Pongal of a different kind, Sankranti special, tasty rava pongal
01/14/2019 8:01:13 PM vindhyadesai
Pongal, khichdi or huggi, whatever name it is called by, it is one of the best dishes in this world! Really, comfort food at its best! And best part is we celebrate our festivals with such fervour and make a simple and humble dish really festive. So for this Makara Sankranti or Pongal, try a pongal with a different ingredient, rava or sooji!
Rava pongal is a very hearty dish to eat with warming black peppercorn and cooling mung dal. The texture is like plain upma but the taste is like pongal, what a super combination! For the festival I generally add cashews to make it more festive. Feel free to omit cashews and just make it plain. ... “Rava Pongal | Rava Huggi | Pongal Recipes”
Perfect for breakfast lunch or dinner, delicious avalakki bisi bele bhaat
08/17/2018 8:00:35 AM vindhyadesai
Making variations of famous dishes can be delicious at times. Like this avalakki bisi bele bhaat which is an easy alternative to making elaborate bisi bele bhaat. Both taste great and the textures are slightly different. For avalakki bisi bele bhaat I generally add mung dal or hesaru bele. Whereas for rice bisi bele bhaat we add toor dal or togari bele.
As this is a quicker version of traditional BBB it’s not necessary to grind a coconut masala. Avalakki or poha is quite light on its own so we do not need additional things to make it rich and heavy. Throw in a few cashews and groundnuts for that crunch and colour. Generally, avalakki bisi bele bhaat is served immediately. Avalakki/poha absorbs a lot of liquid and so does mung dal, so it’s best to serve it fresh. ... “Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhaat | Poha Bisi Bele Bhaat | Breakfast Recipes”
A classic Andhra breakfast dish, made using protein-rich mung beans, pesarettu
04/04/2018 10:40:43 PM vindhyadesai
One more protein filled breakfast dish from FOI, made from mung beans/hesaru kaalu this time, pesarettu. Pesarettu is a classic Andhra breakfast, it is a type of dosa. Pesarettu is generally served with upma and allam chutney. Both of these recipes are coming up next.
Pesarettu are nice and crisp and the batter is also quite easy to prepare. As with mung dal paddu, pesarettu also is a good change from making urad dal based dosa batter. It is nice and easy on the stomach, the beautiful green hue is such a pleasant colour it makes these dosas even more appetizing. ... “Pesarettu | Pesarattu | Breakfast Recipes | Dosa Recipes”
Crisp, rich in protein, perfect for breakfast, mung dal paddu
04/02/2018 5:25:48 PM vindhyadesai
Finding new and innovative ways to make protein rich breakfasts with all the taste is always a challenge. The easiest cuisine for this is, South Indian cuisine. A variety of simple everyday ingredients converted to yummy and tasty dishes. Once such dish is this mung dal paddu or hesaru bele paddu/gundupongala.
As I had mentioned in my previous paddu post, Davanagere benne paddu, paddus are crisp like dosa on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside like idlis. Mung dal paddu also turns out crisp on the outside and soft inside. The best part is all the flavours that are added to mung dal paddu, cumin, black pepper, red chilli, ginger and chopped onions. ... “Mung Dal Paddu | Hesarubele Gundupongala | Mung Dal Paniyaram”
Festive and loaded with nuts and raisins, creamy sakkare pongal
01/08/2018 9:56:18 PM vindhyadesai
Come January, we start preparing for Makara Sankranti/Pongal. In various parts of India this is a special festival and is celebrated with much fervour all around. Traditional recipes such as this sweet version sakkare pongal and a spicy version like ven pongal are the main staples of this festival.
Sakkare pongal a.k.a sakkarai pongal, has its origins in Tamil Nadu and is a must for the festival. It has rice and mung dal cooked until soft and creamy in a jaggery syrup and milk. It is flavoured with fragrant spices like laung, cardamom and topped with ghee. ... “Sakkare Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Sankranti Recipes”
Warm, fibrous, loaded with veggies – dalia khichdi
10/21/2017 3:59:00 PM vindhyadesai
Khichdi is great in any form. It is warming and has a feel good factor to it. It is the epitome of comfort food! But consuming rice can sometimes be boring. So to add a different kind of texture why not try this dalia khichdi.
Dalia is nothing but broken wheat and is similar to bulgur wheat but not the same. It cooks well and mixes well to make tasty dishes like this dalia khichdi. It is loaded with vegetables and lots of flavour. ... “Dalia Khichdi | Broken Wheat Khichdi | Godhuma Khichdi”
Nutritious, delicious, Karnataka style festival special dish – hesarubele kosambri
07/04/2017 10:11:30 PM vindhyadesai
There are some signature dishes from a South Indian festival or wedding meal. One of them has to be this hesarubele kosambri or mung dal kosambri. Kosambri means a lentil or a vegetable salad in Kannada.
One of the most important side dishes to be served but often ignored by people. The quantity served is usually quite less as hesarubele kosambri is meant to be a starter and is made from soaked mung lentil and is not cooked. It is high in protein and is meant to get one started with the meal. ... “Hesarubele Kosambri | Mung Dal Salad | Festival 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 Karnataka style hesaru bele payasa or moong dal payasa
02/18/2017 9:43:36 PM vindhyadesai
Payasa or payasam is a traditional sweet dish made for festivals. They are usually very easy to make. For me hesaru bele payasa is a soul satisfying dish. For that matter, all payasa varieties are!
My mom makes this usually and it tastes so good. She quickly rustles this up for lunch. The main flavour comes from cooking hesaru bele or moong dal with grated coconut till smooth in consistency. Dal almost melts with coconut.
Hesaru bele payasa is quick to make as moong dal is a very soft dal and cooks quickly. You do not need a pressure cooker to cook this dal. It also takes only a few ingredients to make this delicious hesaru bele payasa.
I would say this is one of the easiest sweet dishes bachelors or beginners can make. You do not have to worry about consistency, if it dries up add little more water, if it is watery, boil for a little while and let it cool to absorb water. Tastes so good and heavenly! ... “Hesaru Bele Payasa | Moong Dal Payasa | Payasa Recipes”
Adorned with whole black peppercorns, soft and delicious ven pongal
01/02/2017 12:40:47 PM vindhyadesai
A wholesome rice with the simplest of spices has to be pongal. Main ingredients being rice and mung/moong dal along with black pepper they make a super delicious combo. Ven pongal is a variation of khichdi from Tamil Nadu and South India. This is similar to hotel style pongal served with white coconut chutney and tiffin sambar.
Khichdi is the most common dish all over India. It is made in different ways for instance the one, I have already posted from Bengal, khichuri. These dishes are very comforting and most importantly they are one-pot meals. ... “Ven Pongal | Pongal Recipes | Sankranti Recipes”