16 October, 2014

Quick and Easy Diwali Snack Recipes | Simple and Easy to Make Snack Recipes for Deepavali


It is almost that time of the year in India when winter begins. It is almost that time of the year when the dawn is lightly caressed by the frost. It is almost that time of the year when the golden rays of morning sun passes through the dew drops on the grass making them look like a precious diamonds sewn on the lush green carpets. It is almost that time of the year when the trees sway to the gentle morning breeze in the cool mist. It is almost that time of the year when the soft sun light appears from the distant hills and the birds tweet as they flutter through the dew laden sky! It is almost that time of the year when the summer’s blistering heat and the monsoon’s thundering rains give way to a season of crisp winter months. It is the golden season of Kartik, a season of cool air, chirping birds, dew drops laden fresh grass, the blossoming trees and the time when the entire Indian subcontinent adorns itself in the silky golden hued sunlight to greet the heavenly bodies into welcoming arms!

When the paths are dotted with the carpet of heavenly perfumed dainty paarijata flowers and the air is heavy with the aroma of sugary treats, it is that time of the year... It is the time of Deepavali or Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights!

With the festival of lights just a week away, our house gets busy with preparing for the Diwali. It’s that time of the year when clattering of pots and pans are heard for most part of the day and the evenings as we plan the menu for the festive food. So while planning for the Diwali party menu, I thought it may be useful for my dear blog readers to have a compilation of some simple, quick and easy snacks recipes for Deepavali. I hope you will find this post useful in deciding what to cook for your friends and family and make this Diwali a special one for your loved ones.While you are at it, don't forget to check the list of Simple and Easy Sweet Recipes for Diwali to sweeten your taste buds!

May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here's hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead. Wishing all my dear readers and friends, a very happy and prosperous Deepavali!

Warm Regards

Chattambade/Masala Dal Vada
Aloo-Kala Chana Chaat
Mangalore Buns
Delicious, deep fried sin! Aloo Bonda
Gobi 65
Methi nu Muthia
Spicy Stuffed Buns

From Home (Udupi-Mangalorean)

Swadeshi (Indian)
  • Aloo-Kala Chana Chaat - Warm black chickpeas and potato salad with spiced tamarind dressing
  • Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat - Spicy grilled potato fritters served with creamy chickpeas curry topped with three chutneys (Tamarind and date chutney, spicy red chilli chutney and coriander and mint chutney) and crispy sev
  • Ammini Kozhukattai or Undrallu Guggillu - Gluten free and vegan steam cooked savoury rice ball dumplings tossed in aromatic tempering 
  • Beetroot Cutlets/Patties - Pan fried Indian styled spicy vegan beetroot patties with aromatic spices
  • Bhutta or Butta - Indian styled roasted corn on the cob flavoured with lime, salt and chilli powder
  • Dabeli - A Gujarati street food of potato mash spiced with special Dabeli spice powder and 3 delicious chutneys stuffed between a burger buns (Ladi-pav) and then garnished with juicy pomegranate seeds and roasted peanuts
  • Dahi Batata Puri - Indian street food of deep fried, hollow and crispy puris filled with spiced potato mash, cumin flavoured yogurt and 3 different chutneys and topped with onion and crispy sev
  • Gobi 65 - A restaurant style deep fried cauliflower fritters dipped in spicy plain flour batter and topped with stir fried vegetables and soya sauce
  • Khandvi - A Gujarati speciality of gram flour rolls garnished with mustard seasoning and coriander leaves
  • Khara Buns - Oven baked whole grain buns stuffed with spicy vegetable mash
  • Kolhapuri Misal - Popular breakfast or tiffin dish from Kolhapur, Maharashtra where sprouted moth beans curry (Usal) is topped with fiery hot red chilli-garlic gravy (Kat), boiled potato cubes, yogurt, a spicy mixture (Farsan or Chivda), garnished with chopped onion, tomato and coriander leaves and served with sliced bread or loaf of bread called Ladi-pav
  • Kothimbir Vadi - A popular Maharasthrian snack of steam cooked gram flour/chickpea flour and coriander leaves savoury cakes and then pan fried till crisp
  • Methi nu Muthia - Popular Gujarati snack of steam cooked gram flour/chickpea flour and fresh fenugreek leaves savoury cakes, pan fried till crisp and served garnished with fresh grated coconut and roasted white sesame seeds
  • Moongachi Usal/Sprouted Moong Bean Usal - Healthy and spicy salad of lightly stir fried sprouted moong beans with onion and Indian spices
  • Onion Bajji/Pakoda - Crispy deep fried onion and spicy gram flour fritters
  • Pav Bhaji - Famous Mumbai street food of spicy mashed potato and mixed vegetable curry topped with onions, coriander leaves, generous amount of butter and lime wedges and served with bread rolls (Ladi pav)
  • Peas Stuffed Aloo Tikkis - Spicy mashed potato cutlets stuffed with delicious mashed green peas and pan fried till crisp
  • Plaintain Kababs - Pan fried or deep fried kebabs/kabas made using spicy raw banana mash
  • Ragda Patties - Potato patties served in a spicy peas gravy and topped with assortment of chutneys and garnished with crispy sev, chopped onions, tomato and coriander leaves; a famous and much loved street food of Indian sub-continent.
  • Samosa - Deep fried plain flour pastry triangles stuffed with spicy potato and green peas filling
  • Spicy Corn Chaat/Salad - Quick and simple healthy snack of sweet corn in a lime and chaat masala dressing and topped with spicy gram flour noodles
  • Stuffed Bread Pakoda/Pakora - Deep fried savoury bread slices stuffed with spicy mashed potato and coated with spicy chickpea flour batter 
  • Stuffed Capsicum/Bell Pepper Pakoda - Deep fried bell pepper rings stuffed with spiced potato mash and coated with spicy gram flour paste
  • Stuffed Chillies - Spicy mashed potato stuffed chillies coated in spicy gram flour batter and deep fried till crisp
  • Sweet Corn Sundal - A healthy snack of sweet corns stir fried with onions and tomato and tempered with mustard seeds

