December 31, 2012

Sevai sabudana kheer recipe - shyavige sabakki payasa - vermicelli sago kheer recipe

Sevai sabudana kheer recipe - Today I have an amazing vermicelli sago kheer recipe to share with you all. For me this is the easiest kheer I can ever prepare in the comfort of my kitchen. Milk is the basic ingredient which gives creamy taste to the kheer, whereas the quantity of sago and vermicelli is adjustable. Even you can make this type of kheer with vermicelli only. This is one of the Karnataka desserts usually served with meal during the occasion of marriage. Sometimes I too make it in the weekend to serve as a dessert. What I like in this kheer is its simplicity and taste. It has a delicate flavor of cardamom and saffron. The sago, vermicelli combination is absolutely delicious.

 Sevai sabudana kheer in a serving bowl
 Sevai sabudana kheer recipe

December 29, 2012

Methi Moong dal sabzi recipe - methi muga dali bhaaji - how to make methi moongdal sabzi

Methi moong dal  sabzi recipe - This is a side dish prepared with  fenugreek leaves and split green grams. This is a very healthy accompaniment for any main meal with the goodness of methi leaves and moong dal. The combination of leafy vegetables and dal create a nutritious side dish. It is mildly spiced with chili powder and flavoured with the tempering made with asafoetida, cumin seeds, onion and garlic. Fenugreek leaves are one of the most popular and easily available leafy vegetables in India. They are slightly bitter in taste but the addition of green gram dal reduces the bitterness of  fenugreek leaves.

Methi moong dal sabzi in a serving bowl
Methi moong dal sabzi recipe with step by step pictures.

December 28, 2012

Tomato raisin chutney recipe - chutney for uttapam and paratha - how to make tomato chutney

Tmato raisin chutney recipe - This  is a slightly sweet chutney with ginger and garlic flavor. It is a very simple chutney recipe even a beginner can adapt quickly. It is a side dish option and pairs well with methi thepla and paneer cabbage paratha . I have used raisins in this recipe which gives a unique taste to the chutney. Always I reserve some tomatoes for this chutney preparation. I have already posted mint coriander chutney which also goes well with parathas.

Tomato raisin chutney in a serving bowl
 Tomato raisin chutney recipe.

December 23, 2012

Phirni recipe - North Indian rice phirni recipe - how to make phirni

Phirni recipe - This is a popular  North Indian dessert  prepared with milk, rice flour and sugar. This is alternative to rice kheer. Usually Phirni is served as a dessert after meals. You can make phirni with different flavours such as mango and almond by mixing mango pulp and almond paste.This is a very easy dessert to prepare and gets ready within few minutes. This recipe is perfect when you are in a hurry and want to finish the cooking very fast with some delicious dessert along with the main meal.


Phirni in a serving bowl
Phirni recipe.

December 22, 2012

Vaali Bhaji Randayi - Basale Soppina Palya - Malabar Spinach Curry

Vaali bhaji randayi or basale soppina palya recipe - Malabar spinach is a leafy vegetable widely used in Coastal part of Karnataka.In this part, every house would normally have a climber plants of malabar spinach in the backyard. It is a creeper or climber and it grows very easily by planting a thick stalk. It is known with many names such as basale soppu in Kannada, mayalu in Marathi and vaali bhaji  in Konkani. Malabar spinach has a cooling and refreshing effect, but the effect is less if it is cooked too long. Vaali Bhaji Randayi ( palya)  is a coconut based thick gravy prepared with malabar spinach, toor dal, fresh coconut and some other spices. It is a popular traditional vegetarian dish usually served as a side dish to rice ganji and steamed rice and pairs well with daali ambat and thove. This is an easy to prepare palya and my favourite dish. So, I thought to share the recipe with you all.

Basale Soppina Palya in serving bowl
Vaali bhaji randayi or basale soppina palya recipe

December 16, 2012

Spicy chicken pulao - chicken pulav recipe - how to make spicy chicken pulao

Chicken pulao recipe - Spicy chicken pulao is an Indian style spicy rice cooked with boneless chicken, rice, herbs and some spices. To prepare spicy chicken pulao, I usually use basmati rice and boneless chicken. Basmati  is a very popular  variety  of  rice which is well known for its rich aroma. This spicy chicken rice  goes well with all variety of raitas and salads.  Even you can eat this spicy rice without any side dish. The list of ingredients seems to be very  long, but these are easily available in your kitchen shelf.  Even if you skip one or two ingredients except basic ingredients, it doesn't make much of a difference in taste. 


