Homemade Ghee Recipe

Ghee, also known as clarified butter, is one of the most important ingredients in Indian Cooking. It is usually made from freshly churned unsalted butter that is melted and simmered down to get a clear golden liquid. This video shows you how to make ghee using homemade unsalted butter or store bought salted butter.

Once you have homemade ghee at hand, you can use it in many ways – from using it to temper Dals, Vegetables, to making Parathas or even many Indian Halwa Recipes. Adding a dollop of homemade ghee to a serving of Steamed Rice or a Hot Phulka elevates even the simplest of homemade meals.

Read more

Pyaz Wali Bhindi/Bhindi Do Pyaza Recipe – Okra Onion Stir Fry

Pyaz Wali Bhindi Recipe is a delicious preparation of okra, also known as lady’s finger sauteed with caramelized onions.

Pyaz Wali Bhindi is a popular dry vegetable in Punjabi Cuisine usually served with Kadhi Pakora along with Parathas for the lunch menu. This dish could be served with Roti as well for simple weeknight dinner. You can also pack this in your Lunch Box with Tawa Parathas.

Did you know? Okra is very low in calories and dense with nutrients. It is high in fiber, vitamin A, C, and folate content. It is also a good source of the B vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and traces of magnesium and manganese. Okra is one of those few vegetables, which have the highest content of phytonutrients and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein. (Know more: Health Benefits of Okra)

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Vegetarian Recipes such as

  1. Spicy Potato Roast Recipe
  2. Aloo Palak Sabzi Recipe
  3. Tangy Corn Tamatar Bharta Recipe
Read more

Semiya Payasam Recipe – Vermicelli Kheer Recipe

Semiya Payasam is a simple, yet delicious festive pudding made of vermicelli , milk, dry fruits and flavored with cardamom and/or saffron. Usually a staple on occasions like Tamizh/Tamil new year and Onam where a feast is cooked, and this payasam is served as dessert.

You can use any kind of Semiya (Vermicelli) to make the Semiya payasam. They can be roasted or not roasted. Now a days roasted semiya is available in the market. In case if you do not get roasted semiya then roast the semiya in a preheated pan and then add the roasted semiya to the milk.

This Semiya Payasam/ Kheer yet another simple and quick recipe that has surprisingly wonderful results. Make it for the next festival and  for your family and friends after a festive meal together.

Serve the Semiya Payasam/ Seviyan Kheer as a party dessert for any festive occasion or after your meal of Jodhpuri AlooAjwain PuriSatvik Carrot Sprout Salad and Mirchi Ka Chunda.

If you like this Semiya Payasam, you can also try some of these other payasam/ kheer recipes the next time you cook for family and friends:

  1. Badam/Almond Kheer Recipe
  2. Goan Manganem Recipe
  3. Pheni Kheer Recipe 
Read more

Paruppu Payasam Recipe – Stewed Dal Coconut Milk Payasam

The Paruppu Payasam is a very traditional South Indian payasam/kheer recipe made from moong dal and chana dal, coconut milk,cardamom and dark jaggery. The coconut milk makes the payasam silky and creamy. The flavour combination of the payasam is so good that you cannot stop at just one bowl. 

The Paruppu Payasam is a nutritious and a high protein dessert  that can be served for parties or even as a snack for children. Since this payasam has coconut and coconut being auspicious, the payasam is served as an offering to the gods during the festivals like Onam and Tamil New Year.

Serve the Paruppu Payasam Recipe Recipe with an Onam Sadhya made of Chickpea SundalCabbage Thoran/PoriyalKuruku KaalanSadya ParippuSteamed Rice and Elai Vadam

Here are some other traditional Payasam/ Kheer Recipes that you can make at home:

  1. Chemba Arisi Thengai Paal Payasam Recipe- Red Rice Payasam
  2. Pachai Payaru Payasam Recipe – Green Moong Dal Payasam
  3. Little Millet Payasam Recipe- Kutki/Sama Payasam
Read more

Traditional Shahi Tukda Recipe – Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha

Shahi Tukda Recipe is a simple sweet dish made with bread, rabri, nuts and spices. The addition of spices like saffron and cardamom along with rose water, pistachios and almonds topped on top of a crispy toasted bread, brings out the rich flavors of the Shahi Tukda. It is a popular dessert recipe of Hyderabadi cuisine and Mughlai cuisine and is always a part of a regal meal especially during Iftar. 

