Delicious and soft makki di roti or makai ka roti perfect for winters
01/23/2019 9:38:10 PM vindhyadesai
Staple food from any region must be celebrated, it is what has kept generations thriving with good health. Moreover locally grown or sourced ingredients help sustain a society. One such recipe is makki di roti or makai atta ki roti made with maize flour. It is a staple of the Punjab region!
Made with a simple flour and seasoned with spices, always available at home, makki di roti is absolutely delicious. For winters, makki di roti is a must at Punjabi and Himachal Pradesh homes. It provides the much needed warmth and tastes delicious with sarson ka saag or palak saag. A blob of white butter (safed makhan) made at home seals the deal! ... “Makki Di Roti | Makai Roti | Roti Recipes”
Smooth, bright green, velvetty and fragrant, pea mint soup
01/20/2019 8:08:38 PM vindhyadesai
To continue with healthy recipes this January in the new year, I decided to post a soup recipe. Soup definitely has a place in healthy recipes series. What better than a piping hot, smooth and velvetty pea mint soup. It is such as an easy to make soup, gets ready quickly and you do not have to go to any gourmet restaurant to get such flavours.
For this pea mint soup I have kept it very simple finishing with some fresh cream to give a smooth finish. But you can make white sauce or bechamel sauce and then proceed with making the soup. White sauce recipe for another day. ... “Pea Mint Soup | Matar Pudina Soup | Soup Recipes”
Perfect to pack for lunch box, kid friendly, lauki thepla or lauki chapathi
01/18/2019 7:27:05 PM vindhyadesai
As I mentioned in my post, bharwa karela posted a few days back, karela and lauki are one the most used vegetables in India. They are staples, nutritious and healthy. But how do we disguise these vegetables in this age of fast food seeking people. A simple lauki sabzi or lauki dal will not sell and it will remain as cooked. Lauki thepla or paratha is one easy way to hide lauki and kids will love it! By the way, this is healthy recipe #5 in this series.
Knead usual chapathi dough with grated lauki and here I have added roasted ground groundnuts. It enriches the flavour and it goes very well with lauki. Lauki has a soft velvetty texture and groundnuts impart nuttiness and texture to these delicious lauki thepla. Feel free to add jeera, ajwain by slightly pounding them. ... “Lauki Thepla | Lauki Paratha | Sorekayi Chapathi | Lauki Recipes”
Crisp, tasty, full of nutrition, oats in a different form, ragi oats dosa
01/16/2019 9:43:01 PM vindhyadesai
Keeping up with the theme of more healthy recipes this new year. Incorporate some high fibrous content and different grains/millets into your diet still in the form of usual dosa, idli and chapathi. Eat what you like and how you like but a few changes in the recipes makes a difference. So after dry nuts, spinach and oats in the form of dry nuts ladoo and spinach oats rava idli, today is the turn of ragi. Ragi oats dosa it is today, one more simple dosa recipe made healthy, your everyday dish!
I believe one should eat what they really like to eat and not force oneself to eat something made up for a diet. Your everyday dishes can be made healthy and yet kept simple. Use the ingredients you have on hand, plan a little and you will get a balance of all essential nutrients. Ragi oats dosa does exactly that!
... “Ragi Oats Dosa | Instant Ragi Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Pongal of a different kind, Sankranti special, tasty rava pongal
01/14/2019 8:01:13 PM vindhyadesai
Pongal, khichdi or huggi, whatever name it is called by, it is one of the best dishes in this world! Really, comfort food at its best! And best part is we celebrate our festivals with such fervour and make a simple and humble dish really festive. So for this Makara Sankranti or Pongal, try a pongal with a different ingredient, rava or sooji!
Rava pongal is a very hearty dish to eat with warming black peppercorn and cooling mung dal. The texture is like plain upma but the taste is like pongal, what a super combination! For the festival I generally add cashews to make it more festive. Feel free to omit cashews and just make it plain. ... “Rava Pongal | Rava Huggi | Pongal Recipes”
Creamy, delicious, perfect sweet for the winter & to celebrate Sankranti, til khoya ladoo
01/13/2019 8:19:43 PM vindhyadesai
Til or yellu or sesame is such a wonder ingredient. I am mesmerized with the versatility of this ingredient! It can be used as a base for savoury items like chutneys, gojjus and it can also be used to make sweets. In the Middle East, usage of sesame is on an other level! Tahini used in hummus, sesame halvah and what not! Indian cuisine uses sesame in the most unique ways. Here is one such delicious creation, til khoya ladoo or til ke bugge!
