Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bombay Potatoes, Potato Curry

          When going through pins on Pinterest, I saw some pins for this curry Bombay Potatoes and had pinned them some time back. The name and the pictures were so attractive, but while checking the ingredient list, I didn't find anything special, just the regular ones that goes into a curry. I have used baby potatoes, but we can use the big ones, the curry is so very simple, but it was very flavorful and tasted so good. It's a semi-dry curry and would go well with both rice and dal or with rotis too,do give it a try, the next time you cook potatoes..
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Chitranna With Avarekalu, Lemon Rice With Field Beans

          Today's post is another simple and delicious dish with Avarekalu/Field Beans which is in season right now, it's a slight variation to the regular Chitranna or Karnataka Style Lemon Rice. We add some avarekalu to the rice and hence the name, Chitranna With Avarekalu, you'll find this in many of the shops serving Chitranna here. It's a very simple and filling dish, the avarekalu makes it more nutritious and filling and also tasty at the same time, serve it with some potato fry for a delicious meal..
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Eggless Chocolate Blueberry Cake With Blueberry Sauce

          I had made this Chocolate Blueberry Cake long time back, but because of the many sweets and snacks that I had to post during the festival season, this cake had to wait. After posting some cookies for Christmas, I would have loved to try out the fruit cake, but I think, it has to wait for some more time to appear in this space. This Blueberry Cake With Chocolate is very moist, rich and delicious and perfect for this holiday season, if you love chocolate and blueberries, then this is for you..
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Almond Snowball Cookies

          Snowball Cookies, also known as Russian Tea Cakes or Italian Wedding Cookies, these have been on my do list for a long time, somehow I bake more breads and cakes than cookies, so it got missed out every time and I have always thought it to be a difficult recipe too. But when I saw how simple this Almond Snowball Cookies was, I decided to make it the same day, just in time for this Christmas. As the name suggests, these cookies have some almond meal ( almond powder, either store bought or homemade ) along with the all purpose flour/maida. This gives such a nice texture and taste to these cookies, they just melt in the mouth. The lemon zest added gives the most delicious flavor to these cookies and we just loved them..
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Avarekalu Sooji Rava Adai, Field Beans Adai

          Another dish that I tried out using avarekalu/field beans was this Avarekalu Sooji Rava Adai. Again for this Adai also I have used hitikida avarekalu (I have peeled the beans and used ). It's a simple dish, we mix the semolina along with ground avarekalu/field beans and few other ingredients and make this adai. It comes out crispy and soft at the same time and tastes great with some chutney or even with some butter..
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Eggless Sugar Cookies

          I had wanted to try out so many cookies and cakes for this Christmas, but the last couple of weeks had been so busy, that I couldn't make much. So with barely 10 days to Christmas, I thought, I'll try out at least some simple cookies and these Eggless Sugar Cookies falls perfectly in that category. It's the basic cookie that anyone can make and though decorating the cookie is totally optional, I did a little bit of it, just to make it a little more glittery and in mood with the holidays..
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Avarekalu Idlis, Field Beans Idlis

          Now, again, it's that season of the year, I am not talking about the holidays, it's the Avarekalu/ Field Beans season here in Bengaluru, every year we get them during the months of December and January. Last year I got a chance to go to the Avare Bele Mela at VV Puram and tasted so many dishes made with these seasonal beans. Coming home, I tried to reproduce some of the dishes at home. I had posted some of them last year itself, but some of them, I couldn't post then, so since the season has started now, I thought I can post them now. Today's post Avarekalu Idli is a simple dish that you can try out with these beans. I have used the regular idli batter to make these idlis, also refer my post Hitikida Avarekalu Saaru to see how to peel and prepare the beans, which is a two step process, first you remove the pods from the vegetable and then you peel the skin of the beans. These idlis came out very good and they taste great with sambar and coconut chutney..
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Nei Appam, Ghee Appam

          Happy Karthigai Deepam, Festival Of Lights, it falls on 12th December this year, we light our houses with lots of mud lamps and as with any other festival, we make some yummy food too. I have already posted the traditional Pori Urundai that we make on that day, Nei Appam is also another sweet dish that is made on this day. The main ingredient for this is rice and sugar and of course as the name suggests 'nei' or ghee is used for frying these appams and they smell and taste very delicious..
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Cabbage Kofta Curry, Cabbage Dumplings In A Creamy Gravy

          I didn't mean to take a break, it's so happened that I got a little busy on a couple of days and then as usual it took me a while to get back to the habit. Today's post is a simple and delicious kofta with cabbage, a recipe that I had tried long time back. Unlike most of the kofta gravies, this one does not have paneer, cream or any other milk products, we use cashew paste to make the rich gravy. The curry tastes very delicious and you can serve it with pilafs, rotis and naans..
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