Creamy Basundi with lightly crunchy dry nuts and delicate saffron
03/25/2019 3:45:55 PM vindhyadesai
This month, March’19 Food Of Interest completes 3 full years. I did post the 1st post on March 4th 2016 but I would like to think March and April 2016 were the founding months of FOI. It laid the foundations, setting up the website, finding a nice format for the posts, easy to read and make recipes, indeed it is a special month! With over 15K users per month I thank my readers for trying my recipes 🙂 So here it is and to make it even more statistically special, the 400th post on FOI, on a sweet note with “Basundi“.
Creamy milk sweets are too good to ignore. Imagine thickened sweetened creamy milk loaded with pistachios, almonds, cashews, with subtle fragrance of elaichi. Makes you go into a different world, a world filled with creaminess of milk and nuttiness of rich nuts! This rich introduction is for a traditional Maharashtra and Karnataka special sweet dish, “Basundi”. ... “Basundi | Homemade Basundi | Sweet Recipes”
Soft and lacy cucumber neer dosa, with light green specks of a delicious cucumber
03/23/2019 8:03:52 PM vindhyadesai
Starting your Sunday morning or any morning with dosas just off the tawa, sounds like a great idea. But want to try making a different kind of dosa? So here it is, cucumber neer dosa or southekayi neer dosa. Lacy, soft cucumber neer dosa speckled with light green cucumber not only sounds nice but also looks and tastes great!
You can soak rice overnight or just for 4-5 hours. Then you can grind rice with the remaining ingredients and then immediately make dosas. You can also keep the batter overnight/or few hours to lightly ferment and then make cucumber neer dosa. Either way they are delicious. The last time I made them I served them with sorekayi saasme but you can serve with any chutney! ... “Cucumber Neer Dosa | Southekayi Neer Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Loaded with fresh coconut, simple Karnataka style beans palya
03/17/2019 7:55:37 PM vindhyadesai
A fresh and simple palya is always a nice accompaniment. Generally palya is made with one vegetable or may be two with fresh produce. These fresh vegetables are celebrated in South India in the form of a simple palya or thoran or poriyal or samayal or sabzi. All of these have pretty much the same kind of recipe. In Karnataka, we call it palya and beans palya is one of the most famous in this variety of side dishes.
All you need are fresh tender beans in the required quantity, washed and chopped finely. A simple vaggarne/tadka with saasuve(mustard) and uddina bele(urad dal) is made and the beans or hurulikayi are added. Once the beans are cooked, it is topped off with some freshly grated coconut. Coconut defines any palya and makes this beans palya taste wonderfully earthy and sweet. ... “Beans Palya | Hurulikayi Palya | Palya Recipes”
Sweet & slightly tart, with actual strawberries inside, tasty eggless strawberry cupcakes
03/15/2019 2:31:55 PM vindhyadesai
Cupcakes, muffins can be made in a wide variety of ways. So this time at FOI, we tried a strawberry cupcake, eggless as usual and they turned out to be soft and delicious. I even made a little frosting to go on top and the taste was simply delicious. You can serve these eggless strawberry cupcakes for breakfast with coffee or just as a snack at tea time.
I have used natural organic red colour (paprika extracts) to give it a nice red coloured tinge. Of course real strawberries have gone inside these soft eggless strawberry cupcakes. The main ingredient to keep them soft and moist is yogurt, so add some natural yogurt as mentioned to make these eggless strawberry cupcakes. ... “Eggless Strawberry Cupcakes | Strawberry Muffins | Cake Recipes”
Soft and delicious banana chapathi, a perfect thing to pack for kid’s lunchboxes
03/12/2019 2:13:05 PM vindhyadesai
I had never imagined that one day I would document so many recipes with banana/plantain. Baalehannu rasayana, banana appam, baalekayi chips, baalekayi bajji, banana bread, banana milkshake, baalehannina dosa etc. The list is quite long and to make it longer we have a new kid on the block, enter banana chapathi! One of the best dishes to pack for the lunch box for kids, slather with little ghee and roll them up. Kids will absolutely love this banana chapathi!
