Biryani: Its History & Variants

Biryani is a perfect mix of spices (chillies, mace, saffron, and cardamom etc), basmati rice, onions, lemon, meat (chicken, lamb or goat) etc. This dish is special as it is prepared in an intricate way. Meat is marinated for 10-12 hours and then it is soaked in yoghurt and sandwiched between rice and is cooked in a handi and is cooked on wood/charcoal. The perfectly cooked meat is irresistible and has good taste, fragrance.

Restaurants usually serve the dish with flavored yoghurt, salads and chilli sauce, thus making it a complete meal and a great value for money. For the vegans, there is a veg pulao version available which is loved by all.

Although it looks like the dish originated in India, but the fact is that it originated from very far away. Biriyani is derived from Persian word Birian, which means ‘fried before cooking’ and Birinj, which is a Persian word for rice. It is believed that biryani originated in West Asia.

It is believed that the Turk-Mongol conqueror, Timur, brought biryani to India in 1398. The dish, which is believed to be the war campaign diet of Timur’s army, an earthen pot which is full of rice, spices and any meats which were available would be buried in hot pit before being dug up and served to warriors.

According to another legend, the dish was brought to southern Malabar coast by Arab traders who visited there frequently. According to records of Tamil literature, a rice dish called Oon Soru. Oon Soru was prepared with rice, meat, ghee, coriander, pepper, turmeric and bay leaf. It was used to feed military warriors.

The most popular story of biryani traces its origin to Mumtaz Mahal, who was the beautiful queen of Shah Jahan and inspired Taj Mahal.

According to legend, Mumtaz once visited the barracks of army and found that the Mughal soldiers were weak and undernourished. She asked the chef to prepare a special dish that contained meat and rice, thus providing balanced nutrition to soldiers. The resulting dish was biryani. At that time, rice was fried in ghee, thus giving it a nutty flavour. Before cooking, meat, spices and saffron were added to it.

Biryani was also given promotion by the Nizams of Hyderabad and Lucknowi Nawabs. Throughout the world, their chefs were known for their signature dishes. These rulers had their own versions of biryani.

A perfect biryani contains a lot of ingredients. Biryani was traditionally prepared with dum pukht method(slow breathing oven). In this method, the ingredients are loaded in a pot and slow cooked on charcoal. The edges of pot are sealed around edges. This allows the steaming meat to tenderise and also flavours the rice.

Spices also play a major role in making good biryani. Some recipes use limited spices while others use more than 15 spices. The main ingredient is often meat or chicken. In some coastal varieties, crabs, prawns and fishes are also used. Some other commonly used ingredients include rose water, kewra and sweet edible ittar.

Biryani was traditionally prepared with long grain brown rice in the north. Today, it has been replaced by fragrant basmati rice. In the south, the biryanis are prepared with different kinds of rice like kaima, zeera samba, kaala bhaat and jeerakashala that give a distinct texture, taste and aroma to it.

There are 2 kinds of biryani, the kutchi biryani and pukki biryani. In kutchi biryani, the meat is mixed with raw rice in handi and cooked. If we consider pukki biryani, cooked meat and rice are layered in handi, thus giving it great flavours.

Some great variants of biryani include: –

  • Mughlai Biryani

The Mughal Emperors were fond of great dining and cooking was an art for them. Mughlai Biryani is a perfect dish that is prepared with delicious chunks of spiced meat that is kept in kewra scented rice. Due to its smell, you become instantly hungry.

  • Hyderabadi Biryani

This famous biryani came into being when Niza-Ul-Mulk was appointed by Emperor Aurangzeb as the ruler of Hyderabad. Almost 50 different versions were created by his chefs. These versions used quail, deer, shrimp, fish and hare meat. Most other biryanis are filled with flavoured meat. While, Hyderabadi biryani is filled with aromatic saffron.

  • Calcutta Biryani

The legendary gourmet Nawab Wajid Ali Shah tried to recreate his beloved dish in Calcutta. Due to budget constraints, the recipe was given a tweak by local cooks and they replaced meat with perfectly cooked potatoes. The dish, which has very low spices uses yogurt-based marinade which is cooked separately. Like most Bengali dishes, Calcutta biryani is sweet in taste.

