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”
Layered and flaky, loaded with fragrant mint leaves, pudina dhania paratha
11/28/2018 9:34:50 PM vindhyadesai
Herbs like mint, coriander, basil are very sensitive and clever. Sensitive because they cannot last very long and clever because they are very elusive, not available when required. In my case the herb is mint, I buy it sometimes thinking I would make chutney or pulao or chaats. Then I forget about it and it is somewhere stuck in the bottom of the vegetable drawer. My solution to using pudina/mint is making these flaky pudina dhania paratha.
This recipe can be quickly made with leftover chapathi/roti dough. Quickly chop up some fragrant mint leaves and here I have also added dhania/fresh coriander. Fancy looking pudina dhania paratha will be ready in a few minutes. All you need is a little patience to get the chapathis rolled out first, stuff them and then make the lacchha. They should then be rolled out again but trust me after the first one they are easy to make. ... “Pudina Dhania Paratha | Pudina Lachha Paratha | Paratha Recipes”
Spicy, soft yet crispy, street style paneer manchurian, perfect for an after-school snack
11/23/2018 22:52:19 vindhyadesai
A chatpata snack, hot and spicy on a rainy day or a cold winter evening will perk you up right away! Street style paneer manchurian is exactly the kind of recipe you want. It has the right ingredients and refreshes you almost immediately. Infact this is one of the sought after appetizer recipes from Indo-Chinese cuisine.
Street style paneer manchurian is very easy to make, it does not need much preparation at all. You can cheat a little and use store bought organic fresh paneer and quickly fix this snack. Fresh homemade paneer, oh yes that’s not a bad idea too! You will be a hit with your kids for a quick after school snack. But make sure you adjust the spice when serving kids! ... “Street Style Paneer Manchurian | Paneer Manchurian”
3 ways uttapam, choose your favourite topping, tomato, onion, capsicum or even mixed
11/10/2018 9:45:45 PM vindhyadesai
Dosa is such a popular dish that new ways of making them are always welcome. Everyone loves a good masala dosa, the crisp dosa with red chutney and aloo palya on the inside served with sambar and chutney. That surely is a hit combination and I have not met a single soul that dislikes dosas. So here I am, back with another simple dosa recipe with homemade dosa batter, 3 ways uttapam. Read on to find out more 🙂
So this 3 ways uttapam, I have used different toppings to make it colourful and interesting. It has shallots (small onions), tomatoes, capsicum laid out of thick dosas with a crisp underside. Sounds just yum, isn’t it! For uttapam you can use freshly fermented dosa batter or left over dosa batter. But trust me you would want to make dosa batter just to make uttapam, the joy of eating specially made uttapam is equal to if not better than favourite masala dosas! ... “Uttapam | 3 Ways Uttapam | Dosa Recipes”
Soft, loaded with fresh spinach, perfect breakfast for a rainy morning, palak besan cheela
10/25/2018 1:21:13 PM vindhyadesai
Recipes like cheela are simple yet they make your breakfast really hearty. Palak besan cheela is one of my favourites I started making in recent times.It is rich in protein and fibre, and what do I say about the flavour. Moreover it is instant and makes a quick breakfast.
Some simple spices like ajwain and jeera go into this cheela recipe and it makes the palak besan cheela simply great in taste. It is definitely a kid-friendly recipe, a palak besan cheela just before school and they are set to attend the classes! Just skip green chilli for younger kids.
... “Palak Besan Cheela | Spinach Besan Chilla | Cheela Recipe”
Perfect for a cold winter evening, laced with a mild orange flavour, white hot chocolate
10/10/2018 10:18:48 PM vindhyadesai
A hot cup of tea or coffee is always refreshing. Sometimes you can indulge a bit and choose something like hot chocolate. Today let’s take indulgence a little further and serve up white hot chocolate. White Hot chocolate is decadent and fancy!
White hot chocolate, as you have guessed, has white chocolate, what are the odds. Infact white chocolate is not chocolate at all, it is made of cocoa butter, a by-product of making regular dark/milk chocolate. Here I have used some cooking white chocolate (the kind that is used for baking). But any brand of white chocolate will do. ... “White Hot Chocolate | Orange White Hot Chocolate | Beverage Recipes”
Soft, loaded with fibre and nutrition, perfect to pack for lunch box, sabsige soppu paratha
09/26/2018 9:22:53 PM vindhyadesai
Today we are back with one more kid friendly, lunch box recipe from FOI. Sabsige soppu paratha or dill leaves paratha makes an excellent paratha to pack for the lunch box. These parathas do not have filling, the dill leaves are mixed with the atta and kneaded into a dough. They are then rolled out like plain parathas by folding them triangles.
As sabsige soppu paratha does not have any filling it does not turn soggy either. But the biggest advantage by far is you can feed kids some nutritious dill leaves which they generally tend to avoid. Dill leaves are rich in Vitamin A and fibre. ... “Sabsige Soppu Paratha | Dill Leaves Paratha | Paratha 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”
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”
Sweet and delicious banana appam or banana paddu, a super easy dish for festivals
09/11/2018 1:49:18 PM vindhyadesai
Banana is my favourite fruit to cook with. You can make so many dishes with it. Every part of the banana plant is edible and in fact we cook with most parts of banana/plantain plant. Ripe banana is such a boon, kids and adults alike like this fruit and the dishes made that are made with it. Banana appam or banana paddu is a traditional favourite at home and we make this for breakfast and for festivals.
The best part of banana appam is it can be made instantly. No waiting long hours for fermentation or no need of kneading any dough. All you need is a paddu/appam pan and when it heating, making the batter. Banana appam or banana paddu is made with whole wheat flour which is mixed with jaggery, ripe bananas and cardamom for flavouring. ... “Banana Appam | Banana Paddu | Baalehannina Gundupongala”