Pumpkin Masala

Pumpkin is one of the widely grown vegetables rich in vitamins. You can prepare variety of dishes using pumpkins like pumpkin pie, pumpkin kheer, pumpkin cupcakes, breads and so on. This recipe is mainly based on the preparations in Norther part of India where it is used as a dry side dish and goes very well with channa daal poories, normal poories or rice. This dish is simple to prepare and gets exotic taste from punch phoran spices, jaggrey and amchoor powder. This dish is also prepared during marriage ceremony. This is one of my favorite dry side dish. Enjoy this delicious recipe with your family and friends.    

Bottle Gourd( Lauki) Curd Rice

Bottle gourd (Lauki) is a vegetable which has lot’s of health benefit and everyone should add this as part of their regular diet. It can be used to prepare many recipes like savory, drink, raita, curries and sweets. Bottle gourd curd rice recipe is a variation of the South Indian dish curd rice. Curd rice is made with over cooked rice or left over rice, curd ( yogurt) and tempered with curry leaves, chilies, cashew nuts, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and garnish with coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds. It seem meal is incomplete without curd rice for many people. Curd rice is also distributed in temples as prasad. This recipe is prepared using brown rice instead of normal rice, bottle gourd, curd ( yogurt) and tempered with spices. This is very good for digestion and easy to make. Try this recipe with the twist of bottle gourd and enjoy.

Sweet & Sour Mango Chutney

Mango is a versatile fruit, as many delicious recipes can be prepared with raw mango as well as ripe mango; such as mango pickle, drinks, mango roll up, sweet or spice chutney, shrikhand, ice cream, lassi, mango kulfi and so on. Sweet & sour mango chutney is one of my childhood favorite, and my mom used to make this dish during mango season in the summer. She would make it in large quantities and store it in a jar. We loved eating it in our lunch boxes with parathas. This mango chutney also known galka or khattmithi in Northern part of India, but every state has its own variation of making this sweet & sour chutney with different ingredients and has many different names. This recipe made with raw mangoes, jaggery and some spices in Eastern UP & Bihar style.  

Red Beans Curry

Red Beans Curry is a side dish prepared mainly from dry Red Beans. There are variety of beans available in grocery store like kidney beans, pinto beans, soybeans and so on. Using these beans you can also prepare variety of recipes like a soup, curry and salad.  Beans are good source of fiber and protein. This recipe preparation is more like Indian style Rajma recipe. The recipe is very simple to prepare basically soak the beans overnight, boil it and then cook with some spices. The curry goes very well with plain rice, jeera rice and well as poori and paratha. This same recipe I have also used for Beet Greens Rice Rollred-beans

Maharashtrian Kadhi

Kadhi, the name itself brings a tangy taste in one’s mouth. Kadhi is very simple side dish prepared mainly using gram flour and sour curd. In different part of India, there are many variations of Kadhi. I have earlier shared some of the variations like Bihari Kadhi Bari and Punjabi Kadhi. This recipe is specifically based on how it is prepared in Maharashtra and very easy to prepare. The delicious side dish goes very well with roti, plain rice as well as famous Maharashtrian masala bhaatMaharashtrian Kadhi_6

Asparagus Hummus

Hummus is a food dip which is used with crispy tortilla or pita chips or veggies as an appetizer. There are many kind of Hummus recipe. This recipe is made using boiled chickpeas and asparagus, dry roasted sesame seeds, garlic blended along with Olive oil. Basically, Hummus made with Tahini sauce but you can use roasted sesame seeds for this recipe for the same taste. Asparagus has lot’s of health benefits. This dip is very healthy quick and easy to make. Asparagus hummus flavored with garlic and sesame seeds gives a nice garlicky flavor to hummus.You can skip garlic if you don’t like it.

Stuffed Brinjal Dry

Stuffed brinjal dry is a side dish very popular in northern part of India. This mouthwatering tangy side dish is made using baby brinjals stuffed with indian spices and stir fried. which is made with baby brinjal. This recipe is served with rice-daal or roti as a side dish. There are varieties of stuffed brinjal recipes and varies from location to location.

Mint Yogurt Dip

Mint Yogurt dip (chutney) is a recipe prepared from fresh mint leaves, coriander leaves and yogurt or curd. The dip/chutney goes very well with any kind of grilled/kabab starter recipes either vegetarian or non-vegetarian like grilled paneer, tofu, veggies, chicken, meat, tandoori chicken or fish. It’s very simple and easy to prepare.