Flavourful & fresh, marking the arrival of spring and Ugadi special, maavinakayi chitranna
03/17/2018 7:17:01 AM vindhyadesai
Raw mangoes/maavinakayi are best eaten during the ‘season’. Firm, fresh raw mangoes taste best when made into a spicy maavinakayi chutney i.e. mango chutney or this maavinakayi chitranna. It’s heaven in the mouth with the play of all flavours, sourness from the raw mangoes, spiciness from chillies, light bitterness from methi seeds and sweetness from the jaggery.
It’s the best combination there is to mix with some cooked rice. The crunch of the groundnuts makes this super simple maavinakayi chitranna fit to made for a grand festival like Ugadi. It’s that time of the year when you get the first good crop of raw mangoes and they are very juicy and flavourful. Try this maavinakayi chitranna this Ugadi. ... “Maavinakayi Chitranna | Raw Mango Chitranna | Bhaat 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”
Lemon Rice, a common dish, ever popular dish from South India
03/03/2018 12:23:44 PM vindhyadesai
Most liked and savoured lunch box item. Kids and adults alike absolutely cherish this, nimbehannina chitranna a.k.a lemon rice.
Made with simple ingredients, lemon rice is one of those dishes that you will never get bored of. Freshly cooked rice mixed with a flavourful tadka of mustard, groundnuts, fragrant curry leaves. A generous pinch of turmeric imparts a beautiful yellow hue. Grated coconut and a big squeeze of lemon juice to finish off the tasty lemon rice. ... “Lemon Rice | Nimbehannina Chitranna | Bhaat Recipes”
Delicious with crunchy peanuts, perfect for fasting sabudana khichdi
09/22/2017 10:29:30 AM vindhyadesai
Sabudana khichdi is a staple in Maharashtra and North Karnataka. It is mostly made during fasting days for vrats or ekadashi. Sabudana khichdi is very simple to prepare, soaking sabudana is the most important step. Sago or sabudana or seeme akki as it is called in Kannada is a product of tapioca starch obtained from cassava root.
Sabudana khichdi is a simple and humble dish. It has soft yet crisp golden roasted potatoes, crunchy roasted groundnuts/peanuts. The hint of lemon takes the khichdi’s taste to another level! A plate of sabudana khichdi served with cool yogurt is ideal even for breakfast or just as an evening snack. ... “Sabudana Khichdi | Sabudani Khees | Fasting 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”
Nutritious, healthy and tasty mung usli or hesarukaalu usli/sundal
03/18/2017 4:53:40 PM vindhyadesai
Mung beans are one of the most nutritious legumes. The most important part in cooking mung beans is it does not even need soaking. t can be cooked just like mung dal, quick and easy! Try this delicious mung usli or hesaru kaalu usli.
This mung usli can be made for breakfast or for snacks or as a side dish with thalipeeth or akki roti accompanied with shenga chutney pudi. It tastes good even with chapathi. Mung usli is a staple in North Karnataka served with bhakkri (jolada roti), palya and chutney pudi. Classic combo! ... “Mung Usli | Hesarukaalu Usli | Usli Recipes”
Spicy, tangy, tasty badanekayi rasapalya – gravy for rotis
01/22/2017 5:13:15 PM vindhyadesai
A very popular gravy from North Karnataka, badanekayi rasapalya. It is spicy yet refreshing and tastes best with bhakkri/jolada roti or even regular chapathis or rotis.
Badanekayi rasapalya or brinjal gravy has simple spices like sesame and cinnamon. Their combination makes this gravy loaded with flavours. Tomato and onion makes the base of the gravy nice and thick. Texture-wise this gravy scores a ten on ten in my opinion. ... “Badanekayi Rasapalya | Brinjal Gravy | Gravy Recipes”
Traditional homemade Sankranti yellu bella, trail mix to share
01/10/2017 9:29:26 PM vindhyadesai
Trail Mixes are always fun to eat. A traditional way of celebrating Sankranti/Pongal in Karnataka & Maharashtra is to make yellu-bella or til-gul. Sankranti yellu bella is a mixture of toasted sesame seeds and jaggery pieces. Apart from these ingredients which denote bitter-sweet flavours, roasted groundnuts, roasted gram and pieces of desiccated coconut are also added.
This is the perfect marriage of all flavours depicting the flavours of life. On this occasion of Sankranti make this mixture from scratch at home. With only few days away from Sankranti I thought of posting this recipe for Sankranti yellu bella.
It is more of proportions of all ingredients that need to be added in order to make this mixture well balanced. Most people tend to buy this from grocery stores these days to celebrate Sankranti. Would it not be more fun and authentic to put together a simple mixture at home this Sankranti? ... “Sankranti Yellu Bella | Til Gul | How to make yellu bella?”
Crisp, karara, bakery style masala groundnuts or khara kadalebeeja
01/09/2017 6:04:01 PM vindhyadesai
Groundnuts they say are the poor man’s cashews but I say they are even better than cashews. Or both are awesome! Let’s settle on that 🙂 Admit it, we all are nuts for both those nuts! These crisp karara masala groundnuts are one the best snacks in the world.
Come tea-time, these humble snacks are a tasty choice. Light and masaledaar, masala groundnuts very famous in condiment stores in Karnataka . A special mention has to go to ‘Subbamma Stores’ a condiment store in Bengaluru. The variety of snacks we get there are simply mouth-watering. ... “Masala Groundnuts | Khara Kadalebeeja | Snack Recipes”
Mini cut groundnut or shenga barfis – something for the sweet tooth
01/01/2017 12:08:59 PM vindhyadesai
New Year is here! Let’s us start this new year on a sweet note. A fun to make recipe, shenga barfis. Made with roasted groundnuts mixed into melted jaggery and ghee. Now, what can go bad with that 🙂
Sankranti/Pongal planning has to start soon. This year the harvest festival is on the 14th of January. Make simple sweets like shenga unde, shenga chikki along with these shenga barfis. They will make your Sankranti/Pongal celebration special.
These shenga barfis can be cut into any shape, I have cut them into small squares. Small squares are ideal to distribute amongst friends and colleagues. Everyone can just grab a little barfi and help themselves with more. ... “Shenga Barfis | Kadalebeeja Barfi | How to make groundnut barfi? | Sankranti Recipes”