Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, tea-time special, baalekayi bajji
02/17/2019 8:02:50 PM vindhyadesai
Winter is almost over for many of us in the Northern hemisphere. But still the cold lingers on and one feels like eating something chatpata or crisp at tea time. What better than these crisp baalekayi bajji or raw banana fries/fritters. They are crisp, slightly chatpata and soft on the inside.
A simple batter made with besan and a little rice flour to render crispiness. Then a few simple masalas are added which add the right amount of seasoning. Thin slices of raw banana are dunked into the coating batter and deep fried in oil. A snack ready, in no time at all either for a lazy Sunday afternoon or for tea-time on weekdays! ... “Baalekayi Bajji | Raw Banana Fritters | Snack Recipes”
Naturally sweet and rich in nutrients, sihi genasu or sweet potato sweet
02/05/2019 9:39:25 PM vindhyadesai
Tubers such as sweet potato, cassava are so underrated. So few takers for these ancient vegetables. But then there is aloo (potato) which came to India through Portuguese about 300 years ago. But we have always had other tubers and root vegetables. These are infact our staples providing essential nutrition in the form of carbohydrates and fibre. So I have come back with a North Karnataka special recipe sihi genasu or sweet potato sweet, translated literally!
Although sweet potatoes look hard they cook very quickly. They have so much taste in them that not much is required to make a nice dish out of it. As with North Karnataka cuisine, we always have simple dishes just like the simple people from the region. Few ingredients and sihi genasu or sweet potato sweet is ready. The syrupy consistency makes you want more. ... “Sihi Genasu | Sweet Potato Sweet | Sweet Recipes”
Easy to make, loaded with coconut flavour, festival special instant coconut ladoo
11/05/2018 9:51:10 PM vindhyadesai
Last minute preparations for Deepavali or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Then you have landed in the right place, instant coconut ladoo. This is such an easy recipe and delicious instant coconut ladoo get ready in no time at all. For festivals, infact simple recipes help to keep your sanity!
For instant coconut ladoo recipe, you will need coconut powder or fine desiccated coconut powder and condensed milk. To enhance the coconut flavour, I add coconut oil, it also keeps the instant coconut ladoo nice and white. Of course elaichi powder makes the ladoo aromatic and flavourful. ... “Instant Coconut Ladoo | Coconut Ladoo | Sweet Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, fragrant and favourite, kesar elaichi peda
10/30/2018 8:42:58 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid I was always fascinated by big sweet shops. The idea of tasty, succulent sweets all lined up behind a counter makes one drool isn’t it? I have always loved pedas, there are all shapes of pedas, round, square, oval or random shaped. And the flavours, simply superb, kesar, badam, kaju, pista, elaichi, gulab and what not. The best ones for me are the elaichi peda or kesar elaichi peda with a distinct peda stamp/chaap.
Kesar elaichi peda is a standard when it comes to Indian sweets. The shape, the texture and the taste, all of it a perfect combination. Whether from bakeries, sweet stalls or from milk parlours (how many of you buy kesar elaichi peda from Nandini shops in Karnataka?) ... “Kesar Elaichi Peda | Kesar Peda | Sweet Recipes”
Nutty, delicious, fudgy, special kaju pista rolls
02/28/2018 9:21:32 PM vindhyadesai
Sweets made of any kind of nuts or any milk sweets are considered special and rich. Indeed they are, special and rich and made on occasions like Holi, Deepavali or marriages. Kaju pista rolls definitely fall into that category. They are rich and nutty and a sure shot favourite amongst kids and adults.
Making kaju pista rolls involves a few steps but they do not require a lot of ingredients. Once you get the consistency right, making kaju pista rolls will then be a matter of just rolling them up 🙂 Nuts within nuts, who will not like them, these are fun to eat. ... “Kaju Pista Rolls | Sweet Recipes | Diwali Recipes”
Rich and nutty, with a beautiful sunshine yellow colour, badam halwa
01/01/2018 8:08:24 PM vindhyadesai
A rich and nutty halwa is the order of the day! Welcoming the new year with a gorgeous yellow coloured traditional sweet, badam halwa. Halwas are very popular all over India. Carrot halwa, lauki halwa are amongst the most favourite and common ones.
Badam halwa is a rich and decadent halwa made purely with almonds, sugar and fragrant saffron (kesar). Indeed it is a very rich sweet but so tasty that you will want to gorge on more than one. ... “Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Delicious with crunchy peanuts, perfect for fasting sabudana khichdi
09/22/2017 10:29:30 AM vindhyadesai
Sabudana khichdi is a staple in Maharashtra and North Karnataka. It is mostly made during fasting days for vrats or ekadashi. Sabudana khichdi is very simple to prepare, soaking sabudana is the most important step. Sago or sabudana or seeme akki as it is called in Kannada is a product of tapioca starch obtained from cassava root.
Sabudana khichdi is a simple and humble dish. It has soft yet crisp golden roasted potatoes, crunchy roasted groundnuts/peanuts. The hint of lemon takes the khichdi’s taste to another level! A plate of sabudana khichdi served with cool yogurt is ideal even for breakfast or just as an evening snack. ... “Sabudana Khichdi | Sabudani Khees | Fasting Recipes”
Creamy carrot payasa, an easy choice for festivals or when guests come over
07/09/2017 4:57:44 PM vindhyadesai
When guests are coming over or when you need to make a quick sweet which everybody would like then carrot payasa or kheer can be one your choices. It tastes best chilled or at room temperature. You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
It’s just a matter of slicing up some fresh carrots and cooking them through. They can be even cooked in a pressure cooker till soft. Made fragrant with elaichi, this easy to make carrot payasa is popular with kids. They will like the colour and texture. It is smooth and sweet, so you would not hear any complaints. ... “Carrot Payasa | Payasa Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Little bundles of joy, droolworthy, dreamy Dharwad peda
06/29/2017 9:40:10 PM vindhyadesai
I had no idea that I will be able to try these kind of sweets years ago when I started cooking. For me making these Dharwad Peda at home is a personal milestone in cooking. They taste so good… Do not know where to start exclaiming about this wonderful sweet.
Dharwad peda is a trademark and a well protected sweet recipe from the beautiful land of Dharwad, Karnataka. This recipe has been protected for generations by families like Mishra, Thakur from that region.
This recipe may not even be the way these Dharwad peda are prepared. But I won’t complain they taste so similar and look so similar. So no complaints. Hats off to those folks who have developed and perfected the ‘Dharwad Peda’ recipe for years. ... “Dharwad Peda | Pedha Recipes | Sweet recipes”
Traditional and easy, a quick way to satisfy your sweet taste buds-baalehannu rasayana
05/17/2017 10:00:42 PM vindhyadesai
Fruit salads are always fun to eat. The choices are endless. Fancy fruit salads are too pretentious though, I think. Cutting fruits in different ways is an art of course. Bit of a faff to eat it all up later. Our good old traditional ways of eating fruits are the best. This baalehannu rasayana or simple banana fruit salad is one such salad.
This baalehannu rasayana of course has bananas, along with freshly grated coconut, grated jaggery, pounded elaichi, honey, edible camphor and gasa gase (poppy seeds). All of these amalgamate so well together, baalehannu rasayana becomes a magic salad to eat. ... “Baalehannu Rasayana | Banana Rasayana”