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Paneer Butter Masala
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.
Indian coconut cookies is none other than coconut biscuits which are filled with lots of shredded coconut. This cookies are so simple and tastes like haven. I am a big fan of coconut. So I always love my cookies to be coconut flavored. This is also called as Macaroons.
Eggless Butterless Blueberry & Orange Cake
We all love cake. Egg is the most important ingredient for any cake recipe. But who are vegetarian, can't enjoy this dessert at all. but here I've a very healthy and unique recipe for them who are very much health conscious. This recipe is totally Egg & Butter less with a nice flavor of Blueberry and Orange, healthy version of delicious cake. But Non-vegetarian don't worry at all. It tastes like heaven.
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.
Lobster is a very popular seafood in Goa, India. When I was in Goa, I had a very nice and light Lobster Curry, which was named as "Lobster in Butter Sauce". It was so tasty dish, served with plain steamed rice. The gravy was mild and very tasty. I just love seafood, and if you are in Goa, no one can resists to taste the seafood there. My husband is not a seafood lover. He does not like the strong smell of the Prawns, Crabs or Lobsters. So I was free to tastes all of them. But the most tasty dish according to me was this "Lobster in Butter Sauce". When I got live lobsters, I gave a try to make that heavenly "Lobster in Butter Sauce", and it came out almost similar with thar "Lobster in Butter Sauce". But I renamed this dish as "Butter Lobster". Hope you guys will enjoy the taste...
Two In 1 Cake
This the season of Mango, the king of fruits. As a mango lover I wish to have this wonderful flavored fruit almost in every meal. And mango flavored sweet, desserts or bakery is my most favorite. This cake is made with Mango puree, tutty fruity, chocolate powder and some other ingredients.
Eggless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake is a cake flavored with melted chocolate or cocoa powder. Chocolate cake is made with chocolate; it can be made with other ingredients, as well. These ingredients include fudge, vanilla creme, and other sweeteners. Here is the very easy recipe of Chocolate Cake without Eggs & Butter. This is a very easy & quick recipe of a Super Moist Chocolate Cake. I made this Cake for my Vegetarian Followers, including my In-laws. They are Vegetarian, and like to have cake. But could not have it. So I tried to make this cake with very less ingredients, mostly always available at home.
Tender Coconut Lassi
Lassi is a savory cool yogurt based beverage popular in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri lanka, Bangladesh. Lassi is made with sour curd, black salt, sugar. Some time roasted ground cumin is added to enhance the taste. Fruits can be used to make variations. Today I'm going to share a lassi recipe which is not the traditional recipe, it's a common variation of Lassi, 'Tender Coconut Lassi/Daab Lassi' In this lassi Tender/Young coconut flesh is blended with sour curd and then it is added with the other ingredients. So lets off to the recipe....
Burgers are everyone's favourite.But store bought burgers are missing something.Yes Indian spices are missing there.So I planned to prepare it at home,with indian spices.Its a easy process and prepared within half an hour, excluding marination time.
Chicken Bhuna Masala
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.
Langcha is a Bengali sweetmeat that originates from Saktigarh in the Bardhaman of West Bengal, India. Langcha is made of sweetened milk powder, and flours of different cereals. Langcha of the village Simultala in Jharkhand district of India is also famous. Langcha from Nabadwip, West Bengal in India are of top quality. Langcha of Tarapith region in Birbhum district are very big in size.
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.
Vermicelli Kheer or Semiya Payasam is a sweet dish which is made with vermicelli or seyaian, milk & sugar. It is made in every Indian household for special occasions like birthdays, weddings or other festive occasions. Vermicelli Kheere is a very tasty sweet dish, and healthy too.
Spicy Egg Paratha
A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian subcontinent. This is Egg Paratha means paratha made with egg,spices & maida.This is a very healthy & tasty breakfast for them who are really bored with their regular breakfast with "Bread & Egg". Try this and let me know how much you loved this breakfast.
Mixed Dal Fry
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 .
This is an American Breakfast But here I've made this in Indian style .This will be fun to have omelet & bread in burger style.
Peas Pilaf (also known as pilau, peleau and plov) is a dish in which rice is cooked in a whole garam masala seasoned broth with green peas.
This is a very popular Bengali side dish in daily cooking. Finely chopped Cabbage / badhakopi (Bengali term) cooked along with potato & peas in a tomato & ginger based gravy. This side dish comes with steamed rice & daal.
Bhaja Muger Dal
The mung or moong bean (also known as green gram or golden gram or pesalu in Telugu) is the seed of Vigna radiata, native to the Indian subcontinent,and mainly cultivated in China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh and India, but also in hot and dry regions of Southern Europe and the Southern United States.It is used as a foodstuff in both savory and sweet dishes.
