Top 10 Famous Bhog Recipes To Offer Lord Ganesha | India Canteen

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Originally it was associated with the states like Maharashtra and Karnataka but now it is celebrated all over India. Lord Ganesha, the lord of wisdom and prosperity, remover of obstacles and sorrows is welcomed with too much devotion for this 10 day celebration. During this festival, all the sweet shops line their counters with delicious variety of desserts like modaks, barfis and ladoos. For this 10 days celebration, devotees shower their beloved deity with the variety of prasads, bhog, and sing hymns in the Lord Ganesha’s praise. Through this festive season devotees prepare different type of favourite recipes of Ganesha on daily basis to please their beloved God. We enlist some popularly prepared bhog during this festive season of Lord Ganesha.

Here we have some famous and delicious bhog recipes offered to Lord Ganesha:

  1. Motichoor Ladoos:


    Motichoor laddos are favorite food of Lord Ganesha that is served as prasad after pujas. The word ‘motichoor’ literally translates to crushed pearls. These ladoos are so delicious and yummy having round shape made from fine, tiny balls of besan. This sweet recipe is associated with states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

  2. Steamed Modak:


    Steamed Modak is a traditional prasad that is also considered to be one of the favourite dish of Lord Ganesha that makes for a decadent sweet dish and for this reason Ganesha is also known as Modakpriya. These dumplings are made with rice flour dough, stuffed with sweet coconut, jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and saffron.

  3. Puran Poli:


    Puran Poli is a sweet dish that has roti made of maida stuffed with sweet lentils and jaggery.  A popular dish in Maharastra, this makes for a delectable snack. Several Maharashtrian households offer bhog of Puran Poli to Lord Ganesha during these 10 days of celebration to seek his blessings.

  4. Ghee Rice:


    Ghee Rice is a famous prasad in Karnataka that consists of milk, cardamom, ginger-garlic, bay leaves & cloves that enhance the flavour and gives a rich taste along with generous amounts of clarified butter. Ghee rice is a perfect dish to accompany any type of curry recipe on any occasion.

  5. Peda:


    Pedas are also served after puja during Ganesh chaturthi and no compilation of bhog or prasad is ever complete with this favourite festive treat of India. These milk based soft and delicious balls are flavoured with pistachios and cardamom to give a perfect rich taste.

  6. Rava Ladoo:


    Rava Ladoos are another popular festive dish that are prepared during this time. These ladoos are a popular choice and most households have at least one variety ready to welcome their guests. Rava ladoo is a simple and easy recipe but still exotic made with roasted rava, coconut, ghee, sugar and nuts.

  7. Shrikhand:


    Shrikhand is a famous & healthy sweet recipe made of strained yogurt, and is popular across Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins. This Ganesh Chaturthi, prepare bhog of shrikhand to offer your beloved Lord Ganesha with this delicious and all-time favourite festive treat.

  8. Fried Modak:


    Fried Modak is deep fried modak recipe with sweet, chewy coconut stuffing and very crispy and crunchy from outside covering. It is served to Lord Ganesha during these festive days.

  9. Chana Dal Burfi:


    Chana dal burfi or katli is another special sweet dish from Goa. These are so delicious in taste and melt in mouth with a hint of cardamom. This burfi made with soaked and ground chana dal flour, roasted patiently in ghee, is cooked into a delicious barfi with hot milk.

  10. Nariyal Ke Ladoo:


    To make the festival of Ganesh Chaturhi sweeter, Nariyal Ke Ladoo is a simple North Indian recipe that you can make easily for your family at home. This mouth watering sweet recipe is a great treat for those with a sweet tooth.

Spices: There Origins & Varieties

In the Middle Ages, Europe was attracted to East which was very exotic and fascinating. One of the main reasons was due to spices. Due to rich spices available in India, there was a lot of competition between Dutch, English and French as each of them wanted to control trade and politics in India. It can be rightly concluded that spices were one of the reasons why Europeans migrated to India.

Spices like black pepper, cloves, cinnamon etc. are available at a cheap price now. But, in the past they were as expensive as silver and gold.

