December 17, 2016

Broccoli stuffed paratha recipe, broccoli paratha

Broccoli stuffed paratha recipe - This is an easy to prepare paratha which can be served with subzis, chutneys, pickle and raita. Even you can eat this paratha with a dollop of ghee or butter. There are many ways to make parathas such as stuffing method, mix and roll method (thepla), and double roti method. Stuffing method which I have followed in this recipe is the most popular way of making parathas. I have already posted several paratha recipes adopting various methods. Do try these recipes and enjoy. The broccoli filling is very easy to prepare with broccoli and other basic ingredients which are easily available in the kitchen. Broccoli takes only a few minutes to cook. So, it can be prepared in the morning rush to serve as a breakfast and to pack in the lunch box. This is a filling dish which can also be served during lunch and dinner.

Broccoli stuffed paratha in a serving plate

December 14, 2016

Walnut banana muffins recipe

Walnut banana muffin is a delicious, easy to make variety of muffin. It is full of flavours and is prepared without using eggs. These muffins are liked by both adult and kids. This can be served as a tea time snack and even packed in the snack box for school going kids. You can make it rich by adding dry fruits like cashew nuts and almonds. Walnuts become soft and tastes great when it is soaked. Also check out some other eggless cake recipes which I have posted earlier. Do try this delicious muffins. Here is how to make walnut banana muffins recipe with step by step pictures.

Walnut banana muffins in a serving plate

September 23, 2016

Beetroot soup recipe

Beetroot soup recipe - Warm and comforting beetroot soup which can be prepared within half an hour. Today I am going to share with you all a very easy to prepare beetroot soup recipe for rainy and winter days. I make variety of soups often during these seasons. Beetroot also called as beet is an easily available vegetable throughout the year. Beetroots are used to make juice, salad, stir fry, parathapulav, raita and so on. This is a healthy soup with lots of medicinal benefits. Beetroot has high amount of carbohydrates and sugar contents. Therefore after consuming this soup one may remain energetic for a long time. The medicinal benefits of beetroots are many. Raw beetroot helps to lower blood pressure and it boosts stamina. Beetroot has lots of soluble fiber and also contains nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium and manganese.  

beetroot soup in a serving bowl

August 23, 2016

Spinach green peas plantain cutlet recipe, Palak matar kachche kele ki tikki

Spinach green peas and plantain cutlet recipe - A healthy and delicious Indian vegetarian snack made with spinach, raw banana and green peas. This  is one of the simplest cutlets which I have prepared several times. This cutlet is usually prepared by using potatoes along with spinach, but keeping health in mind, I have avoided potatoes as it is high in carbohydrates and calories. To make it more healthy these cutlets have been shallow fried using minimal oil. Raw banana based cutlet is a healthy, tasty and guilt free snack. It can be served as an appetizer or evening snack with a chutney of your choice. It goes really well with mint coriander chutney and even tomato ketchup. If you are looking for some easy shallow fried snacks then do check out kothimbir vadi, hara bhara kabab and aloo moong dal nuggets.

cutlet in a serving plate

July 19, 2016

Bhajaniche thalipeeth recipe, multi grain flour thalipeeth

Bhajaniche thalipeeth recipe - This thalipeeth is very special because I have used bajri or pearl millet instead of rice to make the thalipeeth flour. Bajri is low in glycemic index when compared to rice. Thalipeeth is a healthy dish prepared with bhajani, onion, cilantro and chilli mixture. This is a traditional pancake of Maharashtra prepared in every home with their own version. A very tasty, filling, energetic and nutritious dish with all goodness of pearl millet, green gram, chiickpeas and black gram.  This can be served in the morning as a breakfast and in the evening as a tea time snack for any age group. If you have bhajani in your hand, you can prepare this dish very quickly whenever you want to have and serve.

Bhajaniche thalipeeth in a plate

July 1, 2016

Multigrain flour for thalipeeth, bhaajani, atta for thalipeeth

Multigrain flour for thalipeeth - Pearl millet is called as bajri in Marathi, bajra in Hindi, sajje in Kannada.  This flour is prepared with roasted pearl millet, green gram, black gram, brown chickpeas, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Thalipeeth is a popular pancake in Maharashtra. The method of preparation and the ingredients varies marginally. Thalipeeth is usually served with chutney and yogurt for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Being a wholesome dry dish thalipeeth is very convenient to carry while travelling. This bajri bhajani is similar to the rice bhaajani which I had  posted earlier. Only the difference in this recipe is that I have used bajri instead of rice. The purpose of using bajri is that it is low in calories and contains less carbohydrate when compared to the rice bhajani. The thalipeeth prepared with this bhajani consisting of  pulses like chickpeas, green gram and black gram is very healthy, nutritious and flavourful.