Spicy chicken pulao recipe.

December 11, 2012

Mint coriander chutney recipe - how to make pudina kothimbir chutney - chutney recipe

Pudina or mint and cilantro chutney recipe - The mint coriander leaves chutney is one of  the most popular chutney in India. The combination of  mint and coriander gives a unique flavour and taste to the chutney. Most of all, this chutney can be stored in a dry container in the refrigerator for a week. This  is a flavorful accompaniment to a spicy dish like pulao and biryani and dipping sauce to samosas and dhoklas. This can be used in sandwich also. Mint is commonly known as pudina in India. Mint is well known for it's many health benefits. It has a refreshing aroma and mild pungent taste.Coriander leaves are used in almost all dishes. Try this mint coriander chutney and I am sure you will love it.

Mint coriander leaves chutney recipe.

December 10, 2012

Tomato onion uttappa - South Indian uttapam recipe - how to make onion uttappam

Tomato onion uttappa or uttappam recipe - This is a very delicious South Indian breakfast dish loved by all Indians. It is soft and consumed with coconut chutney and sambar. Making uttappa is not difficult. You can also make it by using dosa batter. The secret behind the taste of uttapam depends on  the correct combination of its ingredients and the level of fermentation. For soft and aromatic uttapam, medium level of fermentation is required and too much fermentation makes it sour. I love uttappam a lot and make it at least once in a week. So, sharing the recipe with you all.

 Tomato onion uttapam recipe.

December 8, 2012

Ridge gourd sabzi recipe - how to make dodkyachi bhaaji - heerekayi palya recipe

Dodkyachi  bhaaji recipe - Dodkyachi bhaaji and aamti is one of my favourite combinations. Whenever I go to vegetable market, I make it a point to buy some ridge gourd to make bhaaji, curry or chutney. Today I am sharing a recipe for a  simple side dish made with ridge gourd. The flavour is infused with onion and some spice powder. This bhaaji pairs well with aamti and varan.  It also goes well with rotis. Crispy and yummy pakoda can also be prepared with ridge gourds. Ridge gourd contains enenrgy, moisture, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, calcium, iron and phosphorus.Some ridge gourds are bitter in taste, check it for bitterness before cooking. 

Ridge gourd bhaaji recipe.

Custard apple rabdi recipe - how to make sitaphal rabdi - dessert recipe

Sitaphal rabdi recipe - Custard apple rabdi is a delicious traditional North Indian  dessert prepared with custard apple pulp and milk. The flavour is infused with cardamom and saffron. Once you master the art of removing the seeds and squeezing the pulp out, you can make the rabdi very quickly. Custard apple is a seasonal fruit. When we buy it in bulk, some custard apples over ripe and I don't throw them. I usually make milkshake or rabdi with it. This rabdi is served as a dessert after meal. 

Custard apple (sitaphal) rabdi recipe.

Majjige huli recipe - how to make buttermilk pumpkin curry

Buttermilk curry  recipe - Majjige huli is a popular  authentic curry of  Karnataka prepared with buttermilk, besan and pumpkin. It goes well with hot rice. This is a slightly tangy curry with combined flavour of ginger, asafoetida  and cumin seeds. Addition of pepper and green chilli increases the taste. Friends, try out this majjige huli to have the traditional taste of Karnataka cuisine.

 Majjige huli recipe.

November 27, 2012

Chicken tomato soup recipe

chicken tomato soup recipe - During my recent visit to a restaurant, I enjoyed a bowl of hot chicken tomato soup for lunch. This is one of the best chicken soups I have tasted. Since then chicken tomato soup has become my favourite. I made this soup yesterday. It was delicious, warm and filling. We all enjoyed it thoroughly. I simply love this healthy soup. You can make this soup during rainy season and winter to keep yourself  comfort and warm.

Chicken tomato soup recipe.

