Maavinakayi Chutney | Raw Mango Chutney

Mouth-watering raw mango chutney North Karnataka style
06/30/2016 10:01:22 PM vindhyadesai

A speciality chutney from North Karnataka. Raw mango chutney or maavinakayi chutney that can be preserved like a pickle for a good few weeks. It is very tasty and is a must-have side dish in most households in North Karnataka in summer. I learnt to make this from my mother, it is her signature chutney. Use raw mangoes which are not very sour so that a lot of jaggery is not required. Make a big jar of this, use it to smear on hot chapathis with ghee, hot steamed rice with chutney and groundnut oil and aralu sandige. This is a mouth-watering chutney, big bold flavours, spicy, tangy and sweet and a little bit of bitter from the methi seeds. The perfect balance! ... “Maavinakayi Chutney | Raw Mango Chutney”

Potato Corn Chowder

Creamy potato corn chowder with rustic dinner rolls
06/29/2016 6:20:41 PM vindhyadesai

A bowlful of creamy potato corn chowder after a long day, perfect! Chowder is a type of soup made using vegetables or seafood in a cream based sauce. It has it origins in England. The sauce is creamy and smooth generally thickened with a roux. Corn chowder is one of the most comforting foods, sweet corn kernels popping inside the mouth with thick cream based soup and potato chunks in the background, it is a super combination. Season with lots of black pepper for a lot of flavour. Enjoy this on a rainy night or a dull winter evening with some dinner rolls or bread toast. I served it with homemade wholewheat rustic dinner rolls. ... “Potato Corn Chowder”

Bisi Bele Bhaat | Bisi Bele Bhath | How to make bisi bele bhaat

Favourite and festive bisi bele bhaat
06/27/2016 9:27:47 PM vindhyadesai

Bisi Bele Bhaat (BBB) is the default dish for a big function like weddings in South Karnataka. It is a crowd favourite dish and made for most festivals and grand celebrations. It is a thick rice and lentils dish with loads of vegetables, fragrant spices and topped with cashews and groundnuts. Very filling and super tasty, generally served with masala corn flakes, potato chips and mixed raitha. Use freshly made masala and your BBB will be a hit. BBB is probably one of those dishes which people like it best when homemade rather than hotel style. Not many restaurants serve good bisi bele bhaat. So, why not try making it at home.
There are quite a few steps, keeping everything organized makes it easy without making you feel overwhelmed. Make dry BBB masala previous day or first thing before starting bisi bele bhaat. I have learnt this recipe from many people each with their own proportions for masala but credit has to go to my friend’s mother who gave me her handwritten recipe which I tried with some variations. Enjoy! ... “Bisi Bele Bhaat | Bisi Bele Bhath | How to make bisi bele bhaat”

Bisi Bele Bhaat Masala | Bisi Bele Bhaat Powder | How to make bisi bele bhaat masala

Aromatic and fresh bisi bele bhaat masala/powder
06/26/2016 9:43:20 PM vindhyadesai

Here is the recipe to make bisi bele bhaat powder/masala. Gather all ingredients, roast them dry and grind them into a powder or paste. It can be stored for a few months in an airtight container. But freshly made masala or powder is best for bisi bele bhaat. This masala makes bisi bele bhaat for 4-6 people. Double or triple the ingredients for more masala. Bisi bele bhaat recipe coming up after this. ... “Bisi Bele Bhaat Masala | Bisi Bele Bhaat Powder | How to make bisi bele bhaat masala”

Dahi Papdi Chaat

Chatpata and crisp dahi papdi chaat with cooling yogurt
06/25/2016 3:56:44 PM vindhyadesai

Imagine a rainy evening with a plate of your favourite chaat. Dahi papdi chaat is one of my favourite chaats because of the cool yogurt. Crisp papdis arranged on a plate and adorned with chopped onions, tomatoes, sweet and green chutneys, little spoonfuls of sweet yogurt and some thin sev to finish on top. Sounds mouth-watering? Here’s the recipe, adjust according to taste. I have used homemade whole wheat baked papdis. ... “Dahi Papdi Chaat”

