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Mutton Nihari (Spiced Goat Stew) | Playful Cooking #indianfood #foodphotography #mutton #curry #meatlink to Mutton Nihari | Spiced Goat Stew

Mutton Nihari | Spiced Goat Stew

Warm, earthy and spice filled Mutton Nihari is a luxurious stew for the meat lovers! As the meat cooks, the gravy turns buttery with a gorgeous red hue. Topped with some fried onions, julienned ginger, green chili and finely chopped cilantro! This dish can be a showstopper at any party.

Indian Spiced Spinach Shakshuka | Playful Cookinglink to Indian Spiced Spinach Shakshuka

Indian Spiced Spinach Shakshuka

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.

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!

Spiced Poached Pear Chocolate Cake | Playful Cookinglink to Spiced Poached Pear Chocolate Cake

Spiced Poached Pear Chocolate Cake

Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We had a blast yesterday at my cousin’s place. We went there in the afternoon and left pretty late at night. Those hours just flew by so quickly. We were either munching or drinking or dancing or laughing or doing all of that at the same time. I baked this fudge Spiced Poached Pear Chocolate Cake as my tiny contribution to the enormous feast. It was a fun party and a good break from all the workload of packing that we are busy with right now. Yeah, we are moving again. Not too…

Bengali Aloo Dum | Playful Cookinglink to Bengali Aloo Dum (Spiced Baby Potatoes)

Bengali Aloo Dum (Spiced Baby Potatoes)

Baby potatoes, boiled just until fork tender and then sautéed in spices until the sauce gets thick and coats all over.  Bengali Aloo Dum (Spiced Baby Potatoes) is a quintessential Bengali weekend breakfast, often paired with luchi (fried mini flat bread). This is a simple dum aloo recipe prepared with onion, garlic and lots of aromatic spices. This Bengali style dum aloo is a favourite in many household and often you can even find it as a Kolkata street food during morning hours to feed the hungry souls on the go.

Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew | Playful Cookinglink to Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew

Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew

This is one of those utterly simple hearty stews with tidbits from fridge cleaning day. Even though I like to keep my refrigerator as ordered as possible, I still land up in situations where it calls for immediate action. Things like finding half a head of cauliflower at the back of the shelf or few completely forgotten about half-filled cans of beans. Fridge cleaning day can be scary at times and at other times, it can be rewarding. It was the latter for me this time as I wasn’t too late. So, I used the leftovers to make this spiced…

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Paneer Jalfrezi (Cheese and Pepper Stir Fry)

The past few weeks have been a little bumpy for us. First, I caught a bad virus that started with a horrible throat ache. And then, I passed it on to my little boy. He was not eating or playing, fever back to back and he just wanted to rest. We kept him off school for a few days. On top of all this, the workload was getting piled up. It’s a good thing that my work spins around food, so even if the laundry gets done in time or not, the food is almost always ready. Of course, with…

Strawberry And Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho | Playful Cookinglink to Strawberry And Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho

Strawberry And Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho

About four years back, I had attended a blogger gathering organized by California Strawberries. It was in the scenic city of Carmel. We visited several farms, spoke to the talented farmers, learnt all about strawberries and gobbled on the sweet fruit for three days in a row. This year, I am joining hands with them once again to spread more strawberry love with this Strawberry and Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho.

Indian Spiced Chicken Burger | Playful Cookinglink to Indian Spiced Chicken Burger

Indian Spiced Chicken Burger

We had a few things planned out for the long weekend. Cherry picking, attending my best friends’ house warming party and spending long hours by the pool. Instead, we cuddled up on the couch trying to comfort our sick baby. Avyan loves to go out but every long weekend, he happens to catch some bug and we land up staying at home. So, all we did for the past three days was movie marathons and indoor grilling. I made some Indian Spiced Chicken Burger hoping to cheer up our baby as he started to enjoy chicken a lot. But he…

Chole Taco (Chickpea Stew Taco)| Playful Cookinglink to Chole Taco (Indian Spiced Chickpea Taco)

Chole Taco (Indian Spiced Chickpea Taco)

We make chole (chickpea stew) quite often. It’s one of my go-to dishes on busy nights. However, it’s not one of my favorites unless it is paired with pillow-y bhature (deep fried flat breads). Then, it becomes one of my guilty pleasures. The other day, when I soaked dried chickpea yet again to prepare stew, I suddenly got this idea to turn it into a taco night. Of course, chickpea on taco is nothing new however chole taco (Indian Spiced Chickpea Taco) didn’t sound convincing. But then just the first bite was enough for a thumbs-up! I just love when such experiments work…

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Growing up, I ate a lot of pumpkin curry - sometimes non-vegetarian and sometimes pure vegetarian. Mom would always keep a little extra curry for me knowing that it’s my favorite vegetable and she still does the same. There is something about that dark orange shade; the sweetness and the creamy texture that makes me go for it as soon as my eyes fall on it. Whether you make something savory or sweet, blend it to make a soup or roast it, pumpkin is always very comforting and perfect to warm you up when the weather gets chilly outside.