Chaat: Great Street Foods Of India

The Indian street foods are popularly known as “Chaat”. Chaat is a delicious snack with its sweet, crunchy, hot and tangy flavors. It is also an ideal alternative to regular meals.

Chaats have their origin in North India. They are wholesome and easy to prepare food. Chaats are prepared fresh and consumed immediately. Due to their sweet, tangy and hot taste, chaats are an addictive food. At any given day, you will find a great crowd, along the roadside enjoying Chaat at the Chaat stalls.

Chaat parties are a popular affair in India and around the world. There are many restaurants in USA that send a person to your home who will prepare fresh pani puri, bhel puri etc.

Chaat parties can be organised for large and small crowds. It is a good idea to include traditional desserts and sweets in this meal.

If you don’t want to prepare chutneys by yourself, you can get them from a grocery store. You can also get ready-made Bhel mix and Puris. You will also need to buy tomatoes, green chillies, onion, and coriander. You should chop all the vegetables beforehand. Before serving the chaat, you can add green chutney and tamarind chutney.

Here are some of the chaats that can be easily prepared:-

  • Bhel Puri: Bhel poori is a delicious snack made of rice. It is a very mouth-watering chaat.

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  • Pani Puri: These semolina puris have filling of sprouts and mint flavoured water. This is a great snack in summer season.

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  • Dahi Batata Puri: Dahi batata puri is a combination of tiny, crisp puris mixed with ragda, potatoes and topped with different curds and chutneys.

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  • Pav Bhaji: A perfect street food that is a meal in itself. The bhaji is a spicy mix of vegetables with a tomato gravy. Bhaji is served with pav cooked in butter.

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  • Chole Bhature/Puri: Bhatura/Puri goes well with Chole. The dish is best eaten immediately after preparation.

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  • Ragda Patties: This is a complete meal in itself. It is very easy to cook and takes little time. The filling can be done with paneer, corn, french beans and beans.

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5 Delicious Recipes For Janmashthmi

The festival of Janmashtami(Gokulashtami) is celebrated throughout India with great pomp and show. This festival is celebrated because on this day Lord Krishna was born. It is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals and celebrated with great enthusiasm. On this day, fasting dishes are made available in every household. A large number of devotees, visit Mathura and Varanasi to participate in Puja. Lord Krishna is worshipped in two forms, one is the flirty(Ras Lila) form and one depicting his naughty childhood(Dahi Handi).

Today(25th August) is his birthday and on this day devotees treat Lord Krishna with sweet dishes. In this article, we share with you some of the tastiest sweet dishes that you can try:-

Kheer

Kheer is a delicious dessert that is perfect for any festival. Kheer is better when compared to other desserts because it is healthy and nutritious. The great thing about kheer is that it can be served both hot and chilled. It tastes delicious and is an important dish for celebrations. You can consume this dish hot or cold as required.

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Photo Courtesy: indiatimes

Gopalkala is a dish that is high in nutrition. As the name suggests, this dish is offered to Lord Krishna on the occasion of Janmashtmi, the day he was born. The dish is made by mixing rice, coconut, cucumer, curd and ghee.

Shrikhand puri

The Puri-Shrikhand combination is a very popular combination. Shrikhand is made with curd and is easy to prepare. Almonds, Cashew, Pista are crushed with cardamom, saffron and granulated sugar. Hot Puri can be had with Shrikhand anytime one craves it.

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An Indian festival is incomplete without Pedas. Peda is a delicious sweet that is loved by Indians. Whatever be the festival, be it Diwali or Janmashtmi, Peda is an essential sweet dish that is loved by all.

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Photo Courtesy: awsomecuisine

Badam Phirni is filled with a lot of almonds and is a feast for your taste-buds. It is rich in milk and has a delicious taste that will make you crave for more.

Top 10 Delicious Dishes of Delhi

Two things that really stand out for Delhiites are the city’s mouth-watering food and rich history. Delhi has a diversity of cultures and races. The city is filled with a variety of cuisines. You may go to Chandni Chowk or Majnu ka Tilla. You will find that Delhi is filled with culinary delights. In this article, we give you top 10 dishes of Delhi.

You may be expecting a healthy morning breakfast or a meal or even a late night snack, Parathas are on top of the list when we talk about favorite food of Delhi. You can choose from a plain paratha or you can use a stuffing of your choice like keema, eggs, potatoes, radish, cauliflower or last night’s left over dal. You have a lot of options.

