Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, tea-time special, baalekayi bajji
02/17/2019 8:02:50 PM vindhyadesai
Winter is almost over for many of us in the Northern hemisphere. But still the cold lingers on and one feels like eating something chatpata or crisp at tea time. What better than these crisp baalekayi bajji or raw banana fries/fritters. They are crisp, slightly chatpata and soft on the inside.
A simple batter made with besan and a little rice flour to render crispiness. Then a few simple masalas are added which add the right amount of seasoning. Thin slices of raw banana are dunked into the coating batter and deep fried in oil. A snack ready, in no time at all either for a lazy Sunday afternoon or for tea-time on weekdays! ... “Baalekayi Bajji | Raw Banana Fritters | Snack Recipes”
Naturally sweet and rich in nutrients, sihi genasu or sweet potato sweet
02/05/2019 9:39:25 PM vindhyadesai
Tubers such as sweet potato, cassava are so underrated. So few takers for these ancient vegetables. But then there is aloo (potato) which came to India through Portuguese about 300 years ago. But we have always had other tubers and root vegetables. These are infact our staples providing essential nutrition in the form of carbohydrates and fibre. So I have come back with a North Karnataka special recipe sihi genasu or sweet potato sweet, translated literally!
Although sweet potatoes look hard they cook very quickly. They have so much taste in them that not much is required to make a nice dish out of it. As with North Karnataka cuisine, we always have simple dishes just like the simple people from the region. Few ingredients and sihi genasu or sweet potato sweet is ready. The syrupy consistency makes you want more. ... “Sihi Genasu | Sweet Potato Sweet | Sweet Recipes”
Easy to make, loaded with coconut flavour, festival special instant coconut ladoo
11/05/2018 9:51:10 PM vindhyadesai
Last minute preparations for Deepavali or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Then you have landed in the right place, instant coconut ladoo. This is such an easy recipe and delicious instant coconut ladoo get ready in no time at all. For festivals, infact simple recipes help to keep your sanity!
For instant coconut ladoo recipe, you will need coconut powder or fine desiccated coconut powder and condensed milk. To enhance the coconut flavour, I add coconut oil, it also keeps the instant coconut ladoo nice and white. Of course elaichi powder makes the ladoo aromatic and flavourful. ... “Instant Coconut Ladoo | Coconut Ladoo | Sweet 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”
Bright yellow and fragrant, super special and a favourite sheera, pineapple kesari
10/08/2018 1:55:13 PM vindhyadesai
Kesari is a very commonly made sweet all across India. It is like a halwa but has a league of its own. Kesari or kesari bhaat or sheera is made with rava as the base. It can then be laced with different flavours like kesar, elaichi etc. The liquid added can be either milk or water, if making it with milk, check out my haal kesari recipe. Here I have made a pineapple kesari!
Kesari can be enriched with extra flavours by adding a fruit or fruits into the mix. Pineapple, apple, mango, banana can go into making kesari. Pineapple kesari is one of the most famous ones amongst the lot! It is rich as it is made with pure desi ghee and loaded with cashews and raisins. ... “Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Sheera | Kesari Recipes”
Humble and simple, mosaru avalakki, or dahi poha, Shri Krishna Janmashtami special
09/01/2018 11:35:55 AM vindhyadesai
A must have dish, mosaru avalakki for Shri Krishna Janmashtami along with some some fresh butter churned up for ‘muddu’ (beloved) Shri Krishna. Fun snacks offered are such as kodubale, benne muruku, chakli, kobbri mithai, 7 Cups barfi, kalakand. But the most simple and humble dish required on the day is ‘mosaru avalakki’ or dahi poha.
You can choose to add some simple tadka/vaggarne ingredients to make it extra tasty. But in general you can even it keep it plain and quickly mix this up. After eating oily snacks a few spoonfuls of this mosaru avalakki is indeed cooling. So as I mentioned, ignore ‘For Tadka’ ingredients mentioned in the recipe and just follow the simple steps to mix poha with curd. ... “Mosaru Avalakki | Dahi Poha | Mosaravalakki”
Cool and refreshing, Ram Navami special homemade majjige or chaas
03/23/2018 10:01:59 PM vindhyadesai
A glass of majjige or chaas is what one needs in sweltering heat. It is like a lifeline to the parched throat. The coolness of watery majjige is very good for the gut and has a cooling effect on your body. Very simple to make, all it takes is a little set plain curd/yogurt and little salt. You can add chopped coriander and a little tadka for some extra flavour.
Majjige also aids in digestion and is made throughout India and called by different names. It is usually given as an after meal drink or served for festivals like Ram Navami. Curd/yogurt is beaten/churned till it turns even and then lot of water is added so it becomes watery. This is then chilled till it is served or you can serve majjige by adding ice cubes in them. ... “Majjige | Chaas Recipe | Summer Recipes”
Cool, refreshing, a must for Ram Navami celebration – bellada panaka
03/21/2018 9:50:23 PM vindhyadesai
Panaka is a refreshing drink made with fresh lemon juice and it is generally sweetened with sugar. But this authentic cooling beverage is made from jaggery to result in a very nice bellada panaka. Jaggery or bella is unrefined and is not processed as much as sugar and is better for you. Moreover it is rich in minerals making it a healthy drink.
Bellada panaka is a must for Ram Navami festival. Along with majjige these are served in big pitchers on the streets by enthusiastic people and it’s for a good cause. It definitely helps the people to recover from the heat and is a big colourful celebration! It is flavoured with elaichi and a little dry ginger powder, black pepper powder and is chilled before serving. The lemon juice rounds up all the flavours so well, a simply super drink! ... “Bellada Panaka | Gur Ki Sharbat | Juice Recipes”
A simple and flavourful poha/avalakki dish, malnad style gojjavalakki
03/05/2018 10:00:05 PM vindhyadesai
I am always looking for new ways of making poha/avalakki. Most common ones are kayi avalakki, batata poha, kanda poha, matar poha etc. In Karnataka another famous poha/avalakki dish is huLi avalakki/gojjavalakki which I have already posted here. In this variation, I tried a malnad style gojjavalakki version with simple spices from Malnad region of Karnataka. All spices give a fresh flavour and make this dish really tasty.
Malnad style gojjavalakki can be eaten for breakfast or even for a light dinner. Tastes best served with curd/yogurt. The difference between Mysore/Bangalore style gojjavalakki and Malnad style gojjavalakki is the way in which the ‘gojju’ is made.
In Mysore/Bangalore gojjavalakki the ‘gojju masala’ is not cooked but it is allowed to set for a few hours and then mixed with powdered poha/avalakki. Whereas in Malnad style gojjavalakki the gojju is made fresh and is cooked just like in puliyogare. Either way both dishes taste great. ... “Malnad Style Gojjavalakki | Malnad Gojjavalakki | Breakfast Recipes”
Nutty, delicious, fudgy, special kaju pista rolls
02/28/2018 9:21:32 PM vindhyadesai
Sweets made of any kind of nuts or any milk sweets are considered special and rich. Indeed they are, special and rich and made on occasions like Holi, Deepavali or marriages. Kaju pista rolls definitely fall into that category. They are rich and nutty and a sure shot favourite amongst kids and adults.
Making kaju pista rolls involves a few steps but they do not require a lot of ingredients. Once you get the consistency right, making kaju pista rolls will then be a matter of just rolling them up 🙂 Nuts within nuts, who will not like them, these are fun to eat. ... “Kaju Pista Rolls | Sweet Recipes | Diwali Recipes”