History & The Secrets Behind ‘Jalebi’ | India Canteen

Jalebi is a mouth-watering Indian dessert that can be described as funnel cakes. A sweet street food, jalebi is found across India and even Iran, Africa, West Asia and many more countries. Made with deep-frying maida flour batter in circular shapes, which are soaked in sugar syrup then served both cold or warm.

It is fried in the hot oil, using a cotton fabric cloth and carefully soaked in the sugar syrup. It would not be wrong to say that the process of making jalebis is no less attractive than the final product on your plate. You can have jalebis alone, or with a samosa but best combination is with creamy rabdi. A glass of piping hot milk or chilled milk with crunchy hot jalebis is a popular breakfast in several cities like Haridwar and Indore.

Did you know your favourite dessert recipe i.e Jalebi that you see across all sweet shops or morning breakfast shops in your city is not Indian but a West Asian or a Persian import?

Yes, you heard us Right !!

Our very own crispy, hot and sweet jalebi is not an Indian recipe but we have made it our own. Originally it is a version of sweet dish “Zolabiya” or “Zalabiya”.

Zalabiya is a festive dessert in iran, enjoyed by everyone during the iftar parties of Ramzaan. In 13th century, Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi (writer) collected a total of about 260 recipes of that time and highlighted them in his cookbook, ‘Kitab al-Tabeekh’, where ‘Zalabiya’ was mentioned for the first time.

In the 15th century, the makeover of Jalebi from Zalabiya happened when the Jain author Jinasura talked about it first time in the famous holy writ called ‘Priyamkarnrpakatha’ . In his holy writ it is said that jalebi was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by our not-so-friendly Persian Turkic invaders. According to The Hobson-Jobson Anglo-Indian dictionary, the Indian word Jalebi is derived from the Arabic word zulabiya or the Persian zolbiya with the onslaught of Turkish and Persian traders. From 15th century till today, this sweet dish began to be known as Jalebi and became a compulsory part in festive occasions, weddings, Indian breakfast and even temple bhog/prasad.

The preparation of Jalebis is considerably not so difficult. In a large pot whisk refined flour, yogurt and sufficient water to a smooth and pouring consistency batter. Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for minimum 1 day. Transfer the batter into a jalebi cloth, gather the edges and make a tight potli. The cloth filled with the batter is squeezed with adequate pressure from top to make concentric circles turning them over gently a few times, till they are evenly golden and crisp, and than transferred to the sugar syrup, which sometimes may also contain hints of saffron (for the perfect orange hue). Once the jalebis soak the sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes, take them out of the syrup and they are ready to serve hot.

This dish is not to be confused with similar sweets and variants like Imarti, Paneer Jalebi, Mawa Jalebi, Afgaan Jalebi etc.

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.

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.

12 Delicious Variants of Upma

Upma is a popular recipe of South India. It can be prepared fast and easily. No cooking experiences needed to cook this recipe. People who are new to cooking can easily prepare this dish. Different kinds of upma recipes are available. The most popular one is the one made with rava(sooji/wheat cream). But upma can be prepared with many ingredients like oats, bread, idli, oats, millets, broken rice, poha and tender jowar(hurda).

To make poha more nutritious, people add a number of vegetables like green peas, capsicum and carrots. Besides veggies, cashews and roasted peanuts can be added to it.

In this blog post, you will find many upma recipes.

  • Rava Upmaupma-recipe27This is a traditional breakfast dish of south india. It is prepared from rava, which is also known as sooji(in hindi). Upma is best served with coconut chutney, lemon pickle or lemon slices. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qdFVe9
  • Tomato Upmatomato-upma-recipe28This is a tasty and tangy recipe prepared with tomatoes and spices. The tangy tomatoes adds to the flavor of the recipes. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2puUECw
  • Idli Upmaidli-upma-recipe12This recipe can be made with leftover idlis. Using this recipe, you can make quick breakfast using leftover idlis. Some of the recipes that can be prepared are idli chaat, masala idli, idli fry and chilli idli. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pIAws1
  • Oats Upmaoats-upma-recipe18This is an easy, delicious and healthy recipe of oats upma prepared with mixed veg and oats. Other oats recipes that you can try are oats uttapam, oats idli, oats chilla, oats dosa and oats khichdi. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pIJQfW
  • Bread Upmabread-upma-recipe21This is a quick, tasty and easy upma prepared with bread. Fresh bread slices or old bread can be used to prepare this upma. You can use any bread including brown, white, multigrain or whole wheat bread. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pIxvIT
  • Mtr Style Khara Bhathmtr-style-khara-bath-recipe21This is a delicious, soft and smooth dish. It is made of mixed vegetables. It is best served with coconut chutney and lemon wedges. It can also be a great recipe for your tiffin.
  • Seviyan Upma Recipeveg-seviyan-upma36Seviyan(Vermicelli) upma is a popular south indian recipe of upma. Seviyan are prepared from maida or wheat flour or rice flour. The seviyan made from rice flour or wheat flour are better than that of maida. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pIhkeE
  • Rice Sevai Upma Reciperice-sevai-upma-recipe17This is an easy to prepare upma recipe. It can be prepared with rice sevai or rice vermicelli. No need to add vegetables when short of time. To make the dish more healthy, you can add beans, cabbage, peas and carrot.
  • Rice Rava UpmamaxresdefaultThis recipe of upma is prepared with broken raw rice. Akki tari uppittu is another name for this dish. The meaning of akki-tari is broken rice. This dish is traditional, authentic, delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Quinoa Upma Recipequinoa-upma-recipe15This is a very easy and quick recipe of veg quinoa upma. Quinoa is also known as a super food and is a good protein source. It is good for vegans and vegetarians alike. It is also rich in Phosphorus, Manganese and iron. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pIJ1nJ
  • Veg Seviyan Upma Recipeveg-seviyan-upma35This is a healthy breakfast dish prepared with rice seviyan(vermicelli), spice herbs and mix veggies. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pIRGq4
  • Microwave Upma Recipeidli-upma-recipe-4This upma can be prepared fast as compared to other traditional ways of cooking. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2pvhvxG

