December 31, 2015

Bhindi pakoda recipe, ladies finger pakora

Bhindi pakoda recipe - Bhindi pakoda belongs to appetizer and snack category of Indian cuisine. The main ingredients are ladies finger and besan. Bhindi pakoda is one of the most easiest deep fried snack that you can make at anytime as ladies fingers are available throughout the year. Actually, I wanted to make kadai bhindi with the ladies fingers available in my refrigerator. But, the quantity of ladies fingers were very less and also I had to prepare evening snacks. First I thought to make onion pakoda. Later, I changed my mind and made this bhindi pakoda to utilize the ladies finger in a nice way. The pakoda was crispy and tasty. To get the pakodas crispy you have to fry it on low flame. One important thing is that it tastes best when served hot. Variations can be made with this pakoda by adding refined flour and corn flour. It tastes delicious with these ingredients.

Bhindi pakoda image

December 23, 2015

Jowar raagi badam cookies, sorghum finger millet almond cookies

Jowar raagi badam cookies recipe - Jowar raagi badam cookies are one of the most healthiest and kids friendly cookies. Cookies prepared in combination with both the flour are excellent in taste. I have added only almonds, but you can add some more dry fruits like cashew nuts and walnuts. I had some millet and jowar flour in stock, so to utilise the flour in a nice way, I prepared this cookies. It came out very well. It was flavorful, crispy and tasty. Cookies are one of the most important items for kids and this is the perfect treat for them. This can even be packed in their tiffin box.

Jowar raagi badam cookies in a serving plate

December 20, 2015

Anarse with rice flour and jaggery recipe, atrasa, kajjaya

Anarse recipe -The basic ingredient of this sweet is fresh rice flour. Rice flour is prepared in a special way for this sweet. Rice is soaked continuously for three days by changing water each day. On fourth day, drain water and dry the rice under shadow. Make fine flour with this rice and use this rice flour for preparing anarse. Making anarse by using such rice flour makes it crispy and layered. Being fried in ghee, this sweet is high in calories and highly addictive. The poppy seeds adds extra taste and crunchiness to the sweet. Anarse is made during special occasion like Diwali and Ganesh chaturthi festival. Actually I made it during Diwali festival, but I couldn't post it at that time. It came out very well. It was crispy and reasonably sweet. You can add more jaggery if you like a more sweeter version. We all liked it a lot. Do try this anarse and I am sure that you will like it.

Anarse in a serving plate

December 16, 2015

Besan khawa barfi recipe, mawa besan barfi

Besan khawa barfi recipe - This barfi is a delicious treat for people of all age group. This is a popular traditional sweet prepared with gram flour and mawa. Preparing sweet with these combination is very easy. I adore the melt in mouth texture and flavour of these barfis. The interesting part is it is a durable sweet that you can store it for about a month in the refrigerator and it remains as fresh as freshly made. Do try this excellent sweet, you will find it more interesting. Also check out some other delectable sweet recipes in this space.

Besan khawa barfi in a serving plate

December 1, 2015

Green smoothie recipe, apple spinach mint smoothie

Green smoothie recipe  - This apple spinach smoothie is alternative to breakfast and perfect evening refresher for those who are looking forward to include low calorie food in their diet to loose weight and balance the sugar level in blood. This is a nutritious drink  with all goodness of healthy leafy vegetable spinach, and apple. It is prepared with only five ingredients. This smoothie is very light on stomach, satiated and gives you an energy boost. A perfect green drink which is low in calories and fat which can be prepared effortlessly. The apple, spinach and  lime juice complement each other. Mint and curry leaves adds fresh flavor. This smoothie has a wonderful taste which makes you drink more and more.  If you are looking for a healthy drink then try this green smoothie and enjoy.

 Green smoothie in a serving glass

November 30, 2015

Palak pakoda recipe, spinach pakora

Palak pakoda recipe - Palak pakoda is a deep fried snack prepared with a mixture of spinach, gram flour, chilli powder, ajwain powder, garam masala and lemon juice. Shallow fried version can also be prepared and the same is most suitable for pakoda kadhi. When it is to be served as a snack, it is deep fried till crisp and golden in colour. Preparation of mixture with proper consistency is essential. Mixture with proper consistency absorb less oil. The spinach itself has enough water content and hence you have to be careful while adding water. Another important point is that you have to fry the pakodas on a low flame, so that the pakoda is cooked well and is crisp from outside. If you fry these pakodas on high flame, the outer layer cooks fast and the inner layer remains raw. It is an easy to prepare snack and goes great with tomato ketchup and any other dipping sauce.

Palak pakoda in a serving bowl

November 26, 2015

Bajre ki roti recipe, pearl millet roti

Bajre ki roti recipe - Bajre ki roti is one of the popular flat breads prepared with pearl millet flour. Roti, chapati, paratha, naan, kulcha etc. are Indian staple food and is served for lunch and dinner. The hot roti goes well with subzis, chutneys, raitas, pickle and yogurt. Pearl millet or bajra has numerous health benefits. Pearl millet is excellent for diabetics. It has high fiber and complex carbohydrates which helps in keeping full for a longer period and a lower glycaemic index. It is very nutritious and less quantity of the same releases a good amount of energy to keep us active. I often make this roti and serve hot. There are two ways of making bajra roti. In another method, flour is knead with cold water and then small portion of it is flattened on a rolling board or kitchen platform by using your palm. This is a tedious method. The method given below is the easiest and simplest to follow and you will really enjoy to roll the rotis.


