Layered and flaky, loaded with fragrant mint leaves, pudina dhania paratha
11/28/2018 9:34:50 PM vindhyadesai
Herbs like mint, coriander, basil are very sensitive and clever. Sensitive because they cannot last very long and clever because they are very elusive, not available when required. In my case the herb is mint, I buy it sometimes thinking I would make chutney or pulao or chaats. Then I forget about it and it is somewhere stuck in the bottom of the vegetable drawer. My solution to using pudina/mint is making these flaky pudina dhania paratha.
This recipe can be quickly made with leftover chapathi/roti dough. Quickly chop up some fragrant mint leaves and here I have also added dhania/fresh coriander. Fancy looking pudina dhania paratha will be ready in a few minutes. All you need is a little patience to get the chapathis rolled out first, stuff them and then make the lacchha. They should then be rolled out again but trust me after the first one they are easy to make. ... “Pudina Dhania Paratha | Pudina Lachha Paratha | Paratha Recipes”
Easy to make, loaded with coconut flavour, festival special instant coconut ladoo
11/05/2018 9:51:10 PM vindhyadesai
Last minute preparations for Deepavali or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Then you have landed in the right place, instant coconut ladoo. This is such an easy recipe and delicious instant coconut ladoo get ready in no time at all. For festivals, infact simple recipes help to keep your sanity!
For instant coconut ladoo recipe, you will need coconut powder or fine desiccated coconut powder and condensed milk. To enhance the coconut flavour, I add coconut oil, it also keeps the instant coconut ladoo nice and white. Of course elaichi powder makes the ladoo aromatic and flavourful. ... “Instant Coconut Ladoo | Coconut Ladoo | Sweet Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, fragrant and favourite, kesar elaichi peda
10/30/2018 8:42:58 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid I was always fascinated by big sweet shops. The idea of tasty, succulent sweets all lined up behind a counter makes one drool isn’t it? I have always loved pedas, there are all shapes of pedas, round, square, oval or random shaped. And the flavours, simply superb, kesar, badam, kaju, pista, elaichi, gulab and what not. The best ones for me are the elaichi peda or kesar elaichi peda with a distinct peda stamp/chaap.
Kesar elaichi peda is a standard when it comes to Indian sweets. The shape, the texture and the taste, all of it a perfect combination. Whether from bakeries, sweet stalls or from milk parlours (how many of you buy kesar elaichi peda from Nandini shops in Karnataka?) ... “Kesar Elaichi Peda | Kesar Peda | Sweet Recipes”
Blanched chopped nutty almonds in fragrant, smooth and thick milk, badam kheer
10/15/2018 10:44:47 PM vindhyadesai
Anything that involves dry nuts and milk is a sure-shot hit combination. Dry nuts like badam/almonds or cashews add richness and a lot of crunch to a dish. Especially if it is a sweet dish like this badam kheer. Badam kheer has a rich base of badam/almonds of course. Read-on what goes into this kheer and don’t forget to try it 🙂
So, as I was saying badam kheer has badam and along with that, it has kesar/saffron and elaichi. They make this badam kheer really flavourful and you do not need a lot of sugar at all. It’s best to use full cream milk and not skimmed milk. The fats in the milk are definitely required to make the badam kheer thick and flavourful. ... “Badam Kheer | Badami Payasa | Kheer Recipes”
Comforting, homely and rich in protein, masoor dal tadka
09/22/2018 6:53:54 PM vindhyadesai
Dals as I always say are the most sought-after comfort food on earth. They are rich in protein and go with rice or roti. But the most important part about dal is they have to be really flavourful. By flavourful we mean not spicy or laden with oil but balanced and subtle. This masoor dal tadka is a very balanced and flavourful dal.
Dals in our Indian cuisine are always special, almost every home has a special way of preparing it. Some like it sour, some like it spicy and some like it bland. Whatever is the flavour, it is a common feature in our menu. Masoor dal tadka is a very common dal prepared in North Indian households. ... “Masoor Dal Tadka | Dal Tadka with masoor dal | Dal Recipes”
Creamy, nutty & mildly spicy, capsicum masala, colourful capsicum in a peanut gravy
09/16/2018 12:58:19 PM vindhyadesai
A delicious, creamy and nutty gravy with roasted capsicum dices is today’s recipe. Capsicum masala is a super tasty side dish for chapathi or rotis. It is easy to make and is so rich and creamy. It has some simple everyday spice powders to bring out the flavours. The lightly browned capsicum makes it extra special.
