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”
Cool, refreshing watermelon avocado salad, with watermelon vinaigrette
05/06/2018 12:17:10 PM vindhyadesai
Summer is here and a refreshing watermelon avocado salad is the order of the day. Salads are good for you, they provide fibre and all the essential vitamins. Watermelon is a very wholesome fruit, it is full of water and is rich in vitamin A & C. I can chow down big pieces of watermelon in a jiffy, love the texture, love the taste, love watermelon!
This watermelon avocado salad is dressed with a watermelon vinaigrette packed with flavours, tangy and peppy. It lifts the watermelon avocado to a whole new level, rather than adding plain old vinaigrette (emulsified dressing made of oil, vinegar/lemon and seasonings). The watermelon vinaigrette makes it even more watermelony 🙂 ... “Watermelon Avocado Salad | Salad Recipes”
Easy to make, akki tari idli, healthy steamed rice dumplings with peas and corn
06/11/2017 3:45:48 PM vindhyadesai
Steamed breakfasts are always the healthiest option. Akki tari idli is made from cream of rice (rice rava), the same variety used to make idli rava idlis. These are masala akki tari idli with pop-in-the-mouth corn and peas.
Akki tari idli is made by making a upma/uppittu with this rice rava and then steamed into idlis. It takes no time at all to make these steamed dumplings. These can be steamed either in an idli maker or a cooker or a double boiler. ... “Akki Tari Idli | Easy Pundi Gatti | Idli Recipes”
Instant corn idli, an easy breakfast recipe with pop-in-the-mouth corn niblets
12/18/2016 2:55:39 PM vindhyadesai
We all love instant recipes be it idlis or dosas. But instant recipes need to have the right balance to turn out to be tasty. Their fermented counterparts enjoy the time to rest and turn out to be light and airy. But adding flavourful things into a recipe like corn or spinach like this instant corn idli makes them taste so good!
Corn idli is made from corn rava (maize rava/cornmeal). This is easily available in grocery stores. Just like making rava idli, this instant corn idli is a specialty. It has yogurt added for moisture and light instant fermentation. The pop-in-the-mouth corn niblets (frozen/fresh) along with sweet raisins make them very unique in taste. ... “Instant Corn Idli | Idli Recipes”
Gooey, cheesy, corn spinach cheese sandwich – a sure crowd pleaser
11/24/2016 4:38:39 PM vindhyadesai
Biting into warm melted cheese is like a dream come true. Sandwich with spinach, sweet corn mixed with white sauce and topped with cheese is one of the best sandwiches ever. I had eaten corn spinach cheese sandwich a few years back on a flight and instantly had fallen in love with this green-yellow cheesy goodness. Since then I have made this sandwich many times.
Sometimes I use frozen spinach and corn and sometimes fresh or a combination of both. There is no difference in taste and tastes heavenly each time. ... “Corn Spinach Cheese Sandwich | Sandwich Recipes”
Soft, moist cornbread with pop-in the mouth corn niblets
11/11/2016 9:49:48 PM vindhyadesai
Generally most of us eat regular white bread or nowadays health conscious people eat whole wheat bread. But did you know that different countries especially like India, Mexico, Italy, France have their own specialty breads. In India, of course we have rotis, phulkas, chapathis, kulchas, naans, yes, the list is endless. Similarly in Mexico they have different types of bread like tortillas, corn bread etc. They are a corn loving nation and their corn tortillas are so good!
Corn bread is a very different bread and unique in taste. It is so moist and soft almost like a cake that it can be served just on its own without anything on the side. Here I have served it with guacamole, a Mexican condiment like our chutney. Corn bread has these pop-in the mouth corn niblets with tiny puddles of corn sweetness filled in them. Yum, to say the least! ... “Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread | Mexican style cornbread”
Light, simple, oats upma with mixed vegetables
9/11/2016 12:51:03 PM vindhyadesai
If you have tried making oats upma and it has turned out soggy, porridge like or like a paste then this recipe will help you fix that. Nowadays many people are advised to incorporate oats as part of their diet. Oats is a cereal grain rich in dietary and soluble fibre and is known to lower bad cholesterol. Generally, people turn towards making oats porridge which will be very tasty especially if you add some nice things to it like the one in oats with dry nuts and raisins.
To make something savoury with oats can be a challenge as the glutinous fibre makes it sticky and unmanageable. Here, I have mentioned all the tips and tricks to make oats upma very tasty and you can savour it just like our good old poha or sooji upma. It is called oats upma but looks like poha, now that’s a nice combination. Use old fashioned rolled oats and not porridge oats to make upma. Make this and enjoy the benefits of oats. ... “Oats Upma | Oats Uppittu | How to make oats upma?”
Sweet roasted gem squash with creamy corn filling – A South African vegetarian delicacy
08/18/2016 9:56:16 PM vindhyadesai
Another recipe, Dish 5 of World Cuisine Series and this time it is from the beautiful country of South Africa. Like I mentioned in the 1st post of world cuisine series, it is always best to eat and source vegetables that are available locally in season. For this recipe use any kind of small squash/pumpkin. The sweet flesh of a squash is very fibrous and is very tasty. It just melts in the mouth when baked/roasted. It is used differently in different types of cuisines. I have adapted this recipe from this blog. There are so many resources out there to learn about new cuisines and new dishes. Make this with any type of squash you can get your hands on and enjoy the flavours. It is gluten free and it can be made vegan by adding a vegan cheese or even skipping it, just roasted will be just as nice! Here I have used gem squash which is a green skinned, yellow fleshed squash(picture below) and is ideal to share for two. Eat the pulp/flesh of the squash and discard the hard/tough skin of the squash ... “Baked Gem Squash | Roasted Gem Squash – South African style roasted squash”
Packed with a punch of jalapenos, with cheese, corn and spinach – Mexican style muffins
08/17/2016 9:53:27 PM vindhyadesai
I have a soft spot for anything savoury 🙂 Whenever I get an opportunity, I try to make savoury things to nibble on. This is Dish 4 of the World Cuisine Series and it is from Mexico. One of my favourite cuisines to prepare and of course to eat (gobble ’em all up). These are muffins with Mexican flavours, corn, jalapenos, cheese, what is not to like about them. Whenever I bake anything I try to make them all with whole wheat. Along with whole wheat flour, I have also used yellow cornmeal which is maize flour, easily available in stores/supermarkets. It gives a nice texture to the muffins, you also get to incorporate another grain and cornmeal is widely used in Mexican cuisine! The most important thing about muffins is not to overmix the batter/mixture which will make them chewy and hard. Mix and make muffins, enjoy them as a snack or for a quick nibble with a glass of milk in the morning. Also try other Mexican recipes! ... “Spinach Corn Cheddar Cheese Muffins | Mexican Savoury Muffins”
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”