Category Archives: Main course

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… 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 »

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 »

Tomato Tambli

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Tambli/Thambuli is curd based side dish, healthy, light and is part of everyday meal in my home. Summers cannot be imagined without a thambli as it helps you cool your body. There are many variants of thambli and it can be consumed as-is, meaning it is just a flavoured and spiced version of buttermilk, to put it in simple words…. Read more »

Beetroot Rasam

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When you want to give your regular saru/rasam a twist then do try this. I have a simple recipe shared by Nithin. He is an integral part of TIF to keep it up and running.  Unlike a regular rasam you cannot prepare this rasam quickly. It involves cooking beetroot and blending it. So, if you are not in a hurry… Read more »

Potato Fry

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Potatoes are my favourite vegetable. This is my go-to vegetable to cook when I am lazy. It is kind of staple food for me like rice and is always stocked in my pantry. This humble potato adapts to any spices you throw in or twist you give it. You do anything with it, they always taste good. Aloo or Potatoes… Read more »

Roasted Brinjal Curry

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Today’s dish is made from my favourite vegetable, Brinjal. This gravy is blend of peanut, coconut and spices. This  aromatic, colourful and flavourful curry draws its inspiration from north Karnataka’s famous dish ‘Badnekai Ennegai’. They make a wonderful accompaniment to the Jolada rotti as it is called in Karnataka or jowar rotti. Making Roasted Brinjal Curry is bit lengthy, but… Read more »

Aloo Paratha

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I made this breakfast to brighten my cloudy Saturday morning. This dish is popular and staple in the northern parts of India. Bollywood cinema has always shown you ‘punjabi maa’s’ making parathas with oodles of butter. These parathas are heavenly tasting and and are quite filling.Aloo paratha is my extended version of chapathi-bhaji. As it is a weekend I could… Read more »

Bisi Bele Bhath (ಬಿಸಿ ಬೇಳೆ ಬಾತ್)

Bisi Bisi Bisi Bele Bhath ready! How many of you are fans of this one pot delicious meal? Many hands up there, Yeah! this dish is my all time favourite. Okay, for those who are wondering what is Bisi Bele Bhath, it is a lentil & rice based dish with lots of vegetables, spices, and tamarind pulp. This dish has… Read more »

Matar Paneer

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My super weekend meal, matar paneer. A simple tomato and cashew based gravy, spiced up and mellowed with fresh cream. Very simple to cook with simple, handy ingredients in your kitchen. You can substitute paneer for potato, mushroom or even soya chunks. In fact, you can pretty much add any tender vegetable to this gravy. Adding fresh cream balances the… Read more »