Spinach Avocado Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Melty quesadillas with spinach, avocados and sweet caramelized onions
06/23/2016 10:34:34 PM vindhyadesai

Quesadilla (pronounced: ‘kesa-Deeya’) is a famous dish from Mexico. They are made by stuffing tortillas with different types of fillings on the open side with cheese and roasted till cheese melts. The filled tortillas are folded into a semi-circle or half moon shape and served. Sometimes they are cut into quarters or 6s or 8s and they make a great starter dish for a party. There are many ways of making a quesadilla. It is really all about the different types of fillings. Fresh homemade tortillas are the best to hold the quesadilla together. Tortillas are like thin rotis without any oil, made using whole wheat flour or corn flour or white flour. Here, I have used fresh homemade whole wheat tortillas. Slowly caramelized onions taste sweet along with with some sweet red chillis. Quesadillas need patience while assembling, an easy way is to put together all ingredients, making them will then be a breeze. ... “Spinach Avocado Caramelized Onion Quesadilla”

Lauki Halwa | Sorekayi Halwa | Sorekayi Dumrotu

A simple homemade halwa for the sweet tooth
06/21/2016 9:56:35 PM vindhyadesai

A simple homemade halwa is very satisfying. Flavours added just from aromatic elaichi/cardamom and smooth creaminess added from milk. Lauki or bottle gourd is like butter and this halwa has an almost melt in the mouth texture. A quick fix sweet when guests are coming over. The best part is, it can be served at room temperature or even a little warm. It is soothing to the gut especially if you have eaten spicy food or feeling acidic. I have not added khoya/khova to this halwa. Dumrotu(special halwa of Karnataka) is generally made using white ashgourd but both vegetables are very similar in texture and their halwa is similar. ... “Lauki Halwa | Sorekayi Halwa | Sorekayi Dumrotu”

How to roast a bell pepper | Roasted bell pepper or capsicum

Sweet roasted bell pepper
06/19/2016 7:22:17 PM vindhyadesai

It is often easy to buy sweet roasted bell peppers from a store. But homemade roasted bell pepper will be really fresh without any preservatives. Here’s how to roast a bell pepper at home. I have already mentioned how to roast a bell pepper for roasted bell pepper and avocado grilled cheese sandwich. Creating a separate DIY entry for it. ... “How to roast a bell pepper | Roasted bell pepper or capsicum”

Dal Fry

Lightly spiced and comforting dal fry served with phulkas or rice
06/18/2016 9:37:21 PM vindhyadesai

Homemade dal fry, sounds comforting? Whatever new type of food or dishes we crave for, we always go back to homemade food like saaru (rasam), dal tadka, dal fry, some steamed rice and chapathis/rotis and sabzi/palya. Dal fry is the first dish I always make when I cook North Indian food, served along side paneer(dry or gravy), phulkas and some hot steamed rice or jeera rice. I make a big pot of dal, serve it with phulkas for one meal and then with rice for another meal. My menu is sorted on a busy day. I always use toor dal/arhar dal/pigeon pea dal/togari bele to make dal fry.
Masoor dal/red lentils can also be used. Toor dal gives the creamiest texture and the right thickness to dal fry. Dal fry is made by cooking dal and adding sauteed tomato masala to it and I also add tadka on top for extra flavour. Dal tadka is made by cooking dal and masala together in a big pot or cooker and then tadka is added to it and is thinner in consistency compared to dal fry. ... “Dal Fry”

Beetroot Bhaat | Beetroot Rice

Deep red coloured bhaat made with beetroot, subtly spiced and coconut giving it flavour
06/15/2016 9:48:13 PM vindhyadesai

Beetroot is an under used vegetable. It can be boiled, roasted, made into a juice or smoothie, made into chips, preserved into pickles, used in cakes (yes cake!), made into a sambar, made into a dry subzi/sabji/palya, raitha, chutney, the list can go on and on. Beetroot can also be used to make a tasty and flavourful bhaat. It’s one more simple dish to make for your lunch box like Tomato Bhaat. ... “Beetroot Bhaat | Beetroot Rice”