Chatpata and super famous, a definite crowd favourite chaat, bhel puri
01/29/2019 10:02:52 PM vindhyadesai
Bhel puri has to be officially the most loved chaat throughout India. Ok, this might be a bit controversial as there are some serious pani puri and masala puri lovers. Let’s just say it is one of the easiest chaats to make at home. Of course a little preparation is required but then with chaats the fun is just doubled as you prepare for it. It, in infact can be a complete family affair bringing this chatpata chaat together!
Bhel puri across our country is made in different ways, there’s murmura, churmuri, beach style, Mumbai style, Delhi style and many more. Here I have made the most common type of bhel puri eaten with papdi. Obviously one can mix and match different things to make it their own! Some like it sweet, some like it really hot and spicy! ... “Bhel Puri | Mumbai Bhel Puri | Chaat Recipes”
Fun to eat, colourful and festive, eggless tutti frutti cake
12/25/2018 1:21:45 PM vindhyadesai
A soft fluffy cake loaded with colourful tutti frutti sounds like a fun cake to eat. I have used homemade tutti frutti in this eggless tutti frutti cake. It is completely free of preservatives and the taste is uncompromised. You can use a simple vanilla sponge cake recipe to make this eggless tutti frutti cake.
I have used wholemeal flour to make the eggless tutti frutti cake. Also I have baked it in a loaf tin making it more tutti frutti loaf than a cake. But then who’s to judge, it’s all fun to eat! Adding yogurt or buttermilk to cake makes the crumb really soft and moist. Use good vanilla to flavour your cake, makes a lot of difference. Avoid using artificial vanilla or other flavouring substances in the interest of taste and health. ... “Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake | Tutti Frutti Loaf | Cake Recipes”
Layered and flaky, loaded with fragrant mint leaves, pudina dhania paratha
11/28/2018 9:34:50 PM vindhyadesai
Herbs like mint, coriander, basil are very sensitive and clever. Sensitive because they cannot last very long and clever because they are very elusive, not available when required. In my case the herb is mint, I buy it sometimes thinking I would make chutney or pulao or chaats. Then I forget about it and it is somewhere stuck in the bottom of the vegetable drawer. My solution to using pudina/mint is making these flaky pudina dhania paratha.
This recipe can be quickly made with leftover chapathi/roti dough. Quickly chop up some fragrant mint leaves and here I have also added dhania/fresh coriander. Fancy looking pudina dhania paratha will be ready in a few minutes. All you need is a little patience to get the chapathis rolled out first, stuff them and then make the lacchha. They should then be rolled out again but trust me after the first one they are easy to make. ... “Pudina Dhania Paratha | Pudina Lachha Paratha | Paratha Recipes”
Spicy, soft yet crispy, street style paneer manchurian, perfect for an after-school snack
11/23/2018 22:52:19 vindhyadesai
A chatpata snack, hot and spicy on a rainy day or a cold winter evening will perk you up right away! Street style paneer manchurian is exactly the kind of recipe you want. It has the right ingredients and refreshes you almost immediately. Infact this is one of the sought after appetizer recipes from Indo-Chinese cuisine.
Street style paneer manchurian is very easy to make, it does not need much preparation at all. You can cheat a little and use store bought organic fresh paneer and quickly fix this snack. Fresh homemade paneer, oh yes that’s not a bad idea too! You will be a hit with your kids for a quick after school snack. But make sure you adjust the spice when serving kids! ... “Street Style Paneer Manchurian | Paneer Manchurian”
3 ways uttapam, choose your favourite topping, tomato, onion, capsicum or even mixed
11/10/2018 9:45:45 PM vindhyadesai
Dosa is such a popular dish that new ways of making them are always welcome. Everyone loves a good masala dosa, the crisp dosa with red chutney and aloo palya on the inside served with sambar and chutney. That surely is a hit combination and I have not met a single soul that dislikes dosas. So here I am, back with another simple dosa recipe with homemade dosa batter, 3 ways uttapam. Read on to find out more 🙂
So this 3 ways uttapam, I have used different toppings to make it colourful and interesting. It has shallots (small onions), tomatoes, capsicum laid out of thick dosas with a crisp underside. Sounds just yum, isn’t it! For uttapam you can use freshly fermented dosa batter or left over dosa batter. But trust me you would want to make dosa batter just to make uttapam, the joy of eating specially made uttapam is equal to if not better than favourite masala dosas! ... “Uttapam | 3 Ways Uttapam | Dosa Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, fragrant and favourite, kesar elaichi peda
10/30/2018 8:42:58 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid I was always fascinated by big sweet shops. The idea of tasty, succulent sweets all lined up behind a counter makes one drool isn’t it? I have always loved pedas, there are all shapes of pedas, round, square, oval or random shaped. And the flavours, simply superb, kesar, badam, kaju, pista, elaichi, gulab and what not. The best ones for me are the elaichi peda or kesar elaichi peda with a distinct peda stamp/chaap.
Kesar elaichi peda is a standard when it comes to Indian sweets. The shape, the texture and the taste, all of it a perfect combination. Whether from bakeries, sweet stalls or from milk parlours (how many of you buy kesar elaichi peda from Nandini shops in Karnataka?) ... “Kesar Elaichi Peda | Kesar Peda | Sweet Recipes”
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”
Crisp and loaded with coconut flavour, bakery style homemade coconut biscuit
09/19/2018 9:18:32 AM vindhyadesai
Preparing droolworthy fresh biscuits and cookies at home is a very relaxing activity. Baking them fresh and eating a piece or two at tea time is a boon. The house will smell like a bakery and it can be a family activity. Involving kids too in the process of making biscuits and cookies teaches them teamwork and more importantly teaches them cooking . A childhood favourite is this homemade coconut biscuit.
Homemade coconut biscuit or kobbri biscuit was a common snack during childhood. Along with benne biscuit & khara biscuit, coconut biscuit used to be at home for an after school snack. The trio are very flavourful and the coconut biscuit recipe here completes my childhood biscuit collection. ... “Coconut Biscuit | Kobbri Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”
A tasty & healthy alternative to regular dosa, red rice dosa for breakfast!
09/13/2018 9:17:45 PM vindhyadesai
Variety of dosa recipes are a must for a South Indian home cook. Dosas are not just masala dosas as many think , they are much more. There is so much variety, so many recipes to play with. The end result is always tasty, delicious dosas for everyone to enjoy! This red rice dosa is one such great alternative to prepare.
I had raw red rice at home and also some red rice poha (flattened rice/avalakki). The best way to use red rice is to make red rice dosa, you get a lovely coloured dosa and the texture is crispy on the outside and soft inside. ... “Red Rice Dosa | Kempu Akki Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Soft paneer paratha, quick to make, delicious to eat for breakfast or dinner
08/21/2018 10:35:13 PM vindhyadesai
Parathas are delicious to eat and some parathas are even easy to prepare. Although the general notion about paratha-making is, it is very time consuming. But not this paneer paratha, nuh huh! The paneer stuffing for paneer paratha is easy to make. It’s a matter of then rolling out the parathas and serving them.
To make life easier I generally knead whole wheat dough earlier and set it aside for gluten formation. Just before making parathas I prepare the stuffing in 5 minutes and roll out soft fresh parathas. Mouth-watering indeed, isn’t it? There are many ways of rolling out parathas, I have shown the sandwich method of making parathas here. ... “Paneer Paratha | Paratha Recipes | Breakfast Recipes”