Cuisine - North Indian
Pakoda is a fried snack found across South Asia. Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain, paneer, cauliflower, tomato, chili pepper, or occasionally bread or chicken and dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them.Pakoras are usually served as snacks or appetizers. Moong Dal Pakoda is made with Ground Moong Dal Or Yellow Lentil, along with other spices.
<p>Last year on December, Rumpa Das, the celebrity journalist from leading newspaper of West Bengal contacted me for some recipes to be published in their newspaper. But as I don't stay in Kolkata, she asked me whenever I'll be in Kolkata, would let her know. Few weeks ago, we had to Kolkata for a family emergency. When the problem has been sorted out, I'd informed her about my stay in Kolkata. She replied with a huge project of 10 dishes to be done by me. As I don't stay permanently there, she wanted to click the pictures of the dishes and will publish later. She gave me 2 theme, one is Oatmeal and another one is Curd. 5 delicious but easy dishes I'd to cook with each theme. So very obviously I've made Oatmeal Pancakes, which is very easy to make, delicious in taste as well as very nutritious too. This is a kids' friendly recipe. As Maida/all-purpose flour has not been used, it makes the dish even healthier. So let's check the recipe below...</p>
I always prefer 'Freshly Gound Spices' in my recipes. When you will cook with freshly ground spices, you will see the difference in your food. Food smells awesome and tastes too good with it, specially while you are cooking Indian dishes. Tandoori Spice is a multipurpose spice blend. You can use the spice powder for 'Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Paneer/Cauliflower/Potatoes etcs. This is a very easy way to make your own freshly ground Tandoori Spice Powder. In this powder, you have to dry roast your whole spices and then grind them together. So lets see the procedure of making Tandoori Spice Powder.
Mawa Kachori making is a time taking and long procedure, but worth making. Mawa kachori is made with Mawa/Khova, chopped nuts. The key ingredients for the recipe are, Maida, Khova, Chopped Nuts, Oil & Sugar. SO no more talking, let's see the procedure. And I guerrenty you, when you will taste them, will find far better than store bought.
<p>So finally winter is here. A for a bong winter means 'Nolen Gur', 'pithe puli', gurer payesh', 'Gurer sondesh/rosogolla'. But in outside of West Bengal these treats are always out fo your reach. Though you can get Bengali Sweets in other states of India, but Gur or Date palm jaggery is may be your dream. In Hyderabad, Gangura, the famous bengali sweet shop of Kolkata brings you good Winter sweets, but it's very far from our house. </p> <p>And my husband is not a foodie so he didn't go too long for any food. When I was very sad of not getting 'Nolen Gur', suddenly get a phone call from my dad, and he informed me, he had sent 'Nolen Gur' by courier service.</p> <p>I was like jumping in joy and make a list of sweets I would going to prepare. First sweet would be 'Gurer Rosogolla'. Because I generally not a Sweet lover, but I love gurer rosogolla/sondesh. So gathered 2 packets of Organic Cow's milk from our daily milk packets and prepared season's first 'Nolen Gurer Rosogolla'. Only 5 ingredients, super easy soft spongy aromatic rosogolla recipe is here. Have a look...</p>
Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the India. It is often described as "traditional Indian Subcontinent ice cream". It comes in various flavors. The more traditional ones are cream (malai), rose, mango, cardamom (elaichi), saffron (kesar or zafran), and pistachio. I'm posting this recipe for Kolkata Food Blogger's Summer special Event , which we're celebrating from May 20th to 26th '15. If you want to see more recipes for summer, click here http://tinyurl.com/m3fkwoq
The word Bhuna is used to describe the process where spices are fried gently to bring out their flavors . The chicken bhuna curry that I've given the recipe of below is an extension to this cooking method. The Bite size chicken is essentially added to the spices and cooks in its own juice, resulting in a deliciously strong flavor , but not much sauce.