According to archeologists, it has been found that in primitive times humans used aromatic plants for flavoring. The primitive human used sweet-smelling spices for making food taste good. The primitive people offered different types of aromatic herbs to primitive gods and used spices for healing. And from there on, spices have become a very significant part of our life.

Spices are one of the early reasons why globalisation took place. Before the European voyages, the trade of spices was very prominent. In Europe, the demand for pepper was so great that it resulted in voyages of Vasco Da Gama and Christopher Columbus. This demand for aromatic food and flavours is still present today and is at the core of trade that is done today.

In this article, we have covered top 10 spices that add flavour to modern Indian and European food:-

  • Cumin

     

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    Cumin is mainly produced in India. It amounts to almost 70 percent of world’s production. Cumin is used very frequently in spice mixes and adds smoky flavour to Indian dishes. You can identify Cumin by its intense fragrance and distinct ridged brown seeds. Cumin can be confused with anise seeds, caraway and fennel but it differs from them in terms of colour and taste. Cumin is best used freshly ground.

  • Cardamom

     

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    Indian cooking uses 2 kinds of cardamom i.e. green and black. The green variety of cardamom is more commonly used. It is used in spice mixes, lassis and Indian desserts. It has sweet and light flavor with mild note of eucalyptus. Green cardamom can be used to prepare spice mixes like garam masala. You can also use cardamom seeds in sweets by crushing the seeds, thus providing fragrance.

  • Clove

     

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    Many Indian dishes use clove, which is a common spice used in Indian cooking. The flavor of the cloves comes from essential oils that they contain. Cloves are basically flowers and a lot of their oil is taken out before they are dried. Cloves can be used as a whole or can be blended into spice mixes.

  • Black Pepper

     

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    Black pepper is mainly found in India in Malabar region and Western Ghats. It is hard to grow this spice as it depends on natural cycles like rainfall. Like most spices, one needs to toast black pepper before blending.

  • Coriander

     

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    Coriander is one of the most popular spices of India. It is one of the oldest spices in the world. It is golden-yellow in colour and has gentle ridged texture. The seeds are aromatic and have citrus flavor.Many spices are prepared using whole coriander.

  • Mustard Seeds

     

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    Mustard seeds are brown, black or yellow in color. They are frequently used in Indian cooking. When mustard seeds are crushed or cooked in oil, the flavor of mustard gets released. It is a staple ingredient of many curries, curry powders and mustard oil. It is commonly available in North India.

  • Fenugreek

     

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    Fenugreek is a spice that lends a very earthy, musky curry fragrance. The seeds of fenugreek are yellow and look like wheat kernels. The leaves of Fenugreek are dried and can be used as spices. They are also known as kasuri methi. They give butter chicken its unique flavour.

  • Turmeric

     

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    Turmeric is one of the most common Indian spice. It is grown as a rhizome and can be used fresh or dried. It has been shown to have a lot of health benefits and is used with many curries and spice mixes.

  • Saffron

     

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    Saffron is one of the most expensive spices of the world. It is more valuable than gold because of the fact that it needs a lot of labor to produce. Saffron is actually the stigma of crocus flowers and is best picked by hands. The color of best saffron is dark red an originates from Kashmir, Spain, and Iran. Fresher saffron have deeper color. Saffron has unique flavor and fragrance.

  • Cassia Bark

     

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    Cassia bark is also known as Chinese cinnamon. It belongs to the family of cinnamon tree. Cinnamon differs from cassia and is also known as “true cinnamon”. Cassia is cheaper to produce when compared to other spices. The majority of ground cinnamon is prepared from cassia bark. Cassia has milder flavours as compared to cinnamon and can be used in large quantities.

Top 10 Street foods of Chandigarh | India Canteen

Chandigarh is full of beautiful places to eat but you would not wait for a second to realize that you get the best Punjabi foods in Chandigarh. Just think of it, the spicy butter chicken, the stuffed parathas, tandoori kebabs, creamy chaats, chilled lassi, fluffy bhature… the list can go on and on. You get the best of street food in dhabas and eateries in Chandigarh that are known for their impeccable service and menu.. To help you choose the top ones, we have chosen the most popular street food in Chandigarh, and where to find them. The list of top 10 is as follows:-

  1. Chaat:


    The chaats have so many dishes like Papdi Chaat, Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Bhalla Papdi, Aloo Tikki, Ragda Patties, Kachori and others. They have a delicious filling of sweet and saucy chutneys, flavored water, mixture of potato, onions, corn, sprouts, pulses and other vegetables, topped with dahi or curds, and garnished with herbs.

