Snacks

RAJASTHANI MIRCHI VADA

Mirchi Vada is a spicy and tasty deep fried potato stuffed snack in big sized green chiiles specifically used for pickles and bajjis which are less hot than the small chilles.I was wanting to make this since long but had a chance to post this today.Usually served with mint or tamarind chutney,this is more popular in Jodhpur,a town in Rajasthan owing to the water which lends a unique taste.I also tasted once a unique chaat which was made with mirchi vadas.There a lot of snack varieties in India and the North region snacks are quite different from the Southern counterparts.This…

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Kuzhambu Varieties, Traditional Recipes

MANGO DRUMSTICK SAMBHAR

After Navarathri festivities I am sure all of you will be needing a simple yet tasty lunch options.I made this Mango Drumstick Sambhar today and it was as tasty as ever.I wanted to make plain Mango Sambhar but ended up with adding drumstick as well.Raw Mango Sambhar adds the rice to a new taste and imparts a special flavour.As you might know here you should keep the tamarind extract a bit less as we are adding mango which will make the sambhar sour.The mango when cooked tends to get softer and tastier.You can add brinjal or capsicum also in place…

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Kids Recipes, Starters

CHILLI GOBHI

Chilli Gobhi is a lip smacking stater recipe similar to Gobhi Manchurian.It is made out of deep fried cauliflower florets in maida and corn flour batter mixed with a variety of sauces.This Indo-Chinese dish is my daughter’s favorite and I made this for her some time back.This easy recipe can be made in 15 minutes if all ingredients are kept ready.It forms a good side dish for fried rice besides being a tasty snack.If you don’t want to serve it dry as I have done,you make add water and make it a gravy consistency.The tricky part is to keep the…

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Dry Curry, Easy, Potato Recipes, Side Dish for Roti

JEERA ALU

Have you a tried a simple cumin flavoured potato curry in less then 10 minutes?This is a versatile dish that goes with almost anything,easy to make and super tasty.Normally in busy mornings when I make phulkas for Dhivya for lunch box,I make this and she never complains as she is very much fond of this.This is a quick no onion no garlic recipe too,fit for those fasting days. Vrat recipes are not that hard and tasteless as you might think.You can also try by adding cumin powder also but since I wanted the nutty and crunchiness,I added only jeera.You can…

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Paneer, Side Dish for Roti

PANEER BHURJI

Paneer is a substantially protein food for vegetarians and is full of calcium and Viatamin D. It is a totally satisfying scene if you happen to see your child’s plate polished away in no time.My daughter likes paneer and I made this bhurji with it sometime back.It is very easy recipe and I followed it from an old cookbook of mine.With less time involved in the preparation one can easily pack this as a side for rotis for lunch and also for diinner as well.The paneer is crumbled and mixed with spices and onions with tomatoes.The resulting dish is an…

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Avani Avittam Recipes, Indian Festival Recipes, Snacks, Traditional Recipes, Vada

AAMA VADAI

Aama Vadai or Paruppu Vadai as it is called is a bengal gram and tur dal based fritter usually made during festivals in Tamil Nadu.It is specially made during Weddings,Boghi and Avani Avittam. Avani Avitttam or Upakarma is a vedic ritual practiced by Hindus of Brahmin caste.It is conducted once in a year during the month of Shravana when Brahmins change their Upanayana thread. This day is also important as Brahmins worship Rishis and offer libation of water to their ancestors. Amongst other delicacies Paruppu Poli and Paruppu Payasam is also made.The vadai is a no garlic no onion recipe,since…

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Biryani, Lunchbox Ideas, Rice Variety

MUSHROOM BIRYANI

Cooking Mushroom Biryani was in my list for long. So when I saw fresh mushrooms in the market, I immediately decided to cook this recipe. I couldn’t resist buying these cute little white mushrooms and thought of cooking them with Kohinoor brand Gold range Extra Long Basmati Rice which is aged & matured naturally for 24 months for its perfect taste & extraordinary length, makes the dish really special. Kohinoor Gold range of Extra-long Basmati rice is a 100% pure & original basmati which gives fluffy & well separated rice post cooking with its subtle aroma, thus making this the…

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Snacks

VADA PAV

Vada Pav is a street food which is deep fried potato patty with spices and chutneys and native to Mumbai.Though I have had this addictive snack many times,I am making it for the first time at home.This is a step wise process involving preparing chutneys,making potato patties and assembling them on the pav bun. Pav is a variant of Pao which means sweetened bread in Portugese. The Vada Pav is an innovative recipe made by a Marathi and the rest is history.Many restuarants sell these cute vada pavs and some have additional toppings as well.I am also fond of Pav…

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