Videshi (International)
  • Baby Corn Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of deep fried spicy baby corn fritters served with sweet and spicy tomato and soya sauce
  • Crispy Mushroom Cups -Button mushrooms stuffed with spicy onion and mushroom filling, coated in batter, dusted with bread crumbs and deep fried till crisp
  • Falafel with Hummus -An Egyptian snack of spiced chickpeas balls or patty either deep fried or pan fried till crisp and served with pita bread or wraps, salad leaves, topmato, onion and chickpea dip (Hummus) made using sesame paste (Tahini), olive oil, garlic and lemon juice
  • Gobi/Cauliflower Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of deep fried spicy cauliflower fritters served with sweet and spicy tomato and soya sauce 
  • Low Fat, Oven Roasted Potato Wedge -Diet friendly low fat, oven roasted potato wedges flavoured with roasted cumin powder and sea salt
  • Mushroom Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of deep fried spicy button mushrooms fritters served with sweet and spicy tomato and soya sauce 
  • Veg Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese dish of deep fried vegetable balls/dumpling (veg meat balls) served in sweet and sour sauce
  • Veg Spring Rolls -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of wonton sheet rolls stuffed with spicy mixed vegetable stir fried with soya sauce and deep fried till crisp and golden

14 October, 2014

Quick and Easy Diwali Sweet Recipes | Deepavali Sweet Recipes

There is always something warm and bright about this time of the year, when everything has a special glow! There is always something special about this time of the year when all our hearts are full of cheer!

Yes, the festival of lights is here… Diwali or Deepavali is the occasion which brings lots of love and laughter to fill our days with cheer and hope for something best to come! 

The Monsoon Spice household is gearing up for this special occasion. The house is dusted, the vessels are scrubbed, the Diyas are glowing, and the kitchen is a hub of activities! We are hosting a Diwali party for our close friends and that can only mean one thing; fun, laughter and good food!

For the next couple of weeks, I will be posting the recipes of the delicious and exquisite food I am cooking for our friends. But for now here are some of the sweet/desserts that you can cook for your loved ones!  While you are at it, don't forget to check the list of Simple and Easy Snack Recipes for Diwali to delight your taste buds!
Wishing you all a very Happy and Sparkling Deepavali!

