Comforting and tasty, loaded with nutrition, home style dal palak
02/04/2018 5:52:51 PM vindhyadesai
Be it any day, a comforting bowl of dal is always the answer to feed a hungry stomach. It is not spicy nor is it too bland, it is like a gravy to eat with rotis/chapathis or just mix with plain old rice. It is full of proteins and loaded with nutrients if you add greens or vegetables like in this dal palak.
I love lapping up dal palak with chapathis or tawa parathas, such an easy yet filling dish for lunch or for dinner. Enjoy the goodness of palak and the mellowness of dal, surely a great combo in the form of dal palak. ... “Dal Palak | Home style palak dal | Dal Recipes”
Moist, succulent, airy, tangy with delicious tadka, Gujarati special instant khaman dhokla
08/26/2017 7:36:53 PM vindhyadesai
Gujarat, is the land of super delicious snacks, dhokla, khandvi, fafda etc. Khaman dhokla is the most famous of all dhoklas and is a common dish in Gujarati cuisine. It is a unique dish, it is relatively low in calories and is steamed.
The khaman (tadka + masala) on top of khaman dhokla is what adds the most flavour. The texture and body of course comes from the moist, succulent dhokla itself. It is a complete dish. It is generally served with fresh mint chutney or sweet imli chutney. ... “Khaman Dhokla | Snack Recipes | Gujarati Recipes”
Piping hot, super tasty, Karnataka style majjige huli
03/27/2017 8:28:23 PM vindhyadesai
Any day it’s our home style food that will make us feel comforted. These are the dishes your mom or granny used to make isn’t it? It will immediately make one nostalgic! My home style kind of food is South Indian food especially dishes like Karnataka style majjige huli (huLi).
Karnataka style majjige huli has ground coconut as the main ingredient along with kadale bele a.k.a chana dal. These two are ground together with minimal spices making extremely flavourful and nice and thick!
I really love to lap up Karnataka style majjige huli. A steaming bowl of rice along with a few sandige (fryums or fritters) and a pickle to taste on the side. All these together is a complete meal in itself! (our menu for tomorrow :-)) ... “Karnataka Style Majjige Huli | Majjige HuLi | Festival Recipes”
Pungent and flavourful aloo posto – aloo sabzi with khus-khus paste
10/09/2016 10:42:16 PM vindhyadesai
Aloo sabzis are the go-to sabzis be it on a festival or on regular days. Aloo or potatoes just work with anything and everything. After I decided to prepare Bengali style khichuri and tamatar chatni for Durgashtami I was thinking of a sabzi to go along with the chatni and phulkas/rotis, finally I zeroed in on making aloo posto. The star of the show is not aloo though. It is a paste made from lightly roasted khus-khus/gasa gase/poppy seeds. They give a pungent flavour to the sabzi and add great texture. Aloo posto is generally made in mustard oil like most Bengali dishes. It is a simple sabzi and is ready in no time. Do try other khus-khus or poppy seeds related dishes and aloo dishes. ... “Aloo Posto | Bengali Aloo Poshto | How to make aloo posto?”
Easy aloo jeera recipe with warming, toasted jeera
10/06/2016 7:38:51 PM vindhyadesai
One of the most common recipes I turn to when I need to prepare something with chapathi/phulkas/rotis is this easy aloo jeera sabzi. Aloo jeera or potatoes in warm toasted jeera/cumin seeds sounds comforting and delicious. This easy aloo jeera recipe can be made for vrata/vrat during Navratri or other vrat related festivals. Use sendha namak when making this for vrata/vrat. This dish gets ready in very less time the only waiting time is for the potatoes to get boiled and cooked which will be faster if you cook them in a cooker. Potatoes can be chopped in any way you like, any shape and any size but make sure they are bite sized. Here jeera is added 2 ways, toasted and pounded jeera and some in the tadka. Other potato dishes to try. ... “Aloo Jeera | How to make aloo jeera?”
Easy aloo baingan sabzi, mustardy, mildly spicy and flavourful
9/07/2016 9:46:12 PM vindhyadesai
A simple dry sabzi for everyday. Even those who do not like baingan/brinjal will also like this sabzi because the flavours are simple and tasty. Pungent mustardy flavour is imparted by adding pounded mustard seeds to oil before adding any other masala powders giving it the Bengal touch. You can even use mustard oil in place of pounded mustard seeds but the mustard flecks in between makes the sabzi very appealing. I have used regular garam masala, you can also use Punjabi garam masala if you want. Modify sabzi as per your taste. Do not overcook baingan which makes it mushy, unpalatable and unsightly sometimes. This sabzi is fast, fresh and simple and is an excellent side dish for rotis/phulkas/plain parathas/chapathis. Potatoes just work with eveything, they are so versatile! ... “Aloo Baingan | How to make aloo baingan sabzi?”
Aromatic, spicy Udupi style homemade saarina pudi/rasam powder
08/27/2016 4:48:16 PM vindhyadesai
Do you buy rasam powder or any masala from a store, try making it at home. There will certainly be a difference in the way you cook at home and it tastes very fresh, aromatic and will be of course free of preservatives. A simple saaru/rasam can be very satisfying and what better if you have fresh masala to make piping hot saaru/rasam/charu at home. Here is the recipe to make fresh rasam/saaru powder at home. For the proportions mentioned here you can make saaru/rasam powder that will be sufficient to make saaru/rasam at least 12 times which serves 4 people, so it lasts for a long time. You can even double the quantities and make more powder. Rasam powder can be used for a variety of other dishes like huLi avalakki and many more. ... “Saarina Pudi | Fresh homemade rasam powder | How to make saarina pudi?”
Easy ridge gourd/turai/heerekayi side dish for rotis/phulkas
07/30/2016 4:47:50 PM vindhyadesai
A simple gravy made with turai/ridge gourd/heerekayi. There is something about turai, I love the earthy smell and taste of turai. Here’s a simple North Indian style gravy to highlight the simplicity and taste of turai. I had tried this recipe from ‘Everyday cooking from Nita Mehta’ years ago and I love this recipe everytime I make it. An easy lunch box idea with rotis/phulkas or chapathis. ... “Turai | Ridge gourd gravy”
Lightly spiced and comforting dal fry served with phulkas or rice
06/18/2016 9:37:21 PM vindhyadesai
Homemade dal fry, sounds comforting? Whatever new type of food or dishes we crave for, we always go back to homemade food like saaru (rasam), dal tadka, dal fry, some steamed rice and chapathis/rotis and sabzi/palya. Dal fry is the first dish I always make when I cook North Indian food, served along side paneer(dry or gravy), phulkas and some hot steamed rice or jeera rice. I make a big pot of dal, serve it with phulkas for one meal and then with rice for another meal. My menu is sorted on a busy day. I always use toor dal/arhar dal/pigeon pea dal/togari bele to make dal fry.
Masoor dal/red lentils can also be used. Toor dal gives the creamiest texture and the right thickness to dal fry. Dal fry is made by cooking dal and adding sauteed tomato masala to it and I also add tadka on top for extra flavour. Dal tadka is made by cooking dal and masala together in a big pot or cooker and then tadka is added to it and is thinner in consistency compared to dal fry. ... “Dal Fry”