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”
Spicy, comforting, Thai red curry with homemade red curry paste
07/24/2018 10:28:38 PM vindhyadesai
A fragrant curry is always refreshing. It should have the right balance of flavours to hit the right taste buds. A freshly ground masala then takes the curry to the next level. Of course any curry with Oriental flavours like this Thai red curry with homemade red curry paste is surely a winner.
Thai red curry with homemade red curry paste has all the good ingredients. Some simple spices like black pepper and coriander seeds together with some herbs like Thai basil, lemon grass, garlic etc create a wonderful balance. To counter these strong flavour a splash of coconut milk will make it creamy and round up the flavours. ... “Thai Red Curry With Homemade Red Curry Paste | Curry Recipes”
Crisp, mildly spicy, reminder of your childhood, freshly baked Iyengar bakery khara biscuit
07/17/2018 11:41:48 AM vindhyadesai
Whatever the weather is, we all need a cup of our hot beverage, tea or coffee or milk. In childhood days, it was almost customary to have freshly baked goods once in a few weeks. We used to all wait for such days, freshly baked benne biscuit, fruity dil pasand, soft oozy honey cakes, hot & spicy aloo buns and nippattu! Of course Iyengar bakery khara biscuit was a regularly featured baked item from the bakery!
As I write this I can imagine those rainy days and taking in the fresh smells just after coming home from school. Oh, what joy! Iyengar bakery khara biscuit is a purely South Indian affair. Iyengar bakery khara biscuit (or simply khara biskuttu) is a mildly spicy biscuit with super tasty flavours from curry leaves & green chilli. ... “Iyengar Bakery Khara Biscuit | Khara Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”
Cheesy, creamy and delicious, savoury breakfast polenta
07/08/2018 7:41:06 PM vindhyadesai
A comforting porridge to kick-start your day in any weather, sounds good and I am all for it. Porridges usually come in the form of something with a sweet tinge more often than not. Oats porridge with dry nuts for instance. But I try to make savoury porridges like ukad from Maharashtra or ragi ganji from Karnataka. Here I have made Italian special savoury breakfast polenta.
Polenta is essentially cornmeal made into a porridge with Italian origins. Polenta is made in many ways and here I tried a savoury breakfast polenta. It is gluten-free and is light on the stomach making it a perfect dish for breakfast. ... “Breakfast Polenta | Polenta Porridge | Porridge Recipes”
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”