  • Lucknowi Biryani

The dish, which is cooked in royal Awadhi style has softer textures and milder spices. The first step involves making yakhni from meat that is boiled slowly and is filled with spices for 2 hours or more. This makes the biryani more tender, moist and delicately flavored.

  • Tahari Biryani

Tahari biryani is usually cooked without meat. Rice is usually cooked with different vegetables in handi. Potatoes and carrots are the most used vegetables of India. According to legend, this biryani was created in Mysore when Tipu Sultan hired vegetarian Hindus as bookkeepers. Thus, a vegetarian version of this cult dish came into being. Tahari is also a very popular street food of Kashmir.

Sharad Navrati Special Recipes 2018 | India Canteen

Sharad Navratri 2018 is almost here, and one look around is enough to tell how eager all are to welcome the season of festivities. The word ‘Navratri’ means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit. It is that festive time of the year when many pray, observe fast and worship ‘Goddess Durga’. Goddess Durga has 108 Names and 9 Avatars that are worshiped in these 9 days, one on each day. During this festive season people give up non-vegetarian food and many others also try reducing intake of onion and garlic from their meals.

Celebration means every day you would get to relish on a different kind of delicacy. So Here we have Navrati Special recipes with ingredients, nutrition values and method to prepare. You can enjoy these recipes and tingle your taste buds during these fasting days:

  1. Sabudana Khichdi:


    Sabudana Khichdi is an easy to prepare dish. It is a commonly made recipe during fasting season as it is a healthy recipe and delicious too if prepared properly. This recipe is considerably easy. It takes a well experienced cook to get the nice texture in the sabudana pearls.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and then add cumin, hing & curry leaves.
    2. When they sizzle, add chopped potatoes and saute for 2 minutes after then add chopped tomatoes & green chilli and cook well for few minutes.
    3. Add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, sugar and coriander and mix it well again. Remove water from sabudana and mix it well in the pan.
    4. Add some peanut powder & chopped ginger
    5. Mix everything slowly & cook for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice in it Garnish with coriander.

    Delicious khichdi is ready. Enjoy it

  2. Makhana Kheer:


    Makhana Kheer is the simplest and in the most delicious recipe to make. Its creamy and beautiful texture tastes delicious whether served hot or cold. Rich in protein and calcium, makhana (fox nut/ lotus seed) combines beautifully with low-fat milk to make a creamy and delicious kheer.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a large vessel, pour in the milk, break the makhanas into smaller pieces, add them to the milk and let it boil gently for about 30 to 45 minutes without covering it, till the milk start boiling down and the seeds looks softy.
    2. Add sugar according to the taste and stir for a few more minutes.
    3. Add small amount of pistachios, almonds, saffron and cardamom powder, cook it well again.
  3. Navratri Kaddu:


    Kaddu (Pumpkin) is loaded with lots of nutritions and is often used in prasad/bhog or at home. Kaddu Ki Sabzi is one of the popular dishes prepared during Navratri fast and it pairs well with chapati and poori. It’s sweet and tangy taste can not be compared with any other vegetable.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Peel the pumpkin and then scoop out the fibres, seeds in the centre before cutting it into cubes.
    2. Heat the oil in a kadahi and add coriander, chili powder, turmric powder and cumin seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the ginger and salt.
    3. fried till lightly coloured and add the pumpkin.
    4. Stir-fry on high heat till it looks glossy then add garam masala, amchoor powder and sugar. Mix well.
    5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer till cooked through. Stir 3-4 times. Then garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
  4. Crunchy Potatoes:


    During Navratri, Crunchy and crispy potatoes topped with green chutney and curd – so flavorful and delicious!! One of the most favorite finger food of children and adults alike! Crunchy and crispy potatoes make snacking look good. These are easy to eat as well as easy to cook.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Wash and peel the potatoes then boil the potatoes in pressure cooker.
    2. Take one whistle in pressure cooker. Once potatoes become warm. Dice them in cubes.
    3. Heat small amount of oil (ghee) in a pan, deep fry the diced potatoes till crispy and golden. Remove them on an soaking paper to remove excess oil from it.
    4. Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt immediately after removing on soaking paper.
      Serve hot.

