Mixed Vegetable Curry

Each time I cook mixed vegetable curry, I tend to tweak and experiment with spices. Today’s recipe is a result of one such experiment. Am quite satisfied with the end result and hence makes an appearance here. 🙂 A versatile dish that makes a decent side with rice, rotis as well as dosas.

Mixed Vegetable Kootu

The kitchen smelt remarkably delicious with warm aromatic flavors while cooking today’s recipe, mixed vegetable kootu. The reason for the wonderful aroma were the roasted spices and lentils – asafoetida, cinnamon, bengal gram and poppy seeds that were ground to a paste with fresh coconut forming the main masala base of the kootu.

Vegetable Pulao

Yesterday, I prepared Vegetable Pulao and raita. The vegetables I use for the regular pulao are carrots, beans, peas and potatoes. I rarely use cauliflower and capsicum for pulao. I use whole spices instead of masala powder which yields an aromatic mild flavor to the rice and a combination of ghee and oil for frying the vegetables which brings out their flavor beautifully.

Crispy Dondakaya (Kovakkai)

Crispy Dondakaya I made this recipe on a whim. A popular dondakaya preparation usually served as part of the menu on special occasions like house warming ceremonies and weddings. Crisp, light and very subtly spiced, perfect for a gloomy waiting-for-the-rains day! My favorite, easy to make and stupendously good. 🙂   Dondakaya (Tendli, Tindora, Kovakkai, […]

Bagara Baingan ~ Stuffed Eggplant Curry

Bagara Baingan ~ Stuffed Eggplant Curry Bagara Baingan ~ Exotic eggplant at its best! One of my very favorite brinjal curry, the kind I’d serve not only my loved ones but also my close friends and guests. The vibrant stuffing has a rich unique flavor, spicy, tangy and nutty with a hint of sweetness and […]

Vegetables in Ginger-Garlic with Sesame seeds

I have been wanting to blog this recipe ever since I posted the image of Vegetables in ginger garlic with sesame seeds in the previous Vegetable Fried Rice post. I somehow overlooked until a reader politely informed me that the recipe was long due. Vegetables in ginger garlic with sesame seeds I followed Nita Mehta’s […]

Kakarakaya Karam ~ Bittergourd Stir fry

I went to the Farmer’s market and bought the freshest bitter gourd I have ever seen. I am a bittergourd fan. Prepared a simple classic recipe that combines the wonderful flavor of red chillis and garlic with caramalized onions and bittergourd to incredible effect. The burnt edges of bittergourd is what I love most about […]

Gutti Vankaya ~ Stuffed Eggplant Roast

Its July and its raining. Overcast skies and drizzles have made their appearance in Vizag. Monsoon that has been long overdue has finally arrived and hopefully we will have good rains this year. On many a rain-filled day you will find me serving hot chocolate to Nehal while we adults enjoy a hot cuppa of […]

Vegetable Fried Rice

One of the loveliest pleasures of life is vegetable shopping especially at the farmer’s market. I enjoy it immensely. I needed to use up a few vegetables before I made my trip to the rythu bazaar, so I decided to put them to good use for an Indo Chinese inspired vegetarian meal. Does involve a […]

Bendakaya Vepudu ~ Okra Stir fry

The ever-abundant okra is a regular at our home. Armed with fresh tender okra from rythu bazaar (farmer’s market), I made this light, bright and healthy okra stir fry along with Pappu pulusu for our meal today. The addition of roasted peanuts enlivens the okra and lends a crunchy layer of flavor. Just do your […]

Anapakaya Sengapappu Kura ~ Bottle gourd-Channa dal curry

Bottle gourd-Channa dal curry Last week, while leafing through a handwritten recipe file, I unearthed a notable recipe that involves Sorakaya aka bottle gourd. Time had come to re-create it and savor the forgotten taste. Channa dal and cubed bottle gourd are slowly simmered in a tamarind based masala gravy until soft on bite. Deliciously […]

How To Blanch Tomatoes & Onions

Regular readers will notice that a few recipes featured here call for ‘blanching’ of vegetables. Many of my dear readers have left comments asking ‘how to blanch onions and tomatoes’. Blanching is partially cooking vegetables in boiling water for a short period and immediately plunging them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Blanching […]

Vankaya Bangaladumpa Vepudu – Brinjal Potato Stir fry

Today we have an unassuming, simple stir fry prepared with very familiar everyday vegetables, Potato and Brinjals. In this vepudu recipe, the potatoes are cooked until fork-tender while the cubed brinjals tend to lose shape with the fleshy pulp melding with the spices to bring out sharp caramalized flavors. Isn’t wonderful how two down-to-earth vegetables […]

Sukhi Subji ~ Aloo Bhindi

Aloo Bhindi Subji I like to explore North Indian subjis especially when I prepare rotis. Today it was Aloo Bhindi. This is one of those simple recipes you can make over and over again and that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. I wasn’t going to add tomatoes but was convinced by […]

Vankaya Vepudu ~ Brinjal Stir fry (3)

Vankaya Vepudu – Eggplant Stir fry A family favorite especially during festive meals. Eggplants aka Vankaya hold a special place in a typical Andhra meals especially on festive days or wedding feasts. For Ugadi our lunch spread would have been incomplete without this subtle sweet-flavored stir fry. Simple to prepare, the key to this recipe […]