Appetizers

Be it any cuisine, appetizers really set the tone of the whole meal. It’s the beginning of a whole experience and if the beginning is not right, what follows after loses its importance. Apart from a typical meal starter for Indians samosas, chaats and vada pavs are always a bit closer to their heart. Huddled around a local chaat stall, demolishing one pani poori after another while also chatting away about life et al is not a choice – it’s the way of life and part of the culture. Please find some recipes here that might bring back a few such memories for you or maybe create some?

A meat spin on the classic dahi bara made of dal. Ingredients: Minced (goat) meat/Keema -500 grams Salt – 1 ½ tsp (adjust according to taste) Red chili powder – 2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp Turmeric – 1 tsp Cumin (whole) – 1 tsp Ground onions – 1 medium onion Garlic paste – 2 tbsp Ginger...

Papdi Chaat

out of all Chaats, the crunchy, tangy, hot and sweet flavour of the papdi chaat is the all time favorite of mine. Crispy Flat puris or Papdis topped with cheakpeas, potatoes and other sprouts and flavored with spicy green chutney and sweet and sour tamarind chutney , curd and...

MOMO CHAAT

CHAATS are snacks that are usually served at road side stalls.No Indian can resist these yummy delicacies. Chaats have earned a global share of fan following now.You can get them in any grocery stores marketed by well known brands. Nothing can beat the taste of home made Chaats. People...
It is an excellent combination of Ragi, oat, and semolina which makes this a healthy snack recipe. Finger Millet is the rich source of Calcium, Iron, Amino acids. Ragi (Mandua) Cheela is an excellent way to Include Ragi in our Diet. Ingredients: Water Salt to taste Oil for cooking 2 cups ragi /nachni (finger millet)...
Oats dhokla is an instant, fluffy and healthy steamed recipe prepared by combining ground oats powder, sooji and curd. This recipe yields soft and fluffy dhoklas and when served to friends and family they will surely be surprised to know they are made with oats. This recipe is simple...
I am a huge fan of Savoury Tarts. The filling ideas are unlimited. Tarts are one of those dishes that can be morphed into brunch,dinner,appetizer or a tea time snack.This time i have used ready made Pastry puff dough to make these yummy tarts. I have used cottage cheese...
A person who can resist chips, let alone not like them, is unheard of. Nendra is a variety of banana, which is very popular in Kerala and our coastal region. We usually use this in various snack preparations. Raw banana chips are very popular in South India and it’s usually...
Lentils are primarily used in soups but I think it’s a refreshingly new idea to try them as croquettes and if you think lentils are not versatile.., then trust me these Spicy Lentil and Potato Croquettes will change your opinion. You can enjoy them as a snack or use...
Kosli cuisine or Sambalpuri cuisine is integral to the Kosli cultural identity and it is quite different in every sense from that of the coastal Odisha. Rice is the main component of the diet. Some of the important Kosli foods are Kardi (bamboo shoot), Hendua Chutchuta, Paatalghantaa Dhuldhulaa, Lethaa,...
This dish is simple, effortless and filling. I have topped the stuffed potatoes with tiny bits of smoked Baby Gouda, which adds up to the elegance of the beautifully baked potatoes. Ingredients: Rustic potatoes – 2 large Olive oil – 1 tbsp Paneer cubes – 10-12 Dairy farmers cottage cheese – 2 tsp Corn kernels...

Breadfruit Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern food dip or spread made from cooked chickpeas blended with roasted sesame seed, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. My family doesn’t like tahini at all (paste of roasted sesame) so I was thinking of how to make hummus without it. We Mangaloreans like...
There are so many options for the filling of the Khasta Kachori – fresh peas, onion, cooked moong dal but I prefer using dry moon dal filling because it stays well for a longer period, easy to prepare with no mess. Whole Wheat Khasta Kachori is filled with moong...