Green & bright, full of nutrition, palak paddu, perfect for breakfast
08/05/2018 8:23:30 PM vindhyadesai
I like to include bright greens mostly in paratha or thepla form. I also include greens in dosa, idli, mixing it with the batter. This time I experimented with Paddu or Gundupongala with spinach, palak paddu.
That day I had planned to make palak pathrode or patra and I had soaked rice. Unfortunately I had run out of tamarind, so I decided to make palak paddu. It was a hit! ... “Palak Paddu | Spinach Gundupongala | Paddu Recipes”
Soft and crispy, healthy ragi roti, a super delicious roti
07/22/2018 6:19:25 PM vindhyadesai
Ragi or finger millet is such an underrated grain. In Southern parts of Karnataka, Mandya, Mysore and to certain extent Bangalore ragi is grown and used extensively. It is so light on the stomach and gives your strength. It’s farmer’s food, gives them the essential nutrients and keeps them full while they are working away in the field. Hittu or ragi mudde (ragi ball) is a very famous dish made in Karnataka. Ragi roti is another one, thin and mildly spiced rotis made from ragi.
Ragi roti is generally eaten with chutney pudi or chutney, a few onion slices and some yogurt. What a combination, simple dish for a simple living! Grated coconut added to the ragi roti makes them soft and retains good moisture. Sometimes I find making roti is simpler than making chapathi because you don’t need to roll the rotis with a belan (lattanige/rolling pin). ... “Ragi Roti | Karnataka Style Ragi Rotti | Roti Recipes”
Mini and fun to eat, drizzle with ghee or dunk in sambar, super tasty mini idlis
07/19/2018 10:02:49 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid when I used to go to hotels or darshinis (few & far between), I always ended up ordering masala dosa. But I used to be always fascinated by nice looking dishes like mini idlis served with tiffin sambar and chutney. Those mini idlis served with ghee and piping hot sambar is a sight!
Not to worry, making mini idlis might seem like a difficult task. I have always found that we, as home cooks get intimidated by making something mini or miniature in size. It somehow becomes a daunting task although we can rustle up big batches of meals to serve a crowd. Making these mini idlis is not that difficult after all. It is essentially idli recipe but made into mini idlis. ... “Mini Idlis | Baby Idli | Hotel Style Mini Idli | Idli Recipes”
Crisp, mildly spicy, reminder of your childhood, freshly baked Iyengar bakery khara biscuit
07/17/2018 11:41:48 AM vindhyadesai
Whatever the weather is, we all need a cup of our hot beverage, tea or coffee or milk. In childhood days, it was almost customary to have freshly baked goods once in a few weeks. We used to all wait for such days, freshly baked benne biscuit, fruity dil pasand, soft oozy honey cakes, hot & spicy aloo buns and nippattu! Of course Iyengar bakery khara biscuit was a regularly featured baked item from the bakery!
As I write this I can imagine those rainy days and taking in the fresh smells just after coming home from school. Oh, what joy! Iyengar bakery khara biscuit is a purely South Indian affair. Iyengar bakery khara biscuit (or simply khara biskuttu) is a mildly spicy biscuit with super tasty flavours from curry leaves & green chilli. ... “Iyengar Bakery Khara Biscuit | Khara Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”
Fresh earthy flavours, spicy and tasty heerekayi sippe chutney
06/15/2018 3:12:17 PM vindhyadesai
Most people would have heard elders saying at home that most of the nutrition is in the peels of a vegetable. Our elders had a lot of practical and wonderful recipes with peels and seeds which we generally discard. And it is definitely the case, peels and seeds do have a lot of nutrition. With lack of time coupled with a general disinterest in consuming nutritious simple vegetables we do not bother to saving peels and seeds. This heerekayi sippe chutney is made from ridgegourd/heerekayi sippe.
