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”
Creamy and delicious, with subtle yet fragrant vegetable stew in coconut milk
10/13/2018 3:53:33 PM vindhyadesai
All things stewed, I love them, they are the ultimate comfort food. A simple vegetable stew in coconut milk is my go to recipe. Be it, as a side dish with neer dosa or with some plain or special jeera rice, this stew is my favourite. Some mixed vegetables like potato, carrot, beans and some soft green peas all stewed in a simple coconut milk based curry, ultimate!
Here I have used some simple whole garam masala like elaichi, laung, kali mirch and dalchini, all in very small amounts for a subtle fragrance. Vegetable stew in coconut milk surely does sound complicated and time consuming. But all it needs is a little preparation, chopping vegetables in my opinion is the biggest task in this recipe. ... “Vegetable Stew in Coconut Milk | Vegetable Stew | Curry Recipes”
Quick and easy rice dish for your lunch box, delicious and tasty coriander rice
08/19/2018 7:07:02 PM vindhyadesai
Coriander leaves or dhania patta or kottambri soppu is the main ingredient for garnishing. How about we just make it the main ingredient! So here we are back with another simple lunch box recipe, coriander rice or coriander bhaat. All this needs is just few simple whole garam masala and some fresh coriander.
Some cashews adorn this flavourful coriander rice along with some pop-in-the-mouth green peas. Coriander rice gets ready in quick time and you do not even have to prepare the rice beforehand. Although sometimes that method is also quite fast. ... “Coriander Rice | Coriander Bhaat | Bhaat 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”
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”
Delicious, loaded with vegetables, a great breakfast dish shavige pulao
06/29/2018 7:12:08 AM vindhyadesai
Some simple everyday ingredients like shavige/seviyaan can be used to make some delicious dishes. The dishes convert the simple ingredients into something exotic and delicious. This shavige pulao or seviyaan pulao is loaded with aromatic spices and delicious roasted vegetables.
The key thing in making non-sticky shavige pulao is to roast the shavige very well. Shavige is then coated with all the vegetables which are sauteed in some aromatic spices. All in all it makes a super combination and comes together quite well. ... “Shavige Pulao | Seviyaan Pulao | Breakfast Recipes”
A simple everyday dish, side dish for rotis, aloo matar palak
06/23/2018 12:11:10 PM vindhyadesai
We all need a pile of simple recipes which get ready in no time at all. A staple such as aloo matar palak is a must on the menu once in few days at home. It works so well with rotis and chapathis. Just a little curd on the side may be with a small piece of pickle makes it super delicious.
The stages of making aloo matar palak is what makes it so easy to make. Chop potatoes, let them saute in some simple spices and oil. Meanwhile get palak ready, throw in matar and chopped palak. Season and let them all cook. Ready to serve, nice & simple! ... “Aloo Matar Palak | Aloo Palak | Sabzi Recipes”
Yummy veg fried rice with bright coloured stir fried vegetables
06/03/2018 9:05:47 AM vindhyadesai
Back with another street food from FOI. This time it’s an Indo-Chinese dish, street style veg fried rice. Along with pav bhaji this used to be my favourite dishes to order in canteens near my college. A platter of gobhi manchurian to share with friends, the perfect combo! This time I made paneer manchurian to serve with veg fried rice. It also tastes delicious with veggies in hot gravy sauce. I have posted a few pictures below from another time.
For me the hit of this dish, veggies of course but it is freshly pounded black pepper which adds the distinct taste. It brings out the flavour of all the veggies and the slightly burnt taste gives it an unique flavour.
... “Veg Fried Rice | Fried Rice | Indo Chinese Recipes”
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”
Easy peasy, peas pulao, a staple with pop-in-the-mouth peas
05/15/2018 12:22:55 PM vindhyadesai
A simple dal-chawal can sometimes be very boring. But if you can bring some life into your chawal by adding some fresh/frozen green peas and cooked till the peas/matar turn soft and bright green. The peas just pop-in-the-mouth and they make a boring dish spring back into life. So here it is a simple dish from FOI, peas pulao or matar ke chawal.
Peas pulao can be made literally at the last minute. Quickly make some dal in your pressure cooker, wash basmati rice set it aside. Mix cool cucumber into beaten yogurt/curd. Lastly cook basmati rice and throw in some fresh/frozen green peas when the rice is half done. ... “Peas Pulao | Matar Pulao | Pulao Recipes”