Thursday, January 28, 2016

Masala Tea

Are you bored of having same coffee, Tea everyday? try Indian style tea flavored with spices and milk. Enjoy.

Preparation time :10 min
Servings: 2

  • 2 Orange Pekoe Tea bags ( I used Red Label brand)
  • 2 cloves crushed
  • 1 inch Ginger crushed
  • 4 Cardamom crushed ( with skin)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk( I used 2%)
  • Sugar as needed

  • Heat 1/2 cup water in a small cooking pot.   When the water starts boiling add Tea bag, crushed Clove, Cardamom and Ginger. Boil for 2-3 min.
  • Then Add milk, boil for 2 min, then strain it.. ( If you do not want to add milk at all then add boiling water as required or just use one Tea bag, substitute milk with water)\
  • Add sugar if required. Serve hot.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Taro Root Raitha /ಕೆಸುವಿನಗಡ್ಡೆ ಮೊಸರು ಬಜ್ಜಿ / ಹಸಿ

As we all know Taro Root or Kesuvina gadde(ಕೆಸುವಿನಗಡ್ಡೆ) is a root vegetable which can be used in
varieties of dishes. Some of the varieties of Toro roots grow back-home cause itchiness when you touch them so there is a practice of cooking them in Tamarind water and thats the only solution as I know, there could be other ways too not sure. I think the variety which we get here in Toronto are not itchy, but to be on the safer side I cook them in Tamarind water.
As you have seen I love to share quick, easy yet delicious recipes, it is one of them!!. This is one of the fine havyaka recipes handed down from my Mom.  Give it a try and let me know how it turned out. I m sure you will love it. Enjoy.

Preparation time : 20-25 min
Servings : 2


  • 2 meduim size Taro Roots
  • 1/2 Lemon size Tamarind
  • 2 tbsp grated Coconut
  • 1 small Onion Chopped
  • 2 cups Yoghurt / Curd
  • salt to taste

For tempering
  • 1 tsp cooking Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seed
  • 2 broken Red chillies


  • Pressure cook the Taro roots with Tamarind. 1 whistle should be enough. If you dont want to pressure it takes about 30-40 min to get soften.  
  • In the mean while grind the coconut into fine paste with little water .
  • Once the pressure cooker is cooled down, peel the Taro, cut into bit size pieces.
  • Then mix the Toro with ground Coconut, Yoghurt, chopped Onion and salt. 
  • Then temper with mustard and red chillies (heat oil in a pan, add mustard and broken red chillies. Mix with Taro-Coconut-Yoghurt mixture)
  • Serve with steamed rice or any other coloured rice.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Plantain Stir Fry / ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ

Hello friends,  I am back again with a simple yet delicious stir fried Plantain recipe. Recipe credit goes to my mom :). Give it a try. Do not forget to let me know how you liked it.

Preparation time  : 10-15 min
Servings: 2

  • 3 Plantains / Green Raw Banana
  • 3 tbsp grated Coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice (to taste)

For tempering
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil Or Cooking oil ( I prefer Coconut oil)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1tsp Black Gram dal (Urad dal)
  • 2 slit Green Chilies to taste
  • 1 Spring Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

  • Boil about 2 liters of water, put the whole plantain in the boiling water, cover and cook for 3-4 min.
  • Then allow to cool.  Peel off the skin, then grate the cooked Plantain.
  • In the mean while, Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, Black Gram dal, Green slit Green Chili, Curry leaves and Turmeric powder.
  • Add grated Plantain, Add salt taste and mix well for 2-3 min.
  • Then Add Lemon juice and grated Coconut , mix well.
  • Serve with steamed rice and Rasam or Dal/thovve.