November 25, 2012

Mushroom pulao recipe - how to make mushroom pulao in pressure cooker

mushroom pulao recipe - Sometimes you need to cook in a hurry in the morning to serve the breakfast and pack the lunch box. Pulao or pulav comes always handy and you can easily make it in the pressure cooker. You can serve it with  raita and yogurt. I am a big fan of all pulaos. Mushroom pulao is an easy to prepare one pot meal. I had prepared this pulao in the pressure cooker, it has turned out to be delicious and the same was flavourful. The combination of basmati rice, mushroom and various spices and herbs are fabulous. When it comes to buying mushrooms,  I often go by appearance rather than taste and stick to those clean-cut white button mushrooms. I find they last longest when I put them in a paper bag. Place whole, unwashed mushrooms in a brown paper bag and fold the top of the bag over. Then store the entire bag in the main compartment of the refrigerator.

 Mushroom pulao recipe

November 23, 2012

Custard apple milkshake recipe - how to make sitaphal milkshake

sitaphal milkshake recipe - The winter season is here but the temperatures are still warm. Climate is  warm during days and cool during nights. Here in India, the season for custard apples or  sitaphal starts from mid-July and ends in late-November. I usually buy custard apples whenever I find nice big ones at a good price, but I buy them hard. In our warm weather, they ripen overnight. Then I keep them in the refrigerator. The custard apple season comes just once a year. I store custard apple pulp in the deep freezer when custard apples are in season. Custard apple milkshake is always a family favourite and also a great way to get kids to eat some fruit. This milkshake is refreshing and filling. No one can resist a milkshake. Removing the seeds is a hard work. Simply cut custard apples in half, then use a spoon to scoop out the white flesh. Mash well with fingertips to loosen the seeds, then manually squeeze the pulp out.


Custard apple / sitaphal milkshake recipe.

November 18, 2012

Pomfret fry with green masala recipe - how to make paplet fry

fish fry with green masala recipe - This is one of my most favourite fish fry  recipes and the reason I like pomfret fry so much  because it is not only tastes great but healthy  too and above all it is simple and easy to make. The spicy taste of this fish fry is simply wonderful. Like in our native place,  here also we get fresh fish. There are many ways to make pomfret fry, but  this is the way the fish is fried in my family. The green masala in this recipe  is made using green chilies, which are known  for its  intense pungent taste. You can use any type of chili in this recipe, red or green, thick or thin, dry or fresh, but adjust the amount of chilies accordingly.This pomfret fry can be served with lunch or dinner and is mostly used as a side dish.

Pomfret fry with green masala recipe.

November 12, 2012

Chakli recipe - how to make chakli or murukku

chakli or murukku recipe - Chakli is a very popular crispy and savoury snack prepared all over India during  festival seasons like Deepavali  and Ganesh Chaturthi. It is always fun to make snacks like chakli and shankarpali to treat family and friends. I made this crispy and flavorful chakli by mixing various pulses with rice and I love the combination of these ingredients.The recipe seems to be tedious, but once you master the art of pressing proper shaped chaklis you need not to worry about the other process. I love to have the chakli with a cup of tea or coffee. Chakli, chivda, shev, shankarpali, ladoo and karanji are called faraal. This faraal gives the festivities their traditional sweet and savoury flavour.  

Chakli recipe

November 9, 2012

Pineapple raita recipe - how to make ananas raita - easy raita recipe

ananas raita recipe - Raita is a yogurt based dish which you can enjoy with variety of fruits and vegetables. It is commonly prepared in North Indian homes. Pineapple raita is a very delicious raita made with pineapple and immersed in yogurt and sugar. Jeera powder, pepper powder and chili powder is also added to increase the flavour and taste. Pineapple is a fruit with tangy and sweet taste. It contains some amount of calcium, potassium, fiber and vitamin c. It is low in fat and cholesterol. Yogurt is a tasty food that can be eaten in many different ways. Yogurt provides numerous health benefits. Consumption of fresh yogurt helps in smooth digestion. So, pineapple raita is a perfectly healthy dish.

 Pineapple raita recipe

November 4, 2012

Chicken with green masala fry recipe - how to make chicken fry

chicken fry with green masala recipe - I am going to share one of may favorites chicken green masala fry recipe today. I keep experimenting different masala paste on chicken. This is a quick appetizer and side dish which I make often.The recipe seems to be simple, but the dish is truly mouth-watering. I keep the stock of green masala paste in the refrigerator. It comes handy while making some quick and spicy dishes. While making chicken green masala fry, adjust the ingredients as per your taste.  Do not add water while grinding the masala or paste. Add yogurt while grinding to run the mixer smoothly. If the paste becomes too thick, add some more yogurt. The paste should not be too thin.