<p>After having the awesome food, I was almost full. But for a full course meal how can I miss the dessert section. So thought of taste one of them. My husband insisted me to take the 'Beetroot Halwa', as he knew the taste, he was their before for team lunch, and he took that dessert twice. My husband is not a foodie, but he is a sweet lover. so never miss the dessert part of any buffet. As he was insisting for that particular item I took it 2 spoons, thought of just tasting it. But after having half spoon,I was so amazed, and took that for second time. After that day I was thinking of making this at home. But any vegetable halwa is very time consuming and tiring process, so I was avoiding for a year. But when I got my 'Preethi Zodiac' mixer grinder, find a easy grater comes in the 'Master Chef Jar', which grates vegetables in seconds with ease. </p> <p>So I've decided the 1st item of making is the 'Beetroot Halwa'.I've steamed the peeled beetroots in my 'Tupperware Steam it' and then halved and put into the 'Master Chef Jar' with grater function and got a jar full of grated steamed beetroot in few seconds. Let's have a look in the details procedure below.</p>
In Delhi, they follow the Nawabi style, whereas In Lakhnow, Awadhi cuisine has been followed. In Kolkata the biryani is almost cooked in Awadhi style along with Egg and potato. Awadh's last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled in 1856 to the Kolkata suburb of Metiabruz,he brought his personal chef with him, and evolved the Lakhnow Awadhi style biryani in Kolkata. But the poorer household of Kolkata couldn't afford the meat so potatoes had been added. Now this has became the specialty of Kolkata biryani. Kolkata biryani is much lighter in spices and the rice is being flavored with Kewra, rose water and Mitha Attar. Which makes the biryani even more flavorful than any other states' biryani. Kolkata style mutton biryani is already on blog, today I'm going to share the 'Chicken biryani' recipe with you. Hope you like it.
Hey it's Diwali guys, just in 2 days, how can I share any other recipe. So here is my Diwali special Cookies recipe, which is kids' friendly and very easy to make. You need butter, a handful of Almond, Atta(wheat flour), sugar that's it. It'll take 1 hour from start to end. In recent days I'm making all Kids' friendly recipe as my 1 year old boy wants to eat anything from my hand. So I've decided to cook almonst every item kids' friendly, so he can enjoy everything. So here is my Almond Butter Cookies recipe, which can be enjoyed by everyone. Btw I've partly adopted this recipe from blog, Fooddiva.
<p>Last week Durga Puja has finished. As we are in Hyderabad there are few pujas have been organised by the Bengalis live here. And the main attraction of the Durga Puja here is lots of Bengali Food stalls are set up near the Puja ground. We had lots of fried street food from there. But there was a stall which came all the way from Kolkata, that was 'Sholoana Bangali',they were serving lip smacking chop, cutlets. My freind's husband bought lots of items for later consumption, but I was in a dilemma, buy or not to buy, finally not bought, as it was heavily raining, and my concern was how to get out of that place. After going back to home, my friend told me they bought 'Mochar Chop' along with other snacks items, and it was lip smacking good. And they were felt bad as I didn't buy any of the items. So I thought to make some today, as it's heavily raining in Hyderabad and this will be a very good companion with evening tea & puffed rice. So not much talking now, let's see the recipe...</p>
Few years back I shared "Kanchakolar/Plantain Shammi Kabab. Today I am going to share another recipe of Plantain, which will make this not so favourite fruit more delicious.I adopted this recipe from my Mother-In-law, who makes me to love Kanchakola by her cooking "Kanchakolar Kofta". This is a very famous & authentic Bengali recipe too.
This recipe is Kolkata's speciality, in Kolkata Dhabas( roadside small restaurants) serves best chicken bharta you can ever taste. Today I'm going to share this recipe, which was sent by my dearest "Dheu Di", may be almost 3 years back, while we used to stay in USA. But somehow I totally forgot about the recipe and couldn't able to make it. But after seeing my two blogger friends, Rimli & Debjani's recent post on 'Chicken Bharta', I decided to post it too. Though this recipe is little bit different from theirs. Let's not bore you guys with my writing, have a look of the
I love fresh methi or fenugreek leaves for the slight bitterness they add to any dish. Each time I go to Little India, I scout around for a bunch. They are not very easy to find so when I do get them, I wrack my brain on what to make with it. Chopped Methi leaves and some other spices are mixed with Maida, make a dough and roll them into Parathas and cook on Hot Tawa.
Korma has its roots in the Mughlai cuisine of modern-day India and Pakistan.The flavour of a korma is based on a mixture of spices, including ground coriander and cumin, combined with yoghurt kept below curdling temperature and incorporated slowly and carefully with the meat juices. Traditionally, this would have been carried out in a pot set over a very low fire, with charcoal on the lid to provide all-round heat. A korma can be mildly spiced or fiery and may use Lamb, Beef, Chicken, or some kormas combine meat and vegetables such as spinach and Turnip . The term "Shahi" used for some kormas indicates its status as a prestige dish, rather than an everyday meal, and its association with the court.
