July 31, 2014

Pumpkin soup recipe - dudhi soup - lal bhoplyachi soup - how to make pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup recipe - Are you a weight watcher?  Here is the perfect low calorie pumpkin soup recipe for you. A soup  made with pumpkin and tomato is always healthy and very low in calories. I have been trying to make soups using various low calorie vegetables. One of them is pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin contains antioxidants and it is rich in  vitamin A . Pumpkin is weight watcher's favorite vegetable, since it is low in calories. There are few varieties of pumpkins available all round the year. Among them, dark yellow or orange colour pumpkins are tasty and popular. Sometimes I prepare pumpkin subzi and sometimes pumpkin paratha and thepla. The most common traditional sabzis prepared in South Karnataka is dudde sukke. Pumpkin is known as dudde in konkani, kumbalkayi in kannada, kaddu in hindi  and lal bhopla in marathi.  

Pumpkins are also used to make sweet poori, pumpkin boiled in liquid  jaggery is a very popular sweet dish. Now back to the pumpkin soup. This pumpkin soup is thick and creamy texture with slightly sweet and sour taste as i have added tomato in it. If you are looking for low calorie recipes, don't forget to add this soup in your diet. Usually pumpkin soup is served with cream on the top. But I don't add or garnish the soup with cream or butter. For better creamy taste,  you can add two teaspoons of  fresh cream for one bowl of soup.

pumkin soup in serving bowl

July 30, 2014

Phool makhana pudding with vanilla custard powder - fox nuts or lotus seeds pudding - how to make phool makhana pudding - pudding recipe

Phool makhana pudding is an Indian dessert made with fox nuts drenched in thick,  sweet vanilla custard milk and garnished with sliced pistachios. This is an easiest and simplest dessert whereas the flavor and thickness is achieved with the vanilla flavored custard powder. The same kheer can be made using nestle condensed milk, but the taste and flavor gets changed with the use of condensed milk. You can also make semiya like kheer using milk, cardamoms, sugar and phool makhana. Phool makhana itself  is lacking taste, flavor or tang. For the flavor and taste it is entirely depends on other ingredients. It absorbs the taste in whatever it is cooked with. It turns crisp when roasted and shrinks as well as softens when boiled in milk. 

In India, in the northern and western parts of the country, phool makhana is extensively used to make seasoned phool makhana snacks, sabzis and curries. Among the sabzis, the most popular one is phool makhana paneer sabzi, phool makahna  kaju sabzi and  phool makhana mushroom curry.

phool makhana pudding in serving bowl

July 28, 2014

Wheat flour honey bread recipe - how to make wheat flour bread

Wheat flour honey bread recipe - This is a soft, moist and  healthy bread made with wheat flour and honey.  I call it  healthy because wheat flour contains natural antioxidants, fibers, B vitamins along with unique flavor, colour and texture. This bread also carries  all the goodness of honey  and yogurt. I have baked this healthy bread few days back. We are not a great fan of bread and very rarely I bake breads. Few years back,  I had joined a  cookery class to learn  various cakes, breads, cookies, ice creams, chinese dishes and some other stuffs . There I learnt this  bread. Since then I baked it a few times and every time it has come perfectly. I set aside the dough for about 4 hours to rise higher enough to get the light and soft bread.   Usually, I store bread  at  room temperature  up to 3 days. Therefore I make only one loaf at a time. I make sandwiches and toast with this bread. Freshly made green chutney  with fresh cucumber and tomato slices make a healthy sandwich with this bread.  A layer of jam, butter and cheese on the toasted bread slices make delicious sandwiches and kids love it for sure. You can make bread upma, delicious double ka meetha, bread gulab jamun and so on.

wheat flour honey bread slices

July 24, 2014

Bhindi raita recipe - bhende or bendekayi raita recipe - ladies finger raita - how to make okra raita

Bhindi or ladies finger  raita recipe - This is a simple and easy raita recipe prepared to accompany the spicy main course and rice. Nothing can be a better cooler than chilled raitas when you have a spicy main course in your platter. Like other raita, this raita is also made using strained yogurt. If you use the strained yogurt, the raita doesn't turn watery. Otherwise, you will miss those creamy yummy texture and great taste. I rarely make it since it needs deep fried ladies finger and I want to avoid deep frying as I don't like to add much oil in the diet. After frying, the ladies finger shrink and become very small. I served this bhindi raita as a side dish for rice and spicy curry. It was really delicious.