    Note: You may use Rock Salt instead of regular salt while fasting

  5. Banana Walnut Lassi:


    Try making this super easy and healthy Banana Walnut Lassi to give your Navaratri mornings a boost of health and have a great day ahead. Celebrate this auspicious occasion with fun, grandeur and with delicious & healthy food recipes.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a food processor or mixer add greek yogurt, whey powder, walnuts, chestnut honey and bananas.
    2. Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
    3. You may garnish it with chopped walnuts.

    Its done, Enjoy !!

Shradh (Pitru Paksha) Special Satvik Recipes 2018

Special Satvik Food is prepared and offered to the ‘Brahmins’ during Shradh/Pitru Paksha period; it is believed that whatever is given to them reaches to our grandparents. Shradh, also known as Kanagat in North India, begins on the last full moon day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapad’. This year Shradh/Pitru Paksha will end on October 8th, 2018.

Pitru Paksha 2018 started on September 24th, 2018. Hindus across India are observing this 15-day Shradh in order to pay homage to the grandparents, especially through offering special food to them. This period is referred to as mourning period. In this 15 days Shradh period, Hindus avoid eating non-vegetarian, smoking and drinking alcohol food as it is considered inauspicious. It is generally advised to follow a simple diet and avoid preparing lavish feasts. Some people avoid onion and garlic in their food as well, however, there are many who don’t follow this ritual any more.

We list down some simple satvik dishes that you can consume during this entire period.

  1. Cocktail Kheer:

    Kheer is a sweet recipe prepared with carrots and milk. The combination of these ingredients make this dish yummy. The tasty fruits will also add to the flavor and texture of the kheer and add some dry fruits for some crunch.
  2. Pudina Rice:

    Pudina rice is a peppery flavored mint dish that is easy and quick to prepare. Refreshing taste of the rice will not need any accompaniment unless you want to add some yogurt in it. This healthy and simple dish does not require garlic or onion, so you can prepare it any time of the day during pitru paksha.
  3. Kaddu ki Sabzi:

    The combination of kaddu ki sabzi and poori is awesome. An easy and light recipe cooked thoroughly in a variety of masalas, you wouldn’t have to necessarily cook it with onions and garlic. Kaddu ki sabzi (pumpkin) and poori is the best during this period.
  4. Dal Palak:

    Dal Palak is just the right dish because spinach comes in this season. It is thinner in consistency, simple yet tasty. A warm and delicious dish with the goodness of lentils, spinach and mild spices, you can easily skip the ginger-garlic addition in the recipe.​
  5. Guar ki Phali:

    Guar is available now and is very easy to make. It is cooked with spices and yogurt. You wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time to prepare it. Combine moong dal or toor dal with it to make your meal wholesome.
  6. Bajre ki Khichdi:

    Khichdi made with bajra and moong dal can be a wholesome lunch for you. This recipe does not need any garlic or onion and can be made quickly. A small amount of ghee (a drop) on top will make it taste even better.
    A warm and comforting khichdi can be a complete lunch for you.
  7. Thapi Vadi:

    This traditional and tasty recipe is known by many names in different parts of Maharashtra. It is known as Masvadi , Patavadi, Besan Vadi, Pithlyachi Vadi. This snack, when combined with curry can also be served as a main dish.
  8. Shradh Special Thali:

    Last but not least, Brahmin food is very important on the day of Shraddha in the Father’s side. According to the scriptures, on the day of Shraddh, the fathers themselves present themselves as Brahmins and take food. Therefore, every devotee should make a Brahmin feast in the house on the day of Shraddha of his ancestors.

    These simple dishes are not only seasonally delightful but will also keep the essence of Shradh or Pitru Paksha intact; that is to keep it satvik and vegetarian.

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

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.

