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”
Crisy and tasty breakfast, ragi dosa with ground batter
12/04/2017 9:46:11 PM vindhyadesai
Dosas are very versatile, they can be prepared in many ways and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Ragi dosa with ground batter is one such dish. Ragi dosa is getting popular day by day. Most hotels serve ragi dosa along with other varieties of dosas.
Ragi or finger millet is very nutritious, it is very light. This ragi dosa with ground batter turns out very crisp and tasty. Add a few finely chopped onions, some chopped green chillies in the batter or top them on the dosas. Either way you get a great combination. ... “Ragi Dosa With Ground Batter | Ragi Dosa | Dosa Recipes”
Piping hot, with a kick, perfect for the rainy season, menasina saaru a.k.a pepper rasam
08/02/2017 9:45:15 PM vindhyadesai
Imagine a rainy Sunday afternoon and you are feeling particularly lazy to prepare a spread. Or if you are generally feeling not to eat any heavy food then you have landed upon the correct recipe. An easy go-to recipe to make one feel instantly good. Piping hot menasina saaru a.k.a. pepper rasam is something I can slurp on or gulp down with some rice (of course topped with ghee :))
Menasina saaru is very good for digestion as it has pepper of course and jeera and curry leaves. It is light on the stomach and if you are feeling under the weather then this is sure to cheer you up. Just mix up with little soft rice and feel better. ... “Menasina Saaru | Pepper Rasam | How to make menasina saaru?”
Spicy radish chutney, a different kind of chutney as side dish for dosa/idli or steamed rice
07/22/2017 1:01:28 PM vindhyadesai
Chutneys are a a very important side dish in South Indian cuisine. Any kind of chutney cleanses the palate and activates the taste buds. Radish is an under-appreciated vegetable. They are very good for health and are loaded with nutrients. This radish chutney hides radish from you and you will not know there’s radish in it.
This is a very flavourful and spicy chutney and makes a very good side dish for steamed rice or chapathis.I have learnt a version of this chutney from my MIL. She sautes the ground chutney again after grinding before adding the tadka. ... “Moolangi Chutney | Radish Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Creamy, delicious and rich, chapathi-roti side dish – peas kurma
07/13/2017 9:36:51 PM vindhyadesai
Gravy based curries have to be the best side dishes for chapathi/rotis/parathas. This South Indian style peas kurma is one of the best gravies. The peas in this kurma are smooth and they pop in the mouth leaving behind a sweet taste to savour.
This peas kurma has a creamy and smooth texture and the gravy is just right – yes in terms of balance of all flavours. I make different types of kurma, vegetable kurma, beans kurma etc… ... “Peas Kurma | Peas Kurma Gravy | Gravy Recipes”
Mango kesari – a twist on the traditional kesari with delicious in season mango flavours
05/29/2017 4:51:50 PM vindhyadesai
I just love the mango season. So many recipes to try out with mangoes. Mangoes are truly the king of fruits in the real sense. It blends well with in so many dishes. Like the signature haal kesari dish or sheera made into something extraordinary like mango kesari. Spectacular!
It’s truly a treat for the senses. It is visually very appealing and the taste is simply ‘mango’ (see what I did here!). One of the best and simplest sweet dishes I have tried in recent times. It is the ultimate celebration of juicy ripe mangoes.
Hurry, the mango season just might be over prematurely owing to the torrential rains! Line it up though, all you mango lovers, this dish takes mango to a new level. It works so well in this kesari. ... “Mango Kesari | Mango Sheera | Mango Recipes”
Bitter, tangy, spicy and very tasty, haagalkayi gojju
05/26/2017 8:14:29 PM vindhyadesai
Many a time, we ignore simple humble vegetables like bitter gourd. Simply because bitter gourd puts you off owing to its name. Yes, bitter gourd is obviously bitter but when combined with the right masala or ingredients it turns into something entirely different and tasty. Like this haagalkayi gojju or gotsu.
Haagalkayi gojju is a palate cleansing dish. It has aromatic ingredients making it unique tasting. In combination with the bitter gourd tanginess from tamarind pulp and a piece of jaggery makes this haagalkayi gojju get its taste. ... “Haagalkayi Gojju | Bitter Gourd Gojju | Gojju 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”
Soft and crisp both together, rava roti or sajjige roti, a tasty breakfast item
04/09/2017 6:56:06 PM vindhyadesai
A very nice alternative to akki roti is this rava roti or sajjige roti. It is very commonly made in Karnataka and is a very popular breakfast dish. Soft yet crisp, rava roti is quite filling.
And what do I say about the taste. Simple, humble yet very very tasty. Rava roti is also quick to make. It can be made in 2 ways, directly patted on a cooled tawa or patted on a greaseproof paper/plantain leaf. I have illustrated both methods here. ... “Rava Roti | Sajjige Roti | Roti Recipes”