February 26, 2015

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Strawberry ice cream recipe - How to make strawberry ice cream

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Strawberry ice cream recipe - Today I have a wonderful strawberry ice cream recipe for you all. Starwberry is a seasonal fruit that is available only for few months of the year. Mahabaleshwar strawberries are luscious, fleshy and has less tanginess. It is a very popular fruit in Maharashtra. Variety of dishes can be made with strawberries. 

I prepare strawberry ice cream, milk shake, jam, lassi, shrikhand and raita regularly during the season. Strawberry ice cream may be one of the most easiest and simplest dessert to try. The whole process is very simple when you have few strawberries in hand. This is a melt in mouth dessert that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.  I am sure, you will definitely love the taste and texture of the ice cream. 
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February 25, 2015

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Batata vada recipe - Aloo bonda recipe

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Batata vada or aloo bonda recipe - Batata vada is one of the classic deep fried snack that we are never bored with. The hot batata vada is an absolutely delicious snack with some spicy chutney and you can't stop it with one or two. There are many ways to prepare the traditional Indian batata vada. 

However, the best and the proper method is the perfect combination of ginger, garlic, green chilli paste and finely chopped cilantro with mashed potato is the key secret to make an absolutely delicious vada. I receive frequent demand for this vada from my sons and it doesn't need much of an effort. Friends, try out this delicious vada this weekend to treat your family and enjoy.
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February 24, 2015

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Paneer tikka masala recipe - Restaurant style paneer tikka masala

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Paneer tikka masala recipe - Today, I am sharing with you all a very famous, North Indian popular paneer tikka masala commonly listed in menu in almost all restaurants. Even in South India, it has gained popularity and  any Indian parties are incomplete without this side dish. Paneer tikka masala is one of our favorite side dishes. 

In fact, we like any dishes prepared with paneer, be it paneer tikka, paneer matar paratha, cauliflower paneer paratha or simple matar paneer masala. There are so many versions of making paneer tikka masala, but this one is the most authentic method of preparing restaurant style tikka masala which has inviting aroma with great taste. 

The only difference between the dish prepared by me and the dish served in the restaurant is that  I did not garnish the dish with fresh cream. The smooth and saucy gravy really goes exceptionally well with all Indian flat breads, pulavs and even steamed rice. But, we like it with parathas and phulkas.
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February 19, 2015

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Oats vegetable upma recipe - Oats upma

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Oats upma recipe - Every morning in my kitchen, I make breakfast for us. It is my routine and I am committed to it. It is not a big task for me. I plan menus in advance and keep the ingredients ready. It makes my life easier. Eating same thing again and again is boring. Therefore I make varieties of breakfast everyday. One of them is upma. 

Upma is a South Indian specialty. Varieties of upma can be done by using vermicelli, semolina, beaten rice, puffed rice, oats, etc. Oats vegetable upma is a delicious breakfast snack, which I make often and it doesn't need much of a preparation. It is so easy and gets ready within 25 minutes when the ingredients are readily available in the kitchen. It is a filling and healthy snack usually served with hot coffee or tea.
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February 14, 2015

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Maharashtrian Mugachi dalichi khichdi recipe - Moong dal khichdi - Rice green gram dal khichdi

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Maharashtrian mugachi dalichi khichdi recipe - Today I have come up with one of my favorites traditional khichdi of Maharashtra which goes exceptionally well with Gujarati kadhi, papads and vegetarian side dishes. This is prepared by using split green grams and rice. 

This khichdi has delicate flavor and inviting aroma and is light on stomach. This is the simplest and easiest  one pot meal and you can also include vegetables like  green peas, french beans, carrots, potato, onion, tomato and ivy gourds. There is no need to add an extra ghee in the khichdi while cooking.  So, the khichdi is naturally a low fat meal which can be enjoyed by all age group people. 
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February 12, 2015

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Oats idli recipe - How to make oats idli

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Oats idli  recipe - Oats idli is a very healthy, nutritious and delicious breakfast dish. Adding some more health to the body and system by eating dishes made with oats is really a great idea for health lovers. Oats are very popular for its nutrition and health benefits. People who lead sedentary lifestyle must eat  low fat, low calorie oats dishes.

Oats are rich sources of soluble fibers. The soluble fibers and beta-glucans, help to lower the total cholesterol levels in the body. Eating oats help to keep the digestive system healthy as well. After eating oats dishes, there will be a feeling of fullness and it stops cravings. 

Therefore, it is recommended to include oats in the diet and eat them in any form or prepare your favorite dishes from it. I use both quaker oats and binda valley natural organic rolled oats, which are available in the Indian grocery store. For a change you can substitute regular rice idly with oats idli.
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February 11, 2015

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Gujarati kadhi recipe - Yogurt gram flour kadhi

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Gujarati kadhi recipe - Today  I am sharing with you all a tantalizing kadhi recipe of Gujarat. This kadhi  has  full of authentic Gujarati taste and have a combined flavor of the ingredients. It is perfect with moong dal khichadi, mixed dals khichdi and hot rice. 

The best thing is that the hot kadhi can also be consumed as a soup and it is very filling and soothing. Instead of churning butter milk everyday, for a change, you can make kadhi to serve with the meal. The process is very simple and so easy that it can be prepared within few minutes.  I served it with rice moong dal khichdi.
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February 10, 2015

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Bharli vangi with kala masala recipe - Badnekayi ennegai - Maharashtrian style stuffed brinjal

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Bharli vangi recipe - Stuffed brinjal is called as bharli vangi in marathi and tumbida badnekayi, ennegai in kannada language. The method of preparation in both region is slightly different. This is a traditional method of making Maharashtrian stuffed brinjal by using coconut, groundnut powder and kala masala or goda masala as basic ingredients. 

