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.

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 ...

Bavarian Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Bavarian Mushroom Sauce Recipe is a quick and easy sauce that is creamy, made with very few ingredients that are likely already available in your pantry. A perfect blended taste of mushroom, it serves as a spreadable sauce or condiment too. It makes a delicious side or accompaniment for buttermilk biscuits or Breakfast Hash Browns. Did you know: Mushrooms are an exceptionally nutrient-dense food, with one serve offering a surprising amount and array of essential nutrients. Mushrooms are naturally ...

Oat Olives and Broccoli Sandwich Spread Recipe (Pesto)

The Oat, Olives & Broccoli Sandwich Spread Recipe is a simple chutney that has the goodness of oats, broccoli and olives. Most often we are always looking for spreads or pestos that you can use in a jiffy to make a grilled vegetable sandwich wrap or even in pastas.  And this recipe of the The Oat, Olives & Broccoli Sandwich Spread has the right set of nutrition and proteins from the oats and tofu perfect to get your family into a healthy oat diet.

Green Olive Pesto (Pasta Sauce)

The Green Olive Pesto (Pasta Sauce) is a recipe that is super quick to make and can get your weeknight dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. Olives are rich in antioxidants, minerals, phytosterols, and vitamins. Olives play a vital role fighting against diseases like cancer, inflammation, coronary artery disease, degenerative nerve diseases, diabetes and more. The Green Olive Pesto Sauce, when combined along with the goodness of walnuts, coriander and olive oil, brings out great flavors ...

How To Make Homemade Almond Flour Recipe

The Homemade Almond Flour Recipe is a multi-purpose flour that you can use in your curries, smoothies, cookies, cakes and more to make your dishes nutritious and wholesome. You can also use this for as a substitute for the white flour for the gluten free dishes if you have gluten allergies. To make the almond flour, you can either blanch the almonds, remove the skin, allow it to dry and make a powder or you can simply use raw almonds. I make my flour all the time with the raw almonds, especially ...

Punjabi Garam Masala Powder Recipe

Punjabi Garam Masala Powder Recipe is a must have spice powder mix for most Indian dishes and its fairly simple to make if you have measured all the ingredients right and roasted them well. This recipe was given to me by a neighbor when I was 18 years old. My mother preserved the recipe and I made note of it in a book and now I have shared it with you. Although this recipe was handwritten many years ago, I understand now that every home has a subtle variation in the proportions of the ingredients ...

Panch Phoran Masala (Indian Five Spice Powder)

The Panch Phoran Masala, is a very traditional spice mix used in the Bengali cuisine that is mostly a blend of 5 important spices. I have known a few bengalis who debate over which spice rules over the other. Which is when I realised, that every home has their small and subtle variations to this Panch Phoron spice mix. But essentially, the house help who cooked for me while I stayed in Kolkatta, made the Panch phoron with fennel seeds, black mustard, nigella seeds, golden fenugreek and cumin ...

Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe

The Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe is a versatile condiment/chutney that one must make to flavor a variety of dishes. Traditionally the red chilies used in a harissa is from a Northwest African chile pepper, but using local red peppers and dehydrated chillies also works well to get the flavors very similar to the original. There are a variety of recipes you can make with the Harissa Paste, from Pizzas to Pastas to Salads and many more. Here are a few recipes that you can make with harissa ...

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