Cooling with mellow sweet carrot flavours, simple carrot saasme
12/08/2018 1:44:57 PM vindhyadesai
A saasme or raitha provides a much needed cooling effect to the palate. If you used eating a spicy meal it is always good to balance with a cooling raitha on the side. Today let’s learn a slightly different kind of saasme, carrot saasme. A special thing about this saasme is it has a nice sweet taste and can be used as a dip just by itself.
For carrot saasme you can grind coconut and little mustard seeds add then mix it with carrot puree and yogurt/curd. Here I have made it plain and just added some chatpata flavours in the form of amchur powder and jeera-pepper powder to balance things. This is very much a kid-friendly recipe and helps cool off some spicy flavours. ... “Carrot Saasme | Carrot Raitha | Saasme Recipes”
Cooling and nutritious Mangalore southekayi beejada tambli
12/01/2018 8:05:53AM vindhyadesai
We often discard the leaves, seeds and peels of vegetables and fruits. There are some vegetables and fruits where the part should not be consumed (like apple seeds, tomato leaves or potato stalks) or is not edible like hard peels etc. But there is no reason why the seeds and peels cannot be consumed if they are edible. Mangalore southekayi beejada tambli is exactly the recipe which resonates the idea of using usually discarded element.
Mangalore cucumber or southekayi if it is tender, the seeds are very much edible or atleast the extract that comes out of it. So if you are making Mangalore southekayi huLi/sambar then store the seeds they can be used to make this Mangalore southekayi beejada tambli or saaru. The idea is to grind and extract the pulp and liquid out of the seeds. This liquid is then mixed with well beaten fresh yogurt. An aromatic tadka on top makes the tambli very tasty. ... “Mangalore Southekayi Beejada Tambli | Tambli Recipes”
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”
A cooling chutney or can also be served as a dip, curd chutney or dahi chutney
11/21/2018 10:00:40 PM vindhyadesai
Ever bored of grating loads of coconut to make chutney, trust me I always feel bored to grate coconut. So you know who my go to person is to grate coconut at home(you guessed it). But sometimes you might also run out of coconut or have very little fresh coconut left. And even if you make coconut chutney you need to make 2-3 varieties with different spice levels for different people at home! So here is one solution to fix all your coconut chutney woes, curd chutney or dahi chutney.
Curd chutney or dahi chutney is exactly what it is, dahi mixed with chutney. So grind your regular coconut chutney with the usual ingredients in a small quantity and then mix it with smooth curd/yogurt. Dahi chutney or curd chutney is spicy, tangy and even sweet. And you are saved the trouble of actually making 2-3 types of chutneys to adjust the spice. Everybody can just dig into this and enjoy the same chutney. ... “Dahi Chutney | Curd Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Soft, healthy and makes for a delicious breakfast, lauki idli or sorekayi idli
11/20/2018 7:02:31 AM vindhyadesai
Idli is one of the best breakfasts ever to be invented on earth in my opinion. They are so light and fluffy and very nutritious. Adding more nutrition into your idlis, sounds good right? Lauki or bottlegourd or doodhi or sorekayi is a great vegetable. It has so much goodness, so incorporating this goodness into steamed idlis, it gets my thumbs up. Lauki idli is one of the best ways to feed fussy kids with some lauki.