    Where to eat:

    Garg Chaat, Sector 23
    Ram Chaat Bhandaar, Sector 34
    Rehri in Sector 8 Market
    Krishna Chaat Bhandaar, Sector 34
    Rehri Outside, Sector 19 Gurudwara
    Thakur Chat Point, Sector 40-C

  2. Chole Bhature:


    A must-have when in Chandigarh, Chole Bhature combines the richness of gravy-laden chickpeas with that of the fluffy bhature. When eaten together, they form an essential North Indian dish, which can be had anytime, morning breakfast, lunch or dinner. The bhatures are cooked on tandoors or clay ovens and can be plain, or with a filling of paneer or potato.

    Where to eat:

    Sai Sweets, Sector 22 B
    Cholle Bhature, Industrial area phase 1
    Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17
    Gopal Sweets, Sector 35-C
    Baba Dairy, Sector 21C
    Roadside StallS (Khirki/Rehri)

  3. Paneer Tikka:


    This tandoori street food is famous in India, even more in Chandigarh. Paneer cubes are char-grilled on skewers and served with mint chutneys and other sauces. Other vegetables like capsicum, tomatoes, are also added to the paneer.

    Where to eat:

    Chaplin Fast Food, Sector 34
    Tikka Freaks, Sector 8-B
    Mom’s Kitchen, Sector 22B
    Barbeque Nation, Sector 26
    Sai Sweets, Sector 22 B

  4. Momos:


    The steamed momos have become a favourite street food for people of Chandigarh. Momos is essentially a Tibetan dish, having bite-sized dumplings filled with vegetables or meats, and served with spicy sauces and a variety of chutneys

    Where to eat:

    Dumpling Hood, Sector 9
    Rehri Market, Sector15
    Yo China, Phase-5 Mohali
    Kathmandu Chinese Fast Food, Sector 15D
    Rohit Chinese food Patel market, Sector15
    A1 Dumplings, Sector 35

  5. Spring Rolls:


    Another Chinese favourite, Spring Rolls are deep fried pancakes, rolled and filled  with veggies or meats, and served with various sauces and chutneys. It is a street food that is light on the stomach but dripping with flavour and aromas.

    Where to eat:

    Toshib Fast Food, Sector 34 C
    Pashtun Restaurant, Sector 35-B
    Roll Xpress, Sector 36
    Khokha, Sector 9
    Lava Eat n Wrap, Sector 8-B

  6. Amritsari Kulcha:


    An eternal North Indian dish, Amritsari Kulcha is prepared of refined flour, stuffed with a range of stuffing like paneer, cheese, potatoes, and prepared on a clay tandoor, and served with chole, chutneys, pickles and curries. They are the best street food of Chandigarh.

    Where to eat:

    Kulcha Hub, Sector 4
    Bansal Amritsar Food Street Sector 4, Panchkula
    Sodhi’s Zaika, Sector 46C
    Amritsari Kulcha Hub, Sector 9
    Amritsari Kulcha & Channa, Sector 9 Panchkula
    Student Canteen/ Stu C, Sector 14 (Punjab University)

  7. Lassi:


    This famous Punjabi lassi is best enjoyed chilled in the hot summer months. Favourite among people of Chandigarh, Lassi is a yoghurt based drink, prepared with fruit and spices, and garnished sometimes with flavours and other toppings.

    Where to drink:

    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Gopal Sweets, Sector 8 and Sector 35
    Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17 and Elante Mall
    Baba Dairy, Sector 21C
    Shiv Mishtan Bhandar, Sector 18C
    Talwar’s, Sector 15

  8. Sarso da Saag & Makki di Roti:


    A dish synonymous with Punjab, it has won the hearts, or stomachs, of millions across India. Sarso or mustard greens is prepared with various Indian spices and eaten with flat cornbreads or Makki di Roti. It is an essential food of Punjab, best eaten in the winter season, as it gives warmth and plenty of nourishment. In Chandigarh, you get these at famous dhabas and various other eateries.

