I love rasam. It is plain and simple, the best comfort food. A good rasam reminds me of the time I had at my friends’s house. A good rasam is very easy to make and can be enjoyed as a simple pre-appetizer or a palate cleanser. There are many variations of rasam and this recipe will talk about using lemon to make this dish. I hope you enjoy making and eating it.
I love punjabi kadhi. It is a melange of flavors that just works. If you have older curd or some that have gone sour that needs using up, this is the best way to do that. Now normally kadhi is paired with pakoras, but I like to keep mine low key. So I make mine with onions instead. Making pakoras is a lot of work and this recipe works just fine. Easy and delicious.
Khichdi is one of the soul foods of our ancestors. It is one of the easiest food to make and one of the most delicious. Any time I make this, my husband and my son gobble it up. Best eaten warm, this is one of the foods that brings comfort to the heart and mind. I make my khichdi with split green gram which is healthier than the washed moong dal. More roughage and fibre than the yellow moong dal. I hope you enjoy this recipe in good health. Continue reading
Okra (Bhindi) is a very enigmatic vegetable. It is very tasty when done well and is a great partner at any dinner table. One preparation which is very tasty and easy to make is Okra (Bhindi) Masala. It is a crunchy, spicy (if need be) and a really finger licking preparation. Continue reading
I love spicy food. But more than just heat I like it best when there is interplay of various other notes. One such dish that elevates flavors like sweet, savory and heat is Mirchi Ka Saalan. Its a Hyderabadi dish that is generally an accompaniment to Biryani. But I prefer to eat this with plain Jeera rice, it tastes great. Plain rice allows the various taste profiles on this dish to shine on its own.
You can make this with any kind of Chilli, but I prefer to make the dish not too spicy. I normally use either Anaheim peppers, big Jim or sweet peppers found in the farmers market. Now lets proceed to how this savory dish is created.
My husband is a big time potato aficionado. I can make potatoes any time and he is really happy. This is one of my favorite potato recipes. It is easy to make and is an excellent accompaniment to Sambhar or Rasam. This has a decent amount of crunchy dals which makes it healthy and tasty. Season it with curry leaves and you’ve got a winner. Continue reading
Dosas and Idlis are pretty standard in an Indian’s life. A Dosa is a savory Indian Crepe that is served with Sambar and/or chutney. An Idli is an Indian version of a steamed dumpling also served with Sambar and/or chutney. Both these delicious foods are made with one simple batter preparation. It takes skill and lots of practice to make good batter. I have made many mistakes myself and mastered the batter only after several attempts. My post will make an attempt to gather all these best practices so that you can master this art in even fewer trials.
Cooked Idlis look like this.
Idlis are not forgiving. You can either make them well or they will turn out like rocks. Once again, that entirely depends on the batter.
Now lets go master it. Continue reading
Puff pastries are very light and fluffy food that can be baked to a perfection. So less calories but mobile. This adds to perfect picnic food that can be eaten plenty. I particularly like Veg puffs in this categories. They are savory version of puff pastries that can pack a plenty punch of protein with a good stuffing. I like to use my mix vegetable stuffing for this purpose. The stuffing has a lot of sprouts and mix of vegetables. So lots of good stuff for the body and those taste buds.
For my version of veg puffs, I buy puff pastry sheets from the Indian store. But you can even use Pillsbury rolls for making your veg puffs. Now lets get started.
I love making stuffed eats like samosa, bread pakora or veg puffs. Most of these need a good stuffing to taste great. While a simple potato stuffing is good, I prefer to make it healthy with lots of vegetables. This post describes one such healthy stuffing mix. I guess it is like a stuffing for turkey but for vegetarians 🙂
The stuffing in this post uses many vegetables but along with that, I add green gram sprouts. This is one of the best stuffing since it is extremely healthy with proteins and vegetables. Continue reading
While any preparation of spinach is finger licking delicious, I especially like this one. It is called “Keerai Molagutal“. It is a celebration of spinach with coconut and cooked lentils or dal. You can eat it with steamed rice or just a bowl full with a dollop of cream or plain yogurt.