bhindi raita in a large bowl

July 23, 2014

Alleppey fish curry recipe - how to make alleppey fish curry

Alleppey fish curry recipe – This is a delicious coconut milk based alleppey fish curry made with pomfrets. I have already posted the alleppey prawn curry  recipe. There is not much of a difference between these two curries. This curry recipe is Kerala's alleppey style which releases coconut flavor. It is generally tempered with coconut oil, but I have tempered the curry with saffola oil. Usually, I make fish curry  with coconut, coriander,  garlic, tamarind and red chillies, the curry is traditional South Coastal Karnataka style with fiery hot taste and this pomfret curry goes well with hot steamed rice. I also fry pomfret with green masala or red masala. I have already posted steamed pomfret recipe, pomfret fry with green masala, paplet sol or ghashi and pomfret ambat recipe earlier. In all these fish  dishes including alleppey fish curry,  you can replace pomfret with surmai ( king fish), prawn,  bellanje and lady fish (nogli). If you replace the pomfret with other fishes, change in quantity of chilly powder is necessary. As the fish changes, the taste of curry may change. In general, all fish curries goes well with steamed rice.

alleppey pomfret curry in serving bowl
Alleppey fish curry recipe.

July 20, 2014

Steamed fish recipe - how to make steamed fish

Steamed fish recipe - My younger son doesn't like much coconut in any dish. Therefore every time I make coconut based fish gravy, I feel that I should have done it without coconut. I could have fried the fish with green masala or red masala paste, but the fried fish is going to be dry and it doesn't have any gravy. So, I have steamed the pomfret with flavorful masala. I have used ginger ( adrak ), garlic ( lasun), green chillies ( hari mirch) and cumin seeds ( jeera ) as basic ingredients for the masala. In case you like the flavor of  cilantro, you can use the same which goes very well with it. If you are using it , use half cup of chopped cilantro ( coriander leaves) along with other ingredients. If you don't like green chillies in masala, instead of green chillies, you can use red chilly powder or whole dry red chillies. The ground masala was thick and the steamed pomfret with  gravy was really delicious , flavorful and we enjoyed it. To keep the gravy thick and to prevent the steaming water in the fish gravy,  you need to steam the fish in a steel box with tightly closed lid.I have steamed the pomfrets in a pressure cooker, but it can also be steamed in a steamer. After steaming, the fish pieces absorb the flavor and taste of the masala which makes the fish really very delicious and tempting.  This steamed pomfret goes well as a side dish with vegetable biryani, jeera rice, pulao and steamed rice.

White pomfret is also known as silver pomfret. Its preservation for a week at home is very simple. The cleaned and washed pomfret needs to be kept in the deep fridge with or without applying masala. White pomfret is very popular and high in demand fish because of its lesser odor (smell) and high nutritional value. Above all, it is a hassle free fish to clean with soft bones. Pomfret is easily digestible fish, hence small kids can also eat it. It is a good energy provider,  since it contains good amount of proteins. White pomfrets are rich source of vitamins such as vitamin  A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C,  E and it helps to retain moisture in the skin and prevent dryness. Pomfrets are good source of minerals such as sodium, potassium magnesium, phosphorus, iron and manganese. Try this wonderful, delicious steamed pomfret and enjoy it with some nice fresh salad, steamed rice, pulao or  vegetable biryani .

steamed fish in serving plate
Steamed fish recipe with step by step pictures.

July 19, 2014

Dill leaves or sabbasige (saipe paan) sihi dosa recipe - how to make dill leaves dosa

Dill leaves or sabbasige  dosa or  dosai  recipe. This is an authentic South Karnataka style sweet dosa, prepared with dill leaves, jaggery, rice and coconut. I have earlier posted sabbasige sihi idli recipe.  In that sweet idli, I have used both rava ( semolina) and rice as basic ingredients. But, in this dosa, I have used only rice like the one in original traditional recipe. This sabbasige sihi dosa has superior dill flavor and unique taste in combination with coconut and jaggery. In order to achieve the full flavor of dill leaves, blend the batter just before preparing the dosa. Dill leaves are healthy leafy vegetable and it is extensively used in various Indian cuisines. Dill leaves are also used in making sabzis in combination with moong dal ( husked green gram ), chana dal   ( bengal gram ), Chawli ( black eyed beans / alasande ), matar ( green peas), toor dal,  potato and carrot. However, the sabzi with moong dal is quite similar to methi ( fenugreek leaves ) moong dal sabzi. I will post the dill subzi recipes in due course.

