April 30, 2014

Palak or spinach paratha ( thepla ) recipe - how to make spinach paratha - paratha recipe

palak or spinach thepla recipe - The parathas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on your need. But, always paratha is to be eaten hot, directly from the pan for the great taste, along with its favorite side dish. You can also prepare the dough well in advance and keep it in the fridge for further use. The dough can be stored in the fridge for about 2 days.  Spinach, popularly known as palak, is a leafy vegetable. Leafy vegetables are rich sources of Vitamin B, iron, calcium, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C. At least 3 - 5 servings ( serving size 1 cup ) of vegetables should be consumed daily by an adult, and one of them should be green leafy vegetable.Spinach contains lots of dietary fiber, which helps in digestive function and prevent constipation. It has cooling effect on body and system, and helps in preventing burning sensation. So, with all the goodness of spinach with wheat flour, paratha makes a healthy meal for all age people. I know  three methods of making parathas. First one is stuffed paratha, second one is, double roti method and third one is mix and roll  method.  Parathas prepared by  mix and roll method  is known as thepla.   Spinach paratha goes well with chutneys, pickles, raita and yogurt.

Palak or spinach  thepla recipe with step by step pictures.

April 28, 2014

Paneer masala with cashew nuts - how to make paneer masala with kaju - paneer recipe

Paneer masala with cashew nuts recipe - This paneer masala with cashew nuts, milk, onion and tomato based gravy is a creamy and rich dish for Indian flat bread naan, kulcha, roti, lacha paratha etc.These days, paneer dishes have become sumptuous side dish for flat breads and the dishes attract vegetarians a lot. The paneer dishes are much in demand here, be it paneer tikka, kadai paneer, paneer peas korma or simple paneer capsicum stir fry. I make it a point to make fresh paneer at home, using fat free milk. Home made paneer has freshness and special creamy flavour with soft and smooth texture. This paneer masala is so tempting and spreads the aroma, to tickle the taste buds.

Paneer masala in aserving bowl
Paneer masala with cashew nuts recipe.

April 26, 2014

Moong dal upma recipe - hesru bele upma - how to make split green gram upma - breakfast recipe

Moong dal upma recipe - The word  ' Upma'  brings the thought of  South Indian breakfast, in the mind of many people.  Yes, its true. Moong dal upma is an authentic dish of Coastal region of South Karnataka. This upma is also known as usali, in that part. Besides moong dal, the legumes such as dry white or green peas/ vatana, brown chick peas / chana and green gram / Moong are also used to make such usali for breakfast. I make this usali once in a week This dish is a protein provider and energy booster as they contain proteins and other nutrients. These usalis are extremely good for health with average taste. If one can think about the qualities of good food and develop the tendency of good eating habit, they may develop interest in eating such authentic , healthy dish. This is a healthy dish with low fat. So health conscious people can prepare and eat it.

Moong  dal  upma in a serving bowl
Moong  dal  upma recipe.

April 25, 2014

Rajma brinjal potato kootu recipe - how to make rajma potato kootu - kootu recipe

Rajma, brinjal, potato kootu recipe - I make dal, sambar, saaru, curry or kootu almost everyday. When fresh rajma is not available, I use  soaked  dried rajma for the kootu. Brinjal and potatoes are combined in this kootu, to make it a veggie version.The required thickness of kootu can be had with use of  boiled and mashed rajma. The roasted gram dal in the masala paste also gives extra thickness to the kootu.  The flavour of kootu is on account of the fresh spices such as coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and fenugreek seeds. Onion, ginger, garlic and fresh coriander leaves enhance the flavour of this kootu.

kootu in a serving bowl
Rajma brinjal potato kootu recipe.

April 20, 2014

Carrot tomato soup recipe - how to make gajar tomato soup - soup recipe

Carrot tomato soup recipe - I strongly feel that I am addicted to this deep red coloured soup. Carrot tomato soup is one of my  favorite vegetable soups. So many varieties of soup can be made with vegetable such as cabbage, mushroom, sweet corn, spinach, broccoli etc. This is the soup I made when I strongly desired to have hot soup. Though the tomato is tangy, the taste is balanced by the sweetness of carrot. Hence, this soup is the mixture of tangy and sweet taste. I like it most because while sipping it hot, it gives comfort to throat and immense satisfaction to the brain.

Carrot tomato soup in serving bowl
Carrot tomato soup recipe with step by step pictures.

