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”
Aromatic, fresh, authentic Mysore style homemade sambar powder
09/25/2017 9:26:18 PM vindhyadesai
I am sure everybody agrees that fresh homemade masalas and powders cannot be replaced! Basic powders like saarina pudi/rasam powder and sambar powder are essential to a South Indian cook. They come in so handy. The aroma of homemade sambar powder is the measure of how good your sambar/huLi turns out to be.
Generally all ingredients are dry roasted individually and slowly in heated heavy pans/kadais. But here I have given a simple and easy method all done at once. Moreover it is for a small quantity measure making it simple to handle masala ingredients. This will also ensure your sambar powder is fresh. ... “Sambar Powder | Sambar Pudi | Homemade HuLi Pudi”
Tasty, delicious, kid friendly gobhi paratha – for breakfast, lunch or dinner
08/20/2017 11:59:44 AM vindhyadesai
Parathas are my go to dishes when I feel lazy to make side dishes. By making delicious parathas like this gobhi paratha it is easy to get away with serving only curd, pickle or butter/ghee on the side.
After aloo paratha, gobhi paratha is the most famous type of paratha across many households. We are no exception, we love both these types of paratha, so filling and delicious. ... “Gobhi Paratha | Paratha 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?”
Flavourful, fragrant and filling, methi matar paneer pulao
07/29/2017 9:45:22 PM vindhyadesai
Pulaos and bhaat are my favourite items to pack for lunch box. Ideal to just heat up and eat without any mess. Being made of rice I generally restrict this affair to once a week. Not that we do not consume rice but it’s mostly in the form of curd rice (done! stamped! my absolute fav!). This methi matar paneer pulao is special and I make it once in a while.
An easy one-pot rice dish from FOI once again. It has fragrant whole garam masala making it extremely flavourful. This methi matar paneer pulao has not 1 not 2 but 3 protagonists as is apparent from the name of the dish! ... “Methi Matar Paneer Pulao | Paneer Recipes | Pulao 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”
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”
Lip-smacking, juicy, mildly spicy, refreshing homemade lime pickle
01/31/2017 5:16:29 PM vindhyadesai
We all know pickling is an art. It is this statement which makes us all take a step back and stop ourselves from trying to make pickles. Making pickles in India is a very old tradition. Homemade lime pickle, lemon pickle, mango pickle have to be the most popular pickle recipes.
Just make pickles in a clean dry environment. Then you will find pickle making a breeze. Even I have experienced pickles turning out bad after taking utmost care. But it is definitely possible to make good pickles. ... “Homemade Lime Pickle | Pickle Recipes | Nimbekayi Uppinakayi”