Creamy squash risotto, one of the best comfort foods with arborio rice and soft squash
03/09/2019 10:59:55 PM vindhyadesai
Comfort foods such as a creamy risotto is one of my many dreams. I dream about eating a spoonful of risotto and feeling the warmth go down my throat. Am I making you hungry because I know I am by just describing about it. Let’s make it more real, so here I am, back with a recipe for pumpkin or squash risotto.
A creamy risotto is usually made with arborio rice or risotto rice which you can easily get in super markets. It sure sounds fancy and restaurant’sy but trust me it is easy to make it at home. All you need is good ingredients, water and patience. Risotto turns creamy by adding boiling water one ladleful at a time. ... “Squash Risotto | Risotto Recipes | Italian Recipes”
Spicy, lip smacking, chilli noodle soup, to clear your senses
03/02/2019 10:20:35 PM vindhyadesai
The cure for a nose block or even a running nose, yes both, is a nice piping hot soup. I find my solace in a comforting chilli noodle soup loaded with ginger and garlic. A chilli noodle soup is so comforting just the thought of it starts clearing my senses. Adding a swirl of honey provides some much needed comfort to a sore throat.
Anyway do not restrict chilli noodle soup to just comfort you on a bad day. Slurp on this wonder chilli noodle soup on any rainy or cold winter evening. It surely will make you feel more energetic and cheerful. It is all about the balance of those flavours. ... “Chilli Noodle Soup | Noodles Soup | Soup Recipes”
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”
Soft, pillowy and fancy, homemade eggless gnocchi in butter garlic sauce
01/31/2019 8:11:44 PM vindhyadesai
A fancy sounding dish that can be made at home. Just like how you would have seen on the television in some masterchef show or just like how they make in restaurants. If you have always wanted to try such a dish at home then why not try this eggless gnocchi in a butter garlic sauce.
Let’s see how to make these soft, pillowy eggless gnocchi in butter garlic sauce. The main ingredient required is a starchy potato which needs to be boiled to get the right texture. But the most important thing to make these eggless gnocchi in butter garlic sauce is a pair of light hands. Yes, technique is the key, read on! ... “Eggless Gnocchi in Butter Garlic Sauce | Eggless Gnocchi”
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”
Smooth, bright green, velvetty and fragrant, pea mint soup
01/20/2019 8:08:38 PM vindhyadesai
To continue with healthy recipes this January in the new year, I decided to post a soup recipe. Soup definitely has a place in healthy recipes series. What better than a piping hot, smooth and velvetty pea mint soup. It is such as an easy to make soup, gets ready quickly and you do not have to go to any gourmet restaurant to get such flavours.
For this pea mint soup I have kept it very simple finishing with some fresh cream to give a smooth finish. But you can make white sauce or bechamel sauce and then proceed with making the soup. White sauce recipe for another day. ... “Pea Mint Soup | Matar Pudina Soup | Soup 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”
Creamy, delicious, perfect sweet for the winter & to celebrate Sankranti, til khoya ladoo
01/13/2019 8:19:43 PM vindhyadesai
Til or yellu or sesame is such a wonder ingredient. I am mesmerized with the versatility of this ingredient! It can be used as a base for savoury items like chutneys, gojjus and it can also be used to make sweets. In the Middle East, usage of sesame is on an other level! Tahini used in hummus, sesame halvah and what not! Indian cuisine uses sesame in the most unique ways. Here is one such delicious creation, til khoya ladoo or til ke bugge!
A rich and decadent ladoo made with oil-rich sesame seeds mixed with rich homemade khoya and sugar. How can that not be tasty! This Sankranti I decided to make these wonderful til khoya ladoo and wanted to post it immediately so many of you can try! By the way, I recently learnt these are called til ke bugge in Delhi and Punjab from a TV show (Tyohar Ki Thali) ... “Til Khoya Ladoo | Til Ke Bugge | Ladoo Recipes”
Loaded with tasty masala stuffing, bitter sweet bharwan karela
12/28/2018 6:22:09 PM vindhyadesai
Bitter gourd or karela is always advertised as a vegetable not preferred by many. But infact it is one of those vegetables made regularly in many Indian homes. Karela, lauki or kaddu (bitter gourd, bottle gourd or pumpkin) atleast one of them will definitely feature on the menu. This might be the reason why it is not liked by many as it is dull, routine and boring. But how about we make the boring bitter gourd or karela interesting and a bit fancy. Bharwan karela is a very commonly made Punjabi dish.
Bharwan karela or stuffed bitter gourd as the name indicates has a flavourful masala stuffing filled into the cavity of karela and then cooked off in a sweet onion base. The flavours mingle so well in this dish and balance the pungent bitterness of the karela really well. Along with bharwan karela I served a simple Methi kadhi and some steamed rice, I say comfort food at its best! ... “Bharwan Karela | Stuffed Bittergourd | Bharwa Karela”