Banana chapathi can make use of a nice ripe banana and it is flavoured with elaichi making it taste really delicious. My mother taught me this easy recipe and I make it for our office lunch box all the time! We love eating banana chapathi with mango pickle or some simple palya or curry. ... “Banana Chapathi | Baalehannu Chapathi | Banana Recipes”
Creamy squash risotto, one of the best comfort foods with arborio rice and soft squash
03/09/2019 10:59:55 PM vindhyadesai
Comfort foods such as a creamy risotto is one of my many dreams. I dream about eating a spoonful of risotto and feeling the warmth go down my throat. Am I making you hungry because I know I am by just describing about it. Let’s make it more real, so here I am, back with a recipe for pumpkin or squash risotto.
A creamy risotto is usually made with arborio rice or risotto rice which you can easily get in super markets. It sure sounds fancy and restaurant’sy but trust me it is easy to make it at home. All you need is good ingredients, water and patience. Risotto turns creamy by adding boiling water one ladleful at a time. ... “Squash Risotto | Risotto Recipes | Italian Recipes”
Golden and soft paneer cubes in a fragrant and flavourful paneer pulao
03/07/2019 8:24:11 PM vindhyadesai
To make a filling dish takes not much effort. You can also make it fancy-looking by actually not spending a lot of time and effort. How about a flavourful paneer pulao to be the main dish. So it can be served with raitha and that is lunch taken care of. Soft golden paneer in a rice pulao sounds mouth-watering, so here it is!
For this paneer pulao, I have roasted off some whole garam masala to make a fresh and fragrant masala. Paneer pulao makes a for a great lunch box dish or a main dish for a party. Typically I use basmati rice to make any pulao but you can use any long grained rice to make pulao, turns out really tasty. ... “Paneer Pulao | Matar Paneer Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
Thin, delicate, filled with sweet strawberry bananas, eggless strawberry banana crepes
03/04/2019 9:52:12 PM vindhyadesai
Soft and delicious crepes for breakfast sounds really fancy and fun! So for this pancake day, FOI is back with the recipe of eggless strawberry banana crepes recipe. They are quite easy to make and you can serve up a filling breakfast in no time.
For eggless strawberry banana crepes, you can mix the dry mixture the previous night. In the morning, all you need is to pour required amount of milk and make the batter. Some ripe bananas and strawberries for the filling takes these crepes to another level! ... “Eggless Strawberry Banana Crepes | Eggless Crepes”
Spicy, lip smacking, chilli noodle soup, to clear your senses
03/02/2019 10:20:35 PM vindhyadesai
The cure for a nose block or even a running nose, yes both, is a nice piping hot soup. I find my solace in a comforting chilli noodle soup loaded with ginger and garlic. A chilli noodle soup is so comforting just the thought of it starts clearing my senses. Adding a swirl of honey provides some much needed comfort to a sore throat.
Anyway do not restrict chilli noodle soup to just comfort you on a bad day. Slurp on this wonder chilli noodle soup on any rainy or cold winter evening. It surely will make you feel more energetic and cheerful. It is all about the balance of those flavours. ... “Chilli Noodle Soup | Noodles Soup | Soup Recipes”
Simple everyday sabzi, wholesome and flavoursome, aloo methi
02/27/2019 9:18:01 PM vindhyadesai
A good collection of everyday recipes especially palya/sabzi is very essential. It should be part of a recipe book if you maintain one. Hand-written, everyday recipes are one of the best ways of learning to cook. Noting the recipe down even if you have a copy the book, is quarter of the recipe done. It nicely registers and you exactly know what you need to add to it. So new learners, bachelors, this is one such recipe, aloo methi.
Sabzis made with aloo make for a very easy recipe and go well with rotis/phulkas/chapathis. One of my favourite ways to make a side dish is to choose an easy recipe. I have made a Bengali style aloo methi sabzi with some panch phoran. If you do not have panch phoran readily available, it is quite easy to mix it, read on.
Methi daana (fenugreek), kalonji (nigella seeds), jeera (cumin), rai (mustard) and saunf (fennel)*, yes that easy. Or just use jeera instead, that works too for this recipe! ... “Aloo Methi | Aloo Methi Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”