Palak Paneer

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Palak paneer is a standard vegetarian dish .  I am sure every household is aware of.I was first introduced to this dish in a wedding reception while I was still a kid. Out of love for paneer I tolerated the green masala, which I honestly did not like. I don’t really know when I started a liking for this humble… Read more »

Methi Dry

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Fenugreek leaves or Methi is one such leafy vegetable with many health benefits. It can rightly be called as an all-rounder, it can treat your skin, hair, a diabetic condition, stomach disorder and in other general conditions. In fact it is quite a handy ingredient in keeping diabetic condition in control. This dry preparation of methi is what my mother… Read more »

Paduvalakai Sihi

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Paduvalakai Sihi (Paduvalakai means Snake gourd) is a traditional South Canara cuisine. It is sweet and mildly spiced coconut based curry. This curry is very simple to make and does not have the usual masala that goes into a coastal region curry. Freshly grated coconut is finely ground and added to the cooked vegetable. this curry kind-of resembles a vegetable… Read more »

Black Chickpea Usli

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Black chickpea usli/Kadle usli/Kadle upkari This is one easy recipe one can ever make. It may not be really quick as soaking and cooking will take sometime. But if you have some left over cooked black chana then you can prepare this usli/upkari in 5 minutes. I have fond memories of eating usli, served in temples as ‘Prasad’. At home,… Read more »

Tater Tots

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A plate full of fried goodies, looks inviting. So easy to pop them in your mouth while watching your favourite movie, isn’t it? I am sure you have seen the ads of frozen French fries or potato specialities, claiming to treat you under 3 minutes time. How about making these fried bites at home? Trust me, it is easy to… Read more »

Masala Poha

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A quick, healthy and super delicious breakfast recipe. It is quite a popular breakfast dish in Maharashtra. Poha is a Hindi name for flattened rice. AvalakkI is a Kannada name and gojjavalakki (spice masala Poha, Karnataka style) is often made in most Karnataka homes. Masala Poha for me is a saviour dish, be it for a lazy Sunday breakfast or… Read more »

Pineapple Sweet Curry

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Pineapple Sweet Curry / Menaskai is a tangy-sweet medley of vegetable/fruit in coconut gravy. It is an essential and integral part of Udupi Brahmin cuisine. We call it as Muddhuli, but Menaskai is a more popular name and easily identifiable. Menaskai is a thick concoction of several elements. A usual coconut based curry in coastal region will essentially have chillies, coriander,… Read more »

Onion Rasam

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A recipe shared by Nithin, he calls it – Onion Rasam with a twist. It is a simple preparation with lots of onion and spices. He shared the recipe on whatsapp and I made it exactly as he said. The first time I made it, the spice level was too bland for me. But second time geared up with a… Read more »

Khara Pongal

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Khara Pongal is traditional South Indian breakfast recipe. As mentioned in my earlier post Sweet and Khara pongal is essentially made on the occasion of Makara Sankranti . On a any busy day it is also a quick saviour because it can be prepared quickly.  Here is detailed recipe of Khara Pongal.

Sweet Pongal

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The first festival of the year is here-Happy Makara Sankranthi to all. It is one of the major festivals of Karnataka and also the suggi (harvest festival) for farmers. Throughout India, Sankranthi celebration takes different form and name, with different rituals, customs and activity. Lohiri, Pongal, Uttarayan, Magh bihu, Magh saaji are all different names of same auspicious day when… Read more »