Bajre ki roti in a serving plate

November 24, 2015

Kashaya recipe, herbal drink recipe

Kashaya recipe - As I have mentioned in my previous post kashaya powder recipe, Today I am posting a very popular herbal drink of Coastal Karnataka which is prepared in almost all households with their own version. People in that part prefer to give this kashaya to kids in place of tea or coffee. I personally like to drink it instead of tea and coffee. This is my favorite drink and I make it twice a day for me and consume one cup  in the morning and one in the evening . This drink is very healthy and it has no side effects. Hot kashaya which is very easy to prepare, really goes well with some crispy snacks

kashaya in a serving cup

November 22, 2015

Kashaya powder recipe, herbal drink powder

Kashaya powder recipe - Kashaya powder is an aromatic powder used to make herbal drink called kashaya which is a healthy, popular and favorite drink of Coastal Karnataka. People who avoid to drink tea and coffee prefer to consume this kashaya. Some people who suffer from acidity due to excess intake of tea or coffee, replace their drink by kashaya. I often make kashaya powder in small quantity and make kashaya out of it. To retain the fresh fragrance of the powder intact, it is better to prepare this powder in small quantity. Roasting some ingredients doesn't take much of a time, so preparing the powder in small quantity is worth an effort. My next post will be how to make kashaya with this powder.

Kashaya powder

November 21, 2015

Palak kadhi recipe, spinach kadhi

Palak kadhi recipe - Kadhi is a popular signature dish of Gujarat which is usually served with khichdi, rice, and rotis. You can even have it as a soup. Gujarati traditional thali in restaurant is incomplete without kadhi. For the variation, fenugreek leaves (methi leaves) and spinach are used. I have already posted methi kadhi and Gujarati kadhi recipe. This is a healthy dish with all goodness of yogurt, besan and spinach. This is one of the easiest and simplest dishes that can be made in a jiffy. Even if you skip adding spinach if you don't have it, it will be a delicious simple kadhi that you can serve it with any Gujarati main course. While preparing kadhi, always add salt after boiling it to prevent the yogurt from breaking.

Palak kadhi in a serving bowl

November 20, 2015

Chana masala recipe, North Indian style chickpea curry

Chana masala North Indian style recipe - Chana masala is a side dish for rotis, parathas and rice. White chickpea or kabuli chana and tomato are the main ingredients of this dish. However, you can adjust the other ingredients according to your taste. This is a simple and easy dish to prepare with instant chana masala powder. Chana masala powder is available in all Indian grocery stores. I have used MDH chana masala and it is very aromatic. Once you pressure cook the chanas, your half the work is done. In the place of kabuli chana, brown chickpea can also be used.

Chana masala in a serving bowl

November 17, 2015

Cabbage capsicum salad recipe

Cabbage capsicum salad recipe - This is a healthy, tasty, crunchy and very easy to prepare salad made from cabbage and capsicum. For the dressing, lemon juice, sugar and salt is used, a simple dish that anyone can make. Cabbage is known as gobi in hindi. kobi in marathi, elekosu in kannada, and capsicum or bell pepper is known as dhobli mirchi in marathi, shima mirch in hindi, donne mensinkayi in kannada and fugge mirsaang in konkani.This salad is low in calories and high in dietary fibers which keeps you satiated for a longer period. It is a perfect dish which can be prepared in a jiffy for lunch or dinner as a side dish. This can even be eaten as a whole meal  if you are on weight loss diet. It is a delicious salad with sweet and sour taste. Prepare this salad at least once in a week and skip adding sugar if you do not like the sweet taste in it. In case you would like to have it spicy you can use green chillies according to your taste and requirement.


Cabbage capsicum salad in a serving bowl

November 16, 2015

Mawa kesar badam peda recipe, khoya saffron peda

Mawa kesar badam peda recipe – This is a very delicious peda prepared with mawa, saffrons, almond powder and sugar. Mawa or khawa is one such basic ingredient in all varieties of peda.  
These pedas are easy to prepare and the method of preparation is almost similar to  mango mawa peda which I have posted recently. While preparing this peda the mixture is slightly thickened to get a bit harder peda which I like. The texture and taste of this peda is entirely different from the mango peda. If you buy five hundred grams of mawa, you can prepare both varieties of pedas in small quantity. Serve these pedas with crispy savoury snacks.

Mawa kesar badam peda in a serving plate

November 6, 2015

Plain sev recipe, omapodi

Plain sev recipe - Here is  another delicious crispy snack which is made during Deepavali festival. Plain sev is often made with different versions in all over India for regular use as well as festive occasions. There are many variations of sev like potato sev, tomato sev, palak sev, plain sev etc. There are two versions of making plain sev.

