Kuchida Kadubu | Khara Kadubu | Sihi Kadubu | Steamed rice dumplings with fillings

Steamed traditional rice kadubu/dumplings wih spicy and sweet fillings
08/07/2016 2:04:13 PM vindhyadesai

A special dish for Naga Panchmi. Traditional rice dumplings with both spicy and sweet fillings. Spicy filling is a mixture of ground dal with different spices and masala. Sweet filling is made from grated coconut and jaggery with elaichi as the flavour. Outer covering is made using rice flour or ground rice paste. Here I have used rice flour. These kadubu/dumplings are very filling and makes a very good dish to make for a festival. The kadubu/dumplings are made and then steamed for a few minutes covered in leaves. I have used parchment paper as I cannot procure banana or turmeric leaves easily around here. ... “Kuchida Kadubu | Khara Kadubu | Sihi Kadubu | Steamed rice dumplings with fillings”

Roasted Mung Dal | Huride Hesrubele | Roasted Moong Dal

Bakery style crisp roasted mung dal
08/06/2016 10:52:47 PM vindhyadesai

Hurigaalu (roasted pulses and seeds) like peas, mung dal(hesaru bele), chana dal(kadale bele), chick peas, mung beans, avre kaalu(hyacinth beans) etc. are signature snacks of a typical Bangalore-Mysore (South Karnataka) bakery or condiment store. A special mention must go to ‘Subbamma Stores’ an old and famous condiment store in Bangalore, they make the most amazing crisp and traditional snacks (kurukulu tindi). Their hurigaalu is one of the best one can get. I have always wanted to make hurigaalu at home and mung dal particularly is my favourite as they are small, crisp and the masala coats really well. There are 3 cooking techniques involved in making this, soaking, blanching, roasting. Follow the times correctly for each process. ... “Roasted Mung Dal | Huride Hesrubele | Roasted Moong Dal”

Nellikayi Chutney | Amla Chutney | Gooseberry Chutney

Coarsely ground tangy nellikayi/amla chutney
08/06/2016 7:48:30 PM vindhyadesai

All of us would have heard about the various benefits of amla/nellikayi/gooseberry especially for hair as it is rich in Vitamin A. But on occasions when we do procure nellikayi/amla during season we might not find many dishes to make out of it. It is actually quite a versatile berry used to make sweet, spicy and savoury dishes. It can be made into pickles, jam, a flavourful bhaat, pies, chutney etc. Here’s a recipe of a chutney which my mother makes in a jiffy. The stone ground version of it will be very tasty. ... “Nellikayi Chutney | Amla Chutney | Gooseberry Chutney”

Tambittu | Puthani Unde | How to make tambittu for Naga Panchmi

Tambittu/Puthani unde/ladoo for Naga Panchmi
08/04/2016 11:24:32 PM vindhyadesai

Another sweet for the line of festivals coming up. This sweet is also from Karnataka and is made for Nagara Panchmi as offering/naivedya to Nagappa (snake god). It is made from roasted gram dal/fried gram/puthani/huri gadale/kadale pappu/daria/chutney dal, whew! a lot of names for one ingredient. I learnt this recipe from my mother and is mainly made in North Karnataka. In South, another type of tambittu similar to ‘sajjige‘ is made. This is a very easy ladoo/unde to make. You can even cut them into barfis but for Nagara Panchmi they need to be in the shape as shown in my hand below. I am not an expert in making that shape for unde/ladoo like my mother. Add cashews, almonds if you want. ... “Tambittu | Puthani Unde | How to make tambittu for Naga Panchmi”

Hayagreeva | Hayagreeva Maddi | Kadalebele payasa

Festive and authentic hayagreeva maddi
08/04/2016 11:02:37 PM vindhyadesai

Hayagreeva maddi is a payasa/payasam dish from Udupi region. I made this for Bheemana Amavasya but it can be made for many festivals. It is simple to make, the only detail to pay attention to is when you are cooking gram dal/chana dal/kadale bele. Before we begin the recipe, I would like to mention a little *story/legend* associated with the origin of ‘Hayagreeva Maddi’, I read in a book.
Once there was a sculptor who was trying to make an idol of Lord Ganesha, however all his efforts in making the sculpted idol turned into the head of a horse. He finally gave up and sculpted the idol into the shape of a horses’ head and stashed it away. One night, the Lord himself appeared in the scluptors’ dream and blessed him and asked him to donate the horses’ head idol that he had sculpted to Sri Vadirajaru. The same night Sri Vadirajaru also dreamt about the idol. The next day the sculptor brought in the idol and Sri Vadirajaru established the idol in Sonda in Sirsi, Karnataka. Everyday he started worshipping the idol and as offering/naivedya he made Hayagreeva Maddi a payasa made of gram (horses’ favourite food) and jaggery. Make this authentic and traditional dish from Karnataka for an upcoming festival 🙂 ... “Hayagreeva | Hayagreeva Maddi | Kadalebele payasa”

Puliyogare | Puliyogare Gojju | Pulihora | Puliyodarai | How to make puliyogare?

