Cucumber raita

Cucumber raita is a very cooling dish that is accompanied with various rice dishes like biryani, pulao, jeera rice or even rotis. Cucumber raita is also called as cucumber pachadi. It is made with curd, cucumber and seasoned with mustard seeds and spiced with green chillies. Cucumber raita is specially good when served with spicy curries. It is very easy and quick to make and serves as a cooling balance for various spicy dishes.

Tendli/masale bhaat or Ivy gourd rice

Ivy gourd is also called as tindora, dundru, tendli or tondekayi. Ivy gourd or tendli is high in fibre which helps in the digestion of food. It is a powerful antioxidant and is known to increase immune system function as well. Ivy gourd is known to be good for treating skin infections too. Tendli or ivy gourd rice is a very popular rice dish in Maharashtra and some parts of North Karnataka. A very delicious one pot meal which can be had plain or with curd or onion tomato raita.

Onion rava dosa

Onion rava dosa is made with semolina/rava, rice flour and spiced with onions and green chillies. It does not require any soaking, fermentation or grinding and can be done instantly. Onion rava dosa is especially made with Bombay rava which you get easily in any provision stores. A very tasty and crispy dosa, it is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in South India.

Murukku or chakli recipe – Indian vegetarian food – Easy to make deepavali/diwali recipes

Murukku or chakli is a popular South Indian snack made with rice flour, gram flour and seasoned with salt, asafoetida and either cumin seeds or white sesame seeds. Murukku is a traditional treat for festivals like Diwali and Krishna Janmashtami. The ingredients are mixed together to form a dough which is then shaped into spiral shapes either by hand or using a mould. They are then deep fried in cooking oil.

Vella cheedai or seedai

Vella cheedai is a very popular snack prepared during Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. It is a mildly sweetened and crunchy snack prepared from rice flour, jaggery, cardamom powder and coconut. Vella cheedai is a snack prepared to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna which falls on 28th of August, this year.

Rava kesari or kesari bhath

Rava kesari is also called as kesari bhath in Karnataka or Sheera or sooji halwa in North India. In Karnataka, it is served along with khara bhath or uppittu. Both kesari bhath and khara bhath are served in one plate which is popularly called as ‘chow chow bhath’ in Karnataka. Rava kesari is a very delicious sweet dish prepared from semolina/rava, ghee, sugar, cashew nuts and raisins.

South indian coconut rice or thengai sadam recipe

Coconut rice or thengai sadam is very popular in South India. It is made with freshly grated coconut, rice and spiced with cashew nuts, red chillies and curry leaves. Coconut rice is very easy to prepare, less spicy and can be done quickly. It can be had plain or served with papads or any curry of your choice.

Shakarpara or Shankarpali

Shakarpara or shankarpali is a popular sweet snack in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is generally made on festivals like Diwali. Shakarpara or shankarpali is rich in carbohydrates, an instant source of energy. It is made with all purpose flour (maida), semolina, ghee and sugar and it has a long shelf life.

Mangalore: “Cook N Win” a vegetarian cuisine competition organized by Harsha events in association with was held on 4th August 2013 in the Hotel Poonja international.

Arbi ki sabji/subzi

Arbi is also called as taro root. It is called as kesavuna gedde or same gedde in Kannada or Sepankezhangu in Tamil. It is one of the finest source of dietary fibre and easily digestible. Taro is nutritious and an excellent source of potassium which is essential mineral for many bodily functions. Arbi is stir fried and mixed with spices which makes a great side dish for rice.