Time was when I was addicted to cookbooks. I would buy them, borrow them, subscribe to food magazines, and read the Wednesday food sections of any newspaper I could lay my hands on. Until I discovered the wonderful world of food bloggers.
Maybe this is how Columbus felt when he landed in the New World. Or maybe not. But truth be told, it was a pretty exciting discovery for me. Here were all these talented people sharing delicious recipes they had cooked up themselves or that had been passed on in their families for generations. It was almost too good to believe.
What was most surprising was the generosity of it all. I remember asking a colleague once for a recipe of an Irish soda bread she was known for making, and pat came the answer: “I don’t give it out. It’s a family secret.” Now I have occasionally run into people who won’t share recipes, but honestly, what’s the fun of cooking and coming up with recipes if you are the only one who’s going to ever make them? No fun at all.
Which makes all that you do all the more special. Since discovering food blogs, I find that I don’t need cookbooks and magazines for inspiration, although I do still hold on to a few old favorites. And most of what I read in the food sections of the two newspapers we subscribe to, The New York Times and the Washington Post, pales in comparison to the gorgeous creations of just regular folks like you cooking every day in their home kitchens for their families.
So after that long preamble, here’s my point: I’ve been reading so many of your blogs for so long now, and instead of handing out an award or two, I thought I’d pay tribute in the way I know best: with your recipes, cooked in my kitchen. And the way I’m going to do this is by picking up one blogger ever so often and showcasing one of their recipes that I loved.
My first pick is Uma, the lovely lady from Essence of Andhra.
There are many reasons. For one, Uma is a super-talented cook and most of her recipes make me really want to rush to the kitchen and start cooking. For another, she is sweet and considerate: one of the nicest persons I know in the blogosphere. Plus she has on her blog many nutritious recipes for meals that can be put together in minutes: a blessing for the hurried yet adventurous cook.
I wanted to cook nearly everything on her blog, but I picked out this Millet Dosa because it sounded so very unusual to me. I eat and make dosas all the time, but never before have I tasted one made with millet.
I followed Uma’s recipe to the letter, so I’m not going to post it again. I must say these were not only quick, they were absolutely delicious. I spread them out thin and they had a most wonderful crispy edge. The flavor of the millet was unbelievably good. I served them with just a pat of vegan spread for breakfast on Saturday morning, and Desi, who’s quite a dosa gourmet, loved them.
Thanks, Uma, for a delicious keeper recipe, and for your great blog!