Melt in the mouth, laden with ghee and crunchy nuts, special besan ladoo
08/07/2018 9:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
When summer holidays used to arrive we used to always have besan ladoo, avalakki chivda and kodubale at home. My mother always ensured she stocked up on these favourite North Karnataka snacks. Besan ladoo and avalakki chivda are infact the 2 most important snacks in a North Karnataka household. When you visit someone’s house you are sure to be offered these snacks. A cup of fresh chai and guests are served!
The trick to make fragrant and non-pasty/non-dry besan ladoo is patience. Yes you heard me right, you have to fry the mixture on low flame for quite sometime to get the right consistency, colour and taste! I mention it multiple times throughout this post, never ever be tempted to increase the heat on your pan, the mixture will turn into a clay like colour (ew!).
... “Besan Ladoo | Besan Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet 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”
Warm and comforting breakfast, Maharashtra special ukadpendi
05/13/2018 11:06:44 AM vindhyadesai
Many times you need something in the morning which is just warm and comforting. Whatever the weather is, you always feel like eating something soothing to the gut. But obviously we would like something that is not bland. This Maharashtra special, ukad or ukadpendi is one such dish, delicious, simple and easy to make.
Ukadpendi has a thick porridge like consistency. It consists of rice flour and besan mixed with buttermilk mixture. To make ukadpendi delicious roasted groundnuts are added on top with a simple tadka to finish with. To make it extra tasty I add a bit of amchur powder, red chilli powder and turmeric for a nice golden yellow colour. ... “Ukadpendi | Ukad | Breakfast Recipes”
Luscious, decadent, laced with mild fragrance of kesar & elaichi, kesar elaichi shrikhand
10/30/2017 3:07:13 PM vindhyadesai
Some recipes like shrikhand may seem daunting to make. But with a little effort it can be very easy to prepare. This is also one of those recipes which can be made ahead of time. That is why I love sweets, they taste better as they sit. This mildly flavoured kesar elaichi shrikhand is definitely one such recipe.
I can lap up kesar elaichi shrikhand anytime and it tastes great with these puffy whole wheat puris. Making the hung curd is the most important step. Please follow the stepwise recipe to make hung curd here. Or you can also use store-bought strained yogurt to do this and the Greek yogurt is a candidate for this. ... “Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand | Sweet Recipes”
Delicious with crunchy peanuts, perfect for fasting sabudana khichdi
09/22/2017 10:29:30 AM vindhyadesai
Sabudana khichdi is a staple in Maharashtra and North Karnataka. It is mostly made during fasting days for vrats or ekadashi. Sabudana khichdi is very simple to prepare, soaking sabudana is the most important step. Sago or sabudana or seeme akki as it is called in Kannada is a product of tapioca starch obtained from cassava root.
Sabudana khichdi is a simple and humble dish. It has soft yet crisp golden roasted potatoes, crunchy roasted groundnuts/peanuts. The hint of lemon takes the khichdi’s taste to another level! A plate of sabudana khichdi served with cool yogurt is ideal even for breakfast or just as an evening snack. ... “Sabudana Khichdi | Sabudani Khees | Fasting Recipes”
Super delicious snack, street food style Bombay sandwich
08/28/2017 6:26:41 PM vindhyadesai
Sandwiches can be made in many ways, however which way they are made, they are super yummy! Like these street food speciality Bombay sandwich. These are loaded with fun vegetables like boiled sliced potatoes, green capsicum (bell pepper), tomatoes, cucumber.
But the main tang and kick comes from the pudina chutney made fresh to smear on these sandwiches. A sprinkling of chaat masala seals the deal. Bombay sandwich is moist, crunchy and very very delicious. Different variations of Bombay sandwich do exist and they are made in every place. ... “Bombay Sandwich | Street Food Recipes | Sandwich Recipes”
Mango masti in mango mastani – fun with ice cream and mangoes
06/09/2017 9:53:04 PM vindhyadesai
Mango combined with ice cream is a match made in heaven. The taste of magnificent mangoes with the chilled sweetness of creamy ice cream makes this chilled drink very special! Mango mastani has ripe mangoes and vanilla or mango ice cream is a speciality drink from Maharashtra!
It is thicker than mango milkshake and has a big scoop of ice cream on top. But the most important thing is the addition of toppings. Toppings in the form of pistachios, tutti frutti, cherries take this mango mastani to another level. ... “Mango Mastani | Mango Recipes”
Crispy, chatpata, kurkura healthier alternative, whole wheat flakes chivda
05/01/2017 4:14:15 PM vindhyadesai
Want to munch on something chatpata and kurkura? Then try this whole wheat flakes chivda, a simple and healthier alternative to deep fried snacks. Chivda is in fact my most favourite snack surpassing chakli, kodubale or muruku. Or may be not 🙂 all are equal! Chivda is so tasty and it is quite a filling snack, the best part is, it is not deep fried.
Typically chivda is made with rice flakes/avalakki. I always try to find new ways to make chivda. Last Deepavali, I made a big batch of whole wheat flakes chivda to give to friends and colleagues. It turned out crispy and tasty. ... “Whole Wheat Flakes Chivda | Flakes Chivda | Chivda Recipes”
Nutritious, healthy and tasty mung usli or hesarukaalu usli/sundal
03/18/2017 4:53:40 PM vindhyadesai
Mung beans are one of the most nutritious legumes. The most important part in cooking mung beans is it does not even need soaking. t can be cooked just like mung dal, quick and easy! Try this delicious mung usli or hesaru kaalu usli.
This mung usli can be made for breakfast or for snacks or as a side dish with thalipeeth or akki roti accompanied with shenga chutney pudi. It tastes good even with chapathi. Mung usli is a staple in North Karnataka served with bhakkri (jolada roti), palya and chutney pudi. Classic combo! ... “Mung Usli | Hesarukaalu Usli | Usli Recipes”
Traditional homemade Sankranti yellu bella, trail mix to share
01/10/2017 9:29:26 PM vindhyadesai
Trail Mixes are always fun to eat. A traditional way of celebrating Sankranti/Pongal in Karnataka & Maharashtra is to make yellu-bella or til-gul. Sankranti yellu bella is a mixture of toasted sesame seeds and jaggery pieces. Apart from these ingredients which denote bitter-sweet flavours, roasted groundnuts, roasted gram and pieces of desiccated coconut are also added.
This is the perfect marriage of all flavours depicting the flavours of life. On this occasion of Sankranti make this mixture from scratch at home. With only few days away from Sankranti I thought of posting this recipe for Sankranti yellu bella.
It is more of proportions of all ingredients that need to be added in order to make this mixture well balanced. Most people tend to buy this from grocery stores these days to celebrate Sankranti. Would it not be more fun and authentic to put together a simple mixture at home this Sankranti? ... “Sankranti Yellu Bella | Til Gul | How to make yellu bella?”