Perfect for breakfast lunch or dinner, delicious avalakki bisi bele bhaat
08/17/2018 8:00:35 AM vindhyadesai
Making variations of famous dishes can be delicious at times. Like this avalakki bisi bele bhaat which is an easy alternative to making elaborate bisi bele bhaat. Both taste great and the textures are slightly different. For avalakki bisi bele bhaat I generally add mung dal or hesaru bele. Whereas for rice bisi bele bhaat we add toor dal or togari bele.
As this is a quicker version of traditional BBB it’s not necessary to grind a coconut masala. Avalakki or poha is quite light on its own so we do not need additional things to make it rich and heavy. Throw in a few cashews and groundnuts for that crunch and colour. Generally, avalakki bisi bele bhaat is served immediately. Avalakki/poha absorbs a lot of liquid and so does mung dal, so it’s best to serve it fresh. ... “Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhaat | Poha Bisi Bele Bhaat | Breakfast Recipes”
Deep coloured, sweet and bitter, yellu chigli or til ke ladoo
08/12/2018 9:34:01 PM vindhyadesai
Come August we start celebrating different festivals. One of the first ones is to worship the serpent god, nagara chauthi and naga panchmi. It is widely celebrated throughout India. Amidst all the celebrations we generally like to make simple and easy sweets. That is where our age old traditional sweets come to our rescue. In Karnataka we make a simple ladoo with sesame seeds called yellu chigli or til ke ladoo.
Yellu chigli is made with black sesame seeds and jaggery. It is quite easy to make and is one of the most important sweets along with tambittu (roasted chana ladoo). Sesame seeds are fried till they release aroma then mixed with jaggery powder and fresh ghee. Yellu chigli are smaller in size as they should be consumed in small quantities. ... “Yellu Chigli | Til Ke Ladoo | Sesame Seeds Ladoo | Sweet Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, laden with ghee and crunchy nuts, special besan ladoo
08/07/2018 9:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
When summer holidays used to arrive we used to always have besan ladoo, avalakki chivda and kodubale at home. My mother always ensured she stocked up on these favourite North Karnataka snacks. Besan ladoo and avalakki chivda are infact the 2 most important snacks in a North Karnataka household. When you visit someone’s house you are sure to be offered these snacks. A cup of fresh chai and guests are served!
The trick to make fragrant and non-pasty/non-dry besan ladoo is patience. Yes you heard me right, you have to fry the mixture on low flame for quite sometime to get the right consistency, colour and taste! I mention it multiple times throughout this post, never ever be tempted to increase the heat on your pan, the mixture will turn into a clay like colour (ew!).
... “Besan Ladoo | Besan Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Flaky & delicate jaggery based sweet, Gujarat special gur papdi or sukhdi
07/10/2018 8:41:38 PM vindhyadesai
Gujarat is well known for its special sweets especially laden with ghee and milk. The drool-worthy sweets are simply to die-for! The variety of sweets prepared and consumed is mind-boggling. Simple everyday sweets are also a must, a piece or two with a meal, sounds very inviting. Gur papdi or gol papdi or sukhdi all names of the same sweet.
Gur papdi is nice and simple, it has whole wheat flour (atta), jaggery, desi ghee of course and some dry nuts if desired. It gets ready very quickly but it is a delicate sweet. It is flaky, so make it with love and care! Either way whether you are able to make the papdi or not, it will taste good. ... “Gur Papdi | Gol Papdi | Sukhdi | Sweet Recipes”
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”
Bright, sweet and delicious beetroot halwa
05/30/2018 12:21:51 PM vindhyadesai
Halwa is one of the easiest sweet dishes to prepare. It is quite easy to get the correct consistency when one follows a recipe. Beetroot halwa definitely falls in that category. Bright coloured grated beetroot simmered with milk and sugar and adorned with ghee fried cashews and raisins. That is a winner!
Beetroot halwa sounds rich and indulgent and for me the colour is the biggest factor of this delicious halwa. We always make carrot halwa and is pretty common across India. But beetroot halwa can also be just as delicious and because beetroots are naturally so sweet they make the halwa sweeter. ... “Beetroot Halwa | Halwa Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Homely and comforting, an everyday staple in many households, home style dal tadka
05/19/2018 4:15:06 PM vindhyadesai
Any day a simple dal is comforting and soothing. Dal tadka is the most commonly made type of dal in most households. Different states in India have different ways of making dal tadka. Each one is unique and really tasty. This dal tadka recipe is a simple home style recipe with all basic ingredients found at home!
Usually togari bele/toor dal also known as arhar dal or pigeon pea dal is used to make dal tadka. It has a super sweet taste and cooks very well and melts in your mouth. It blends with all masala really well and it can be made very quickly. Pressure cook dal, meanwhile make the masala and then do the honours by adding an aromatic tadka on top. ... “Dal Tadka | Tadka Dal | Dal Recipes”
Easy peasy, peas pulao, a staple with pop-in-the-mouth peas
05/15/2018 12:22:55 PM vindhyadesai
A simple dal-chawal can sometimes be very boring. But if you can bring some life into your chawal by adding some fresh/frozen green peas and cooked till the peas/matar turn soft and bright green. The peas just pop-in-the-mouth and they make a boring dish spring back into life. So here it is a simple dish from FOI, peas pulao or matar ke chawal.
Peas pulao can be made literally at the last minute. Quickly make some dal in your pressure cooker, wash basmati rice set it aside. Mix cool cucumber into beaten yogurt/curd. Lastly cook basmati rice and throw in some fresh/frozen green peas when the rice is half done. ... “Peas Pulao | Matar Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
A must with idli, dosa and uddina vada, hotel style tiffin sambar
05/01/2018 9:45:27 PM vindhyadesai
Most hotels serve sambar with idli, dosas, pongal, and the ever popular uddina vada. Hotel style sambar also called tiffin sambar is an absolute must in tiffin centres and darshinis. Served with rice and a papad on the side is the saviour lunch for many people. It provides warmth and comfort to a hungry stomach. Daily office goers and factory goers depend on this tiffin sambar and rice.
So it is not only breakfast items but it is a staple in ‘tiffin’ boxes and carriers as they are called. Imagine dunking a piece of uddina vada in hot tiffin sambar, absolutely to die for! Plain tiffin sambar has pearl or sambar onions and tomatoes. A fresh masala is roasted and ground everyday and then simmered in a dal gravy. The more it boils the better it tastes. ... “Hotel Style Tiffin Sambar | Tiffin Sambar | Sambar Recipes”
Traditional and tasty, 7 Cups barfi with a nutty texture
04/24/2018 10:14:06 PM vindhyadesai
How do I begin to describe this all time favourite barfi of mine. Years ago I tried this recipe and I have used the same recipe ever since making minor adjustments and changing the size of the ‘Cup’ used to make this 7 Cups barfi.
This 7 Cups barfi has 7 Cups of a combination of simple ingredients like besan, sugar, coconut, ghee, milk and big handful of cashews. The nuttiness imparted from cashews makes the 7 Cups barfi a sure shot favourite with kids. Making this does require patience but the fruits of labour are sweet and rewarding, you do get a very nice barfi to eat. ... “7 Cups Barfi | Seven Cups Recipe | Sweet Recipes”