Festive and loaded with nuts and raisins, creamy sakkare pongal
01/08/2018 9:56:18 PM vindhyadesai
Come January, we start preparing for Makara Sankranti/Pongal. In various parts of India this is a special festival and is celebrated with much fervour all around. Traditional recipes such as this sweet version sakkare pongal and a spicy version like ven pongal are the main staples of this festival.
Sakkare pongal a.k.a sakkarai pongal, has its origins in Tamil Nadu and is a must for the festival. It has rice and mung dal cooked until soft and creamy in a jaggery syrup and milk. It is flavoured with fragrant spices like laung, cardamom and topped with ghee. ... “Sakkare Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Sankranti Recipes”
Rich and nutty, with a beautiful sunshine yellow colour, badam halwa
01/01/2018 8:08:24 PM vindhyadesai
A rich and nutty halwa is the order of the day! Welcoming the new year with a gorgeous yellow coloured traditional sweet, badam halwa. Halwas are very popular all over India. Carrot halwa, lauki halwa are amongst the most favourite and common ones.
Badam halwa is a rich and decadent halwa made purely with almonds, sugar and fragrant saffron (kesar). Indeed it is a very rich sweet but so tasty that you will want to gorge on more than one. ... “Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Soft raisins, golden fried cashews in traditional Karnataka style rava ladoo or rava unde
09/09/2017 10:34:35 PM vindhyadesai
Traditional sweets are always the best recipes to turn to if you are unsure of what to make. These recipes have been made by millions over the years. They are foolproof, tried, tested and of course tasted! One such sweet recipe is rava unde or rava ladoo.
These moist and soft rava unde are laden with plump raisins and golden cashews. Adding ghee takes this rava unde to another level in terms of aroma. Milk adds the necessary moisture to these wonderful sweets. Mild spicy notes in the form of cloves (laung/lavanga) and elaichi (cardamom) adds all the fragrance. ... “Rava Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Moist, healthy and loaded with goodness, overnight carrot cake oatmeal
09/05/2017 9:39:56 PM vindhyadesai
Finding innovative ways to make breakfast always leads me to ideas on Pinterest. This is one such idea, overnight carrot cake oatmeal. It has all the ingredients that go into carrot cake. Speaking of carrot cake, I photoshot wholewheat carrot cake with cream cheese frosting almost an year ago and completely forgot about it.
This overnight carrot cake oatmeal has plump raisins, chopped nuts, aromatic spice powders like cinnamon, all spice. Of course it has oats and grated carrots and the special secret ingredient is chia seeds. Chia seeds add a nice touch and they enhance the consistency of the oatmeal. ... “Overnight Carrot Cake Oatmeal | Oats Recipes”
Creamy carrot payasa, an easy choice for festivals or when guests come over
07/09/2017 4:57:44 PM vindhyadesai
When guests are coming over or when you need to make a quick sweet which everybody would like then carrot payasa or kheer can be one your choices. It tastes best chilled or at room temperature. You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
It’s just a matter of slicing up some fresh carrots and cooking them through. They can be even cooked in a pressure cooker till soft. Made fragrant with elaichi, this easy to make carrot payasa is popular with kids. They will like the colour and texture. It is smooth and sweet, so you would not hear any complaints. ... “Carrot Payasa | Payasa Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Mango masti in mango mastani – fun with ice cream and mangoes
06/09/2017 9:53:04 PM vindhyadesai
Mango combined with ice cream is a match made in heaven. The taste of magnificent mangoes with the chilled sweetness of creamy ice cream makes this chilled drink very special! Mango mastani has ripe mangoes and vanilla or mango ice cream is a speciality drink from Maharashtra!
It is thicker than mango milkshake and has a big scoop of ice cream on top. But the most important thing is the addition of toppings. Toppings in the form of pistachios, tutti frutti, cherries take this mango mastani to another level. ... “Mango Mastani | Mango Recipes”
Mango kesari – a twist on the traditional kesari with delicious in season mango flavours
05/29/2017 4:51:50 PM vindhyadesai
I just love the mango season. So many recipes to try out with mangoes. Mangoes are truly the king of fruits in the real sense. It blends well with in so many dishes. Like the signature haal kesari dish or sheera made into something extraordinary like mango kesari. Spectacular!
It’s truly a treat for the senses. It is visually very appealing and the taste is simply ‘mango’ (see what I did here!). One of the best and simplest sweet dishes I have tried in recent times. It is the ultimate celebration of juicy ripe mangoes.
Hurry, the mango season just might be over prematurely owing to the torrential rains! Line it up though, all you mango lovers, this dish takes mango to a new level. It works so well in this kesari. ... “Mango Kesari | Mango Sheera | Mango Recipes”
Flavourful and tasty, pack for your lunch box – special menthya soppina bhaat
05/13/2017 10:11:34 PM vindhyadesai
Any rice bhaat or pulao made with fresh homemade masala is very flavourful. Years ago when I was learning cooking and experimenting with recipes I developed this masala for menthya soppina bhaat. The most important thing I learnt while making this masala was that toor dal enhances and actually brings out the taste of methi leaves/menthya soppu.
I can easily say this is my favourite bhaat of all time. It is so flavourful and aromatic without using a lot of strong spices. Light subtle spices along with desi ghee make this menthya soppina bhaat sing and dance with glory 🙂 ... “Menthya Soppina Bhaat | Methi Bhaat | Bhaat Recipes”
Crispy, chatpata, kurkura healthier alternative, whole wheat flakes chivda
05/01/2017 4:14:15 PM vindhyadesai
Want to munch on something chatpata and kurkura? Then try this whole wheat flakes chivda, a simple and healthier alternative to deep fried snacks. Chivda is in fact my most favourite snack surpassing chakli, kodubale or muruku. Or may be not 🙂 all are equal! Chivda is so tasty and it is quite a filling snack, the best part is, it is not deep fried.
Typically chivda is made with rice flakes/avalakki. I always try to find new ways to make chivda. Last Deepavali, I made a big batch of whole wheat flakes chivda to give to friends and colleagues. It turned out crispy and tasty. ... “Whole Wheat Flakes Chivda | Flakes Chivda | Chivda Recipes”
Creamy, pearly, suitable for fasting sabudana kheer
04/02/2017 10:33:47 PM vindhyadesai
An easy and traditional way of celebrating festivals is by making some kind of kheer/payasa. Seviyaan kheer is one of the most commonly made kheer. If you are looking for an easy kheer/payasa recipe then you have arrived at the right place. Sabudana kheer is suitable for fasting or vrats.
Sabudana kheer is one of the easiest sweets to make and is ready without a lot of effort. The only thing to keep in mind is to get the thickness of this kheer/payasa to the right consistency. ... “Sabudana Kheer | Sabudana Payasa | Navratri Recipes”