Kadai Chicken is also known as gosht karahi (when prepared with goat or lamb meat instead of chicken) and kadai chicken is a Pakistani and North Indian dish noted for its spicy taste and usage of capsicum. It is said that only one utensil is enough to cook this dish and that is a karahi (wok). This chicken curry dish is full of flavors of Bell Peppers & Coriander seeds also rich with spices. This curry will be sizzling hot & oily. This curry goes well with Indian Bread like Naan, Parathas, Roti or Chapatis.
Paneer tikka is an Indian dish made from chunks of paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor or Tawa. It is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka and other meat dishes. It is a popular dish that is widely available in India and other countries with an Indian diaspora.
Paratha is Indian flatbread, which is usually made with Whole wheat Or Refined flour. In the other way we can call this Indian Tortilla. Only difference between Paratha and Tortilla is, Parathas are roasted in butter or vegetable oil. In India parathas are usually served in breakfast with pickle and seasoned curd.
Gajar Ka Halwa is made by placing grated carrot in a pot containing a specific amount of water, milk and sugar and then cooking while stirring regularly. It is a famous dessert which is favorite all over the Northern India. It is traditionally eaten during all of the festivals in India, mainly on the occasion of Dewali, Holi, Eid al-Fitr and Raksha Bandhan
Kachori is flat round puffed pastry usually stuffed with moong or urad lentil stuffing, then slowly deep fried snack item. Kachori is originated in Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh. This is a North indian delicacy. There can be found many different types of Kachori, like Moong/Chana Dal Ke Kachori, Besan(Bengal Gram Flour) ke Kachori, Pyaj ke Kachori(famous in Rajasthan), in Delhi Raj Kachori is very famous indeed. Not only the salty namkeen type of Kachori is very famous, even Mawa Kachori(find my recipe in the blog), which is stuffed with Khova pitthi and dipped in sugar syrup from Rajasthan is also very popular during Festival season. Non veg types of Kachoris, like 'Fish Kachori, Keema Kachori are found in Bengal. Today I'm going to share 'Keema Kachori' with you all. And that is also in healthy version. It's baked and the stuffing is also cooked in less oil. So let's find the recipe.
Aloo Paratha is an Indian recipe and one of the most popular breakfast dishes throughout western, central and northern regions of India. Aloo (potato) stuffed Parathas are basically unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato, which is rolled out and cooked on a hot tawa with butter or ghee. Usually butter or chutney is served with Aloo Paratha and in rural parts of northern and western India, curd is served along with it. Here’s a recipe that’s easier and much more time-saving than the traditional one!
Mango lassi is gaining popularity worldwide. It is made from yogurt, water and mango pulp. It may be made with or without additional sugar. In various parts of Canada, mango lassi is a cold drink consisting of sweetened kesar mango pulp mixed with yogurt, cream, or ice cream. It is served in a tall glass with a straw.
Rajma is a popular Indian vegetarian dish consisting of red kidney beans in a thick gravy with lots of Indian whole spices and usually served with rice and roti. Although the kidney bean is not of Indian origin, it is a part of regular diet in Northern India. The combination of Rajma and rice generally lists as a top favorite of North Indians.
Aloo Paratha is an Indian recipe and one of the most popular breakfast dishes throughout western, central and northern regions of India.Aloo (potato) stuffed Parathas are basically unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato, which is rolled out and cooked on a hot tawa with butter or ghee.
Dal (also spelled dahl or daal) is a preparation of pulses /dried lentils which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in southern India, and with both rice and roti throughout northern India .
Egg Tarka is highly popular in roadside Dhaba. There are varieties of Tarka Dal. However, Bengali Tarka Dal is prepared with whole Moong dal or Green Gram. In Bengal it is made with egg, chicken, or mutton. You can make it vegetarian too without egg or meat. It goes well with roti or parathas.
Achari Paneer is a popoular North Indian paneer dish. This is a very spicy, oily type of gravy based recipe. The gravy should be thick tangy and Indian pickle flavored. For this recipe Indian pickle spices are used to give the pickle touch. Usually this Paneer dish is served with Tandoori Roti Or Naan.
Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices which is called as Tandoori Spices. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared. Tandoori Chicken is a dish of Mughlai cuisine. It was popular among the noble families and Nawab families.
Kalakand is a very popular North Indian milk based sweet. This sweet is very easy to make and so delicious. This sweet recipe needs very few ingredients, only few steps and 15 minuyes to be done. Today I'm going to share the recipe of Instant Kalakand, which tastes just like the original one, butvery easy to make. When I started making sweets, I made Kalakand first. So if I could make it, anybody can do the same. Surprise your guests with this traditional Indian sweet, don't reveal the process. They will not going to belive you</span>.</p> </body> </html>
'Chai/Cha/Tea' is the common beverage for all Indian. Mornings are incomplete without a perfect cup of Tea. Almost every Indian, have Tea for their morning refreshing beverage. Usually tea is made only by brewing Tea Leaves, milk and water, but sometimes we love to have the 'Spiced Tea' which is also known as 'Masala Chai'. For the 'Masala Chai', tea & herbs are being brewed with Water & Whole Cow or Buffalo milk. Check the easy recipe of refreshing Masala Chai.
Mint coriander chutney is the most common chutney of Indian chutney list, which usually serves in restaurants with Kebabs or snacks. Even this chutney is must in all types of chaats, like Aloo Chaat, Pani Puri Chaat, Papri Chaat, Dahi Vada etc. Even this chutney can be used as sandwich spread. This chutney is very easy to make. Tastes the same like restaurant. You just need only few ingredients to make this. It will take only 10-15 minutes to make this all purpose chutney. Have a look at the recipe.
Mattar paneer is a north Indian dish consisting of paneer and peas in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce. Some people also add potato to it. It is similar to palak paneer .It is usually served with an Indian type of bread and may be served with rice. It is usually served as North Indian (Punjab) food. The dish may be garnished with a splash of cream or coriander leaves and is usually vegetarian.
Badam means "Almond" and "Kesar" means "Saffron". This is a milk full of "Almond" paste and "Saffron". This badam flavored milk is very rich and energetic drink for summer. And the wonderful flavor of saffron enhance its taste.
Today I am going to share a very easy Potato Sandwich recipe,which usually my mom used to make at home for breakfast. She sometimes used to give me in my lunch box too. Here is my mom's Potato Sandwich recipe.
Thandai, most commonly known as "Sardai", is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. This drink common in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan - mostly in Peshawar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival---Source wikipedia
Chutney (also called chatney) refers to a wide-ranging family of condiments from Indian cuisine that usually contain some mixture of spice(s) and vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s). There are many varieties of chutney. Chutneys may be either wet or dry, and can have a coarse to a fine texture. Sweet Tamarind Chutney is a thick Sweet and Sour spicy sauce made with Thick Tamarind Pulp and other spices.
Peda is a very famous Indian sweets, which is made reducing full fat milk, i.e called mawa. Peda is specially a North Indian sweet. This sweets are eaten to celebrate festivals, occasions etc. Peda has many variations. There are different types of Pedas made in India like Pistachios Peda, Kesar Peda, Dudh Peda etc. Today I'm going to share another type of Peda which is made specially during Summer is Mango Peda. The key ingredients of Mango Pedas are Mango Pulp, Mawa, Sugar, Condensed Milk. This recipe is very easy but you need to be patient. Now lets directly go to the recipe.....
Everyone is posting the rich Christmas fruit cake today. But I'm going to post my favorite tea time cake which is made in a healthy way, delicious in taste but easy to make. I used egg whites in this cake to make this more healthy, dates, chopped walnuts & dried cranberry and one secreat ingredient to enhance the flavor of this wonderful cake. That is "Indian Tea Spices" Or "Chai Masala", which is used to make "Masala Chai" in India. I used store bought "Chai Masala", which is easily available in any grocery stores in market. If you can't find it, then make it at home with, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 green cardamom pods, pinch f nutmeg powder, 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder or grated ginger.
