Regional Delicacies

India is a diverse country. Its diversity can be seen in its food also. One can treat the palate with a different kind of food after every few miles. Starting from the other end of peninsula, there are steamy and fermented flavors of south, delicacies of Maharashtra, spicy curries and pure ghee laced food of Rajasthan, world famous Awadhi cuisine, chhola- bhatura of vibrant Punjab, unique fish preparations of Bengal and Orissa and mouthwatering cuisine of Kashmir. Food of each region has some or other peculiarities.  Some dishes are well known and popular but some lesser known and locally popular dishes are still to be explored. In this series we will try to enlist some delicious dishes. Some may have similar names but are prepared in a different manner and taste excellent.

PHARA

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Photo Courtesy: rashmirecipes

This is a traditional dish from eastern Uttar Pradesh. It is specially prepared on occasion of Karva Chauth. It is very tasty but at the same time is healthy and nutritious.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour – 160 g

Chana dal / urad dal – 60 g

Salt – 1+1/2 t

Ginger -1/2 inch piece

Garlic – 3 cloves

Green chillies – 2

Jeera – ½ t

Onion – 1 medium

Vinegar – 1t

Method:

Soak dal overnight. Make a soft dough with flour and ½ t salt. Keep aside for half an hour. Drain water from dal and grind with ½ t salt, garlic cloves and one green chilli. Peel, wash and chop the ginger fine. Add to the dal mixture. Divide dough into 10 portions and roll each portion into size of a poori. Divide dal mixture into ten portions. Stuff each poori with one portion of dal mixture and fold into a semi-circle. Press the edges firmly. Boil one liter water in a sauce pan. Drop pharas one by one in the pan as soon as water starts boiling. Place the lid. Cook on sim for ten minutes after water starts boiling again. Poke a phara with the tip of a knife. If it comes out clean, pharas are done or cook for another 2-3 minutes or till done. Drain the water. Traditionally pharas are served with four accessories viz. melted ghee, powdered black salt, green chutney and finely chopped onion soaked in vinegar.

For variety, cut a few pharas into thick slices. Chop onion, green chili and coriander leaves. Heat one T oil in a karahi. Fry chopped onion until translucent, add chili, fry for a few seconds and add sliced pharas. Sprinkle a pinch of salt. Fry on a slow heat, turning occasionally. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with the same accessories.

Serves: 2                              Portion size: 5

Nutritive value per portion:

Calories-376 (add75 cal to fried one)

Protein-17 g

Fat-1.8 g

Fibre-8.2 g

Calcium-61 mg

Iron-5.1mg

Vitamin B

 

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10 Indian Cold-Drinks For Summers

Summer is at our doorsteps. And it’s the season of cold drinks. We always like branded aerated cold-drinks that are easily available in the market. But, we Indians are becoming health conscious day by day. There are substitutes available for these regular cold drinks in the form of Indian drinks. We will discuss these special drinks in this article.

  • Falooda:Falooda is a beverage that is very popular in India. It is made by mixing rose syrup, psyllium, vermicelli, tapioca pearls and gelatin with water/milk.

Falooda

 

Falooda Recipe

 

  • Jal Jeera: Jaljeera is a fresh and delightful drink for summers. It is very delicious and helps in digestion and provides relief.

Jal Jeera

 

Jal-Jeera Recipe

  • Iced Tea: When summers are at the peak, then the best drink is iced tea. For flavoring, you can use cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, tulsi and nutmeg. Mango Juice, lemon, orange juice, pineapple juice can also be used for flavoring.

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Iced-Tea Recipe

  • Phalsa Sharbat: Durng scorching heat, Phalsa juice tastes great. It is very famous in UP. The size of Phalsa is half the size of jamun. It is very beneficial and the juice prepared with phalsa is delicious.

Phalsa Sharbat

 

Phalsa Sharbat Recipe

  • Aam Ka Panna: Aam ka panna is one of the best drink for scorching heat. The recipe can also be made with concentrated Mango.

Aam Ka Panna

 

Aam Ka Panna Recipe

  • Khajoor(Dates) Shake: Khajoor shake is very nutritious and delicious. The shake contains proteins, sugar, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and proteins. It can be made with cold milk in summers and warm milk in winters. It protects you from cough and cold.

Khajoor Shake

Khajoor Shake Recipe

  • Gulab Sharbat: During extreme heat, Rose Sharbat can help in cooling mind and body.

Gulab Sharbat

Gulab Sharbat Recipe

  • Musk Melon Milkshake: A seasonal fruit for summer, Musk melon juice is a great relief during hot weather. It may not be as popular as Mango shake but it tastes really good.
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Musk Melon Milkshake Recipe

  • Bel(Wood apple squash): There are different types of soft drinks available in the market but none is as good as the wood apple squash which can be made at home. If you drink it in the morning, you will not be affected by sunstroke.

Bel Sharbat

Wood Apple Squash Recipe

  • Watermelon Juice: Watermelon juice is a cooling drink for summers. It is very rich in anti-oxidants and is a good source of potassium. It is also good for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

Watermelon Juice

 

Watermelon Juice Recipe

Holi: 8 Recipes for This Festive Season

Balloons filled with water colors, guns loaded with water, the arrival of spring bringing hope and beginning of new season, the plates filled with gujiyas, the playing of old and new songs. This is how we have been celebrating Holi. And every year, people celebrate it with great enthusiasm.

According to mythology, “Holi” has been derived from the word “Holika”, which is the name of the evil sister of demon king Hirankashyap. On the eve of Holi, a bonfire is lit which signifies “Holika Dahan” and that’s when the celebrations start.