Polao is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may also attain its brown color by being stirred with bits of cooked onion, as well as a large mix of spices. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain fish, meat and vegetables. In West Bengal hilsha is very much available and popular. In monsoon Bengali people make so much of hilsha dishes. Hilsha fish cooked early with spices and then layered with Basmati Rice.
Cookies are small, flat round or any kind of shaped baked treats. They can be in many different flavors and shapes. There are many different types of cookies in all over the world. Here this cookies are kind of Indian.
Chicken Sandwich is well known as "Chicken Burger". Most of us like this super delicious Fast-Food. Easy to carry and very delicious. Here I've giving you this awesome "Chicken Burger" recipe for this summer. This recipe contains Pan Sauted Chicken Breasts, and a moist Creamy spread all over the Buns, with lots of leafy veggies. Smooth texture and very tasty recipe for dinner.
Chicken With Lentil
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.
Radha Ballavi is a very famous deep fried Bengali Flat Bread. This Radha Ballavi serves in special occasion like "Puja". Here I have made "Radha Ballavi" for "Janmashtami" special. This deep fried puries serve with "Niramish Aloor Dum" Or "simple "Potato Curry".
Bengali Fish Biryani
Bengali people love fish. They like fish in any of the dishes. We bongs like fish in any way, such as, in curry, stew, mustard gravy, light curry , in pulao or biryani. So here I'm sharing a recipe for our another authentic Rice variety, that is Fish biryani. This is nothing but fish based rice variety and with lots of spice. It is easy to cook and very much time saving flavorful dish.
Lachha Paratha is another Special Varity of regular Paratha with Multi and flaky layers on the outside and soft and moist in the middle. This is a very common verity of regular paratha. This is my Twist for this multi layered paratha layers with some chopped fresh Cilantro & Crushed Black Pepper Lachha paratha can be easily recognized by its multi layers.
Goja is the Bengali Version of North Indian Sakkar Para. Flour dough is rolled and shape them what ever you like. And then deep fry them and dip into thick sugar syrup. And a must sweet for the Vijaya Dashami. Bengalis welcome their guests after the Visharjan of Goddess Durga with lots of sweet and some snacks, this is one of the sweets which serve to the guests.
In West Bengal catfish (known as Magur) is eaten as a favored delicacy during the monsoons. Catfish meat helps in blood purification. Catfish curry is consumed in these parts to promote faster recovery to patients suffering from fever or other ailments.
Tutti Fruity Loaf Cake
Christmas is a baking Season. This time people bakes lots of different desserts, cookies, cakes etc. Traditional Rich Fruit Cake is a must item for baking. But beside this Traditional, we like to bake different flavored cakes, like Coffee Cake, Simple Fruit Cakes, Chocolate Cake etc. I have already soaked my Dry fruits and Nut for my Rich Christmas Fruit Cake. But all my friends who does not like the Rich Fruit Cake, Or does wants to make Fruit & Nuts cake for their Kids here is my Tutti Fruity Cake for them.
Gingerbread Man Cookies
<p>A gingerbread man is a biscuit or cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a stylized human, although making other shapes, especially seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.) and characters, are quite common as well. I made this Cookies following <a href="http://www.mccormick.com/gingerbread-cookies">www.mccormick.com</a> website...I did not modify anything. Just followed the ingredients & instructions and made this cookies.</p>
Rich Christmas Fruit Cake
This fruit cake is packaged with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and candied fruit, dark Rum, Nuts are also included as Caramel Or Butterscotch Syrup. Fruit cakes should be made about three to four weeks before Christmas so that you can brush it with alcohol several times and allow the flavors to mingle. But that's not a mandatory step to do, Many people do like the flavor of Alcohol in cake, its up to your choice. Last not the least, this cake can be frozen so it's a very good idea to make two of this and freeze one for later part of the year.
Lobongo Lotika is a traditional Bengali Sweet. This sweet is made in two part. The first part is to make the Coconut stuffing and the second part is to make the body. Then the stuffing is inserted inside the body, and wrap the body like a parcel. And secure the parcel from opening with the star ingredint Lobongo (Clove). That is why the sweet is called as "Lobongo Lotika". And after that deep fry the stuffed parcels and soaked into sugar syrup. This sweet can be stored for a long time. So my gradmom used to make this sweet for our long trips.
Phulkopi is the Bengali name of Cauliflower. This "Singara" is specially made in Winter, as Cauliflower is the popular vegetable of this season. "Phulkopir Singara" is made with stir fried cauliflower & potatoes along with some other spices. For crispyness of the "Singara" , we have to use ghee. In the roadside shops, they use Daldas to make the "Singara" most crispy and stay as it is through out the day. But dalda is not good for health. "Singara" should be served hot and fresh as soon as they are made, if they reach to the room temperature, they will loss the crispyness. Read my tips Tips to make Crispy old samosas ". Here is the recipe of "Phulkopir Singara"...
