Cheesy, creamy and delicious, savoury breakfast polenta
07/08/2018 7:41:06 PM vindhyadesai
A comforting porridge to kick-start your day in any weather, sounds good and I am all for it. Porridges usually come in the form of something with a sweet tinge more often than not. Oats porridge with dry nuts for instance. But I try to make savoury porridges like ukad from Maharashtra or ragi ganji from Karnataka. Here I have made Italian special savoury breakfast polenta.
Polenta is essentially cornmeal made into a porridge with Italian origins. Polenta is made in many ways and here I tried a savoury breakfast polenta. It is gluten-free and is light on the stomach making it a perfect dish for breakfast. ... “Breakfast Polenta | Polenta Porridge | Porridge Recipes”
Crisp, fun and all time favourite kodubale a.k.a ring muruku
09/16/2017 7:11:50 PM vindhyadesai
What can I say about kodubale, they are just too good a snack. Presenting traditional, crisp-karara ring muruku a.k.a kodubale from Karnataka. These fun to eat kodubale can be eaten during tea time or when it’s raining outside or even without any reason. Do you need a reason to have fun!
The measurements for making kodubale is absolutely the key. Or they will turn out soft and chewy. But do not be scared to try these fun snacks. Brighten up your tea/coffee time with a piece or 2 (or 3 or 4 or 5..ok now I should stop). ... “Kodubale | Ring Muruku | Diwali Recipes”
Moist, succulent, airy, tangy with delicious tadka, Gujarati special instant khaman dhokla
08/26/2017 7:36:53 PM vindhyadesai
Gujarat, is the land of super delicious snacks, dhokla, khandvi, fafda etc. Khaman dhokla is the most famous of all dhoklas and is a common dish in Gujarati cuisine. It is a unique dish, it is relatively low in calories and is steamed.
The khaman (tadka + masala) on top of khaman dhokla is what adds the most flavour. The texture and body of course comes from the moist, succulent dhokla itself. It is a complete dish. It is generally served with fresh mint chutney or sweet imli chutney. ... “Khaman Dhokla | Snack Recipes | Gujarati Recipes”
Perfect for lunch on the go, to pack for kids lunch box, loaded with veggies, hummus wraps
08/05/2017 5:56:06 PM vindhyadesai
Hummus is one of the best condiments there can ever be. Loaded with proteins and very tasty. Turning this condiment, into hummus wraps, nice idea isn’t it? It has loads of fresh vegetables. Caramelized onions add a little something something to these hummus wraps.
They are super easy to assemble and make for an easy on-the-go lunch. Avocados take these wraps to the next level making them succulent and wholesome. Some good fats lined up in the form of avocados and olive oil in hummus. ... “Hummus Wraps | Veggie Hummus Wraps | Snack Recipes”
Crispy, chatpata, kurkura healthier alternative, whole wheat flakes chivda
05/01/2017 4:14:15 PM vindhyadesai
Want to munch on something chatpata and kurkura? Then try this whole wheat flakes chivda, a simple and healthier alternative to deep fried snacks. Chivda is in fact my most favourite snack surpassing chakli, kodubale or muruku. Or may be not 🙂 all are equal! Chivda is so tasty and it is quite a filling snack, the best part is, it is not deep fried.
Typically chivda is made with rice flakes/avalakki. I always try to find new ways to make chivda. Last Deepavali, I made a big batch of whole wheat flakes chivda to give to friends and colleagues. It turned out crispy and tasty. ... “Whole Wheat Flakes Chivda | Flakes Chivda | Chivda Recipes”
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”
Soft, moist cornbread with pop-in the mouth corn niblets
11/11/2016 9:49:48 PM vindhyadesai
Generally most of us eat regular white bread or nowadays health conscious people eat whole wheat bread. But did you know that different countries especially like India, Mexico, Italy, France have their own specialty breads. In India, of course we have rotis, phulkas, chapathis, kulchas, naans, yes, the list is endless. Similarly in Mexico they have different types of bread like tortillas, corn bread etc. They are a corn loving nation and their corn tortillas are so good!
Corn bread is a very different bread and unique in taste. It is so moist and soft almost like a cake that it can be served just on its own without anything on the side. Here I have served it with guacamole, a Mexican condiment like our chutney. Corn bread has these pop-in the mouth corn niblets with tiny puddles of corn sweetness filled in them. Yum, to say the least! ... “Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread | Mexican style cornbread”
Crisp and crunchy snack, butter/benne muruku
10/20/2016 10:04:26 PM vindhyadesai
Crisp and crunchy benne/butter muruku has to be one of the tastiest snacks ever. It is a favourite in most households and can be made during many festivals like Ganesha Chaturthi, Sri Krishna Janmasthami and Deepavali/Diwali. In our childhood days, we used to look forward to celebrations of Deepavali/Diwali, along with buying and wearing new clothes and bursting crackers (which we no longer do for Mother Nature!) we also enjoyed eating these crunchy savoury snacks all day long! Of course along with swallowing up some sweets 🙂
Benne muruku is made from rice flour and butter as the main ingredients. Adding butter makes the muruku very crisp and light. Addition of too much butter makes them very brittle and there is a good chance that they will disintegrate while frying. So add butter with caution. Sesame seeds and carom seeds(om/ajwain) give nice flavour and aroma. Enjoy these with a cup of tea/coffee. Try other tea-time festival snacks like chivda and nippattu! ... “Benne Muruku | Butter Muruku | How to make benne muruku?”
Mouth-watering super tasty and healthy whole wheat baked samosas
10/17/2016 10:12:41 PM vindhyadesai
Dreaming of eating hot samosas on a rainy evening or a cold winter? Want to bite into one but worried about the calories. Then this is the recipe for you, of course it is not completely devoid of calories as it does have potatoes as the main ingredient for the filling and also a bit of butter smeared over the samosas. But that is hardly anything compared to the calories one gets from deep fried ones. Moreover the outer covering is made entirely from whole wheat (atta) which makes it that much more healthy and guilt free. Ditch those office samosa parties and make them at home. Follow stepwise to see how to fold into samosas. I am not an expert in making perfect samosas, I have tried to illustrate easy ways of folding the samosas. Doing it a few times will give you confidence. These can even be deep fried in hot oil on medium temperature till golden and crisp.
Enjoy these hot samosas with homemade green and sweet chutneys. I had made these when I had made Amrkhand at the end of last winter. The turn to post these yummy samosas has only turned up now! Dear readers, click on the links for more baked goods and more potato recipes. Try more snacks like baked nippattu. ... “Baked Aloo Samosa | How to make baked aloo samosa? | Baked Samosa”
Crispy but soft, pan fried brinjal/aubergine coins for tea-time
9/16/2016 10:42:06 PM vindhyadesai
Something to munch on during tea-time especially on a rainy lazy Sunday evening surely sounds like fun. Snacks with tea/coffee need not always be deep fried or dunked in a lot of oil and then fried. Snacks can be subtly made and they taste really good without the guilt of a lot of calories. Eggplant or big brinjal/aubergine is not an appreciated vegetable but if it is converted to a tasty, crispy, savoury snack it can be very delightful. I call these Brinjal Coins because they look like big gold coins with the beautiful golden yellow colour rendered by the addition of turmeric/haldi. This is one of the many simple snacks I have learnt from my mother. Enjoy these with your hot beverage or serve as a starter! Try other snacks/starters. ... “Brinjal Coins”