Creamy squash risotto, one of the best comfort foods with arborio rice and soft squash
03/09/2019 10:59:55 PM vindhyadesai
Comfort foods such as a creamy risotto is one of my many dreams. I dream about eating a spoonful of risotto and feeling the warmth go down my throat. Am I making you hungry because I know I am by just describing about it. Let’s make it more real, so here I am, back with a recipe for pumpkin or squash risotto.
A creamy risotto is usually made with arborio rice or risotto rice which you can easily get in super markets. It sure sounds fancy and restaurant’sy but trust me it is easy to make it at home. All you need is good ingredients, water and patience. Risotto turns creamy by adding boiling water one ladleful at a time. ... “Squash Risotto | Risotto Recipes | Italian Recipes”
Golden and soft paneer cubes in a fragrant and flavourful paneer pulao
03/07/2019 8:24:11 PM vindhyadesai
To make a filling dish takes not much effort. You can also make it fancy-looking by actually not spending a lot of time and effort. How about a flavourful paneer pulao to be the main dish. So it can be served with raitha and that is lunch taken care of. Soft golden paneer in a rice pulao sounds mouth-watering, so here it is!
For this paneer pulao, I have roasted off some whole garam masala to make a fresh and fragrant masala. Paneer pulao makes a for a great lunch box dish or a main dish for a party. Typically I use basmati rice to make any pulao but you can use any long grained rice to make pulao, turns out really tasty. ... “Paneer Pulao | Matar Paneer Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
Lacy and soft, very light on the stomach, ganji dosa or kalikanji dosa
02/3/2019 7:42:40 AM vindhyadesai
Who does not love dosas! I am a big fan of finding new ways of making dosas to bring in variety. So many textures, so many flavours all in a dosa. Soft, lacy, crispy, with filling, without filling, thick or thin, find them all in a dosa! You can make it simple and humble or grand and elaborate. So this time I have come back with a soft lacy dosa recipe ganji dosa or kalikanji dosa I learnt from a magazine.
Ganji dosa or kalikanji dosa is made with a simple rice batter. The most important thing about ganji dosa or kalikanji dosa is the rice does not require a lot of time to soak. Just soak it for a couple of hours. Then the rice is ground with little coconut and some batter is boiled into a ganji (rice porridge). This ganji is poured into the batter after it cools down making it ganji dosa or kalikanji dosa. ... “Ganji Dosa | Kalikanji Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
A tasty & healthy alternative to regular dosa, red rice dosa for breakfast!
09/13/2018 9:17:45 PM vindhyadesai
Variety of dosa recipes are a must for a South Indian home cook. Dosas are not just masala dosas as many think , they are much more. There is so much variety, so many recipes to play with. The end result is always tasty, delicious dosas for everyone to enjoy! This red rice dosa is one such great alternative to prepare.
I had raw red rice at home and also some red rice poha (flattened rice/avalakki). The best way to use red rice is to make red rice dosa, you get a lovely coloured dosa and the texture is crispy on the outside and soft inside. ... “Red Rice Dosa | Kempu Akki Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Melt in the mouth jaggery based payasa, Karnataka special akki kadale bele payasa
08/23/2018 10:44:45 PM vindhyadesai
A staple sweet in Karnataka is varieties of payasa. Akki kadale bele payasa is a wholesome sweet dish and kids love it. It is a self contained dish on its own and works well in big feasts well. Soft rice and chana dal are cooked with ground coconut and elaichi. It is then mixed with melted jaggery.
Akki kadale bele payasa is adorned with crunchy cashews and soft raisins fried in ghee. Oh my word, the combination is delectable and tastes absolutely delicious. We love this dish at home very much and make it regularly for festivals or feasts. ... “Akki Kadale Bele Payasa | Chawal Chana Dal Kheer | Payasa Recipes”
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”