Soft, sweet, traditional malnad special, baalehannina dosa
02/11/2018 9:35:56 PM vindhyadesai
Bananas are such a versatile fruit. It pairs up so well with so many dishes. Fruit salads, smoothies, milkshakes, cakes, brownies, I pretty much use bananas for everything. This time, banana in the form of traditional dosas for breakfast or for a snack. Soaked rice ground with mashed bananas result in a sweet and soft baalehannina dosa.
These are fun to eat for everyone and the elaichi added to these dosas make them very flavourful. But making dosas means the need to make sides like chutneys. Good news, these dosas do not require any side dishes at all. Baalehannina dosa taste good with just a small piece of mango pickle (maavina midi especially) or a just a little ghee. ... “Baalehannina Dosa | Banana Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Bright coloured and flavourful, spicy orange peel gojju
01/20/2018 1:13:56 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy mouth-watering gojju is always a welcome change from regular saaru or sambar. That is the reason a spicy gojju dish is a must on the menu for a festival or function. Gojjus cleanse the palate and aid in digestion as they have a good balance of all flavours. Take for instance this orange peels gojju, very flavourful, bitter, sour, spicy and sweet all at the same time.
Orange peels gojju along with haagalkayi gojju is one of my favourite gojjus. If you happen to buy organic oranges do try this orange peel gojju, no waste but extra taste 🙂 This orange peel gojju can be eaten with steamed hot white rice. This is also called orange pachadi and is famous in many parts of South India especially in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. ... “Orange Peel Gojju | Orange Gojju | Gojju 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”
Rich and nutty, with a beautiful sunshine yellow colour, badam halwa
01/01/2018 8:08:24 PM vindhyadesai
A rich and nutty halwa is the order of the day! Welcoming the new year with a gorgeous yellow coloured traditional sweet, badam halwa. Halwas are very popular all over India. Carrot halwa, lauki halwa are amongst the most favourite and common ones.
Badam halwa is a rich and decadent halwa made purely with almonds, sugar and fragrant saffron (kesar). Indeed it is a very rich sweet but so tasty that you will want to gorge on more than one. ... “Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Luscious, decadent, laced with mild fragrance of kesar & elaichi, kesar elaichi shrikhand
10/30/2017 3:07:13 PM vindhyadesai
Some recipes like shrikhand may seem daunting to make. But with a little effort it can be very easy to prepare. This is also one of those recipes which can be made ahead of time. That is why I love sweets, they taste better as they sit. This mildly flavoured kesar elaichi shrikhand is definitely one such recipe.
I can lap up kesar elaichi shrikhand anytime and it tastes great with these puffy whole wheat puris. Making the hung curd is the most important step. Please follow the stepwise recipe to make hung curd here. Or you can also use store-bought strained yogurt to do this and the Greek yogurt is a candidate for this. ... “Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand | Sweet Recipes”
Melt-in-the-mouth Karnataka style kobbri mithai, a special sweet
08/13/2017 12:30:22 PM vindhyadesai
Traditional and good old sweets are the best and easy ways to celebrate festivals. Even if you do not have experience making these sweets, you will find a lot of guidance and inspiration around you to make them. Kobbri mithai definitely belongs to that category.
Kobbri mithai is nothing but coconut/nariyal barfi (for my non-kannada friends and readers!) It uses only a few ingredients but the consistency is very very important. ... “Kobbri Mithai | Coconut Barfi | Sweet Recipes”
Creamy carrot payasa, an easy choice for festivals or when guests come over
07/09/2017 4:57:44 PM vindhyadesai
When guests are coming over or when you need to make a quick sweet which everybody would like then carrot payasa or kheer can be one your choices. It tastes best chilled or at room temperature. You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
It’s just a matter of slicing up some fresh carrots and cooking them through. They can be even cooked in a pressure cooker till soft. Made fragrant with elaichi, this easy to make carrot payasa is popular with kids. They will like the colour and texture. It is smooth and sweet, so you would not hear any complaints. ... “Carrot Payasa | Payasa Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Creamy, pearly, suitable for fasting sabudana kheer
04/02/2017 10:33:47 PM vindhyadesai
An easy and traditional way of celebrating festivals is by making some kind of kheer/payasa. Seviyaan kheer is one of the most commonly made kheer. If you are looking for an easy kheer/payasa recipe then you have arrived at the right place. Sabudana kheer is suitable for fasting or vrats.
Sabudana kheer is one of the easiest sweets to make and is ready without a lot of effort. The only thing to keep in mind is to get the thickness of this kheer/payasa to the right consistency. ... “Sabudana Kheer | Sabudana Payasa | Navratri Recipes”
Traditional homemade Sankranti yellu bella, trail mix to share
01/10/2017 9:29:26 PM vindhyadesai
Trail Mixes are always fun to eat. A traditional way of celebrating Sankranti/Pongal in Karnataka & Maharashtra is to make yellu-bella or til-gul. Sankranti yellu bella is a mixture of toasted sesame seeds and jaggery pieces. Apart from these ingredients which denote bitter-sweet flavours, roasted groundnuts, roasted gram and pieces of desiccated coconut are also added.
This is the perfect marriage of all flavours depicting the flavours of life. On this occasion of Sankranti make this mixture from scratch at home. With only few days away from Sankranti I thought of posting this recipe for Sankranti yellu bella.
It is more of proportions of all ingredients that need to be added in order to make this mixture well balanced. Most people tend to buy this from grocery stores these days to celebrate Sankranti. Would it not be more fun and authentic to put together a simple mixture at home this Sankranti? ... “Sankranti Yellu Bella | Til Gul | How to make yellu bella?”
Crisp, karara, bakery style masala groundnuts or khara kadalebeeja
01/09/2017 6:04:01 PM vindhyadesai
Groundnuts they say are the poor man’s cashews but I say they are even better than cashews. Or both are awesome! Let’s settle on that 🙂 Admit it, we all are nuts for both those nuts! These crisp karara masala groundnuts are one the best snacks in the world.
Come tea-time, these humble snacks are a tasty choice. Light and masaledaar, masala groundnuts very famous in condiment stores in Karnataka . A special mention has to go to ‘Subbamma Stores’ a condiment store in Bengaluru. The variety of snacks we get there are simply mouth-watering. ... “Masala Groundnuts | Khara Kadalebeeja | Snack Recipes”