Warm Regards

 Mysore Pak
 Semiya Kheer
 Carrot Kheer
 Pineapple Kesari
 Saffron Nan Khatai (Eggless)
 Kesari Bhaat (Suji Ka Halwa)
 Vegan Avalakki Payasa
 Doodh/Milk Peda
 Sabudana Kheer
 Peanut Laddu/Chikki
 Mango Panna Cotta
 Rava Laddu

Payasa/Kheer (Indian Pudding)

Neivedyam (Offerings to God)
  • Balehannu (Banana) Appam - Banana rice cakes sweetened with jaggary and flavoured with cardamoms
  • Balehannu (Banana) Rasayana - Vegan pudding of bananas in jaggary sweetened coconut milk 
  • Genasale - Vegan rice cakes stuffed with cardamom flavoured jaggery and fresh grated coconut and wrapped in fresh banana leaves a steam cooked, a speciality from Udupi-Mangalore
  • Panchakajjaya - Neivedyam for Lord Ganesha made using 5 ingredients; roasted split moong beans, ghee, coconut, jaggery and nuts

Halwa, Burfi & Mithai (Indian Sweets)

Laddu, Desserts and Other Special Occasion Sweets
  • Aamras - A popular Gujarati/Maharashtrian/Rajasthani dish made using juicy mango pulp
  • Crepes with Poached Pears - Creapes served with spiced and poached pears
  • Kharjura/Dates Obbattu - Traditional sweet flat bread from Karnataka stuffed with cardamom flavoured date paste
  • Mango Panna Cotta - Italian dessert of layered cream flavoured with vanilla and a Desi twist of mango flavoured with cardamoms
  • Panasa Thonalu - Deep fried confection from Tamil Nadu coated with sugar syrup
  • Rava Laddu/Suji ke Laddu - Saffron and cardamom flavoured roasted semolina sweet balls
  • Saffron Nan Khatai - Eggless saffron flavoured cookies topped with cashew nuts
  • Sweet Jowar - Jowar sweetened with jaggary

04 September, 2014

Spicy Dhania/Coriander Chutney Recipe | Simple and Easy Coriander Chutney Recipe

Coriander Chutney
Learn how to make Spicy Dhania Chutney ~ Simple and easy spicy coriander chutney with aromatic spices

I have neglected this blog for a long time now. For some reason or the other, the joy of sharing recipes and need to document tidbits of my life have abandoned me. I have withdrawn into my thick, secretive shell, and the urge to remain there is keeping me away from the space which is an extension of my own life.

Coriander Chutney
Ingredients for Spicy Coriander Chutney

Coriander Chutney

I guess would have continued to hibernate if not for some of you who gently kicked me from my deep slumber. I am wondering if I should be thankful or just ignore and duck under the thick blanket of anonymity! :) Decisions, decisions… Thankfully it’s not a difficult one to make.

16 July, 2014

French Macaron Recipe with Salted Caramel and Cardamom Cream Cheese Filling | Guest Post by Nisha of My Kitchen Antics

Learn how to make French Macarons with Salted Caramel and Cardamom Cream Cheese Filling from Nisha of My Kitchen Antics
“There was a mood of magic and frenzy to the room. Crystalline swirls of sugar and flour still lingered in the air like kite tails. And then there was the smell-the smell of hope, the kind of smell that brought people home.”
~ Sarah Addison Allen

I am reminded of the above lines from a book ’The girl who chased the moon’ when I think of today’s guest blogger. I asked her if she could do me a favour and write a guest post for my blog for the second time. She not only agreed to be a guest blogger for the second time, but sent me five amazing recipes to choose from! Again!!! This girl leaves me spoiled for choices and salivating at the most amazing and tempting recipes she whips up in her kitchen. I am talking about my gorgeous friend Nisha who blogs some scrumptious treats at My Kitchen Antics. Her blog is filled with stunning photographs, wonderful recipes and witty anecdotes which makes you want to come back again and again! It didn’t take me too long to choose the French Macarons recipe from the 5 different recipe choices she gave me. If there is someone who can make mean Macarons, then it definitely going to be none other than a macaron diva herself who is also happens to be a consultant at Bobo Macarons! Nisha, thank you for sharing one of my most favourite recipes with us all. You can read more about Nisha by following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I am back again with a guest post for Sia. And this time, we decided to go with French Macarons. I would totally understand why Sia asked me to go with Macarons because everyone on my FB page kinda know I'm obsessed with these sweet lil things.

I can’t claim I'm an expert at macarons, because there are still instances where something terribly goes wrong and im left wondering if I will ever figure it all out some day. But once you get the hang of it, you will realize it’s one of those things you'd want to experiment with over and over again with different colours, flavours, shapes etc etc.
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