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Lauki Raita

This is a traditional recipe from Bihar which  is a place in Eastern India where the people suffer from heat strokes due to the flow of Hot air called loo during Summer.It is also a place where Buddhism was in its peak during the time Gautam Buddha (the spiritual leader of Buddhism) and due to …

Dessert Vegetarian

Gujiya

Gujiya is a snacks prepared in Western and Southern parts of India .It is a moon shaped pastry dough stuffed with sweet or spicy fillings and then baked or deep fried.The dish has a lot of similarities to the empandas with respect to its shape and recipe which is a popular  dish  widely prepared in …

Dessert Vegetarian

Poda pitha

Odisa is situated on the coasts of Bay of Bengal.Rice is widely cultivated in Odisa and is the major base for most of the staple food in the state and like all other coastal regions coconut finds its predominance among the popular ingredients for making food. Pitha is a type of cake or dumpling common in Bangladesh and India, especially the North eastern states of Assam, Odisha, West Bengal etc. Pitha are typically made of rice ,lentils or rarely wheat flour.Poda pitha is a variety made from fermented rice and lentil flour sweetened with jaggery and slow cooked or baked in an oven till the outer crust almost gets burnt.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 cup – black gram dal (urad dal).
  2. 1 cup- rice.
  3. 1/2 – Coconut dessicated.
  4. 1 cup – guda (jaggery) / sugar.
  5. 1/2 inches  – ginger.
  6. 1 tsp – black pepper powder.
  7. 2 tsp – ghee.
  8. 1 to 2 tsp – salt.

Preparation

  1. Soak black gram dal and rice for overnight.
  2. Wash the lentil and rice, and grind it.
  3. The paste should be fine and thick like idly batter.
  4. Add salt and mix well. Keep paste aside for 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Grate ginger .
  6. Then mix coconut, jaggery, ginger and black pepper powder and mix well.
  7. Pre-heat oven for 10 mins and grease the pan it with ghee.
  8. Pour the paste into the tray and keep it in the oven.
  9. Cook on high for 45 mins.
  10. Reduce to medium for 20 mins.
  11. A needle inserted should come out clean. When its colour is golden brown, the poda pitha is ready to eat.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.
  13. Cut into small pieces and serve with coconut chutney or sweet molten jaggery.
Breakfast Vegetarian

Grilled Peas sandwich

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Breakfast Vegetarian

Grilled vegetable mozzarella sandwich

The sandwich is stuffed with one’s choice of veggies and mozzarella cheese.It is nutritional filling and beautiful looking dish per cfect for a Sunday breakfast or brunch. Ingredients 1.Lettuce(torn with hand ) 2.Tomato(sliced) 3.Onion(sliced) 4.Green bell peppers(sliced finely) 5.Red Black pepper(sliced finely) 6.Yellow bell pepper(sliced finely) 7.Cucumber (sliced) 8.Chilly flakes(1 tsp) 9.Black pepper(1 tbsp) 10.Lemon …

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Padma Nimki

Diwali ,the festival of Lights is near the corner .During this festival we make our traditional sweets and savory dishes and share among our family,friends and neighbors. Traditionally this festival not only attempts to light our home and surroundings which also signifies eradicating the darkness from one’s life but also lighten the inner soul with knowledge …

Rice Vegetarian

How to make tomato rice

Tomato rice is an excellent recipe you can make with leftover rice.It traditionally belongs to the city of the Nizam ,Hyderabad where tomato is considered animportant component.Because of the huge cultivation of red chilles in Andhra Pradesh the local cuisines are spicy and red colored with the use of red hot chili powder.But you can …

Breakfast Vegetarian

Afghan bolani

Bolani is a stuffed flat-bread which originally hails from Afghanistan which is stuffed with vegan fillings such as potatoes,spinach etc.But it has many variants made in Western countries where meat fillings are also used. The Afghans prepare bolanis on special occasions or festivals and also when they need elaborate breakfasts.It is also served as an …

Cheese canapes
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cheese canapes with spicy corn filling

I make these corn filling canapes very often during small parties organized at my home or during my daughter’s birthday parties.They are a huge hit .some times I add the fillings to ready made shells brought at stores.During time constraints they are a great rescue..In this dish in addition to mozzarella cheese,I used cottage cheese …

Vegetarian

Sev Batata puri

Sev batata puri is a popular Maharashtrian street food recipe ,a typical canape suitable for serving in any parties.Canapes are small bite sized snacks served as a starters.These can be easily make at home.Sev are crispy fried thin strands made up of chickpea flour.If you are staying outside India you can get it in any …