    Where to eat:

    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Amritsari Kulcha & Channa Sector 9, Panchkula
    Katani Dhaba, Sector 15
    Nukkar Dhaba, Sector 32
    Pakwan Meal, Sector 14

  9. Parantha:


    Nobody makes parathas better than the North Indians. In Chandigarh, you get the best Parathas with loads of butter and served with curries, pickles or raitas. Parathas are made of wheat flour and come in different varieties like plain, butter, cheese, paneer, keema, various herbs, dals, and others.

    Where to eat:

    Pehalwan Parantha Point, Sector 22-D
    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Katani Dhaba, Sector 35D
    Gurbax Dhaba, Pahalwan Paratha Point
    Delhi Special Pranthe Wali Gali, Sector22A

  10. Chicken Tikka:


    Chiken tikka is a famous street food in Chandigarh, Chicken Tikka is made by marinating pieces of chicken in spices and yogurt, then put on skewers and baked in a tandoor, having vegetables and flavoured with spices, and served with mint chutney, and other sauces.

    Where to eat:

    Pehalwan Ji da Dhaba, Sector 15D, Rehri Market
    Tikka Freaks, Sector 8-B
    Mughlai Rasoi, Phase 3 Mohali
    Pik n Move, Sector 8B
    Singh Chicken Corner, Sector 22C, 22B

Janmashtami: Special Sweets for Lord Krishna’s Birthday

Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravana. Lord Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Hindus celebrate this festival by fasting, worshipping and staying up until midnight to offer prayers to the lord Krishna .

Janmashtami is celebrated all over India in slightly different ways because of this reason it has many names like Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti. In Maharashtra it is called Dahi Handi. People celebrate it by making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd that’s tied at a height.

We all know about lord Krishna’s love for milk and milk related products and that’s the reason he is also known as ‘Govinda’.

  1. Dhaniya Panjiri:


    On the festival of Janmashtami a healthy and nutritious Dhaniya Panjiri prepared with coriander powder, sugar and dry nuts as a prasad. A simple prasad, which takes few minutes from start to finish!

  2. Rasmalai:


    Rashmalai is an all-time favourite Bengali delight, soft, spongy soft and spongy cottage cheese patties (chenna) in dry fruit laced saffron floating in sweet milky syrup.

  3. Rabri:


    Rabri or Rabdi is a sweet, condensed-milk-based dish and a popular North Indian dessert made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes thick and changes its colour to yellow.

  4. Kesari Phirni:


     is the easiest dessert 

  5. Peda:


    Mathura is one of the most popular pilgrimage places for the followers of Lord Krishna and this sweet dish is very very special out there. Peda or Milk Peda prepared with condensed milk and milk powder and flavoured with cardamom and pistachios.

  6. Mishti Doi:


    Mishti Doi is a popular Bengali dessert. It is different from regular sweet. Mishti doi is prepared by boiling milk until it is slightly thickened and then sugar is added for sweetening it.

  7. Paneer Kheer:


    Paneer Kheer is a special version of usual Kheer made by using cottage cheese, rice, broken wheat, or vermicelli with milk and sugar. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron and cashew nuts.

  8. Kalakand:


    Kalakand is a traditional and delicious dessert, variation of burfi, soft and grainy in texture. Only two ingredients are main in this dessert i.e. milk and sugar. Everything else is just optional.

  9. Cham Cham:


    Cham Cham is traditional Bengali sweet made with fresh chenna and pressure cooked in thick sugar syrup in cylindrical shape. Main ingredients are milk and khoya. Cham Cham is more delicious than normal rasgullas.

  10. Basundi:


    Basundi is a traditional sweet from Maharastra, Gujarat and from Karnataka too. Basundi is prepared by using sweetened and thickened milk with chopped nuts, flavoured with cardamom and saffron.

Top 5 Dessert Recipes for Raksha Bandhan | India Canteen

Raksha Bandhan is a traditional festival which celebrates the healthy bond of love and care among siblings. It is an ancient festival of strengthening the sibling’s relationship in a beautiful style. Sister perform Pooja and tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brother. They also pray for the well being and good health of each other.