Traditional Iyengar puliyogare with homemade gojju
08/02/2016 5:46:18 PM vindhyadesai

Tangy, sweet, spicy and even slightly bitter, all tastes in one dish. Puliyogare has to be one of those dishes. Traditional Iyengar Puliyogare made at home is an excellent dish for festivals. You can make the gojju ahead of time and store it and make puliyogare quite easily for your lunch box or even for a quick picnic. It is just mixing in gojju evenly with cooked and cooled rice. Cooked rice should not be sticky and you can eat the most wonderful puliyogare at home. The prasada/offering they give at temples has a unique taste. I would say this one will come quite close and it’s homemade, so no complaints. There are a few steps to make the gojju. I have segregated them to make it easy and each stage can be done separately. ... “Puliyogare | Puliyogare Gojju | Pulihora | Puliyodarai | How to make puliyogare?”

Sajjige | Sajjge | Bellada Sajjige | How to make sajjige hoorna

Super quick and easy, sajjige or jaggery rava sheera
08/01/2016 10:33:03 PM vindhyadesai

The festival season is here. Shravana masa for year 2016 starts in 2 days. Tomorrow is the big festival/habba ‘Bheemana Amavasya‘. Celebrate festivals with fervour yet with simplicity. It will make the festivals more enjoyable. Here’s a quick sweet recipe. Sajjige is made in different ways, I learnt this recipe from my MIL. Simple and super quick to make. ... “Sajjige | Sajjge | Bellada Sajjige | How to make sajjige hoorna”

HuLi Avalakki | Gojjavalakki

Spicy, tangy avalakki/poha with crunchy groundnuts served with curd/yogurt
07/25/2016 10:04:22 PM vindhyadesai

HuLi (tangy/sour) avalakki is a tangy and spicy poha dish. It is made by adding powdered poha/avalakki into a masala made using saarina pudi/rasam powder, tamarind and jaggery. It is a specialty dish from Mysore-Bangalore region. This is one of my favourite breakfasts. In top 5 :)! I love the spicy, tangy notes in this dish. I make this for festivals especially for no feast festivals like Mahashivaratri, Ram Navami, Nagara Chauthi/Panchmi and other festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi. It is also served as prasada/prasad/offering in temples (the tastiest). Serve with curd/yogurt, a winner combination. I learnt to make this from one my aunts, full credit to her for teaching me this recipe. My MIL makes a slightly different version, she boils the masala mixture which gives a more gojju like taste (hence the name gojjavalakki), which is again super yum! ... “HuLi Avalakki | Gojjavalakki”

Neer Dosa

Thin, soft, light neer dosas with kaayi bella and chutney
07/17/2016 4:58:10 PM vindhyadesai

Neer Dosas are made from grinding rice and coconut, they are crepe like in texture and are fluffy. “Neer”  literally translates to “Water” in Tulu. But Neer Dosa means dosa made from  a batter which is thin in consistency. Neer Dosa is a very easy recipe and light on the stomach, eaten mainly for breakfast. It’s a popular dish of Dakshina Kannada. The stepwise pictures I have here are a little dull as there was little light when I shot the pictures and white does not picture well anyway 🙂 Enjoy these soft dosas! ... “Neer Dosa”

Sorekayi Kootu | Sorekayi Masale Kootu | Lauki Masala Kootu

Hot, spicy kootu with sorekayi/lauki
07/12/2016 7:58:48 PM vindhyadesai

There is nothing like a wholesome meal of rice mixed with saaru/rasam or sambar/huLi/kootu. Imagine hot sambar/kootu on rice with some ghee on top, that is a great combination. Kootu is a Karnataka style masale huLi/sambar, it is made with freshly roasted spices and ground with freshly grated coconut. Kootu also has a special type of tadka/vaggarne/tempering generally with groundnuts added to it. Any kind of vegetable can be used, doodhi/white pumpkin or mixed vegetables like carrots and beans can also be used instead of lauki/sorekayi. ... “Sorekayi Kootu | Sorekayi Masale Kootu | Lauki Masala Kootu”