Cooling with mellow sweet carrot flavours, simple carrot saasme
12/08/2018 1:44:57 PM vindhyadesai
A saasme or raitha provides a much needed cooling effect to the palate. If you used eating a spicy meal it is always good to balance with a cooling raitha on the side. Today let’s learn a slightly different kind of saasme, carrot saasme. A special thing about this saasme is it has a nice sweet taste and can be used as a dip just by itself.
For carrot saasme you can grind coconut and little mustard seeds add then mix it with carrot puree and yogurt/curd. Here I have made it plain and just added some chatpata flavours in the form of amchur powder and jeera-pepper powder to balance things. This is very much a kid-friendly recipe and helps cool off some spicy flavours. ... “Carrot Saasme | Carrot Raitha | Saasme Recipes”
Delicate and light, super flavoursome coconut idiyappam
12/04/2018 7:31:37 PM vindhyadesai
Delicate and light filled with coconut flavour, coconut idiyappam is very easy to make. It needs a little patience and you can serve some really fancy looking food in no time. I generally use good quality store-bought idiyappam flour, organic of course. But you can also use rice flour to make idiyappam, check the notes in the recipe card.
For coconut idiyappam it’s best to grind the coconut into a paste before adding to the flour. I skipped this as I was in a hurry but coconut can get stuck in the plate while pressing out the idiyappam. Ensure to season the idiyappam dough well or your coconut idiyappam will taste bland. ... “Coconut Idiyappam | Tengu Idiyappam | Breakfast Recipes”
Cooling and nutritious Mangalore southekayi beejada tambli
12/01/2018 8:05:53AM vindhyadesai
We often discard the leaves, seeds and peels of vegetables and fruits. There are some vegetables and fruits where the part should not be consumed (like apple seeds, tomato leaves or potato stalks) or is not edible like hard peels etc. But there is no reason why the seeds and peels cannot be consumed if they are edible. Mangalore southekayi beejada tambli is exactly the recipe which resonates the idea of using usually discarded element.
Mangalore cucumber or southekayi if it is tender, the seeds are very much edible or atleast the extract that comes out of it. So if you are making Mangalore southekayi huLi/sambar then store the seeds they can be used to make this Mangalore southekayi beejada tambli or saaru. The idea is to grind and extract the pulp and liquid out of the seeds. This liquid is then mixed with well beaten fresh yogurt. An aromatic tadka on top makes the tambli very tasty. ... “Mangalore Southekayi Beejada Tambli | Tambli Recipes”
Layered and flaky, loaded with fragrant mint leaves, pudina dhania paratha
11/28/2018 9:34:50 PM vindhyadesai
Herbs like mint, coriander, basil are very sensitive and clever. Sensitive because they cannot last very long and clever because they are very elusive, not available when required. In my case the herb is mint, I buy it sometimes thinking I would make chutney or pulao or chaats. Then I forget about it and it is somewhere stuck in the bottom of the vegetable drawer. My solution to using pudina/mint is making these flaky pudina dhania paratha.
This recipe can be quickly made with leftover chapathi/roti dough. Quickly chop up some fragrant mint leaves and here I have also added dhania/fresh coriander. Fancy looking pudina dhania paratha will be ready in a few minutes. All you need is a little patience to get the chapathis rolled out first, stuff them and then make the lacchha. They should then be rolled out again but trust me after the first one they are easy to make. ... “Pudina Dhania Paratha | Pudina Lachha Paratha | Paratha Recipes”
Spicy and palate cleansing hasi menasinakayi thokku or green chilli thokku
11/26/2018 6:00:04 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy pickle always brightens up any meal. But making a pickle takes time unless it is an instant pickle. Another spicy dish that can brighten up a meal is thokku, spicy like a pickle and looks like a chutney. So here we are, making a spicy green chilli thokku or hasi menasinakayi thokku from Karnataka.
