Flavourful & fresh, marking the arrival of spring and Ugadi special, maavinakayi chitranna
03/17/2018 7:17:01 AM vindhyadesai
Raw mangoes/maavinakayi are best eaten during the ‘season’. Firm, fresh raw mangoes taste best when made into a spicy maavinakayi chutney i.e. mango chutney or this maavinakayi chitranna. It’s heaven in the mouth with the play of all flavours, sourness from the raw mangoes, spiciness from chillies, light bitterness from methi seeds and sweetness from the jaggery.
It’s the best combination there is to mix with some cooked rice. The crunch of the groundnuts makes this super simple maavinakayi chitranna fit to made for a grand festival like Ugadi. It’s that time of the year when you get the first good crop of raw mangoes and they are very juicy and flavourful. Try this maavinakayi chitranna this Ugadi. ... “Maavinakayi Chitranna | Raw Mango Chitranna | Bhaat Recipes”
Lemon Rice, a common dish, ever popular dish from South India
03/03/2018 12:23:44 PM vindhyadesai
Most liked and savoured lunch box item. Kids and adults alike absolutely cherish this, nimbehannina chitranna a.k.a lemon rice.
Made with simple ingredients, lemon rice is one of those dishes that you will never get bored of. Freshly cooked rice mixed with a flavourful tadka of mustard, groundnuts, fragrant curry leaves. A generous pinch of turmeric imparts a beautiful yellow hue. Grated coconut and a big squeeze of lemon juice to finish off the tasty lemon rice. ... “Lemon Rice | Nimbehannina Chitranna | Bhaat Recipes”
Warm, fibrous, loaded with veggies – dalia khichdi
10/21/2017 3:59:00 PM vindhyadesai
Khichdi is great in any form. It is warming and has a feel good factor to it. It is the epitome of comfort food! But consuming rice can sometimes be boring. So to add a different kind of texture why not try this dalia khichdi.
Dalia is nothing but broken wheat and is similar to bulgur wheat but not the same. It cooks well and mixes well to make tasty dishes like this dalia khichdi. It is loaded with vegetables and lots of flavour. ... “Dalia Khichdi | Broken Wheat Khichdi | Godhuma Khichdi”
Flavourful, fragrant and filling, methi matar paneer pulao
07/29/2017 9:45:22 PM vindhyadesai
Pulaos and bhaat are my favourite items to pack for lunch box. Ideal to just heat up and eat without any mess. Being made of rice I generally restrict this affair to once a week. Not that we do not consume rice but it’s mostly in the form of curd rice (done! stamped! my absolute fav!). This methi matar paneer pulao is special and I make it once in a while.
An easy one-pot rice dish from FOI once again. It has fragrant whole garam masala making it extremely flavourful. This methi matar paneer pulao has not 1 not 2 but 3 protagonists as is apparent from the name of the dish! ... “Methi Matar Paneer Pulao | Paneer Recipes | Pulao Recipes”
Flavourful and tasty, pack for your lunch box – special menthya soppina bhaat
05/13/2017 10:11:34 PM vindhyadesai
Any rice bhaat or pulao made with fresh homemade masala is very flavourful. Years ago when I was learning cooking and experimenting with recipes I developed this masala for menthya soppina bhaat. The most important thing I learnt while making this masala was that toor dal enhances and actually brings out the taste of methi leaves/menthya soppu.
I can easily say this is my favourite bhaat of all time. It is so flavourful and aromatic without using a lot of strong spices. Light subtle spices along with desi ghee make this menthya soppina bhaat sing and dance with glory 🙂 ... “Menthya Soppina Bhaat | Methi Bhaat | Bhaat Recipes”
Festive, loaded with nuts and raisins, aromatic special jeera rice
01/23/2017 9:12:20 PM vindhyadesai
Jeera rice is a very common dish in North Indian cuisine. Somehow this humble rice dish gets lost amongst special dishes. How about making this special jeera rice? It is also called Ney Choru or Nei choru, a special dish from the Malabar region of Kerala. Make this jeera rice stand out on your plate!