Best Indian Main Course Dishes

Lunch and dinner are our main course meals. Although, dinner can be kept light but breakfast and lunch should always be proper. In this article, I am sharing some main course recipes.

Both North Indian and South Indian recipes are included in this article.

  • Chole: This is a Punjabi Chole masala recipe which is spicy, tasty and flavorful. Chole are perfect with naan, pooris, rotis and rice.punjabi-chole-recipe23
  • Tiffin SambarThis recipe of hotel style tiffin sambar goes well with medu vada, dosa and idli. There are many variations of sambar that you can try.

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  • Punjabi Kadhi: Kadhi Pakora is a popular recipe of North India. These are fried pakoras in a yogurt sauce that is creamy and sour. There are many variations of kadhi that are available in different regions of India.punjabi-kadhi-pakora
  • Paneer MakhaniDeliciously cooked cottage cheese in tomatoes and cream sauce. Light spice is added to it with little sweetness and tang.paneer-makhani-recipe17
  • Chana Dal: This is a Punjabi style chana dal which is flavored with onions, spices and tomatoes. Dal is best served with rice/rotis. They are a staple food of North India.chana-dal-recipe25
  • Kadai MushroomMushrooms prepared in a spicy onion-tomato gravy. You must also try mushroom curry and Restaurant Style Kadai Mushroom.kadai-mushroom-gravy-recipe20
  • Gobi Masala: This is a delicious, creamy and light spicy gobi masala made in restaurant style. The same recipe can be prepared with different veggies. Some recipes similar to this include matar masala and capsicum masala. These go well with naan, rotis, tandoori rotis or rice.gobi-masala-recipe17
  • Veg Biryani in Pressure Cooker: This is a very easy recipe of veg biryani. No previous cooking of vegetables and rice are required. For an authentic dum cooked biryani, try this hyderabadi veg biryani. Some other popular recipes of rice are veg fried rice and veg pulao.vegetable-biryani
  • Veg SaguA curry that is creamy, spicy and coconut based. It is prepared with mix veggies. This goes well with neer dosa, set dosa, parathas, pooris, chapatis etc. You must also try Kerala Style Veg Stewveg-saguside-dish-for-roti.1024x1024-1
  • Paneer MasalaThis is a delicious and rich paneer curry prepared with onion-tomato-cashew base. Some other popular paneer recipes include paneer butter masala and palak paneer.53519872

10 Delicious Cottage Cheese(Paneer) Recipes

Paneer, which is also known as cottage cheese is regularly used in the Indian cuisine. It is a very good source of calcium and protein, especially for those who are vegetarians. It is best served with a spinach or butter gravy. It is also used in the preparation of bakes, snacks, curries and desserts. Besides this, it can also be used in combination with green peas, bell pepper, mushrooms, potatoes and green peas. In this article, we have collected 10 paneer recipes that you will love to have.

  • Chilli Paneer: This is an Indo-Chinese dish that is very popular in the restaurants. This is a sweet, sour and hot tasting batter of fried Indian cottage cheese that is sauteed in a chilli garlic sauce. This dish can be prepared dry as well as in the form of gravy.chilli-paneer-dry24
  • Kadai Paneer: This is a delicious and easy to prepare dish made of ground spices known as kadai masala. It is best served with rice, naan or roti.kadai-paneer-gravy-18
  • Matar Paneer: This is a simple curry made of paneer and green peas. Peas are usually available in the winter season and that is usually when this dish is made. Frozen peas can also be used to prepare this dish.24-5matar-paneer-shahi
  • Paneer Sandwich: This dish can be prepared with fresh vegetables and Indian cottage cheese that is put inside bread sandwich. It goes well with lunch or snack.paneer-sandwich-large
  • Paneer Bread Rolls: This is a perfect snack and is loved by kids. It can also be prepared as starter or snack in parties. They can be pan fried, shallow fried or baked.bread-paneer-roll-12
  • Paneer Cutlet: Paneer cutlets are nothing but tikkis prepared with crumpled cottage cheese. These are best served as snacks or in burgers.paneer-cutlet
  • Paneer Makhani: This is a very popular dish of Punjab. Indian cottage cheese is mixed with cashew tomato gravy and cream is added on top. It is best served with naan, roti or rice.paneer-makhani-recipe16
  • Paneer Butter Masala: This is a little different from Paneer Makhani. It is a very popular recipe. The cottage cheese is simmered in a gravy of tomato and onion. It is a very popular recipe.paneer-butter-masala-recipe-012
  • Palak Paneer: In this recipe, the cottage cheese is added to spinach gravy. This dish can be prepared in a number of ways.palak-paneer-recipe25
  • Paneer Pulao: If you want to add protein to your regular pulao, then paneer pulao is a great combination. The cottage cheese added to this dish is rich, marinated and fried.paneer-pulao-recipe9