Raksha Bandhan festival is also famous for the sweets and various desserts. All the Hindus prepare some delicious food items to celebrate this memorable day at home. Raksha bandhan celebration is considered incomplete without having some mouthwatering desserts. The sweets are best to spread the joy and happiness to the siblings. Sisters also cook their favorite recipes to impress brothers on the Rakhi.

Here we have few special desserts prepared for the raksha bandhan festival. Select the ones that your brother or sister likes and enjoy these desserts with them:

  1. Semiya Kesari:


    Semiya Kesari is a delicious kesari recipe made with vermicelli and the best part is, it is very quick to make and needs very little ghee unlike other kesari recipes that are oily in nature. This semiya kesari is perfect to serve for guests and family members. You can keep it in fridge for 3 days and serve hot as well as cold.

  2. Kaju Katli:


    These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and last long. Blend cashews and milk in a blender until it becomes a fine paste. Mix paste and sugar and cook over low heat stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, and becomes a dough like paste.

  3. Malai Rabri Ghevar:


    Ghevar comes under the special category of dessert that can only be found during the festival Rakhsha Bandhan. You can easily make it at home and surprise your family members. It requires a special pan with good density, should be approximately 12 inch deep and 7-8 inch broad.

  4. White Sponge Rasgulla:


    White Sponge Rasgulla is one of the famous Indian desserts made by curdling milk then separating the chenna. The drained chenna is kneaded and then rolled to balls. These are cooked in sugar syrup till they turn light and sponge.

  5. Rashbhari Rasmalai:


    The all-time favourite Bengali delight soft, spongy chenna cakes floating in sweet milky syrup. These spongy chenna are cooked in sugar syrup first to make them fluffy. No matter which way you are going to prepare, the taste of this Bengali dessert is so much pleasurable. Rasmalai is a melt in the mouth sweet with juice and cream in every bite.

Top 8 Restaurants Of Delhi

One of the most favourite place for food lovers is Delhi. It has many cuisines with delicious dishes and unique tastes. The city has been known for its food for centuries. This city has preserved age-old secrets of cooking and has a lot of unique dishes. It has always attracted food lovers from around the world. Delhi is well known for its amazing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food corners. In this blog post, we bring to you top 8 eating points of Delhi that must be tried by everyone.

  • Kake Di Hatti

     

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    These delicious dishes from Old Delhi are loved by foodies. Kake Di Hatti is known for its traditional Punjabi food, Kulfis and Faloodas. Here you will find a variety of Parathas, Chole Bhature and Kulchas. Old Delhi is perfect for food lovers. Kake Di Hatti is a perfect paradise for such food. It is located near Gali Batashan of Fatehpuri Chowk. The place’s traditional North Indian food is very pocket friendly. You must try their stuffed Naan and Dal Makhani.

  • Veg Gulati

     

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    This is a famous branch of Gulati restaurants chain. It is a delight for every vegetarian. Gulati Restaurant is one of the oldest and trusted name of the city. The North Indian cuisine of Veg Gulati is well known. The restaurant, which is located at Pandara Road Market is known for its ambience and services. Some of the dishes that you must try include Dal Makhani and Amritsari Parantha.

  • Govinda

     

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    Govinda is located inside Iskcon temple of Delhi. It is a very famous place for vegetarians. Their buffet system is unique and the food is offered as Prasad of Lord Krishna. The place is known for North Indian as well as Chinese food, lassis and shakes. Govinda is known for its delicious food.

  • Keventers

     

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    Keventers is famous for its delicious snacks and thick shakes. It is It is located in the inner circle near Wenger’s at CP. Some shakes that you must try include strawberry, coffee and chocolate.

  • Chache Di Hatti

     

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    This is one of the most famous food joints of North Campus, Delhi University. Chache Di Hatti is known for its delicious and satiating Chhole Bhatures. This eatery is located in Kamla Nagar. This place is usually crowded and they usually close it before 2-3 pm.

  • Indus Flavor

     

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    This vegetarian joint is located in Kingsway Camp, Hudson lane. It is inspired by the food of Indus Valley Civilisation. Their North Indian and Chinese food is well known. It is a real treat for food lovers. Its must have dishes include Gilafi kebab, Dahi ke Sholay, Islamabadi Paneer and Dal Indus.

