Creamy, melt in the mouth, with a delicious taste and homely feel, palak saag
01/27/2019 6:48:05 PM vindhyadesai
A simple and flavourful gravy is all you need to get back that homely feeling. Everyday foods, the food which we are used to and the food that we have grown up with is what everyone needs. A little effort and you can have this every single day, trust me it is possible. One such recipe is sarson ka saag, a special gravy from the Punjab region. I have to make do with palak saag as I do not get sarson here.
Next time I plan to grow sarson (mustard leaves) at home after this chilling winter. Till then it is palak saag with no flavours compromised! Palak saag or spinach gravy has some simple masalas and is of course rich in fibre and Vitamin A. Buy fresh organic palak/spinach to make palak saag. ... “Palak Saag | Spinach Saag | Gravy Recipes”
Delicious and soft makki di roti or makai ka roti perfect for winters
01/23/2019 9:38:10 PM vindhyadesai
Staple food from any region must be celebrated, it is what has kept generations thriving with good health. Moreover locally grown or sourced ingredients help sustain a society. One such recipe is makki di roti or makai atta ki roti made with maize flour. It is a staple of the Punjab region!
Made with a simple flour and seasoned with spices, always available at home, makki di roti is absolutely delicious. For winters, makki di roti is a must at Punjabi and Himachal Pradesh homes. It provides the much needed warmth and tastes delicious with sarson ka saag or palak saag. A blob of white butter (safed makhan) made at home seals the deal! ... “Makki Di Roti | Makai Roti | Roti Recipes”
Loaded with tasty masala stuffing, bitter sweet bharwan karela
12/28/2018 6:22:09 PM vindhyadesai
Bitter gourd or karela is always advertised as a vegetable not preferred by many. But infact it is one of those vegetables made regularly in many Indian homes. Karela, lauki or kaddu (bitter gourd, bottle gourd or pumpkin) atleast one of them will definitely feature on the menu. This might be the reason why it is not liked by many as it is dull, routine and boring. But how about we make the boring bitter gourd or karela interesting and a bit fancy. Bharwan karela is a very commonly made Punjabi dish.
Bharwan karela or stuffed bitter gourd as the name indicates has a flavourful masala stuffing filled into the cavity of karela and then cooked off in a sweet onion base. The flavours mingle so well in this dish and balance the pungent bitterness of the karela really well. Along with bharwan karela I served a simple Methi kadhi and some steamed rice, I say comfort food at its best! ... “Bharwan Karela | Stuffed Bittergourd | Bharwa Karela”
Masaledaar and loaded with vegetables, fresh Karnataka style mixed vegetable kootu
10/18/2018 8:14:59 PM vindhyadesai
A simple South Indian fare for lunch is the most satisfying meals one can eat. It can just involve a simple sambar/huLi or saaru/rasam along with some palya/thoran to with rice. A little curd to end the meal, and that is meals served! So let’s make this simple and humble lunch a bit more exciting. Let us learn the recipe of a Karnataka style mixed vegetable kootu.
Kootu is the richer cousin of sambar, it is generally a bit demanding than a regular sambar. They have freshly roasted and ground up masala added to a dal base. Any kind of suitable vegetable can go into a kootu. Here’s how about we make a Karnataka style mixed vegetable kootu with loads of fresh vegetables. ... “Mixed Vegetable Kootu | Karnataka Style Kootu | Kootu Recipes”
Comforting, homely and rich in protein, masoor dal tadka
09/22/2018 6:53:54 PM vindhyadesai
Dals as I always say are the most sought-after comfort food on earth. They are rich in protein and go with rice or roti. But the most important part about dal is they have to be really flavourful. By flavourful we mean not spicy or laden with oil but balanced and subtle. This masoor dal tadka is a very balanced and flavourful dal.
Dals in our Indian cuisine are always special, almost every home has a special way of preparing it. Some like it sour, some like it spicy and some like it bland. Whatever is the flavour, it is a common feature in our menu. Masoor dal tadka is a very common dal prepared in North Indian households. ... “Masoor Dal Tadka | Dal Tadka with masoor dal | Dal Recipes”
Homely and comforting, an everyday staple in many households, home style dal tadka
05/19/2018 4:15:06 PM vindhyadesai
Any day a simple dal is comforting and soothing. Dal tadka is the most commonly made type of dal in most households. Different states in India have different ways of making dal tadka. Each one is unique and really tasty. This dal tadka recipe is a simple home style recipe with all basic ingredients found at home!
Usually togari bele/toor dal also known as arhar dal or pigeon pea dal is used to make dal tadka. It has a super sweet taste and cooks very well and melts in your mouth. It blends with all masala really well and it can be made very quickly. Pressure cook dal, meanwhile make the masala and then do the honours by adding an aromatic tadka on top. ... “Dal Tadka | Tadka Dal | Dal 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”
Easy peasy, peas pulao, a staple with pop-in-the-mouth peas
05/15/2018 12:22:55 PM vindhyadesai
A simple dal-chawal can sometimes be very boring. But if you can bring some life into your chawal by adding some fresh/frozen green peas and cooked till the peas/matar turn soft and bright green. The peas just pop-in-the-mouth and they make a boring dish spring back into life. So here it is a simple dish from FOI, peas pulao or matar ke chawal.
Peas pulao can be made literally at the last minute. Quickly make some dal in your pressure cooker, wash basmati rice set it aside. Mix cool cucumber into beaten yogurt/curd. Lastly cook basmati rice and throw in some fresh/frozen green peas when the rice is half done. ... “Peas Pulao | Matar Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
Piping hot, super tasty, Karnataka style majjige huli
03/27/2017 8:28:23 PM vindhyadesai
Any day it’s our home style food that will make us feel comforted. These are the dishes your mom or granny used to make isn’t it? It will immediately make one nostalgic! My home style kind of food is South Indian food especially dishes like Karnataka style majjige huli (huLi).
Karnataka style majjige huli has ground coconut as the main ingredient along with kadale bele a.k.a chana dal. These two are ground together with minimal spices making extremely flavourful and nice and thick!
I really love to lap up Karnataka style majjige huli. A steaming bowl of rice along with a few sandige (fryums or fritters) and a pickle to taste on the side. All these together is a complete meal in itself! (our menu for tomorrow :-)) ... “Karnataka Style Majjige Huli | Majjige HuLi | Festival Recipes”
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”