Methi Paneer Curry Recipe
When I first moved up north, it was winter. I could barely feel my nose or feet. But food during this time of the year is fantastic. From the gajar ka halwa to saag, there’s such good food. Methi in everything seems to be the right thing to do as well. I’ve had lots of methi based curries and I can’t seem to get over it. One such was methi paneer. They do add a lot of cream to it, which isn’t really my way of doing things. So I added whipped yoghurt. It was creamy without the cream and the bitterness of the methi was just right.
Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup
Last year around the same time I made this beautiful roasted beetroot and tomato soup. Roasting beets is the best way to cook them, I believe. Simply wrap them in foil, throw them into a preheated oven and let them cook for about an hour, depending on their size. They seem to retain their colour, flavour and form when roasted. But with cauliflower, I just cook it in water till it’s tender. Another simple soup I had made was this cauliflower soup.
Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables
Noodles are versatile and are the best when you want a quick dinner. Simply toss some veggies or meat in with some sauce and your meal is ready. One evening, at the grocery store, I found these vegetable noodles. They looked like the kind you make pad thai with. The flat and slightly thicker ones. I bought a packet for myself to make a quick dinner. It was a chilly evening and I knew I wanted something spicy, chilli garlic like, and easy to put together.
Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Vermicelli
This recipe, like most recipes, doesn’t come with a backstory like how I saw the tofu and lightning struck along with the idea of scrambling it with vegetables. No. It was simply out of sheer laziness and stomach rumbling hunger that made me cook at lightning speed. And once I cooked the tofu scramble and veggies together in some randomly mixed sauce, I realized I needed to eat it with something or else I’d get hungry soon after I’d wash my plate. What cooks faster than regular noodles? Vermicelli. 5 mins. Done.
Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu
A few months ago a friend got me Mangalore cucumber from Bangalore and I made Thouthe Koddel with it. This time around, my brother-in-law brought me one from Mumbai. And I made thouthe pulikajipu with it. I don’t know where this dish originated but I’ve seen it made across all south Indian states. It is pulikajipu in Tulu, majjigehuli in Kannada, and mor kozhambu in Tamil. All it needs is a vegetable, ground coconut with chilli, ginger and a couple of spices, and sour yoghurt.
Homemade Granola Recipe For Breakfasts
First of all, stop buying granola from the shops. You can make this at home and with almost no effort. It’s just about mixing the ingredients together in a bowl and then popping it into the oven. In 30 mins, fresh homemade granola is ready. It keeps up to 2 weeks when kept in an airtight jar. No need for those energy bars and intensely sweet store bought granola for breakfast. Keep the indulgent breakfasts like sweet potato pancakes and waffles for weekends. On a working weekday, all you need is a quick breakfast that comes together in a couple of minutes.
Daali Thoy or Daali Thove / Konkani style simple dal recipe
You’d think this is another dal recipe on the internet. Well, it is. But it’s simpler, lighter and healthier than your usual dal. That’s what I think, at least. Back home in Mangalore, granny would make this style of dal and a spicy fried mackerel or rava fried sardines to go with it. It makes for a lovely meal on a warm and humid day. In Mangalore, most recipes came from various communities and were known to be popular for the same reason. Like, Shettys and their chicken dishes, Konkanis and their vegetarian fare, and so on.
Green Chutney – Green chilly and coriander based
The green chutney is a staple at home to go with any kind of idli or dosa. The colour comes from green chilli and coriander leaves. That’s why it also tastes very fresh. You can alter the amount of either of the ingredients to suit your taste. But by keeping the chillies on the low means you get to taste all other ingredients. Otherwise, it’s just a spicy chutney.
Red Chutney – Red chilli and garlic based
Red chutney is my personal favourite and a favourite at home. Like many, this one too starts off with coconut. It is made with only red chillies, ginger, garlic and coconut. A tadka of channa dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves are added for some crunch and texture. And look how pretty it is!
Ragi Dosa – Finger Millet Crepes
Ragi dosa, or finger millet crepes, is made with whole grains and urad dal. That’s about it. I’m not a nutritionist but it’s safe to say that this dosa leans on the healthier side. The only prep required is the soaking of the ragi grains and urad dal separately before grinding them together with some water. Leave the batter to ferment in a warm place overnight and the next morning breakfast would be ready in just a couple of minutes.