Simple everyday sabzi, wholesome and flavoursome, aloo methi
02/27/2019 9:18:01 PM vindhyadesai
A good collection of everyday recipes especially palya/sabzi is very essential. It should be part of a recipe book if you maintain one. Hand-written, everyday recipes are one of the best ways of learning to cook. Noting the recipe down even if you have a copy the book, is quarter of the recipe done. It nicely registers and you exactly know what you need to add to it. So new learners, bachelors, this is one such recipe, aloo methi.
Sabzis made with aloo make for a very easy recipe and go well with rotis/phulkas/chapathis. One of my favourite ways to make a side dish is to choose an easy recipe. I have made a Bengali style aloo methi sabzi with some panch phoran. If you do not have panch phoran readily available, it is quite easy to mix it, read on.
Methi daana (fenugreek), kalonji (nigella seeds), jeera (cumin), rai (mustard) and saunf (fennel)*, yes that easy. Or just use jeera instead, that works too for this recipe! ... “Aloo Methi | Aloo Methi Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”
Spicy and palate cleansing hasi menasinakayi thokku or green chilli thokku
11/26/2018 6:00:04 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy pickle always brightens up any meal. But making a pickle takes time unless it is an instant pickle. Another spicy dish that can brighten up a meal is thokku, spicy like a pickle and looks like a chutney. So here we are, making a spicy green chilli thokku or hasi menasinakayi thokku from Karnataka.
Green chilli thokku, will make your meal lip-smacking. Things are about to get hot in your meal! The important thing to make thokku is to fry the ingredients in oil well. For the green chilli thokku, the green chillies should be fried in oil till they develop blisters on the skin. It will break the heat and bring out the flavours and your green chilli thokku turns out super tasty! ... “Green Chilli Thokku | Hasi Menasinakayi Thokku | Thokku 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”
Spicy, delicious, loaded with nuttiness & full of flavour, Hyderabadi special Bhindi Ka Salan
10/06/2018 11:43:01 AM vindhyadesai
A spicy and delicious curry as an accompaniment with pulao, biryani or rotis is always welcome. Such curries enhance the taste of the dish even more and cleanses the palate. Such curries do not have to be oily or loaded with chillies to make them tasty. I have described one such lip-smacking recipe here, bhindi ka salan, Hyderabadi style!
Bhindi ka salan has a delicious masala paste going into it made with with roasted groundnuts, sesame, coconut and some fragrant spices. The flavours are then brought together by adding tamarind and jaggery balancing all the flavours. Ensure you are using fresh and tender bhindi/okra which makes bhindi ka salan really tasty. ... “Bhindi Ka Salan | Bhindi Recipes | Curry Recipes”
A tasty & healthy alternative to regular dosa, red rice dosa for breakfast!
09/13/2018 9:17:45 PM vindhyadesai
Variety of dosa recipes are a must for a South Indian home cook. Dosas are not just masala dosas as many think , they are much more. There is so much variety, so many recipes to play with. The end result is always tasty, delicious dosas for everyone to enjoy! This red rice dosa is one such great alternative to prepare.
I had raw red rice at home and also some red rice poha (flattened rice/avalakki). The best way to use red rice is to make red rice dosa, you get a lovely coloured dosa and the texture is crispy on the outside and soft inside. ... “Red Rice Dosa | Kempu Akki Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Warm, comforting methi kadhi, perfect for those rainy evenings
08/10/2018 8:01:06 AM vindhyadesai
Kadhi (paladya) and saaru (rasam) work well in all seasons. I can never say no to a meal involving either of these 2 dishes. It gives you an instant feeling of warmth. Methi kadhi is one of my go-to dishes if I have methi in my fridge and after a long day of work. It is so quick to make and methi definitely makes it extra comforting.
This is Rajasthani style methi kadhi whereas Punjabi style methi kadhi generally has pakodas in it. I have already posted Gujarathi kadhi and Karnataka special majjige huLi. Oh, wow so many combinations and so much variety, it’s mind boggling sometimes. For a quick dinner, rustle up some quick jeera rice or peas pulao, and methi kadhi. Serve with pickle and papad. This time I had leftover bharwan karela, it made a fancy meal. ... “Methi Kadhi | Rajasthani Methi Kadhi | Kadhi 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”
A gem from Mangalore, a super delicious sambar, Mangalore Southekayi Huli
2018-05-27 3:48:00 PM vindhyadesai
Hot huLi a.k.a sambar with rice is a staple in most households in South India. Different regions of course have different ways of making sambar. Varieties of sambar with different vegetables are made. Each type of sambar is different as the masala added varies and vegetables render a special flavour of their own. Mangalore southekayi huli or sambar is a specialty from the Mangalore, Malnad and Udupi regions of Karnataka.
Soft Mangalore southekayi simmered in coconut masala and dal mixture is a super combination. Mixed with hot steamed rice and some ghee on top is a match made in heaven. Mangalore cucumber/southekayi is a cucumber variety grown in Malnad region and it has a very unique taste and texture. It is not very watery like regular cucumber and somewhat resembles a small white pumpkin in texture. ... “Mangalore Southekayi Huli | Mangalore Southekayi Sambar | Sambar Recipes”