Crispy, perfect in texture and taste, homemade sabbakki happala
06/05/2018 1:26:28 PM vindhyadesai
The quality of a meal almost entirely depends on the side dishes and condiments that are served with it. They pretty much define your food! For a typical South Indian everyday lunch it will have saaru/rasams like menasina saaru (pepper rasam), carrot saaru and sambars like sorekayi kootu, Mangalore southekayi sambar. Some sabudana happala to go with, yum!
Then there are side dishes like a palya and some saasme/raitha. Pickles and papads and happala must feature with these kind of dishes. We used to make happala and sandige at home every year during the summer holidays. A mango based lunch followed by making these happala and sandige used to be a big family affair. Pickling also was a very important activity to bring the whole family together. ... “Sabbakki Happala | Sabudana Fryum | Sabudana Papad”
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”
Chatpata sev puri chaat for a rainy evening, crunchy, savoury puris topped with sev
05/11/2018 9:08:27 PM vindhyadesai
It is a fact that most people love chaats be it South or North India. Like so many varieties in different kinds of dishes all over India, chaats are also prepared and eaten in various ways. It is savoured by everyone and making it, in itself is a big celebration amongst many households. Even parties take place featuring chaat as the main theme. This sev puri chaat is a featured item on most menus.
Sev puri chaat has crisp papdis or flattened pani puri’ puris. Of course the main feature of any chaat is the sweet and spicy chutneys. They make chaats really tangy and all the lipsmacking goodness comes from there.
Sev puri chaat is then topped with boiled and roughly chopped potatoes. All the masala settles on this potato and the crunchy puri makes it the entire package. To finish off lots of sev and chopped coriander are added on top with dollops of thick sweet curd/yogurt if desired. ... “Sev Puri Chaat | Sev Puri | Chaat Recipes”
Hot, spicy, best snack to munch on in winters, mirchi bajji
01/22/2018 9:31:33 PM vindhyadesai
When it’s raining or in the cold winter months there is always a need of a nice snack to munch on. Along with your favourite hot beverage like chai or coffee, imagine eating spicy mirchi bajji. Makes you drool, isn’t it? Unlike many other recipes this takes only a few minutes to prepare. A few mirchi (fat green chillies) is all you need. Other ingredients are basic and you can find them on your shelf.
All you have to do is, de-seed the chillies, quickly make the batter, dip and fry. A plateful of hot mirchi bajji gets ready in almost a jiffy. I sometimes wonder if making tea or coffee takes longer:). But ensure to de-seed the chillies especially if children are eating. Along with these mirchi bajji I like to make a few aloo bajji as well to counter the heat of the mirchi bajji. ... “Mirchi Bajji | Menasinakayi Bajji | Snack Recipes”
Piping hot, with a kick, perfect for the rainy season, menasina saaru a.k.a pepper rasam
08/02/2017 9:45:15 PM vindhyadesai
Imagine a rainy Sunday afternoon and you are feeling particularly lazy to prepare a spread. Or if you are generally feeling not to eat any heavy food then you have landed upon the correct recipe. An easy go-to recipe to make one feel instantly good. Piping hot menasina saaru a.k.a. pepper rasam is something I can slurp on or gulp down with some rice (of course topped with ghee :))
Menasina saaru is very good for digestion as it has pepper of course and jeera and curry leaves. It is light on the stomach and if you are feeling under the weather then this is sure to cheer you up. Just mix up with little soft rice and feel better. ... “Menasina Saaru | Pepper Rasam | How to make menasina saaru?”
Chatpata, crunchy, yummy peanut chaat
12/28/2016 1:38:11 PM vindhyadesai
Something that reminds us all of childhood has to be peanut chaat/shenga masala/mungphali ki chaat. Delicious, chatpata and yummy, this peanut chaat is quick to rustle up.
All it takes is to have some roasted peanuts and some papdis on hand. I have used homemade whole wheat baked papdis which adds to the taste. A few simple finely chopped vegetables along with a sprinkling of chatpata chaat masala is all that goes in. Mouthwatering, what are you waiting for then, it’s winter, gets dark early, so go quickly and make this. ... “Peanut Chaat | Shenga Masala | Chaat Recipes”
Yummy, lip-smacking, drool worthy spicy street food from North Karnataka, Girmitt 12/04/2016 5:09:04 PM vindhyadesai
What pav bhaji is to Mumbai, what masala puri is to Bangalore, what golgappas are to Delhi, girmitt is to North Karnataka. A very popular street style dish in most parts of North Karnataka region.
It is less known outside the region but is super tasty and is the perfect street food snack. It is very similar to bhel puri. Along with hasi (wet) ingredients like onions, tomatoes it also has bisi (hot) masala. It is a mixture of sliced onions cooked till soft with chillies and aromatic curry leaves. ... “Girmitt | How to make girmitt? | Street Food Recipes”
Piping hot masala puri for cold winter or rainy days
11/09/2016 6:55:13 PM vindhyadesai
Craving to eat a plate of piping hot masala puri on a cold rainy evening? Now if you are worried about having street food outside the house then why not try and bring the street food into the comfort of your living room.
Masala puri or masalpuri or masalapuri is a very famous chaat dish from South India. It is especially famous in Karnataka and Bangalore style Masala puri is simply the best! I learnt this chaat recipe from an aunt’s relative when I visited them in Mysore. ... “Masala Puri | Bangalore style masalpuri | Chaat Recipes”
Creamy dreamy spinach soup for a cold winter night
11/04/2016 8:25:51 PM vindhyadesai
A bowl of soup is food for the soul. Soups are very comforting and satisfying. Spinach soup is one of those soups which can be simply gulped down with some garlic bread on the side or just like that. It is creamy, thick and very delicious.
Imagine the warm soup going down your throat after a long day at work on a cold winter night. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make this creamy spinach soup 🙂
Not only do you get the warmth from the soup but also the essential nutrients from the goodness of these beautiful green leaves. Using fresh spinach to make this soup makes the soup retain the emerald green colour of the leaves.
It does not require a whole lot of flavouring at all, some simple black pepper and salt seasoning will do the trick. With my spinach dishes I usually love to add a pinch or two of nutmeg/jaiphal as it goes really well with the flavour of spinach.
You can even add a dash of cream to make it extra rich and creamier but milk also will do the trick. Milk mellows the flavour of spinach and gives it a rich smoothness. Enjoy this creamy spinach soup and here are more soups from FOI! Also do try other spinach recipes. ... “Spinach Soup | How to make spinach soup?”
Crisp spinach fritters, a great starter/appetizer
10/30/2016 1:20:41 PM vindhyadesai
Palak ke pakode/palak pakoda are crisp spinach fritters made with besan batter mixed with subtle spices. These are crisp and very delicious and they make for perfect tea time snack. On a rainy day, these pakodas are simply the best!
These pakodas can be made for a festival like Deepavali. They are easy and simple to make and are ready in a jiffy. Try onion pakoda recipe to enjoy on a cold winter evening. Enjoy these delicious palak ke pakode 🙂 ... “Palak Pakoda | How to make palak pakoda? | Spicy Spinach Fritters”