￼Mutton seekh kababs are made of minced mutton and grilled on a skewer. It is starter that kids and adults both love. This is a easy recipe to make seekh kababs at home.
Tariwale Aloo Gobhi – Potato and Cauliflower Gravy
￼Cauliflower and Potato gravy made in mustard oil and flavoured with Panch Phoran from eastern UP and Bihar. Served with hot pooris to cheer up anyone on a rainy day.
Punjabi Garlic & Rice Curry – Thom Chawal
Our elders had the unique ability of creating curries out of anything that is edible, well just about anything. Nowadays if an unexpected guest comes, we order food from outside. In the past, though, my mom would conjure up quick interesting recipes to save the day. One such recipe is thom chawal. Made with a few basic ingredients, mostly available at home its quick and easy and looks special. Mom would sometimes make it for lunch during summers. I used to love it as a child, and would ask mom to save it for the next meal. This unique dish…
Sweet & Sour Mango Relish
Mangoes, Mangoes & more mangoes. I go crazy during mango season. There is so much that can be done with mangoes , raw & ripe both, other than enjoying them as is of-course. During summers, just before the rains start, my mother used to plan making pickles & relish with raw mango. Relish and pickles are an essential part of the Indian meal. Most Indian households will have a couple of pickles and chutneys stocked up in jars in the kitchen. This relish or chutney comes to the rescue on the days when you want a quick meal. Hot tea,…
Chatpati Bhindi – Okra made in Air Fryer
Okra or Bhindi is a vegetable made in almost all parts of India. It is one of the vegetables which most kids love. Mine loves it too. I am certain that the lunch box from school will return empty on the days “Bhindi – Roti” is given. Masala bhindi is normally a spicy preparation , wherein the okra is slit horizontally and the mix of spices are filled in. It is a very time consuming process especially if one needs large quantities, so I prefer to cut the okra into half, and then cook with the spices. This recipe is…
Aam Ki Launji – Raw Mango Relish
No Indian meal is complete without pickles and relish. Aam ki launji is a sweet and sour relish from North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It is made with a few spices and is quick & easy to make. Having spent my childhood in eastern Uttar Pradesh, I came across many dishes that required panch phoran. As the name suggests it is a mix of five spices. Unlike other mix of spices , panch phoran is a mix of whole spices, all of which are seeds, in equal quantities. I use lesser fenugreek seeds for milder taste and…
Radish and Raw Mango Salad
Salad is a must for Lunch and dinner for me. While lemon, salt and pepper are a regular dressing for my cucumber tomato salad, I make it a little interesting over the weekends. One salad that goes well with the Indian fare is grated radish salad ( or lachha , as it is called in Hindi). I gave a little twist to the traditional grated radish salad by adding grated raw mango, instead of lemon. Talking of Radish, are you aware about a place called Jaunpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. I have lived in Jaunpur for…
Goan Fish Curry
This fish curry is may favourite fish curry. Till I started working , I used to eat only fried fish, however my first assignment as a management trainee was in Kolkatta . I started off with the Bengali fried fish and graduated to curries. Buying fish was still a problem. I started cooking fish curries couple of years back. Thanks to my kid’s nanny who is a Goan and knows how to buy fresh fish.This curry is not very spicy and yet not bland. It is not thick and not very heavy. It is tangy and mild. Just perfect for…
Kanjako wale kaale chane
￼ Recipe for Kale chane / black gram made for Kanya Poojan during Navratri.
Chane ki Lauki wali Daal ( Bengal Gram with Bottle Gourd)
As I mentioned in my earlier post of Moong Daal Palak, would eat a different daal every day , and also prefer a variation of commonly made daals. During summers we make the Bengal gram with bottle gourd. It makes the daal lighter and also gives a nice flavor. Also, if you have kids in the family who do not eat bottle gourd as a vegetable, it is easier to sneak in it in the daal. This daal goes well with Chapati, sliced onions and mint chutney or mango pickle. I prefer a low salt diet so avoid pickles.