Another beautiful Koshimbir from Maharashtra – one that is cooling and exquisitely suited to hot summery days.
Koshimbir is Maharashtrian term for salad – Kosambari in Kannada and Kosumalli in Tamil are other names that you will see for Indian salads.
Many different combinations of vegetables are used to make different varieties of Koshimbir. In Maharashtra there are 2 main types of salads (although you will often see these confused, or equated):
- Khamang Kakdi – a salad with roasted and ground peanuts, with yoghurt just as a coating or dressing
- Kadichi Koshimbir – a salad without the crushed peanuts and with a reasonable amount of yoghurt.
This recipe is for the first type, made with cucumber, green coriander leaves, a touch of yoghurt and crushed peanuts. It is incredibly cooling, so is perfect for hot summery days. It can also be made with boiled or steamed pumpkin or potato.
Why not try some other Indian Cucumber Salads? Try Warm Cucumber Salad with Sesame (Cucumber Kosumalli), Kachumber (Chuchumber), Cucumber Kosumalli #2, and Cucumber Kosumalli #3.
Other Cucumber dishes you can try are Cucumber Raita, Cucumber Lassi and Olan (Cucumber and Coconut Curry).
Explore all of our Indian Salads, or all of our Indian recipes. Browse all of the Cucumber recipes too, or simply spend some time with our Early Autumn dishes.
This is a great fasting dish if made without the asafoetida (hing) and coriander leaves.
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A lovely light kitchari for recuperation, fasting or detox. Or just enjoy it at any time. I love it for breakfast.
Moraiyo, it sounds like a love song but is actually a millet, and it is a grain I have fallen in love with.
Since being introduced to Moraiyo (Barnyard Millet) by my Mahastrian friends, I have become a fan. It cooks up beautifully, and can be cooked to any texture you like, from separate grains, almost like couscous, to thicker, stoggy texture more akin to the South Indian style pongal. Add spices and perhaps some vegetables, and you have a meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner!
It is a quick and easy recipe to make – a no-fuss but loved breakfast item in this household.
This is also a fasting dish, for those who follow Hindu fasting practices.
Similar recipes include Moraiya Kitchari, Sago Kitchari, and Bhuna Kitchari with 5 Lentils.
You might like to explore other Moraiya dishes, or browse our Kitchari recipes. Our Indian recipes can all be found here and our Indian Essentials are here.. Perhaps some Spring recipes for you? Explore our Early Spring dishes.
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We have a little love affair with Sweet Potato going on. This little subzi really hits the spot. Winter + Sweet Potatoes + Spice is a great equation that equals flavour and comfort.
Are you looking for other Sweet Potato dishes? You will like this Sweet and Sour Pumpkin, definitely. Also our Sweet Potato Poriyal. Try Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Figs, and Potato and Sweet Potato Curry.
Are you looking for other Subzi dishes? Try Kohlrabi Subzi, Potato Subzi, and Aloo Palak Subzi.
Browse all of our Sweet Potato recipes here and here. We have a categorised list of our Indian dishes too. Or simply check our easy Winter recipes here and here.
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Moraiya Kitchari is a delightful dish, healthy and nourishing. It is regularly made for Navratri fasting, Ekadashi fasting or any other time of Hindu fasting as it is an easily digestible dish. It is delicious in its own right – lightly spiced and less vigorous of taste than many Indian dishes, but don’t put it aside because of that. Try it with a wet curry like a yoghurt or besan curry, even a Poritha Kuzhambu! You will enjoy.
Moraiya is composed of tiny, white, round grains. In India, cereal grains are not consumed during fasts. Hence, Moraiya is a popular alternative, especially during Navratri. It is often used in place of rice, although it does not cook into separate grains like long grained rice. It is quite sticky when it is cooked and the grains stick together somewhat.
Are you looking for other Kitchari dishes? Try Moraiya Kitchari with Yoghurt, Sago, Peanuts and Potatoes Kitchari, Maharashtrian Kitchari with Masoor Sprouts, and a Simple Parsi Kitchari.
You might like to check to see whether we have posted other Moraiya recipes. You can browse all of our other Kitchari recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Early Spring dishes .
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Remember Kurma? If you are of a certain age, and Australian, you will recall his TV shows of vegetarian Indian cooking. He really was the first to bring Indian food to Australians in a way that made it easily comprehensible and easy to cook. He was a stickler for detail, and for this I love him. So many recipes out of India these days are low in detail, low in precision, and that allows others to take liberties with Indian recipes. Soon, Indian food is no longer Indian food, but some mish mash of regional differences and non-Indian preferences.
