Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tomato-Onion-Coriander Chutney | Tomato Kothimira Pachadi


Tomato-Kothimira Pachadi/ Thakkai Kothamalli Chutney - A simple yet flavorful chutney that tastes awesome with any breakfast dish, especially idli, dosa, pesarattu.  It is tangy and wee bit sweet and tastes best when eaten fresh or the same day.

If you are looking for more chutney recipes, then do check peanut chutney, tomato chutney, mint and coconut chutney, onion chutney, garlic chutney and coconut chutney.




Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sakkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Chakkarai Pongal


Sakkarai Pongal/ Sweet Pongal/Sarkarai Pongal - An authentic South Indian sweet prepared during the harvest festival of Pongal/Sankranthi.  It is also prepared in temples as naivedyam or prasadam.  Pongal is made with rice, lentils and jaggery and flavored with cardamom and ghee.. absolutely delicious!!

The color of the pongal depends on the jaggery used.  I have used normal jaggery.  If you need a darker shade, then use Paagu vellam.


Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Pesarattu | Green Gram Dosa | Andhra Pesarattu Dosa


Pesarattu - a popular breakfast dish from Andhra.  It is a more healthier version of dosa as it is prepared with whole green gram.  Pesarattu with upma is a popular combo and is taken both at breakfast and as a snack.  It is typically served with ginger, coconut or onion chutney.

Now start your mornings with these protein-packed pesarattu dosas.


Pesarattu, Green Gram Dosa


Friday, 19 December 2014

Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa


Carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa - a classic Indian dessert and one of the most popular halwa recipes.  It is prepared with simple ingredients like grated carrot, milk, sugar and ghee, but the aroma and taste are awesome.  It is prepared on most of the festive occasions, especially Diwali, and even in weddings.  It can be served both warm or chilled.

There are different ways of making this halwa -- using milkmaid or khoya, microwave or just with milk.

I am giving the milk version here.  Though this version is a bit time-consuming compared to the others, it gives the best taste.


Carrot Halwa, Gajar ka Halwa


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Gutti Vankaya Kura | Stuffed Brinjal Curry


Gutti Vankaya Kura or Stuffed Brinjal/Eggplant Curry is an authentic Andhra dish where baby brinjals are stuffed with a flavorful coconut and spice mix. There are quite a few variations with regard to the stuffing used.  My version is a very simple one which does not require too many ingredients, but still packs quite a flavorful punch!

This is a dry curry and goes very well with plain hot rice and ghee.


Gutti Vankaya Kura, Stuffed Brinjal Curry


Are you searching for more Brinjal recipes, do check out these  -- Begun Bhaja/Aubergine Fry, Vankaya Pachadi/Brinjal Chutney, Aloo Baingan Sabzi, Beguni/Aubergine Fritters, Vankaya Pulla Kura/Tangy Eggplant Curry.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Instant Oats Paniyaram | Oats Ponganalu | Oats Kuzhi Paniyaram


Paniyaram - also called Gunta Ponganalu is a popular breakfast dish in Andhra and a regular item in my weekly menu.  It is usually made using dosa batter.

This instant paniyaram dish is a slight variation from the usual paniyaram.  Here instant oats and rava/semolina are used.  It is quite delicious and healthy too.  This comes in handy during morning rush or when you have guests at home.

Serve with any chutney of your choice.


Oats Paniyaram, Oats Ponganalu


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Channa Pulao | Kabuli Channa Pulao | Chickpea Pulao


Channa Pulao - a flavorful pulao made with white chickpeas.  An easy, healthy, one-pot meal - perfect for those lazy afternoons when you don't feel like cooking an elaborate meal.  Goes very well with any raita, especially onion raita.


channa pulao, chickpea pulao


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