Spicy and palate cleansing hasi menasinakayi thokku or green chilli thokku
11/26/2018 6:00:04 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy pickle always brightens up any meal. But making a pickle takes time unless it is an instant pickle. Another spicy dish that can brighten up a meal is thokku, spicy like a pickle and looks like a chutney. So here we are, making a spicy green chilli thokku or hasi menasinakayi thokku from Karnataka.
Green chilli thokku, will make your meal lip-smacking. Things are about to get hot in your meal! The important thing to make thokku is to fry the ingredients in oil well. For the green chilli thokku, the green chillies should be fried in oil till they develop blisters on the skin. It will break the heat and bring out the flavours and your green chilli thokku turns out super tasty! ... “Green Chilli Thokku | Hasi Menasinakayi Thokku | Thokku 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”
Healthy & nutritious, turmeric ginger pickle, bright coloured achar with some simple spices
09/03/2018 10:37:48 PM vindhyadesai
In Indian cuisine, turmeric plays a very important part. The bright yellow coloured root is usually available in the form of a powder which is used as a spice in cooking. ‘Curcumin’ the main nutrient in turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric root is also a very useful cooking ingredient, it can be used in soup broths, chutneys or in this turmeric ginger pickle (haldi adrak achar).
Turmeric ginger pickle is nothing but chopped raw turmeric and ginger root pickled with salt and lemon juice. I have added saunf here to give it a Gujarati tinge and it works very well in this turmeric ginger pickle. Always ensure to make pickles in a clean and dry environment. Sterilise the containers in which you will store the pickle. ... “Turmeric Ginger Pickle | Haldi Adrak Achar | Pickle Recipes”
Aromatic homemade vangi bhaat masala, a spice powder to make rice bhaat
08/26/2018 6:37:10 PM vindhyadesai
Homemade masalas are the best, they are fresh and aromatic. Such masalas are free from preservatives and artificial additives. That’s a good start to any dish especially rice based dishes. Different kinds of bhaat are made in South India which are based on some vegetable. Freshly powdered masala should be a part of such flavourful dishes. Vangi bhaat masala is very essential in Karnataka.
Vangi means brinjal or aubergine and a tasty rice dish is prepared with it called vangi bhaat. A special spice powder or masala that goes into it is vangi bhaat masala. It has a variety of spices mostly commonly available at home. These spices are lightly toasted till aromatic and ground into a powder.
... “Vangi Bhaat Masala | Bhaat Pudi | Homemade Bhaat Powder”
Colourful and fun, homemade tutti frutti for ice creams and baking
06/07/2018 12:55:35 PM vindhyadesai
As a child I was always fascinated with colourful tutti frutti pieces. I used to like munching on them straight out of the packet. But good tutti frutti is always hard to find as most of them have artificial colours and preservatives. So how about we learn making tutti frutti at home today?
Like with many confectionary items, tutti frutti can be used to make bread, cakes, biscuits and ice cream. It can also be used as topping in many chilled drinks such as mango lassi. I have already posted dil-pasand recipe and used it in thick and delicious mango mastani. Next up however is super delicious eggless tutti frutti ice cream. ... “Tutti Frutti | Homemade Tutti Frutti | Homemade Recipes”
Crispy, perfect in texture and taste, homemade sabbakki happala
06/05/2018 1:26:28 PM vindhyadesai
The quality of a meal almost entirely depends on the side dishes and condiments that are served with it. They pretty much define your food! For a typical South Indian everyday lunch it will have saaru/rasams like menasina saaru (pepper rasam), carrot saaru and sambars like sorekayi kootu, Mangalore southekayi sambar. Some sabudana happala to go with, yum!
Then there are side dishes like a palya and some saasme/raitha. Pickles and papads and happala must feature with these kind of dishes. We used to make happala and sandige at home every year during the summer holidays. A mango based lunch followed by making these happala and sandige used to be a big family affair. Pickling also was a very important activity to bring the whole family together. ... “Sabbakki Happala | Sabudana Fryum | Sabudana Papad”
Fresh, aromatic, homemade pav bhaji masala, to make your favourite dish special & tasty
05/22/2018 5:04:03 PM vindhyadesai
Pav bhaji is my favourite street food. Those pav breads lathered in butter and a creamy, chatpata and spicy bhaji on the side. Makes you drool, isn’t it? So why not make your favourite dish by adding fresh masala made right at home! So here it is, homemade pav bhaji masala.
Any masala which is homemade has to taste good. It’s the right proportion of ingredients which make the masala really fragrant. Moreover you do not have to worry about added preservatives or low quality ingredients. You have full control over the amount of spice, taste and texture in homemade pav bhaji masala. ... “Pav Bhaji Masala | Homemade Pav Bhaji Masala | Masala Recipes”
A well arranged masala box, with all the essentials for everyday cooking
04/18/2018 10:13:24 PM vindhyadesai
Do you find yourself scampering around while cooking, looking around to find mustard, cumin, methi, pepper etc. A masala box or vaggarne dabbi or tadka dabba will come to your rescue. In many cuisines people have spice stands, boxes etc. But masala box is something very unique to Indian cuisine specially in Southern and Western parts of India.
It is generally a stainless steel box with multiple small containers like pigeon holes. These containers hold a small quantity of spices. In olden days, the masala box used to be made of copper or brass. Here I have described an easy way to fill up your masala box with some typical South Indian spices. It is a do it yourself activity, ready to make meals like mixed veg upma, lemon rice, to add tadka for chutneys etc. ... “Masala Box | Spice Box | Vaggarne Dabbi | Tadka Dibba”
Spicy, mouth watering, homemade green chilli pickle
02/19/2018 9:49:49 PM vindhyadesai
Years ago when I first bought a jar of green chilli pickle home everyone had loved it. I always wanted to make green chilli pickle, so, here it is, a brand new spicy pickle recipe from FOI. The beautiful yellow mustard with fresh green chillies pickled with lime juice and a dash of vinegar, absolutely mouth watering.
Here I have used less spicy, long fat green chillies. You can use any kind of green chillies you want. Or you can even ask your vegetable vendor for the best variety to make green chilli pickle. While making pickles there are a few things to keep in mind. A clean, dry kitchen counter, sterilized glass jars to store pickles. Of course you also need loads of patience, you will need to visit this green chilli pickle once every few days. ... “Green Chilli Pickle | Hasimenasinakayi Uppinakayi | Pickle Recipes”
Aromatic, fresh, authentic Mysore style homemade sambar powder
09/25/2017 9:26:18 PM vindhyadesai
I am sure everybody agrees that fresh homemade masalas and powders cannot be replaced! Basic powders like saarina pudi/rasam powder and sambar powder are essential to a South Indian cook. They come in so handy. The aroma of homemade sambar powder is the measure of how good your sambar/huLi turns out to be.
Generally all ingredients are dry roasted individually and slowly in heated heavy pans/kadais. But here I have given a simple and easy method all done at once. Moreover it is for a small quantity measure making it simple to handle masala ingredients. This will also ensure your sambar powder is fresh. ... “Sambar Powder | Sambar Pudi | Homemade HuLi Pudi”