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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.

Aloo tamatar Sabzi (Potato Tomato Stew) | Playful Cooking #potato #tomato #stew #indian #curry #foodphotographylink to Aloo Tamatar Sabzi

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi

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.

Matar Paneer (Green Peas and Paneer Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

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…

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…

Chicken Ghungni (Yellow Peas And Mined Chicken Stew) And Announcing the Cookbook Cover | Playful Cookinglink to Chicken Ghugni and Announcing the Cookbook Cover

Chicken Ghugni and Announcing the Cookbook Cover

After a month of back and forth, we finally have the name and the book cover! I am so happy to ultimately share it with you. Through the process of writing the book and photographing all the dishes, I don’t think I ever sat down to realize the scale of the achievement. Now, when I see the book cover again and again with the title, my name on it and those dishes that I cooked, it started to feel a lot real. Soon, I can call myself an author. Oh boy! To celebrate the moment, I wanted to make something…

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew) | Playful Cookinglink to Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal – daal, as we all know, is Indian lentil stew and teto refers to bitter gourd. This light lentil stew with a hint of bitter taste is a quintessential Bengali dish, most commonly prepared during summer months. Bitter gourd is known to cleanse your palate and soothe your tummy, which makes this stew ideal for a detox diet. Typically, bottle gourd is also cooked along with the lentil to make the stew more filling. Also, the sweet taste of bottle gourd balances the bitterness of the stew. But, I wanted to keep tetor daal light and so, I…

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.

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…

Coconut Lemon Fish Stew | Playful Cookinglink to Coconut and Lemon Fish Stew

Coconut and Lemon Fish Stew

My parents can never even consider cooking with frozen fish. Bengali meals are all about fresh lake fish, brought from the fish market every other day. I grew up with that belief and tried to follow the ritual for quite some time. It was only during our stay in US when I started to embrace the idea of using frozen fish. And soon I realized how swiftly a wholesome meal could come together with a fillet of frozen fish. While these frozen fillets don’t live up to a typical Bengali style fish curry but it sure does make a light…