Creamy dreamy spinach soup for a cold winter night
11/04/2016 8:25:51 PM vindhyadesai
A bowl of soup is food for the soul. Soups are very comforting and satisfying. Spinach soup is one of those soups which can be simply gulped down with some garlic bread on the side or just like that. It is creamy, thick and very delicious.
Imagine the warm soup going down your throat after a long day at work on a cold winter night. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make this creamy spinach soup 🙂
Not only do you get the warmth from the soup but also the essential nutrients from the goodness of these beautiful green leaves. Using fresh spinach to make this soup makes the soup retain the emerald green colour of the leaves.
It does not require a whole lot of flavouring at all, some simple black pepper and salt seasoning will do the trick. With my spinach dishes I usually love to add a pinch or two of nutmeg/jaiphal as it goes really well with the flavour of spinach.
You can even add a dash of cream to make it extra rich and creamier but milk also will do the trick. Milk mellows the flavour of spinach and gives it a rich smoothness. Enjoy this creamy spinach soup and here are more soups from FOI! Also do try other spinach recipes. ... “Spinach Soup | How to make spinach soup?”
Comforting and tasty, quick to make, garlicy spaghetti
10/16/2016 8:55:38 PM vindhyadesai
From the land of Italy comes a very simple pasta dish called “Spaghetti Aglio e Olio” which means spaghetti in garlic and oil. This dish is super quick and easy to make. It is one of those quick fix dinners that I make sometimes after a long day or sometimes when I just have only a bunch of garlic and no other vegetable. This can be served with garlic bread or just some toasted bread or even just on its own. I have used whole wheat spaghetti here but durum wheat spaghetti can also be used, anything that you can get your hands on. This pasta dish can also be made with thin spaghetti, angel hair pasta or any other kind of pasta you like. Enjoy the benefits of garlic with this easy dish. Simple, aromatic and tasty! Other pasta dishes and many more Italian dishes to try. ... “Garlic Spaghetti | Spaghetti Aglio e Olio | Pasta in garlic oil”
Creamy rich, kids favourite mac n cheese
08/21/2016 4:54:27 PM vindhyadesai
Every kid loves mac n cheese, it is creamy, tasty and it has oodles of cheese. It starts with a basic white sauce or bechamel sauce. Cooked macaroni, a type of pasta is added to it and finished with cheese and is baked in the oven till the cheese melts. Different kinds of flavours are added to this. This is Dish 7 of the World Cuisine Series and this is from America (ori. English as per wiki) but extremely popular in American and Canadian region. Enjoy with a slice of plain garlic bread. Make the dish creamy and not dry. Macaroni is made using tube or elbow macaroni pasta generally but any kind of small pasta which holds the sauce well can also be used. Here I have used small shell pasta. ... “Mac n Cheese”
Delicious comforting warm cinnamon toast
08/10/2016 9:42:23 PM vindhyadesai
Bored of eating regular bread, butter and jam for breakfast? Why not try an easy comforting breakfast with bread. Easy to prepare and it takes the same amount of time as smearing butter on your toast. Fragrant cinnamon with butter on bread toasted till golden, that has to be a super combination. I used to make only chocolate toast in the same way and I also started making this with cinnamon after I saw the recipe on ‘thepioneerwoman’. This toast is very delicious, warm and you can make it in a jiffy. Keep the butter-cinnamon mix ready at night for an easy breakfast in the morning. I have used homemade whole wheat bread here but store bought bread can be the way to go if you are in a hurry. Serve with some slices of bananas, any fruits of your choice and a swirl of honey or golden syrup. ... “Cinnamon Toast”
Creamy potato corn chowder with rustic dinner rolls
06/29/2016 6:20:41 PM vindhyadesai
A bowlful of creamy potato corn chowder after a long day, perfect! Chowder is a type of soup made using vegetables or seafood in a cream based sauce. It has it origins in England. The sauce is creamy and smooth generally thickened with a roux. Corn chowder is one of the most comforting foods, sweet corn kernels popping inside the mouth with thick cream based soup and potato chunks in the background, it is a super combination. Season with lots of black pepper for a lot of flavour. Enjoy this on a rainy night or a dull winter evening with some dinner rolls or bread toast. I served it with homemade wholewheat rustic dinner rolls. ... “Potato Corn Chowder”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”