Perfect to pack for lunch box, kid friendly, lauki thepla or lauki chapathi
01/18/2019 7:27:05 PM vindhyadesai
As I mentioned in my post, bharwa karela posted a few days back, karela and lauki are one the most used vegetables in India. They are staples, nutritious and healthy. But how do we disguise these vegetables in this age of fast food seeking people. A simple lauki sabzi or lauki dal will not sell and it will remain as cooked. Lauki thepla or paratha is one easy way to hide lauki and kids will love it! By the way, this is healthy recipe #5 in this series.
Knead usual chapathi dough with grated lauki and here I have added roasted ground groundnuts. It enriches the flavour and it goes very well with lauki. Lauki has a soft velvetty texture and groundnuts impart nuttiness and texture to these delicious lauki thepla. Feel free to add jeera, ajwain by slightly pounding them. ... “Lauki Thepla | Lauki Paratha | Sorekayi Chapathi | Lauki Recipes”
Fun to eat, colourful and festive, eggless tutti frutti cake
12/25/2018 1:21:45 PM vindhyadesai
A soft fluffy cake loaded with colourful tutti frutti sounds like a fun cake to eat. I have used homemade tutti frutti in this eggless tutti frutti cake. It is completely free of preservatives and the taste is uncompromised. You can use a simple vanilla sponge cake recipe to make this eggless tutti frutti cake.
I have used wholemeal flour to make the eggless tutti frutti cake. Also I have baked it in a loaf tin making it more tutti frutti loaf than a cake. But then who’s to judge, it’s all fun to eat! Adding yogurt or buttermilk to cake makes the crumb really soft and moist. Use good vanilla to flavour your cake, makes a lot of difference. Avoid using artificial vanilla or other flavouring substances in the interest of taste and health. ... “Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake | Tutti Frutti Loaf | Cake Recipes”
Layered and flaky, loaded with fragrant mint leaves, pudina dhania paratha
11/28/2018 9:34:50 PM vindhyadesai
Herbs like mint, coriander, basil are very sensitive and clever. Sensitive because they cannot last very long and clever because they are very elusive, not available when required. In my case the herb is mint, I buy it sometimes thinking I would make chutney or pulao or chaats. Then I forget about it and it is somewhere stuck in the bottom of the vegetable drawer. My solution to using pudina/mint is making these flaky pudina dhania paratha.
This recipe can be quickly made with leftover chapathi/roti dough. Quickly chop up some fragrant mint leaves and here I have also added dhania/fresh coriander. Fancy looking pudina dhania paratha will be ready in a few minutes. All you need is a little patience to get the chapathis rolled out first, stuff them and then make the lacchha. They should then be rolled out again but trust me after the first one they are easy to make. ... “Pudina Dhania Paratha | Pudina Lachha Paratha | Paratha 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”
Soft, loaded with fibre and nutrition, perfect to pack for lunch box, sabsige soppu paratha
09/26/2018 9:22:53 PM vindhyadesai
Today we are back with one more kid friendly, lunch box recipe from FOI. Sabsige soppu paratha or dill leaves paratha makes an excellent paratha to pack for the lunch box. These parathas do not have filling, the dill leaves are mixed with the atta and kneaded into a dough. They are then rolled out like plain parathas by folding them triangles.
As sabsige soppu paratha does not have any filling it does not turn soggy either. But the biggest advantage by far is you can feed kids some nutritious dill leaves which they generally tend to avoid. Dill leaves are rich in Vitamin A and fibre. ... “Sabsige Soppu Paratha | Dill Leaves Paratha | Paratha Recipes”
Crisp and loaded with coconut flavour, bakery style homemade coconut biscuit
09/19/2018 9:18:32 AM vindhyadesai
Preparing droolworthy fresh biscuits and cookies at home is a very relaxing activity. Baking them fresh and eating a piece or two at tea time is a boon. The house will smell like a bakery and it can be a family activity. Involving kids too in the process of making biscuits and cookies teaches them teamwork and more importantly teaches them cooking . A childhood favourite is this homemade coconut biscuit.
Homemade coconut biscuit or kobbri biscuit was a common snack during childhood. Along with benne biscuit & khara biscuit, coconut biscuit used to be at home for an after school snack. The trio are very flavourful and the coconut biscuit recipe here completes my childhood biscuit collection. ... “Coconut Biscuit | Kobbri Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”
Sweet and delicious banana appam or banana paddu, a super easy dish for festivals
09/11/2018 1:49:18 PM vindhyadesai
Banana is my favourite fruit to cook with. You can make so many dishes with it. Every part of the banana plant is edible and in fact we cook with most parts of banana/plantain plant. Ripe banana is such a boon, kids and adults alike like this fruit and the dishes made that are made with it. Banana appam or banana paddu is a traditional favourite at home and we make this for breakfast and for festivals.
The best part of banana appam is it can be made instantly. No waiting long hours for fermentation or no need of kneading any dough. All you need is a paddu/appam pan and when it heating, making the batter. Banana appam or banana paddu is made with whole wheat flour which is mixed with jaggery, ripe bananas and cardamom for flavouring. ... “Banana Appam | Banana Paddu | Baalehannina Gundupongala”
Soft paneer paratha, quick to make, delicious to eat for breakfast or dinner
08/21/2018 10:35:13 PM vindhyadesai
Parathas are delicious to eat and some parathas are even easy to prepare. Although the general notion about paratha-making is, it is very time consuming. But not this paneer paratha, nuh huh! The paneer stuffing for paneer paratha is easy to make. It’s a matter of then rolling out the parathas and serving them.
To make life easier I generally knead whole wheat dough earlier and set it aside for gluten formation. Just before making parathas I prepare the stuffing in 5 minutes and roll out soft fresh parathas. Mouth-watering indeed, isn’t it? There are many ways of rolling out parathas, I have shown the sandwich method of making parathas here. ... “Paneer Paratha | Paratha Recipes | Breakfast Recipes”
Super delicious and always fun to eat, peppy paneer pizza
08/01/2018 9:54:18 PM vindhyadesai
Who does not like pizza, but having pizza outside is generally not healthy. How about we make whole wheat pizza with our choice of toppings. So this time we are back with a fun to eat pizza, peppy paneer pizza. I generally use my whole wheat pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes.
Peppy paneer pizza has some mild bell peppers or capsicum. We have also thrown in some soft paneer making it a very desi pizza. Generally I’m not a big fan of fusion food, I do make some exceptions though. ... “Peppy Paneer Pizza | Paneer Capsicum Pizza | Pizza Recipes”
Crisp, mildly spicy, reminder of your childhood, freshly baked Iyengar bakery khara biscuit
07/17/2018 11:41:48 AM vindhyadesai
Whatever the weather is, we all need a cup of our hot beverage, tea or coffee or milk. In childhood days, it was almost customary to have freshly baked goods once in a few weeks. We used to all wait for such days, freshly baked benne biscuit, fruity dil pasand, soft oozy honey cakes, hot & spicy aloo buns and nippattu! Of course Iyengar bakery khara biscuit was a regularly featured baked item from the bakery!
As I write this I can imagine those rainy days and taking in the fresh smells just after coming home from school. Oh, what joy! Iyengar bakery khara biscuit is a purely South Indian affair. Iyengar bakery khara biscuit (or simply khara biskuttu) is a mildly spicy biscuit with super tasty flavours from curry leaves & green chilli. ... “Iyengar Bakery Khara Biscuit | Khara Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”