Idlisare steamed rice cakes made by steaming a fermented batter of rice and black lentils. Sometimes fenugreek seeds are also added as it helps in fermentation and imparts a nice aroma to the batter. Idlis are a staple breakfast in most South Indian households. It is perfect with podi (spiced powder), a spicy chutney, piping hot sambar and along with filter coffee, breakfast is sorted!
I have to admit, I love South Indian food to the core. I could live on it every day. Masala dosa’s, idli sambar, puri bhaji were a weekly staple in Mumbai until I moved here to the US. Unfortunately, there aren’t any restaurants here in my little town that offer South Indian cuisine. So like most things, I had to learn how to prepare them, to satisfy my idli and dosa cravings. Continue reading →
Shahi Paneer is a very rich and decadent, North Indian curry. Cubes of paneer (Indian Cottage cheese) are simmered in a creamy, nutty and luscious onion-tomato curry, with mild and sweet undertones of whole spices and floral notes of saffron. Shahi paneer is thus Shahi, which simply means Royal in Hindi.
Indian Bread potato rolls, a crispy and crunchy snack that’s perfect to satiate those small, mid-afternoon hunger pangs.. Oh ! and these are a healthier version since they are air-fried.
Bread rolls are a much loved Indian snack. Spiced potato mixture is stuffed in a moist bread slice, given an oblong shape and deep fried. Ahh … delicious indeed! We all know anything DEEP FRIED is not very healthy ! Nonetheless, these make for a lovely snack to go along with your cuppa, or if you are feeling indulgent, probably you could enjoy these for breakfast on a lazy weekend. Continue reading →
This Goan brinjal pickle is sweet, spicy, slightly tangy and makes a great accompaniment to any meal!
Brinjal pickle, a sweet-sour-spicy pickle is a much-loved one amongst Goan folks. Usually, non vegetarian dishes dominate Goan cuisine but delicacies such as this pickle are as popular as the molho’s, balchao’s, para and the likes. And it’s not hard to figure out why! You get some sweetness with the first bite, which transcends into that sourness and finally the subtle heat that hits the back of your tongue along with the eggplant, the star of course adding that texture and flavor to this well-rounded pickle. So, a lot of complex and tantalizing flavor notes in a single bite which is why the quote, ” a little goes a long way” is applicable here as is for most pickles. Continue reading →