Goli BaJe / Mangalore Bajji

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 Pori& Nuts Mixture / Puffed rice & Nuts Chivda

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 / Almond Kheer

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

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 / Steamed Rice Dumplings

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.

Methi Pulav

Methi Pulav is a nutritious and flavourful one pot meal, perfect for travel and lunch boxes. The methi leaves or fenugreek leaves are a powerhouse of nutrition since they are rich in iron, Vitamin C, A and other minerals. It has myriad of health benefits, including regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol. Methi leaves have a slight bitter taste which can be over powered by adding the right amount of spices & following few tricks and tips. There are several ways to include this nutritious methi leaves in the diet (Methi paratha, Methi adai, Methi millet adai/dosa, Methi raita, Methi Kootu, Methi masiyal, Methi sambar& much more) . Today’s recipe, Methi pulav is prepared by tossing the cooked rice along with methi masala paste and some spices.

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