A rich and decadent ladoo made with oil-rich sesame seeds mixed with rich homemade khoya and sugar. How can that not be tasty! This Sankranti I decided to make these wonderful til khoya ladoo and wanted to post it immediately so many of you can try! By the way, I recently learnt these are called til ke bugge in Delhi and Punjab from a TV show (Tyohar Ki Thali) ... “Til Khoya Ladoo | Til Ke Bugge | Ladoo Recipes”
Steamed rice flour dumplings laden with fibrous dill leaves, sabsige soppu kadubu
01/11/2019 7:06:45 AM vindhyadesai
Looks like we are going to make it to the goal, healthy recipe #4 this month, in this new year! I love it when that happens, without overplanning you get to meet the goal. So here we are with one more no compromise on flavour yet healthy breakfast dish. Sabsige soppu kadubu or steamed rice flour dill leaves dumplings. Nice, easy and healthy and more importantly hearty!
The number of ingredients required are small and simple. All you need is to buy some fresh dill leaves, organic and homegrown even better. We first need to prepare a dough, then shape into kadubu and steam them. These steamed dumplings are known by different names pidi kozhukattai, kadubu etc. Dill leaves or sabsige soppu adds the required fibre and is rich in Vitamin A. ... “Sabsige Soppu Kadubu | Sabsige Kadubu | Kadubu Recipes”
Soft and nutritious, loaded with fibre and taste, spinach oats rava idli
01/08/2019 10:19:44 PM vindhyadesai
A few months back, I ate a special type of idli with spinach at a restaurant. It was soft, delicious and had a creamy texture in the end. So immediately I had to try making idli with spinach. More importantly I wanted to make an instant version, so I made the base batter with rava/semolina. I have also added powdered oats to the batter making it extra fibrous and tasty. Try this spinach oats rava idli and you will love the texture and taste!
A few quick and easy steps are required to assemble the batter for this spinach oats rava idli. You can then steam the idlis and serve them with your favourite chutney and breakfast is served! You can also choose to serve with some masala yogurt or curd. Nice and simple! ... “Spinach Oats Rava Idli | Palak Idli | Idli Recipes”
Loaded with dry nuts & fruits, laced with fragrant spices, dry nuts ladoo
01/06/2019 1:14:40 PM vindhyadesai
Many of us would have made resolutions for the new year and most of them are connected to eating and fitness. A nutritious dry nuts ladoo could be the answer. This is rich both in taste and texture but equally nutritious if not more. You can pretty much add any kind of dry fruits or nuts you prefer like dried figs, apricots, dry cherries, candied fruits apart from the ones mentioned in this recipe.
Jaggery is rich in minerals and also provides calcium. But for me the favourite part of this ladoo dry nuts ladoo is neither nuts nor jaggery. Uh-huh! Anyone can imply that from the name, dry nuts and ladoo saying it has something sweet. ... “Dry Nuts Ladoo | Dry Fruits Ladoo | Ladoo Recipes”
Loaded with tasty masala stuffing, bitter sweet bharwan karela
12/28/2018 6:22:09 PM vindhyadesai
Bitter gourd or karela is always advertised as a vegetable not preferred by many. But infact it is one of those vegetables made regularly in many Indian homes. Karela, lauki or kaddu (bitter gourd, bottle gourd or pumpkin) atleast one of them will definitely feature on the menu. This might be the reason why it is not liked by many as it is dull, routine and boring. But how about we make the boring bitter gourd or karela interesting and a bit fancy. Bharwan karela is a very commonly made Punjabi dish.
Bharwan karela or stuffed bitter gourd as the name indicates has a flavourful masala stuffing filled into the cavity of karela and then cooked off in a sweet onion base. The flavours mingle so well in this dish and balance the pungent bitterness of the karela really well. Along with bharwan karela I served a simple Methi kadhi and some steamed rice, I say comfort food at its best! ... “Bharwan Karela | Stuffed Bittergourd | Bharwa Karela”