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”
Perfect to share for a crowd on a match day, loaded nachos nirvana
04/18/2019 10:04:33 PM vindhyadesai
Timepass, timepass, timepass! As summer holiday season is peaking and holidays from schools means making more fun things to eat. Especially during the match season we all need that ‘fun fix’. So here we are, providing a simple idea with a Mexican classic, nachos nirvana!
Nachos nirvana, I am not sure how the name has come up but I tried this at a restaurant a couple of years ago. Basically all this is, is a layer of nachos topped with your favourite toppings and baked till the cheese melts. Serve immediately, this is a fun to eat, tear n share fun snack! ... “Nachos Nirvana | Nachos With Toppings | Mexican 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”
A super tasty and creamy pasta salad, loaded with all the fun fixins
04/2/2019 10:26:28 PM vindhyadesai
In the sweltering what if you feel like eating something cool and savoury with some carbohydrates. Then do try this pasta salad with a creamy sundried tomatoes dressing and loaded with some fun fixins. I have added cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and olives. But you can add anything of your choice, capers, deseeded diced cucumber, avocado etc.
For this pasta salad, I have used fusilli pasta (spiral shaped). However feel free to use any pasta suitable for a salad like penne, macaroni etc .The best part about this pasta salad is you can make this ahead of time. As a matter of fact, pasta salad should be made ahead of time for the flavours to develop. I have adapted this recipe from Ina Garten’s pasta salad recipe. ... “Pasta Salad | Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes”
Chatpata and super famous, a definite crowd favourite chaat, bhel puri
01/29/2019 10:02:52 PM vindhyadesai
Bhel puri has to be officially the most loved chaat throughout India. Ok, this might be a bit controversial as there are some serious pani puri and masala puri lovers. Let’s just say it is one of the easiest chaats to make at home. Of course a little preparation is required but then with chaats the fun is just doubled as you prepare for it. It, in infact can be a complete family affair bringing this chatpata chaat together!
Bhel puri across our country is made in different ways, there’s murmura, churmuri, beach style, Mumbai style, Delhi style and many more. Here I have made the most common type of bhel puri eaten with papdi. Obviously one can mix and match different things to make it their own! Some like it sweet, some like it really hot and spicy! ... “Bhel Puri | Mumbai Bhel Puri | Chaat 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”
3 ways uttapam, choose your favourite topping, tomato, onion, capsicum or even mixed
11/10/2018 9:45:45 PM vindhyadesai
Dosa is such a popular dish that new ways of making them are always welcome. Everyone loves a good masala dosa, the crisp dosa with red chutney and aloo palya on the inside served with sambar and chutney. That surely is a hit combination and I have not met a single soul that dislikes dosas. So here I am, back with another simple dosa recipe with homemade dosa batter, 3 ways uttapam. Read on to find out more 🙂
So this 3 ways uttapam, I have used different toppings to make it colourful and interesting. It has shallots (small onions), tomatoes, capsicum laid out of thick dosas with a crisp underside. Sounds just yum, isn’t it! For uttapam you can use freshly fermented dosa batter or left over dosa batter. But trust me you would want to make dosa batter just to make uttapam, the joy of eating specially made uttapam is equal to if not better than favourite masala dosas! ... “Uttapam | 3 Ways Uttapam | Dosa Recipes”
Tangy, mildly spicy and hot, an easy go-to side dish, Bombay besan chutney
10/28/2018 12:10:03 PM vindhyadesai
There are times when you have run out of vegetables and you are looking to make a side dish. Something that gets ready quickly and more than just grinding a simple chutney. So imagine making a chutney that has a nice texture that also looks like curry. This Bombay besan chutney is exactly that.
Very simple things go into this chutney and gets ready in a jiffy. Bombay besan chutney is similar to jhunuka or zunka from Marathi and North Karnataka. But it is popular all over South India. It is made as a dish for chapathi or dosa. ... “Bombay Besan Chutney | Besan Chutney | Chutney Recipes”
Super fast to make, instant tomato saaru or instant tomato rasam
10/02/2018 9:29:27 PM vindhyadesai
Instant recipes are very much appreciated by my dear readers. On top of that if they are simple everyday recipes like this instant tomato saaru or rasam they are very popular. If you are short on time, a quick way to make fresh hot food is to make some rice along with this instant tomato saaru or rasam.
All this recipe needs is some tomatoes and puthani or roasted gram (hurigadale). Blend a few ingredients together and boil the instant tomato saaru or rasam. Some tadka or vaggarne with desi ghee sets up this recipe. ... “Instant Tomato Saaru | Instant Tomato Rasam | Saaru Recipes”
Comforting, homely and rich in protein, masoor dal tadka
09/22/2018 6:53:54 PM vindhyadesai
Dals as I always say are the most sought-after comfort food on earth. They are rich in protein and go with rice or roti. But the most important part about dal is they have to be really flavourful. By flavourful we mean not spicy or laden with oil but balanced and subtle. This masoor dal tadka is a very balanced and flavourful dal.
Dals in our Indian cuisine are always special, almost every home has a special way of preparing it. Some like it sour, some like it spicy and some like it bland. Whatever is the flavour, it is a common feature in our menu. Masoor dal tadka is a very common dal prepared in North Indian households. ... “Masoor Dal Tadka | Dal Tadka with masoor dal | Dal Recipes”