Aromatic and super tasty, Karnataka style moolangi sambar or moolangi huli
04/24/2019 6:29:40 PM vindhyadesai
Today morning as I was looking for vegetables to make lunch, found the radish I bought 3 days back. So immediately I decided it was Karnataka style moolangi sambar for lunch today. We love moolangi sambar or moolangi huLi at home, it’s my favourite!
The good news is that, there is no need of grinding a fresh masala always to make a delicious moolangi sambar. Using homemade sambar powder you can make a super tasty moolangi sambar and it is just as thick and aromatic as the freshly made one. See notes below if you want to add some fresh masala paste. ... “Moolangi Sambar | Radish Sambar | Sambar Recipes”
A rich and thick tomato based gravy with fragrant spices, tomato salna
04/14/2019 8:47:05 PM vindhyadesai
In many of my gravy recipes, I have emphasized the importance of making gravy based recipes for chapathi or roti. Dry palyas/sabzis are nice but you want something to make your chapathis or rotis even more enjoyable. Especially when you are packing a lunch dabba to office or school. So here we are with another delicious tomato based gravy with due importance to tomato, tomato salna.
A salna is usually made for a biryani or parotta. But this tomato salna goes really well with all kinds of rotis! Tomato salna like any other salnas’ has a fresh and fragrant spice base, freshly roasted and ground! The procedure is pretty simple, once you get hold of all the spices. Simple readily available spices usually found in the kitchen pantry go into this tomato salna. I referred to this wonderful recipe and loved the idea of making a plain gravy! ... “Tomato Salna | Plain Salna | Gravy Recipes”
Spicy karibevu soppu chutney pudi, best eaten with hot steamed rice & a dollop of ghee
03/27/2019 9:39:04 PM vindhyadesai
A spicy chutney powder or pickle always makes a meal special. It makes your lunch/dinner extra special, literally finger-licking good! It cleanses your palate and makes the flavours of all the other dishes come through. Karibevu soppu chutney pudi or curry leaves chutney powder or podi is that exact condiment which will take your meal to a different level.
Karibevu soppu chutney pudi is made with fresh curry leaves fried till crisp and then powdered with other roasted ingredients and spices. This is used as a condiment to eat with steamed rice and some ghee. It can even be used on the side and tasted in between morsels of food. ... “Karibevu Soppu Chutney Pudi | Curry Leaves Chutney Powder”
Golden and soft paneer cubes in a fragrant and flavourful paneer pulao
03/07/2019 8:24:11 PM vindhyadesai
To make a filling dish takes not much effort. You can also make it fancy-looking by actually not spending a lot of time and effort. How about a flavourful paneer pulao to be the main dish. So it can be served with raitha and that is lunch taken care of. Soft golden paneer in a rice pulao sounds mouth-watering, so here it is!
For this paneer pulao, I have roasted off some whole garam masala to make a fresh and fragrant masala. Paneer pulao makes a for a great lunch box dish or a main dish for a party. Typically I use basmati rice to make any pulao but you can use any long grained rice to make pulao, turns out really tasty. ... “Paneer Pulao | Matar Paneer Pulao | Pulao Recipes”
Simple everyday sabzi, wholesome and flavoursome, aloo methi
02/27/2019 9:18:01 PM vindhyadesai
A good collection of everyday recipes especially palya/sabzi is very essential. It should be part of a recipe book if you maintain one. Hand-written, everyday recipes are one of the best ways of learning to cook. Noting the recipe down even if you have a copy the book, is quarter of the recipe done. It nicely registers and you exactly know what you need to add to it. So new learners, bachelors, this is one such recipe, aloo methi.
Sabzis made with aloo make for a very easy recipe and go well with rotis/phulkas/chapathis. One of my favourite ways to make a side dish is to choose an easy recipe. I have made a Bengali style aloo methi sabzi with some panch phoran. If you do not have panch phoran readily available, it is quite easy to mix it, read on.
