A rich and thick tomato based gravy with fragrant spices, tomato salna
04/14/2019 8:47:05 PM vindhyadesai
In many of my gravy recipes, I have emphasized the importance of making gravy based recipes for chapathi or roti. Dry palyas/sabzis are nice but you want something to make your chapathis or rotis even more enjoyable. Especially when you are packing a lunch dabba to office or school. So here we are with another delicious tomato based gravy with due importance to tomato, tomato salna.
A salna is usually made for a biryani or parotta. But this tomato salna goes really well with all kinds of rotis! Tomato salna like any other salnas’ has a fresh and fragrant spice base, freshly roasted and ground! The procedure is pretty simple, once you get hold of all the spices. Simple readily available spices usually found in the kitchen pantry go into this tomato salna. I referred to this wonderful recipe and loved the idea of making a plain gravy! ... “Tomato Salna | Plain Salna | Gravy Recipes”
Loaded with fresh coconut, simple Karnataka style beans palya
03/17/2019 7:55:37 PM vindhyadesai
A fresh and simple palya is always a nice accompaniment. Generally palya is made with one vegetable or may be two with fresh produce. These fresh vegetables are celebrated in South India in the form of a simple palya or thoran or poriyal or samayal or sabzi. All of these have pretty much the same kind of recipe. In Karnataka, we call it palya and beans palya is one of the most famous in this variety of side dishes.
All you need are fresh tender beans in the required quantity, washed and chopped finely. A simple vaggarne/tadka with saasuve(mustard) and uddina bele(urad dal) is made and the beans or hurulikayi are added. Once the beans are cooked, it is topped off with some freshly grated coconut. Coconut defines any palya and makes this beans palya taste wonderfully earthy and sweet. ... “Beans Palya | Hurulikayi Palya | Palya Recipes”
Simple everyday sabzi, wholesome and flavoursome, aloo methi
02/27/2019 9:18:01 PM vindhyadesai
A good collection of everyday recipes especially palya/sabzi is very essential. It should be part of a recipe book if you maintain one. Hand-written, everyday recipes are one of the best ways of learning to cook. Noting the recipe down even if you have a copy the book, is quarter of the recipe done. It nicely registers and you exactly know what you need to add to it. So new learners, bachelors, this is one such recipe, aloo methi.
Sabzis made with aloo make for a very easy recipe and go well with rotis/phulkas/chapathis. One of my favourite ways to make a side dish is to choose an easy recipe. I have made a Bengali style aloo methi sabzi with some panch phoran. If you do not have panch phoran readily available, it is quite easy to mix it, read on.
Methi daana (fenugreek), kalonji (nigella seeds), jeera (cumin), rai (mustard) and saunf (fennel)*, yes that easy. Or just use jeera instead, that works too for this recipe! ... “Aloo Methi | Aloo Methi Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”
Creamy, melt in the mouth, with a delicious taste and homely feel, palak saag
01/27/2019 6:48:05 PM vindhyadesai
A simple and flavourful gravy is all you need to get back that homely feeling. Everyday foods, the food which we are used to and the food that we have grown up with is what everyone needs. A little effort and you can have this every single day, trust me it is possible. One such recipe is sarson ka saag, a special gravy from the Punjab region. I have to make do with palak saag as I do not get sarson here.
Next time I plan to grow sarson (mustard leaves) at home after this chilling winter. Till then it is palak saag with no flavours compromised! Palak saag or spinach gravy has some simple masalas and is of course rich in fibre and Vitamin A. Buy fresh organic palak/spinach to make palak saag. ... “Palak Saag | Spinach Saag | Gravy 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”
Spicy side dish to serve with lacy neer dosa, Mangalore special mixed vegetable gassi
11/13/2018 9:24:30 PM vindhyadesai
Mixed vegetable curries in any form are always a hit in my house. I love a fragrant curry too but not the over spicy and oily ones. The aroma of freshly toasted spices along with the coconut brings out the flavours of all the added mixed vegetables. This mixed vegetable gassi is one such curry.
Mixed vegetable gassi is the perfect marriage of ingredients. Mild spices, coconut milk, some tamarind for some sourness. In Mangalore and coastal regions, a special curry called chana gassi is made. Here instead of chana we use mixed vegetables which is lighter on the stomach. ... “Mixed Vegetable Gassi | Veg Ghasi | Gravy Recipes”
Tangy, mildly spicy and hot, an easy go-to side dish, Bombay besan chutney
10/28/2018 12:10:03 PM vindhyadesai
There are times when you have run out of vegetables and you are looking to make a side dish. Something that gets ready quickly and more than just grinding a simple chutney. So imagine making a chutney that has a nice texture that also looks like curry. This Bombay besan chutney is exactly that.
Very simple things go into this chutney and gets ready in a jiffy. Bombay besan chutney is similar to jhunuka or zunka from Marathi and North Karnataka. But it is popular all over South India. It is made as a dish for chapathi or dosa. ... “Bombay Besan Chutney | Besan Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Spicy, delicious, loaded with nuttiness & full of flavour, Hyderabadi special Bhindi Ka Salan
10/06/2018 11:43:01 AM vindhyadesai
A spicy and delicious curry as an accompaniment with pulao, biryani or rotis is always welcome. Such curries enhance the taste of the dish even more and cleanses the palate. Such curries do not have to be oily or loaded with chillies to make them tasty. I have described one such lip-smacking recipe here, bhindi ka salan, Hyderabadi style!
Bhindi ka salan has a delicious masala paste going into it made with with roasted groundnuts, sesame, coconut and some fragrant spices. The flavours are then brought together by adding tamarind and jaggery balancing all the flavours. Ensure you are using fresh and tender bhindi/okra which makes bhindi ka salan really tasty. ... “Bhindi Ka Salan | Bhindi Recipes | Curry Recipes”
Creamy, nutty & mildly spicy, capsicum masala, colourful capsicum in a peanut gravy
09/16/2018 12:58:19 PM vindhyadesai
A delicious, creamy and nutty gravy with roasted capsicum dices is today’s recipe. Capsicum masala is a super tasty side dish for chapathi or rotis. It is easy to make and is so rich and creamy. It has some simple everyday spice powders to bring out the flavours. The lightly browned capsicum makes it extra special.
When I said it is easy to make, do keep in mind it does not get ready in ten minutes. Allow some time for frying and grinding the masala. But it is easy in the sense that you do not need to run to the grocery store to buy specialty ingredients. The steps can also be done in parallel. Fry the capsicum in one pan and get the masala ready on the other side. Capsicum masala is then a breeze to prepare. ... “Capsicum Masala | Capiscum Curry | Gravy Recipes”
Simple sabzi to go with rotis or phulka, aloo mooli saag or aloo mooli sabzi
09/08/2018 5:30:00 PM vindhyadesai
More often than not, we throw away nutritional leaves or stems that we buy with the vegetables. Radish leaves, beet greens, peels of vegetables etc all get thrown away. Ensure you always use organic vegetables so you can actually use these tender leaves and stems. This aloo mooli saag is a great way of using tender and fresh radish leaves.
Aloo Mooli saag serves as a side dish with roti/phulka. I had served aloo mooli saag with red rice akki roti. With some simple spice powders like lal mirch, amchur powder you can make a quick and simple sabzi to go on the side. You can choose to parboil the potatoes and then dice them which will hasten the cooking process. ... “Aloo Mooli Saag | Potato Radish Leaves Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”