Multi grain flour image

May 25, 2016

Avrekayi upkari, long beans sabzi recipe, valasange sukke

Avrekayi upkari recipe - Long bean is a seasonal vegetable and is available during few months. Long beans are known as avrekayi in kannada and valasange in konkani in western Karnataka. In eastern part of Karnatka (Bangalore, Mysore, Tumkur etc.) lilva beans are also called as avrekayi which is used to prepare hichikida avrekayi palya.  So to clear your confusion about the variety of beans I have used to make this upkari, I have posted the picture of long beans used by me in step by step pictures below. When the long beans are tender they become soft after cooking. Once the seeds inside become solid, it is not advisable to use such beans for upkari as it will not be soft after cooking. The seeds inside  is known as black eyed beans in english, avrekalu in kannada, alsande in konkani and lobia in hindi. The upkari of long beans is usually served as a side dish. The upkari is very tasty, nutritious and contains ample amount of soluble fiber. This uplkari is very easy to prepare with few ingredients. The freshly grated coconut used for the preparation of upkari enhances the taste. Here is how to make long beans upkari with step by step pictures.

long beans sabzi in a serving plate

May 15, 2016

Kesar kulfi recipe, saffron kulfi

Kesar kulfi is really a delicious, soft and cool dessert one can have during summer. Kesar is known as saffron in English. Saffron can be added  to get light yellow colour and a unique adorable flavour to the dish. It gives extra flavour in combination with cardamom powder. Learn how to make kulfi at home with milk powder, milk, saffron, sugar and cardamom powder. Also check out mango kulfi recipe which I had posted earlier. These kulfis are not only delicious but also melt in mouth. Here is kesar kulfi recipe with step by step pictures.

kesar kulfis in a serving plate

April 1, 2016

Oats vegetable idli recipe, how to make oats idli

Oats vegetable idli is one of the easiest idlis that you can make at home. Like regular rice idli, the batter for oats idli needs to be fermented to get the soft textured idlis. But it can also be made without fermentation with slightly different texture. Vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower and green peas adds extra taste to the idlis. To get the enriched nutrition,  adding vegetable is essential. Oats idli can be had as a breakfast, lunch or dinner dish. Mostly in South India, idlis are served for breakfast. If you are looking for more oats recipes then check out  simple oats idli and oats upma recipes. Here is how to make oats vegetable idli with step by step pictures.

Oats vegetable idli in a serving plate

March 21, 2016

Bisi bele bhath recipe, Karnataka style bisi bele bhath

Bisibele bhath is a scrumptious dish prepared with the perfect proportion of rice, toor dal and vegetables. In this bhath, all the ingredients are cooked in a typical way to bring out the authentic bisibele bhath taste of  Karnataka. I have used the famous MTR bisible bhath powder which has the perfect blend of  spices that gives the traditional taste and flavor to the bhath. This is an excellent healthy meal that you can prepare with loads of vegetables. Like  matar paneer pulao, carrot pulao, vangi bhath, musharoom pulaovegetable biryani, soybeans pulaand palak pulao, this pulav is also a very delicious one pot meal and you can pack it in the lunch box. You can carry it while travelling or this can be cooked as a special fancy meal during weekend to treat your family. Try this authentic,delicious and fuss free bisibele bhath and enjoy. 

March 11, 2016

Cabbage poriyal recipe, cabbage sabzi

Cabbage poriyal recipe - Sometimes when I am confused thinking what to cook for side dish, suddenly poriyal flashes in my mind. Cabbage is definitely not a favorite vegetable in my house. But when it is made in a proper way by using fresh coconut, it becomes a tasty accompaniment for rotis and sambar rice. Cabbage is a humble vegetable which is available throughout the year. I always store at least half a kilo of cabbage in my fridge to use it when required. Coconut is abundantly used in South Indian cuisine. Especially, fresh coconut adds extra taste to the poriyal and without coconut, it doesn't taste well. Here is easy and quick poriyal recipe.

cabbage poriyal in a serving plate

March 2, 2016

Hara bhara kabab recipe, how to make hara bhara kabab

Hara bhara kabab recipe with step by step pictures - Hara bhara kabab is one of the most popular North Indian snacks. I am always fascinated in making kababs and tikkis. It is made by using spinach, raw banana and gram flour or besan. This kabab is mildly spiced and shallow fried. This is usually served with mint yogurt chutney, tamarind chutney, dates chutney, tomato ketchup or tomato sauce. This is one of our favorite snacks.I have used raw bananas instead of potatoes for one solid reason. I had half a dozen of bananas lying idle in the fridge and wanting to make proper use of it. The hara bhara kabab was delicious and  it was hard to guess the ingredients. This kabab can be made with boiled potatoes  but it also comes out well with boiled bananas too.You will not find the difference in taste.You can substitute three boiled potatoes in the place of boiled raw bananas. You can use a tbsp of lemon juice instead of amchur powder. For your convenience, the hara bhara kabab mixture can be prepared well in advance and stored in the fridge to make kababs as and when required.

