Coriander Chutney – the Versatile Condiment

Coriander Chutney is a popular condiment in the northern and western parts of India. You can use it in a variety of ways – put it as sauce in a sandwich, use it as a dip with pakoras or enjoy it as a relish with Dal Rice. Most households will always have a jar of chutney in the fridge. With readymade chutney available in the supermarkets, nowadays many people prefer to buy it instead of making their own.  With this simple and easy recipe you can make your own chutney in 5 minutes using only 3 ingredients – coriander, green chilli and lemon. Would you like to add some kick to your meals? Read more

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Kadai Paneer – Bring Home the Restaurant

Last weekend was an exciting time for my blog. A number of friends, colleagues and family members told me that they regularly try out my recipes and wait for new posts on the blog. Well, that was a pleasant surprise as I always thought no one really tries out a recipe (liking and commenting is a lot easier) and it did not make any difference if I posted a recipe now or six months later. This feedback has certainly got me motivated and all charged up to bring some discipline into my blogging routine and I will try my best to be more regular with my posts.

One of the popular requests was for paneer recipes. I have a friend who had not done much cooking before marriage and is fairly new to this art. When I asked her what recipes should I post, she answered, paneer recipes. I really liked the logic she gave. She said she cooks paneer very often as there is no such thing as a bad tasting paneer curry. Only a true Paneer fan knows what it means!!!

When talking of paneer recipes, Kadai Paneer is my favourite, it being such an awesome medley of contrasting flavours.  Cubed paneer and capsicum are tossed in a hot tomato gravy seasoned with crushed coriander seeds and finished with a generous sprinkle of dried fenugreek leaves, the aroma of the spices is sure to tantalize your senses!  Are you a Paneer fan? Read more

Alu Sandwich with a Cheesy Twist

Even though sandwiches originated in the West, the Alu (potato) sandwich is a truly Indian variation. Potatoes are cooked with Indian spices and stuffed in bread layered with chutneys – a perfect example of fusion food. An all-time favorite with both kids and grown-ups, Alu sandwich is easy to prepare, delicious and ready in no time. The best thing about this sandwich is that you can prepare the potato stuffing ahead of time. Relish it as a weekday breakfast or a weekend tea-time snack with different chutneys and ketchup! Love Potatoes? Read more

Kale Chane – the Iron Man’s Curry

Kala Chana or black chickpea is a cousin of white chickpea. Also known as desi chana, it has smaller, darker seeds than Kabuli chana(white chickpea). Being extremely rich in iron and protein, it is a power food for children. I remember, as a kid, Mum would give us the soup left after boiling the chana to drink.  It didn’t taste very good, so I used to just gulp it down!

Kale Chane can be prepared in many ways. A lightly seasoned dry recipe cooked during Navratri is very popular. Kala Chana Sundal and Kerala’s Kadala Curry are some other lip smacking recipes from South India where the chane are tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves and coconut.

This recipe is the north Indian Punjabi version in which chickpeas are cooked in an onion tomato gravy. The masala prepared in this recipe is same as the one used for Rajma. Enjoy this delicious curry with rice/rotis. Can’t get enough iron? Eat kale chane

Masala Idli – A Breakfast Makeover

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning – start of another relaxing weekend. You are thinking hard about what to make for breakfast. You have had enough cereals, muesli and sandwiches during the week. You want to have something more interesting but you are still a little tired from the week to make an elaborate breakfast sweating in the kitchen. You want to avoid rich and deep fried foods – the breakfast should be healthy. But it is also a weekend – so breakfast should also be tasty and appealing too!

So, what do you cook?

Masala idli is the perfect answer to your ‘what to cook for breakfast’ problem. It is quick, healthy and most importantly yummm. Idlis are tossed with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes, peppy peppers and tempered with aromatic mustard seeds, curry leaves and sambhar powder – this colourful makeover of idlis will certainly make your mornings brighter! Run out of breakfast ideas? Read more

Thai Red Curry – Cook, Smell, Eat

Traditional Thai cooking is a celebration of fresh and fragrant ingredients. The  most captivating dish in the Thai cuisine are the curries – Red, Green and Yellow for their complex distinctive flavours.  I love Thai food as the spices used are so similar to Indian curries.

All curries start with a  curry paste. Most curry pastes available in the supermarkets have shrimp paste, but in this recipe we will be using a ‘make your own’ vegan Thai red curry paste. After trying this ‘made from scratch’ curry paste, you’ll never buy packaged paste again. You also do not need to drive to your local Asian grocery store to buy a plethora of ingredients before you can enjoy this awesome curry. I will be showing how you can substitute most ingredients with spices easily available in your kitchen.

Fiery red chillies are blended with pungent onion and garlic, lime and coriander add plenty of zing that is balanced by the coconut milk. Hot, sour, sweet and salty – perfect harmony of contrasting flavours  – that makes an authentic Thai Red Curry. Love fresh and fragrant curries? Read more

Mirch Ka Salan – A Royal Delicacy

After my previous post Eggplant Sambhar, we continue to explore the food from Southern India and our next stop is Hyderabad. Hyderabadi cuisine, a princely legacy of Nizams (rulers) of Hyderabad, is an amalgamation of Mughal, Turkish, Arabic and even Persian cuisines while having a strong influence of the native Telgu and Marathwada culinary traditions.

In the olden days, the royals and elites would have extravagant banquets and weddings where multiple courses of food were prepared and served as a feast. Most Hyderbadi recipes include meat, Biryani being the most popular. What accompanies the Biryani is ‘Burani raita’ and  ‘Mirch Ka Salan’.

Mirch Ka Salan is a vegetarian delicacy from Hyderabad and is prepared from peanuts, coconut, sesame and coriander seeds. The complex flavours blended together result in a mouth watering gravy that will make you come back for more.

You don’t need a biryani to enjoy this delicious Salan. Last weekend I made Pulao for lunch and to spice things up, I served it with this Salan. It also tastes great with Lachha paranthas. Want to eat like a King? Read more

Eggplant Sambhar – the Perfect Lentil Soup

Sambhar is quintessential to South-Indian cuisine. There are so many different ways to cook it and the taste also varies from state to state. Sambar can eaten with rice, idlis, dosas or utthapams. Or you can have a bowl on its own as a warm comforting soup.

Lentils boiled with vegetables are mixed with little tamarind for the sourness, few red chillies for the heat, made pungent with a pinch of hing,  infused with aroma of fresh  curry leaves, finished with a dash of sweet jaggery to even out the slight bitterness of mustard seeds and fenugreek – an explosion of flavours in your mouth!  Do you relish Sambhar? Read more

Bircher Muesli – the Swiss Breakfast

Even though I hate eating cereals for breakfast, one thing I can have without complaining is Bircher Muesli. Imagine the goodness of whole grains loaded with fibre, combined with fruits rich in vitamins and minerals, coated in yoghurt high in calcium and topped with nuts and seeds packed with Omega 3 fats – all in one bowl of breakfast, so tasty that you can have it for a dessert – that is the Blissful Bircher Muesli.

And now that you have fulfilled all your dietary requirements for the day with breakfast, you can indulge for the rest of the day!!!

Would like a dessert for breakfast? Read More

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