Idli Varieties, Snacks

GREEN MASALA IDLI

I had this Green Masala Idli for the first time when I came here to Bangalore about 13 years back in Sri Krishna Bhavan Restuarant. I was so much hooked by the taste that I would have it each time we visited there.I was tempted to make this last week with the small amount of idli batter that was left over.The greens needed for the recipe was also available at home and as an enthusiastic blogger I sprang in to the kitchen and started for the preparation.This recipe has palak or spinach included in it and can be fed to…

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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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Indian Festival Recipes, Millet Recipes, Navarathri Recipes, Neiveidhyam Recipes, Sweets, Traditional Recipes

SAMAI VELLA PUTTU/LITTLE MILLET PUTTU

I am making use of millets these days in my recipes not only to add them to the blog but also to add a healthy touch to the diet in our day to day food.As today is NAVATATHRI’s first day thought of sharing with you all this easy and tasty jaggery based sweet recipe which can be offered to GODDESS for the celebrations.I have Arisi Vella Puttu already in my blog,but this one I made with my own innovation.The process is simple and the ingredients even simpler. Puttu is usually made on Fridays during Navarathri celebrations.You can try this for…

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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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Lunchbox Ideas, Pulao, Rice Variety

METHI MATAR PULAO

Methi Matar Pulao is a delicious combination of green methi or fenugreek leaves and peas with cooked rice and spices. This time I set to make a green pulao with fresh methi leaves and peas and the result was overwhelming. All at home liked it to the core and I was totally pleased with the outcome. I made this pulao with Kohinoor Super Basmati Rice, naturally aged for 24 months, thus matured for the perfect taste and as we all know it is 100% original Pusa variety and has buttery softness rice when cooked and the grains are long and…

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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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Biryani, Lunchbox Ideas, Rice Variety

ACHARI BIRYANI

 I am here today with Achari Biryani which has a spicy twist with added pickle flavoring. I have heard about Achari Pulao, but I wanted to try Biryani today and that too with Kohinoor Extra Long Basmati Rice which is grown and natured with the river water of Himalayas, is naturally aged for 24 months to impart the fluffy grains, the extra length & the characteristic basmati aroma. The recipe is actually flavored with pickle along with spices and masalas. So you can imagine how fiery and spicy the outcome would be. I have used mango pickle extract, but you can use any variety. The aromatic rice when cooked and mixed with pickle gives a unique flavor to the biryani.

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Lunchbox Ideas, Pulao, Rice Variety

BROCCOLI PULAO

Broccoli Pulao was one of the recipes I tried for the first time. I have some recipes with broccoli in my blog but I was not sure if a pulao can be made out of this until I was tempted it to make with Kohinoor Super Basmati Rice which I was having in my kitchen. As most kids dislike veggies and more so broccoli, I found a way to include green and goodness in their diet which forms a good lunch box option as well. Kohinoor Super Basmati is 100% pure and original Pusa basmati variety. The grains are slender…

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