FGW’s prompt-Favorite food

WP likes giving prompts, but I never tried them. I mean I haven’t found anything that could particularly interest me or anything I can write a whole blog based on it.

I haven’t participated in a prompt, but I can surely conduct a prompt where people can share their thoughts.

This is also my excuse for not finishing the blog I was working on originally (because it’s based on research). But, I am getting tons of ideas and this particular blog is one such idea.

I was thinking about what food I love the most. Like the food that I want to eat and will not possibly get bored with it. So I made a list of my top 5 favorite food.

As I am home cooked food lover, so I made sure to include only home-cooked food. However, you can tell me your top 5 favorites (home or outside) with a blog of yours.

1: Dal- Chaawal

As I have a lot of non-Hindi-speaking readers, I’ll make sure to give you the translation. Dal means lentils and chaawal means rice. This is a basic food and I think it’s very common in Indian home.

Different people make it differently, but then this can be enjoyed anytime. There are various types of lentils but my top 3 are Red split lentil, red lentil, and pigeon peas (I didn’t know it’s called that, it’s still veg btw). I personally feel these dal taste great with rice. But then there are other dals and we cannot ignore them.

Dal is made in a pressure cooker, the thickness of the dal is based on the amount of water you add and for how long you cook it.

Overall, whatever the dal is, its combo with rice never fails.

2: Puran puri

Majorly Puran puri or poli is a common food in Maharashtra (Indian state), but then it’s not a rule that others can’t eat it, haha.

Puran puri is basically made of Bengal gram split (another dal). Puri is basically a type of chapati. Bengal gram split is soaked overnight and grinded with spices and salt, and that preparation is used as a filling for the puri (made of wheat flour).

My mother makes it in to 2 ways, one is sweet, another is spicy. For sweet, she adds jaggery to it and for spicy she adds spices to it. Then, this puri is made in a round shape, it is made on a pan with some ghee (clarified butter).

These Puran puri are served with curd, chutney (made of mint or coriander).

3: Chole ki sabji

Chole means chickpeas, sabji means vegetable. In India Chole is very popular, especially in northern India. People generally eat Chole with bhatura, which is a kind of puri, made of all-purpose flour. But, I like Chole with Chaawal (rice).

It tops my list of favorite food, and the best thing is it can be enjoyed in every season (unlike my last 2 entries).

4: Makki ke dhokle

Makki is basically corn, and dhokla is a kind of cutlet made with it.

Dhokle is popular in Rajasthan, the state I live in. But, we Indians have no barriers for food. In the corn flour, we add all the spices, coriander leaves, green peas, etc. Then we prepare a dough with it and that dough is used to make dhokle. It is cooked through a steaming process. When done it is generally eaten with coriander chutney (a type of paste), and mixed dal.

Dhokle and corn flour only taste good in winter. Other than dhokla, I also like Makki ki roti, which is chapati made of corn flour.

5: Gajar ka halwa

Another winter food and a favorite in Indian homes is Gajar ka halwa or a sweet made with carrots.

Red carrots which are available in the winter are used for it. Halwa is a type of sweet or porridge. Now Gajar ka halwa is made very differently in different places. Mainly, Carrots are grated (something I help in) and milk is boiled, in that boiled milk various things like condensed milk/ cream grated carrots, sugar, dry fruits, nutmeg, or other things according to the preference are added.

This is made in a duration of a few hours or depending on the flame.

I don’t like many sweets and my diet doesn’t allow me, but I had a lot of halwa this winter as it was all homemade.

Basically, these 5 are my favorite food, I feel special delight when it’s made by my mother.

Now, the way of cooking could be different for others and I shared a basic way. I can cook, but with assistance and these are hard to make, so I gently leave it to the experts like my mother (she doesn’t allow me to work in her kitchen anyway).

What I expect from you >

I don’t want you to comment your favorite food in the comments. No, that’s not why I’ve shared this blog. I would love it if you can write a blog about your 5 favorite food. It could be your favorite home-cooked food or from outside.

You don’t need to explain the whole recipe, but just give a general idea of how it’s made.

You can write and share your blog till 17th April.

I think this prompt will showcase a different variety of food from different corners of the world.

You will hear (or read) from me soon, till then Kindly Smile.

My last prompt

111 responses to “FGW’s prompt-Favorite food”

  1. This is interesting as a person from South Africa with a close relation with our indian community. Your order of favorites is interesting and the way you describe how the foods are made makes me think these might be completely different meals. I wish you had added pictures ๐Ÿ˜ƒ . Interesting read.

  2. Everything looks delicious, Devang. I am not able to participate in your food post, but I wish you great success gathering from others. Have a great week!

  3. Yay, I love to learn more about you! ๐Ÿ˜Œ This is my first time hearing about these dishes, I like how you included photos. I LOVEEE rice and lentils, so Dal- Chaawal really caught my attention! It looks delicious, flavorful, and hearty ๐Ÿฅฐ I wish I could try dal. โค๏ธ Thank you for sharing some of your favorite foods with us !!

  4. We have very different taste in food haha. I don’t like chole or daal that much. I still eat them but I don’t love them. However, I do love Indian rice dishes like biryani and pulao. I love dhokla but I’ve never had the corn ones. They sound delicious and would love to try them someday.

