A well arranged masala box, with all the essentials for everyday cooking
04/18/2018 10:13:24 PM vindhyadesai
Do you find yourself scampering around while cooking, looking around to find mustard, cumin, methi, pepper etc. A masala box or vaggarne dabbi or tadka dabba will come to your rescue. In many cuisines people have spice stands, boxes etc. But masala box is something very unique to Indian cuisine specially in Southern and Western parts of India.
It is generally a stainless steel box with multiple small containers like pigeon holes. These containers hold a small quantity of spices. In olden days, the masala box used to be made of copper or brass. Here I have described an easy way to fill up your masala box with some typical South Indian spices. It is a do it yourself activity, ready to make meals like mixed veg upma, lemon rice, to add tadka for chutneys etc. ... “Masala Box | Spice Box | Vaggarne Dabbi | Tadka Dibba”
Creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes, a staple English side dish
04/15/2018 10:16:24 AM vindhyadesai
Sometimes making a simple and easy dish can make your lunch table look pretty and fancy just by the sheer mention of the name of the dish. I think mashed potatoes is one such dish. It’s a staple side dish on an English menu and it definitely makes it nice and fancy, it brings all the dishes together.
Usually mashed potatoes is also served with some sauteed green beans, peas and some roasted veggies along with the main dish. Mashed potatoes are creamy and dreamy, a small spoonful should just melt in your mouth. the key to making good mashed potatoes is to use floury type potatoes, i.e. when potatoes are cooked and soft, the texture of the potatoes should be floury. ... “Mashed Potatoes | Garlic Mash Potatoes | Side Dish”
Most common yet best breakfast ever, mixed vegetable upma
04/11/2018 3:15:36 PM vindhyadesai
Upma or uppittu, how should I start describing this delicious, healthy dish. Most households in India make this super tasty breakfast. After idli and paratha, upma is the most commonly made dish, it is indeed an everyday dish. However upma is disliked by many, if you do not get the consistency right, it will lump up or become dry and boring. Try this mixed vegetable upma and follow the steps, you will always make upma the way it should be made.
Mixed vegetable upma can be made with a variety of vegetables, like cabbage, beans, carrot and peas. Generally I add carrot, beans and peas the best combo. Upma needs to have the rava roasted well along with getting the right amount of oil/ghee and water to make the upma. Only then mixed vegetable upma for that matter any kind of upma will taste good. ... “Mixed Vegetable Upma | Mixed Veg Uppittu | Breakfast Recipes”
Spicy, tangy, a perfect accompaniment -allam chutney with pesarettu, mung beans dosa
04/07/2018 6:11:20 PM vindhyadesai
Chutneys are the heartbeat of any kind of dosa or idli. They bring the whole dish alive and gets your taste buds going. Chutneys should have the correct balance neither too spicy nor too bland, just the right amount. That is the reason why chutneys hold a dish together. Mouth-watering, lip-smacking and finger-licking, those are the exact phrases you will remember after eating a good chutney. One such chutney is this allam chutney or ginger chutney.
Allam chutney is the perfect chutney to go with pesarettu, spicy and tasty. Pesarettu are mung beans dosas and they taste best with this chutney. It is infact a classic combination, tasty and delicious. Allam chutney has some simple spices like methi seeds and black pepper. Ginger itself has a strong and unique flavour it makes this allam chutney fresh and tasty. ... “Allam Chutney | Ginger Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
A classic Andhra breakfast dish, made using protein-rich mung beans, pesarettu
04/04/2018 10:40:43 PM vindhyadesai
One more protein filled breakfast dish from FOI, made from mung beans/hesaru kaalu this time, pesarettu. Pesarettu is a classic Andhra breakfast, it is a type of dosa. Pesarettu is generally served with upma and allam chutney. Both of these recipes are coming up next.
