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”
Flavourful and tasty, pack for your lunch box – special menthya soppina bhaat
05/13/2017 10:11:34 PM vindhyadesai
Any rice bhaat or pulao made with fresh homemade masala is very flavourful. Years ago when I was learning cooking and experimenting with recipes I developed this masala for menthya soppina bhaat. The most important thing I learnt while making this masala was that toor dal enhances and actually brings out the taste of methi leaves/menthya soppu.
I can easily say this is my favourite bhaat of all time. It is so flavourful and aromatic without using a lot of strong spices. Light subtle spices along with desi ghee make this menthya soppina bhaat sing and dance with glory 🙂 ... “Menthya Soppina Bhaat | Methi Bhaat | Bhaat Recipes”
Super soft, healthy and very tasty, best ever breakfast – idli using idli rava
02/17/2017 9:24:59 PM vindhyadesai
This recipe was one of the first ones I photoshot. Then, I photoshot it again. And again! But now finally after being in drafts for almost a year now, I am posting idli recipe. I know this is a basic recipe. Every food blog has a nice recipe for idli. So here you go, my version of idli using idli rava (actually my mom’s)
These idlis turn out to very soft and is quite simple in terms of batter preparation. Idli using idli rava does require fermentation but it is worth the effort. Idli apparently is recognized as one of the healthiest food items by W.H.O. And why not? It has practically no oil, it has proteins and carbohydrates. Idli is a wholesome dish, light for digestion and easy on the stomach. ... “Idli Using Idli Rava | Idli Recipes | How to make soft idlis?”
Festive, loaded with nuts and raisins, aromatic special jeera rice
01/23/2017 9:12:20 PM vindhyadesai
Jeera rice is a very common dish in North Indian cuisine. Somehow this humble rice dish gets lost amongst special dishes. How about making this special jeera rice? It is also called Ney Choru or Nei choru, a special dish from the Malabar region of Kerala. Make this jeera rice stand out on your plate!
True to its origins, this jeera ghee rice is made extra special with aromatic spices like elaichi, dalchini and laung. It is also rich and festive with cashew nuts, raisins and ghee. A simple humble rice dish will make you feel like royalty! ... “Special Jeera Rice | Ney Choru | Jeera rice with nuts and raisins | Rice Recipes”
Soft and white majjige dosa or buttermilk dosa, light and tasty
01/15/2017 6:15:10 PM vindhyadesai
Recipes of dosas which do not involve a whole lot of ingredients to soak and grind are my favourite kind of dosas. Majjige dosa or buttermilk dosa is one of those kind of dosas. Simple, light dosas, these are easy on the stomach too!
Making majjige dosa involves only 3 main simple ingredients, rice, poha, buttermilk. Although this dosa batter needs fermentation, you can easily get away with fermenting the batter for only a few hours(3-4). ... “Majjige Dosa | Buttermilk Dosa | Dosa Recipes”