When I said it is easy to make, do keep in mind it does not get ready in ten minutes. Allow some time for frying and grinding the masala. But it is easy in the sense that you do not need to run to the grocery store to buy specialty ingredients. The steps can also be done in parallel. Fry the capsicum in one pan and get the masala ready on the other side. Capsicum masala is then a breeze to prepare. ... “Capsicum Masala | Capiscum Curry | Gravy Recipes”
Simple sabzi to go with rotis or phulka, aloo mooli saag or aloo mooli sabzi
09/08/2018 5:30:00 PM vindhyadesai
More often than not, we throw away nutritional leaves or stems that we buy with the vegetables. Radish leaves, beet greens, peels of vegetables etc all get thrown away. Ensure you always use organic vegetables so you can actually use these tender leaves and stems. This aloo mooli saag is a great way of using tender and fresh radish leaves.
Aloo Mooli saag serves as a side dish with roti/phulka. I had served aloo mooli saag with red rice akki roti. With some simple spice powders like lal mirch, amchur powder you can make a quick and simple sabzi to go on the side. You can choose to parboil the potatoes and then dice them which will hasten the cooking process. ... “Aloo Mooli Saag | Potato Radish Leaves Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”
Soft paneer paratha, quick to make, delicious to eat for breakfast or dinner
08/21/2018 10:35:13 PM vindhyadesai
Parathas are delicious to eat and some parathas are even easy to prepare. Although the general notion about paratha-making is, it is very time consuming. But not this paneer paratha, nuh huh! The paneer stuffing for paneer paratha is easy to make. It’s a matter of then rolling out the parathas and serving them.
To make life easier I generally knead whole wheat dough earlier and set it aside for gluten formation. Just before making parathas I prepare the stuffing in 5 minutes and roll out soft fresh parathas. Mouth-watering indeed, isn’t it? There are many ways of rolling out parathas, I have shown the sandwich method of making parathas here. ... “Paneer Paratha | Paratha Recipes | Breakfast Recipes”
An everyday staple from North India, tasty and simple sabzi, gobhi matar
07/29/2018 10:23:56 PM vindhyadesai
Simple everyday roti and sabzi with some dal is easy to make and easy to eat. Homemade food any day, is the best! Aloo, gobhi, matar, baingan and karela are very important vegetables in North India. They form the base of so many everyday sabzi. A good number of these combinations work really well together, aloo baingan, aloo matar palak. This time it is gobhi and matar’s turn, to make a tasty gobhi matar sabzi.
While choosing cauliflower ensure it does not look yellow or does not have brown spots. It should be firm and white and make sure to check in between the stalks for any small worms or impurities. If gobhi is groown organically even better. Your gobhi matar sabzi will be fresh and tasty. This sabzi can be made for lunch box or for a simple weekend lunch. Blanching cauliflower florets in boiling water will also get rid of impurities. You can also choose to add a pinch of turmeric which leaves a golden hue on the florets making them extra attractive. ... “Gobhi Matar | Gobhi Matar Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”
A simple and easy pulao to prepare, carrot pulao with cashews & raisins
07/03/2018 9:56:47 PM vindhyadesai
Pulao is my go to one-pot dish for lunch or sometimes for dinner. Usually gets ready in a jiffy and some raitha on the side, you are set. Making an elaborate pulao will not be possible always. But making use of the same masalas and may be just 1 or 2 vegetables we can still make a delicious pulao. Carrot pulao is one of those simple pulaos you can make.
Carrot pulao is loaded with raisins and cashews making it extra special. You can obviously skip them but why not add a festive touch. The natural sweet taste of carrots makes this carrot pulao very tasty. It infact does not need a lot of masala or spices. Moreover carrot pulao gets ready in no time at all! ... “Carrot Pulao | Carrot Raisin Pulao | Pulao Recipes”