In the first version, sev is made using only besan (split bengal gram flour) and in another version it is made by using rice flour in combination with besan. I have adopted the second method. Either way it tastes great. This is a simple and easy snack which requires only few ingredients which is readily available in the kitchen.

Usually, it is served with number of mouthwatering sweets like karanjidry fruits barfi,  badam barfidoodh pedabesan ladoowheat flour ladoorava ladoo and snacks such as khara sevtikhat shankarpali, sweet shankarpali and chakli. While preparing the dough for plain sev, make sure that it should not be too stiff or too watery. To make a crispy sev, you need to knead the dough to thick and smooth consistency. 

Plain sev in a serving plate

November 4, 2015

Mango mawa peda recipe, mango khoya peda

Mango mawa peda recipe - Mango mawa peda is a delicious, melt in mouth and easy to prepare sweet which is available in all sweet (mithai) shops in India. It is made with only three ingredients. Mawa is also known as khawa or khoya and it is used in almost all varieties of peda and halwa. Peda is one such sweet which is distributed and relished during Diwali festival and other special occasions. In all varieties of peda, mawa remains the main ingredient and for variations, mango pulp, saffron, cashew nut or almond is added to get the desired flavor and taste. I know this is an off season for mangoes, so getting fresh mango pulp is a bit difficult. I have used peeled frozen alphonso mango pieces which I had stored in my refrigerator during the mango season. I Made the pulp by using mixer and the flavor was as fresh as taaza mango. If you are making this mango mawa peda during off mango season, you can also use canned mango pulp. When you are using it, reduce the quantity of sugar as the canned pulp already contains lots of sugar. The texture of peda depends upon how much thick the mixture you make. If you would like to have bit harder peda than this soft peda, you can thicken the mixture more than I have thickened.

Mango mawa peda in a serving plate

November 2, 2015

Moong dal and chana dal dose, lentil dosai recipe

Moong dal and chana dal dosa recipe - It is a very healthy, delicious, protein packed very thin pancake prepared with the batter of husked split green grams (moong dal) and split bengal grams (chana dal). Dosa, dosai or dose is one of the most popular breakfast dish of South India. Using rice and split black grams or urad dal is common in dosa. But this dosa is unique wherein rice and urad dal is not used. Making the batter for this dosa is very easy. Once you prepare the batter, spread it on hot pan, cook till golden colour  and the dosa is ready.

If you are bored with your regular pulao, even you can prepare it for your dinner. Once you prepare the batter, your half work is done. You can store it in the refrigerator for two or three days and making a few dosas with this batter is very convenient for you.

When you return from your college or office, you can make this simple dosa within few minutes. So don't think too much and remember to buy a kilogram of moong dal and half a kg. of chana dal  when you shop grocery items next time. Buy some ginger and green chillies when you buy the other vegetables.  Adjust the remaining ingredients as per your choice and try it.

Bachelors  can make it and for them even skipping the addition of ginger and green chillies also doesn't make much of a difference in taste. This dosa goes very well with chutneys like coconut chutney, ginger garlic chutneycapsicum chutney, shenga chutney powderpeanut cilantro chutney etc. If you find the preparation of chutney is difficult and boring, even you can eat this dosa with tomato ketchup.

Moong dal and chana dal dosa in a serving plate

October 24, 2015

Moong dal aloo nuggets recipe, split green gram potato patties

Moong dal aloo nuggets recipe - Today I have for you all a very delicious moong dal aloo nuggets which is my favorite and I am sure you all will like it most. Nuggets are excellent tea-time snack or it is an any time snack. Crispy from out side and soft from inside with an inviting  aroma. In fact hot nuggets doesn't need any side dish, but I served it with tomato ketchup and the combination is awesome.

You might be thinking about the oil absorption in the snack during deep frying, but  you can avoid the excessive oil just by shallow frying them in little oil till crisp and  golden brown. These nuggets are made from moong dal, aloo and onions. Bread crumbs are added to give it a good binding.

The combination of onion, ginger and coriander leaves not only give the good flavor but also adds extra taste. This recipe is  so simple and the preparation is very easy. So, try this nuggets to treat your family and friends.

Moong dal aloo nuggets in a serving plate

October 20, 2015

Bhendekayi sambar recipe, ladies finger sambar

Ladies finger sambar recipe - Sambar is a South Indian signature dish usually served with idli, dosa, uttappa and rice. Various vegetables such as drumsticks, pumpkin, potato, brinjal, white gourd etc, are usually used for the preparation of sambar. Besides these vegetables, I also use ladies finger to prepare sambar. Ladies finger is also known as okra, bhendekayi, vendekayi, bhende or bhindi and it is my favorite vegetable.

Though there are various versions of the sambar, the recipe I have posted here is a very simple and easy one. Ladies finger is low calories and is rich source of dietary fiber which helps in absorption of sugar from digestive system. It has anti-diabetic elements which helps to increase the production of insulin. The soluble fibre called pectin in the ladies finger helps to lower the higher level of cholesterol and prevent the heart disease.

