Mild, sweet & piping hot carrot saaru or rasam, a great accompaniment with steamed rice
03/19/2018 9:41:50 PM vindhyadesai
Saaru or rasams are simple and light especially after making a heavy meal for festivals like Ugadi. I am a big fan different kinds of saaru and one such easy one is carrot saaru. It will be great to incorporate vegetables into saaru, they give a distinct taste. Carrots are very versatile and they really blend in well in this carrot saaru a slightly carrot’y taste, a little sweetness and also has the healing properties of saaru.
Piping hot carrot saaru mixed with hot steamed rice and there’s nothing like it. Very comforting and soothing, makes you feel refreshed and satisfied after a heavy meal. I have added some additional spices like jeera and black pepper along with saarina pudi/rasam powder. These spices take the taste and goodness of carrot saaru to the next level. ... “Carrot Saaru | Carrot Rasam | Rasam Recipes”
Rich in protein and the goodness of spinach, creamy restaurant style palak paneer
03/12/2018 9:34:18 PM vindhyadesai
Palak paneer was one of the very first paneer dishes I tried years ago. I liked the idea of palak with its nutrients and protein rich lightly golden fried paneer pieces. A perfect marriage of ingredients resulting in the best restaurant style palak paneer.
Ensure you have fresh paneer and palak to make restaurant style palak paneer. It has some nice spices along with julienne’d ginger and some aromatic kasuri methi to finish on top. I also have a rustic home style palak paneer recipe where I do not grind the palak and leave the masala ingedients with a texture. Of course, restaurant style palak paneer has some fresh cream to finish which brings out the best flavours and creaminess. ... “Restaurant Style Palak Paneer | Palak Paneer | Paneer Recipes”
Creamy with mild spicy notes, butternut squash soup
03/10/2018 9:47:26 PM vindhyadesai
As winter is drawing to a close, soups will soon vanish off the cooking menu. One of the most comforting kinds of food is a bowl of piping hot soup. Butternut squash is one of those vegetables which is born to be made into a soup. So here it is, butternut squash soup.
Squashes belong to the same family of pumpkins. Pumpkins have a sweet pulp and very tasty, so are these butternut squashes. Hard on the outside, sweet and pulpy on the inside. No wonder this butternut squash soup turns out so creamy and tasty. ... “Butternut Squash Soup | Soup Recipes | Winter Recipes”
Mildly spicy and sweet, easy side dish, sweet potato chutney
03/07/2018 10:09:09 PM vindhyadesai
Making chutney always seems like a daunting task. Especially if you have to grate loads of coconut. Sometimes it’s best to make chutneys with any available ingredient like any kind of vegetable, vegetable peels, dals, spices etc. Sweet potato chutney is one such chutney, easy and very flavourful, it has the right balance of flavours.
If you have a pile of sweet potatoes lying at home, pick up 1 or 2 of them and make this easy sweet potato chutney. It makes a great combination for dosa, idli or rotis. Sweet potato chutney does not involve a lot of ingredients, it can get ready in a jiffy and then you can savour your dosas and idlis with this chutney. The sweetness of sweet potatoes makes the chutney have rounder and full flavours. ... “Sweet Potato Chutney | Genasina Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
A simple and flavourful poha/avalakki dish, malnad style gojjavalakki
03/05/2018 10:00:05 PM vindhyadesai
I am always looking for new ways of making poha/avalakki. Most common ones are kayi avalakki, batata poha, kanda poha, matar poha etc. In Karnataka another famous poha/avalakki dish is huLi avalakki/gojjavalakki which I have already posted here. In this variation, I tried a malnad style gojjavalakki version with simple spices from Malnad region of Karnataka. All spices give a fresh flavour and make this dish really tasty.
Malnad style gojjavalakki can be eaten for breakfast or even for a light dinner. Tastes best served with curd/yogurt. The difference between Mysore/Bangalore style gojjavalakki and Malnad style gojjavalakki is the way in which the ‘gojju’ is made.
In Mysore/Bangalore gojjavalakki the ‘gojju masala’ is not cooked but it is allowed to set for a few hours and then mixed with powdered poha/avalakki. Whereas in Malnad style gojjavalakki the gojju is made fresh and is cooked just like in puliyogare. Either way both dishes taste great. ... “Malnad Style Gojjavalakki | Malnad Gojjavalakki | Breakfast Recipes”
Easy finger foods for parties or for picnics, ever popular cucumber cheese sandwich
02/21/2018 9:25:26 PM vindhyadesai
One of the foods I was fascinated with as a kid was plain cucumber cheese sandwich. Cool cucumber slices and salty cheese slices between soft bread, a tasty combination. One more kid friendly recipe from FOI.
Cucumber cheese sandwich can be made with both brown and white bread. I very rarely make or use white bread but cucumber cheese sandwich is one of the few snacks I like to make with white bread. Peel and de-seed cucumber if you want. ... “Cucumber Cheese Sandwich | Cucumber Sandwich | Sandwich Recipes”
Warm, creamy with all the flavours a pizza would have, pizza dip for breads
12/17/2017 5:13:50 PM vindhyadesai
Is it pizza, is it a dip, how about flavours of pizza in a dip? If you are planning to make pizza and you find it very daunting to make the dough, let it rise and then prepare all the toppings. Then you also would have to wait for the pizza to bake. But how about you get the flavours of a pizza in a quick pizza dip.
Pizza dip can then be eaten with garlic bread, breadsticks or plain ol’ toasted bread. It’s fun to share too. Children will like the mild flavours and they can dip how much ever they want to. Adults don’t have to be left behind, try this for a fondue party if you are up for it. ... “Pizza Dip | Snack Recipes | Dip Recipes”
Perfect for a snack or for lunch baked jacket potatoes with fun fillings
11/08/2017 4:30:58 PM vindhyadesai
During winter I feel like digging into humble potatoes in the form of baked jacket potatoes. These wonderful spuds have a warm, homey feel to them and is the ultimate comfort food. These baked jacket potatoes have fun fillings in them like baked beans, some sauteed veggies, cheese and a little butter for some richness.
Baked jacket potatoes are a staple English lunch or snack item. Big baked jacket potatoes are served up with all kinds of fillings with a simple side salad. It is definitely fun to dig into these baked jacket potatoes. As a matter of fact, potatoes are nutritious in many ways, they are low in calories, now who knew that? Anything in moderation is good. ... “Baked Jacket Potatoes | Comfort Food Recipes”
Fresh and fragrant, basil pesto pasta with homemade basil pesto
11/07/2017 6:34:55 PM vindhyadesai
Fresh pasta need not only be a restaurant affair. It is can be easily made at home and also in a very simple way. Take for instance this basil pesto pasta, it has fresh basil leaves, grown at home (can be easily bought in a shop too). So it is pot to pan in this fresh and fragrant basil pesto pasta.
Pesto is a very famous condiment in Italian food, it is essentially a sauce made with fresh basil leaves, parmesan, olive oil and nuts(pine or walnuts) all coarsely made into a sauce. This sauce is then tossed with fresh pasta and a humble dish of basil pesto pasta is served. ... “Basil Pesto Pasta | Pesto Pasta | Pasta 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”