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Soya Chunks Curry | Playful Cookinglink to Soya Chunks Curry

Soya Chunks Curry

Healthy, nutritional and protein packed, this Soya Chunks Curry can be your delicious weeknight meal! With the right balance of flavor and texture, it’s a mouthful at every bite. We Indians grew up eating soya chunks quite often and in different forms. So, I thought of sharing few of my favorites, starting with the easy curry.

Masoor Palak Daal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew) | Playful Cookinglink to Masoor Palak Daal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew)

Masoor Palak Daal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew)

Daal is an essential part of the Indian meal. It helps you balance your diet along with rice as well as sabzi (vegetable stir fry) or curry. The pulses can be cooked with different vegetables, spices or herbs to form either a thick stew or a thin soup-like consistency. It’s our comfort food and there are probably a thousand different ways in which you can make a delicious bowl of daal. This Masoor Palak Daal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew) is a hearty, nutritional lentil stew. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the top, pair it with cooked rice, thinly slice…

Indian Curry Paste | Playful Cookinglink to Indian Curry Paste

Indian Curry Paste

The base of a typical Indian curry is a mix of onion, ginger, garlic and tomato with several different spices. Of course, depending on the type of dish that you are making, you could add other flavoring components while preparing the curry. The preparation of curry does require some amount of time and unless you are used to making Indian curries on a regular basis, you might find it daunting. But, if you have made the Indian Curry Paste in advance, the curry-making experience will flow smoothly and most importantly, very quickly. If you enjoy Indian food, this curry paste…

30 Holi Dishes | Playful Cookinglink to 30 Holi Dishes

30 Holi Dishes

Holi is the festival of color, welcoming spring in the most vivid and joyful way. In India, this festival is considered as one of the biggest festivals. Every other street is lit up like a rainbow with people soaked in mass of colors and water. Everyone looks happy! The festival gets its name from the old mythological story of Holika. In India, every other state celebrates the festival in their own way. There are deep customs and rituals being followed, a lot of which will never make much sense to me. However, if there is one common thing that can…

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Santra Badam Barfi (Orange Almond Fudge)

The delicate sweet tangy orange with the richness of ghee and almond make Santra Badam Barfi a delicacy for your palate. It’s moreish and almost melts in your mouth at every bite. We Indians love barfi (dense milk-based fudge) and make it quite often, be it a special occasion or not. There are different types of barfi one can make with addition of nuts and fruits. 

Chicken Tikka Masala | Playful Cookinglink to Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular Indian curries for takeout. This classic aromatic curry is one those first dishes that one would try while exploring Indian cuisine. There is something about the richness and aroma of the tikka masala with those tender boneless grilled chicken that makes it a favorite. With naan or rice, it’s a meal that everyone remembers and craves for more. While some people might think that it’s one of those dishes that need a lot of effort and time, I am here to tell you that it’s not. Making Chicken Tikka Masala is…

How To Make Makhni Sauce | Playful Cookinglink to How To Make Makhni Sauce

How To Make Makhni Sauce

Makhni sauce is a vibrant, aromatic tomato sauce that you can use to prepare numerous lip smacking dishes. It is freezer friendly and comes in very handy on those busy days when you crave for restaurant like curries. I have been trying this makhni sauce recipe for several years now. And it has managed to create several wow moments.

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate | Playful Cookinglink to Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a fantastic and fun filled 2018. I read somewhere that a cup of hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. So, I couldn’t think of anything better to start my blog chapter of 2018. This Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate is a luscious winter indulgence. A warm hug!

Chingri Malaicurry (Bengali Style Shrimp/Prawn Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Chringri Malai Curry (Bengali Style Shrimp/Prawn Curry) and Announcing my Cookbook Deal!

Chringri Malai Curry (Bengali Style Shrimp/Prawn Curry) and Announcing my Cookbook Deal!

This year I spent more time in my tiny kitchen than in any other corner of our home. It was all about testing and retesting every single recipe. Followed by photographing and of course the writing. Wow, does it feel lovely to finally share this news with you guys. Yes, I am writing and photographing my first cookbook. You never think something like this will ever happen to you. Then it actually does. A dream that I had for a while now, is shaping up beautifully and becoming a reality. It just feels amazing.

Chickpea Shrimp In Makhani Sauce | Playful Cookinglink to Chickpea Shrimp In Makhani Sauce

Chickpea Shrimp In Makhani Sauce

Don’t you love it when you manage to bring a meal together with random ingredients, just by following your taste bud and your instinct! I was planning for a chickpea stew with shrimp stir-fry on the side. But then, the bottle of kasoori methi took my attention and I made a super-fast, shortcut makhani sauce. The chickpeas and shrimp went in the creamy tomato sauce, turning it into a hearty meal. This Chickpea Shrimp In Makhani Sauce took me less than 30 minutes to get ready. Definitely a keeper for busy weeknights.

Rasmalai | Playful Cookinglink to Rasmalai (Juicy Cheese Dumplings In Flavored Cream)

Rasmalai (Juicy Cheese Dumplings In Flavored Cream)

Ras meaning juice and Malai meaning cream, are juicy and spongy fresh cottage cheese dumplings in creamy cardamom and saffron milk. Rasmalai is one of those famous Indian desserts that always brightens the festive mood. This festive season, I made this dessert twice. That’s how much we love this dessert. Diwali, the festival of light, is right around the corner and this year, I decided to do a virtual potluck with some of my favorite food bloggers. There is an array of treats from savory to sweet. If only I could transform this potluck from virtual to real!

Palak Paneer Party Slider | Playful Cookinglink to Palak Paneer (Spinach Cheese) Party Sliders

Palak Paneer (Spinach Cheese) Party Sliders

Crusty golden top with creamy paneer, goodness of baby spinach, the sharpness from marinara sauce and those crunchy red onions! With cheese loaded in the center, these palak paneer (spinach cheese) party sliders are a hit. The left over sliders stays good in an airtight container, and after a quick warming in the microwave it gets cheesy and saucy once again.