Ladies finger is rich sources of vitamin C which is an essential nutrient that helps to protect from various diseases. Because of its health benefits, I often use ladies finger for the preparation of dishes such as bhindi masala, bhindi raita, kadai bhindibhende sukkebharli bhindi, bhende sambar etc. I have made this sambar with home made sambar powder which is very flavorful and the taste is balanced by using tamarind paste, chilli powder, sambar powder and toor dal.

Seasoning with proper ingredients such as mustard seeds, asafoetida, red chllies, curry leaves, onions etc, enhances the flavor of the sambar.  Here is the simplest and easiest method of making sambar with ladies finger.

ladies finger sambar in a serving bowl

October 16, 2015

Kabuli chana usli recipe, chickpea sundal

Kabuli chana usli recipe - Kabuli chana or white chickpea usli is an easy and healthy dish that you can make for this Navratri. This is made by boiling the soaked kabuli chana or white chickpea first and then seasoning with dry red chillies and curry leaves. Fresh coconut adds an extra taste to  the dish. For fasting dish, we do not use mustard seeds for seasoning. However in case you are not on fast, for better taste  you can use mustard seeds for seasoning and coriander leaves  for garnishing while preparing this dish. Usli can be consumed either for breakfast or as a fasting dish. I have already posted couple of  usli recipes such as shenga usli and moong usli which is similar to this recipe. Usli is also known as sundal, guggillu and is a very popular dish in South India. 

Kabuli chana usli  in apan

October 14, 2015

Baby corn manchurian recipe, how to make baby corn manchurian

Baby corn manchurian recipe - Today I am sharing with you all a very tasty and flavorful baby corn manchurian recipe. This is a delectable dish which you can have it as an appetizer. It is usually served before a meal as  the first course. Usually in chinese dishes ajinomoto is invariably used, however I have not added it while preparing this dish. This mouthwatering manchurian tastes great when it is hot. This is  a perfect dish to please both small kids and adults. I have prepared the dry manchurians and served it as a starter. You can also prepare similar type of dish with vegetables like mushroom, cauliflower, cabbage in combination with carrot, but the method of preparation is slightly different than this. I'll post that too in due course. Manchurian is so popular in all parts of India and it doesn't need much introduction.

baby corn manchurian in a serving plate

September 15, 2015

Ragi idli recipe, finger millet idli

Finger millet or ragi idli recipe - For about a month I did not cook and click any special dishes. I have several recipes in draft and ragi idli is one of them. This idli is a very soft, fluffy, delicious and filling and above all its very healthy. I tried it a few times and it came out very well. So, I thought to share the recipe with you all.

This is quite an easy idli recipe which you can prepare with basic ingredients like finger millet and urad dal. Some yogurt also goes well with the batter, it adds an extra softness and taste to the idli. This is my version of making ragi idli, but you can adjust the ingredients as per your requirement and taste. It doesn't take much of an effort and the method of preparation is similar to rice urad dal idli.

Finger millet or ragi is packed with nutrients and energy. It is a healthy cereal that helps in reducing weight. The high level of  fibers in ragi helps in digestion and keeps the stomach full for a longer period and thus prevent from over eating and helps in losing weight. It is rich in calcium which helps to strengthening bones. 

The iron contents in the ragi is very beneficial for those who are suffering from anemia. It is rich sources of carbohydrates and provides energy to the body. Finger millet should be consumed on regular basis in various form such as ragi malt, ragi dosa, ragi barfi, ragi idli, ragi ladoo and ragi upma.

finger millet idli in serving plate

August 6, 2015

Shenga usli recipe, peanut usli, ground nut usli

Shenga usli recipe - Shenga usli is one of the most easiest evening tea-time snack that you can make with few ingredients. It has a delicate aroma of curry leaves interspersed with the smoky flavor of red chillies. Soak and boil the peanuts and then temper with your favorite ingredients, mix the coconut, garnish with cilantro and healthy usli gets ready within few minutes.


I avoid onions in the usli when I serve it as fasting snack with tea or coffee. Otherwise tempering with onon also adds an extra flavor to the snack. Peanut has several names such as shenga, shengdana, moongfali, bhuimoog, bhunchane, kadlekai, earth nuts, monkey nuts, groundnuts etc. It contains protein which maintains and repairs body tissues.

It also provides energy to the body. Eating handful of groundnuts with a cup of milk is very beneficial for growing children.This is indeed a perfect recipe for you if you are looking for a healthy evening snacks or fasting snack recipe.This is similar to the sundal of Andhra Pradesh as I added coconut and tempered with red chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds. 


Peanut is one such ingredient that I never forget to buy and store in my kitchen. Besides usli, I also make chutney powder and danyachi koot which is always handy. This is a very simple and flexible recipe to try with your own version. Sometimes for a change, I just prepare the usli and add any one of my favourite dish such as kande pohesusla  upma, etc. to serve my family.


Shenga usli in a serving plate

July 29, 2015

Papaya jam recipe, papaya halwa

Papaya jam recipe - This is a very simple and delicious papaya jam recipe. Now beautiful orange coloured ripened papayas are available here in abundance. Whenever I visit vegetable market I bring papaya and to get the most nutrition from it we eat it in its natural form. Papaya is an amazing fruit with vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fibre and antioxidants which is excellent for eyes, digestive system and skin. 

