If you are a novice cook or even a person who enters the kitchen often enough, there are a set of basic recipes that we might not use in everyday cooking. All of us at some point have to refer back to sauces, spice powder, garam masalas, jams, pestos and more to bring back the original home cooked flavors. Well this is what our basic recipes section is for. There are some basic, fundamental recipes that you should have under your belt.

And apart from basic cooking techniques you can learn how to use a pressure cooker, how to cook rice, lentils, legumes, dals etc.

Vanilla Fruit Sauce With Left Over Fruits Recipe

With some festivals getting over and some on the way, our house is filled with fruits. They were used for offering to god or from the guests who come home during these days. With only 3 of us at home the best option is to preserve these fruits in various forms. So here comes a basic kids friendly fruit sauce, which is a mix of leftover fruits, vanilla sauce and honey. Fruit sauce can be used as a dipping for idly’s, dosa’s & waffles and can be preserved up to a week in refrigerator. The only ...

Nuoc Cham Chay Dipping Sauce Recipe

Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauce, soy sauce, shrimp paste, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables.  A Vietnamese speciality, Nuoc Cham Chay Dipping Sauce is a simple and easy soy sauce recipe that can be served along with rice dish, salad ...

How To Make Homemade Kashmiri Masala/ Spice Mix Recipe

Kashmiri Spice Mix or Kashmiri Masala is a special spice powder used in many recipes that originate from Kashmiri Cuisine. This is a variation to garam masala recipe. This recipe yields close to a cup of spice mix. Make this spice powder and store in advance to cook Kashmiri recipes and to add Kashmiri twist to the regular home cooked recipes. Store away in an airtight container. Here are more spice powder recipes to make Maharashtrian Achar Ka Masala (Pickle Mix Recipe) Instant Puliyodharai/ ...

Vegan Cashew Mayonnaise Recipe

Mayonnaise mostly comes with a huge tag of unwanted calories from the excess oil used. This recipe of Vegan Cashew Mayonnaise is an eggless mayonnaise recipe that uses cashews and very little oil compared to the regular mayonnaise recipe preparation. By making this mayonnaise, you can be sure of its healthier version. Drizzle Vegan Cashew Mayonnaise Recipe on your favourite salad or sandwich recipe and enjoy the experience of a healthy vegan mayonnaise recipe. If you like this recipe, take a look ...

Andhra Style Paruppu Podi Recipe (Dal Podi)

Andhra Style Paruppu Podi is rich in protein and is super spicy. It is one of those south Indian dishes which can be prepared and stored in a container for about 2 to 3 months. Serve this Andhra Style Paruppu Podi with hot steamed rice with a dash of ghee or gingerly oil and Keerai Sambar for a perfect South Indian meal. If you like this recipe, you can also try other Podi recipes such as The Paruppu Podi Recipe Godhi Chutney Podi Recipe Idli Dosa Milagi Podi

Maharashtrian Achar Ka Masala (Pickle Mix Recipe)

Achar Ka Masala (Pickle mix) is the Homemade Maharashtrian style masala mix. This Achar Ka Masala is a blend of fresh aromatic spices and spice powders mixed together. This pickle masala stores well up to 3 - 4 months when kept under air-tight condition. You can prepare various kind of pickles by using this masala like Spicy Lime Pickle, Aam ka Achar, and in dishes like Achari paneer. Take a look at more recipes which can be made with Maharashtrian Achar Ka Masala Rajasthani Gunde Ka Achaar Recipe ...

Indian Tea Masala Powder

Indian Chai masala powder is an aromatic spice powder used for making masala tea. Indian tea is a common beverage for us. We start our day with a hot ginger-cardamom tea. If you make the masala tea powder, then you don't have to add any spices to the tea while making it. It provides a nice aroma and delicious taste to normal milk tea. So lets begin how to make masala tea powder. Use this Indian Chai masala powder in your regular tea and make it even more flavourful.

