Friday, 1 August 2014

Masala Vada | Paruppu Vada | Masala Vadai


Masala Vada/vadai or Paruppu Vada is a delicious and crispy savory fritter from South India.  It is generally prepared during festivals or special occasions like marriages, but is available now as a street food too.  It tastes divine when paired with coconut chutney.




Monday, 28 July 2014

Banana Stem Stir Fry with Lentils | Vazhai Thandu Paruppu Usili


Vazhai Thandu Paruppu usili is a popular stir fry dish from the south Indian cuisine made of banana stem and lentils.  It is an excellent side dish to rasam or sambar and plain hot rice.  Paruppu usili is made using other veggies too like beans, banana flower, cabbage, cluster beans.

Banana stem is cooked in different ways both in South Indian and Bengali cooking.  Some of the popular dishes are vazhaithandu kootu, vazhaithandu poriyal, vazhaithandu poritha kuzhambu, Thor Chenchki (in Bengal), etc.

As banana stem is a rich source of fibre and vitamins and helps in weight loss too, it is a good idea to make it a part of our weekly menu.




Sunday, 27 July 2014

Vankaya Pulla Kura | Tangy Eggplant Curry | Vankaya Pullagura


Vankaya Pullagura/pullakoora is a spicy and tangy Andhra dish.  The words "Pulla Kura" in telugu means tangy curry.  This is very easy to prepare as you add almost all the ingredients at one go in your pressure pan and cook them and temper with spices at the end.  I have used brinjals to prepare this pullagura, but you can prepare it using other veggies too like beerakaya (ridge gourd), dondakaya (tindora or ivy gourd), bendakaya (ladiesfinger) and even greens.




Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Potato Masala for Dosa and Poori | Potato Curry | Curry for Dosa


Potato Masala - A simple flavorful curry used as a filling inside the masala dosa.  It is prepared with boiled and mashed potatoes, onions, green chillies and spices.  There are several variations to the filling used inside the dosas depending on the region, but this potato/aloo masala is the most popular among them.  It is a fantastic accompaniment for all kinds of dosas and poori too.


Potato masala for dosa, Dosa masala

Monday, 20 January 2014

Mullangi Sambar | Radish Sambar


Sambar - a very popular South Indian dish is prepared on a daily basis in most homes.  It is prepared mainly with toor dal, any veggies, tamarind and sambar powder.  There are many variations to the sambar depending on - the region (Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka), the ingredients (example, coconut, jaggery, tomatoes), the spice blend, the different veggies used etc., the flavor changes with each variation.

Am presenting here a basic sambar recipe and I have used radish.  The same can be prepared using other veggies like brinjal, ladiesfinger, drumstick, etc.


mullangi sambar, radish sambar


Friday, 17 January 2014

Mattar paneer | Matar Paneer | Paneer Peas Masala


Matar Paneer/Mutter paneer -  an irresistible creamy curry prepared with paneer/Indian cottage cheese and peas.  The malai and cashews lend a beautiful creamy texture to the gravy.  It is a fantastic, mouthwatering side dish that goes very well with rotis, parathas, naan and any pulao.

Try this extremely popular Punjabi dish and am sure it will become your favorite too.
 

Matar paneer, Mattar paneer


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Dosa | Savory Crispy South Indian Pancakes | Plain Dosa


Dosa/Dosai, a staple breakfast in South India, is a thin, crispy crepe made rice and lentils.  There are different variations of dosa depending on the fillings or other ingredients used -- Paneer dosa, palak dosa, methi dosa, Masala dosa, Pesarattu, onion dosa, uttappam, rava dosa, etc.  It is generally served with:

Dosa, Plain dosa


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