Bisi Bele Bhath is a soul dish of Karnataka, and prepared during all festive occasions too as its a one pot satisfying healthy meal. The science of creating perfect flavor to Bisi Bele Bhath, comes from the precise selection of spices, dry roasted and then crushed to fine powder. The important spice, called Kapok Buds, the Marathi Moggu, lends a perfect authentic flavor to this Bisi Bele Bhath. This Classic Bisi Bele Bhath should be creamy in consistency and during the cooking process do check for the water content.
Unnakaaya is a sweet dish of Malabar Origin. Unnakaaya dish is an authentic dish named after a cotton seed and thus sweet is acquired the shape. For the cotton-like thing inside the seed, grated fresh coconut is stuffed inside the mashed bananas and deep fried or shallow fried. In this sweet, sugar is added in a very small quantity as coconut and bananas accumulate the natural sweetness in this delicacy. Though any form of cooking ripe bananas can be considered to prepared Unnakaaya, a special type of bananas are used, which is called Nenthrapazham in Malayalam and available plenty in those regions.
Tomato Chutney is a deliciously vibrant side dish to many of the South-Indian breakfast dishes. Here, any type of tomatoes can be used to prepare this simple dish. The onions enhance the taste of the dish here, and dry red chilies gives the mild spicy taste to this chutney. This is a perfect chutney / accompaniment during the summers too as in this recipe green chilies are avoided. The bengal gram and black gram gives the crunchy taste to this lip-smacking side dish.
Kodi Kura aka Chicken Curry is a rich, creamy curry with coconut milk as the base. This chicken curry gets its spicy taste from the wonderfully balanced combination of the ginger, garlic and green chilies. Chicken cooked in the coconut milk yields a refreshingly different taste. Here, in the curry, the cloves and cinnamon is added whole giving a mild flavor to the curry. The blended coriander leaves gives it a herb flavor along with all the spices giving the Chicken curry a whole new thick soupy taste.
Nimma Aaku Tho Majjiga or Green buttermilk is prepared-most during summer season to beat the heat. Majjiga is a Telugu word for Buttermilk; also known linguistically as - Majjige in Kannada, Mor / Moru in Malayalam and Tamil, Chaas / Chaanch in Hindi, Phana Taak / Mattha in Marathi, Takra in Sanskrit and so on. Buttermilk is a staple drink and most commonly consumed in the southern region of country through-out all the seasons. This is an open secret that buttermilk is natural, . This Buttermilk drink is prepared by beating yogurt and blending spices with it.
Paniyaram is addictive breakfast dish from Southern India. Its has got various names and cooked in wide varieties, such as - Kuzhi Paniyaram, which is prepared in both salt and sweet version and the sweet Paniyarams are cooked by adding jaggery, coconut and flavored with cardamom in Tamilnadu, India, and in Gods own country Kerala it is Unniyapam, belended with mashed bananas and grated coconut for the people with sweet-tooth. This dainty delicacy is known as Gunta Pongadaalu / Gunta Ponganalu / Gunta Punugulu in Andhra Pradesh and Appe / Guliappa / Gulittu / Paddu in Karnataka, India. The spicy Paniyaram can also have sautéed onions and green chilies mixed with the batter for that extra yummy taste.
Frappe is a frothy super chilled cold coffee with chocolate flavor. This is a cool refresher during any day especially for coffee lovers. The fresh Coffee powder is used to get the coffee decoction (liquid extract of coffee beans) using traditional filter that resembles two cylindrical containers, one of which has a perforated bottom that nests into the top of the "tumbler" container, leaving ample room underneath to receive the brewed coffee.
Ice Gola or Ice Candy are not unknown to any of us and as we know, Ice Gola is ice-based summer-dessert made by shaving / crushing a block of ice. The Ice Gola can be molded in any shape as desired, however these are best available in conical / cylindrical shape. This universally loved ice dessert known by variety of names, like - Hawaiians call this 'Shave Ice'/'Ice Shave'; Indians most famously call Gola or Chuskis. Though lot of flavors and colors make this Golas very tempting but vital thing is to make sure that the colors are natural. I recommend, the colorful flavored sweet syrups to be made with your choice of flavors depending upon the seasonal availability, such as guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, Blackberry, rose, mango etc. The tangy and aromatic flavors in the syrups make Ice Gola delicious & lip-smacking in every bite. The Gola or Shaved ice is generally served in a conical paper, plastic cup or sometimes served in mugs / glasses topped-up with multiple flavors, including with milk cream called "malai Gola".
Rose Milk - as the name suggest is a mix of Milk and Rose Syrup. Rose Milk has a mild rosy-flavor that makes lovely summer-time drink. This cool-drink can have a calming effect thereby reducing stress and anxiety. For many, this flowery scent cool-drink may give nostalgic kick with that extra soothing effect; that is no where compared to the modern colas.