Dill has an abundant supply of dietary fibers which helps in digestion. Dill leaves contain good amounts of vitamin A,and vitamin C, as well as reasonable amounts of riboflavin. It is a good source of minerals like iron, calcium and potassium. Consumption of dishes prepared with dill leaves are great for bone health, since it contains good amounts of calcium. Dill leaves boost the immune system. It has antioxidant properties which helps in removal of toxins.

Dill leaves sweet dosa in serving plate
Dill leaves dosa  recipe with step by step pictures.

July 17, 2014

Karlyachi peeth perun bhaji recipe - how to make bitter gourd sabzi with besan - nutritional benefits of bitter gourd

Karlyachi peeth perun bhaji  recipe ( bitter gourd /  hagalkayi /  karela with besan )   - This is a Maharashtrian style peeth ( besan / split bengal gram flour ) perun ( sprinkled ) karlyachi bhaji made with bitter gourds and besan. Eating karlyachi bhaji without adding jaggery or sugar is beneficial for health. Some people do not discard the seeds and use them as it is in the  bhaji for more medicinal benefits. But I made this  karlyachi peeth perun  bhaji using jaggery and tamarind for taste which reduces the bitterness and increases the taste. While preparing this karlaychi peeth perun bhaji, I discarded the seeds and lightly scraped out the outer skin. You can make this bhaji along with seeds.

Nutritional benefits of bitter gourd ( hagalkayi / karela)
Bitter gourd ( karela / hagalkayi ) is a popular vegetable, famous for its medicinal benefits and it is great for diabetes. It is very low in calories and high in valuable nutrients. bitter gourd is a rich source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and manganese. It has an ample supply of  antioxidants and dietary fibers which help flush out the toxins. Bitter gourd contains good nutrition like polypeptide-P ( blood sugar lowering compound ) which helps in lower the blood sugar level. The consumption of bitter gourd juice on empty stomach  in the morning, reduces the blood sugar level in people who have diabetes. To be on the safer side, this juice therapy should be followed under the medical care of  physician ( A licensed medical practitioner). 

 karlyachi peeth perun bhaji in serving plate
Karlyachi peeth perun bhaji recipe.

July 15, 2014

Peanut cilantro chutney recipe - coriander leaves groundnut chutney recipe- how to make peanut cilantro chutney

Peanut coriander leaves chutney recipe - Peanut cilantro chutney is a tongue tickling dipping sauce for dosa, idli, uttapa and parathas. Besides that it can also be a nice spread for bread sandwiches. While preparing this chutney,  I emphasize on the  ratio of the coriander leaves and chillies to bring out the desired flavor and taste.

Corianderleaves groundnut chutney
Peanut cilantro chutney recipe

July 13, 2014

Prawn biryani recipe - how to make shrimps biryani in pressure cooker - Sungta biryani recipe

Prawn or shrimp biryani recipe - Here is  wonderful prawn or  shrimp biryani recipe for seafood lovers. Prawn biryani is a speciality of  South Karnataka and this is my family's favorite dish. It is very similar to the vegetable biryani. In short, for non-vegetarians, its a nice variation with prawns. Generally, prawn biryani is prepared using small variety of prawns. But I have noticed one thing that the small variety of prawns doesn't release the desired aroma, whereas the large prawns add more fragrance to the biryani.This is a very delicious biryani that can be enjoyed with side dishes such as raitas, papads and salads. Jeera flavored butter milk is the gem of a drink along with it. This sumptuous one pot meal was delectable with softly cooked prawns. The method of preparation is so easy, and this biryani can be cooked in pressure cooker very quickly. 

Shrimps Biryani
Prawn or shrimp biryani recipe

July 12, 2014

Onion tomato raita recipe - how to make onion tomato raita

Onion tomato raita recipe - Today, I am going to share a simplest, easiest and tasty onion tomato raita recipe. As I mentioned in my earlier post, whenever I make pulao, biryani or spicy rice,  I make it a point to serve variety of raitas along with it. The chilled raita not only goes great with biryani and pulao, but also keep the stomach cool by balancing the spice in the food we eat. Serve this tomato raita with Vegetable Biryani. 

Kanda-tomato raita
Onion tomato raita recipe.

