Mini and fun to eat, drizzle with ghee or dunk in sambar, super tasty mini idlis
07/19/2018 10:02:49 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid when I used to go to hotels or darshinis (few & far between), I always ended up ordering masala dosa. But I used to be always fascinated by nice looking dishes like mini idlis served with tiffin sambar and chutney. Those mini idlis served with ghee and piping hot sambar is a sight!
Not to worry, making mini idlis might seem like a difficult task. I have always found that we, as home cooks get intimidated by making something mini or miniature in size. It somehow becomes a daunting task although we can rustle up big batches of meals to serve a crowd. Making these mini idlis is not that difficult after all. It is essentially idli recipe but made into mini idlis. ... “Mini Idlis | Baby Idli | Hotel Style Mini Idli | Idli Recipes”
A must with idli, dosa and uddina vada, hotel style tiffin sambar
05/01/2018 9:45:27 PM vindhyadesai
Most hotels serve sambar with idli, dosas, pongal, and the ever popular uddina vada. Hotel style sambar also called tiffin sambar is an absolute must in tiffin centres and darshinis. Served with rice and a papad on the side is the saviour lunch for many people. It provides warmth and comfort to a hungry stomach. Daily office goers and factory goers depend on this tiffin sambar and rice.
So it is not only breakfast items but it is a staple in ‘tiffin’ boxes and carriers as they are called. Imagine dunking a piece of uddina vada in hot tiffin sambar, absolutely to die for! Plain tiffin sambar has pearl or sambar onions and tomatoes. A fresh masala is roasted and ground everyday and then simmered in a dal gravy. The more it boils the better it tastes. ... “Hotel Style Tiffin Sambar | Tiffin Sambar | Sambar Recipes”
Rich in protein and the goodness of spinach, creamy restaurant style palak paneer
03/12/2018 9:34:18 PM vindhyadesai
Palak paneer was one of the very first paneer dishes I tried years ago. I liked the idea of palak with its nutrients and protein rich lightly golden fried paneer pieces. A perfect marriage of ingredients resulting in the best restaurant style palak paneer.
Ensure you have fresh paneer and palak to make restaurant style palak paneer. It has some nice spices along with julienne’d ginger and some aromatic kasuri methi to finish on top. I also have a rustic home style palak paneer recipe where I do not grind the palak and leave the masala ingedients with a texture. Of course, restaurant style palak paneer has some fresh cream to finish which brings out the best flavours and creaminess. ... “Restaurant Style Palak Paneer | Palak Paneer | Paneer Recipes”
Super tasty, lip smacking hotel style open dosa
03/10/2017 10:25:36 PM vindhyadesai
Anyone will love one base recipe from which many other unique dishes can take shape. They are called mother-ship recipes! Oh boy! I love such recipes. For all the effort that goes into making dosa batter it is a mega base recipe. Making a huge batch of dosa batter enables you to make crisp hot masala dosa, plain dosa or this hotel style open dosa.
Hotel style open dosa is a tasty dosa variety found in many darshinis across Bangalore-Mysore. You know exactly what’s in your dosa or should I say ‘on’ your dosa.
A super specialty dosa recipe from the alleys of Bangalore-Mysore. Very tasty and lip-smacking with a layer of chutney powder, a big spoon of aloo palya, a dollop of butter and topped with freshly grated coconut. Certainly worth the effort! ... “Hotel Style Open Dosa | Open Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Crisp and utterly tasty, hotel style onion rava dosa
02/11/2017 6:28:25 PM vindhyadesai
Crisp hotel style onion rava dosa, I can actually hear the sound of its crispness when I break into a little bite. Yum! One of the tastiest dosas ever! Hotel style onion rava dosa is very easy to make as the batter needs no soaking or fermenting.
This recipe is instant although I prefer to keep it for atleast half hour after preparing batter. It is not essential but it makes the batter soak up all rava and blend well with all flavours.
