If you ask anybody about their one favorite Indian food and i am sure chicken Tikka will be one of the choice. Chicken tikka to India is what pizza is to Italy, burritos to Mexico or sushi to Japan. Everybody makes their version and loves it like that. I am totally for the idea of tweaking recipes little bit here and there to make it up to your taste and ease. This is how recipes can be taken to generations and across boarders. But apart from these variations, keeping the soul of the recipe alive, is what makes one a good cook. Continue reading “Chicken Tikka Kebab” »
Buying an instant masala mix is one thing but making your own is what marks your signature in a dish. A dish so loved all over the world, chicken tikka, definitely calls for your own blend of masalas. This chicken tikka masala powder is the perfect blend of all the spices you need for making chicken tikka kebab or chicken tikka masala curry. Continue reading “Chicken Tikka Masala Powder” »
Have you ever met an Indian who doesn’t love the street food? I haven’t..Street food in India is like it’s people. So many varieties, taste, colors and spices but if you look deeply, it’s all somewhat the same. Tamarind or imli chutney is one of those things which bind so many of the street deliciousness together. Be it samosa, dahi vada, dahi bhalle, pakore, kachori or any kind of chat, tamarind chutney has to be there. Continue reading “Tamarind Chutney” »
A hot, melt in mouth soft gulab jamun can make my day any time. This is one of my favorite Indian sweet. No doubt, gulab jamun is most pouplar Indian dessert. Especially we north Indians love gulab jamuns. No meal is complete without a hot gulab jamun. For any festival, wedding or any auspicious occassion, gulab jamun is must to be part of the meal.
Gulab jamuns are actually very easy to make at home. These days a lot of instant mixs are available in market but nothing can beat traditional gulab jamuns made with khoya or mawa. Making gulab jamuns at home is very very festive. It feels like lights, happiness and get together. I make them every Diwali and every body loves them. Gulab jamuns can be made with milk powder as well. i have tried both and i believe khoya or mawa ones are the best. Continue reading “Gulab Jamun with khoya or mava recipe” »
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! don’t we all know this, sigh! A good, healthy and balanced breakfast meal can charge you for the full day. But this is the meal when we all are in most hurry and out of ideas and so we just eat whatever we can grab, pick up the keys, lock the door and get out to fight the world. This is so not healthy and fair to our body and mind. A healthy and well fed you can be way more productive and happier than starting the day with some junk or just nothing.
The argument over fats being good or not is never ending. There has been so much against saturated fats, for whatever reasons, that it makes us think twice before eating any of it. But fats are not bad,; they are building blocks for our body. They make us healthier and stronger.
Many may agree and many may not and there are studies supporting almost all arguments. But my experience says embrace fats but choose wisely. So which are the ones you would want to include in your daily diet. There are so many choices and so much information and misinformation.
I am giving a list of 5 tried and tested healthy cooking oils here. Include these in your diet and see the difference.
Ghee is a Indian treasure. Traditionally ghee has been considered sacred and offered to Gods. In India ghee has been used since ancient times for various purposes;from prayer offerings, healing to cooking.
Roti or chapati is Indian flat bread and is lifeline of Indian meals. There may be different variations like paratha, naan, tandoori roti etc but it is a staple. Roti is more or less like tortillas, except that it is made of wheat bread and freshly made for every meal. There is no yeast or baking powder required for this Indian bread.
Roti is specially popular and quintessential in north India than south India; that may be because wheat is primary produce in north India. I have grown up seeing my mom knead the dough and make fresh rotis for every meal. It is such a important part of our meals that we tend to forget about it; like there is no skill required or no taste in our beloved rotis. I realised this when i got on my own and started cooking. Why my rotis are not round or soft enough or tasty like mom’s and ever since i have been trying to replicate those rotis. The perfect, soft, fresh rounds of carbs. Continue reading “Roti/Chapati” »
Hummus is very healthy and easy to make dip. This can be varied with variety of flavors and used in number of recipes.
Chickpeas and Tahini are main ingredients for hummus. Tahini is readily available in market. It is basically sesames seed butter and very easy to make. I made Tahini as well. You can see the recipe here.
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Isn’t Rogan Josh the first choice of curry in any restaurants you visit. For me it always has been. A delicacy from Kashmir, delight for every food lover this dish is one of the must try Indian dishes.
Thing with chicken is, it’s delicious with anything. So easy to cook and makes a complete meal. Though I love curry, I keep trying to add new flavors to it and every time it comes out just as wonderful. So if you like spices, flavors and spinach, you definitely gonna love this one. It was lazy Saturday afternoon and after a good run this recipe filled with all the nutrition. I could hog on it guilt free. So let’s get going!