Pesarettu are nice and crisp and the batter is also quite easy to prepare. As with mung dal paddu, pesarettu also is a good change from making urad dal based dosa batter. It is nice and easy on the stomach, the beautiful green hue is such a pleasant colour it makes these dosas even more appetizing. ... “Pesarettu | Pesarattu | Breakfast Recipes | Dosa Recipes”
Crisp, rich in protein, perfect for breakfast, mung dal paddu
04/02/2018 5:25:48 PM vindhyadesai
Finding new and innovative ways to make protein rich breakfasts with all the taste is always a challenge. The easiest cuisine for this is, South Indian cuisine. A variety of simple everyday ingredients converted to yummy and tasty dishes. Once such dish is this mung dal paddu or hesaru bele paddu/gundupongala.
As I had mentioned in my previous paddu post, Davanagere benne paddu, paddus are crisp like dosa on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside like idlis. Mung dal paddu also turns out crisp on the outside and soft inside. The best part is all the flavours that are added to mung dal paddu, cumin, black pepper, red chilli, ginger and chopped onions. ... “Mung Dal Paddu | Hesarubele Gundupongala | Mung Dal Paniyaram”
A great accompaniment for rotis & chapathis, mixed veg kurma in a coconut based gravy
03/31/2018 11:21:36 PM vindhyadesai
It’s always good to have a lot of gravy based recipes in your cooking repertoire. They work really well with chapathis and rotis and they just bring your full menu together. Mixed Veg gravies like saagu or this mixed veg kurma, Karnataka style are delicious gravies.
Lip smacking mixed veg kurma has an aromatic coconut based masala blend with subtle spices. It’s creamy and has the goodness of all the veggies like beans, carrots and green peas. I also served the leftovers with whole wheat puris and kesar elaichi shrikhand! ... “Mixed Veg Kurma | Vegetable Kurma | Gravy Recipes”
Soft & hot, Iyengar Bakery Style aloo bun, with a spicy potato filling
03/28/2018 9:34:51 PM vindhyadesai
Remember those school days when you used to come home to a treat. Hot aloo buns from your local Iyengar bakery and soft honey cakes to finish off. Mouth-watering isn’t it, so here is the recipe for Iyengar Bakery Style aloo bun. A spicy aloo filling inside a well risen dough and baked till nice and golden, who won’t like it!
A well made aloo palya has the right amount of moisture and the subtle spiciness defines it. Imagine eating this delicious filling inside a soft bread on a rainy evening, perfect for those dusky evenings too! Making the dough is not all that difficult, planning a little ahead of time and then making Iyengar Bakery Style aloo bun will be surely be worth the effort. ... “Iyengar Bakery Style Aloo Bun | Aloo Bun | Snack Recipes”
Yummy, delicious and a favourite starter, paneer tikka
03/26/2018 10:36:33 PM vindhyadesai
Making starters/appetizers for parties or for gatherings is always a challenge. We can easily make gravies for rotis and any kind of rice dishes but starters uh huh! Always difficult to choose and prepare. We have to carefully assemble them and also make them look pretty. But how about a foolproof recipe for making paneer tikka.
You can make these in advance and leave them in the marinade. And get some help in skewering them and you are all set. Tasty and delicious paneer tikka can then be roasted off in the oven in bulk. The paneer tikka leftovers make a super delicious pulao as well. ... “Paneer Tikka | Paneer Tikka In Oven | Starter Recipes”
Cool and refreshing, Ram Navami special homemade majjige or chaas
03/23/2018 10:01:59 PM vindhyadesai
A glass of majjige or chaas is what one needs in sweltering heat. It is like a lifeline to the parched throat. The coolness of watery majjige is very good for the gut and has a cooling effect on your body. Very simple to make, all it takes is a little set plain curd/yogurt and little salt. You can add chopped coriander and a little tadka for some extra flavour.
Majjige also aids in digestion and is made throughout India and called by different names. It is usually given as an after meal drink or served for festivals like Ram Navami. Curd/yogurt is beaten/churned till it turns even and then lot of water is added so it becomes watery. This is then chilled till it is served or you can serve majjige by adding ice cubes in them. ... “Majjige | Chaas Recipe | Summer Recipes”