  • Rajdhani

     

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    Rajdhani is located in DLF Mall, Saket. It is famous for its Gujarati/Rajasthani dishes. Rajdhani is a great restaurant for dining. It is known for its famous Rajasthani Thali.

  • Sattvik

     

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    Sattvik is a famous restaurant for vegetarians. It is located in DLF mall, Saket and is famous for its North Indian food. You must try their Til Waale Tandoori Aloo.

Indian Cuisine: It’s History and Evolution

In the 5000 years of Indian history, India has welcomed many settlers from around the world. Indian cuisine has evolved into different forms due to its homogeneous nature. India’s food has been divided according to different religions and regions. Different areas and regions in India have their own cooking recipes, spices and ingredients. With a population of over one billion, the food in India is as diverse as its people.

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Indian cooking has been mostly influenced by Hindu and Muslim style of cooking. Each of the settlers who migrated to India have given their own culinary methods to India. In India, two cultures of cooking are practised i.e. Hindu for vegetarian food and Muslim for cooking of meats. Mughlai food, Kormas(curry), nargis kaftas(meatballs), rogan josh and biryani are some of the favourite dishes that are prepared in a clay over tandoor. If we talk about South India, the cuisine is mostly prepared with rice and a thin soup called Rasam is added to it. Most South Indian recipes have coconut as their main ingredient. Some favourite Hindu dishes of South India include Idli(steamed rice cakes), Dosa(rice pancakes) and fermented rice.

The Indian cooking is largely influenced by Persians, Portuguese and Britishers. For example, the Britishers brought tea/chai into India. Most Indians love Chai.

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Indian cooking has four main regional styles i.e. East, West, North and South. North India was largely influenced by Moghuls. They ruled India for about three centuries and then were replaced by Britishers in 1800s. The Mughals gave us Saffron and rich gravies prepared from cream and pureed nuts. The Naan, which is a tandoori dish is not of the Indian origin. It came from Afghanistan where it is a staple food. Although, most of the people think that Naan is an Indian dish.

The South Indian food is totally opposite to that of North India. Their unique rice crepes and steamed rice cakes are a favourite among South Indians. Rice can be had in any meal and lunch usually has three dishes which can be served with rice.

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Hindus are divided into two categories i.e. meat eating and non-meat eating. In the West, states like Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra have their unique food. In Gujarat, most of the population consists of Parsis, Hindu, Muslims and Jains. Each of them have their own style of cooking. The Parsis have very rich non-vegetarian diet that contains seafood and chicken while Jains are vegetarian. Most people in Gujarat are vegetarians and it’s vegetarian food is very famous.

The sea-food of Mumbai, Maharashtra is very famous. Most of the hotels and restaurants in coastal areas of Maharashtra serve seafood with a little of red chillies and coconut. Eastern states like, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand are very different from each other. Bengali cuisine is very delicate and contains fish and rice as its staple food. The Bengali cuisine is famous for a variety of dishes including mixed veg and milk based sweets.

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Orissa is famous for its squash blossoms which are dipped in paste prepared with rice, deep fried/turned to patties. Some other prominent foods of Orissa include seafood and fish. Bihar and Jharkhand are known for beans and vegetables. But they have Western influence with chicken, beef, goat and pork in their diet.

The Indian cuisine is largely influenced by Indian history. Each historical region have its own unique dishes with many ingredients. But there is a common thing about every region: a fondness for spicy snacks and sweet desserts. Besides being influenced by history, Indian cuisine is also influenced by religion, culture and traditions of India.

There is no other country which offers such a wide variety of exotic dishes with such a large variety of tastes for taste-buds.

Ice-Cream Recipes That You Can Make At Home

Ice cream is something that you can never grow old eating. It is absolutely OK that you still love your childhood cravings. Whenever you dig into sweet, sugary and refreshing ice cream, it brings back memories of summer. This summer, indulge in this delightful pleasure and find out yourself.

The history of Ice Cream is debatable. Maybe Italy, where Gelato is famous. America, where Ice-Cream is famous and India, where Kulfi is famous. According to legend, ice-cream was introduced in Italy by Marco Polo. Many passages from Bible have their origin in iced drinks that King Solomon enjoyed. In ancient Greece, Alexander used to love frozen drinks that were flavoured with honey and wine. The Romans started preparing ice-cream when ice was stacked and collected in ‘ice houses’.

