A well arranged masala box, with all the essentials for everyday cooking
04/18/2018 10:13:24 PM vindhyadesai
Do you find yourself scampering around while cooking, looking around to find mustard, cumin, methi, pepper etc. A masala box or vaggarne dabbi or tadka dabba will come to your rescue. In many cuisines people have spice stands, boxes etc. But masala box is something very unique to Indian cuisine specially in Southern and Western parts of India.
It is generally a stainless steel box with multiple small containers like pigeon holes. These containers hold a small quantity of spices. In olden days, the masala box used to be made of copper or brass. Here I have described an easy way to fill up your masala box with some typical South Indian spices. It is a do it yourself activity, ready to make meals like mixed veg upma, lemon rice, to add tadka for chutneys etc. ... “Masala Box | Spice Box | Vaggarne Dabbi | Tadka Dibba”
Spicy, mouth watering, homemade green chilli pickle
02/19/2018 9:49:49 PM vindhyadesai
Years ago when I first bought a jar of green chilli pickle home everyone had loved it. I always wanted to make green chilli pickle, so, here it is, a brand new spicy pickle recipe from FOI. The beautiful yellow mustard with fresh green chillies pickled with lime juice and a dash of vinegar, absolutely mouth watering.
Here I have used less spicy, long fat green chillies. You can use any kind of green chillies you want. Or you can even ask your vegetable vendor for the best variety to make green chilli pickle. While making pickles there are a few things to keep in mind. A clean, dry kitchen counter, sterilized glass jars to store pickles. Of course you also need loads of patience, you will need to visit this green chilli pickle once every few days. ... “Green Chilli Pickle | Hasimenasinakayi Uppinakayi | Pickle Recipes”
Homemade Apple Sauce for baking cakes, desserts and more
02/26/2017 5:59:45 PM vindhyadesai
Did you know apple sauce is a substitute for eggs in baking? Several cakes and desserts can be baked with homemade apple sauce. It is super easy to make.
Homemade apple sauce can be used as a dip just as a little snack with some cut fruits. It can also be used to pour over ice cream just like caramel or fudge sauce. A healthier alternative!
I used this batch of homemade apple sauce to make apple pancakes. I have adapted this apple sauce from The Pioneer Woman recipe. Homemade apple sauce is scrumptious and can be eaten by the spoonful. Delicious! ... “Homemade Apple Sauce | How to make apple sauce?”
Lip-smacking, juicy, mildly spicy, refreshing homemade lime pickle
01/31/2017 5:16:29 PM vindhyadesai
We all know pickling is an art. It is this statement which makes us all take a step back and stop ourselves from trying to make pickles. Making pickles in India is a very old tradition. Homemade lime pickle, lemon pickle, mango pickle have to be the most popular pickle recipes.
Just make pickles in a clean dry environment. Then you will find pickle making a breeze. Even I have experienced pickles turning out bad after taking utmost care. But it is definitely possible to make good pickles. ... “Homemade Lime Pickle | Pickle Recipes | Nimbekayi Uppinakayi”
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?”
Mild, fragrant, homemade Thai green curry paste – base for tasty Thai curries
12/05/2016 9:57:05 PM vindhyadesai
Thai curries are aromatic and fragrant. The aroma is rendered by a unique blend of ingredients ground into a paste. Thai green curry paste is so called because of the green colour from the chillies, basil (Thai), lime leaves etc.
Ingredients are generally ground into a paste using mortar and pestle. Obviously this will bring out the flavours of the ingredients even more.
Along with green curry paste there is another variation which is the red curry paste. These pastes are used with coconut milk and other ingredients to make beautiful curries from the Oriental! ... “Thai Green Curry Paste | How to make Thai green curry paste?”
Spicy groundnut chutney powder, pre-made side dish
09/22/2016 9:52:21 PM vindhyadesai
Having a side dish always on hand in the form of a dry powder and which does not spoil is very useful. Chutney Powders/Chutney Pudis are a great side dish for chapathis, rotis, dosas, idlis or even hot rice with ghee. Shenga chutney pudi (groundnut chutney powder) is a very famous side dish from North Karnataka. All households make large quantities of this tasty spicy powder and store it. Try this with thalipeeth or with dosas. Dosas like rava dosa, open masala dosa taste really good with this chutney powder. The best combination has to be Bhakkri or Jowar Roti (plain sorghum flour oiless thin rotis) with this tasty shenga chutney powder mixed with yogurt/curd. A slightly different form called ‘shenga hinDi’ a coarser and rougher chutney powder with only oily shengas, is also a super delicacy from the beautiful land of North Karnataka (like Bijapur and other places). Other shenga/groundnut recipes to try. ... “Shenga Chutney Pudi | Groundnut Chutney Powder | How to make groundnut chutney powder?”
Sweet gooseberry jam with tangy notes
9/14/2016 10:40:28 PM vindhyadesai
Gooseberries are very rich in Vitamin C and dietary fibre. They are tart and tangy and also pulpy making a good berry for making jam/marmalade. Moreover they are available throughout the year in most places especially in tropical places. There are so many variety available, big lemon sized ones, small ones, soft ones and even red ones etc. I have used green soft gooseberries almost seedless, which are not very sour to make jam as given in recipe below. Try other jam/marmalade recipes. Another version made in India is the Amla Murabba or Nellikayi Gulambu (as called in Kannada) will also be posted on FOI. ... “Gooseberry Jam | How to make gooseberry jam?”
Homemade dosa batter for hotel style dosas
08/28/2016 9:33:47 PM vindhyadesai
The secret to make crisp yet soft dosas without using a lot of oil is in the batter. Dosa batter should be fermented to the right consistency for good, tasty dosas. Different people make dosa batter in different ways, few add cooked rice, few add puffed rice and few add rice flakes (poha). I use poha which makes the dosas light and fenugreek (methi) seeds for fermentation and colour. There are few more secret ingredients revealed in below recipe. Look out for the notes mentioned in the recipe for important pointers. ... “Dosa Batter | How to make dosa batter? | Dose Hittu”
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?”