True to its origins, this jeera ghee rice is made extra special with aromatic spices like elaichi, dalchini and laung. It is also rich and festive with cashew nuts, raisins and ghee. A simple humble rice dish will make you feel like royalty! ... “Special Jeera Rice | Ney Choru | Jeera rice with nuts and raisins | Rice Recipes”
Adorned with whole black peppercorns, soft and delicious ven pongal
01/02/2017 12:40:47 PM vindhyadesai
A wholesome rice with the simplest of spices has to be pongal. Main ingredients being rice and mung/moong dal along with black pepper they make a super delicious combo. Ven pongal is a variation of khichdi from Tamil Nadu and South India. This is similar to hotel style pongal served with white coconut chutney and tiffin sambar.
Khichdi is the most common dish all over India. It is made in different ways for instance the one, I have already posted from Bengal, khichuri. These dishes are very comforting and most importantly they are one-pot meals. ... “Ven Pongal | Pongal Recipes | Sankranti Recipes”
Tasty and flavourful with crunchy groundnuts, gorikayi/chavlikayi bhaat
10/31/2016 9:52:05 PM vindhyadesai
After a month long celebration of festivals if you are craving to eat something simple and light, try one of the bhaat/rice recipes. Here’s the recipe for a simple gorikayi bhaat made using cluster beans/gorikayi or chavlikayi. These beans are hardly used but when eaten tender they can be very sweet. These beans have a unique taste and are very fibrous. I have also added peas which pop in the mouth and give extra texture along with the crunchy groundnuts/peanuts.
Here’s a simple cluster bean chutney as well to try. Flavours from jaggery and tamarind add the essential sweet and sour notes to this along with rasam powder giving it a hint of spice and fresh taste. I served this with capsicum raitha/saasme. Gorikayi bhaat is a simple one pot recipe, perfect for your lunch box or for festivals or even for that picnic you are planning. ... “Gorikayi Bhaat | Cluster Beans Bhaat | Chavlikayi Bhaat”
Bengali style khichdi or khichuri, filling and satisfying – Bhog er Khichuri
10/09/2016 8:06:47 PM vindhyadesai
Today was Durgasthami and I made a big Bengali spread for the occasion. It included, aloo posto, Bengali style tamatar chatni, rosogullas and bhog er khichuri. This khichdi is one of the many versions of khichdis one can find in the Indian cuisine. From Pongal to huggi to plain khichdi to mixed veg khichdi there are so many varieties. Every state has at least one of its own versions. This khichdi has roasted mung dal in it with some vegetables. It has some aromatic spices like laung, elaichi, dalchini. They add nice flavour to the khichdi. This is a special dish from the Bengali cuisine and is specially made during festivals like Durgasthami and Saraswati Puja making it ‘Bhog er Khichuri’. It is made with a special type of rice called GobindoBhog chaawal. Any fragrant rice like jeera or basmati rice can be used or even our good old sona masuri rice can also be used to make this khichuri. I have adapted this recipe from a blog which has some nice recipes from the Bengali cuisine. Try other Bengali recipes. ... “Bengali Khichuri | Bengali Style Khichdi | Bhog er Khichuri”
Simple, easy, flavourful coconut flavoured rice/bhaat
9/06/2016 9:30:09 PM vindhyadesai
Another simple, easy to prepare coconut rice/bhaat. Most homes have this dish during a festival or to pack for lunch box. This simple dish can sometimes become boring if prepared very often. Add a spin to it, bring in some festivity, add more flavour of coconut by adding cashewnuts, making it with basmati rice and also using coconut oil to make the tadka. Add lots of freshly grated coconut for that unmistakable aroma! Prepare this rice/bhaat and serve with a cool raitha or hasi majjige huLi or saasme (yogurt based cool raitha) and savour the flavours of this humble dish! Other bhaat recipes to try from FOI. ... “Coconut Rice | Tengu Anna | How to make coconut bhaat?”