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

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Paneer Paratha | Cottage Cheese Stuffed Flatbread

Paneer Paratha - a popular Punjabi dish - is a delicious and healthy Indian flatbread filled with spiced paneer.  It is easy to prepare and can be had at any time of the day and is usually served with curd or any pickle.

paneer paratha, cottage cheese paratha

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dondakaya pachadi | Tindora Chutney | Kovakkai Chutney

Pachadis/chutneys are an essential part of Andhra cuisine.  They are part of everyday meal in most kitchens in Andhra.  Pachadis taste great with plain hot rice and ghee.

One such tasty pachadi from Andhra is the Dondakaya Pachadi.  It requires very few ingredients and can be prepared in a jiffy.

dondakaya pachadi, tindora chutney

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Groundnut Chutney | Peanut Chutney | Verkadalai Chutney

Groundnut/Peanut Chutney - A quick and easy chutney recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.  It is a perfect accompaniment to idli, dosa, upma, rava idli and uttappam.  If you like the taste of peanuts, then you will love this chutney.  Many people add coconut, roasted gram or garlic to this chutney, but I prefer it as it is.  Try out this delicious chutney.

Groundnut Chutney, Peanut Chutney

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