Soft, sweet, traditional malnad special, baalehannina dosa
02/11/2018 9:35:56 PM vindhyadesai
Bananas are such a versatile fruit. It pairs up so well with so many dishes. Fruit salads, smoothies, milkshakes, cakes, brownies, I pretty much use bananas for everything. This time, banana in the form of traditional dosas for breakfast or for a snack. Soaked rice ground with mashed bananas result in a sweet and soft baalehannina dosa.
These are fun to eat for everyone and the elaichi added to these dosas make them very flavourful. But making dosas means the need to make sides like chutneys. Good news, these dosas do not require any side dishes at all. Baalehannina dosa taste good with just a small piece of mango pickle (maavina midi especially) or a just a little ghee. ... “Baalehannina Dosa | Banana Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Bright coloured and flavourful, spicy orange peel gojju
01/20/2018 1:13:56 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy mouth-watering gojju is always a welcome change from regular saaru or sambar. That is the reason a spicy gojju dish is a must on the menu for a festival or function. Gojjus cleanse the palate and aid in digestion as they have a good balance of all flavours. Take for instance this orange peels gojju, very flavourful, bitter, sour, spicy and sweet all at the same time.
Orange peels gojju along with haagalkayi gojju is one of my favourite gojjus. If you happen to buy organic oranges do try this orange peel gojju, no waste but extra taste 🙂 This orange peel gojju can be eaten with steamed hot white rice. This is also called orange pachadi and is famous in many parts of South India especially in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. ... “Orange Peel Gojju | Orange Gojju | Gojju Recipes”
Festive and loaded with nuts and raisins, creamy sakkare pongal
01/08/2018 9:56:18 PM vindhyadesai
Come January, we start preparing for Makara Sankranti/Pongal. In various parts of India this is a special festival and is celebrated with much fervour all around. Traditional recipes such as this sweet version sakkare pongal and a spicy version like ven pongal are the main staples of this festival.
Sakkare pongal a.k.a sakkarai pongal, has its origins in Tamil Nadu and is a must for the festival. It has rice and mung dal cooked until soft and creamy in a jaggery syrup and milk. It is flavoured with fragrant spices like laung, cardamom and topped with ghee. ... “Sakkare Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Sankranti Recipes”
Tasty, tangy, filled with protein, cabbage dosa
07/17/2017 9:51:55 PM vindhyadesai
A few years ago when I was studying I had a friend in college from Mangalore. She used to bring cabbage dosa for her tiffin and I used to love it. She even got the recipe from her mom and shared it with me by word of mouth.
I had forgotten all about this recipe until one day when I had a big cabbage and I could not think of recipes to make out of it. So when life gives you cabbages make cabbage dosa, er! eh! 🙂 ... “Cabbage Dosa | Breakfast Recipes | Dosa Recipes”
Bitter, tangy, spicy and very tasty, haagalkayi gojju
05/26/2017 8:14:29 PM vindhyadesai
Many a time, we ignore simple humble vegetables like bitter gourd. Simply because bitter gourd puts you off owing to its name. Yes, bitter gourd is obviously bitter but when combined with the right masala or ingredients it turns into something entirely different and tasty. Like this haagalkayi gojju or gotsu.
Haagalkayi gojju is a palate cleansing dish. It has aromatic ingredients making it unique tasting. In combination with the bitter gourd tanginess from tamarind pulp and a piece of jaggery makes this haagalkayi gojju get its taste. ... “Haagalkayi Gojju | Bitter Gourd Gojju | Gojju Recipes”
Traditional and easy, a quick way to satisfy your sweet taste buds-baalehannu rasayana
05/17/2017 10:00:42 PM vindhyadesai
Fruit salads are always fun to eat. The choices are endless. Fancy fruit salads are too pretentious though, I think. Cutting fruits in different ways is an art of course. Bit of a faff to eat it all up later. Our good old traditional ways of eating fruits are the best. This baalehannu rasayana or simple banana fruit salad is one such salad.
This baalehannu rasayana of course has bananas, along with freshly grated coconut, grated jaggery, pounded elaichi, honey, edible camphor and gasa gase (poppy seeds). All of these amalgamate so well together, baalehannu rasayana becomes a magic salad to eat. ... “Baalehannu Rasayana | Banana Rasayana”
Traditional Karnataka style hesaru bele payasa or moong dal payasa
02/18/2017 9:43:36 PM vindhyadesai
Payasa or payasam is a traditional sweet dish made for festivals. They are usually very easy to make. For me hesaru bele payasa is a soul satisfying dish. For that matter, all payasa varieties are!
My mom makes this usually and it tastes so good. She quickly rustles this up for lunch. The main flavour comes from cooking hesaru bele or moong dal with grated coconut till smooth in consistency. Dal almost melts with coconut.
Hesaru bele payasa is quick to make as moong dal is a very soft dal and cooks quickly. You do not need a pressure cooker to cook this dal. It also takes only a few ingredients to make this delicious hesaru bele payasa.
I would say this is one of the easiest sweet dishes bachelors or beginners can make. You do not have to worry about consistency, if it dries up add little more water, if it is watery, boil for a little while and let it cool to absorb water. Tastes so good and heavenly! ... “Hesaru Bele Payasa | Moong Dal Payasa | Payasa Recipes”
Spicy, tangy, tasty badanekayi rasapalya – gravy for rotis
01/22/2017 5:13:15 PM vindhyadesai
A very popular gravy from North Karnataka, badanekayi rasapalya. It is spicy yet refreshing and tastes best with bhakkri/jolada roti or even regular chapathis or rotis.
Badanekayi rasapalya or brinjal gravy has simple spices like sesame and cinnamon. Their combination makes this gravy loaded with flavours. Tomato and onion makes the base of the gravy nice and thick. Texture-wise this gravy scores a ten on ten in my opinion. ... “Badanekayi Rasapalya | Brinjal Gravy | Gravy Recipes”
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?”
Mini cut groundnut or shenga barfis – something for the sweet tooth
01/01/2017 12:08:59 PM vindhyadesai
New Year is here! Let’s us start this new year on a sweet note. A fun to make recipe, shenga barfis. Made with roasted groundnuts mixed into melted jaggery and ghee. Now, what can go bad with that 🙂
Sankranti/Pongal planning has to start soon. This year the harvest festival is on the 14th of January. Make simple sweets like shenga unde, shenga chikki along with these shenga barfis. They will make your Sankranti/Pongal celebration special.
These shenga barfis can be cut into any shape, I have cut them into small squares. Small squares are ideal to distribute amongst friends and colleagues. Everyone can just grab a little barfi and help themselves with more. ... “Shenga Barfis | Kadalebeeja Barfi | How to make groundnut barfi? | Sankranti Recipes”