This is a flavouful and delicious veg side dish prepared for daily consumption as well as special occasions. This is a common dish in Maharshtrian weddings and parties. Bharli vangi goes well with jawari ki roti, bajri ki roti, chapathi and even hot steamed rice. Even the pickiest of eaters will be loving this dish. 

Small sized purple brinjal or white coloured thorny brinjals are perfect to make this dish. The green top of the brinjal should be kept intact, so that you can stuff the filling very easily. The green leafy top gives taste to the dish. 

If you want to try stuffed brinjal and do not have kala masala, do try with garam masala which also gives almost similar taste with slightly different flavour. To have a traditional taste of this dish, try at least once.
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February 9, 2015

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Orange dry fruits burfi recipe - Santra barfi recipe

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Orange dry fruits burfi recipe - I have prepared this burfi inspired by my sister as she told me the recipe and asked me to try it out. According to her, she has tried this burfi and the out come was superb. So, I tried it and to my surprise it is more than she described. 

This orange burfi takes on the inviting delicate flavor of orange and cardamoms. In total, the burfi has distinct delicious taste with soft texture. The addition of dry fruits enriches the taste and gives crunchy bites.  This burfi is prepared with maida, ghee, dry fruits, sugar, orange juice, orange zest and cardamom powder.
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February 8, 2015

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Kurle sukke recipe - Crab upkari recipe

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Kurle sukke recipe - If you have been looking for Konkan region's authentic, traditional sea food recipes, then this is a perfect dish to try and taste. The sea food dishes of Konkan region  has its own unique taste. Most of the sea food cuisine in this part is done in coconut based spicy masala gravy and it goes exceptionally well with hot steamed rice. This crab upkari is also prepared using cocnut based masala coarse paste. The precise combination of coocnut, onions and other ingredients is the secret of making perfect crab upkari.
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Chicken ghashi recipe - Karnataka style chicken gassi recipe

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Chicken ghashi or gassi recipe - Chicken ghashi is a thick gravy prepared by using roasted coconut, variety of fried spices, garlic and yogurt etc. This is a very popular cuisine of  South Karnataka, often prepared in every house hold with different versions. This chicken ghashi is an absolutely delicious dish with smooth texture. The robust flavor of fried spices and brown masala cardamoms, make the chicken ghashi very flavorful and inviting.
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February 5, 2015

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Paneer matar stuffed paratha recipe - Paneer green peas paratha

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Paneer matar stuffed paratha recipe - Paratha, chapathi, and roti are our staple food. The whole process of making this paratha is easy and very simple to prepare in the comfort of the kitchen. For stuffing, mix green peas coarse paste, grated paneer and mild spice powder.

The stuffing technique is very simple. Just roll the poori sized roti and place the filling, then join the edges and roll into thin paratha. Shallow fry it on a griddle using ghee. An amazing paneer matar paratha will be ready within few minutes.

Serving hot parathas with favorite side dish is  really an enjoyable task. The paratha itself is a full meal and it can also be carried in the lunch box. Even hot paratha with a dollop of ghee tastes awesome. These parathas were soft and flavorful with the addition of paneer and spice powder.
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February 4, 2015

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Paneer tikka recipe - How to make paneer tikka

Paneer tikka recipe - Today I have come up with an absolutely delicious paneer tikka recipe. This is really a very easy and simple appetizer that gets ready quickly. The tikka was soft and slightly spicy. The combination of hung curd and spice powder tastes awesome. I prepared the tikka in small quantity, but later I realised that even double the quantity of it would have been finished.

Whenever you have paneer in stock, but do not want to spend much time on it by preparing other dishes such as paneer makhani, palak paneer or paneer paratha, then do try out this easiest and quickest paneer tikka and enjoy. You can have paneer tikka as a starter, snack or side dish. This tikka doesn't need much ingredients. Even you can shallow fry or roast this tikka on a nonstick pan.You can also use onions, capsicums and tomatoes along with paneer cubes.
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February 3, 2015

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Surnoli dosa recipe - Sweet and sour dosa of South Karnataka

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Surnoli dosa recipe - Surnoli is a traditional authentic sweet dosa of South Karnataka. This dosa is prepared after fermenting the batter for 12 to 14 hours. A very delicious, soft and flavorful surnoli is a worth trying dish. Friends, try out surnoli once to have the traditional authentic taste of the South Karnataka's special  dosa. 
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February 2, 2015

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Fusilli pasta salad Recipe - How to make pasta salad

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Fusilli Pasta salad with carrot, green peas and cauliflower recipe - Pasta salad is the most easiest and simple to cook dish. Being a dry dish, it is easily packable in lunch box or it can be carried while travelling.

This salad is to be served as a breakfast dish or evening tea time snack, with a cup of coffee, tea or  juice. Pasta itself is not so flavorful. So, to enhance the flavor in the dish, I have made seasoning with green chillies, split bengal gram, curry leaves and onions.

For adding taste and nutrients, I have also used carrots, cauliflower and green peas in this salad. Several other varieties of dishes can be made with pasta and I will post those recipes in due course.
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February 1, 2015

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Goan spicy mutton curry recipe - How to make goan style mutton curry

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Goan mutton curry recipe - Goan spicy mutton curry is one of the popular authentic, traditional mutton  dish of  Goa.  This mutton curry I have prepared is slightly different than the traditional Goan mutton curry. While preparing this curry, I have skipped adding the yogurt for marination and instead marinated the mutton with my favorite green masala paste prepared with cilantro, green chillies, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, lemon juice and salt. If you are looking for something spicy but different than normal mutton curry marinated with yogurt, this version will be a perfect one to try and taste. It goes very well with hot rice, rice roti, dosa, idly, chapati, and  ghee rice.
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