It was only in 17th century that there was a change in how desserts are eaten and served. That is exactly when sorbets were invented. It is only during this time that frozen desserts came to be known. The ice-cream in its present form is said to be a Chinese invention. This ice-cream was prepared with buffalo or cow milk and camphor was added to it for flavour.

There’s flavour around the world that can suit any taste bud. When we were kids, we used to jump with joy whenever we saw an ice cream vendor. But if you could make that ice cream at home, we are sure that you would love it.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream

     

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    This is one flavour that is loved by all. You won’t believe how easy it is to prepare.

  • Masala Chai Ice Cream

     

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    This season, try this fusion ice cream. Try this delicious ice-cream that is filled with plain flavor of masala tea.

  • Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

     

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    This is a dairy free version of chocolate ice cream. The recipe uses banana and almonds to give you creamy texture.

  • Mango Ice Cream

     

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    This delicious ice-cream is prepared with yummy mango pulp and milk. It is a delightful seasonal recipe. It is prepared with cream and fresh mangoes.

  • Strawberry Ice Cream

     

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    Strawberry ice cream is perfect for summer. It is particularly good for summers. This is one of the best homemade strawberry ice cream.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream

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    This vanilla ice cream will surely make you very nostalgic. You can add toppings of your choice and create a great dessert.

  • Apricot Ice Cream

     

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    These creamy scoops of apricot ice cream are very delicious. You can sprinkle pralines on top to enjoy the delicious taste.

Indian Spices & Their Recipes

Since early times, spices have been closely linked to magic, preservation, cultural traditions, medicine and embalming. During India’s external trade with Mesopotamia, Sumeria, China, Arabia and Egypt, spices were an important component along with textiles and perfumes. This was way back 7000 years ago. This was way before Romans and Greeks.

The clove was first mentioned in the Ramayana and some writings dating back to Roman Empire in 1st century AD.

There are a variety of spices that are found throughout India. As India has a lot of climatic regions, it produces a lot of spices. Many of these spices originated in the subcontinent itself and others have been imported and since then have been locally cultivated for ages. There have been many journeys done to Indian subcontinent in search of rich spices. It is believed that King Solomon sent his men to look for Indian spices.

Almost 2.5 million tonnes of spices are produced in Indian continent every year. Almost 200,000 tonnes of spices are exported from the continent every year. Out of about 500,000 tonnes of import that is done throughout the world, India share is 44 %.

Indian spices are well known for their preservative, medicinal and seasoning effects. Besides adding color, smell and taste, Indian spices take care of your health.

In this article, we have collected a list of Indian spices and their delicious recipes:-

  • Cardamom

     

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    In Indian cooking, two kinds of cardamom are there: green and black. Green cardamom is commonly found kind of spice. It is used in many things including spices, desserts and lassis. The flavor of cardamom is sweet and light. It has scent of eucalyptus. When you prepare spices like garam masala, you can make use of whole green cardamom. But if you are preparing sweets or desserts, you should open the pod and crush the black seeds inside it.

    Black cardamom is very smoky and powerful. Caution should be guarded when using it.

  • Clove

     

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    Clove is commonly used spice of Indian cooking. Its fragrance is present in many Indian dishes. Clove consist of essential oils which give it a strong, medicinal flavor. Cloves are basically flowers. A lot of their oils is extracted before drying and cooking. Cloves can be used as a whole or mixed with spices.

  • Cassia

     

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    Cassia bark is also known as Chinese cinnamon. It comes under the genus of cinnamon tree. Cinnamon differs from cassia and is also known as “true cinnamon.” The production of cassia is cheaper and a large portion of ground cinnamon is prepared from cassia bark. People prefer using cassia instead of cinnamon as it is mild in flavor.

  • Black Pepper

     

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    Black pepper is a spice that is commonly found in India, specially in Malabar region and Western Ghats. This spice is very hard to grow. It takes many natural cycles like a good rainfall, that is why prices for fresh pepper keep on changing. Black pepper requires toasting before blending.

