Spicy, buttery and filled with flavour, street style pav bhaji
06/01/2018 12:42:35 PM vindhyadesai
Imagine a rainy evening and you are digging into a plate of spicy and buttery pav bhaji. Pav bhaji needs no introduction, it is the most loved street food. It is from western part of India specifically from Maharashtra but famous throughout. Different states make it in different ways but the base is pretty much the same.
Loads of butter in a spicy gravy all mashed into a delicious gravy. This gravy is served with butter toasted pav or buns. Some chopped onions, chopped coriander, a lemon wedge and a dollop of butter adorn the pav bhaji plate. I generally use homemade pav bhaji masala to make pav bhaji but you can make use of store bought masala too. ... “Pav Bhaji | Street Style Pav Bhaji | Snack Recipes”
Warm and comforting breakfast, Maharashtra special ukadpendi
05/13/2018 11:06:44 AM vindhyadesai
Many times you need something in the morning which is just warm and comforting. Whatever the weather is, you always feel like eating something soothing to the gut. But obviously we would like something that is not bland. This Maharashtra special, ukad or ukadpendi is one such dish, delicious, simple and easy to make.
Ukadpendi has a thick porridge like consistency. It consists of rice flour and besan mixed with buttermilk mixture. To make ukadpendi delicious roasted groundnuts are added on top with a simple tadka to finish with. To make it extra tasty I add a bit of amchur powder, red chilli powder and turmeric for a nice golden yellow colour. ... “Ukadpendi | Ukad | Breakfast Recipes”
Bright with summer colours, spicy and chatpata, sweet potato cutlet
05/09/2018 8:30:14 AM vindhyadesai
Crispy cutlets are a filling snack. They can be eaten just for a snack or a light dinner (provided it is roasted and not fried) just like this sweet potato cutlet. They are packed with flavour and so much fun to eat. Everybody who hates sweet potato will fall in love with it after eating this sweet potato cutlet.
Sweet potato cutlet has a whole bunch of nice things in it with pop-in-the-mouth peas and crunchy groundnuts. It is mildly spicy with a distinct sweetness from the er… sweet potatoes and peas. You can of course adjust the spiciness as per your taste. Serve sweet potato cutlet with just some ketchup or pudina chutney. ... “Sweet Potato Cutlet | Starter Recipes | Snack Recipes”
Soft & hot, Iyengar Bakery Style aloo bun, with a spicy potato filling
03/28/2018 9:34:51 PM vindhyadesai
Remember those school days when you used to come home to a treat. Hot aloo buns from your local Iyengar bakery and soft honey cakes to finish off. Mouth-watering isn’t it, so here is the recipe for Iyengar Bakery Style aloo bun. A spicy aloo filling inside a well risen dough and baked till nice and golden, who won’t like it!
A well made aloo palya has the right amount of moisture and the subtle spiciness defines it. Imagine eating this delicious filling inside a soft bread on a rainy evening, perfect for those dusky evenings too! Making the dough is not all that difficult, planning a little ahead of time and then making Iyengar Bakery Style aloo bun will be surely be worth the effort. ... “Iyengar Bakery Style Aloo Bun | Aloo Bun | Snack Recipes”
Mild, sweet & piping hot carrot saaru or rasam, a great accompaniment with steamed rice
03/19/2018 9:41:50 PM vindhyadesai
Saaru or rasams are simple and light especially after making a heavy meal for festivals like Ugadi. I am a big fan different kinds of saaru and one such easy one is carrot saaru. It will be great to incorporate vegetables into saaru, they give a distinct taste. Carrots are very versatile and they really blend in well in this carrot saaru a slightly carrot’y taste, a little sweetness and also has the healing properties of saaru.
