Dal Fry

Lightly spiced and comforting dal fry served with phulkas or rice
06/18/2016 9:37:21 PM vindhyadesai

Homemade dal fry, sounds comforting? Whatever new type of food or dishes we crave for, we always go back to homemade food like saaru (rasam), dal tadka, dal fry, some steamed rice and chapathis/rotis and sabzi/palya. Dal fry is the first dish I always make when I cook North Indian food, served along side paneer(dry or gravy), phulkas and some hot steamed rice or jeera rice. I make a big pot of dal, serve it with phulkas for one meal and then with rice for another meal. My menu is sorted on a busy day. I always use toor dal/arhar dal/pigeon pea dal/togari bele to make dal fry.
Masoor dal/red lentils can also be used. Toor dal gives the creamiest texture and the right thickness to dal fry. Dal fry is made by cooking dal and adding sauteed tomato masala to it and I also add tadka on top for extra flavour. Dal tadka is made by cooking dal and masala together in a big pot or cooker and then tadka is added to it and is thinner in consistency compared to dal fry. ... “Dal Fry”

Gujarati Kadhi

Tangy, creamy yogurt based gravy with sweet notes
05/24/2016 8:51:36 PM vindhyadesai

Kadhi is a yogurt/curd based dish made using besan(chickpea flour) to thicken it into a gravy like consistency. Besan also prevents yogurt from splitting when it is heated. Yogurt can be sour or sweet, it depends on the type of Kadhi you are making. Yes, there are various types of Kadhi that are made in India. Almost every state has its own type of Kadhi, from the Punjabi version which has pakodis to Rajasthani Kadhi which is not as sweet as Gujarati Kadhi. Then there are more variations from South India like majjige huLi from Mysore/Bangalore, majjige paladya made in North Karnataka, Mor Kulambu from Tamil Nadu. There are so many variations and every version is very comforting.
Gujarati Kadhi is sweet because of the sugar or jaggery. You can make this in a jiffy after a long day and feel comforted on a cold winter night or a hot summer evening. Kadhi has cooling properties, it is known that it prevents formation of phlegm and can be eaten for dinner as the yogurt is cooked.I generally serve this with ‘rotlis’ (rotis with ‘L’ are Gujarati rotis or phulkas smeared with desi ghee) or plain steamed rice. ... “Gujarati Kadhi”

Spinach and Peas Risotto

Creamy comforting risotto for a cold winter night
04/22/2016 9:27:57 PM vindhyadesai

Risotto is a creamy rice dish from Italy. Wine, butter are generally added to traditional risotto dishes. Here, I do not use any wine. It can be made with different kinds of vegetables, stocks. The rice grains used in a risotto are round short variety like Arborio rice. These days you will find them labelled as ‘Risotto Rice’ available in cartons in supermarkets. Risotto is a very comforting dish, it is easy to make but getting the right consistency is very important. Cooking on low flame and adding the broth/stock little by little are the keys to a perfect creamy risotto with rice cooked al-dente (to the tooth) ... “Spinach and Peas Risotto”

Cream of tomato soup

A bowlful of piping hot cream of tomato soup served with croutons
04/09/2016 10:09:10 PM vindhyadesai

A bowl of piping hot tomato soup has to be one of the most popular dishes on a cold winter night. I make this very often and we gulp it down with croutons or grilled cheese (grin). Make this for an early evening supper/dinner or serve it along with a starter during lunch. This one is surely a crowd favourite and is bound to go down well amongst kids. There are so many variations of tomato soup. It comes in the form of powder, canned tomato soup, fresh soup sold in containers, tomato soup cubes, tomato soup in cartons and many more. Why not make fresh tomato soup at home. Easy available ingredients and very simple to make. I have tried many variations of tomato soup. I like this variation from ‘thepioneerwoman’ especially the cheese croutons. ... “Cream of tomato soup”

Rajma Masala

Cream and smooth rajma in rich tomato gravy. Goes well with rotis, steamed or jeera rice
04/05/2016 11:00:51 PM vindhyadesai

One of my favourite comfort foods. I make this for a Sunday afternoon with rice and we also eat it for dinner with rotis. The gravy is tangy because of the tomatoes yet creamy because of the butter and cream. Sounds quite rich. But one can even skip adding the butter and cream, they’re totally optional.
Rajma or red kidney beans are originally from Mexico. They use it to make Mexican chilli dishes. Rajma is very popular in North India especially in Jammu and Kashmir which forms a staple part of their food. Rajma is very high in protein. The most important thing to remember while cooking rajma is to soak them for atleast 10-12 hours. I usually soak them for 24 hours to reduce cooking time. You can pressure cook them or boil them in water till done.
... “Rajma Masala”