Flavourful and tasty, pack for your lunch box – special menthya soppina bhaat
05/13/2017 10:11:34 PM vindhyadesai
Any rice bhaat or pulao made with fresh homemade masala is very flavourful. Years ago when I was learning cooking and experimenting with recipes I developed this masala for menthya soppina bhaat. The most important thing I learnt while making this masala was that toor dal enhances and actually brings out the taste of methi leaves/menthya soppu.
I can easily say this is my favourite bhaat of all time. It is so flavourful and aromatic without using a lot of strong spices. Light subtle spices along with desi ghee make this menthya soppina bhaat sing and dance with glory 🙂 ... “Menthya Soppina Bhaat | Methi Bhaat | Bhaat Recipes”
Soft, green, tasty, delicious and kid friendly palak paratha
02/20/2017 9:05:35 PM vindhyadesai
Spinach or palak is a super vegetable/greens. It is loaded with nutrients and fibre and especially good for children. Because eating spinach is somewhat clichéd, children get into the habit of not consuming this wonder vegetable/greens. But add palak into soft palak paratha, they will come back for more.
Try and incorporate vegetable/greens into the dish itself so that it cannot be separated out. It makes wonderful soft parathas and is a great dish for lunch box, picnics or travel.
Palak paratha is quite simple to make although it does require a bit of preparation. But it is worth the effort as it does not require any side dish but you can make do with some yogurt on the side. Throw in some pickle if serving to adults. ... “Palak Paratha | How to make palak paratha? | Paratha Recipes”
Easy-peasy, refreshing and cooling aloo raitha – a simple side dish
02/07/2017 8:28:55 PM vindhyadesai
Aloo or potato or batata is one super vegetable. Though full of starch and carbohydrates, if consumed in moderation and in tasty dishes it can be quite beneficial. Of course I do not recommend to load up on salted potato chips. But this aloo raitha is both refreshing and cooling.
Aloo raitha acts as a super side dish for pulaos or bhaats or biriyanis. It also has a lot of texture as potato provides a lot of body to the raitha. Just a few simple flavours and voila! you have made yourself a super tasty side dish. ... “Aloo Raitha | How to make aloo raitha? | Raitha Recipes”
Whole wheat puri nashta for weekend, with aloo masala and seviyaan kheer
01/29/2017 9:34:35 PM vindhyadesai
Puris or pooris are unleavened puffed up bread, a very common dish all over India. These are whole wheat puri which makes them extra delicious and they are definitely a crowd favourite.
Whole wheat flour (atta) is kneaded into a smooth dough. Little dough balls are pinched off the dough rolled out into discs (not too thin not too thick). These are then deep fried in medium hot oil till they puff up.
They are a treat to eat and very commonly made during weddings and religious occasions and festivals. ... “Whole Wheat Puri | How to make atta puri? | Poori”
Bright, colourful and cool, beetroot saasme or beetroot raitha
01/07/2017 4:52:15 PM vindhyadesai
Saasme or raitha is one common dish I make with any South Indian meal like this beetroot raitha, carrot saasme, sorekayi (lauki) saasme etc. After a hearty lunch with hot and spicy sambar, huLi, saaru, kootu or rasam you will need something to cool things off. Plain yogurt does the trick most of the times.
A very good way of consuming more vegetables is to mix it with yogurt/curd to make a raitha. This beetroot raitha or saasme is a very good way of consuming this bright yet humble vegetable. ... “Beetroot Saasme | Beetroot Raitha | Raitha Recipes”
Soft, delicious and filling tomato paratha for travel or lunchbox
11/30/2016 9:54:21 PM vindhyadesai
Did you know that tomatoes can be ‘grated’ into a coarse puree. I learnt this recently from an article which mentioned ingredients that can actually be grated. So these grated tomatoes add a new kind of texture to soft tomato paratha. I have used this technique to make super tasty red tomato paratha.
However, tomatoes should be firm and just ripe to be able to grate them. Of course, they should also be fresh. Nothing stops us from pureeing the tomatoes in a blender. That would work well too. ... “Tomato Paratha | How to make tomato paratha?”
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”
Pungent and flavourful aloo posto – aloo sabzi with khus-khus paste
10/09/2016 10:42:16 PM vindhyadesai
Aloo sabzis are the go-to sabzis be it on a festival or on regular days. Aloo or potatoes just work with anything and everything. After I decided to prepare Bengali style khichuri and tamatar chatni for Durgashtami I was thinking of a sabzi to go along with the chatni and phulkas/rotis, finally I zeroed in on making aloo posto. The star of the show is not aloo though. It is a paste made from lightly roasted khus-khus/gasa gase/poppy seeds. They give a pungent flavour to the sabzi and add great texture. Aloo posto is generally made in mustard oil like most Bengali dishes. It is a simple sabzi and is ready in no time. Do try other khus-khus or poppy seeds related dishes and aloo dishes. ... “Aloo Posto | Bengali Aloo Poshto | How to make aloo posto?”
Bengali style khichdi or khichuri, filling and satisfying – Bhog er Khichuri
10/09/2016 8:06:47 PM vindhyadesai
Today was Durgasthami and I made a big Bengali spread for the occasion. It included, aloo posto, Bengali style tamatar chatni, rosogullas and bhog er khichuri. This khichdi is one of the many versions of khichdis one can find in the Indian cuisine. From Pongal to huggi to plain khichdi to mixed veg khichdi there are so many varieties. Every state has at least one of its own versions. This khichdi has roasted mung dal in it with some vegetables. It has some aromatic spices like laung, elaichi, dalchini. They add nice flavour to the khichdi. This is a special dish from the Bengali cuisine and is specially made during festivals like Durgasthami and Saraswati Puja making it ‘Bhog er Khichuri’. It is made with a special type of rice called GobindoBhog chaawal. Any fragrant rice like jeera or basmati rice can be used or even our good old sona masuri rice can also be used to make this khichuri. I have adapted this recipe from a blog which has some nice recipes from the Bengali cuisine. Try other Bengali recipes. ... “Bengali Khichuri | Bengali Style Khichdi | Bhog er Khichuri”
Easy aloo jeera recipe with warming, toasted jeera
10/06/2016 7:38:51 PM vindhyadesai
One of the most common recipes I turn to when I need to prepare something with chapathi/phulkas/rotis is this easy aloo jeera sabzi. Aloo jeera or potatoes in warm toasted jeera/cumin seeds sounds comforting and delicious. This easy aloo jeera recipe can be made for vrata/vrat during Navratri or other vrat related festivals. Use sendha namak when making this for vrata/vrat. This dish gets ready in very less time the only waiting time is for the potatoes to get boiled and cooked which will be faster if you cook them in a cooker. Potatoes can be chopped in any way you like, any shape and any size but make sure they are bite sized. Here jeera is added 2 ways, toasted and pounded jeera and some in the tadka. Other potato dishes to try. ... “Aloo Jeera | How to make aloo jeera?”