    • You mean by dhokla made of gram flour right?
      As you have Gujarati roots, so I guess that makes sense ๐Ÿ˜€
      I personally recommend you
      Makki ka dhokla(winters only) and puran puri.

      I’m sure you have eaten gajar ka halwa tons of time
      I wonder how it will taste with almond milk ๐Ÿค”

      • Yes, that’s the one. Us Gujarati’s love our gram flour dhokla especially with daal-chawal. It’s winter here so I’ll try the makki ka dhokla.

        Yes, I hate carrots but like the halwa. It’s the only exception to my no carrots rule lol. I haven’t tries it with almond milk but coconut milk tastes very good.

      • Here dhokla is eaten with 2 different kinds of chutneys.

        I’m sure you are also aware with foods like
        Fafda, khandvi, srikhand, thepla ๐Ÿ˜€

        As it’s winter, you can definitely try makki ka dhokla ( that’s the first time you said 3 consecutive hindi words ๐Ÿ˜›)

        Oh yes, I now remember you hate carrots. Usually halwa is made with milk, but as you are vegan so I wonder what you use instead of that.
        Soy milk won’t be a good alternative!
        What about Cream ? ๐Ÿค”

      • Yes, I do love Gujarati food although I have to admit a lot of it is not very healthy ๐Ÿ˜…

        Apparently my mum has made makki ka dhokla she just hadn’t ever made it when I was around. Will definitely try it soon.

        My mum uses coconut milk when she makes halwa. Coconut cream works too.

      • Well yeah gujrati food is tasty. Your mother doesn’t want to feed you makki ka dhokla ๐Ÿ˜›

        Coconut milk works just fine.

        Hey, I want to write a blog on topic:
        What I eat in a day

        If you allow.

  5. Hi Devang,
    I hope ki tumhe ye saari dishes banani aati ho, kyunki mujhe in me se maximum pasand aai hai. Aur mujhe khana bhi hai!
    Will I be able to participate in this prompt?
    I’m not sure. I have nothing much to share.
    You can add โ€œDaal-Baatiโ€ in this list.
    Mujhe bahut pasand hai!
    Everyone hates โ€œDaliyaโ€ and โ€œKhichadiโ€ but mujhe yeh dono pasand hai. Tabhi jab thik se bane ho.
    โ€œDhokla” hum logon ke yahan bhi banta, par bessan wala.
    โ€œMakke aur Bajare ki rotiโ€ bhi banti hai. Isme yellow makki ki roti ka taste thoda alag hota hai.
    Maine Jwar ki bhi roti khaai hai. Par utni kuchh khaas nhi lagi woh.
    I avoid oily and spicy food. Normal, healthy aur fresh food chalega.

  6. Hi, Devang. I know you always tell me not to be sorry, but in this case, I do owe you an apology for not being able to read your post here before today. Plus, I think I might have missed a couple of your recent posts, too. I am so sorry, and I’m annoyed with myself because I like to read your work as it’s always so interesting, and I like the way you interact with your readers.

    At the moment, I am frantically busy with a very big event taking place in London next week. There is an awful lot of organising and preparation to do before then. I hope to be able to read more blogs during the week before the event takes place. I will write about it after the event, as I hope to have some photos to share by then, too.

    Anyway, I wanted to say I enjoyed this post, and all the photos and descriptions of these foods make me feel very hungry. They all look delicious. Most of them I haven’t heard of, but things like Dal I love, and I make it with red split lentils. I also love chickpeas (Chole) – they are great when made into hummus, too. I don’t generally have a sweet tooth, but your Gajar ka halwa looks absolutely delicious. I’ve never heard of red carrots. Are they something specific to where you live, as I’ve never seen them in the UK? I like ordinary porridge but can imagine a type of porridge made with red carrots would be wonderful. I used to really like condensed milk, but I haven’t yet found a vegan version of it. I do love the spice nutmeg, too, as well as cinnamon. I wish I had some of that for my pudding tonight.

    Thanks for sharing this ‘delicious’ post, my friend. I really enjoyed it. Take care. Ellie ๐Ÿ˜Š.

    • Don’t be sorry, I’m glad you are here

      I am looking forward for the pics and more details of the event.

      Chole is my favorite sabji, let’s say that. Infact I will eat it today. I will research more about Hummus.

      Red carrots are mainly available in winters, I need to know about UK in that case. Orange are available in all the seasons, but red is naturally sweet. Juice is also made out of them, along with some vegetable with peas and curry patta.

      Cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, cardamom does some special magic in the food.

      For spicy food clove, bay leaf, some red chill does wonders.

      Take care, and keep smiling.

    • Simple
      Share stuff that is easy to understand

      Use amicable langauge

      Write a smooth blog, that people can relate with

      Then make sure to interact with every reader/commentor

      Use proper keywords and connect with people with like-minded people.

  7. Daal-Chaawal reminds me of Daal-khichdi that I take at least twice a week, and it’s so easy to make. As name suggests, just mix the ingredients, pulse, rice, salt, tomato, peas, cauliflower etc and cook. Add Desi ghee and papad and enjoy.

  8. I love exploring new recipes! Your post is making me hungry, lol. There is nothing better than homemade food seasoned with love โค๏ธ

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