10 Irresistible Indian Dishes

In this article, we give you some of the best veg foods that you will love. These Indian vegetarian recipes are liked by all. You should try all of them.

  • Malai Kofta
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    This dish is perfect for special times. Malai Kofta is a perfect vegetarian substitute for meatballs. This is one dish that everyone in the party would enjoy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2k7Wh2T

  • Palak Paneer
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    This is a favourite North Indian dish of India. Palak Paneer is a pure veg recipe. It has no garlic or onions. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hXqMLk

  • Rajma
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    Rajma is a popular dish that is very tasty. It tastes great when served with plain rice. Rajma tastes great when served alongside plain rice. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2iV3yWP

  • Matar Paneer

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    Matar Paneer is best served with Naans, Parathas, Paneer and Jeera Rice. Matar Paneer contains chunks of Paneer dipped in a delicious gravy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jSN1Cm

  • Kaali Daal

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    Kaali Daal, which is also known as Ma Ki Daal is very tasty and delicious. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kji8rb

  • Chole

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    Chole is a crowd pleaser that is piping hot and is best consumed with bhatooras/pooris. This dish is perfect for spicy food lovers. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2j4Nrkk

  • Bhindi Ki Subzi

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    Photo Courtesy: Khana Khazana

    This dish can be prepared very quickly. Bhindi Ki Subji is best enjoyed with chapatis/parathas. When you combine this dish with Rajma, it gives you a perfect meal. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jgQrh2

  • Aaloo Paratha

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    Aaloo Paratha is best taken with pickle, chutney and chilled yogurt. Aloo parathas taste great with fresh, thick cream, home-made butter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2k7SlyK

  • Hara Bhara Kabab

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    Photo Courtesy: pak01

    Hara Bhara Kabab is a tasty dish for vegetarians and is a perfect alternative to kababs. Hara Bhara Kabab is filled with healthy spinach which gives it green colour. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jPYySh

  • Lehsuni Daal

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    Photo Courtesy: The Lady 8 Home

    Lehsuni Daal is simple yet tasty. It is prepared with masoor daal. It is a staple dish of India. It is best consumed with rice, vegetable or a meat dish. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2joCiMe

Delicious Winter Recipes

Whenever winter arrives, you indulge yourself in different kinds of seasonal dishes. In this season, the markets are filled with different root vegetables, leafy greens and tubers which are filled with goodness of nature. In India, we wait for winters eagerly to make favourite dishes like gajar ka halwa that is cooked with red carrots. You can also try ghee-filled mooli parathas.

Every region has its own speciality. For one, Undhiyo, which is a vegetarian dish is made with the help of turnips, flat beans, raw banana, yam, potatoes and green garlic. There are many heart warming winter delicacies like beetroot kebab, matar pulao, rasam, mooli kofte and avial.

If you want to know how to cook these delicious seasonal veggies, we have collected the following 10 recipes for winter.

1. Sarson da Saag

sarson-ka-saagThis is one of the best Punjabi dish. It is best consumed with Makki di Roti. Sarson da Saag is a stew-like dish that is made of mustard green.

2. Gajar ka Halwa

hqdefault-2Gajar ka Halwa is one of the most popular desserts of India. It is really irresistible. The dish, which originated in Punjab is a delight for winter season. Grated nuts, carrots and sugar are stirred and cooked together.

