Adorned with whole black peppercorns, soft and delicious ven pongal
01/02/2017 12:40:47 PM vindhyadesai
A wholesome rice with the simplest of spices has to be pongal. Main ingredients being rice and mung/moong dal along with black pepper they make a super delicious combo. Ven pongal is a variation of khichdi from Tamil Nadu and South India. This is similar to hotel style pongal served with white coconut chutney and tiffin sambar.
Khichdi is the most common dish all over India. It is made in different ways for instance the one, I have already posted from Bengal, khichuri. These dishes are very comforting and most importantly they are one-pot meals. ... “Ven Pongal | Pongal Recipes | Sankranti Recipes”
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”
Tasty and delicious side dish, southekayi hasi gojju
12/30/2016 4:24:09 PM vindhyadesai
Simple side dishes are always a welcome change to rich and laborious gravies. This cucumber dish called as southekayi hasi gojju (no cooking required) has ingredients that are added to a bisi gojju (cooked and warmed)
Gojjus/Gotsus are typically tangy side dishes which have loads of flavour in them. Take for instance, pineapple gojju, apple gojju or this yellu gojju, they are very tasty. But they require the masala to be prepared and ground. That is the reason why these dishes are limited to certain special occasions like festivals and weddings. ... “Southekayi Hasi Gojju”
Soft raw banana, rice flour rotis for breakfast
11/22/2016 9:54:34 PM vindhyadesai
Plain rotis are always nice to eat and usually the default choice in most households. Be it rice flour, wheat flour, plain flour, simple rotis are the best for your routine. Making whole wheat flour parathas or rotis with some kind of vegetable is not uncommon. Methi theplas, carrot parathas recipes available on FOI.
How about adding some vegetable to rice flour rotis. I have already posted steamed rice flour rotis an ideal dish for breakfast. Raw banana is a very underrated and unused vegetable but it adds a lots of texture and softness to dishes. So now try baalekayi akki roti. ... “Baalekayi Akki Roti | Raw Banana Rice Flour Rotis”
Spicy yet with sweet mellow flavours all part of this chayote squash chutney
11/20/2016 5:54:07 PM vindhyadesai
When thinking of what kind of chutneys to make for dosas, idlis or even chapathis I try to find a way to incorporate vegetable in some form. Either in peels form, stalks form or even the vegetable itself.
This is a great way to intake more fibre as part of your diet in a very tasty form, chutneys. This is also a great way to use up leftover small pieces of vegetables.
Chutneys are a very integral part of Indian cuisine. Coconut chutney is the most common chutney as a side dish for dosas or idlis.
Try this chayote squash/seemebadanekayi chutney. This is a very sweet vegetable and has a lot of moisture. It goes well with a lot of dishes, a simple one seemebadanekayi saagu. For today, try this seemebadanekayi chutney, spicy, sweet flavours all in one! More chutney recipes. ... “Seemebadanekayi Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Karnataka style delicious mixed veg saagu a popular side dish for set dosas
11/14/2016 9:41:12 PM vindhyadesai
Aromatic, flavourful, coconuty mixed veg saagu Karnataka style is one of my favourite gravies. It is a very popular side dish for chapathis/rotis, pooris or dosas especially set dosas.
Veg saagu has a rich taste rendered by the coconut masala along with a background of subtle spices like laung, dalchini. The hint of tanginess from lime/lemon makes it a very well balanced gravy. The mixed vegetables are cooked to perfection. They melt in the mouth but still with a little bite. The combination is exquisite! ... “Mixed Veg Saagu | Karnataka Style Mixed Veg Saagu”
Soft, fluffy set dosas, served with Karnataka style mixed veg saagu
11/13/2016 6:37:02 PM vindhyadesai
If there is a dish popular after masala dosa then it has to be set dosa. Set dosas are called so because unlike masala dosas these are served in a set. The number is usually 3 dosas but some serve 2 or 4.
Set dosa is soft and fluffy with very light crispness on the outside. This is a very popular dish amongst Darshini visitors. This is quite filling and a plate per person is sufficient for breakfast. ... “Set Dosa | How to make set dosas? | Dosa Recipes”
Piping hot masala puri for cold winter or rainy days
11/09/2016 6:55:13 PM vindhyadesai
Craving to eat a plate of piping hot masala puri on a cold rainy evening? Now if you are worried about having street food outside the house then why not try and bring the street food into the comfort of your living room.
Masala puri or masalpuri or masalapuri is a very famous chaat dish from South India. It is especially famous in Karnataka and Bangalore style Masala puri is simply the best! I learnt this chaat recipe from an aunt’s relative when I visited them in Mysore. ... “Masala Puri | Bangalore style masalpuri | Chaat Recipes”
Rich aromatic flavourful, apple gojju/gotsu to awaken your taste buds
11/02/2016 8:39:53 PM vindhyadesai
Gojjus are side dishes to awaken your taste buds. They are spicy, tangy and sweet light gravies usually mixed with a small amount of hot rice or eaten as a side dish with chapathis/rotis. Gojjus can be made using different kinds of vegetables or even fruits. Bitter gourd, cucumber, pineapple, apple, capsicum, fenugreek seeds (methi), sesame seeds(til/yellu) various kinds can be used. Each of these render a special flavour to a gojju. Here’s the recipe for apple gojju.
Unique tasting ingredients are roasted into a masala and then ground up with the spices to make the thick gravy. I have already posted pineapple gojju recipe and here’s the apple gojju recipe. Apple gojju is quite rare but is definitely very tasty as apples have a very sweet unique taste with lot of body and texture.
Enjoy this flavourful apple gojju with some hot rice. I learnt this recipe years ago from a TV show and had it penned down in my book. Try other gojju recipes. More gravy and curry recipes to try! ... “Apple Gojju | How to make apple gojju?”
Tasty and flavourful with crunchy groundnuts, gorikayi/chavlikayi bhaat
10/31/2016 9:52:05 PM vindhyadesai
After a month long celebration of festivals if you are craving to eat something simple and light, try one of the bhaat/rice recipes. Here’s the recipe for a simple gorikayi bhaat made using cluster beans/gorikayi or chavlikayi. These beans are hardly used but when eaten tender they can be very sweet. These beans have a unique taste and are very fibrous. I have also added peas which pop in the mouth and give extra texture along with the crunchy groundnuts/peanuts.
Here’s a simple cluster bean chutney as well to try. Flavours from jaggery and tamarind add the essential sweet and sour notes to this along with rasam powder giving it a hint of spice and fresh taste. I served this with capsicum raitha/saasme. Gorikayi bhaat is a simple one pot recipe, perfect for your lunch box or for festivals or even for that picnic you are planning. ... “Gorikayi Bhaat | Cluster Beans Bhaat | Chavlikayi Bhaat”