But the worst part is that it is a perishable fruit, even in the refrigerator the ripe papaya is durable for few days. So to make the most of its use after eating, I make jam with the remaining papaya. This papaya jam is very useful in making bread, jam and cheese sandwich, to fill muffins, baked cream rolls, making milkshakes, topping for pan cakes, flat breads and so on.

Sometimes, I also make smoothie of papaya with mango, apple, pineapple and chikoo. This jam is really very easy to prepare. Just boil papaya and sugar  till it achieves the thick jam consistency and mix cardamom powder after that. The combination of the flavor of papaya and cardamoms are simply awesome and I like it most.

stored papaya jam in a bottle

July 17, 2015

Mango mastani recipe, how to make mango mastani

Mango mastani recipe - I never leave a chance to sip mango mastani at Sujatha Mastani, Sadashiv Peth, Pune. Whenever we go to Lakshmi road  for shopping, it is our favourite spot to relish the creamy mango mastani and we enjoy it thoroughly in true sense. During summer this mastani parlour is always over crowded and sometimes, to get the seat, we have to wait for at least half an hour and in the end when we get the chance it is worth waiting.

Off late, I have started to prepare mango mastani at home because we can't go so far every time to relish this delicious drink. Mangoes are still available in the market. Alphonso, kesar, payari are good varieties of  mangoes which gives thick and sweet pulp which is ideal for preparation of mastani.  Now I explain you about the mango mastani in brief. It is nothing but thick chilled mango milk shake and topped with a scoop of mango ice cream.

Usually Mastani is served in a large glass with a straw to sip the milkshake and spoon to eat the ice cream. If you haven't tasted mango mastani yet, try it once and you will be amazed by its taste.

mango mastani in serving glasses

July 14, 2015

Palak chole bhature recipe, how to make palak chole and bhature

Palak chole and bhature recipe - Today I am posting a very delicious home style palak chole and bhature recipe. There is a small interesting twist in this recipe with addition of spinach instead of potato as I do it in normal chole masala. The result is delectable breakfast dish which is liked by everyone in my house. This is an absolutely healthy dish that you can try and treat your family and friends. Usually, I prepare Punjabi chole with kabuli chana or white chickpea and potato. But I tasted palak chole in one of our favourite restaurants and their palak chole was simply divine. Since then I tried it a few times and now I am sharing the recipe with you all. It has combined flavour of chickpea and spinach. The gravy is deliciously smooth and it really goes well with bhature. I am also presenting the traditional way of making bhature and it is so simple that you will like the preparation and the taste.

spinach chole in a serving plate

July 9, 2015

Punjabi sweet lassi recipe, how to make sweet lassi

Punjabi sweet lassi recipe - Punjabi sweet lassi is a very delicious drink which can be prepared within few minutes in a simple style. Today I am sharing the recipe with you all. During summer time, yogurt based food keeps the body cool and I make lassi to refresh from scorching heat. Yogurt is very handy and it can be used in many ways. We all love yogurt based dishes such as raitas, buttermilk, curd rice, lassi or plain yogurt. I make these dishes very often. Lassi is one of our favorite drinks. Whenever I make sweet lassi with homemade fresh yogurt, we enjoy it thoroughly. I have already posted how to make yogurt at home in one of my recent posts. I have added small amount of malai (cream) to the lassi to get a creamy taste. But you can skip adding the malai. 

July 2, 2015

Buttermilk with cumin powder, Chas with jeera powder

Chaas with jeera powder recipe - Buttermilk or chaas with jeera powder is a refreshing cool drink for all seasons. I churn yogurt to make buttermilk almost everyday. Adding jeera powder to it enhances the flavour and taste as well. Being a predigested form, it is easily digestible, even elderly people may have it. Usually, buttermilk is served during meal. I serve chilled buttermilk during summer and at normal temperature during   rainy season and winter. This is very easy to prepare, healthy and all-time drink. So, try out buttermilk with jeera powder and enjoy.

buttermilk in serving glasses

July 1, 2015

Mango kulfi recipe, how to make mango kulfi at home

Mango kulfi recipe - Mango kulfi is a popular summer dessert of India. Fresh, homemade kulfi is better than store bought. There are many versions of making kulfis. This is my version and it is liked by all to whom I served it. So, I thought to share the recipe with you all. Sometimes I use Nestle milkmaid to make kulfis. This kulfi is unique because instead of using milkmaid and corn flour, I have reduced the milk to half by boiling it and then added milk powder as thickening agent which gives a smooth creamy texture and fabulous taste. This classic mango kulfi has pure mango flavour and it is simply delicious. As far as the method of preparation is concerned, it is very easy even for a beginner.

mango kulfi ina serving plate

June 26, 2015

Litchi lemonade recipe, how to make lychee limbu sharbat

Litchi lemonade recipe - Litchi lemonade is a refreshing drink made with litchi, lemon juice and sugar. When litchis are in season I make it quite often. Try out this lemonade to treat your family and friends. Now to the recipe.