 Places where you can try the dish: Parathe wali gali(Chandni Chowk), Moolchand Parathe Wala

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Delhi street food has a variety that is unmatched. There is a special attraction of eating on the streets of Delhi. Chandni Chowk is considered to be the Street Food Capital of Delhi.

Places where you can try the dish: Bittu Tikki Wala(Karol Bagh), Daulat Ki Chaat(Chandni Chowk), Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala(Chandni Chowk), UPSC building(Shahjahan Road)

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in 1950s at Moti Mahal Restaurant of Daryaganj. Moti Mahal was famous for its Tandoori Chicken. The cooks there accidently tossed the chicken into sauce consisting of tomato, butter and chicken juices. And that is how this dish originated. Today, this dish can be found in every restaurant or dhaba. It is best consumed with naan or rice.

Places where you can try the dish: Moti Mahal(Daryaganj), Havemore(Pandara Road)

  • Kebabs

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Delhiites are very lucky because of the Mughals that left their culture and cuisine. One of the dishes they are thankful for is Kebabs. Kebabs are available on food stalls and can be delivered to your car. Or can be enjoyed in a fine dining restaurant. Try this popular dish and you will be hooked with it.

Places where you can try the dish: Ghalib Kebab Corner(Nizamuddin), Alkakori Alkauser(R K Puram), Ustad Moinuddin Kebabs(Lal Kuan), Salim Kebabs(Khan Market), Aap Ki Khatir(SDA)

Chole Bhature
This dish is best enjoyed in an empty stomach. It is rich, spicy and heavy. You will find this dish on the breakfast menu across the capital. This dish can be found at all the food points of the capital. May it be restaurants or local joints. It is generally accompanied with Lassi and is very popular among Delhiites.

Places where you can try the dish: Chache Di Hatti(Kamla Nagar), Sitaram Diwan Chand(Paharganj)

Biryani
One of the favorite dishes of Mughal Emperors, Biryani has been a favorite dish for ages. This dish is prepared in an earthen pot. The lid is sealed with dough and the flavors, spices and aromas are soaked in it. The biryani is available all over Delhi including, road side dhabas, commercial chains, five-star hotels and Sufi shrines.

Places where you can try the dish: Dum Pukht(ITC Maurya), Al KakoriAl Kauser(R K Puram), Deez Biryani & Kebabs(Defence Colony)

Nihari

When you enter Old Delhi, you can’t escape the aroma of this region’s signature dish, Nihari. This slow cooked meat is served along with tandoori rotis or khameeri rotis. This dish used to be a favorite among royal families in the past.

Places where you can try the dish: Karim’s(near Jama Masjid), Bara Hindu Road

Kathi Rolls
Although the Kathi rolls of Kolkata are famous but Delhi has delicious variants of its own. This dish is available almost everywhere including street stalls, supermarkets and even the posh restaurants of Delhi. Kathi rolls are a great option for the Delhiites.

Places where you can try the dish: Khan Chacha(Khan Market), Qureshi Kabab Corner(South Extension-II), Nizam’s(Connaught Place)

Momos

This is one of the most popular snacks of Delhi. It is present in the office complexes, cocktail parties and even birthdays. The momos vendor is present outside every office building, market place and housing area. These dumplings are very tasty and are available in non-vegetarian and vegetarian variants.

Places where you can try the dish: Sikkim House(Panchsheel Market), Nagaland Food Stall(Dilli Haat), Cafe Brown Sugar(GK market), Yashwant Complex(Chanakya Puri), Majnu ka Tilla(North Campus).

  • Desserts

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A wide variety of desserts is offered in Delhi. They are a must have after a meal. Ranging from Jalebis to Rabri Falooda, different variants of Kulfis, Aam Papad and the mouth-watering Motichoor Ladoo.

Places where you can try the dish: The famous Jalebiwala of Chandni Chowk, Giani di Hatti (Chandni Chowk), Big Chill Cafe(Khan Market), Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfiwala(Chandni Chowk), Ghantewala Halwai(Chandni Chowk)

10 Iftar Party Recipes

This is the holiest month for the Islamic people. Each year, millions of Muslims across the world take part in a month long fasting, popularly known as roza. According to the traditions of Islam, roza is kept to develop self-restraint in oneself. A person who keeps roza starts his/her day with a lavish meal before dawn which is known as sehri or suhoor. After the sun rises, the Muslims keep the fast for the whole day. Later in the evening, they break their fast with a special meal called iftar.