Now coming to the secret of making crisp hotel style onion rava dosa. Should I reveal it? Oh, well here it is, ‘water’. Yes, you read it right, water is very very essential to make hotel style onion rava dosa. It is absolutely essential to make the batter thin and watery. ... “Hotel Style Onion Rava Dosa | Onion Rava Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Adorned with whole black peppercorns, soft and delicious ven pongal
01/02/2017 12:40:47 PM vindhyadesai
A wholesome rice with the simplest of spices has to be pongal. Main ingredients being rice and mung/moong dal along with black pepper they make a super delicious combo. Ven pongal is a variation of khichdi from Tamil Nadu and South India. This is similar to hotel style pongal served with white coconut chutney and tiffin sambar.
Khichdi is the most common dish all over India. It is made in different ways for instance the one, I have already posted from Bengal, khichuri. These dishes are very comforting and most importantly they are one-pot meals. ... “Ven Pongal | Pongal Recipes | Sankranti Recipes”
Extremely flavourful and creamy, restaurant style methi malai paneer
12/15/2016 5:11:52 PM vindhyadesai
Soft paneer pieces floating in a creamy and fragrant gravy will be a delight to eat. Methi Malai Paneer is a creamy gravy with flavoursome methi leaves and an aromatic masala. The creaminess is from the cashews and also the cream and also the butter 🙂
A restaurant style gravy is an absolute hit. The slight bitterness from methi makes it go really well with all the richness of cream and cashews. Of course, do not forget the spices which give the distinct aroma to this wonderful gravy. ... “Methi Malai Paneer | Paneer Recipes | How to make methi malai paneer?”
Karnataka style delicious mixed veg saagu a popular side dish for set dosas
11/14/2016 9:41:12 PM vindhyadesai
Aromatic, flavourful, coconuty mixed veg saagu Karnataka style is one of my favourite gravies. It is a very popular side dish for chapathis/rotis, pooris or dosas especially set dosas.
Veg saagu has a rich taste rendered by the coconut masala along with a background of subtle spices like laung, dalchini. The hint of tanginess from lime/lemon makes it a very well balanced gravy. The mixed vegetables are cooked to perfection. They melt in the mouth but still with a little bite. The combination is exquisite! ... “Mixed Veg Saagu | Karnataka Style Mixed Veg Saagu”
Soft, fluffy set dosas, served with Karnataka style mixed veg saagu
11/13/2016 6:37:02 PM vindhyadesai
If there is a dish popular after masala dosa then it has to be set dosa. Set dosas are called so because unlike masala dosas these are served in a set. The number is usually 3 dosas but some serve 2 or 4.
Set dosa is soft and fluffy with very light crispness on the outside. This is a very popular dish amongst Darshini visitors. This is quite filling and a plate per person is sufficient for breakfast. ... “Set Dosa | How to make set dosas? | Dosa Recipes”
Most loved breakfast ever, soft yet crisp masala dosas
08/30/2016 9:38:23 PM vindhyadesai
Dosa/Dose is a very popular dish from South India eaten for breakfast. But these days, dosa has become an universal dish. It is famous all over the world and not just in India. They are thin and crepe like, made from rice and urad dal(black gram dal) batter. See my dosa batter recipe to make dosas. This is a crowd puller dish and is one of the most prepared dishes in weddings and other parties along with bisi bele bhaat. You will definitely see a crowd around a dosa counter wherever it is, in parties, in dosa camps, in hotels, in street dosa vans which sell “99”, “100” and many more varieties of dosas. With the same batter you can make different variety of dosas. Masala dosa has potato (aloo) masala palya filling with red chutney (kempu chutney) smeared just before adding the masala. Red chutney is substituted with green mint/pudina chutney sometimes. Serve dosa with coconut chutney or any other chutneys or side dishes you like. ... “Masala Dosa | Masale Dose | How to make masala dosa?”