lychee lemonade in a serving glass

June 25, 2015

Curd rice or mosaranna recipe, South Indian yogurt rice recipe

Mosranna or curd rice recipe - Curd rice or mosaranna is one of the simplest and popular rice dishes of South India. I make it quite often even with leftover rice. I prepared this mosaranna with freshly cooked rice, curd, cucumber and then tempered with my favorite tempering.  So, you can imagine what the taste of this curd rice is. The curd rice in itself is a whole meal which I relish in all seasons. When I am getting tired of cooking like making roti, sabzi, rice, curry etc. then I make curd rice with fresh curd which is not too sour. This is the most easy, healthy and scrumptious meal which goes well with all types of pickles and papads. The first morsel of the curd rice creates the desire to eat more and more. Try out this curd rice and enjoy.

mosaranna in a serving plate

June 23, 2015

How to make yogurt at home, homemade curd

How to make yogurt at home - Today I have come up with easy method of making yogurt at home. Yogurt or curd is one such essential item that I need everyday. I make yogurt to churn buttermilk which we need compulsorily with every meal. We also eat small amount of curd rice in the last round of the meal. Yogurt is superior to milk as it is in a predigested form and more easily assimilated. Conversion of milk to yogurt increases the digestibility, palatability and nutritive value. Yogurt helps to boost the immune system and assist in digestion. Yogurt is a rich source of  protein, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. Despite its health benefits, it is also used to make varieties of raitas to serve as a side dish. Among them cucumber raita, beetroot raita, onion raita, pineapple raita and boondi raita are very famous. Buttermilk or chaas or taak is a fabulous drink served in the last round of the meal which is easily digestible. Besides this, varieties of lassis are prepared and served as a dessert or refreshing drink. Curd rice or mosaranna is also very popular in Southern part of India. Uses and benefits of yogurt are many. Hence, yogurt should be added to the diet.


yogurt image

June 19, 2015

Fried namkeen moong dal recipe, fried green gram dal


Fried namkeen moong dal recipe - Fried namkeen moong dal is a munching snack which can be enjoyed at any time. I am neither  craving for fried snacks nor celebrating any occasion. I had a cup of split green grams in box and wanted to finish it with a nice way before it gets spoiled. This is the reason why I have prepared this snack. Every evening we need something crunchy along with tea or coffee.  Fried moong dal is a healthy snack which absorbs very less oil on frying. Few days back I had posted fried peanuts and corn flakes chivda which is also a crunchy tea time snack. For a change, try out this fried namkeen moong dal to treat your family.

namkeen moongdal in a bowl

June 18, 2015

Kadai zucchini capsicum, zucchini recipe

Kadai zucchini capsicum recipe - Today I am sharing a simple and easy side dish recipe prepared with zucchini and capsicum. It pairs well with Maharashtrian cuisine such as amti and dal tadka . This is one of the easy dishes to prepare in less time. This kadai sabzi got the flavor from the spice powder, garlic and capsicums. Zucchini enhances the taste and its nutrient value. I did not add any water. Both vegetables have enough moisture and hence they  cook in its own juices. Instead of red capsicum, green capsicum can also be used in this dish.

stir fry in a plate

June 16, 2015

Sambar powder recipe, South Indian sambar masala

Sambar powder or sambar masala recipe - South Indian Idly and sambar is world famous. The key secret of tasty sambar depends upon the sambar powder that is used to make it. There are several versions of preparation of sambar powder. The recipe varies from person to person. This sambar powder recipe is my family's traditional recipe that we have been using since several years. It is the perfect blend of spices that  give out a perfect sambar flavor which creates a desire to eat more and more idly and dosa with it. In general, sambar powder is made using some dry coconut.

But, I haven't prepared it with dry coconut to increase the shelf life. If you would like to have a flavor of coconut in your sambar, you may add half a cup of roasted dry coconut in this recipe. Otherwise, you may use fresh coconut paste while preparing the sambar. I have also used a small quantity of byadagi red chilies so that the sambar powder is not very spicy, as small kids do not like the hot chili taste. If spicy taste is required, chili powder can be adjusted  to suit the taste while preparing the sambar.

 samabr powder

June 14, 2015

Homemade peanut powder, shengdanyachi koot

Shengdanyachi koot or peanut powder recipe - I adore the Maharashtrian cuisine which is very unique and distinct. Many dishes are prepared using peanut powder as key ingredient. I have been making peanut powder based dishes for the past several years. So, I store home made peanut powder and use them as and when required. This powder is essential for dishes like bharli vaangi, bharli mirchi, bharli bhindi, bhrali karli, bharli dhodka, sabudanyachi khichdi, sabudana batata thali peeth, sabudana batata vada, kande pohe, susla, shengdanyachi chutney etc.

