Green & bright, full of nutrition, palak paddu, perfect for breakfast
08/05/2018 8:23:30 PM vindhyadesai
I like to include bright greens mostly in paratha or thepla form. I also include greens in dosa, idli, mixing it with the batter. This time I experimented with Paddu or Gundupongala with spinach, palak paddu.
That day I had planned to make palak pathrode or patra and I had soaked rice. Unfortunately I had run out of tamarind, so I decided to make palak paddu. It was a hit! ... “Palak Paddu | Spinach Gundupongala | Paddu Recipes”
Mini and fun to eat, drizzle with ghee or dunk in sambar, super tasty mini idlis
07/19/2018 10:02:49 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid when I used to go to hotels or darshinis (few & far between), I always ended up ordering masala dosa. But I used to be always fascinated by nice looking dishes like mini idlis served with tiffin sambar and chutney. Those mini idlis served with ghee and piping hot sambar is a sight!
Not to worry, making mini idlis might seem like a difficult task. I have always found that we, as home cooks get intimidated by making something mini or miniature in size. It somehow becomes a daunting task although we can rustle up big batches of meals to serve a crowd. Making these mini idlis is not that difficult after all. It is essentially idli recipe but made into mini idlis. ... “Mini Idlis | Baby Idli | Hotel Style Mini Idli | Idli 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”
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”
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”
Delicious and healthy, menthya soppina dosa or methi leaves dosa
04/26/2018 10:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
Finding ways to make dosas is one of my favourite activities in cooking. Dosas are delicious any day be it neer dosa, hotel style rava dosa or the ever favourite masala dosa. If you can incorporate leafy veg like menthya soppu/methi/fenugreek leaves to make menthya soppina dosa then kids will love it.
Menthya soppina dosa is also rich in protein with toor dal and urad dal. Rice provides the body and the all the masalas are added while grinding the batter giving it a super tasty flavour. Finely chopped methi leaves are then added and dosas are made. Menthya dosa tastes best with only a dollop of ghee. Some chutney on the side can also be served. ... “Menthya Soppina Dosa | Methi Leaves Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Flavourful & fresh, marking the arrival of spring and Ugadi special, maavinakayi chitranna
03/17/2018 7:17:01 AM vindhyadesai
Raw mangoes/maavinakayi are best eaten during the ‘season’. Firm, fresh raw mangoes taste best when made into a spicy maavinakayi chutney i.e. mango chutney or this maavinakayi chitranna. It’s heaven in the mouth with the play of all flavours, sourness from the raw mangoes, spiciness from chillies, light bitterness from methi seeds and sweetness from the jaggery.
It’s the best combination there is to mix with some cooked rice. The crunch of the groundnuts makes this super simple maavinakayi chitranna fit to made for a grand festival like Ugadi. It’s that time of the year when you get the first good crop of raw mangoes and they are very juicy and flavourful. Try this maavinakayi chitranna this Ugadi. ... “Maavinakayi Chitranna | Raw Mango Chitranna | Bhaat Recipes”
Lemon Rice, a common dish, ever popular dish from South India
03/03/2018 12:23:44 PM vindhyadesai
Most liked and savoured lunch box item. Kids and adults alike absolutely cherish this, nimbehannina chitranna a.k.a lemon rice.
Made with simple ingredients, lemon rice is one of those dishes that you will never get bored of. Freshly cooked rice mixed with a flavourful tadka of mustard, groundnuts, fragrant curry leaves. A generous pinch of turmeric imparts a beautiful yellow hue. Grated coconut and a big squeeze of lemon juice to finish off the tasty lemon rice. ... “Lemon Rice | Nimbehannina Chitranna | Bhaat Recipes”
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”
Flavourful, fragrant and filling, methi matar paneer pulao
07/29/2017 9:45:22 PM vindhyadesai
Pulaos and bhaat are my favourite items to pack for lunch box. Ideal to just heat up and eat without any mess. Being made of rice I generally restrict this affair to once a week. Not that we do not consume rice but it’s mostly in the form of curd rice (done! stamped! my absolute fav!). This methi matar paneer pulao is special and I make it once in a while.
An easy one-pot rice dish from FOI once again. It has fragrant whole garam masala making it extremely flavourful. This methi matar paneer pulao has not 1 not 2 but 3 protagonists as is apparent from the name of the dish! ... “Methi Matar Paneer Pulao | Paneer Recipes | Pulao Recipes”