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”
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”
Easy yogurt dill sandwich with a creamy dill yogurt spread
07/14/2018 1:56:09 PM vindhyadesai
Sandwich sometimes is a godsend! It truly is a great recipe for hungry kids and for those hunger pangs 🙂 A sandwich is very easy to prepare more often than not. Involving kids too in the process is always fun and they get to learn how to make food. Cold sandwiches are even more easy like this yogurt dill sandwich.
Yogurt dill sandwich has a creamy yogurt and dill leaves spread. Lightly toasted bread slices can be used or plain old bread can be used. Trim off the edges of a favourite kind of bread you like, brown, whiet, multigrain or seeded. Spread the creamy spread and close the lid of the sandwich and you are good to go. ... “Yogurt Dill Sandwich | Snack Recipes | Sandwich Recipes”
A simple and easy pulao to prepare, carrot pulao with cashews & raisins
07/03/2018 9:56:47 PM vindhyadesai
Pulao is my go to one-pot dish for lunch or sometimes for dinner. Usually gets ready in a jiffy and some raitha on the side, you are set. Making an elaborate pulao will not be possible always. But making use of the same masalas and may be just 1 or 2 vegetables we can still make a delicious pulao. Carrot pulao is one of those simple pulaos you can make.
Carrot pulao is loaded with raisins and cashews making it extra special. You can obviously skip them but why not add a festive touch. The natural sweet taste of carrots makes this carrot pulao very tasty. It infact does not need a lot of masala or spices. Moreover carrot pulao gets ready in no time at all! ... “Carrot Pulao | Carrot Raisin Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
Lunch-box friendly and loved by kids, veg chapathi rolls
07/01/2018 8:05:28 AM vindhyadesai
Packing lunch is an uphill task especially for kids. They shun everything even if they like it. It is their way of getting things well their way. So you have to find innovative ways of feeding kids and feed them healthy stuff. These veg chapathi rolls come to your rescue many times.
Veg chapathi rolls are basically chapathis stuffed with some well seasoned sauteed vegetables and rolled into small pieces. A few bites and one roll is down. It makes kids feel accomplished and is a very good way of feeding them some vegetables. ... “Veg Chapathi Rolls | Chapathi Rolls | Kids Recipes”
Yummy veg fried rice with bright coloured stir fried vegetables
06/03/2018 9:05:47 AM vindhyadesai
Back with another street food from FOI. This time it’s an Indo-Chinese dish, street style veg fried rice. Along with pav bhaji this used to be my favourite dishes to order in canteens near my college. A platter of gobhi manchurian to share with friends, the perfect combo! This time I made paneer manchurian to serve with veg fried rice. It also tastes delicious with veggies in hot gravy sauce. I have posted a few pictures below from another time.
For me the hit of this dish, veggies of course but it is freshly pounded black pepper which adds the distinct taste. It brings out the flavour of all the veggies and the slightly burnt taste gives it an unique flavour.
... “Veg Fried Rice | Fried Rice | Indo Chinese Recipes”
Spicy, buttery and filled with flavour, street style pav bhaji
06/01/2018 12:42:35 PM vindhyadesai
Imagine a rainy evening and you are digging into a plate of spicy and buttery pav bhaji. Pav bhaji needs no introduction, it is the most loved street food. It is from western part of India specifically from Maharashtra but famous throughout. Different states make it in different ways but the base is pretty much the same.
Loads of butter in a spicy gravy all mashed into a delicious gravy. This gravy is served with butter toasted pav or buns. Some chopped onions, chopped coriander, a lemon wedge and a dollop of butter adorn the pav bhaji plate. I generally use homemade pav bhaji masala to make pav bhaji but you can make use of store bought masala too. ... “Pav Bhaji | Street Style Pav Bhaji | Snack Recipes”
Soft paneer in a velvety smooth cream based masala, ever famous paneer butter masala
05/17/2018 10:24:49 AM vindhyadesai
Paneer butter masala or PBM is one of the most loved paneer dishes. There was a time when we used to always order paneer butter masala by default. What’s not to like, soft golden paneer cubes in a buttery creamy tomato based gravy. Loads of butter and some of cream to finish off the gravy, now how can that taste bad!
Paneer butter masala can be served with roti, phulka, naan or kulcha. I served it with a simple dal tadka, peas pulao, pudina raitha and some phulka. It’s the perfect combination. Cashews make the gravy rich and extra creamy. Do not feel daunted while making paneer butter masala. Get all the ingredients ready and make the gravy easily. ... “Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Recipes | Gravy Recipes”
Bright with summer colours, spicy and chatpata, sweet potato cutlet
05/09/2018 8:30:14 AM vindhyadesai
Crispy cutlets are a filling snack. They can be eaten just for a snack or a light dinner (provided it is roasted and not fried) just like this sweet potato cutlet. They are packed with flavour and so much fun to eat. Everybody who hates sweet potato will fall in love with it after eating this sweet potato cutlet.
Sweet potato cutlet has a whole bunch of nice things in it with pop-in-the-mouth peas and crunchy groundnuts. It is mildly spicy with a distinct sweetness from the er… sweet potatoes and peas. You can of course adjust the spiciness as per your taste. Serve sweet potato cutlet with just some ketchup or pudina chutney. ... “Sweet Potato Cutlet | Starter Recipes | Snack Recipes”
Beautiful burgundy colour, tangy, bubbly and cooling, cherry lemonade
04/29/2018 7:52:21 PM vindhyadesai
With the soaring temperatures you feel like drinking a chilled juice or ice water. Lemonade always does come to the rescue, it’s easy to make and quenches your thirst in a jiffy. So why not try a variation of the regular lemonade and make a cherry lemonade.
A super chilled and bright coloured cherry lemonade will re-energize you. When I made eggless black forest cake I had some cherry syrup leftover. So I tried this cherry lemonade and I have made it a few times after that. Just boil few cherries with a little sugar and set it aside to chill. ... “Cherry Lemonade | Summer Recipes | Beverage Recipes”