One small example. I am constantly frustrated by recipes that say “1 cup rice”. Which rice? Basmati? Short grained? Long grained? Red or white? A South Indian variety? or a North Indian Variety? And it can make a huge difference to the end result. Do you need rice that is harder? Soft? Sticks together? Separates beautifully? Kurma would never leave one in doubt.
We don’t use rice in this recipe, even though it is a kitchari. This recipe from Kurma uses sago. But as usual, Kurma is precise in all details.
Are you interested in other Sago recipes? Try Sago Payasam, and Sago Coconut Payasam.
We have quite a number of Kitchari recipes, for example Goan Bisibelebath, Maharashtrian Kitchari with Masoor Sprouts, Gujarati Kitchari, Bengali Kitchari and Moraiya Kitchari with Yoghurt.
Feel free to browse all Sago recipes, and all of our Kitchari Recipes. Browse our Indian recipes here and our Indian Essentials here. Or take some time to explore our Late Summer recipes.
Continue reading “Subudana Kitchari with Potatoes and Peanuts | Sago Khichuri | Sago Pilaf”
A classic dessert of Tamil Nadu
Sago Payasam is a classic dessert in Tamil Nadu in South India, along with Vermicelli and Rice Payasams. Payasams are sweet desserts, the milk condensing and thickening as it cooks and the sugar sweetens this thick mixture to a level almost beyond the experience of cooks outside of India. Hold back on the sugar to begin with if you do not have a sweet tooth.
You might also like our Payasam recipes here and here. Or our Sago recipes here and here. Explore our Indian Desserts here, or the more general Dessert recipes here and here.
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Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, is one of the most auspicious occasions for members of the Hindu community. The day holds special significance for pious Hindus all over the world, especially devotees of Lord Shiva. Many of whom observe a strict day-long fast or Upvaas in honour of Lord Siva. The fast is broken only in the early morning of the next day, with the consumption of some traditional food items and drinks. Continue reading “Hindu Festival: Maha Sivaratri | A Night of Fasting”
A great use for left over pumpkin. Or cook from scratch.
The challenge of every xmas – and Thanksgiving, for that matter – is how to use the left over roasted pumpkin. I have found the solution.
Inspired by The Back Yard Lemon Tree, I took the Delhi Style Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and mixed it up a little to use up several different xmas leftovers. It was delicious. Do read the original recipe – it is from Madhur Jaffrey.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Risotto. And try these Sweet Potato dishes: Sweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, and Potato and Sweet Potato Spicy Curry.
Try other Subzis – Kohlrabi Subzi, Carrots and Green Peas Subzi, and Potato and Spinach Subzi.
You might also like to explore all of our Subzi recipes, all of our Pumpkin recipes and all of our Sweet Potato dishes. Have a look at all of our Indian Vegetable Curries, and all of our Indian recipes. Or simply explore our Early Autumn dishes.
Continue reading “Indian Style Slightly Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and Sweet Potato | Kaddu ki Sabzi | Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Subzi”
A wonderful snack made from Lotus Seeds
Puffed Lotus seeds, or Makhana, are an unusual ingredient that is used in India and SE Asia. Makhana Palak is a wonderful dish of lotus seeds in a spinach gravy. But it is also beautiful to simply saute the puffed seeds in butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Are you looking for recipes for snacks? Have a look here and here. Our favourite snack is Bhajji. See our lotus seed recipes. Other Indian recipes are here and here, or find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.
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Spinach and Potatoes, a warming and nourishing combo – a very healthy, homely and delicious dry vegetable dish
There are two ways of making aloo palak – one is dry aloo palak subzi and the other is potato in a wet, smooth spinach gravy. Today’s recipe is the dry version – Fried potatoes are mixed with spinach and spices. It is a popular North Indian dish.
This is a surprise dish, one where a simple spinach base with so few ingredients makes a tasty dish. That speaks to very good matching of ingredients and the matching of spices to the vegetable.
Are you looking for other Subzi dishes? Try Sweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, Aloo Baingan Subzi, and Carrot and Beetroot Subzi.
You might also like Mint Paneer and Makhana Palak. Also check Saag Aloo, a version of this dish with tomatoes.
Browse our other Subzi recipes, our Spinach Recipes and Potato Recipes. Other Indian recipes are here, or find inspiration in our Early Spring dishes.
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