The iftar meal needs to be very high in nutrient value so that the whole day of fasting can be compensated. Iftar meals are full of celebrations as many friends and families come together for dinner with tempting dishes. And keeping this in mind, we have collected 10 recipes that you can try at home.

  • Mutton Rassa: This dish is known from Lucknow to Kolkata and is very popular with Muslims. This special dish is filled with gravy and mutton. Try the recipe: http://goo.gl/t8zHLL
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

  • Dum Biryani: This main course dish is very popular. It is filled with layers of curd, spices and mutton. The dish is cooked over charcoal fire. Gosht ki dum biryani is a great Ramadan recipe. Here’s the recipe:http://goo.gl/ukOwdN

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  • Mango Kesar Kulfi: An iftar party is incomplete without dessert. Perfect for beating the summer heat, this mango kulfi combines the taste of crunchy pistachios with sweet mangoes. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/f8N2vO

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  • Chicken Manglorean: This dish is delicious and spicy. The Manglorean chicken is a perfect recipe. The meat is spicy, tangy and fiery red with many spices put into it with ghee/butter. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/YQRIn9
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Photo courtesy: kudlalights

  • Chicken Shammi Kebab: Minced, juicy pieces of chicken are mixed with chana dal and a lots of masalas and then it is formed into patties and then fried crispy. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/SLuWXO
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Photo Courtesy: kfoods

  • Kapitan Chicken Curry: This curry is richer, thicker and drier as compared to other chicken curries. It is perfect for Ramadan iftar meal.Here’s the recipe:
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Photo Courtesy: mykitchensnippets

  • Hara Bhara Kebab: These are soft, tender and delicious. Hara Bhara Kebabs are a traditional dish of Ramadan. These delicious kebabs are made of spinach and dal and thus are very rich in iron, protein, minerals and vitamins. Here’s the recipe:http://goo.gl/ECnleW
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Photo Courtesy: thecherryshare

  • Kabuli Pulao: This is a classic rice dish that is prepared with crunchy peas. It is the national food of Afghanistan. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/mbhr6Z

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  • Faalsa Sherbet: Faalsa Sherbet is a great drink. This seasonal drink is refreshing and rejuvenating. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/fNkOZg
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Photo Courtesy: kfoods

  • Shahi Tukra: These are pieces of bread that are deep fried until they become golden brown and crisp. They are topped with rabdi and garnished with dry fruits and varq.

 

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Photo Courtesy: foodviva

10 Delicacies From Rajasthan

Rajasthan is also known as “the land of Maharajas”. It has a rich culture but what really makes it stand apart is its cuisine. Rajasthanis love for food is well evident in their cooking. The most famous dishes of this state include Laal Maas and Dal Bati Churma. If you are a lover of food, you must have tasted them once in your life. If you haven’t experienced the taste of these dishes, your trip to Rajasthan is not complete.

These 10 delicacies from Rajasthan are a must have:-

  • Dal Bati Churma

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Dal Bati Churma is one of the most famous dishes of Rajasthan. Rajasthani food is incomplete without Dal Bati Churma. The Batis are dipped in ghee and served with Dal and Churma, making a delicious combination.

Daal Baati Churma Recipe

  • Laal Maas
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The list of Rajasthani dishes is incomplete without Laal Maas. The fiery red chilies give this dish a spicy flavor. This dish goes well with bajra rotis or plain rice.

Laal Maas Recipe

  • Ker Sangri
Ker Sangri

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Ker Sangri is a very simple dish to prepare. It comes high in the list of wedding menus of today. This desert dish is a kind of pickle. It goes well with Bajra roti.

Ker Sangri Recipe

  • Mohanthaal
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Photo Courtesy: recipeshub

Rajasthani sweets are delicious. This sweet s also known as Dil Khushal or Besan ki Barfi. It feels delicious to chew and gives a grainy flavor in the mouth.

Dil Khushal(Mohanthal) Recipe

  • Rajasthani Kadhi
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Photo Courtesy: snapguide

Kadhi from Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Punjab are quite famous. The Rajasthani version of this dish is spicy and pungent and is a treat for your taste buds. It is a staple part of Rajasthani people’s diet. It goes well with rice.

Rajasthani Kadhi Recipe

  • Gatte ka Pulao
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This is also known as Ram Pulao. The dish is a great combination of spicy gate and fresh steamed rice. The juicy gattas are boiled and then mixed with spices which enhance the pulao’s taste.