3. Undhiyo

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Undhiyo is an authentic Gujarati dish which is very flavourful. The fried winter vegetables and chickpea dumplings are mixed with spicy masala.

4. Shalgam ki Sabzi

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Pieces of turnip are cooked with everyday flavours that can be easily combined with roti and rice. Try the recipe of Shalgam ki Sabzi.

5. Beetroot Kebab

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These beetroot and tofu kebabs are filled with energy. These kebabs are full of antioxidants and have less calories.

6. Dal Palak Ka Shorba

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Dal Palak Ka Shorba is of thinner consistency and is a great way to start the meal. It is a comfortable and warm dish and is filled with goodness of spinach, lentils, ginger-garlic and spices. The seasoning should be done with cream and lime.

7. Bharwan Gobhi

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Cauliflower flowers are made pale and filled with khoya and cheese. They are coated with thick batter of besan and are deep fried to golden colour. Try the recipe.

8. Mooli ke Kofte

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These fried balls are made with spices and radishes that are grated. They are dipped in a spicy gravy. Try the recipe.

10 Delicious Chicken Curry Recipes

Indian food is made up of beautiful mix of spices and herbs. In this article, we share with you 10 popular Indian chicken recipes.

Tender pieces of chicken mixed in a tasty gravy. It gives you an enticing aroma that cannot be ignored. Chicken curry is a favourite dish of everyone. Its a perfect dish for Indian party.

Curry is a Tamil word for sauce. The dish has its origins in the old Indus civilization. Since then it has spread to all parts of the world. Everyone knows that people of Britain love the ‘curry’. Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular meal in England.

The curry can be of different flavors as you walk across different countries. Indian curries are very versatile as each state has a different version. If you go to Northern and Eastern India, you will be served with a delicious curry filled with garam masala and different spices. If you move to west, you will find flavors of cardamom, poppy seeds and khada masalas in the dishes. If you move South, you will find coconut flavor when you add coconut milk.

The mode of cooking differs according to the taste of locality. For example, ghee(butter) and vegetable oils are mainly used in North India and in the curries of the South, you will find flavor of coconut oil. Sesame and groundnut oil are used heavily in the curries of East and West.

Here are some of the great recipes:-

  1. Malwani Chicken Curry: This is a fiery curry with the base of coconut. The great thing about this curry is freshly made malvani masala.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gVibHw

2. Chicken Tikka Masala: This is one of the most ordered meal on the globe.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gVzyWt

3. Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is made by marinating the chicken, the whole night. The chicken is roasted, then cooked with masalas, cream and tomato puree.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gQiIaO

4. Murg Malaiwala: Chicken drumsticks are immersed in saffron, milk, cream, mild spices and rose petals.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gD9jFW

5. Kadhai Chicken: This recipe is filled with flavors including sweet, sour and spicy. The chicken is marinated with tamarind, bell peppers, lemon, jaggery and spicy paste.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2h2u62J

6. Razela Chicken: This is a popular Bengali curry that is rich and flavoured. This dish, which is prepared with boneless chicken, khoya, cashew nut paste is a great treat for you.

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Here’s the recipe:

7. Sali Marghi: Sali Marghi is a Parsi dish in which chicken is mixed with tangy tomato gravy and the topping is done with strings of crisp and fried potato.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gDgdey

8. Chicken Do Pyaaza: The quantity of onions used in this recipe is double that of a regular curry. This is a Punjabi favourite and is filled with garam masala, kasoori methi, ginger-garlic, cream and spices. Onion is used to give it sweet flavor and the flavor is balanced with a number of spices.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gVDd6v

9. Chicken Xacuti: This is a great delicacy of Goa. This is a spicy curry and chicken pieces are put in it and flavours like cashews, coconut and white poppy seeds are given to it.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2g878tm

10. Kolhapuri Chicken: This chicken curry is prepared with Kolhapuri masala and uses great flavours like peanut oil, black pepper, bay leaf and cloves.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2fZHsfo