Perfect for breakfast lunch or dinner, delicious avalakki bisi bele bhaat
08/17/2018 8:00:35 AM vindhyadesai
Making variations of famous dishes can be delicious at times. Like this avalakki bisi bele bhaat which is an easy alternative to making elaborate bisi bele bhaat. Both taste great and the textures are slightly different. For avalakki bisi bele bhaat I generally add mung dal or hesaru bele. Whereas for rice bisi bele bhaat we add toor dal or togari bele.
As this is a quicker version of traditional BBB it’s not necessary to grind a coconut masala. Avalakki or poha is quite light on its own so we do not need additional things to make it rich and heavy. Throw in a few cashews and groundnuts for that crunch and colour. Generally, avalakki bisi bele bhaat is served immediately. Avalakki/poha absorbs a lot of liquid and so does mung dal, so it’s best to serve it fresh. ... “Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhaat | Poha Bisi Bele Bhaat | Breakfast Recipes”
Crisp and bright yellow coloured authentic Kerala special banana chips or plantain chips
08/14/2018 9:50:39 PM vindhyadesai
Crisp golden yellow hued banana chips mildly flavoured with coconut oil is a delicacy. Those perfectly fried chips have a sweet taste and the light pungency of coconut oil rounds up the flavours. Can I say that I like banana chips better than potato chips (may be not, I love them both!). I love making banana chips at home, it’s very quick and easy to make.
I generally don’t fry the entire lot in coconut oil (but please do if you want). I add a few drops of coconut oil for that unmistakable flavour in my banana chips. Ensure you have kept the frying pan with hot oil on the back burner, a sincere suggestion is to not do this with small children around. Although frying on medium heat will not splutter when turmeric solution is added, it’s good be precautious. ... “Banana Chips | Plantain Chips | Kerala Banana Chips | Snack Recipes”
Deep coloured, sweet and bitter, yellu chigli or til ke ladoo
08/12/2018 9:34:01 PM vindhyadesai
Come August we start celebrating different festivals. One of the first ones is to worship the serpent god, nagara chauthi and naga panchmi. It is widely celebrated throughout India. Amidst all the celebrations we generally like to make simple and easy sweets. That is where our age old traditional sweets come to our rescue. In Karnataka we make a simple ladoo with sesame seeds called yellu chigli or til ke ladoo.
Yellu chigli is made with black sesame seeds and jaggery. It is quite easy to make and is one of the most important sweets along with tambittu (roasted chana ladoo). Sesame seeds are fried till they release aroma then mixed with jaggery powder and fresh ghee. Yellu chigli are smaller in size as they should be consumed in small quantities. ... “Yellu Chigli | Til Ke Ladoo | Sesame Seeds Ladoo | Sweet Recipes”
Warm, comforting methi kadhi, perfect for those rainy evenings
08/10/2018 8:01:06 AM vindhyadesai
Kadhi (paladya) and saaru (rasam) work well in all seasons. I can never say no to a meal involving either of these 2 dishes. It gives you an instant feeling of warmth. Methi kadhi is one of my go-to dishes if I have methi in my fridge and after a long day of work. It is so quick to make and methi definitely makes it extra comforting.
This is Rajasthani style methi kadhi whereas Punjabi style methi kadhi generally has pakodas in it. I have already posted Gujarathi kadhi and Karnataka special majjige huLi. Oh, wow so many combinations and so much variety, it’s mind boggling sometimes. For a quick dinner, rustle up some quick jeera rice or peas pulao, and methi kadhi. Serve with pickle and papad. This time I had leftover bharwan karela, it made a fancy meal. ... “Methi Kadhi | Rajasthani Methi Kadhi | Kadhi Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, laden with ghee and crunchy nuts, special besan ladoo
08/07/2018 9:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
When summer holidays used to arrive we used to always have besan ladoo, avalakki chivda and kodubale at home. My mother always ensured she stocked up on these favourite North Karnataka snacks. Besan ladoo and avalakki chivda are infact the 2 most important snacks in a North Karnataka household. When you visit someone’s house you are sure to be offered these snacks. A cup of fresh chai and guests are served!
