Ever-favourite piping hot beverage, masala chai or masala tea
10/23/2018 9:24:30 AM vindhyadesai
What do I say about tea! Where do we start! It is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. And by far one of the most popular beverages in the world! In India, tea is absolutely popular, no prizes for guessing! Masala chai or masala tea is infact an emotion. So many conversations start with this magical potion and some people cannot function without this.
Masala chai or masala tea is not just about the tea leaves, it is about the celebration of tea itself. The best tea leaves/powder are boiled and mixed with fragrant spices mixed with hot milk. It simply takes tea to another level. It is a beautiful thing! ... “Masala Chai | Masala Tea | Beverage Recipes”
Bright yellow and fragrant, super special and a favourite sheera, pineapple kesari
10/08/2018 1:55:13 PM vindhyadesai
Kesari is a very commonly made sweet all across India. It is like a halwa but has a league of its own. Kesari or kesari bhaat or sheera is made with rava as the base. It can then be laced with different flavours like kesar, elaichi etc. The liquid added can be either milk or water, if making it with milk, check out my haal kesari recipe. Here I have made a pineapple kesari!
Kesari can be enriched with extra flavours by adding a fruit or fruits into the mix. Pineapple, apple, mango, banana can go into making kesari. Pineapple kesari is one of the most famous ones amongst the lot! It is rich as it is made with pure desi ghee and loaded with cashews and raisins. ... “Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Sheera | Kesari Recipes”
Healthy piping hot lauki carrot soup, perfect for winters and the rainy season
09/24/2018 9:33:18 PM vindhyadesai
When we think about soups the most common soups that come to mind are tomato soup, hot and sour soup. But when you have some vegetables like lauki at home and you are craving for some piping hot soup, try this lauki carrot soup. The almonds and potatoes added to this soup add richness and thickness.
Hot soup going down your throat accompanied with some fresh garlic bread, that should set your evening. Lauki carrot soup is best suited for a quick dinner and then you can get by your chores and activities. Lauki carrot soup is easy to make and a really nice recipe for weight watchers and healthy eaters. Of course do cut down the butter used in the recipe and don’t add any cream. ... “Lauki Carrot Soup | Lauki Soup | Soup Recipes”
Lunch-box friendly and loved by kids, veg chapathi rolls
07/01/2018 8:05:28 AM vindhyadesai
Packing lunch is an uphill task especially for kids. They shun everything even if they like it. It is their way of getting things well their way. So you have to find innovative ways of feeding kids and feed them healthy stuff. These veg chapathi rolls come to your rescue many times.
Veg chapathi rolls are basically chapathis stuffed with some well seasoned sauteed vegetables and rolled into small pieces. A few bites and one roll is down. It makes kids feel accomplished and is a very good way of feeding them some vegetables. ... “Veg Chapathi Rolls | Chapathi Rolls | Kids Recipes”
Colourful and fun, homemade tutti frutti for ice creams and baking
06/07/2018 12:55:35 PM vindhyadesai
As a child I was always fascinated with colourful tutti frutti pieces. I used to like munching on them straight out of the packet. But good tutti frutti is always hard to find as most of them have artificial colours and preservatives. So how about we learn making tutti frutti at home today?
Like with many confectionary items, tutti frutti can be used to make bread, cakes, biscuits and ice cream. It can also be used as topping in many chilled drinks such as mango lassi. I have already posted dil-pasand recipe and used it in thick and delicious mango mastani. Next up however is super delicious eggless tutti frutti ice cream. ... “Tutti Frutti | Homemade Tutti Frutti | Homemade Recipes”
Hot, spicy, best snack to munch on in winters, mirchi bajji
01/22/2018 9:31:33 PM vindhyadesai
When it’s raining or in the cold winter months there is always a need of a nice snack to munch on. Along with your favourite hot beverage like chai or coffee, imagine eating spicy mirchi bajji. Makes you drool, isn’t it? Unlike many other recipes this takes only a few minutes to prepare. A few mirchi (fat green chillies) is all you need. Other ingredients are basic and you can find them on your shelf.
All you have to do is, de-seed the chillies, quickly make the batter, dip and fry. A plateful of hot mirchi bajji gets ready in almost a jiffy. I sometimes wonder if making tea or coffee takes longer:). But ensure to de-seed the chillies especially if children are eating. Along with these mirchi bajji I like to make a few aloo bajji as well to counter the heat of the mirchi bajji. ... “Mirchi Bajji | Menasinakayi Bajji | Snack Recipes”
Rich and nutty, with a beautiful sunshine yellow colour, badam halwa
01/01/2018 8:08:24 PM vindhyadesai
A rich and nutty halwa is the order of the day! Welcoming the new year with a gorgeous yellow coloured traditional sweet, badam halwa. Halwas are very popular all over India. Carrot halwa, lauki halwa are amongst the most favourite and common ones.
Badam halwa is a rich and decadent halwa made purely with almonds, sugar and fragrant saffron (kesar). Indeed it is a very rich sweet but so tasty that you will want to gorge on more than one. ... “Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Creamy carrot payasa, an easy choice for festivals or when guests come over
07/09/2017 4:57:44 PM vindhyadesai
When guests are coming over or when you need to make a quick sweet which everybody would like then carrot payasa or kheer can be one your choices. It tastes best chilled or at room temperature. You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
It’s just a matter of slicing up some fresh carrots and cooking them through. They can be even cooked in a pressure cooker till soft. Made fragrant with elaichi, this easy to make carrot payasa is popular with kids. They will like the colour and texture. It is smooth and sweet, so you would not hear any complaints. ... “Carrot Payasa | Payasa Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Soft, green, tasty, delicious and kid friendly palak paratha
02/20/2017 9:05:35 PM vindhyadesai
Spinach or palak is a super vegetable/greens. It is loaded with nutrients and fibre and especially good for children. Because eating spinach is somewhat clichéd, children get into the habit of not consuming this wonder vegetable/greens. But add palak into soft palak paratha, they will come back for more.
Try and incorporate vegetable/greens into the dish itself so that it cannot be separated out. It makes wonderful soft parathas and is a great dish for lunch box, picnics or travel.
Palak paratha is quite simple to make although it does require a bit of preparation. But it is worth the effort as it does not require any side dish but you can make do with some yogurt on the side. Throw in some pickle if serving to adults. ... “Palak Paratha | How to make palak paratha? | Paratha Recipes”
Whole wheat puri nashta for weekend, with aloo masala and seviyaan kheer
01/29/2017 9:34:35 PM vindhyadesai
Puris or pooris are unleavened puffed up bread, a very common dish all over India. These are whole wheat puri which makes them extra delicious and they are definitely a crowd favourite.
Whole wheat flour (atta) is kneaded into a smooth dough. Little dough balls are pinched off the dough rolled out into discs (not too thin not too thick). These are then deep fried in medium hot oil till they puff up.
They are a treat to eat and very commonly made during weddings and religious occasions and festivals. ... “Whole Wheat Puri | How to make atta puri? | Poori”