Gatte Ka Pulao Recipe

  • Churma Ladoo
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Churma Ladoos are a necessary part of a Rajasthani feast. These are made of desi ghee and are usually served after dal bati. They are one of the most delicious ladoos that you must try.

Churma Ladoo Recipe

  • Badam Ka Halwa
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Photo Courtesy: jainrasoi

This halwa refreshes your childhood memories. This halwa is perfect for winters. It is prepared with dry fruits, sugar, suji and ghee.

Badam Ka Halwa Recipe

  • Aam ki Launji

Aam Ki Launji

This is a pickle that is made instantly with raw mangoes. It surely beats the heat. Prepared with fennel and nigella, it has got a sweet and sour taste. The flavor can be enhanced with soft mango chunks.

Aam Ki Launji Recipe

  • Mawa Kachori

Mawa Kachori

Mawa Kachori is a type of kachori filled with dry fruits and khoya. They are dipped in sugar and deep fried. This dessert is perfect for consumption after a meal like lunch or dinner.

Mawa Kachori Recipe

10 Delicious Paneer Recipes

There are many ways in which paneer dish can be made. It can be made with gravy or dry curry. Paneer as an ingredient can be mixed with many vegetables like peas, capsicum, potatoes, mushroom and spinach.

If you want to make paneer dishes, you can buy cottage cheese from the market or you can also prepare it at home. Preparing paneer at home is cheaper and hygienic. It is better to make homemade paneer than buying the store one.

Paneer is perfect for festivals and other celebrations. We have collected a number of paneer recipes for you to try in this article. Let us see them one by one:-

  • Paneer Butter Masala: These are juicy and soft cubes of cottage cheese mixed in a creamy tomato based gravy. The dish goes well with pulaos, rice and naan.

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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

 

  • Palak Paneer: This is a very popular recipe. It basically contains cheese cubes that are cooked in a spinach curry.

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Palak Paneer Recipe

  • Kadai Paneer: This is a semi dry curry, made with cheese, capsicum, Indian spices and bell peppers.

Kadhai Paneer Recipe

 

Kadai Paneer Recipe

  • Matar Paneer: Matar paneer is a very popular paneer recipe among North Indians. It is frequently made at home.

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Matar Paneer Recipe

  • Shahi Paneer: The literal meaning of shahi is royal. And this royal cottage cheese is made with dry fruits, saffron, yogurt, whole spices and cream.

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Shahi Paneer Recipe

  • Malai Kofta: This is a perfect dish for celebrations. One can never be bored of this dish. The koftas are so tasty that they can be served as a snack during tea.

Malai Kofta

 

Malai Kofta Recipe

  • Paneer Makhani: This is a simple and easy recipe. The gravy of the makhani is prepared with ginger, pureed tomatoes, garlic, cream and red chili powder.

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Paneer Makhani Recipe

  • Malai Paneer: This dish has a taste similar to malai paneer tikka. It can be prepared in a short span of time.

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Malai Paneer Recipe

  • Paneer Tikka Masala: This is a very rich and heavy dish. The sauce of the dish is prepared with onion, yogurt, tomato puree and cream.

Paneer Tikka Masala

 

Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

  • Paneer Jalfrezi: This is another easy paneer dish. You just have to slice the vegetables and make tomato puree. Vegetables like carrots, capsicum and baby corn can be added.

Paneer Jalfrezi

 

Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe

 

For more interesting recipes, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

Pulses: Important Part Of Healthy Meal

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Pulses have important place in an Indian meal, either in South India or in North India; in states from Western India or in East Indian states. These are included in main meals as yummy dishes like Dal Makhani or just Plain Dal with Tadka, Sambhar or Chole etc.

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Chole

Pulses are an important ingredient of some special preparations like Puran Poli, Dahi Vada and many others. Pulses are cooked as whole, split, husked or washed. They can be used in a variety of ways in soups, curries, salads, snacks and desserts. Soaking of pulses is advisable before cooking to reduce cooking time.

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

For those who are vegetarian, Pulses are vital as an important source of proteins. These are good source of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin (all vitamin B). Also supply carbohydrates, calcium, carotene, iron and potassium. Whole pulses and split dal with skin provide good quantity of fiber. Skin also prevents loss of water soluble nutrients. Nutritive value and digestibility of pulses can be increased by sprouting or fermenting them. There is an appreciable increase of the B vitamins, iron and also vitamin C after sprouting of pulses. Fermentation also increases the content of the vitamin B like in Idli, Dosa and Dhokla.