Chicken with green masala fry recipe

November 1, 2012

Palak dal recipe - how to make spinach toor dal curry - coconut based palak dal recipe

palak toor dal curry recipe - This spinach toor dal curry is just a coconut based curry which you can enjoy with rice or roti. It can be either spicy or bland and you can add any vegetable of your choice.The combination of spinach, toor dal and coconut is too nutritious for all. This healthy curry makes a balanced diet in combination with rice and roti. Palak or spinach is one of the most popular leafy vegetables which is used to make soup, palak paneer, palak paratha, poori, palak rice and palak chole or simple palak onion stir fry. I make this curry often. So, sharing the recipe of palak dal with you all.

Palak dal recipe

October 31, 2012

Kabuli chana masala recipe - how to make white chickpea masala

Kabuli chana masala recipe - Chickpeas are very rich in proteins. High protein snacks and dish will leave a body satisfied for longer period of time and allow the body to remain energetic throughout  the day. Also it is good for muscle strength. This protein rich dish is very easy to prepare with few ingredients. This can be served hot as a side-dish with any main course. Such kind of masala sabzi can be prepared with any kind of whole pulses, like brown chickpeas, moth beans,  dried or fresh green peas and green grams.

Kabuli chana or chickpea masala recipe

October 29, 2012

Pomfret ghashi (gassi ) recipe - how to make papleta sol

Pomfret ghashi or fish ghassi recipe - This is  a very popular fish curry with thick gravy in the coastal part of Karnataka. I learned this ghashi from my mother. Thick gravy in this ghashi is very light with delicious tamarind and chilli flavour. The same recipe can be used for any kind of fish, be it  King Fish (Surmai, Iswan), Nogli (Lady Fish), Bangade (Mackerel), Shrimp (Prawns), Sardine (Toori, Tarle).  This ghashi goes well with steamed plain  rice or brown rice. What I love about this recipe, apart from the fact that it is so simple and practically easy. This ghashi actually tastes like real South Indian fresh fish cooked in thick gravy  when I make it.

coastal karnataka special pomfret ghashi
Pomfret or paplet ghashi recipe

October 25, 2012

Dudde sukke recipe - how to make dry pumpkin sabzi - kumbalakayi upkari recipe

Dudde sukke recipe - Red pumpkin sabzi is a very nutritious side dish which is slightly sweet in taste. Pumpkin is widely used in Karnataka cuisine. Among them sambar, palya, sukke, poori, halwa are very popular. This sabzi is very easy to prepare and can be made in a jiffy. This is a very basic sabzi  that is served with chapathi, roti and rice with South Indian curry and pickle. Though recipe seems to be very simple, it is such a delicious sabzi and is a quick cooking side dish. Do try this healthy pumpkin sabzi and enjoy.


Dudde sukke recipe

October 20, 2012

Potato sambar recipe - how to make alugadde or batate sambar

Potato sambar recipe - This sambar recipe is about how to make lip-smacking South Indian style sambar with toor dal and potatoes. In South Inda, sambar is often made in every household for idli, uttappam, dosa   and rice. I really love this sambar and I have made so many times. Every time it comes out tasty. Homemade sambar powder, jeera, methi, hing, ginger, red chillies and curry leaves add flavour to this sambar. 

Potato sambar recipe

October 18, 2012

Sambar powder with dry coconut recipe - how to make sambar masala using dry coconut - South Indian sambar masala recipe

Sambar powder with dry coconut recipe - Today  I am posting a very basic South Indian sambar masala recipe. I am sure beginners will find this recipe very useful. Sambar masala or powder is an essential item in the kitchen. I always use homemade sambar powder. We need sambar for idli, dosa, uttappam and rice. If the sambar masala is readily available at home, sambar can be prepared very quickly. With this powder, you can prepare variety of sambar such as tiffin sambar, drumstick sambar, pumpkin sambar, brinjal sambar etc. 

Sambar powder with dry coconut recipe