Call it Mattha, Chaas or Spiced Buttermilk, this yogurt baked spiced beverage is a classic Indian summer drink. Couple spices and fresh herbs blended with yogurt and water makes this thirst quencher. It is a great way to stay hydrated.
Sliced eggplant pan fried in very little oil and then layered with spiced yogurt followed by a drizzle of tempered hot oil! Doi Begun is a popular Bengali eggplant curry, except I make it little untraditional way. Typically yogurt will be cooked along with the spices and eggplant. This recipe doesn't call for that which makes it a very quick meal. It's light on the tummy and great on warm days too.
Tawa Chicken is a quick easy chicken side dish. It is often served as an appetizer, or as a meal with Naan. I occasionally like to go untraditional and make Tawa Chicken Taco.
This Chia Pudding is made with homemade Badam Doodh (Almond flavored dairy milk). It has the flavor of almond, cardamoms and saffron. It’s amazing just on it own but then we like to top it with some fruits and granola to make it a filling breakfast. A rich and a luscious way to start the day!
I have lived in South India for so many years and yet, I never heard of the dish called Pesarattu. When a friend suggested me the dish a few months back, I was surprised at how quick and simple it is to prepare this crepe like dish. I didn’t have to worry about fermenting and yet, I could enjoy something similar to dosa in a fuss free manner. Ever since then, I make it very often and my preferred version is the Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe. It’s nourishing, filling and the color is strikingly gorgeous green. With…
Rustic bite size potatoes swimming in spiced vibrant tomato gravy, served with flaky poori, provides the perfect morning pleasure. I have a few weekend breakfast favorites and Aloo Tamatar Sabzi with poori tops the list. It’s a simple comfort stew that is loved by every Indian that I know. Every family has their own version of this sabzi and I am sure they all taste equally good.
There are so many dishes that I have learnt from my husband. Since both of us are from two different regions and cultures, it makes our diet a beautiful blend. I feel quite lucky that we don't restrict from trying new flavors, which is probably why cooking is still playful for me. The only paneer dish that I grew up eating is in the form a light curry, prepared by Ma in Bengali style. I will share that recipe someday. Today it's Paneer Bhurji Curry that Arvind inspired me to learn. I probably made it sound like a big project when…
Ever since we bought a gas grill, almost every weekend is turning into a grilled chicken and corn kind-a dinner. The warm days and light wind makes it quite perfect too. Next day, there is always left over grilled chicken to finish. It is not a bad thing because the options to make something amazing with that are limitless. Last week, I made Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chutney. I don’t know if the star of the dish was the filling or the sauce but it sure was a tasty combination that made for a delectable meal.
Shakshuka is a one-pot Middle Eastern flavor packed baked egg dish that is usually served for breakfast with pita on the side. It’s a very comforting meal and a favorite to all egg lovers. As much as I relish the original authentic version of the dish, I occasionally like to add a fun little twist. A few days’ back, I made it with Indian spices and threw in some baby spinach too. This Indian Spiced Spinach Shakshuka has an intense depth of flavor and spinach adds an interesting texture to the whole dish.
Creamy and rich this Badami Lauki Kofta is bottle gourd dumplings that are friend and then simmered in a tomato based curry that is then enhanced with almond flour.
Matar Paneer is a very popular North Indian curry. It has a lovely texture and beautiful flavor balance. Soft bite size paneer (fresh uncultured cheese) with the sweetness of peas cooked in spiced tomato gravy. It pairs wonderfully with both rice and roti. This dish is so much preferred in India that you will find it in almost every other restaurant, buffet menu, wedding menu or for any gathering that plans for a North Indian meal. I hardly order this dish in a restaurant because the ratio of the gravy with the paneer is never balanced and so, I always prefer…
Soft whole-wheat dough is stuffed with a mixture of spices, mashed potatoes and kale, rolled into a thin disk. It is then, charred on a hot skillet with some ghee or butter. Potato and Kale Stuffed Paratha is one of those carb-loaded meals that is best for breakfast so that you could burn off the calories during the day. But when the craving hits, you can’t really help it and then, you see yourself enjoying it for dinner. Paired with some yogurt and spiced pickle, it’s such a comforting meal.