All lauki idli needs is some preparation in the form of soaking some idli rice. Idli rice or fat grained rice is best for this recipe, you can get this type of rice in any Indian grocery store. I have also added some upma rava or sooji into the batter to make the idli light and to give it some extra texture. Lauki cannot be seen or detected in this idli and when you steam the lauki idli it brings a sweet aroma. ... “Lauki Idli | Sorekayi Idli | Idli Recipes”
Delicious and decadent, loaded with hidden oozy sweetness in layers, badam poori
11/03/2018 4:18:54 PM vindhyadesai
Crisp pooris dunked in sugar syrup, flavoured with almonds, elaichi and kesar/saffron, sounds mouth-watering? And why wouldn’t it! Crisp oozy badam poori is my indulgence, something that makes me want to go into the kitchen and dig in! A single bite and you are in trouble because you can’t stop 🙂
Badam poori is very easy to make, needs a bit of time and patience though. It has a few steps to it but totally worth it. Badam poori makes for great sweet during festivals like Varamahalakshmi pooja, Deepavali and more. If you are looking for a lighter sweet instead of big ones like bele holige/obbattu, kayi obbattu etc. then look no more. These delicious, decadent badam poori is your answer. ... “Badam Poori | Paaka Poori | Sweet Recipes”
Masaledaar and loaded with vegetables, fresh Karnataka style mixed vegetable kootu
10/18/2018 8:14:59 PM vindhyadesai
A simple South Indian fare for lunch is the most satisfying meals one can eat. It can just involve a simple sambar/huLi or saaru/rasam along with some palya/thoran to with rice. A little curd to end the meal, and that is meals served! So let’s make this simple and humble lunch a bit more exciting. Let us learn the recipe of a Karnataka style mixed vegetable kootu.
Kootu is the richer cousin of sambar, it is generally a bit demanding than a regular sambar. They have freshly roasted and ground up masala added to a dal base. Any kind of suitable vegetable can go into a kootu. Here’s how about we make a Karnataka style mixed vegetable kootu with loads of fresh vegetables. ... “Mixed Vegetable Kootu | Karnataka Style Kootu | Kootu Recipes”
Super fast to make, instant tomato saaru or instant tomato rasam
10/02/2018 9:29:27 PM vindhyadesai
Instant recipes are very much appreciated by my dear readers. On top of that if they are simple everyday recipes like this instant tomato saaru or rasam they are very popular. If you are short on time, a quick way to make fresh hot food is to make some rice along with this instant tomato saaru or rasam.
All this recipe needs is some tomatoes and puthani or roasted gram (hurigadale). Blend a few ingredients together and boil the instant tomato saaru or rasam. Some tadka or vaggarne with desi ghee sets up this recipe. ... “Instant Tomato Saaru | Instant Tomato Rasam | Saaru Recipes”
Easy to make, no soak, no grind, crisp urad dal flour and rice flour dosa
09/30/2018 1:59:39 PM vindhyadesai
Dosa means different things to different people. For some it is just a breakfast that they can have once every few days. For some it is an everyday affair, gulping down dosas in darshinis and hotels day in day out. And for some ‘the dosa’ is an emotion, it is the crisp sound of breaking the dosa and dunking it in chutney or sambar. It makes them just happy! I borderline between the 2nd an 3rd categories, just love dosas. But grinding dosa batter is not child’s play. This urad dal flour and rice flour dosa comes to your rescue.
If you are craving for dosa the next day for your breakfast (sometimes I dream about dosa, that is why borderline :)), you do not have to wait, 8 hours soak-time, then grind (an uphill task for a few & I don’t blame them), 8 hours fermentation. It indeed takes a lot of time to dish out good dosas. This urad dal flour and rice flour dosa definitely ticks a few boxes. ... “Urad Dal Flour And Rice Flour Dosa | No-Grind Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Crisp and loaded with coconut flavour, bakery style homemade coconut biscuit
09/19/2018 9:18:32 AM vindhyadesai
Preparing droolworthy fresh biscuits and cookies at home is a very relaxing activity. Baking them fresh and eating a piece or two at tea time is a boon. The house will smell like a bakery and it can be a family activity. Involving kids too in the process of making biscuits and cookies teaches them teamwork and more importantly teaches them cooking . A childhood favourite is this homemade coconut biscuit.
Homemade coconut biscuit or kobbri biscuit was a common snack during childhood. Along with benne biscuit & khara biscuit, coconut biscuit used to be at home for an after school snack. The trio are very flavourful and the coconut biscuit recipe here completes my childhood biscuit collection. ... “Coconut Biscuit | Kobbri Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”