The festival is celebrated differently in different regions of India. For eg. In Mathura, the festival lasts for more than a week. There, it is known as ‘lath mar Holi’, in which women beat men with sticks and sing songs.

In South India, Kaamdeva(the God of love) is worshiped and in West Bengal, Holi is better known as “Swing Festival” and representations of Krishna and Radha are worshiped.

When we talk about Holi, what comes to our mind is gujiyas, kachoris, papads, and much more. A festival in India is incomplete without food. And that is why, in this article we are giving you some of the favourite Holi dishes.

  1. Gujiya

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Holi is incomplete without its favorite sweet, Gujiya. Sugar dripping gujiyas are a dish, native to Rajasthan. These sweet dumplings are made of maida/flour. These are filled with delicious khoya and dry fruits.

Try these different recipes this Holi:-

 

  1. Malpuas

Malpuas

This is North India’s traditional sweet. It is an Indian dessert, just like a pancake. It is dipped in sugar and fried.

  1. Bhaang Ke Pakore

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This is a favorite drink of Holi and is very intoxicating. Lord Shiva used to consume this drink and that is why, it is considered to be very auspicious.

  1. Thandai

Thandai

Thandai is a traditional Holi drink. The drink is a combination of fragrance and fennel. It naturally cools your body. It is a welcoming drink for the guests on this auspicious day.

  1. Gol Gappa/Paani Puri

Gol Gappa

You don’t need to go to food stalls anymore. You can now make them at home. A must have this Holi.

  1. Dal Kachori

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This is one of the most popular snacks of North India. It is filled with arhar dal and spices. They are fried crispy.

  1. Dahi Bhalla

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A festival is incomplete without tasty Dahi Bhalla/Dahi Vada.

  1. Shakkar Paare/Namak Paare

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Holi will always give you hunger pangs. And to meet your hunger pangs Shakkar Paare and Namak Paare are a perfect snack.

So, have a very Happy and safe Holi and don’t forget to try these recipes.

 

6 Great Spicy Indian Dishes

It is well known that Indians love food that is spicy. We may pant and sweat while eating but we can’t stop our cravings for spicy food. In this article, we have assembled India’s spiciest dishes.

  1. Pork Vindaloo

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This dish originated in Goa, India. This dish uses heavy amounts of vinegar and pork is used due to influence of Portuguese culture. Pork Vindaloo has many variations in its recipe. Sometimes it is served with lamb or chicken and mixed with potatoes. Maybe that’s why, the word aloo is included in the name of the dish (as aloo is the hindi version of ‘potatoes’)

Pork Vindaloo Recipe

  1. Laal Maas
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Rajasthan is a state filled with vegetarian dishes. But the only non-vegetarian dish that has become so popular is laal maas. The dish is prepared from red meat and is a real test for your taste buds. This mutton curry has a thick gravy which is made with a sauce of curd combined with hot spices like red chillies.

Laal Maas Recipe

  1. Chicken Chettinad

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Chettinad is from Tamil Nadu cuisine. It is very spicy and aromatic Indian dish. Chicken Chettinad uses a no of spices for its preparation. The dish is hot and contains fresh ground masalas. It is topped with boiled egg, which is very important part of the meal. Besides chicken, the other meats used include fish, prawn, lobster, crab and lamb.

Chicken Chettinad Recipe

  1. Rista
Photo Courtesy: kashmirifood

Photo Courtesy: kashmirifood

This lamb meatball curry is prepared in a special manner with red chili powder. It also contains other spices. The meat used in this dish is prepared by pounding with wooden hammers on a wooden base. The fennel seeds make the flavor different from other red curries.

  1. Chicken 65

Chicken 65

This dish gets its flavor from red chilies. Although the recipe can vary according to ingredients. Chicken 65 is a deep fried dish that is spicy and it originated from Chennai, India. It is a tasty starter and a great snack.

Chicken 65 Recipe

  1. Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapur is a place, well known for its spices. The Kolhapuri chicken is exotic, hot and spicy. The dish goes well with crispy and light jwarichi bhakari or naan.

Kolhapuri Chicken Recipe

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Puran Poli: A Sweet Flat-bread From India

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Puran Poli or Puran Puri is an Indian flat-bread and is eaten as a dessert in Maharashtra or as a main dish in the state of Gujarat. Other states of its origin include Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This is a very famous dish and is prepared during Holi/Gudi padwa.

This sweet flat-bread is a favorite dish of Indians and has got many variations throughout India There are different names for this flat-bread, which include Puran Poli(Marathi), Bobbatlu(Telugu), Boli(Malayalam & Tamil), Obbattu(Kannada), Poli, Ubbatti etc.

The recipe of Puran Poli varies with places. . For example Maharashtrian Puran Poli is very different from Puran Puri of Gujarat. While toor dal is used for stuffing in Gujarat, chana dal is used in Maharashtra. Grated coconut is also used sometimes in Konkan, Maharashtra. Sometimes a mixture of jaggery and sugar can be used as a sweetener. In coastal areas, nutmeg is used for flavoring and sometimes cardamom is used. Both, nutmeg and cardamom can also be used. In addition, one can add Nuts, dates etc.

Puran Puri also varies in size and thickness. The stuffing used in Gujarat is Toor Dal. Due to this, the size of Puran Puri becomes small and thickness increases. Whereas in Holige, coconut is used which results in larger size and less thickness.

Try these recipes of Puran Poli:-

Puran Poli Recipe 1

Puran Poli Recipe 2(Gujarati Recipe)

Puran Poli Recipe 3

Puran Poli Recipe 4(Video)

Puran Poli Recipe 5(Maharashtrian Recipe)