July 11, 2014

Mix vegetable biryani recipe - veg biryani in pressure cooker - how to make mix vegetable biryani

Mix vegetable biryani recipe - I am a  great fan of all kinds of  biryani, pulao and spicy rice. In fact, I can't live without rice. Today, I am going to share a classic Vegetable Biryani recipe which you can prepare and serve for a small party or your weekend meal. This vegetable biryani has been tried and tested many a times and ingredients are adjusted to suit our taste buds. Traditionally, biryani is made in a heavy bottomed vessel, arranging the vegetables, rice, ghee, oil and other ingredients in layers. The lid of the vessel is sealed with wheat flour dough and then cooked on a low flame. But this method is really time consuming  and not practical during morning rush. Cooking biryani in pressure cooker is not only easy but quick too. Looking at the long list of ingredients, it looks bit tedious. But in fact, it is damn easy once you exactly know how to proceed with proper steps. So, I have posted this recipe with step by step pictures. Once the biryani is done, the fragrance of it makes you hungry and you will be eager to eat it. This vegetable biryani tastes great when serve hot and accompanied by crispy 
papads, tempting pickles and chilled  raitas. 

Vegetable biryani in pressure cooker recipe.

July 9, 2014

Rava urad dal idli recipe - semolina Idli recipe - how to make rava urad dal idli

Rava urad dal idli recipe - I am fond of all South Indian idlis. This rava urad dal idli is an alternative to rice urad dal idli. The interesting part of this idli is that the batter doesn't need any fermentation. Dal needs to be soaked for  three hours and your idli batter will  get ready within half an hour after grinding it. To make it more interesting, you can add  green peas, carrot, chopped curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies and spluttered mustard seeds to it.  But, we like it plain and I made it without adding any tempering and vegetables. I served this rava urad dal idli with sambar and coconut chutney.

Rava urad dal idli in a serving plate
Rava urad dal idli recipe.

July 7, 2014

Nuggekayi togari bele saaru recipe - how to make drumstick toor dal curry

Nuggekayi togari bele saaru is a Udupi speciality. A curry made with drumstick and toor dal is a great accompaniment for hot rice. This curry is simply adorable with the combination of coconut. This saaru is remarkably popular and my all-time favorite. Whenever I have this saaru, I need an extra bowl of rice. I think, it is very important to mention here that drumstick is very nutritious and its popularity is because of its  taste and nutritive value. Vitamin C is plentiful in drumstick. It also contains Dietary Fiber, Potassium, Magnesium and Manganese. So, I am generous in adding drumsticks in curries and sambar. 

Drumstick Thoor dal Curry
Drumstick toor dal curry recipe.

July 6, 2014

chicken recipes | egg recipes

In this section I have compiled chicken and egg  recipes for your  convenience. Click on the recipe link, right side to the image to get the full recipe. As soon as I post the new recipe, this section will be updated. I hope you enjoy them.

Cashew Chicken Masala

Chicken Curry - Karnataka Special

Kolhapuri Chicken Curry

Chicken Pulao

Chicken with Green Masala Fry

Chicken with Capsicum

Chicken-Tomato Soup

fish recipes | seafood recipes

In this section I have compiled fish ( seafood)  recipes for your  convenience. Click on the recipe link, right side to the image to get the full recipe. As soon as I post the new recipe, this section will be updated. I hope you enjoy them.
Steamed pomfrets

Prawn Biryani

Alleppey Prawn Curry

Bellanje Ambat ( Curry )

King Fish - Surmai (Iswan ) Fry

Pomfret Fry with Green Masala

Pomfret Ghashi ( Gassi )

Pomfret Curry - Papleta Ambat

Prawn Curry - Sungta Ambat

 King Fish / Surmai ( Iswan ) Curry
Crab Curry - Kurle Ambat

July 5, 2014

South Indian sambar masala powder and spice powder recipes

In this section I have compiled South Indian sambar masala, Maharashtrian kala masala, goda masala, Karnataka masala bhath powder recipes for your  convenience. Click on the recipe link, right side to the image to get the full recipe. As soon as I post the new recipe, this section will be updated. I hope you enjoy them.

Maharashtrian Kala Masala

Masala Bhath Powder

Maharashtrian Goda Masala

Sambar Masala without Coconut

Sambar Masala with  Coconut

July 4, 2014

kheer, payasa, festival recipes

In this section I have compiled kheer or payasa recipes for your  convenience. Click on the recipe link, right side to the image to get the full recipe. As soon as I post the new recipe, this section will be updated. I hope you enjoy them.

Pumpkin Kheer

Phool makhana pudding

Rice - Coconut Kheer

Moong Dal Kheer

Chana Dal Kheer

Paneer Kheer

Rava - Chana Dal Kheer

Badam / Almond Kheer

Semiya / Vermicelli Kheer


Custard Apple Rabdi

Lauki / White Gourd Kheer