Spicy and palate cleansing hasi menasinakayi thokku or green chilli thokku
11/26/2018 6:00:04 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy pickle always brightens up any meal. But making a pickle takes time unless it is an instant pickle. Another spicy dish that can brighten up a meal is thokku, spicy like a pickle and looks like a chutney. So here we are, making a spicy green chilli thokku or hasi menasinakayi thokku from Karnataka.
Green chilli thokku, will make your meal lip-smacking. Things are about to get hot in your meal! The important thing to make thokku is to fry the ingredients in oil well. For the green chilli thokku, the green chillies should be fried in oil till they develop blisters on the skin. It will break the heat and bring out the flavours and your green chilli thokku turns out super tasty! ... “Green Chilli Thokku | Hasi Menasinakayi Thokku | Thokku Recipes”
Healthy & nutritious, turmeric ginger pickle, bright coloured achar with some simple spices
09/03/2018 10:37:48 PM vindhyadesai
In Indian cuisine, turmeric plays a very important part. The bright yellow coloured root is usually available in the form of a powder which is used as a spice in cooking. ‘Curcumin’ the main nutrient in turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric root is also a very useful cooking ingredient, it can be used in soup broths, chutneys or in this turmeric ginger pickle (haldi adrak achar).
Turmeric ginger pickle is nothing but chopped raw turmeric and ginger root pickled with salt and lemon juice. I have added saunf here to give it a Gujarati tinge and it works very well in this turmeric ginger pickle. Always ensure to make pickles in a clean and dry environment. Sterilise the containers in which you will store the pickle. ... “Turmeric Ginger Pickle | Haldi Adrak Achar | Pickle Recipes”
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?”