May 31, 2013

Amchur recipe -/sun dried raw mango slices - how to make amchur at home

Amchur recipe - Amchur is dried raw mango slices. Every year during mango season, I make amchur and store them to use throughout the year. It is used for bringing tanginess and taste in the dish like dal, amtis, chutnies, fish curries and some other sabzis.

amchur in a container
Amchur recipe

May 29, 2013

Alsande randayi recipe - alsande palya - how to make black eyed beans palya recipe

Alsande randayi  or palya recipe - Alsande palya is at traditional sabzi  of South Karnataka. Chapati is our staple food. So I prepare different sabzis almost everyday. I made this black eyed beans sabzi for chapati. It can also be served as a side dish along with rice and curry. The masala in this sabzi is mildly flavored with spices. Black eyed beans or lasande is low  fat and low calorie legume and very good sources of proteins, iron, potassium and fiber. Therefore sabzi made with black eyed beans are  recommended  for vegetarians who require more proteins. Because of the high fiber in this dish it digests slowly and we feel full for a longer period. Being rich in fiber it controls the absorption of cholesterol in blood. Thus fiber helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. Iron is needed for a highly complex processes such as  oxygen  transportation all over the  body. Boiled alsande is used to prepare soup and salad. Friends, try out this palya  to have the
authentic taste of Karnataka cuisine.

Alsande randayi in a serving bowl
Alsande randayi or palya recipe with step by step pictures.

May 27, 2013

Kande pohe recipe - how to make kande pohe

Kande pohe recipe - Sometimes, say it once in a week eating poha is fine with us. It is a regular weekly evening snack as it is very easy to prepare. Kande pohe if not prepare properly tastes bland. Therefore the taste needs to be balanced by adding proper amount of lemon juice, salt and sugar. I like to eat it with hot cup of coffee or tea. I always keep raw poha in stock. Raw poha is really handy, when suddenly some guests or friends arrive in the evening. In such a situation without any second thought, I make kande pohe with tea, coffee, milk shakes or juices. In this era of processed food poha has taken a back seat. It is really a delicious, healthy snack. A perfect evening snack for adults and kids. 

kande pohe in a serving plate
Kande pohe recipe with step by step pictures.

May 25, 2013

Mango pachadi recipe - mavinakayi or ambe pachadi recipe - how to make mango pachadi

Mango pachadi recipe - Raw mango pachadi, chutney and panna are prepared in all the house holds during mango season. The combination of raw mango, chilly powder and salt makes the pickle very tangy and mouthwatering. The shelf life of this pickle is less. It can be used for a week by keeping it in the refrigerator.

mango pachadi in a serving bowl
 Mango pachadi recipe.

May 24, 2013

Lauki ka halwa recipe - gardudde or sorekayi halwa - bottle gourd halwa recipe - how to make dudhi halwa

Lauki ka halwa recipe - Lauki ka halwa is a very popular  Indian sweet dish prepared with bottle gourd, ghee, sugar and flavoured with cardamoms. Lauki is also known as  white gourd, bottle gourd, dudhi, ghiya, sorekayi and gardudde. It is a light vegetable with mild flavour. Fresh bottle gourds are easily available in  Indian markets throughout the year. I make this halwa often. Its a hassle-free sweet dish which can be made in a jiffy with few ingredients. Though this is a sweet dish its healthy one and to make it more healthier and to keep the nutrition intact I cooked the grated bottle gourd in pressure cooker and then sauted with ghee. Bottle gourd is not liked by many, but I am sure this dish will be liked by everyone. 

bottle gourd halwa in a serving plate
Lauki ka halwa recipe with step by step pictures.

May 23, 2013

Fresh rajma masala recipe - how to make fresh rajma masala

Fresh rajma masala recipe  - When I saw fresh rajma beans in the local vegetable market, I could not stop myself from buying it. It is my elder son's favorite vegetable. With it I made rajma masala. It was delicious. Rajma is good source of incomplete protein. Vegetable proteins found in rajma and other legumes are considered as incomplete proteins because they do not have some essential amino acids. Animal proteins found in food such as chicken, mutton, fish, milk, cheese, eggs  are considered as good sources of complete proteinsThey are complete proteins because they contain good amount of all essential amino acids. Our body cannot produce 9 essential amino acids. That should be obtained  from  food. Grains such as wheat, brown rice etc. are rich in complex carbohydrate and fibre and can be an excellent source of protein. Grains and legumes are good sources of complementary proteins. Complementary proteins are when two incomplete proteins food are combined together to get a complete protein. Thus rice with  beans, oatmeal with milk, macaroni with cheese, peanut butter with whole wheat bread etc.make a meal with complete protein. 

fresh  rajma masala in a serving plate
Fresh rajama masala recipe.

May 20, 2013

Mango panna recipe - aam ka panna - ambe panna - mavinakayi panna recipe - how to make mango panna

Mango panna recipe - Mango panna is a delicious drink of Maharashtra prepared with raw mangoes and sugar. Small amount of cardamom powder makes it flavorful. Peeper powder adds an extra flavor and it is totally optional. It is a healthy drink if compared to the bottled drink. Mango panna is my family favorite. Like every year this year also I made it several times. Now I am sharing the recipe with you all. This sweet and tangy mango panna was delicious. 

mango panna in serving glasses
Mango panna recipe with step by step pictures.

