A tasty & healthy alternative to regular dosa, red rice dosa for breakfast!
09/13/2018 9:17:45 PM vindhyadesai
Variety of dosa recipes are a must for a South Indian home cook. Dosas are not just masala dosas as many think , they are much more. There is so much variety, so many recipes to play with. The end result is always tasty, delicious dosas for everyone to enjoy! This red rice dosa is one such great alternative to prepare.
I had raw red rice at home and also some red rice poha (flattened rice/avalakki). The best way to use red rice is to make red rice dosa, you get a lovely coloured dosa and the texture is crispy on the outside and soft inside. ... “Red Rice Dosa | Kempu Akki Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Humble and simple, mosaru avalakki, or dahi poha, Shri Krishna Janmashtami special
09/01/2018 11:35:55 AM vindhyadesai
A must have dish, mosaru avalakki for Shri Krishna Janmashtami along with some some fresh butter churned up for ‘muddu’ (beloved) Shri Krishna. Fun snacks offered are such as kodubale, benne muruku, chakli, kobbri mithai, 7 Cups barfi, kalakand. But the most simple and humble dish required on the day is ‘mosaru avalakki’ or dahi poha.
You can choose to add some simple tadka/vaggarne ingredients to make it extra tasty. But in general you can even it keep it plain and quickly mix this up. After eating oily snacks a few spoonfuls of this mosaru avalakki is indeed cooling. So as I mentioned, ignore ‘For Tadka’ ingredients mentioned in the recipe and just follow the simple steps to mix poha with curd. ... “Mosaru Avalakki | Dahi Poha | Mosaravalakki”
Crisp and mildly spicy, a favourite tea-time snack, chakli
08/29/2018 8:52:52 PM vindhyadesai
Chakli or muruku is one of the most eternally loved savoury snack in India. In South India this is given so many flavours and made with many kinds of flours these days. A truly great snack and no compromise on the flavours. It’s savoury, mainly salty and hints of spices like ajwain and jeera in the background, a true winner.
At my home, it’s kodubale v/s chakli, with me loving chakli more 🙂 So what do you love more, kodubale or chakli? Of course no would ever deny eating them both if given an option. But for the sake of argument chakli is the best or kodubale, or both. So let’s settle on both. ... “Chakli | Mullu Muruku | Snack Recipes | Diwali Recipes”
Aromatic homemade vangi bhaat masala, a spice powder to make rice bhaat
08/26/2018 6:37:10 PM vindhyadesai
Homemade masalas are the best, they are fresh and aromatic. Such masalas are free from preservatives and artificial additives. That’s a good start to any dish especially rice based dishes. Different kinds of bhaat are made in South India which are based on some vegetable. Freshly powdered masala should be a part of such flavourful dishes. Vangi bhaat masala is very essential in Karnataka.
Vangi means brinjal or aubergine and a tasty rice dish is prepared with it called vangi bhaat. A special spice powder or masala that goes into it is vangi bhaat masala. It has a variety of spices mostly commonly available at home. These spices are lightly toasted till aromatic and ground into a powder.
... “Vangi Bhaat Masala | Bhaat Pudi | Homemade Bhaat Powder”
Melt in the mouth jaggery based payasa, Karnataka special akki kadale bele payasa
08/23/2018 10:44:45 PM vindhyadesai
A staple sweet in Karnataka is varieties of payasa. Akki kadale bele payasa is a wholesome sweet dish and kids love it. It is a self contained dish on its own and works well in big feasts well. Soft rice and chana dal are cooked with ground coconut and elaichi. It is then mixed with melted jaggery.
Akki kadale bele payasa is adorned with crunchy cashews and soft raisins fried in ghee. Oh my word, the combination is delectable and tastes absolutely delicious. We love this dish at home very much and make it regularly for festivals or feasts. ... “Akki Kadale Bele Payasa | Chawal Chana Dal Kheer | Payasa Recipes”
Perfect for breakfast lunch or dinner, delicious avalakki bisi bele bhaat
08/17/2018 8:00:35 AM vindhyadesai
Making variations of famous dishes can be delicious at times. Like this avalakki bisi bele bhaat which is an easy alternative to making elaborate bisi bele bhaat. Both taste great and the textures are slightly different. For avalakki bisi bele bhaat I generally add mung dal or hesaru bele. Whereas for rice bisi bele bhaat we add toor dal or togari bele.
As this is a quicker version of traditional BBB it’s not necessary to grind a coconut masala. Avalakki or poha is quite light on its own so we do not need additional things to make it rich and heavy. Throw in a few cashews and groundnuts for that crunch and colour. Generally, avalakki bisi bele bhaat is served immediately. Avalakki/poha absorbs a lot of liquid and so does mung dal, so it’s best to serve it fresh. ... “Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhaat | Poha Bisi Bele Bhaat | Breakfast Recipes”
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”