The only time consuming step in making shahi tukda is making the rabri. You have to keep an eye on the simmering milk to ensure that you do not burn the milk and bring it to the right consistency.

 It it perfect to make for a large dinner party, or even for a festive occasion that you may be celebrating at home with friends and family. If you plan on serving shahi tukda for parties then make the rabri ahead and keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. Make the sugar syrup for the shahi tukda as well. Simple toast the bread in ghee at the time of serving. Dip the toasted bread in the sugar syrup and top it with the prepared rabdi and chopped nuts. Serve and wow your guests. Make sure you make extra helping of the Shahi Tukda because I am sure everyone will come back for a second helping. 

Serve Traditional Shahi Tukda Recipe – Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha with a party meal of Nawabi Paneer CurryHyderabadi Vegetable Biryani and Tomato Onion Cucumber Raita.

You could also try some other Indian-styled desserts perfect for dinner parties like: 

  1. Shrikhand,
  2. Semiya Payasam and
  3. Carrot Badam Kheer.
Read more

Jhunka Vadi Recipe – North Karnataka/Maharashtrian Speciality

Jhunka Vadi Recipe is a traditional dish from North karnataka and Maharashtra.Besan flour is mixed with some Indian masala, onions and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. It is popularly known as Pitla and is deliciously healthy. It is also a very popular travel food snack due to its long shelf life. It is sometimes served as an accompaniment with chapati or jolada roti. 

It can also be served as a tea time snack and since Jhunka Vadi Hardly takes any time to prepare it is a good recipe to make and serve when you have sudden guests at home. 

Serve the Jhunka Vadi Recipe as a snack during your tea time with Ginger Cardamom Chai.

Here are few more recipes from Maharashtra which you will love. 

  1. Kala Vatana Amti
  2. Kanda Poha
  3. Usal Pav
Read more

Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe with Cocoa & Mint

Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe is a very simple and quick dessert made from fresh cream and vanilla using gelatin to set. You can experiment this dessert with flavors like adding a strawberry puree or any other fruit puree.When you have a sudden party come up or just want to indulge on a weekend with family, try this delicious Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe with Cocoa & Mint.

Serve the Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe with Cocoa & Mint as a light Dessert after your Meal. 

If you are looking for more Panna Cotta recipe here are some : 

  1. Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe With Strawberry Coulis
  2. Burnt Orange Panna Cotta Recipe
  3. Mocha Panna Cotta Recipe
Read more

Elai Vadam Recipe-A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad

Elai Vadam is a delicious papad/ rice cracker that is very traditional to the south Indian homes. It is typically had as an accompaniment with the main course of the south Indian rice, sambar and pickle meal. It can even be had as a snack when topped with chopped onions and tomatoes.

Serve Elai Vadam with Beetroot SambarSteamed Rice and Pisarna Manga for a wholesome lunch.

Have a look at the other South Indian recipes here

  1. Khara Bhath Recipe (South Indian Rava Bhath)
  2. Paruppu Rasam Recipe (South Indian Dal Rasam)
  3. Thattai Recipe (Crispy South Indian Savory Crackers)
Read more

Peanut Chutney Podi Recipe

Peanut Chutney Podi recipe is a perfect blend of roasted peanuts, garlic cloves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, tamarind, curry leaves and chillies. It is a very easy recipe to prepare and can be stored for days without getting spoilt. Given its longevity, it makes for a great travel food without the fear of leakage like with pickles that we normally take along when travelling.

This Peanut Chutney Powder recipe can be served as an accompaniment along with any indian  bread, parathas, dosas or even steamed rice with ghee. It goes well with most South Indian breakfast items.

Serve Peanut Chutney Podi Recipe with Jolada Roti Recipe (Jowar Bhakri) or Homemade Soft Idli and Tomato Garlic Chutney Recipe.

 Other Podi recipes that you can try are: 

  1. Karuveppilai Chutney Podi Recipe – Curry Leaves Chutney Podi
  2. Andhra Style Paruppu Podi Recipe – Dal Podi
  3. Idli Dosa Milagai Podi Recipe – South Indian Chilli Chutney Powder
Read more