July 31, 2013

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Matar paneer masala - Maharashtrian green peas sabzi

Matar paneer masala recipe - Fresh green peas paneer masala, prepared in coconut based spicy masala is an excellent side dish for roti and chapathi. It is also a tasty accompaniment for steamed rice as well. Fresh green peas are not only tasty but they are nutritious too. There are 2-3 varieties of fresh green peas available in the market. Whenever possible buy the sweeter variety of green peas which is very good in taste. It can be stored in the fridge for about 2-3 months.
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July 29, 2013

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Sabudana batata khichdi recipe - Sago potato khichdi

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Sabudana batata khichdi recipe - Sabudana or sago and potatoes are widely used in all parts of Maharashtra for preparing upwas or fasting day dishes like sabudana vada, sabudana khichdi and sabudana thalipeeth. Some do not add potatoes in khichdi. But adding potato is beneficial as it is  rich in carbohydrates, which in turn  gives energy needed on upwas or fasting days. Besides being a fasting dish, it is also a  filling breakfast as well. This is an easy yet delicious dish to prepare after soaking the sabudana for two hours. Using red chilli powder is totally optional and it can also be prepared using only green chilies.
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July 26, 2013

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Mango rice recipe - How to make mango rice

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Mango rice recipe - Raw mango rice prepared using masala bhath powder is an exotic, flavourful one pot meal, goes well with any raita or salad, pickle and papad along with butter milk. The similar type of  rice  can be prepared using carrots, onion, tomato, mint leaves or pudina, paneer, peas and mixed vegetables such as beans, cauliflower and tindora.  If you don't like to add masala bhath powder, skip it and follow the remaining process. This is one of the easiest methods of preparing the mango rice.
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July 24, 2013

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Masala bhath powder recipe - Spice powder for rice

spice powder for rice
Masala bhath powder recipe - Masala bhath powder is mainly used while preparing masala bhath (spcy rice), popularly known as masale anna in north karnataka. It can also be used while preparing vegetable pulao or spicy  rice such as mango rice, carrot rice, peas paneer pulao, mushroom pulao, onion rice and tomato rice.
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July 22, 2013

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Ambe sasam recipe - Mavinkayi sasive - Raw mango sasam

ambe sasam in a serving bowl
Ambe sasam recipe - Ambe sasam which is also called as mavinkayi sasive in kannada, is a simple and easy side dish made with raw mangoes. I had few raw mangoes in the refrigerator and I was looking to make side dish with it. So, I made this ambe sasam and it was so tempting and delicious. 

This is almost similar to the ripe ambe sasam. But in this dish ripe mango is replaced with raw mangoes. Ambe sasam or sasive is a common dish in coastal Karnataka and I like it most. This is my favorite dish and goes very well with chapathi and rice. We like a lot of masala in this dish and I add sufficient coconut masala paste to make sure it tastes great. 
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July 21, 2013

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Ukdambe gojju recipe - Boiled raw mango chutney

Ukdambe gojju recipe - In my home town, lots of rival or ghonta variety of mango trees are there. These varieties are used to make boiled mangoes or ukdambo which is stored in boiled salt water in a jar. These boiled mangoes are used  during rainy season when there is a shortage of vegetable.You can also make chutney by boiling raw mangoes as and when required. I have prepared this chutney by boiling mangoes in salt water and used them immediately. Ukdambe gojju goes great as a side dish for a vegetarian meal.
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July 17, 2013

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Banana pakoda - Bale hannina pakoda - Ripe banana pakora

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Banana pakoda recipe - Ripe banana pakora is a deep fried snack made with banana and rice rava, popular in Coastal Karnataka. It is a delicious snack with slightly sweet taste. This pakoda is usually fried in ghee but it can also be fried in oil. Earlier I had posted raw banana pakoda  which is a perfect tea time snack. This bale hannina pakoda is crunchy from our side and soft  from inside. It was aromatic and tasty.
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July 12, 2013

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God ambe sasam recipe - Mavina hannina sasive - Ripe mango sasam

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Ambe sasam recipe - Ambe sasam is an absolutely delicious dish of coastal Karnataka and it is my favorite too. This is prepared with ghonta variety  of mangoes,  grown in the backyard of the house. It has sweet and slightly tangy taste which is specifically  used to prepare sasive.

These mangoes are small in size and full of fiber with slightly tangy thin pulp. These are specifically  used to prepare sasive or sasam. The gravy is prepared using fresh coconut. 

Tanginess of the mango is balanced by adding jaggery. Chilly powder adds an exotic taste to the dish. The mango sasive is made in various ways in konkan cuisine and it tastes great. Usually it is served as a side dish to main meal.
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July 11, 2013

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Mango Ice cream recipe - How to make mango ice cream

Mango ice cream recipe - Mango ice cream, a perfect cool dessert to eat during summer. This year though I have prepared ice cream several times during the summer, I could not click it as it was swallowed by my family members, before I could click. But what about the drizzling rainy day with mango all around? It is drizzling here, but still warm and ice cream is easily eatable in such situation.I learnt this delicious, mouthwatering ice cream in a cookery class held near our house few years back. Since then I have been making mango ice cream this way. I have prepared mango ice cream using vanilla flavored custard powder. It adds an extra flavour to the ice cream. Addition of milk powder makes the ice cream soft  to melt in the mouth.
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July 8, 2013

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Paneer matar kurma recipe - Paneer green peas korma

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Paneer matar kurma recipe - Whenever I have milk in stock, I make paneer. Home made paneer is best in quality and tastier too.Paneer dishes are prepared in different ways. This one is the side dish with paneer and green peas I prepare often  for chapatis, rotis and steamed rice. As I have used green chilly, goda masala  and tomato puree, it is bit spicy and slightly tangy in taste.
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July 6, 2013

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Soutekayi dose recipe - Thounse dose - Cucumber dosa

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Soutekayi dose recipe - Cucumber dosa is a healthy dosa prepared with rice, coconut and cucumber. This is a very easy to prepare dosa, which imparts the mixed flavor of cucumber and coconut. My mother was making it using large sized green cucumber grown in the back yard of our house.  But, here I don't get that variety. 

I  have used small variety of cucumber, which is also flavorful and there is not much difference between the two. The batter for this dosa doesn't need fermentation. It can be used immediately after grinding. The left over batter can be stored in the refrigerator for two days. This dosa is usually served with liquid jaggery and coconut chutney. Note that do not add water while grinding. The cucumber itself has lots of water content. If the batter is too dry then add water.
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July 4, 2013

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Mango humman recipe - How to make ambe humman

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Mango humman recipe - This is a simple and delicious mango humman prepared with semi ripened mangoes. This mango dish is enriched with  garlic, curry leaves and mustard seeds tempering and tangy taste is balanced with jaggery. Mango saga of this year is not yet over. Till today we get raw and ripe mangoes in abundance. If you like sweet, tangy and hot taste together, you will surely like this dish. Actually, I prepared it as a jam to be eaten with  dosa, chapati, and bread, but we finish eating it as it is. It is very easy to prepare and it doesn't take much of your time. Try it once and see the taste.
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