hara bhara kabab in a serving plate

February 24, 2016

Spring onion paratha recipe, how to make spring onion paratha

Spring onion paratha recipe - Paratha is one of the favorite breakfast dishes which we like to have often. Spring onions are usually used in Indo-chinese cooking as a garnish. But we can also prepare delicious parathas out of the spring onions. Whenever I have a bunch of these green onions, I make parathas and zunka. Though I make some side dishes to serve with parathas, I personally prefer  to have it with pickle, chutney and yogurt. Usually, paratha is made by using  stuffing method or mix and roll method. The mix and roll method is very easy, simple and quick. Even you can prepare the dough well in advance and keep in the refrigerator to make and serve hot parathas as and when required.

Here I have used six spring onions along with bulbs for a cup of wheat flour. The taste and flavour of the paratha differs on the quantity of spring onions that you use. You can use some more spring onions in this recipe. The quantity of other ingredients and yogurt  depends upon the quantity of flour and spring onions. However you can adjust the ingredients according to your taste. You can also add fistful of chopped coriander leaves and few chopped mint leaves to the dough for extra flavor. I have not used them in this recipe. Also check out some other paratha recipes in this space. 


 spring onion veg paratha image

February 16, 2016

Kothavarangai poriyal recipe, cluster beans poriyal

Kothavarangai poriyal recipe with step by step pictures - Kothavarangai poriyal is a simple side dish of Tamil Nadu cuisine prepared with cluster beans. This is mainly a side dish for rotis. This can also be had as a side dish with sambar rice. Cluster beans are low in glycemic index with very high fiber content which helps in controlling blood sugar levels in the body. It is also a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It is good for blood circulation, bone health and digestion. So, using cluster beans in the diet on regular intervals is beneficial for your health. By following the below given steps you can make delicious cluster beans poriyal very easily.

kothavarangai poriyal image

February 11, 2016

Jackfruit idli recipe, panasa idli, halasina hannina kadubu

Jackfruit idli recipe with step by step pictures- Today I present a very delectable jackfruit idli recipe prepared with rice, fresh coconut, jaggery and jackfruits. Its a sweet idli recipe of Karnataka. Panasa idli or halasina hannina idli is a traditional coastal Karnataka cuisine prepared in every homes with their own versions. Jackfruit is one of my favorite fruits and I am a great fan of it. It is a flavorful fruit and the idli  gets an inviting flavor from it. What makes it different from other idlis is its flavor and sweet taste. I brought the whole jackfruit from the market. It is a seasonal fruit and available only for few months. At this time I bring  jackfruit and we eat it in its natural form as much as possible. I use the remaining pods to make idli and kheer. Cutting  and removing the jackfruit pods  is a tedious sticky job. But in the end when you separate the luscious pods it is worth the effort. I separate the seeds and store the pods in the refrigerator and use them as and when required. Jackfruit seeds can also be used in making curry, usal, etc. When you put the jackfruit pods in the refrigerator for two or three days they become more tastier than the fresh pods. Back to the jackfruit idli. I have used freshly ground rice rava in this dish. But you can also use idli rava as it is very convenient. The idli is lightly sweetened by adding liquid jaggery and tastes best when served with ghee. The jackfruit idlis were simply divine. 
Jackfruitidli-image

February 8, 2016

Methi nippattu, menthe soppu nippattu, fenugreek leaves nippattu

Methi nippattu recipe - This nippattu is a durable deep fried snack which can be stored for about  a month. Being a durable snack this can be sent to students staying in hostel or convenient  to  carry while travelling. Whenever I use fenugreek leaves for other dishes, I always think about methi nippattu. Then I make it in small quantity. This is a good tea time snack. 

I fried nippattu on medium flame. Snacks fried on medium flame absorb moderate amount of oil. Deep frying on low flame gives shiny light colour to the snacks but these snacks absorb more oil. Deep frying on high  flame absorb less oil.  Because of  it's high temperature snacks burn  and the end product is dark brown. Therefore deep frying on medium flame is recommended.

