Curry leaves are an essential ingredient in all South Indian dishes because of its aromatic and unique flavour. Apart from its aromatic flavour, they are well known for medicinal value. Most of the South Indian dishes are garnished with sprigs of curry leaves along with coriander leaves. But they are often hand picked and neglected while serving/ dining because of its bitter taste. Unlike the raw curry leaves, the curry leaves powder tastes delicious and can be served with steamed ghee rice, or as an accompaniment to idli or dosa. The bitterness and raw flavour of curry leaves are altered / masked by roasting and powdering it along with few other lentils and spices. Roasting and powdering this way also increases the shelf life of the curry leaves powder.
Goli baje also known as Mangalore bajji is a traditional Indian snack from the state of Karnataka. It is somewhat similar to bonda varieties and is made with maida or all purpose flour. I learnt this recipe from one of my friend Malini from Uk. The addition of yoghurt makes it soft, tangy and fluffy on the inside and the rice flour and all purpose flour makes it light and crisp on the outside. It is usually served with some spicy coconut or coriander chutney.
Aval mixture is a popular Indian snack made usually during Diwali. The traditional South Indian mixture demands an elaborate process of preparing and mixing different savoury items. This aval and nuts mixture is very easy to make and is made from roasting and mixing beaten rice or aval pori, nuts and few other spices. Apart from aval/poha, I have included various nuts and raisin to make it more nutritional without compromising for taste. The addition of crunchy nuts, sweet raisin and few spices give different flavours and textures to this mixture. This aval and nuts mixture is a simple, crunchy and delicious snack, perfect to munch over while you binge watch Tv shows/ web series.
Badam kheer or Almond kheer is a refreshing , flavourful & delicious Indian dessert. The almond paste is cooked in milk along with saffron, cardamom and nutmeg. This nourishing Indian dessert can be served cold or warm depending on the climatic conditions.
Greek yoghurt & fruit parfait is a healthy and delicious breakfast to start your day. Parfait is a French-style dessert made by layering whipped creme, ice-cream and fruits. Nowadays in restaurants and cafe, it is served as healthy breakfast by substituting the creme by plain yoghurt or greek style yoghurt. It is easily prepared in minutes by layering the greek yoghurt, fruits and granola in layers in a clear transparent glass cup. The addition of smooth and creamy yoghurt, crunchy granola and the fresh fruits impart different textures, refreshing flavours and taste.
Upma Kozhukattai or Steamed rice dumplings is a simple yet tasty breakfast / dinner item. It is made from broken rice also called rice rava. It is very similar to rice upma /arisi upma with subtle variations. This popular South Indian breakfast / dinner recipe and is traditionally served with brinjal gotsu / sambar / chutney.