peanut powder in a bottle

June 10, 2015

Cucumber lassi recipe, soutekai lassi

Cucumber lassi recipe - We all Indians suffer from scorching heat and very often make some cool drinks such as lassi, sharbat, lemonade, fruit juice, panna, etc. to beat the heat. Whatever the fruit I bring I blend it to a smooth puree, chill it in the refrigerator and serve as a drink. Vegetables like tomato, carrot and cucumber are also used to make cool drinks. These drinks not only refreshes and cools the body, but also hydrates the body. A glass full of cucumber lassi is a perfect cool drink that one can enjoy during summer season and is a much healthier drink in comparison to carbonated drinks. It hardly takes few minutes to prepare if you chilled the yogurt well in advance. Before you make the lassi, preferably keep the cucumber and yogurt in the refrigerator at least for an hour, so that, cold lassi can be prepared instantly. Try out this thirst quencher lassi with all goodness of cucumber and yogurt. 

cucumber lassi ready to serve

June 8, 2015

Lychee juice recipe, litchi smoothie

Litchi juice recipe - Lychee is in season. Now fresh lychees are available in fruit market. Each and every fruit vendor is selling lychees. It is available only for a few days and then vanishes from the market. So, when they are available, I bring lychees in  large quantity and freeze them. Both frozen and fresh lychee tastes great. This is a cholesterol free fruit and good sources of vitamin C and dietary fiber. It also contains good amount of copper and potassium. Lychee has a cooling effect on body. So one must eat it during summer if it is available. Try out this refreshing juice during summer season to beat the heat and enjoy the divine taste of this tropical fruit.

litchi smoothie in glasses

June 4, 2015

Kadve vaalachi usal using kala masala, sprouted bitter beans sabzi

Kadve vaalachi usal recipe - Usal is a popular side dish of Maharashtra. Mostly usals are made of sprouted pulses and is flavored with kala masala. I store various pulses like green grams, brown chickpea, moth beans, kabuli chana, rajma, kadve vaal etc. in the pantry for the use during the shortage of vegetables. During rainy season, when we are unable to go to vegetable market, these pulses are handy. Kadve vaal or bitter beans are not bitter in truest sense. Instead it has an inviting nutty flavor and adorable bitterness which makes the usal very delicious. Using your culinary technique, variations can be created with sprouted pulses. Curry prepared in combination with sprouted kadve vaal and drumstick is very tasty. I'll post this recipe in due course. Now to the recipe.

usal in a serving bowl

June 3, 2015

Amritsari spicy chicken masala curry recipe

Amritsari chicken masala curry  recipe - This  spicy chicken masala curry is prepared in the Northern part of India. This recipe is very useful to those who doesn't like to add coconut in chicken curry and want to make an easy, quick and tasty chicken dish for meal. It has an inviting aroma and the flavor itself makes you feel hungry. You can make it without much of an effort. Being a South Indian, I am used to make chicken curry with coconut and flavor it with roasted spices. This  non-veg dish is not only fast to cook but also fun to make. While preparing this dish, I have used instant chicken masala and garam masala. But, you can change this to roasted spice powder you have and adjust the quantity of the ingredients to suit your palate. You can just experiment with the ingredients with basic idea of this recipe.

chicken curry in a serving bowl

May 31, 2015

Fish fry with ginger garlic paste and lemon juice recipe

Fish fry with ginger, garlic and lemon juice recipe - Today I am sharing with you all a very unique fish fry prepared by using lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder and coated with gram flour ( besan). Usually, fish fry is made using chilli powder, tamarind  paste and coated with semolina. This fish fry can be served as a non-veg starter or side dish to rice with sambar, kootu, aamti, saaru, ambat and variety of dals.  For a change, try out this fish fry and enjoy. Check out some other fish recipes here.

fish fry in a serving pl,ate

May 29, 2015

Amaranth leaves sabzi, Kempu harive soppina palya

Kempu harive soppina or amaranth leaves palya  recipe - Palya ( sabzi ) is an essential item in South Indian meal. Any vegetarian meal is incomplete without it. Palya is also known as randayi in Konkani. Amaranth leaves and dal palya is very popular, healthy and tasty. This is a perfect accompaniment for hot rice, pejje jevan (ganji oota) and even chapatis. I have explained here a very easy method of making palya using pressure cooker.

palya in a large bowl

May 16, 2015

Coconut based spinach curry, palak dal ambat

Palak dal ambat recipe - Spinach dal curry  is one of the varieties of coconut based gravies that is usually prepared in South Indian homes. Curry is called as ambat in Konkani language. This is a very easy to cook curry and it is usually served with hot rice. In konkan region, coconut is used to prepare gravies (ambat) and palya. Rice and curry is my comfort food which I like to have it for both lunch and dinner. So, besides spinach dal curry, I often prepare methi dal ambat,  basale soppina palya, dal curry with white masala, tomato saaru, drumstick dal curry etc. 

palak dal ambat in a pan

May 15, 2015

Fried peanuts recipe, fried groundnuts

Fried peanuts or ground nuts recipe - As the name suggests, fried peanuts is an Indian deep fried snack which can be served with tea, coffee or cold drink at any time of the day. Summer vacation for school has already started. To meet the increased demand from kids for ice creams, cold drinks and snacks, busy moms are looking forward for some easy snacks recipes. This is a munching snack for kids while watching television or reading books. If you are a busy mother and want to make some easy and tasty snacks to munch, this is an ideal snack. The whole process of preparation and frying takes very less time. The reuse of oil used for deep frying is not recommended. Hence, its better to use limited oil for frying and  fry the peanuts in batches. 