Green chilli thokku, will make your meal lip-smacking. Things are about to get hot in your meal! The important thing to make thokku is to fry the ingredients in oil well. For the green chilli thokku, the green chillies should be fried in oil till they develop blisters on the skin. It will break the heat and bring out the flavours and your green chilli thokku turns out super tasty! ... “Green Chilli Thokku | Hasi Menasinakayi Thokku | Thokku Recipes”
Spicy, soft yet crispy, street style paneer manchurian, perfect for an after-school snack
11/23/2018 22:52:19 vindhyadesai
A chatpata snack, hot and spicy on a rainy day or a cold winter evening will perk you up right away! Street style paneer manchurian is exactly the kind of recipe you want. It has the right ingredients and refreshes you almost immediately. Infact this is one of the sought after appetizer recipes from Indo-Chinese cuisine.
Street style paneer manchurian is very easy to make, it does not need much preparation at all. You can cheat a little and use store bought organic fresh paneer and quickly fix this snack. Fresh homemade paneer, oh yes that’s not a bad idea too! You will be a hit with your kids for a quick after school snack. But make sure you adjust the spice when serving kids! ... “Street Style Paneer Manchurian | Paneer Manchurian”
A cooling chutney or can also be served as a dip, curd chutney or dahi chutney
11/21/2018 10:00:40 PM vindhyadesai
Ever bored of grating loads of coconut to make chutney, trust me I always feel bored to grate coconut. So you know who my go to person is to grate coconut at home(you guessed it). But sometimes you might also run out of coconut or have very little fresh coconut left. And even if you make coconut chutney you need to make 2-3 varieties with different spice levels for different people at home! So here is one solution to fix all your coconut chutney woes, curd chutney or dahi chutney.
Curd chutney or dahi chutney is exactly what it is, dahi mixed with chutney. So grind your regular coconut chutney with the usual ingredients in a small quantity and then mix it with smooth curd/yogurt. Dahi chutney or curd chutney is spicy, tangy and even sweet. And you are saved the trouble of actually making 2-3 types of chutneys to adjust the spice. Everybody can just dig into this and enjoy the same chutney. ... “Dahi Chutney | Curd Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Soft, healthy and makes for a delicious breakfast, lauki idli or sorekayi idli
11/20/2018 7:02:31 AM vindhyadesai
Idli is one of the best breakfasts ever to be invented on earth in my opinion. They are so light and fluffy and very nutritious. Adding more nutrition into your idlis, sounds good right? Lauki or bottlegourd or doodhi or sorekayi is a great vegetable. It has so much goodness, so incorporating this goodness into steamed idlis, it gets my thumbs up. Lauki idli is one of the best ways to feed fussy kids with some lauki.
All lauki idli needs is some preparation in the form of soaking some idli rice. Idli rice or fat grained rice is best for this recipe, you can get this type of rice in any Indian grocery store. I have also added some upma rava or sooji into the batter to make the idli light and to give it some extra texture. Lauki cannot be seen or detected in this idli and when you steam the lauki idli it brings a sweet aroma. ... “Lauki Idli | Sorekayi Idli | Idli Recipes”
Delicious and filling, bajra methi poori, for lunch or dinner
11/16/2018 8:13:23 PM vindhyadesai
Bajra or pearl millet or sajje is such an important grain in Indian cuisine. It has been cultivated for thousands of years on our soil. So it is without doubt that there are so many recipes using this wonder grain. Bajra methi poori is one of them, it is delicious and filling!
Bajra is a sweet grain, it has an earthiness to it. The methi leaves added to this bajra methi poori balances the sweetness of bajra. I have also added some whole wheat flour/atta to make the dough hold together. All the spices added enhance the taste of bajra methi poori. This is a simple recipe which can be made for lunch or dinner. ... “Bajra Methi Poori | Methi Bajra Puri | Poori Recipes”
Spicy side dish to serve with lacy neer dosa, Mangalore special mixed vegetable gassi
11/13/2018 9:24:30 PM vindhyadesai
Mixed vegetable curries in any form are always a hit in my house. I love a fragrant curry too but not the over spicy and oily ones. The aroma of freshly toasted spices along with the coconut brings out the flavours of all the added mixed vegetables. This mixed vegetable gassi is one such curry.
Mixed vegetable gassi is the perfect marriage of ingredients. Mild spices, coconut milk, some tamarind for some sourness. In Mangalore and coastal regions, a special curry called chana gassi is made. Here instead of chana we use mixed vegetables which is lighter on the stomach. ... “Mixed Vegetable Gassi | Veg Ghasi | Gravy Recipes”