Piping hot carrot saaru mixed with hot steamed rice and there’s nothing like it. Very comforting and soothing, makes you feel refreshed and satisfied after a heavy meal. I have added some additional spices like jeera and black pepper along with saarina pudi/rasam powder. These spices take the taste and goodness of carrot saaru to the next level. ... “Carrot Saaru | Carrot Rasam | Rasam Recipes”
Creamy with mild spicy notes, butternut squash soup
03/10/2018 9:47:26 PM vindhyadesai
As winter is drawing to a close, soups will soon vanish off the cooking menu. One of the most comforting kinds of food is a bowl of piping hot soup. Butternut squash is one of those vegetables which is born to be made into a soup. So here it is, butternut squash soup.
Squashes belong to the same family of pumpkins. Pumpkins have a sweet pulp and very tasty, so are these butternut squashes. Hard on the outside, sweet and pulpy on the inside. No wonder this butternut squash soup turns out so creamy and tasty. ... “Butternut Squash Soup | Soup Recipes | Winter Recipes”
A simple and flavourful poha/avalakki dish, malnad style gojjavalakki
03/05/2018 10:00:05 PM vindhyadesai
I am always looking for new ways of making poha/avalakki. Most common ones are kayi avalakki, batata poha, kanda poha, matar poha etc. In Karnataka another famous poha/avalakki dish is huLi avalakki/gojjavalakki which I have already posted here. In this variation, I tried a malnad style gojjavalakki version with simple spices from Malnad region of Karnataka. All spices give a fresh flavour and make this dish really tasty.
Malnad style gojjavalakki can be eaten for breakfast or even for a light dinner. Tastes best served with curd/yogurt. The difference between Mysore/Bangalore style gojjavalakki and Malnad style gojjavalakki is the way in which the ‘gojju’ is made.
In Mysore/Bangalore gojjavalakki the ‘gojju masala’ is not cooked but it is allowed to set for a few hours and then mixed with powdered poha/avalakki. Whereas in Malnad style gojjavalakki the gojju is made fresh and is cooked just like in puliyogare. Either way both dishes taste great. ... “Malnad Style Gojjavalakki | Malnad Gojjavalakki | Breakfast Recipes”
Comforting and tasty, loaded with nutrition, home style dal palak
02/04/2018 5:52:51 PM vindhyadesai
Be it any day, a comforting bowl of dal is always the answer to feed a hungry stomach. It is not spicy nor is it too bland, it is like a gravy to eat with rotis/chapathis or just mix with plain old rice. It is full of proteins and loaded with nutrients if you add greens or vegetables like in this dal palak.
I love lapping up dal palak with chapathis or tawa parathas, such an easy yet filling dish for lunch or for dinner. Enjoy the goodness of palak and the mellowness of dal, surely a great combo in the form of dal palak. ... “Dal Palak | Home style palak dal | Dal Recipes”
Hot, spicy, best snack to munch on in winters, mirchi bajji
01/22/2018 9:31:33 PM vindhyadesai
When it’s raining or in the cold winter months there is always a need of a nice snack to munch on. Along with your favourite hot beverage like chai or coffee, imagine eating spicy mirchi bajji. Makes you drool, isn’t it? Unlike many other recipes this takes only a few minutes to prepare. A few mirchi (fat green chillies) is all you need. Other ingredients are basic and you can find them on your shelf.
All you have to do is, de-seed the chillies, quickly make the batter, dip and fry. A plateful of hot mirchi bajji gets ready in almost a jiffy. I sometimes wonder if making tea or coffee takes longer:). But ensure to de-seed the chillies especially if children are eating. Along with these mirchi bajji I like to make a few aloo bajji as well to counter the heat of the mirchi bajji. ... “Mirchi Bajji | Menasinakayi Bajji | Snack Recipes”
Wholesome urad dal and rajma in a decadent and creamy dal makhani
12/27/2017 8:11:06 PM vindhyadesai
What can be more comforting than a big bowl of dal with steamed rice or phulkas. And if you can make restaurant/dhaba style dal that will be an added bonus. Try this creamy and rich, restaurant style dal makhani.
Enjoy the wholesome goodness of urad dal and rajma. Unlike regular dals, this is very special so reserve dal makhani for special occasions. It is rich, creamy and extremely flavourful. Every drop of this dal is filled with fragrant spices and creaminess. ... “Dal Makhani | Dal Recipes”