How To Make Homemade Raisins

Raisins are dried grapes. Homemade raisins look a bit strange and skinny, but they are very tasty and easy to make. You can make your own raisins at home easily in the summer season. If any of your grapes rot or get damp after 5 days of drying under the sun, remove them from the tray. Dry grapes will shrivel and turn to raisins, they won't rot. When raisins are ready you can store them in a container and use when you want. Here are more of our basic recipes  How to Smoke Food Using Charcoal ...

Menthe Hittu Recipe (Roasted Fenugreek Chutney Powder)

Menthe Hittu is a chutney powder recipe based on roasted fenugreek seeds. This recipe originates from North Karnataka and Maharashtra where it is also called Methkoot. Menthe Hittu recipe also contains other mixed pulses and grains, making it proteinaceous, nutritious and spices making it delicious. It serves as a side with hot rice and sambhar, or it tastes yum when you mix it with plain hot rice, top it up with generous ghee when you feel lazy to prepare a whole meal. Kids will like this with rice, ...

How to Make Tutty Fruity Recipe

Tutti Fruity Recipe is a colored combination of candied fruits. Here I have made Tutti Fruity with Papaya. These can be used for decorating cakes, cookies, custard ice creams and other desserts which require decorating. Add saffron strands as coloring agent or you can also use food colors to make colorful Tutti Fruity. Here is a step by step instruction on how to make Tutti Fruity at home.

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

Homemade Pizza Sauce from scratch is authentic and can be made in just 40 minutes. It is always a good to make your pizza with homemade sauce as it tastes better. Its easy to make and can be stored in the freezer too. Use it while making your pizza and you yourself will feel the change in the taste. If you like this recipe, you can also try Spicy Marinara Sauce and Bavarian Mushroom Sauce.  

Thalipeeth Bhajani Recipe (Typical Maharashtrian Multigrain Flour Mix)

Thalipeeth Bhajani is a very healthy multigrain flour mix, a pantry staple in most of the Maharashtrian households. You can whip up many nutritious snacks in a jiffy, if you have a pre-made stock of this multigrain mix. Apart from making Thalipeeth, this Bhajani can also be used to make to snacks like Kothimbir Vadi, Alu vadi, baked multigrain crackers etc. As with most recipes, there are a lot of variations to the Thalipeeth Bhajani recipe too. The proportion of the grains may vary from region to ...

Godhi Chutney Podi Recipe (Wheat Germ South Indian Spice Powder)

The Chutney powder is a very integral part of every South Indian home.  The spice powder is a condiment which is so versatile; it can be mixed with either rice or had with Chapathi, Idli, Dosas and Akki Roti. For me and my sister, the version made by grandma was something we cherished. My grandma's recipe got passed down to me through mom. Among all her recipes was the Godhi Chutney Podi made out of whole wheat germs (Godhi in Kannada is Wholewheat). For all those spice lovers, this Godhi Chutney ...

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk has a nutty flavour and creamy taste. It does not contain cholesterol and lactose. It is most suitable for lactose intolerants and vegans. It can also be made at home using a blender, almonds and water. Simple and easy! Almond milk can be used in desserts, smoothie and pudding preparations instead of whole milk. Additionally, it gives great flavour to the dish. Did you know: Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Additionally, almonds are a significant source ...

How to Make Quinoa Flour Recipe

Learn How to Make Quinoa Flour Recipe and use it in breads, cakes, muffins, rotis, parathas and more. Quinoa is received the name of a superfood with good reason! For starters, this whole-grain is naturally gluten-free. In addition, it is packed with iron, vitamin-B, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin-E and fibre. However, what makes quinoa truly unbeatable, nutritionally, is that it contains every essential amino acid, unlike other grains, which makes it a complete protein.

Spicy Marinara Sauce Recipe

Marinara Sauce is an Italian sauce originated in Naples. This sauce comes with a twist to the regular pizza and pasta sauce. Its spiciness and smoky flavor and silky smooth texture will transform your usual bowl of spaghetti or pizza into something extraordinary. This easy to make Marinara Sauce is made using pantry staple ingredients like tomato, onion, garlic and few other Italian herbs. Go ahead and try this cohesive sauce along your pizzas, pastas. Alternatively use it as a spicy dip for calzone ...