May 17, 2013

Cucumber raita recipe / how to make cucumber raita / soutekayi raita recipe / kakdi chi raita recipe

Cucumber raita recipe - Keep your system as cool as cucumber by eating refreshing chilled cucumber raita. I often make raita and salad with cucumber and other vegetables since summer has started.  The goodness of yogurt with the cucumber makes this raita refreshing and healthy. It also cools our system. Cucumber is low in calories, therefore persons who wish to reduce weight, eat raw cucumber. Note that to keep the nutrition intact,  peel and chop the washed cucumber just before the use. 

cucumber raita in a serving bowl
Cucumber raita recipe with step by step pictures.

May 13, 2013

Rava chana dal kheer recipe / how to make rava chana dal kheer / semolina split bengal grams kheer recipe

Today is Akshay Tritiya. Happy and prosperous Akshay Tritiya to you all.  
Rava chana dal kheer recipe - Akshay Tritiya is an auspicious day, which is celebrated in India. Akshay means something that never reduces. I have taken inspiration from this word to name my blog Akshaypatre  Patre means vessel. On this day many people purchase gold. I prepared this  kheer to celebrate the holy occasion of  Akshay Tritiya. The speciality of this kheer is after eating it you do not feel like to eat anything else. The kheer itself is a complete meal. Both rava and chana dal are enough to fill the stomach. Here is the recipe. Try and enjoy it.

 rava chana dal kheer in a srving bowl
Rava chana dal kheer recipe with step by step pictures.

May 11, 2013

Surmai ( King fish / Iswan ) fry recipe - fish fry with red masala paste - how to make fish fry

Surmai fish fry recipe - This shallow fried fish with tangy and hot combination of the masala  is simply wonderful and above all it is simple and easy to make. This is one of my most favorite fish fry recipes. The reason I like fish fry so much  because it  not only tastes great but healthy  too. Fish is rich in Proteins.  It is commonly known fact that protein rich food are body building  food. We need protein throughout the life to repair and mantain the tissues. Protein is the major component in the growth of muscles, skin, enzymes, hair, eyes and other organs. In general, protein found in fish is considered as good source of complete protein. Therefore eating fish in various form is beneficial to our good health. Try and enjoy this healthy fish fry.

Fish fry with red masala paste recipe with step by step pictures

May 10, 2013

Mandakki susla recipe - puffed rice (churmuri) upma recipe -how to make mandakki upma -puffed rice recipes

Mandakki susla recipe -  Susla is nothing but upma prepared with soaked puffed rice and I made it as evening  teatime snack. It is very simple to make and easy on stomach. Though it is simple, it is full of carbohydrates, which we need for our energy. Kids are more active than adults and they need energy packed food.  They may find it energy booster as it is rich in carbohydrate. It is more beneficial  when eaten along with a glass of hot milk or lassi.

susla in a serving bowl
Mandakki susla recipe with step by step pictures.

May 3, 2013

Drakshi sharbat recipe -how to make grapes sharbat - grape juice

Drakshi sharbat recipe - Green grape sharbat, another thirst quencher, refresher and energy booster in the hot summer. It is made of green grapes, sugar, salt and lemon juice along with chilled drinking water. Grapes contain vitamin-C, vitamin A,  iron, phosphorus and some amount of  vitamin B-Complex etc. This sharbat is healthier as it does not have any preservatives compared to other aerated drinks. Lemon juice is added to get the desired tanginess. Thus we get the required amount of vitamin c, as lemon is good source of  vitamin c. After a stressful work, when the sharbat  is sipped slowly,  it cools throat and stomach. It has thanda thanda, cool cool effect. A great refreshing drink to small kids, after their play. Now the question is, do we really get all the nutrients of grapes in this sharbat?  No, not at all. The reason is some of the vitamins and minerals are slowly lost when exposed to water, air and heat. Being soluble in water, some amount of  vitamin C and vitamin B are lost in the process, while making such sharbats. But squeezing lemon juice in the sharbat just before serving and drinking it immediately is proved beneficial. It is more beneficial  when the fruit is eaten in its natural form.

 drakshi sharbat in serving glasses
Drakshi sharbat recipe with step by step pictures.

May 1, 2013

Amrakhand recipe - how to make mango shrikhand - mango recipes

Mango amrakhand recipe - Amrakhand is one of the popular Maharashtrian desserts made with hung curd, mango, sugar and the flavour is infused with cardamom powder. It is prepared during festivals and weekends, usually served with pooris. When it comes to making dessert I always prefer to make smooth and creamy amrakhand which is not only easy but also very quick to prepare. The hung curd is available in sweet shop, otherwise you can also make it at home by draining the thick yogurt through a muslin cloth. Hung curd is called chakka in Marathi. Whenever I have large quantity of yogurt in stock, I make hung curd at home. I prefer to use alphonso mango for this dessert, as it has thick and sweet pulp which is perfect for the thick, creamy amrakhand. 

Aamrakhand in a serving bowl
Aamrakhand recipe with step by step pictures.