Friday, September 23, 2016

Beetroot Pooris (Puris)

          It's been a longtime wish to make colorful Pooris/Puris, the green ones with spinach and then these pink ones with beets. For those who might ask what are pooris, well they are deep fried puffed up flat breads made using whole wheat or all purpose flour or a mix of both. For making these pink Beetroot Pooris, we add some beet paste to the dough along with some spices. The puris look really attractive and they go very well some potato kurma and they would be perfect for a kids party..
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Heerekayi Palya, Karnataka Style Ridge Gourd Curry

          I am always amazed at, how the same vegetable is cooked in so many different ways, using different blend of spices across the different states in India. Today's dish, Heerekayi Palya is a Karnataka style curry with Ridge Gourd, Heerakayi in Kannada, Beerakaya in Telugu, Peerkangai in Tamil and Torai in Hindi. It's a simple curry, the vegetable is cooked and sauteed with Palya Powder/ Curry Powder. Since I don't have the curry powder, I have made a small quantity, just enough for this curry. This palya would go very well with rice and dal or even as a side dish for rotis too..
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ragda Patties, Aloo Tikki Chaat

          Ragda Patties/Pattice, this is one of my favorite chaats, it's basically aloo tikkis/potato patties served with dried white peas gravy, topped with different chutneys, onions and sev. Like most of the chaat dishes, if we have the chutneys ( green and sweet ones ) then making Ragda Patties is not very difficult, we can even make the chutneys a couple of days ahead and refrigerate them. I have adapted the recipe from here, it turned out really good and we loved it..
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Capsicum Chutney, Red Bell Pepper Chutney

          Idlis and dosas appear in our breakfast or dinner menu, at least 2 to 4 times in a week, so I make a chutney for them at least 2 to 4 times in a week. Though the tomato chutney is a favorite at home, to keep us from getting bored of it, I try to make chutneys with other vegetables too, today's Capsicum/Bell Pepper Chutney is one such. Usually I add a capsicum along with the tomato and do it the same way as the Tomato chutney, but this time I left out the tomato and tried a slightly different version. The chutney came out very good and it goes very well with idlis, dosas and other South Indian breakfast dishes. If made a little thick like a thogayal, it would taste good with rice too..
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