Rice appe or paniyaram recipe - how to make rice appe or paniyaram

Rice appe or paniyaram recipe - Hot appe with ghee is a very popular breakfast snack of Coastal Karnataka. This is a very delicious, inviting snack which is slightly addictive and keeps you full for a long time. This is very easy to make though it looks bit tedious. Once the consistency of the batter is made perfectly, the appe can be made very easily. This is a perfect breakfast or evening snack along with ghee. When it comes to snack , I would prefer to have them with one cup of hot coffee. I have already posted two other varieties of appe recipes such as sweet sour appe and rava pumpkin appe.

Rice appe or paniyaram in a serving plate
Rice appe or paniyaram recipe with step by step pictures.

April 17, 2014

Mint coriander leaves soup recipe - how to make pudina kothimbir soup

Mint cilantro soup recipe - Mint Coriander leaves soup is one of my favorite soups. Soup is one such dish, that one can have it at any time of any season. I recently visited a marriage reception, and tasted this soup. I found it soothing, refreshing and filling. I obtained the recipe from the chef, later tried it a few times with some modification in the quantity of ingredients. The one small change I have made in this recipe is that I've added few chopped cabbages, which gives some crunchy bites and exercise to teeth.

soup in a serving bowl
Mint coriander leaves soup recipe with step by step pictures.

April 14, 2014

Vegetable cutlet recipe - how to make veg cutlet

Vegetable cutlet recipe - This vegetable cutlet is a simple shallow fried snack prepared with easily available vegetables like potato, green peas and carrots. It is a healthy version of snack to serve during the evening with a cup of tea or coffee. Usually  cutlets are deep fried. However, to avoid excessive oil, these cutlets are rolled in bread crumbs and then shallow fried using very little amount of oil. Deep fried cutlets are more tastier because of its oil absorption. But, too much oil is not good for health. So, I prefer shallow fried cutlets. To get more tastier cutlet you can deep fry them by using the same ingredients and method.

Vegetable cutlet in a serving plate
Vegetable cutlet recipe with step by step pictures.

April 13, 2014

Hara tomato chutney recipe - green tomato chutney recipe - how to make raw tomato chutney - chutney recipe

Green tomato or raw tomato chutney recipe - This Raw tomato chutney is prepared with few ingredients.  This chutney is a great accompaniment to jawari rotis and chapati. Raw tomatoes are  occasionally available in the vegetable market. Those are light green in colour and harder than ripe tomato.


chutney in a serving bowl
green tomato or raw tomato chutney recipe.

April 12, 2014

Udupi tomato saaru recipe - how to make tomato saaru - curry recipe

Udupi tomato saaru recipe - Curry is known as saaru in South Karnataka. Usually I prepare such curries using curry powder. My stock of curry powder or saarina  hudi  is over. So I have used fresh spices to prepare this curry.  I'll post the curry powder in dur course as soon as I make it.  This tomato curry goes well with hot steamed rice along with papad, pickle and raitas.

tomato curry in a serving bowl
Tomato saaru recipe with step by step pictures.

April 11, 2014

Stuffed moong dal cheela recipe - how to make stuffed moong dal cheela - cheela recipe

Moong dal cheela stuffed with kadai sabzi recipe - Breakfast is the main meal of the day, after dinner there is a long gap  between breakfast and dinner. We all are looking forward for the healthy, filling and energetic dishes that please every one's taste bud. Cheela is one such  delicious dish, which provides proteins, vitamins, minerals and digestible fiber. Moong dal cheela is nothing but dosa prepared with split green gram or moong dal and stuffed with kadai sabzi prepared with beans, carrot, cauliflower and other ingredients. I like cheela as much as I like masala Dosa. I consider cheela as a balanced meal, so, it can be prepared for lunch or dinner too. Once I tasted it at my  friend's house, later  tried it for a few times and now sharing this with you all. The reason I like it most is it is very light on stomach, easily digestible, very delicious and filling. Do try this delicious cheela and enjoy your breakfast. 

 Stuffed moong dal cheela recipe with step by step pictures.

April 5, 2014

Orange or santra juice recipe - how to make orange juice - summer drinks

Orange or santra juice recipe - Orange juice is a healthy and  natural soft drink for all season. It can be prepared within 5 minutes. If the oranges are kept in the refrigerator, you need not to add ice cubes to  the juice.

Orange  or santra Juice in serving glasses
Orange  or santra Juice recipe.