Ever-favourite piping hot beverage, masala chai or masala tea
10/23/2018 9:24:30 AM vindhyadesai
What do I say about tea! Where do we start! It is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. And by far one of the most popular beverages in the world! In India, tea is absolutely popular, no prizes for guessing! Masala chai or masala tea is infact an emotion. So many conversations start with this magical potion and some people cannot function without this.
Masala chai or masala tea is not just about the tea leaves, it is about the celebration of tea itself. The best tea leaves/powder are boiled and mixed with fragrant spices mixed with hot milk. It simply takes tea to another level. It is a beautiful thing! ... “Masala Chai | Masala Tea | Beverage Recipes”
Warm, comforting, loaded with healthy dietary fibre, apple cinnamon oatmeal
10/21/2018 12:46:29 PM vindhyadesai
Imagine a blustery winter morning and you are craving for something warm and comforting. Our Indian breakfast recipes are the best, idli with sambar, upma, huLi avalakki, ukad etc. But sometimes you can also go for something different and oatmeal is definitely a very healthy option. How about trying to make it more interesting by making this apple cinnamon oatmeal.
Apple cinnamon oatmeal makes regular oats tastier and more attractive. Cinnamon adds a touch of warmth and earthiness. On the other hand, there is sweet juicy apple all chopped up ready to go on top of your oatmeal. I generally add a small blob of butter to enrich my oatmeal and because I love butter! ... “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal | Oatmeal Recipes | Breakfast Recipes”
Aromatic homemade vangi bhaat masala, a spice powder to make rice bhaat
08/26/2018 6:37:10 PM vindhyadesai
Homemade masalas are the best, they are fresh and aromatic. Such masalas are free from preservatives and artificial additives. That’s a good start to any dish especially rice based dishes. Different kinds of bhaat are made in South India which are based on some vegetable. Freshly powdered masala should be a part of such flavourful dishes. Vangi bhaat masala is very essential in Karnataka.
Vangi means brinjal or aubergine and a tasty rice dish is prepared with it called vangi bhaat. A special spice powder or masala that goes into it is vangi bhaat masala. It has a variety of spices mostly commonly available at home. These spices are lightly toasted till aromatic and ground into a powder.
... “Vangi Bhaat Masala | Bhaat Pudi | Homemade Bhaat Powder”
A simple and easy pulao to prepare, carrot pulao with cashews & raisins
07/03/2018 9:56:47 PM vindhyadesai
Pulao is my go to one-pot dish for lunch or sometimes for dinner. Usually gets ready in a jiffy and some raitha on the side, you are set. Making an elaborate pulao will not be possible always. But making use of the same masalas and may be just 1 or 2 vegetables we can still make a delicious pulao. Carrot pulao is one of those simple pulaos you can make.
Carrot pulao is loaded with raisins and cashews making it extra special. You can obviously skip them but why not add a festive touch. The natural sweet taste of carrots makes this carrot pulao very tasty. It infact does not need a lot of masala or spices. Moreover carrot pulao gets ready in no time at all! ... “Carrot Pulao | Carrot Raisin Pulao | Pulao 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”
Fresh, aromatic, homemade pav bhaji masala, to make your favourite dish special & tasty
05/22/2018 5:04:03 PM vindhyadesai
Pav bhaji is my favourite street food. Those pav breads lathered in butter and a creamy, chatpata and spicy bhaji on the side. Makes you drool, isn’t it? So why not make your favourite dish by adding fresh masala made right at home! So here it is, homemade pav bhaji masala.
Any masala which is homemade has to taste good. It’s the right proportion of ingredients which make the masala really fragrant. Moreover you do not have to worry about added preservatives or low quality ingredients. You have full control over the amount of spice, taste and texture in homemade pav bhaji masala. ... “Pav Bhaji Masala | Homemade Pav Bhaji Masala | Masala Recipes”
Aromatic, fresh, authentic Mysore style homemade sambar powder
09/25/2017 9:26:18 PM vindhyadesai
I am sure everybody agrees that fresh homemade masalas and powders cannot be replaced! Basic powders like saarina pudi/rasam powder and sambar powder are essential to a South Indian cook. They come in so handy. The aroma of homemade sambar powder is the measure of how good your sambar/huLi turns out to be.
Generally all ingredients are dry roasted individually and slowly in heated heavy pans/kadais. But here I have given a simple and easy method all done at once. Moreover it is for a small quantity measure making it simple to handle masala ingredients. This will also ensure your sambar powder is fresh. ... “Sambar Powder | Sambar Pudi | Homemade HuLi Pudi”
Moist, healthy and loaded with goodness, overnight carrot cake oatmeal
09/05/2017 9:39:56 PM vindhyadesai
Finding innovative ways to make breakfast always leads me to ideas on Pinterest. This is one such idea, overnight carrot cake oatmeal. It has all the ingredients that go into carrot cake. Speaking of carrot cake, I photoshot wholewheat carrot cake with cream cheese frosting almost an year ago and completely forgot about it.
This overnight carrot cake oatmeal has plump raisins, chopped nuts, aromatic spice powders like cinnamon, all spice. Of course it has oats and grated carrots and the special secret ingredient is chia seeds. Chia seeds add a nice touch and they enhance the consistency of the oatmeal. ... “Overnight Carrot Cake Oatmeal | Oats Recipes”
Flavourful, fragrant and filling, methi matar paneer pulao
07/29/2017 9:45:22 PM vindhyadesai
Pulaos and bhaat are my favourite items to pack for lunch box. Ideal to just heat up and eat without any mess. Being made of rice I generally restrict this affair to once a week. Not that we do not consume rice but it’s mostly in the form of curd rice (done! stamped! my absolute fav!). This methi matar paneer pulao is special and I make it once in a while.
An easy one-pot rice dish from FOI once again. It has fragrant whole garam masala making it extremely flavourful. This methi matar paneer pulao has not 1 not 2 but 3 protagonists as is apparent from the name of the dish! ... “Methi Matar Paneer Pulao | Paneer Recipes | Pulao Recipes”
Creamy, delicious and rich, chapathi-roti side dish – peas kurma
07/13/2017 9:36:51 PM vindhyadesai
Gravy based curries have to be the best side dishes for chapathi/rotis/parathas. This South Indian style peas kurma is one of the best gravies. The peas in this kurma are smooth and they pop in the mouth leaving behind a sweet taste to savour.
This peas kurma has a creamy and smooth texture and the gravy is just right – yes in terms of balance of all flavours. I make different types of kurma, vegetable kurma, beans kurma etc… ... “Peas Kurma | Peas Kurma Gravy | Gravy Recipes”