Perfect for breakfast lunch or dinner, delicious avalakki bisi bele bhaat
08/17/2018 8:00:35 AM vindhyadesai
Making variations of famous dishes can be delicious at times. Like this avalakki bisi bele bhaat which is an easy alternative to making elaborate bisi bele bhaat. Both taste great and the textures are slightly different. For avalakki bisi bele bhaat I generally add mung dal or hesaru bele. Whereas for rice bisi bele bhaat we add toor dal or togari bele.
As this is a quicker version of traditional BBB it’s not necessary to grind a coconut masala. Avalakki or poha is quite light on its own so we do not need additional things to make it rich and heavy. Throw in a few cashews and groundnuts for that crunch and colour. Generally, avalakki bisi bele bhaat is served immediately. Avalakki/poha absorbs a lot of liquid and so does mung dal, so it’s best to serve it fresh. ... “Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhaat | Poha Bisi Bele Bhaat | Breakfast Recipes”
Green & bright, full of nutrition, palak paddu, perfect for breakfast
08/05/2018 8:23:30 PM vindhyadesai
I like to include bright greens mostly in paratha or thepla form. I also include greens in dosa, idli, mixing it with the batter. This time I experimented with Paddu or Gundupongala with spinach, palak paddu.
That day I had planned to make palak pathrode or patra and I had soaked rice. Unfortunately I had run out of tamarind, so I decided to make palak paddu. It was a hit! ... “Palak Paddu | Spinach Gundupongala | Paddu Recipes”
Soft and crispy, healthy ragi roti, a super delicious roti
07/22/2018 6:19:25 PM vindhyadesai
Ragi or finger millet is such an underrated grain. In Southern parts of Karnataka, Mandya, Mysore and to certain extent Bangalore ragi is grown and used extensively. It is so light on the stomach and gives your strength. It’s farmer’s food, gives them the essential nutrients and keeps them full while they are working away in the field. Hittu or ragi mudde (ragi ball) is a very famous dish made in Karnataka. Ragi roti is another one, thin and mildly spiced rotis made from ragi.
Ragi roti is generally eaten with chutney pudi or chutney, a few onion slices and some yogurt. What a combination, simple dish for a simple living! Grated coconut added to the ragi roti makes them soft and retains good moisture. Sometimes I find making roti is simpler than making chapathi because you don’t need to roll the rotis with a belan (lattanige/rolling pin). ... “Ragi Roti | Karnataka Style Ragi Rotti | Roti Recipes”
Mini and fun to eat, drizzle with ghee or dunk in sambar, super tasty mini idlis
07/19/2018 10:02:49 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid when I used to go to hotels or darshinis (few & far between), I always ended up ordering masala dosa. But I used to be always fascinated by nice looking dishes like mini idlis served with tiffin sambar and chutney. Those mini idlis served with ghee and piping hot sambar is a sight!
Not to worry, making mini idlis might seem like a difficult task. I have always found that we, as home cooks get intimidated by making something mini or miniature in size. It somehow becomes a daunting task although we can rustle up big batches of meals to serve a crowd. Making these mini idlis is not that difficult after all. It is essentially idli recipe but made into mini idlis. ... “Mini Idlis | Baby Idli | Hotel Style Mini Idli | Idli Recipes”
Cheesy, creamy and delicious, savoury breakfast polenta
07/08/2018 7:41:06 PM vindhyadesai
A comforting porridge to kick-start your day in any weather, sounds good and I am all for it. Porridges usually come in the form of something with a sweet tinge more often than not. Oats porridge with dry nuts for instance. But I try to make savoury porridges like ukad from Maharashtra or ragi ganji from Karnataka. Here I have made Italian special savoury breakfast polenta.
Polenta is essentially cornmeal made into a porridge with Italian origins. Polenta is made in many ways and here I tried a savoury breakfast polenta. It is gluten-free and is light on the stomach making it a perfect dish for breakfast. ... “Breakfast Polenta | Polenta Porridge | Porridge Recipes”
Delicious, loaded with vegetables, a great breakfast dish shavige pulao
06/29/2018 7:12:08 AM vindhyadesai
Some simple everyday ingredients like shavige/seviyaan can be used to make some delicious dishes. The dishes convert the simple ingredients into something exotic and delicious. This shavige pulao or seviyaan pulao is loaded with aromatic spices and delicious roasted vegetables.
The key thing in making non-sticky shavige pulao is to roast the shavige very well. Shavige is then coated with all the vegetables which are sauteed in some aromatic spices. All in all it makes a super combination and comes together quite well. ... “Shavige Pulao | Seviyaan Pulao | Breakfast Recipes”
Creamy, healthy and loaded with goodness, apple banana oats smoothie
06/26/2018 10:50:44 PM vindhyadesai
Smoothies are the answer to busy mornings. Sometimes I quickly rustle up a smoothie and make a quick breakfast. And that’s breakfast served for the day. Apple banana oats smoothie commonly features on that list. I always have a stock of organic bananas and apples at home and never run out of them.
Fresh apples along with ripe bananas and some oats to spike the goodness. Nice and simple! You end up with a delicious smoothie and you will end up wanting more of this good stuff. Here I have used some organic granola instead of plain oats but oats should be enough. ... “Apple Banana Oats Smoothie | Smoothie Recipes”
Warm and comforting breakfast, Maharashtra special ukadpendi
05/13/2018 11:06:44 AM vindhyadesai
Many times you need something in the morning which is just warm and comforting. Whatever the weather is, you always feel like eating something soothing to the gut. But obviously we would like something that is not bland. This Maharashtra special, ukad or ukadpendi is one such dish, delicious, simple and easy to make.
Ukadpendi has a thick porridge like consistency. It consists of rice flour and besan mixed with buttermilk mixture. To make ukadpendi delicious roasted groundnuts are added on top with a simple tadka to finish with. To make it extra tasty I add a bit of amchur powder, red chilli powder and turmeric for a nice golden yellow colour. ... “Ukadpendi | Ukad | Breakfast Recipes”
Delicious and healthy, menthya soppina dosa or methi leaves dosa
04/26/2018 10:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
Finding ways to make dosas is one of my favourite activities in cooking. Dosas are delicious any day be it neer dosa, hotel style rava dosa or the ever favourite masala dosa. If you can incorporate leafy veg like menthya soppu/methi/fenugreek leaves to make menthya soppina dosa then kids will love it.
Menthya soppina dosa is also rich in protein with toor dal and urad dal. Rice provides the body and the all the masalas are added while grinding the batter giving it a super tasty flavour. Finely chopped methi leaves are then added and dosas are made. Menthya dosa tastes best with only a dollop of ghee. Some chutney on the side can also be served. ... “Menthya Soppina Dosa | Methi Leaves Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Most common yet best breakfast ever, mixed vegetable upma
04/11/2018 3:15:36 PM vindhyadesai
Upma or uppittu, how should I start describing this delicious, healthy dish. Most households in India make this super tasty breakfast. After idli and paratha, upma is the most commonly made dish, it is indeed an everyday dish. However upma is disliked by many, if you do not get the consistency right, it will lump up or become dry and boring. Try this mixed vegetable upma and follow the steps, you will always make upma the way it should be made.
Mixed vegetable upma can be made with a variety of vegetables, like cabbage, beans, carrot and peas. Generally I add carrot, beans and peas the best combo. Upma needs to have the rava roasted well along with getting the right amount of oil/ghee and water to make the upma. Only then mixed vegetable upma for that matter any kind of upma will taste good. ... “Mixed Vegetable Upma | Mixed Veg Uppittu | Breakfast Recipes”