Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rava Ladoo - Rava Laddu

Rava Ladoo is an Indian sweet made from semolina (sooji/rava), sugar, Ghee (clarified butter) and dry fruits. These are shaped into balls which are called ladoo or laddu. Its a very basic and simple recipe requiring very few ingredients as mentioned and no advance preparation as such. These can stay good at room temperature for a week or so and hence are the perfect type of sweets for Diwali or other festivals or simply any time of the year. 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Petha Vadi - Petha Wadi Sabzi - Pethe Ki Sabzi - North Indian Style Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Recipe

Petha Vadi is a sweet and spicy North Indian style Sabzi which can be served with  Roti/Chapati. The texture of this dish is like a Bharta i.e soft and mushy and is basically Pumpkin and Punjabi vadi cooked with onion tomato and dry Indian spices. For those who are new to the concept of Vadi (or Wadiyan), these are ground and spiced lentils shaped in rounds/dumplings and then sun-dried for long preservation. Wadiyan can be made at home but are also available at most grocery stores. Pumkin when cooked is sweet and soft while the Vadi is spicy and hard/crunchy so the combination together is just perfect. 



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homemade Ghee From Butter - How To Make Ghee At Home - Indian Clarified Butter

Ghee also known as Indian clarified butter is the most commonly used fat in Indian cooking. From stir frying veggies to deep frying (due to high smoking point) to serving/smearing/topping food to enhance taste to making sweets for all occasions, this fat is the preferred choice. It has a sweet aroma and nutty flavor which both are very addictive. Saturated Fats are considered unhealthy for you exception being Ghee which has been proven as one of the most beneficial fats to be used in the kitchen. Few of its benefits are: Its known to be great source for energy and Vitamin D, helps digestion and strengthens the immune system. It has a great shelf life and thus can last up to couple of years (known for 100 years too) at room temperature without any refrigeration. Although known as clarified butter its actually just a form of it and the two are different.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vegetable Kofta Curry - Veg Kofta Curry

Vegetable Kofta Curry is an exotic Indian gravy dish that comprises of two parts Kofta and the curry. The Kofta's which are basically balls made out of minced veggies and spices that are deep/shallow fried and then added to a tangy,creamy and spicy onion tomato base curry. The Kofta's on their own too are very delicious and addictive and can be served as appetizers or snacks with some Green Chutney or Tomato Ketchup. This dish can be served with Rice or any Indian flatbread like Roti/Naan/Chapati etc. 



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tomato Chutney - Easy Tomato Chutney Recipe

Tomato Chutney is a tangy and spicy condiment that can be served as a side dish with Idli/Dosa or can be used as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. Its a very simple one pot recipe where you cook the tomatoes, garlic and spices till the they are cooked and then grind the whole mixture to get a smooth paste. I like to add some tamarind pulp to make this chutney even more tangy and spice it up with some red chilli powder. Easy to make and store, this chutney can stay good in an airtight container for days in the refrigerator. I initially tried this chutney with the Whole Wheat Dosa and have ever since loved this combination. Give it a try if you haven't already. 




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Instant Wheat Dosa - Instant Whole Wheat Vegetable Dosa

Instant Whole Wheat Vegetable Dosa is a quick and wholesome breakfast or even an easy lunch-dinner option since it requires no fermenting and can be made the moment you craving a Dosa. Its as simple as mixing whole wheat flour (atta) with water, adding veggies and seasoning it . Let it sit for 15 mins and you are ready to make dosas.  These are so easy and quick to make that they are now a regular in my kitchen. I usually  pair these some Tomato Chutney for breakfast. We love eating these for lunch/dinner too in which case I serve some dosa (potato) bhaji along with the Chutney.