foods, which as you know, is set way back in a massive strip mall/parking lot thing. Patna’s is right before you turn off to get into Whole Foods if you come from one direction, and right after if you go from the other direction. But if all else fails, you can park at Whole Foods and walk to Patna’s if my directions confuse you.

    Have you been to Patel Brothers? They are on Kenny Road in Kenny Square. There is also an Indian restaurant, Shere E Punjabi, where we used to eat when we lived close to Columbus. That grocery is a pretty good one, too, but I think that Patna’s has more fresh produce.

    Indira–Meena told me you had recipes for it over there so I sneaked on my own and found them! I think that for lunch tomorrow, I will make one of the recipes to go with rice. I am not sure that either Zak or Morganna will like the wee things so I will try them on myself first.

    We are having stuffed eggplant and aloo methi for supper tomorrow night, though. And something with Mangos. And probably some dal. I am in a vegetable mood.

    Comment by Barbara — February 15, 2006 #

  28. I live an hour from Columbus and just never seem to shop for food there. I found this post fascinating because I didn’t know about all these little haunts.

    Comment by FavoriteApron — February 16, 2006 #

  29. Thanks Barbara for the directions. I am sure I can find out Patna’s easily with your directions :-) Well Patel Bros is my favourite Indian grocery here. Thats where I get all my Indian veggies fresh. Esp when you hit the store on a weekday you have more fresh items :-)I have been to Shere E Punjab but I like New India Restuarant better(Which is in the Bethel center). Their weekend buffet is very neat. If you havent tried out yet do try it in your next Columbus shopping day :-)

    Comment by Kerala Girl — February 17, 2006 #

  30. I will try New India, definately, Kerala Girl! Shere E. Punjabi lost their wonderful chef, and I noticed that over time, as more Americans ate there, the food became more bland, and it made both Zak and I very, very sad. But we still like the man who owns it and his sons. They are very sweet.

    Patel Brothers is where we usually shop for Indian in Columbus, but after we saw that Patna’s was opening up, we knew we had to stop in, and I am very glad that we did.

    Favorite Apron–now you know–so when you go to Columbus, you know where to go for good food. (BTW–the North Market has the best ice cream–Jeni’s Homemade. You must go and try it!)

    Comment by Barbara — February 17, 2006 #

  31. Kerala Girl–the reason you couldn’t find Patna’s is because the name of the store is Taj! Patna’s is the brand name of something I had looked at there and it stuck in my head. Why? I don’t know.

    But they are Taj Grocers, Federated Plaza 3528 W. Dublin Granville Road in Columbus.

    614 718 1560 is the phone number.

    We went back today so I could buy coconuts and more gulkand.

    Comment by Barbara — February 21, 2006 #

  32. Hey Barbara,

    I didnt get time to check this comment for some days and you know what last weekend I did go to whole foods area in search of Patna’s and made my husband drive the entire area looking for Patna’s :-) Well now I know why I couldnt find !!! Anyway I have been to Taj a lot of times. Its a nice little store. Very neat and tidy and I love the hot samosas there :-)

    Comment by Kerala Girl — March 1, 2006 #

  33. Kerala Girl, I am so sorry! I feel so bad–hopefully your husband isn’t too cranky with you and me!

    It is a great store, though, isn’t it?

    Comment by Barbara — March 3, 2006 #

  34. No Problem at all. It definitely is a nice little store. Yesterday in Patel Bro I saw Patna’s brand items :-)

    Comment by Kerala Girl — March 6, 2006 #

  35. Do you have a recipe for coconut barfi or burfi? I have all of the ingredients but have never made it.

    Comment by Amelia — March 20, 2006 #

  36. I personally have not made barfi–I have access to several recipes–the best of which are in Lord Krishna’s Cuisine by Yamuna Devi. I do have an idea for almond-rose barfi that I keep meaning to try soon, so there well may be a recipe posted in the next few months or so….

    Comment by Barbara — March 28, 2006 #

  37. I am interested in Ganthoda powder, too. I bought some in Boulder. From various websites I see that it is used for asthma, chronic bronchitis and worms, and to help one sleep. I wonder if it is effective for sinus?

    The lady in the store also told me she had taken it while pregnant.

    I find Indian food very interesting.

    Comment by Robin Hause — August 2, 2007 #

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