September 26, 2013

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Batate phodi recipe - Roasted spicy potato recipe

Batate phodi in a serving plate
Batate phodi recipe -  batate phodi is an easy to prepare healthy fritter which I make often for our lunch or dinner. This simple roasted potatoes are prepared by shallow frying the masala coated potatoes. It has mild ajwain and chili flavour. This roasted potato is a nice side dish for pulao and spicy rice. I served it with vangi bhath and cucumber raita. It was yummy. So, I thought to share the recipe with you all. This is a popular side dish in Coastal Karnataka and very similar to alambe phodi made with mushrooms. Potatoes are widely used in those parts and this fritter is commonly prepared in coastal side homes with their own version.
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September 21, 2013

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Sun dried poha chiwda recipe - Beaten rice chiwda recipe

crispy beaten rice snack
Sun dried poha chiwda recipe  - Are you looking for some easy and crunchy evening snacks? Today I am sharing with you all, a very simple yet delicious chivda prepared with Sun dried beaten rice or rice flakes or  poha. Dry the poha under Sun for three or four days till crisp and temper it. Your delectable chivda will be ready within few minutes. Earlier I had posted roasted poha chivda which looks similar to this chiwda, but the texture of  sun dried beaten rice after tempering it is completely different. Read the following recipe to know more about it.
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September 20, 2013

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Vangi bhath recipe - Brinjal rice recipe

vaangi bhaath in a serving plate
Vangi bhath recipe - Vangi bhath is a popular traditional rice dish of Maharashtra. This is a delicious one pot meal which pairs well with roasted potatoes and cucumber raita. If you are bored with the regular meal, then this vangi bhath is a perfect  dish to try. You can carry it in the lunch box too. I have made this vangi bhath with masala bhath powder. However, you can use MTR pulao masala instead of masala bhath powder. 
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September 18, 2013

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Dalia upma recipe - How to make broken wheat upma

dalia upma in a serving plate
Dalia upma recipe - Dalia upma is a simple and filling breakfast dish prepared with broken wheat. It is very important to have a balanced breakfast in the morning, after a long gap between dinner and breakfast. Therefore I prefer a filling and healthy breakfast for my family. Dalia upma is an ideal breakfast dish. I prepare it once in a fortnight.
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September 17, 2013

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Coconut ginger chutney recipe - How to make ginger chutney

Coconut ginger chutney in a bowl
Coconut ginger chutney recipe -  This coconut ginger chutney is very easy to prepare. Just blend all the ingredients to a smooth paste and temper it with mustard seeds and red chillies. It is a perfect chutney for idly and dosa. There are many other types of chutneys like ginger garlic chutney, mint cilantro chutney, gooseberry chutney,  raw mango chutney etc. are prepared in Karnataka. Now I am going to share coconut ginger chutney recipe with you all.
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September 15, 2013

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Rava upma with green peas - Semolina green peas upma

rava upma with green peas in a serving bowl
Rava upma with green peas recipe - Rava upma is a South Indian special breakfast dish. I make it often either for breakfast or in the evening as tea time snack. This can be made in a jiffy  when  guests or friends arrive unexpectedly. 

Whenever, I don't find much time or not in a mood to think more, suddenly, this all time handy upma comes to my help, and without any second thought, I go for this easy to make dish. Sometimes, when carrot is available at home, I use that too in the upma.
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September 11, 2013

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Kadle bele payasa recipe - Chane daali paays - Bengal gram dal kheer recipe

kadlebele payasa in a serving bowl
Kadle bele payasa or chane daali paays recipe - Kadle bele payasa is a kheer prepared with split bengal gram, jaggery, and  coconut milk. Most of the time during festival I make chana dal kheer to offer God as Naivedya.  You can also use moong dal or split green grams  instead of chana dal to make such payasa.  

This is similar to muga dali paays which is traditional authentic cuisine of Karnataka. Split bengal grams or chana dal is the basic ingredients and you can thicken the payasa either with rava or rice flour paste. This is a sweet dish which is extremely pleasing to the sense of taste. Try this payasa to treat your family, friends and relatives.
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September 4, 2013

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Phool makhana snack recipe - Seasoned lotus seeds

seasoned phool makhana in a serving plate
Phool makhana snack recipe - This seasoned phool makhana is a crispy and spicy snack. The lotus seeds or fox nuts are mildly spiced with chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt, etc. The phool makhana itself is bland. It extracts some taste and flavor from the seasoned ingredients. So using proper amount of oil, chilly powder and salt is essential to make the phool makhana tasty.  If done properly,  tempered phool makhana is a  perfect snack with hot  tea or coffee.
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September 2, 2013

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Batata bhaaji with kala masala recipe - Potato sabzi

Batata bhaaji in a serving bowl
Batata bhaaji with kala masala recipe - Batata bhaaji is an easy to prepare sabzi. This is a very simple but delicious side dish which goes well with phulka or poori and even chapati. Potatoes are always handy that you can prepare the bhaaji quickly. I have used kala masala in this dish to give a traditional taste of Maharashtra cuisine and we love bhaaji prepared using kala masala a lot. If you don't have kala masala you can also make it with other options such as garam masala, curry masala or any type of sabzi masala. This batata bhaaji is best to pack in the  lunch box.
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