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

10 Lesser Known Dishes of India

India has a rich culture because of its diverse and varying climatic conditions. It has been subjected to various invasions by foreigners. Every region differs socio-culturally. This can be seen from the different customs, languages and food habits of the people of this vast nation.

In this article, we give you some of the lesser known dishes of India that are unique, mouthwatering and a treat for your palate.

  1. Nimish
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Photo Courtesy: gourmetfactory

This dish is available typically in Lucknow and old Delhi. This dish basically consists of dry fruits and milk. The khoya or mawa are beaten until fluffy and light. These are served with garnishing of sugar and dry fruits.

Nimish Recipe

  1. Bhang Ke Pakore
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Photo Courtesy: boldsky

This is a special snack that is prepared during Holi festival. Cannabis leaves’ powder is mixed with the batter of pakora and is eaten after frying. This is an addictive dish that is also tasty.

Bhang Ke Pakore Recipe

  1. Khorisa

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This is an Assamese delicacy which means bamboo shoots with fish. The fish used to prepare this dish is Rawas. To the Rawas fish is added mustard oil, ginger, turmeric and chillies in large amounts.

Khorisa Recipe

  1. Handvo

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A dish originating from kutch, handvo is perfect snack for breakfast or tea. This is a great dish for the health conscious people. A well-known variant of this dish is dhokla. This can serve as a complete meal in itself.

Handvo Recipe

  1. Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kozhambu

This is a South-Indian curry which is a specialty among Tamil Brahmins. This lentil curry also contains tamarind.

Vathal Kuzhambu Recipe

  1. Kanchipuram Idli

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If you want to try a different version of regular idlis, you should go for Kanchipuram idlis. They are full of spices. These idlis are filled with jeera, pepper, ginger, chillies and cashew nuts.

Kanchipuram Idli Recipe

  1. Bebinca

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This is a Goan dish that is not known too much. A multi-layered pudding that is made of flour, ghee, sugar, egg yolk, nuts and coconut milk.

Bebinca Recipe

  1. Chicken Dak Bungalow

Chicken Dak Bungalow

Chicken Dak Bungalow is an Anglo Indian dish. It was very popular during the British rule. It was prepared by the cooks of India for the elite.

Chicken Dak Bungalow Recipe

  1. Locho

Locho

A Gujarati snack, Locho is prepared from gram flour and sev. Locho stands for “mistake” in Gujarati. It is said that once a cook was making khaman and he put excess water while making it. His reaction was “Arre ye to Locho this gayo”- (Meaning: A mistake was made by me). Therefore, this dish was named Locho.

Locho Recipe

  1. Potoler Dolma

Potoler Dolma

In Bengali, Potoler Dolma means pointed gourd. This pointed gourd (parwal) can be stuffed with paneer, fish or minced meat.

Potoler Dolma Recipe

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10 Tasty Breakfast Recipes from South India

Your breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy and tasty breakfast is a good start for the day. In this article, we have collected 10 best South Indian recipes for you.

Everyone loves South Indian dishes. They range from light and yummy Upma to Appam that is served in Kerala with vegetable stew. The aroma of crackling curry leaves and the sputtering of mustard seeds is very tempting.

May it be Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala or Telangana, in this article we cover whole of South India. We have collected sensational recipes that are delicious, nutritious and can be cooked fast.

  1. Onion Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa is crispy, deep-fried and mouth-watering, rava dosa is a great recipe. Try it once, and you will never miss it.