Vegan Vegetarian

Raw banana burger patties

Banana is an amazing fruit with so many health benefits but unripe bananas also make a range of tasty food which you can intake for good health.if you have some kind of food poisoning and stomach infections result in loose motion and severe pain in the lower abdominal area a traditional childhood remedy was boiled …

Bong Connection Vegan Vegetarian

Dhokar Dalna

This is a traditional recipe of West Bengal .The name “Dhoka” meaning in Bengali or Hindi is deception.This is actually a lentil curry but made in a very unusual way.I had earned many good review about this dish when I cooked it during get-togethers or packed in lunch boxes at work, among my  friends outside …

Breakfast Vegan Vegetarian

Mysore Masala Dosa

This is very popular snacks on the streets of Mumbai.The street food vendors have very special way to prepare this snacks which makes it very appealing to the masses.Originally this dish belongs to South India, a city Mysore.Mysore a city in the state of Karnataka also known as the City of Palaces is not only …

Vegan Vegetarian

Spicy Noodles Rice veg combo

This dish is made with inspiration derived from the recipe of  Dan dan noodles  which is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce ,chili oil, Chinese five spice powder ,sesame paste and other spices in addition to vegetables or meat.I made this on a day when I eat …

Vegetarian

Creamy Cauliflower soup

This is a quick and easy recipe for the soup lovers without involving a run to the supermarket for the ingredients.It is healthy too.The soup just look delicious and creamy. Ingredients 1.Cauliflower (1 small ) 2.Garlic 4 to 5 cloves 3.Chilly flakes 4.Fresh cream (1 cup) 5.Thyme (optional) 2 tbsp 6.Butter(2 tbsp) Preparation 1.Grate the …

papaya pineapple
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Papaya Pineapple orange smoothie

This is a quick and easy drink fit for all ages.It includes the miracle fruit Papaya which  has huge range of functions and benefits  starting from improving digestion ,lowering cholestrol,low in sugar content ,holding your youth and bringing beautiful glow to your  skin.The combination just creates magic together. Ingredients 1.Ripe papaya(5 to 6 big pieces) …

Vegetarian

Bhakri

Bhakri is a special type of roti made with rice.It is made is different parts of india in different ways .Rice can be substituted with different grains like Jowar(Sorghum),Bajra(Millet) etc.The procedure to make bhakri is little complicated because it is made with gluten free substitute so it is difficult to knead.Wheat binds easily but if …

Potato chilli bites
Vegan Vegetarian

Chilli potato bites

I went to attend some seminar in Grand Hyatt Mumbai,where I happened to taste this dish which looked gorgeous and seemed easy to make during my busy schedules.So after I came home I gave  it a try.I am not sure whether the chef used the same ingredients or not but it is an interesting vegetarian …

Breakfast Vegetarian

Medu vada and Sambar[snacks made from split black gram lentils]

It is a traditional snacks of South India.It is made from split black gram lentils which is rich in essential fatty acids.This snacks is one of our family favorites though our origin is not South India.The Lentils is ground and the batter is immediately deep fried in oil.For fluffier vadas I add a pinch of baking soda.You can serve this snacks with any sauce or coconut chutney.But I find it the best when immersed in another type of cooked lentils called sambhar.The sambar is made with yellow lentils  and is extremely nutritious as it is packed with other veggies.The main challenge is how to make the hole at the center of the vadas.This time I took a shortcut and used icing bag without the nozzle to make ring like vadas.
Ingredients

1.Split black gram lentils 1 cup
2.Green chillies 2 to 3.
3.red chilli 1
4.Garlic 5 to 6
5.Coriander leaves chopped (around two tbsp)
6.Baking soda (1 pinch)
7.Salt
8.Oil(2 cups for deep fry)

 

 

Preparation
1.Soak the Split Black gram lentil in sufficient water
2.Soak it for 4 to 5 hours(Just put enough water to just soak,do not add lots of water)
3.Strain the water with a strainer
4.Grind it smooth with all the above ingredients.
5.The batter should be thick but not pouring and runny.
6.add the batter in icing bag ,remove the icing nozzle.
7.Heat oil for frying
8.Make rings with the help of piping bag in the oil and fry in medium heat,till crisp.