Aloo Masala Sandwich
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.
Chicken Sandwich is a typically a boneless, skinless, breast of chicken in a bun or between two slices of bread. Chicken sandwich has many version all over the world. In Indian this sandwich is made with bobeless chicken, cream, mayoneise, chopped lettuce or cabbage & srping onion. This Indian version of chicken sandwich tastes so good no one can resists to have the taste. I am going to share the Indian style chicken sandwich with you.
Dum Ka Murgh
This is Chicken dish with nutty flavor but very easy and tasty dish. Dum means steam, and Murgh means Chicken. The chicken will be cooked in airtight container along with lots of spices in a slow cooking process. Here is the recipe.
Dorbesh is nothing but Boondi Laddu. But this Dorbesh is little different from the regular Non-bengali boondi laddu. Dorbesh is made with colorful boondies, and looks very tempting. Dorbesh taste little bit different from regular laddu. This Bengali Boondi Laddu is made with boondi, cashew, raisins and khoya kheer or mawa. We have to mix all the ingredients together and then shape them into Laddus.
Bengali Misti Polao
This polao should be cooked with Bengali aromatic rice called "Gobindobhog" rice. But out of West Bengal it is not possible to get this rice. This is Bengal special rice. Its aroma makes the Polao more aromatic & tasty. Some people say that "Kalizeera" rice, which is available in Bengladeshi stores, is quite similar, but belive me I could not find the similarity, because once you eat the "Gobindobhog" rice you will never forget the aroma. So I made this with "Basmati Rice". This can be a better substitute of "Gobindobhog" rice. Ghee and saffron are the 2 very essential ingredients for this preparation, you can't skip these two. For this most aromatic rice you need very less ingredients but it taste really awesome.
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.
Bengali Mutton Curry
Almost in every Bengali home "Sunday Special Panthar Jhol" is must for lunch menu. This is not a very rich curry. This kind of "Mangsher Jhol" is cooked with very less spices, just like stew. This type of "Mangsher Jhol" goes well with Plain Steamed Rice and cucumber, onion salad. Goat meat is itself little rich. So you can not have a lot at a time. And Goat meat should be consumed at lunch only. This meat is little difficult to digest.
Indian Tea Cake
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.
Indian Egg Sandwich
In this sandwich I added Boiled Egg, Boiled Potato, Fried Onion & Tomato, Mayonnaise and some more ingredients. I grilled the sandwiches, but you may toast them too or simply serve it with fresh untested bread. This is a full proof recipe of Egg Sandwich. These sandwiches can be carried for Picnic, can be serve for Kids' Party, of in the Kid's lunch box.
Nutella Banana Sandwich
Today I'm going to share a special breakfast recipe for Kids. This is a healthy but yummy tasty recipe. Very easy too. Because you need only Nutella, Banana, Bread & butter for this recipe. You may toast or fry the sandwiches or may serve on untoasted bread. Do try this easiest healthy tasty sandwich recipe for kids' lunch box or Breakfast. I'm sure your kids gona love this sandwich. This sandwich I've tasted in one of my very good friend's house. She used to make these sandwiches. I loved it and learnt the recipe. Now I'm going to share with you too.
Methi Malai Paneer
Paneer is known as cottage cheese. This can be made at home or can be used store bought. Homemade paneer or cottage cheese are softer than store bought. Paneer can be used in curries, stir fries, kebabs or pulao dishes. There are lots of different kinds of curries using paneer like Matar Paneer, Butter Paneer, Paneer tikka masala etc. Today I'm going to share a very delicious recipe of paneer in which I've used coconut milk to make the creamy gravy. This is a mughlai dish in which Paneer is cooked in a rich thick creamy gravy, and serves with Indian Breads Or Rice items. This is not a spicy curry at all, not too oily. Here is the recipe of 'Paneer Methi Malai'.
Finally I got some courage to cook in microwave. Yes finally. I only baked, grilled in microwave but never cooked any curry or never tried Indian recipes. But today after buying my Samsung microwave I made this recipe and you wont believe this is a super easy, less oily and delicious dish. This dish took only 30 minutes from start to serve. And most importantly this is a recipe which is without onion & garlic pure vegetarian. So no more writing, let's go to the recipe....
