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”
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”
Delicious and filling, bajra methi poori, for lunch or dinner
11/16/2018 8:13:23 PM vindhyadesai
Bajra or pearl millet or sajje is such an important grain in Indian cuisine. It has been cultivated for thousands of years on our soil. So it is without doubt that there are so many recipes using this wonder grain. Bajra methi poori is one of them, it is delicious and filling!
Bajra is a sweet grain, it has an earthiness to it. The methi leaves added to this bajra methi poori balances the sweetness of bajra. I have also added some whole wheat flour/atta to make the dough hold together. All the spices added enhance the taste of bajra methi poori. This is a simple recipe which can be made for lunch or dinner. ... “Bajra Methi Poori | Methi Bajra Puri | Poori Recipes”
Spicy side dish to serve with lacy neer dosa, Mangalore special mixed vegetable gassi
11/13/2018 9:24:30 PM vindhyadesai
Mixed vegetable curries in any form are always a hit in my house. I love a fragrant curry too but not the over spicy and oily ones. The aroma of freshly toasted spices along with the coconut brings out the flavours of all the added mixed vegetables. This mixed vegetable gassi is one such curry.
Mixed vegetable gassi is the perfect marriage of ingredients. Mild spices, coconut milk, some tamarind for some sourness. In Mangalore and coastal regions, a special curry called chana gassi is made. Here instead of chana we use mixed vegetables which is lighter on the stomach. ... “Mixed Vegetable Gassi | Veg Ghasi | Gravy Recipes”
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”
Creamy and delicious, with subtle yet fragrant vegetable stew in coconut milk
10/13/2018 3:53:33 PM vindhyadesai
All things stewed, I love them, they are the ultimate comfort food. A simple vegetable stew in coconut milk is my go to recipe. Be it, as a side dish with neer dosa or with some plain or special jeera rice, this stew is my favourite. Some mixed vegetables like potato, carrot, beans and some soft green peas all stewed in a simple coconut milk based curry, ultimate!
Here I have used some simple whole garam masala like elaichi, laung, kali mirch and dalchini, all in very small amounts for a subtle fragrance. Vegetable stew in coconut milk surely does sound complicated and time consuming. But all it needs is a little preparation, chopping vegetables in my opinion is the biggest task in this recipe. ... “Vegetable Stew in Coconut Milk | Vegetable Stew | Curry Recipes”
Super fast to make, instant tomato saaru or instant tomato rasam
10/02/2018 9:29:27 PM vindhyadesai
Instant recipes are very much appreciated by my dear readers. On top of that if they are simple everyday recipes like this instant tomato saaru or rasam they are very popular. If you are short on time, a quick way to make fresh hot food is to make some rice along with this instant tomato saaru or rasam.
All this recipe needs is some tomatoes and puthani or roasted gram (hurigadale). Blend a few ingredients together and boil the instant tomato saaru or rasam. Some tadka or vaggarne with desi ghee sets up this recipe. ... “Instant Tomato Saaru | Instant Tomato Rasam | Saaru 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”
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”
Creamy, nutty & mildly spicy, capsicum masala, colourful capsicum in a peanut gravy
09/16/2018 12:58:19 PM vindhyadesai
A delicious, creamy and nutty gravy with roasted capsicum dices is today’s recipe. Capsicum masala is a super tasty side dish for chapathi or rotis. It is easy to make and is so rich and creamy. It has some simple everyday spice powders to bring out the flavours. The lightly browned capsicum makes it extra special.
When I said it is easy to make, do keep in mind it does not get ready in ten minutes. Allow some time for frying and grinding the masala. But it is easy in the sense that you do not need to run to the grocery store to buy specialty ingredients. The steps can also be done in parallel. Fry the capsicum in one pan and get the masala ready on the other side. Capsicum masala is then a breeze to prepare. ... “Capsicum Masala | Capiscum Curry | Gravy Recipes”