A gem from Mangalore, a super delicious sambar, Mangalore Southekayi Huli
2018-05-27 3:48:00 PM vindhyadesai
Hot huLi a.k.a sambar with rice is a staple in most households in South India. Different regions of course have different ways of making sambar. Varieties of sambar with different vegetables are made. Each type of sambar is different as the masala added varies and vegetables render a special flavour of their own. Mangalore southekayi huli or sambar is a specialty from the Mangalore, Malnad and Udupi regions of Karnataka.
Soft Mangalore southekayi simmered in coconut masala and dal mixture is a super combination. Mixed with hot steamed rice and some ghee on top is a match made in heaven. Mangalore cucumber/southekayi is a cucumber variety grown in Malnad region and it has a very unique taste and texture. It is not very watery like regular cucumber and somewhat resembles a small white pumpkin in texture. ... “Mangalore Southekayi Huli | Mangalore Southekayi Sambar | Sambar Recipes”
Fresh, aromatic, homemade pav bhaji masala, to make your favourite dish special & tasty
05/22/2018 5:04:03 PM vindhyadesai
Pav bhaji is my favourite street food. Those pav breads lathered in butter and a creamy, chatpata and spicy bhaji on the side. Makes you drool, isn’t it? So why not make your favourite dish by adding fresh masala made right at home! So here it is, homemade pav bhaji masala.
Any masala which is homemade has to taste good. It’s the right proportion of ingredients which make the masala really fragrant. Moreover you do not have to worry about added preservatives or low quality ingredients. You have full control over the amount of spice, taste and texture in homemade pav bhaji masala. ... “Pav Bhaji Masala | Homemade Pav Bhaji Masala | Masala Recipes”
A must with idli, dosa and uddina vada, hotel style tiffin sambar
05/01/2018 9:45:27 PM vindhyadesai
Most hotels serve sambar with idli, dosas, pongal, and the ever popular uddina vada. Hotel style sambar also called tiffin sambar is an absolute must in tiffin centres and darshinis. Served with rice and a papad on the side is the saviour lunch for many people. It provides warmth and comfort to a hungry stomach. Daily office goers and factory goers depend on this tiffin sambar and rice.
So it is not only breakfast items but it is a staple in ‘tiffin’ boxes and carriers as they are called. Imagine dunking a piece of uddina vada in hot tiffin sambar, absolutely to die for! Plain tiffin sambar has pearl or sambar onions and tomatoes. A fresh masala is roasted and ground everyday and then simmered in a dal gravy. The more it boils the better it tastes. ... “Hotel Style Tiffin Sambar | Tiffin Sambar | Sambar 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”
Delicious and special gojju, Karnataka style bendekayi gojju
04/22/2018 5:44:14 PM vindhyadesai
Gojjus hold a special place in South Indian cuisine. Different regions and states have their own special and unique way of making gojjus. This bendekayi gojju from South Karnataka (Mysore style) is one such tangy and delicious gojju. The combination of flavours sweet, sour and spicy makes a very disliked vegetable like bendekayi/lady’s finger/okra look really good.
Bendekayi gojju can be eaten with chapathis or steamed rice. It is so delicious that it will leave you licking your fingers after eating a meal involving this gojju. As always with bendekayi/okra ensure they are not wet and damp. Wash them overnight, spread them on a kitchen towel and let them air dry. ... “Bendekayi Gojju | Okra Gojju | Gojju Recipes”
A well arranged masala box, with all the essentials for everyday cooking
04/18/2018 10:13:24 PM vindhyadesai
Do you find yourself scampering around while cooking, looking around to find mustard, cumin, methi, pepper etc. A masala box or vaggarne dabbi or tadka dabba will come to your rescue. In many cuisines people have spice stands, boxes etc. But masala box is something very unique to Indian cuisine specially in Southern and Western parts of India.
It is generally a stainless steel box with multiple small containers like pigeon holes. These containers hold a small quantity of spices. In olden days, the masala box used to be made of copper or brass. Here I have described an easy way to fill up your masala box with some typical South Indian spices. It is a do it yourself activity, ready to make meals like mixed veg upma, lemon rice, to add tadka for chutneys etc. ... “Masala Box | Spice Box | Vaggarne Dabbi | Tadka Dibba”
Crisp, rich in protein, perfect for breakfast, mung dal paddu
04/02/2018 5:25:48 PM vindhyadesai
Finding new and innovative ways to make protein rich breakfasts with all the taste is always a challenge. The easiest cuisine for this is, South Indian cuisine. A variety of simple everyday ingredients converted to yummy and tasty dishes. Once such dish is this mung dal paddu or hesaru bele paddu/gundupongala.
As I had mentioned in my previous paddu post, Davanagere benne paddu, paddus are crisp like dosa on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside like idlis. Mung dal paddu also turns out crisp on the outside and soft inside. The best part is all the flavours that are added to mung dal paddu, cumin, black pepper, red chilli, ginger and chopped onions. ... “Mung Dal Paddu | Hesarubele Gundupongala | Mung Dal Paniyaram”
A great accompaniment for rotis & chapathis, mixed veg kurma in a coconut based gravy
03/31/2018 11:21:36 PM vindhyadesai
It’s always good to have a lot of gravy based recipes in your cooking repertoire. They work really well with chapathis and rotis and they just bring your full menu together. Mixed Veg gravies like saagu or this mixed veg kurma, Karnataka style are delicious gravies.
Lip smacking mixed veg kurma has an aromatic coconut based masala blend with subtle spices. It’s creamy and has the goodness of all the veggies like beans, carrots and green peas. I also served the leftovers with whole wheat puris and kesar elaichi shrikhand! ... “Mixed Veg Kurma | Vegetable Kurma | Gravy Recipes”
Yummy, delicious and a favourite starter, paneer tikka
03/26/2018 10:36:33 PM vindhyadesai
Making starters/appetizers for parties or for gatherings is always a challenge. We can easily make gravies for rotis and any kind of rice dishes but starters uh huh! Always difficult to choose and prepare. We have to carefully assemble them and also make them look pretty. But how about a foolproof recipe for making paneer tikka.
You can make these in advance and leave them in the marinade. And get some help in skewering them and you are all set. Tasty and delicious paneer tikka can then be roasted off in the oven in bulk. The paneer tikka leftovers make a super delicious pulao as well. ... “Paneer Tikka | Paneer Tikka In Oven | Starter Recipes”
Rich in protein and the goodness of spinach, creamy restaurant style palak paneer
03/12/2018 9:34:18 PM vindhyadesai
Palak paneer was one of the very first paneer dishes I tried years ago. I liked the idea of palak with its nutrients and protein rich lightly golden fried paneer pieces. A perfect marriage of ingredients resulting in the best restaurant style palak paneer.
Ensure you have fresh paneer and palak to make restaurant style palak paneer. It has some nice spices along with julienne’d ginger and some aromatic kasuri methi to finish on top. I also have a rustic home style palak paneer recipe where I do not grind the palak and leave the masala ingedients with a texture. Of course, restaurant style palak paneer has some fresh cream to finish which brings out the best flavours and creaminess. ... “Restaurant Style Palak Paneer | Palak Paneer | Paneer Recipes”