Choice of oil is also important for deep frying.  Refined sunflower oil, safflower/kardi seed oil, soya bean oil or groundnut oil  are best for deep frying. I use New Saffola Gold oil brand, a  blend of rice bran oil and safflower seed oil, manufactured by  Marico ltd. While  buying oil, always check for the "Free of Trans Fats" label. This oil is not sold in loose. It  is available  in sealed  plastic can.

methinippattu image

February 4, 2016

Makai poha chivda, how to make corn flakes chiwda

Makai poha chivda recipe - Crunchy, sweet, salty and spicy chivda made with corn flakes and peanuts. Makai poha or corn flakes chivda is one of the most popular Indian snacks, and goes exceptionally well with hot tea or coffee. Raw makai poha or corn flakes are available in Indian grocery shops. This is one of the most simplest and easiest hassle free snacks. Frying the chivda and mixing other ingredients takes very little time. It has a slightly sweet, salty and mildly spicy taste. It is crunchy and is liked by both kids and adults. This is a very addictive snack which makes every one feels like eating more and more. 

corn flakes chiwda recipeprepared by vidya chandrahas

January 22, 2016

Orange spinach mint almond flax seeds smoothie

Orange, spinach, mint, almond, flax seeds smoothie recipe - A very nutritious smoothie prepared with healthy ingredients like spinach, mint leaves, orange, almonds and flax seeds. It is an exotic and nutritious drink which can be consumed instead of coffee and tea in the morning and evening. It is very easy and quick to prepare. You can make it fresh as and when required. This smoothie has a low-glycemic index and one can drink it without any guilt. Spinach is a rich source of calcium, Vitamin A, C, iron and fiber. The consumption of spinach in any form helps in maintaining the body health. Oranges contain ample amount of Vitamin C. It is also a good source of calcium and potassium besides being a taste booster. Spinach in combination with orange makes a delicious smoothie. Almonds and flax seeds adds creamy texture to the smoothie along with all its nutrient benefits. Check out green smoothie recipe which I had posted few days back. Try out these wonderful smoothie and enjoy your day.

Orange spinach mint almond flax seeds smoothie in a serving glass

January 20, 2016

Lauki chana dal sabzi in pressure cooker, bottle gourd curry

Lauki chana dal sabzi in pressure cooker recipe  - Lauki chana dal sabzi is a simple and easy to prepare side dish for Indian flat breads. This sabzi doesn't need any grinding process. The best part is that it can be prepared in pressure cooker. Once you have tempered everything in the pressure cooker and take a few whistles, delicious side dish will be ready to serve. I often make it to serve with parathas, chapatis, jowar roti, bajra roti, rice flour roti, finger millet roti etc. This is a hassle free sabzi which can  be prepared quickly. By following the below given easy steps, the lauki and chana dal in combination with mild spices make a delicious sabzi.

lauki chana dal sabzi image

January 17, 2016

Flax seeds and peanuts chutney powder, jawas shenga chutney Powder

Flax seeds and peanut chutney powder recipe with step by step pictures - Flax seed is also known as linseed, agase and jawas. I always roast and store some flax seeds. Eating two tsp of flax seeds every day is good for health as they supply some essential nutrients. Flax seeds are excellent source of antioxidants, essential vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. Besides this, it is also an energy booster. Flax seeds in combination with peanuts make a delicious nutty flavored chutney. The sabzi sprinkled with it tastes great. It is a nice accompaniment for dosa, roti, paratha, idli and curd rice. You can make instant chutney by mixing this powder with yogurt.  Chutney powder is handy when you have short of time in the morning rush.

flax seeds and peanuts chutney powder image

January 14, 2016

Til chikki with sugar recipe, tilachi vadi

Til chikki with sugar recipe - Happy Makar Sankranti to you all. A delicious, crunchy chikki for Makar sankranti. Chikki is a burfi  shaped sweet of  IndiaTil chikki is a popular traditional sweet prepared during Makar Sankranti. This is an easy to prepare sweet made with sesame seeds and sugarChikki is made using either jaggery or sugar along with basic ingredients such as sesame seeds, peanuts, cashew nuts and almonds.The use of jaggery makes the chikki soft whereas sugar makes it crunchy.  To make a delicious chikki, avoid roasting the sesame seeds for too long and just roast them until warm. I have already posted tilachi ladoo and til shenga vadi recipes. Do try these recipes.

til chikki with sugar image

January 9, 2016

Tomato onion chutney recipe

Tomato onion chutney  recipe -  Tomato onion chutney also called as kaanda chutney is one of the flavourful chutneys which I prepare often. This chutney goes well with dosa, idli, chapathi, paratha, thepla and roti. Hot rice with a dollop of ghee and this tomato onion chutney also makes a great and quick meal. This can also be served as a dipping sauce for vada, cutlet and nuggets. It is easy to make and is different from usual coconut chutney.

tomato onion chutney in a serving bowl

January 1, 2016

Eggless chocolate banana sponge cake recipe

Eggless chocolate banana sponge cake recipe  - Happy New Year to you all. May this New Year bring happiness and prosperity to all of you. Today being  new year day, I made this eggless chocolate banana sponge cake for us. It is an easy to prepare delicious cake to be enjoyed during this special occasion. As the name suggests, the cake was spongy, moist and soft. Baking cake is an easy and enjoyable task. The fragrance spread in the kitchen after baking this cake makes you happy and craving for more.

cake in a serving plate image