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”
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 simple and easy pulao to prepare, carrot pulao with cashews & raisins
07/03/2018 9:56:47 PM vindhyadesai
Pulao is my go to one-pot dish for lunch or sometimes for dinner. Usually gets ready in a jiffy and some raitha on the side, you are set. Making an elaborate pulao will not be possible always. But making use of the same masalas and may be just 1 or 2 vegetables we can still make a delicious pulao. Carrot pulao is one of those simple pulaos you can make.
Carrot pulao is loaded with raisins and cashews making it extra special. You can obviously skip them but why not add a festive touch. The natural sweet taste of carrots makes this carrot pulao very tasty. It infact does not need a lot of masala or spices. Moreover carrot pulao gets ready in no time at all! ... “Carrot Pulao | Carrot Raisin Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
Lunch-box friendly and loved by kids, veg chapathi rolls
07/01/2018 8:05:28 AM vindhyadesai
Packing lunch is an uphill task especially for kids. They shun everything even if they like it. It is their way of getting things well their way. So you have to find innovative ways of feeding kids and feed them healthy stuff. These veg chapathi rolls come to your rescue many times.
Veg chapathi rolls are basically chapathis stuffed with some well seasoned sauteed vegetables and rolled into small pieces. A few bites and one roll is down. It makes kids feel accomplished and is a very good way of feeding them some vegetables. ... “Veg Chapathi Rolls | Chapathi Rolls | Kids Recipes”
A simple everyday dish, side dish for rotis, aloo matar palak
06/23/2018 12:11:10 PM vindhyadesai
We all need a pile of simple recipes which get ready in no time at all. A staple such as aloo matar palak is a must on the menu once in few days at home. It works so well with rotis and chapathis. Just a little curd on the side may be with a small piece of pickle makes it super delicious.
The stages of making aloo matar palak is what makes it so easy to make. Chop potatoes, let them saute in some simple spices and oil. Meanwhile get palak ready, throw in matar and chopped palak. Season and let them all cook. Ready to serve, nice & simple! ... “Aloo Matar Palak | Aloo Palak | Sabzi Recipes”
Yummy veg fried rice with bright coloured stir fried vegetables
06/03/2018 9:05:47 AM vindhyadesai
Back with another street food from FOI. This time it’s an Indo-Chinese dish, street style veg fried rice. Along with pav bhaji this used to be my favourite dishes to order in canteens near my college. A platter of gobhi manchurian to share with friends, the perfect combo! This time I made paneer manchurian to serve with veg fried rice. It also tastes delicious with veggies in hot gravy sauce. I have posted a few pictures below from another time.
For me the hit of this dish, veggies of course but it is freshly pounded black pepper which adds the distinct taste. It brings out the flavour of all the veggies and the slightly burnt taste gives it an unique flavour.
... “Veg Fried Rice | Fried Rice | Indo Chinese Recipes”
A gem from Mangalore, a super delicious sambar, Mangalore Southekayi Huli
2018-05-27 3:48:00 PM vindhyadesai
Hot huLi a.k.a sambar with rice is a staple in most households in South India. Different regions of course have different ways of making sambar. Varieties of sambar with different vegetables are made. Each type of sambar is different as the masala added varies and vegetables render a special flavour of their own. Mangalore southekayi huli or sambar is a specialty from the Mangalore, Malnad and Udupi regions of Karnataka.
Soft Mangalore southekayi simmered in coconut masala and dal mixture is a super combination. Mixed with hot steamed rice and some ghee on top is a match made in heaven. Mangalore cucumber/southekayi is a cucumber variety grown in Malnad region and it has a very unique taste and texture. It is not very watery like regular cucumber and somewhat resembles a small white pumpkin in texture. ... “Mangalore Southekayi Huli | Mangalore Southekayi Sambar | Sambar Recipes”
Homely and comforting, an everyday staple in many households, home style dal tadka
05/19/2018 4:15:06 PM vindhyadesai
Any day a simple dal is comforting and soothing. Dal tadka is the most commonly made type of dal in most households. Different states in India have different ways of making dal tadka. Each one is unique and really tasty. This dal tadka recipe is a simple home style recipe with all basic ingredients found at home!
Usually togari bele/toor dal also known as arhar dal or pigeon pea dal is used to make dal tadka. It has a super sweet taste and cooks very well and melts in your mouth. It blends with all masala really well and it can be made very quickly. Pressure cook dal, meanwhile make the masala and then do the honours by adding an aromatic tadka on top. ... “Dal Tadka | Tadka Dal | Dal Recipes”
Soft paneer in a velvety smooth cream based masala, ever famous paneer butter masala
05/17/2018 10:24:49 AM vindhyadesai
Paneer butter masala or PBM is one of the most loved paneer dishes. There was a time when we used to always order paneer butter masala by default. What’s not to like, soft golden paneer cubes in a buttery creamy tomato based gravy. Loads of butter and some of cream to finish off the gravy, now how can that taste bad!
Paneer butter masala can be served with roti, phulka, naan or kulcha. I served it with a simple dal tadka, peas pulao, pudina raitha and some phulka. It’s the perfect combination. Cashews make the gravy rich and extra creamy. Do not feel daunted while making paneer butter masala. Get all the ingredients ready and make the gravy easily. ... “Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Recipes | Gravy Recipes”
Easy peasy, peas pulao, a staple with pop-in-the-mouth peas
05/15/2018 12:22:55 PM vindhyadesai
A simple dal-chawal can sometimes be very boring. But if you can bring some life into your chawal by adding some fresh/frozen green peas and cooked till the peas/matar turn soft and bright green. The peas just pop-in-the-mouth and they make a boring dish spring back into life. So here it is a simple dish from FOI, peas pulao or matar ke chawal.
Peas pulao can be made literally at the last minute. Quickly make some dal in your pressure cooker, wash basmati rice set it aside. Mix cool cucumber into beaten yogurt/curd. Lastly cook basmati rice and throw in some fresh/frozen green peas when the rice is half done. ... “Peas Pulao | Matar Pulao | Pulao Recipes”