Dosa

Dosa

As pulses are good source of protein and low in carbohydrate, hence are good options to substitute part of total cereals, to provide balanced calories to a patient of Diabetes or for those who need to control intake of calories. But total protein content has to be kept in mind, not to overload kidneys. Some pulses constitute soluble fiber like Rajma. Soluble fiber helps to control cholesterol in blood. These are useful for conditions like- high cholesterol, hypertension and high blood pressure.

We will now discuss about preparation of Rajma Curry.

 

Rajmah Curry

Rajma Curry

Rajma Curry

 

Serves -1                      Portion size – 1bowl

Ingredients

Rajmah – 40 g dry or 80 g soaked

Water – 1:4 by volume

Salt -1/2 t

Hing(Asafoetida) -1 pinch

Red chili powder – 1/8 t

Garam masala (Ground Spices) powder -1/8 t

Garlic – 2 cloves

Onion – 40 g

Oil – 1T

Turmeric powder – 1/8 t

Coriander powder -1/4 t

Tomato -50 g

Curd – 1 t

Coriander leaves – 1 sprig

Method-

Pick and wash rajmah, soak overnight. Drain and make 2 c of water, if required, by adding additional water. Pressure cook with water, salt and hing for 20 minutes on low heat after first whistle. Let it cool and drain the rajmah, reserve the stock. Make a paste of onion, ginger and garlic, fry it in heated oil until golden brown. Add chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, fry for two minutes. Add garam masala pd and paste of tomatoes. Fry until it leaves sides of the pan, add beaten curd. Fry again till the curd is absorbed in masala. Add the drained rajmah and fry for another five minutes. Add reserved stock and cook for five minutes after it starts boiling. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves either with rice or chapati.

Nutritive Value:

Calories -268,

Protein – 10.5 g

Fat -11 g

Carbohydrate – 31.8 g

Fiber – 3.7 g

Calcium -162 mg

Iron – 2.6 mg

Carotene – 193 micro g

Vitamins B

Sodium and Potassium.

10 Chaat Recipes for Summers

The summer has only started and the sun is already shining so bright that it is impossible to consume heavy food. That is why it is recommended that you keep it light. In this article, we will discuss the great Indian chaats made of crispy puris, spices, potatoes, curd and other such ingredients. Try these 10 recipes this summer.

  • Dahi Papdi Chaat: This one is made with puris and spicy seasoning. This dish can be prepared very fast and is easy to prepare. Everyone will love it.

Dahi Papdi Chaat

 

Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe

  • Aloo Tikki Chaat: This is a quick and easy snack for potato fans. It quickly relieves your hunger. If you add some curd, it will give you a cooling effect at the insides of your body.

Aloo Tikki Chaat

 

Aloo Tikki Chaat

  • Dahi Vada: Vadas, made out of lentils and then immersed in cool dahi are covered with chutneys. It’s a real treat for the taste buds.

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Dahi Vada Recipe

  • Idli Chaat: Make your idlis spicy by adding a little sev, chutney and other delicious flavors.
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Photo Courtesy: thebrunettediaries

  • Chana Chaat: Chana Chaat is a tasty mixture that you will love to eat. You can add different kinds of chutneys and other crunchy stuff to make it irresistible.

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Chana Chaat Recipe

  • Cornflakes Chaat: Cornflakes Chaat is a great dish that can be packed in the tiffin and taken to work as it is tasty and dry.

Cornflakes Chaat

 

Cornflakes Chaat Recipe

  • Oats Chaat: This simple chaat is perfect for your summer cravings. It is rich in protein and has garnishing of pomegranate seeds.
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  • Bhel Puri: This is a classic Indian snack that is made of puffed rice. If made right, it tastes delicious.

Bhel Puri

 

Bhel Puri Recipe

  • Kachori Chaat: Although this chaat takes some efforts to be prepared as the kachoris need to be prepared in advance but it is easy to assemble them when they are ready.

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Kachori Chaat Recipe

  • Corn Chaat: This is a spicy treat that has a mix of corn, onions, potatoes and a lot of seasoning. It is a great snack.

Corn Chaat

 

Corn Chaat Recipe

For more interesting recipes, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

 

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.

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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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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