Chocolate Brownies

Rich chocolatey brownies with vanilla ice cream
07/06/2016 8:06:49 AM vindhyadesai

Cakes and brownies, who does not like them. Brownies can be eaten as a snack or an indulgent dessert served with vanilla ice cream. I have added bananas to this recipe and they give great flavour and moistness to brownies. Using only whole wheat flour will make brownies hard and chewy, I will add a recipe when I try out a good recipe and brownies turn out like brownies. ... “Chocolate Brownies”

Shenga Chutney | Groundnut Chutney | Kadalebeeja Chutney

Super tasty shenga/groundnut chutney a side dish for dosa, idlis
07/04/2016 8:14:37 PM vindhyadesai

If you are looking for a change from coconut chutney (which obviously is the easiest choice) for idlis and dosas, then shenga/kadalebeeja/groundnut chutney is a great choice. The grainy texture of groundnuts and the added flavour like amchur(dry mango powder) makes this chutney quite rich in taste. ... “Shenga Chutney | Groundnut Chutney | Kadalebeeja Chutney”

Paddu | Davanagere Benne Paddu | Gundupongala

Crisp, golden Davanagere benne paddu, served with groundnut chutney
07/03/2016 7:16:13 PM vindhyadesai

Again, a super-speciality dish from Karnataka, Davanagere benne paddu. Davanagere/Davangere is the famous city which has given the famous benne dosa, benne khaali dosa, benne paddu is another super tasty dish. Paddu/gundupongala, is it dosa? Is it idli? It looks both like soft idli and crisp dosa, tastes like dosa and a little soft inside. Make this instead of dosa or idli for a weekend morning breakfast. Making paddu needs a special type of pan which looks like an idli plate but is like a non-stick or cast iron skillet/tawa. Making paddus needs patience but once the paddu pan is  seasoned and is hot, paddus can be made easily. ... “Paddu | Davanagere Benne Paddu | Gundupongala”

Oats porridge with toasted nuts and raisins | Oatmeal with dry nuts

Healthy oats porridge with crunchy toasted dry nuts
07/02/2016 5:09:46 PM vindhyadesai

When people think of porridge they are not very excited about it and if it is made of oats it might further drive them away. Oat is a cereal grain rich in dietary and soluble fibre and is known to lower bad cholesterol. Oatmeal or porridge need not be boring or tasteless. If it is made the right way it can be very tasty.
Do not buy the microwaveable variety instead buy regular unrefined whole bran oatmeal. Make porridge in milk, it will be very tasty and creamy. Adding in a handful of toasted nuts spikes up the health quotient of you oatmeal. Oatmeal or porridge oats are best for making porridge whereas old fashioned rolled oats can be used for making oats upma, cereal bars, crisps etc. ... “Oats porridge with toasted nuts and raisins | Oatmeal with dry nuts”

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”