May 1, 2015

Mavina midi karja uppinakayi, tender mango and carissa carandas pickle, mango pickle

Mavina Midi Karja Uppinakayi - Tender mango pickle is generally made in two steps. First step is to prepare the salted tender mangoes  in brine and the second one is making  pickle out of it . For the salted mangoes you need to keep the tender mangoes in salt for at least 15 - 20 days. For a good quality pickle, choosing the proper mangoes is also important. Its very essential to pick the very tender, even sized mangoes with fresh stems.  Green spotless tender mangoes make a durable and tasty pickle.  I have also used karja (tender carissa carandas / karvand) along with tender mangoes while preparing this pickle. Karja is available in forest and tender karja is used to prepare pickle. It is available in Mumbai market in the month of March. Like salted tender mangoes, salted karja is also prepared in brine before pickling it. You can either make the mango and karja pickle together or salted them together in brine and make the pickle separately.  If you don't find karja, you can use this recipe to make pickle with tender mangoes only. My previous post was green chilli pickle and I have used the similar  split mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds powder to make this pickle. 

pickle in a serving bowl

April 26, 2015

Green chilli pickle recipe, menasinakayi uppinakayi

Green chilli pickle recipe - Today I am sharing with you all a very important item which needs to be stored for the use in day to day meal to serve as a tantalizing side dish. That is pickle. Pickle is an essential item in vegetarian meal. A teaspoon of pickle turns a simple meal into a delectable meal. Today I am sharing with you all one such healthy green chilli pickle recipe prepared with home made pickle powder, green chillies, lemon juice and a small quantity of oil. You can  prepare this pickle as and when required.

Green chilli pickle in a jar

April 15, 2015

Crispy banana chips recipe, how to make banana chips

Banana chips or plantain wafors recipe - Banana chips is an easy to prepare snack which is very tasty. When I serve some crispy snacks with hot cup of tea or coffee to my family and friends, it gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction. Chips are also called as wafors.  In Kerala, Tamil Nadu and some parts of Karnataka, a variety of banana called nendra baale (plantain) is used to make these chips. But, here I don't get that variety. So, without any option, I make chips with banana which is easily available in the vegetable market. In comparison, chips prepared with nendra banana is more tastier than the chips prepared with other varieties of banana. 


banana chips image

March 28, 2015

Menthe soppina saru, fenugreek leaves curry

Menthe soppina saru - Dali ani methi ambat is one of my favourite curries. Leafy vegetables and lentils are always healthier. So, I recommend to include methi leaves and toor dal in your diet whenever possible. The simplest yet delicious curry is a nice accompaniment to hot rice with some stir fry, upkari or sukke as side dish. So, I make such curries often by using leafy vegetables such as spinach, amaranth leaves and methi leaves. Methi leaves are slightly bitter in taste, to make it less bitter use toor dal and the leaves in proper proportion.

Curry in a pan

March 26, 2015

Apple strawberry fruit punch recipe, how to make fruit punch

Apple strawberry fruit punch recipe - It is a perfect time to prepare some cool, really very cool drinks to beat the scorching heat.Today I have prepared this fruit punch with apple, strawberries and milk. I used the fruits available in my refrigerator. I had strawberries and apples. This is a very delicious and filling fruit punch which can be made in a jiffy. In summer, we feel like drinking something cold rather than eating something spicy. In such situation, I just prepare milk shake or fruit juice and we are more than happy to consume it for our breakfast. You can also add other fruits like banana and chikoo while preparing fruit punch.


fruit punch in  serving glasses

March 23, 2015

Green Peas Mushroom Sabzi-Matar Mushroom Bhaji

Green peas mushroom sabzi - Today I have come up with matar mushroom bhaji (sabzi) for you all. Here button mushrooms are available throughout the year and you can make varieties of dishes with it. Though the green peas are seasonal, frozen green peas are available in any grocery store. This bhaji is really a spicy version with full of aroma. It is very simple to prepare and the whole process takes few minutes. I am sure, you will definitely enjoy the preparation and taste of this bhaji. I have added kala masala to give it a twist of Maharashtrian tatse. Kala masala is totally optional. If you don't have kala masala, you can use garam masala instead of kala masala. 

bhaji in a serving pan

March 22, 2015

Kubbe Ambat Recipe-Clams (khubbe) Curry

Kubbe ambat or clams curry recipe - I am a great fan of clams. Be it ekchimpi ambat, upkari, sukke, vade or kubbe ambat. Kubbe ambat is made in few ways. The clams are broken with eelige and one sided shell is used along with flesh to make ekchimpi ambat. That makes a very delicious curry for steamed hot rice. But breaking small clams with eelige ( aadli ) is very difficult. if the clams are larger in size then it is very easy to break. I got small variety of clams. So, I made this kubbe ambat by using easy method. Boiled the clams, separated the flesh and then used it in the curry. A very easy and simple method. The curry was very delicious and we liked it a lot. I served this curry with hot rice, tomato salad and cucumber raita.


kubbe ambat in a serving plate