Instant Puliyodharai Powder Recipe (Puliyogare/Pulihora Powder)

Puliyodharai/Puliyogare/Pulihora is a traditional rice dish that is tangy and spicy. This tasty dish finds it's unique place in the menu of all major festivals in South India. It is also a custom to make this rice in weddings and on the third day of pongal, Kaanum Pongal. It is a favourite picnic dish as it becomes tastier as the sour tamarind flavor deepens with time so it is a fantastic lunch box dish also. The Instant Puliyodharai Powder that can be mixed with rice directly and your Puliyodharai/Puliyogare ...

Chai Ka Masala Recipe (Homemade Spice Powder for Tea)

On cold winter days and in wet monsoons, a hot steaming cup of Masala tea is what you need to give that instant energy and warmth. Addition of spices make the tea healthier.The secret behind a perfect cup of Masala tea is the Chai ka Masala or Masala Tea Powder.You can store it for 4-6 months in an air-tight container. Aromatic spices roasted and ground together make a perfect Masala Tea Powder. Spice up your regular tea with the Masala Tea Powder and pep up your tea parties. Let your loved ones ...

Chettinad Rasam Powder Recipe

The Chettinad Rasam Powder Recipe is a classic and traditional recipe of the powder that is used in south indian homes. 'Rasam' or Charu/ Saaru is a flavourful South Indian Soup made from the juice of tamarind, tomatoes along with or without the Lentil broth. It can be sipped and enjoyed like a soup or mixed with rice. It is a great appetiser and has medicinal properties too. The Chettinad Rasam powder can be prepared in bigger batches and you can store them in an airtight container. It stays ...

Homemade Herb Butter Recipe

Having a Homemade Herb Butter ready in your refrigerator can get really handy when you want to make a quick garlic bread or even toss a pasta with vegetables or add a punch to steamed vegetables with the herb butter. Make this Homemade Herb Butter Recipe and refrigerate it for about a month and use it as required.

How To Make Indo-Chinese Spicy Schezuan Sauce At Home

This Spicy Schezuan Sauce is an essential in making Indo-Chinese dishes at home. It combines the heat of red chillies along with the punch of fresh garlic to make a flavourful basic sauce that can be added to most Indi-Chinese dishes. A little effort in making a large batch ahead of time and storing it for later use will ensure that you can prepare your favourite Indo-Chinese dishes like Spicy Szechuan Vegetarian Noodles and Spicy Szechuan Vegetarian Fried Rice with ease, whenever the craving strikes!  You ...

How To Make Maharashtrian Goda Masala Recipe (Homemade Classic Maharashtrian Spice Powder Mix)

Goda Masala is a quintessential Maharashtrian spice powder mix of aromatic spices blended together to give it a subtle sweet flavour, which is why it gets its name. “Goad” meaning sweet in Marathi, this masala is used in many classic Maharashtrian recipes such as Bharleli Vangi, Amti and several other curries that have an authentic Maharashtrian flavour. This masala gets its distinctive flavour from Dagad Phool/Pathar Phool or Black Stone Flower. As with any other spice mix, the proportions ...

Fig Honey & Paprika Preserve Recipe

Fig Honey & Paprika Preserve Recipe is a sweet chutney of sorts, made from stewed figs and honey. The interesting part of this recipe is the hint of paprika, that perfectly complements the sweet tones of figs and honey, with a touch of spice and smokiness. Homemade preserves are a great way to include fresh fruits into your diet, by preserving them over longer periods. It is also advisable to make preserves and jams of this kind at home, as store-bought bottled jam is loaded with sugar, preservatives ...

Kolhapuri Masala Recipe (Maharashtrian Masala Chutney Powder)

Kolhapuri Masala Recipe is a spicy Maharashtrian Masala Chutney Powder) used as a versatile masala to add an authentic touch when cooking Maharashtrian cuisine. Earthy and aromatic it is not for the faint hearted as a lot of Kolhapuri dishes are popular for being extremely spicy - a trademark of this mall that is at the heart of most dishes. Fiery, with the heat of this combination of spices, it can be used in curries and sabjis alike. Kolhapuri Masala Recipe can be used for Menthe Hittu Recipe ...

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