The trick to make fragrant and non-pasty/non-dry besan ladoo is patience. Yes you heard me right, you have to fry the mixture on low flame for quite sometime to get the right consistency, colour and taste! I mention it multiple times throughout this post, never ever be tempted to increase the heat on your pan, the mixture will turn into a clay like colour (ew!).
... “Besan Ladoo | Besan Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Green & bright, full of nutrition, palak paddu, perfect for breakfast
08/05/2018 8:23:30 PM vindhyadesai
I like to include bright greens mostly in paratha or thepla form. I also include greens in dosa, idli, mixing it with the batter. This time I experimented with Paddu or Gundupongala with spinach, palak paddu.
That day I had planned to make palak pathrode or patra and I had soaked rice. Unfortunately I had run out of tamarind, so I decided to make palak paddu. It was a hit! ... “Palak Paddu | Spinach Gundupongala | Paddu Recipes”
Super delicious and always fun to eat, peppy paneer pizza
08/01/2018 9:54:18 PM vindhyadesai
Who does not like pizza, but having pizza outside is generally not healthy. How about we make whole wheat pizza with our choice of toppings. So this time we are back with a fun to eat pizza, peppy paneer pizza. I generally use my whole wheat pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes.
Peppy paneer pizza has some mild bell peppers or capsicum. We have also thrown in some soft paneer making it a very desi pizza. Generally I’m not a big fan of fusion food, I do make some exceptions though. ... “Peppy Paneer Pizza | Paneer Capsicum Pizza | Pizza Recipes”
An everyday staple from North India, tasty and simple sabzi, gobhi matar
07/29/2018 10:23:56 PM vindhyadesai
Simple everyday roti and sabzi with some dal is easy to make and easy to eat. Homemade food any day, is the best! Aloo, gobhi, matar, baingan and karela are very important vegetables in North India. They form the base of so many everyday sabzi. A good number of these combinations work really well together, aloo baingan, aloo matar palak. This time it is gobhi and matar’s turn, to make a tasty gobhi matar sabzi.
While choosing cauliflower ensure it does not look yellow or does not have brown spots. It should be firm and white and make sure to check in between the stalks for any small worms or impurities. If gobhi is groown organically even better. Your gobhi matar sabzi will be fresh and tasty. This sabzi can be made for lunch box or for a simple weekend lunch. Blanching cauliflower florets in boiling water will also get rid of impurities. You can also choose to add a pinch of turmeric which leaves a golden hue on the florets making them extra attractive. ... “Gobhi Matar | Gobhi Matar Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”
A delicious alternative to coconut chutney, creamy, spicy side dish, kabul chana chutney
07/26/2018 10:50:29 PM vindhyadesai
Chutneys make a meal really mouth-watering and tasty. But making and eating the same kind of chutney everytime is boring. We all need change especially when it comes to food, why compromise. With only a few ingredients you can make a different dish or in this case a different chutney. So we are back with another chutney recipe, kabul chana chutney or chick peas chutney.
Many times we have leftover chana after making chhole or chana masala. It’s never easy to get the measurement right for chana. So in that case what would you do with the excess soaked chick peas. Well here’s an idea, kabul chana chutney. ... “Kabul Chana Chutney | Chick Peas Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Spicy, comforting, Thai red curry with homemade red curry paste
07/24/2018 10:28:38 PM vindhyadesai
A fragrant curry is always refreshing. It should have the right balance of flavours to hit the right taste buds. A freshly ground masala then takes the curry to the next level. Of course any curry with Oriental flavours like this Thai red curry with homemade red curry paste is surely a winner.
Thai red curry with homemade red curry paste has all the good ingredients. Some simple spices like black pepper and coriander seeds together with some herbs like Thai basil, lemon grass, garlic etc create a wonderful balance. To counter these strong flavour a splash of coconut milk will make it creamy and round up the flavours. ... “Thai Red Curry With Homemade Red Curry Paste | Curry Recipes”