Sambhar Dal
This is a lentil curry which can be served with any south indian dish.It is spicy and tasty.
Ingredients
1.Toor Dal or Bengal gram lentils( 1cup)
2.Assorted vegetables(cut into small pieces ) 1 cup
3.Mustard seed 1/2 tbsp
4.Curry leaves( 6 to 7)
5.Asafoetida(1/2 tbsp)
6.Kashmiri chilli powder( 1 tbsp)
7.Turmeric( 1 tbsp)
8.Seedless Tamarind soaked in water(1 tbsp)
9.Sambhar powder(readymade)
10.Onions (chopped into big pieces)
11.red chillies 2 to 3 whole

Preparation
1.Boil the vegetables and onions with little salt separately.
2.Boil the lentils with salt and turmeric.
3.Cool the dal and once it is cool mash the cooked lentils with a blender.DO not have to make it very smooth.
4.In a wok add 2 tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds,
5.Once the seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves ,asafoetida and red chillies whole.
6.stir it for sometimes taking care not to burn the seasoning.
7.Make a paste of sambhar powder and red chilli powder in water and add.
8.Add the boiled vegetables.
9.Add the cooked and mashed lentils now.
10.Add 1/2 cup of water and soaked tamarind.
11.Allow to simmer covered for 10 to 15 minutes.[take care and stir it often] 12.When the lentils changes its color and looks blended with spices take it off from the fire and serve in bowls with medu vada added.

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Medu vada sambhar

It is a traditional snacks of South India.It is made from split black gram lentils which is rich in essential fatty acids.This snacks is one of our family favorites though our origin is not South India.The Lentils is ground and the batter is immediately deep fried in oil.For fluffier vadas I add a pinch of baking soda.You can serve this snacks with any sauce or coconut chutney.But I find it the best when immersed in another type of cooked lentils called sambhar.The sambar is made with yellow lentils  and is extremely nutritious as it is packed with other veggies.The main challenge is how to make the hole at the center of the vadas.This time I took a shortcut and used icing bag without the nozzle to make ring like vadas.  
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword appetizer, breakfast, medu vada
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 day 12 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author indrani

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1. Split black gram lentils 1 cup
  • 2. Green chillies 2 to 3.
  • 3. red chilli 1
  • 4. Garlic 5 to 6
  • 5. Coriander leaves chopped around two tbsp
  • 6. Baking soda 1 pinch
  • 7. Salt
  • 8. Oil 2 cups for deep fry

Instructions

Preparation

  1. 1.Soak the Split Black gram lentil in sufficient water
  2. 2.Soak it for 4 to 5 hours(Just put enough water to just soak,do not add lots of water)
  3. 3.Strain the water with a strainer
  4. 4.Grind it smooth with all the above ingredients.
  5. 5.The batter should be thick but not pouring and runny.
  6. 6.add the batter in icing bag ,remove the icing nozzle.
  7. 7.Heat oil for frying
  8. 8.Make rings with the help of piping bag in the oil and fry in medium heat,till crisp.

Sambhar Dal

  1. This is a lentil curry which can be served with any south indian dish.It is spicy and tasty.

Ingredients of sambhar

  1. 1.Toor Dal or Bengal gram lentils( 1cup)
  2. 2.Assorted vegetables(cut into small pieces ) 1 cup
  3. 3.Mustard seed 1/2 tbsp
  4. 4.Curry leaves( 6 to 7)
  5. 5.Asafoetida(1/2 tbsp)
  6. 6.Kashmiri chilli powder( 1 tbsp)
  7. 7.Turmeric( 1 tbsp)
  8. 8.Seedless Tamarind soaked in water(1 tbsp)
  9. 9.Sambhar powder(readymade)
  10. 10.Onions (chopped into big pieces)
  11. 11.red chillies 2 to 3 whole

Preparation of sambhar

  1. 1.Boil the vegetables and onions with little salt separately.
  2. 2.Boil the lentils with salt and turmeric.
  3. 3.Cool the dal and once it is cool mash the cooked lentils with a blender.DO not have to make it very smooth.
  4. 4.In a wok add 2 tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds,
  5. 5.Once the seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves ,asafoetida and red chillies whole.
  6. 6.stir it for sometimes taking care not to burn the seasoning.
  7. 7.Make a paste of sambhar powder and red chilli powder in water and add.
  8. 8.Add the boiled vegetables.
  9. 9.Add the cooked and mashed lentils now.
  10. 10.Add 1/2 cup of water and soaked tamarind.
  11. 11.Allow to simmer covered for 10 to 15 minutes.[take care and stir it often]
  12. 12.When the lentils changes its color and looks blended with spices take it off from the fire and serve in bowls with medu vada added.
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GUAVA KIWI SMOOTHIE

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Rice Vegetarian

Spinach Rice Indian Recipe

Spinach is a wonderful green-leafy vegetable and full of anti oxidants.It is also considered to be anti cancerous.Feeding spinach or palak to kids is a big challenge.So I decided to make this recipe palak rice on a weekend ,which is so wonderful and full of nutrition and my daughter just loved it. Benefits of Spinach …