Chicken Tadka is another version of Dhaba Special Tadka Dal recipe. Tadka is a famous item of Roadside Dhabas. The small very ordinary food shops serves amazing foods for very less price than the Restaurants. And the tastes of those dishes are finger licking good in taste. Takda is one of the special item of Dhaba Menu. Whole Green Moong Dal cooked in spices with chicken or egg. Here I am sharing the Chicken Tadka recipe, which is my personal favorite recipe.
Roti is generally a South Asian bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta flour, that originated and is consumed in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Roti and its thinner variant, known as chapati, are an integral part of Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
Koftas are very famous side of North India. They are diffrent types, such as Meat Koftas, Chicken Koftas, Malai Koftas, Vegetable Koftas. Here I have made Vegetable Koftas in spinach based gravy. That is why I called this "Hariyali Kofta". I made often Palak Paneer. One dat I thought making koftas in palak based gravy. So I experiment this and very much successful in my mission.
Dal Makhni/Makhani is a very popular & traditional Punjabi dish. This is a very much different version of Dal from the other Punjabi Dal. This Dal is a little bit time consuming preparation. It takes almost 24 hours to complete the dal in traditional way. But as now a days we have lots of modern cooking equipments. So this preparation hardly takes 1-2 hours to complete.
This recipe is inspired by Chef Aditya. This is a very easy chicken Curry with less ingredients, but it tastes great. Whenever you are in a hurry and do not have much time to cook for your guests, try this chicken. No need to stir continuously . My guests gave me feedback that this chicken has a mild but wonderful flavors in it. And it is a very light and flavorful chicken curry.
Traditionally, this dish is made with lamb, but it is equally delicious made with chicken. The lentils are flavored with a traditional "Tarka" or "Tampering", which is poured over the dal just before serving.
Seekh Kabab is a finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger, green chili, cilantro & spice powder marinated lamb, beef, chicken Or turkey meat, wrapped around bamboo/metal skewer (Seekh in Hindi) and roasted/grilled usually in tandoor or oven or deep fried in oil. Today I've made this seekh kabab with minced chicken. The kababs are very juicy from the inside and roasted from the outside. I prefer this kabab roasted in the oven, more than fried. But if you do not have any oven in your home, still you can enjoy this kabab by frying in hot oil.
This is my first post from India. Last month we relocated in India after 5yrs. And all my friends and family were busy to welcome us. They were trying to make us comfortable with their homemade food. And this is monsoon in India. So after reaching India our stomach became upset as well as cold and fever caught us. So I thought making some light soup for our upset stomach and cough. And here is the yummy Indian spiced Carrot soup.
Chicken Chargha is a very famous and popular Chicken dish which is cooked in two different steps, first steaming and then deep frying the steamed Chicken. In this recipe whole chicken is used. I used half chicken, as whole chicken is little bit difficult to handle because of its size in our small kitchens. But in restaurants they use whole chicken for this recipe. Here is the recipe of chicken chargha Lahore style...
Kachhe Kele Or Kacha Kolar Tikki/Shammi Kebab/Kabab Or Raw Banana Cutlets Or Kanchkolar/Kancha Kolar Chop/KoftaRaw Banana is not edible without cooking. And there are not that much variety of cooking Raw banana in Indian cuisine. A few dishes are made with this fruit, such as chips, curry, cutles or fritters. This plantain has less sugar & more starch than normal banana . Today I am going to share a recipe of Plantain, which will make this not so favorite fruit more delicious. In this recipe we will use boiled raw banana, onion, chili, bengal gram flour, salt & some other common ingredients. But this dish will be very tasty and can be served as a starter for the vegetarian guests.
Paneer Butter Masala is a preparation of paneer in a thick gravy made up of cream, tomatoes and spices. It is a mainstay of Indian cuisine (mainly North India). It is mainly eaten with roti, chappati or other Indian breads. Paneer is the Indian word for cottage cheese.
Cheela is a crepe-like bread unique to Telugu cuisine that is similar to dosa. It is made with batter of green gram (moong dal), but unlike a dosa, it does not contain urad dal. Cheela is eaten both in breakfast and as snack that popular in Andhra Pradesh . It is typically served with ginger or tamarind chutney. Green chilies, ginger and onions are used in different variants of this snack.
Spinach is a very healthy edible flowering plant. Spinach has lots of nutrition value. It has anioxidents . Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It has also a very good source of Iron, which kids need much for their growing. It is also a good calsium source. In one word Spinach is a good healthy Leafy Vegetable..