Nowadays we are again able to buy organic vegetables which should help us get back to some good recipes. Heerekayi sippe chutney has a very earthy flavour and is a good side dish for idli or dosa. Ridgegourd/heerekayi peels are high in fibre content and blends well with a few masala and coconut to give you can easy chutney. ... “Heerekayi Sippe Chutney | Ridgegourd Peels Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
A gem from Mangalore, a super delicious sambar, Mangalore Southekayi Huli
2018-05-27 3:48:00 PM vindhyadesai
Hot huLi a.k.a sambar with rice is a staple in most households in South India. Different regions of course have different ways of making sambar. Varieties of sambar with different vegetables are made. Each type of sambar is different as the masala added varies and vegetables render a special flavour of their own. Mangalore southekayi huli or sambar is a specialty from the Mangalore, Malnad and Udupi regions of Karnataka.
Soft Mangalore southekayi simmered in coconut masala and dal mixture is a super combination. Mixed with hot steamed rice and some ghee on top is a match made in heaven. Mangalore cucumber/southekayi is a cucumber variety grown in Malnad region and it has a very unique taste and texture. It is not very watery like regular cucumber and somewhat resembles a small white pumpkin in texture. ... “Mangalore Southekayi Huli | Mangalore Southekayi Sambar | Sambar Recipes”
Creamy and tasty, coconut and yogurt based lauki or sorekayi raitha
05/25/2018 7:26:51 AM vindhyadesai
We always end up looking for ideas for making simple side dishes. Especially mild cooling side dishes always need a lot of thinking. This sorekayi raitha is a nice and easy side dish. It is soothing to the gut and sorekayi/lauki is good for you.
Sorekayi raitha is also called sorekayi hasi majjige huLi. It has all the ingredients a majjige huLi has except chana dal/kadale bele. See the regular Karnataka style majjige huLi recipe. For sorekayi raitha an aromatic coconut based masala paste. This is then mixed with cooling yogurt/curd and a tadka is added on top! ... “Sorekayi Raitha | Sorekayi Saasme | Lauki Raitha | Raitha Recipes”
Delicious and healthy, menthya soppina dosa or methi leaves dosa
04/26/2018 10:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
Finding ways to make dosas is one of my favourite activities in cooking. Dosas are delicious any day be it neer dosa, hotel style rava dosa or the ever favourite masala dosa. If you can incorporate leafy veg like menthya soppu/methi/fenugreek leaves to make menthya soppina dosa then kids will love it.
Menthya soppina dosa is also rich in protein with toor dal and urad dal. Rice provides the body and the all the masalas are added while grinding the batter giving it a super tasty flavour. Finely chopped methi leaves are then added and dosas are made. Menthya dosa tastes best with only a dollop of ghee. Some chutney on the side can also be served. ... “Menthya Soppina Dosa | Methi Leaves Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Traditional and tasty, 7 Cups barfi with a nutty texture
04/24/2018 10:14:06 PM vindhyadesai
How do I begin to describe this all time favourite barfi of mine. Years ago I tried this recipe and I have used the same recipe ever since making minor adjustments and changing the size of the ‘Cup’ used to make this 7 Cups barfi.
This 7 Cups barfi has 7 Cups of a combination of simple ingredients like besan, sugar, coconut, ghee, milk and big handful of cashews. The nuttiness imparted from cashews makes the 7 Cups barfi a sure shot favourite with kids. Making this does require patience but the fruits of labour are sweet and rewarding, you do get a very nice barfi to eat. ... “7 Cups Barfi | Seven Cups Recipe | Sweet Recipes”
Delicious and special gojju, Karnataka style bendekayi gojju
04/22/2018 5:44:14 PM vindhyadesai
Gojjus hold a special place in South Indian cuisine. Different regions and states have their own special and unique way of making gojjus. This bendekayi gojju from South Karnataka (Mysore style) is one such tangy and delicious gojju. The combination of flavours sweet, sour and spicy makes a very disliked vegetable like bendekayi/lady’s finger/okra look really good.
Bendekayi gojju can be eaten with chapathis or steamed rice. It is so delicious that it will leave you licking your fingers after eating a meal involving this gojju. As always with bendekayi/okra ensure they are not wet and damp. Wash them overnight, spread them on a kitchen towel and let them air dry. ... “Bendekayi Gojju | Okra Gojju | Gojju Recipes”