Methi daana (fenugreek), kalonji (nigella seeds), jeera (cumin), rai (mustard) and saunf (fennel)*, yes that easy. Or just use jeera instead, that works too for this recipe! ... “Aloo Methi | Aloo Methi Sabzi | Sabzi Recipes”
Creamy, melt in the mouth, with a delicious taste and homely feel, palak saag
01/27/2019 6:48:05 PM vindhyadesai
A simple and flavourful gravy is all you need to get back that homely feeling. Everyday foods, the food which we are used to and the food that we have grown up with is what everyone needs. A little effort and you can have this every single day, trust me it is possible. One such recipe is sarson ka saag, a special gravy from the Punjab region. I have to make do with palak saag as I do not get sarson here.
Next time I plan to grow sarson (mustard leaves) at home after this chilling winter. Till then it is palak saag with no flavours compromised! Palak saag or spinach gravy has some simple masalas and is of course rich in fibre and Vitamin A. Buy fresh organic palak/spinach to make palak saag. ... “Palak Saag | Spinach Saag | Gravy Recipes”
Pongal of a different kind, Sankranti special, tasty rava pongal
01/14/2019 8:01:13 PM vindhyadesai
Pongal, khichdi or huggi, whatever name it is called by, it is one of the best dishes in this world! Really, comfort food at its best! And best part is we celebrate our festivals with such fervour and make a simple and humble dish really festive. So for this Makara Sankranti or Pongal, try a pongal with a different ingredient, rava or sooji!
Rava pongal is a very hearty dish to eat with warming black peppercorn and cooling mung dal. The texture is like plain upma but the taste is like pongal, what a super combination! For the festival I generally add cashews to make it more festive. Feel free to omit cashews and just make it plain. ... “Rava Pongal | Rava Huggi | Pongal Recipes”
Loaded with dry nuts & fruits, laced with fragrant spices, dry nuts ladoo
01/06/2019 1:14:40 PM vindhyadesai
Many of us would have made resolutions for the new year and most of them are connected to eating and fitness. A nutritious dry nuts ladoo could be the answer. This is rich both in taste and texture but equally nutritious if not more. You can pretty much add any kind of dry fruits or nuts you prefer like dried figs, apricots, dry cherries, candied fruits apart from the ones mentioned in this recipe.
Jaggery is rich in minerals and also provides calcium. But for me the favourite part of this ladoo dry nuts ladoo is neither nuts nor jaggery. Uh-huh! Anyone can imply that from the name, dry nuts and ladoo saying it has something sweet. ... “Dry Nuts Ladoo | Dry Fruits Ladoo | Ladoo Recipes”
Delicious and filling, bajra methi poori, for lunch or dinner
11/16/2018 8:13:23 PM vindhyadesai
Bajra or pearl millet or sajje is such an important grain in Indian cuisine. It has been cultivated for thousands of years on our soil. So it is without doubt that there are so many recipes using this wonder grain. Bajra methi poori is one of them, it is delicious and filling!
Bajra is a sweet grain, it has an earthiness to it. The methi leaves added to this bajra methi poori balances the sweetness of bajra. I have also added some whole wheat flour/atta to make the dough hold together. All the spices added enhance the taste of bajra methi poori. This is a simple recipe which can be made for lunch or dinner. ... “Bajra Methi Poori | Methi Bajra Puri | Poori Recipes”
Spicy side dish to serve with lacy neer dosa, Mangalore special mixed vegetable gassi
11/13/2018 9:24:30 PM vindhyadesai
Mixed vegetable curries in any form are always a hit in my house. I love a fragrant curry too but not the over spicy and oily ones. The aroma of freshly toasted spices along with the coconut brings out the flavours of all the added mixed vegetables. This mixed vegetable gassi is one such curry.
Mixed vegetable gassi is the perfect marriage of ingredients. Mild spices, coconut milk, some tamarind for some sourness. In Mangalore and coastal regions, a special curry called chana gassi is made. Here instead of chana we use mixed vegetables which is lighter on the stomach. ... “Mixed Vegetable Gassi | Veg Ghasi | Gravy Recipes”