  • Cumin

     

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    Cumin is used to make Indian dishes spicy and smoky. Its brown seeds have intense fragrance. It should not be confused with anise, caraway and fennel. You can differentiate it with its taste and colour.

  • Coriander

     

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    One of the most popular spices is Coriander. Coriander is one of the oldest spices of the world. It can be identified by its golden yellow color and gentle ridged texture. The seeds of coriander have very nice fragrance with a touch of citrus. Many spice mixes use ground coriander.

  • Nutmeg and Mace

     

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    Nutmeg and mace are a favourite Indian spice and much used in Indian cooking. Nutmeg is covered with mace, which is dark-red in colour. Fresh nutmeg can be processed if you remove the pulpy outside and sliding the mace.

  • Mustard Seeds

     

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    Mustard seeds, which are brown, black or yellow can be interchangeably used in Indian cooking. Mustard seeds are flavorful and are cooked and crushed. They have nutty and smoky flavor. The oil of mustard is commonly used in Northern parts of India.

    Some traditional Indian dishes include: Masala Dosa, Rogan Josh, Hyderabadi Biryani, Vada Pav, Dhokla

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Delicious Rice Recipes For All Occasions

One of the best ingredients in Indian food is rice. It is used around the world as a dessert or a main dish. More than 40,000 kinds of rice are there with different colors, sizes and shapes. There are many cultures where rice is considered sacred symbol of fertility and life. Rice is considered to be a very important crop in India. It covers one-fourth of total cropped area. It is a source of food for nearly half of Indian population.

Rice is usually classified as long-grained, medium and short. To get rid of excess starch, rice should be rinsed thoroughly. If you want to save time, you can soak it before cooking.

Some popular rice varieties are basmati, jasmine, wholegrain and generic long-grain.

Jasmine, which is also called Thai rice is sticky in texture and has nice fragrance. One of the good quality Jasmine is Carolina Jasmine. Basmati, which is also called “Prince of Rice”, is very fragrant, slender and long. Some good varieties of basmati are brown and white. Another popular brand of basmati is Amira. Japonica is mainly found in California. It is used in a lot of Carribean and Japanese cuisine.

Culturally, rice is very important around the world. In many cultures of the world, rice is showered on bride and groom at the wedding’s end. Some cultures worship rice in the form of deities.

In this article, we have collected a list of traditional Indian Rice dishes that will make you drooling.

  • Handi Biryani

     

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    This slow cooked rice is prepared with layers of vegetables, masalas and chicken. This dish will surely win hearts.

  • Mutton Biryani

     

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    This is a delicious rice dish prepared with pieces of mutton. The rice is cooked dum style.

  • Mushroom Risotto

     

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    This Italian-style risotto is cooked very slowly. It goes well with grilled meats and chicken. You should check the rice by biting it. At the centre, it should not be very hard.

  • Tamarind Rice

     

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    This tangy rice dish is prepared with urad dals and channa. Flavours of tamarind pulp are added to the rice to give it delicious flavour.

  • Bisi Bele Bhath

     

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    Bisi Bele Bhath is a popular rice dish of Karnataka. It is also known as ‘Bisi Bele Huliyanna’ in Kannada. It is prepared with arhar dal, rice, jaggery, tamarind, curry leaves, veggies and spices.

  • Mutton Yakhni Pulao

     

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    This Yakhni pulao is very easy to prepare. It is highly fragrant and flavourful. Meat is marinated for a long time in yogurt and it is boiled in water with lot of spices.

  • Zafrani Pulao

     

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    Zafrani pulao is a dish with nice fragrance and amazing flavours of saffron that results in a mouth-watering rice dish.

  • Tomato Rice

     

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    This is a very easy recipe of tomato rice. It is simple, spicy, quick and delicious and is prepared with limited ingredients. It can be prepared in pressure cooker/pot.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani

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    This is a delicious chicken biryani. It is prepared so perfectly that you will surely try it multiple times.

  • Hyderabadi Biryani

     

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    Hyderabadi Biryani is a famous rice recipe. It is always a hit in parties. Half boiled rice is topped with mint, fried onions and cooked mutton. It is sealed with dough and cooked ‘dum’ style.