Kerala Style Prawn Biryani
Biryani is a one pot meal. Rice & meat or vegetables or fish are cooked together with lots of spices. Different regions have different types of biryani. North Indian biryanis are almost similar to Mughlai style biryani. Awadhi or lucknow style biryani is also very popular. On the other hand in Bengal meat or fish cooked with semi cooked rice & potato. Biryanies have many varieties like Chicken biryani, mutton biryani, egg biryani, fish biryani, prawn biryani, vegetable biryani etc. Today I'm going to share you the typical Kerala Style Prawn/Chemmen Biryani which is very easy to make but taste awesome. In this biryani prawn is cooked with curry leaves & coconut paste. This is a very easy quick fix dinner recipe. Here it is....
I always prefer to make cakes at home rather than buying from the baker's shops. I never could find the homemade cake taste in the store bought cakes. And I always love the wonderful smells during the baking. And when it comes to the Chocolate Cake, my kitchen smells heavenly while baking. I love the Chocolate cakes without any nuts, but My hubby, he will never have any Cakes without Tutty Fruity & Nuts. So this cake contains lots of Tutty Fruity & Chopped Nuts. This cake I made for our train travel. It contains these main ingredients, Maida, Choco Powder, Sugar And Oil. And yes this is my First cake recipe after returning India. So here is the recipe.
Chicken Hariyali Kebab
Kebabs are common in Middle Easter cooking, which I always love. North Indian cuisine uses a lots of the same flavors, so they're familiar to me. I also like much the charred taste from the marinated meat and onions. Kebabs are healthy & quick, so we make them when guests come to visit. We usually serve them with mint chutney, biryani (a rice dish), naan9Indian flat bread) and a green salad.
Mild Prawn Curry
I think Bengalis don't need any introductions for the authentic Bengali recipe 'Chingrir Malaikari'. Even many Non Bengalis are also aware of 'Chingrir Malaikari'. But still I'll give you little informations about this dish for those who does not know about the recipe. Jumbo Prawns are cooked in creamy Coconut gravy, without onion, garlic & tomatoes. This curry is very arometic but mild in taste. This dish should serve with Plain Steamed Rice. This recipe I'm sharing for Bengalis' biggest festival 'Durga Puja'.
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.
Baked Keema Kachori
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.
In this chilling season nothing can be better than a hot cup of 'Spicy Tomato Soup'. In my list of favourite food during winter, Tomato Soup always be on the top. And if some garlic croutons can be added, it will be havenly. But being an Indian, I always prefer my soup will be little spicy. So whenever I prepare soups, I try to make it little spicy. Today I'm going to share my favourite Tomato Soup recipe with you, which I often make for evening snacks. In this recipe I do not boil the tomatoes, I roast them on pan with onion, garlic & green chilis and then grind them. Let's see the recipe.......
Dhabe Di Murgh Makkhanwala
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.
Tutti Fruity Bread
Bread is a well known Staple Food. Bread can be consumed in any meal i.e. as breakfast, appetizer, lunch or dinner and can be served with anything. Bread can be in many verities like Meat bread, Fruit bread, sweet bread, cheese bread or herb bread etc. Here I've made sweet bread which serves as breakfast or tiffin for the kids. Tutti fruity bread is a sweet tasted bread with lots of tutti fruity in it. This a very tasty breakfast bread for kids. This bread can be eaten plain as it is or with butter or any other spreads.
Cranberry Walnut Bread
This is a classics and very common bread for Breakfast. This bread is little sweet, soft in the inside and crunchy outside. I made this bread without Egg & butter in a healthy way. This is a very tasty bread too. This bread can be eaten as it is or Spreads can be applied to enhance the taste of the Bread. Butter, Margarine OR cream cheese will go best with this bread.
Quick Aloo Paratha
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!
Bengali Steamed Prawn
"Chingri" Or "Prawn" is Bengali's alltime favorite seafood. Prawn tastes so good, that you can use it any kind of dishese, such as, Rice dish, curries, daals, snacks, noodles etc. And Bengalis can cook several dishes with Prawns. We, Bengali can use this with any vegetables like, Cabbage, Bottle Gourd, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Pointed Gourd and all most in every vegetable curries. And expect this vegetables, prawns can be cooked as a main ingredient in many dishes, like Malaikari(coconut based gravy), Sorshe Bhape(steamed in mustard gravy), Biryani(spicey prawns cooked with Basmati rice), Buttery gravy and many more.
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.
Bengali Ghee Bhat
Ghee Bhat/Vegetable Polao is cooked with Basmati Or Gobindobhog rice. In USA Gobindobhog rice is not available. Kalijeera Rice, which is available in Bangladeshi Grocery Stores, but the is not exact like the Gobindobhog rice. So Basmati rice can be used as substitute. This polao is cooked in ghee or clarified butter only along with vegetables & nuts, so this is called Ghee Bhat. Here is the recipe.....