Onion Rava Dosa Recipe

 

  1. Sambar

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This is a kind of vegetable soup that is served in South India. It usually accompanies masala dosa or idli. It contains lightly spiced lentils in a coconut and tamarind sauce.

Sambar Recipe

 

  1. Appam

Appam

These tasty appams can be prepared with a small no of ingredients. They have thick and soft center and exterior that is paper thin. Appam goes well with curry!

Appam Recipe

 

  1. Medhu Vada
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This Vada, made of urad dal is a favorite snack of many people. It is a treat when served hot with coconut chutney.

Medhu Vada Recipe

 

  1. Ven Pongal

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Ven Pongal is a traditional South Indian dish prepared with rice and lentils, cooked with small amount of ghee and cumin. It is a delicious dish and goes well with coconut chutney/sambhar.

Ven Pongal Recipe

 

  1. Uttapam

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Uttapam is similar to dosa and is prepared with urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds. It’s a tasty and healthy breakfast.

 Uttapam Recipe

 

  1. Upma

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This dish is popular throughout India. This healthy breakfast dish can be prepared easily in less time.

Upma Recipe

 

  1. Puttu

Puttu

Puttu is a special breakfast dish of South India. Originated in Kerala, this dish is popular in Sri Lanka too. It is prepared with rice flour and finger millet.

Puttu Recipe

 

  1. Kerala Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew

This vegetable stew is prepared with potatoes, carrots, French beans and cauliflower and is full of flavors. You can make it spicy by adding curry leaves and cinnamon.

Vegetable Stew Recipe

 

  1. Oats Idli

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The oats idli is a very nutritious recipe. The rice replaces oats, so that the fat content can be reduced and the cholesterol can be kept in check.

Oats Idli Recipe

 

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8 Traditional Indian Winter Recipes

Winter is the season in which you can give your taste buds a good treat. Indian winter dishes are not only tasty but are also beneficial for overall health. These food keep you warm and strengthen immunity.

Sometimes mineral deficiency is caused due to winters which can be supplemented with proper diet. There are some winter foods like Gajar Ka Halwa(Carrot Halwa) and Makke Di Roti and Sarson da Saag which have many nutritional properties.

Here are 8 traditional Indian winter recipes that you must try:-

  1. Gajar Ka Halwa:
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    Photo Courtesy: Youtube

     

    Gajar Ka Halwa is one of the most famous winter dish. It is an all-time favorite dessert of India. It is a must have sweet during chilly winters. This sweet is prepared with ghee (clarified butter). It is filled with dry fruits and tastes really good in winter season as fresh, sweet carrots are available.Carrots help in regulating blood sugar and are rich in dietary fibre. Ghee helps in enhancing the physical and mental health. Ghee provides the body warmth and the dry fruits combat colds.

Gajar Ka Halwa recipe

 

   2. Sarson Da Saag:                                      

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This is a traditional winter dish, very popular in Punjab. It is best consumed with makke ki roti, jaggery and butter. Sarson Da Saag is filled with nutrients. Sarson is enriched with protein and iron. It is also anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, making it an essential part of diet.

Sarson Da Saag recipe

Makki Ki Roti recipe

 

  1. Spicy Sweet Potatoes:
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    Photo Courtesy: sweetpeaskitchen

     

    Sweet potatoes are available in large amounts in winter season. It is consumed in many forms. Some roast it, some boil it and spice it. Most people like to cook it with spices and then consume it with roti (also known as chapati). Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Spicy Sweet Potatoes recipe

 

  1. Gaund ke laddoo:
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    Photo Courtesy: healthyvegrecipes

     

    It is made of edible gum that is easily available and got from the bark of a tree. Gaund provides warmth in the body and also fights winter chills. These laddoos are made with ghee which is very beneficial in limited amounts. This special winter dish is best consumed with a glass of milk.

Gaund ke laddo recipe

 

 

    5. Rogan Josh:                                                                                                          Rogan Josh

This is a Kashmiri dish that is stuffed with dry fruits and nuts. The fiery spices add to the warmth provided by this dish to the body. The mutton used in the dish is cooked perfectly in spices that are traditional. Rogan Josh is a traditional dish that is delicious and hot and protects the body from cold.

Rogan Josh recipe

 

       6. Paya Shorba:

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Photo Courtesy: pearlkitchen

 

Paya Shorba is a soup which is prepared with hoof or trotters of a cow, lamb or goat. The shorba is prepared with spices that make it delicious. This delicious dish is filled with nutrition and is very good for winters as it generates heat in the body.

Paya Shorba recipe

 

  1. Undhiyo:
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    Photo courtesy: hubpages

     

    This Gujarati dish is a specialty that’s made with papdi (a vegetable). A fiery veg dry stew is made using papdi and other vegetables like sweet potatoes, brinjals, peas etc. These vegetables are tossed with heat generating spices. The dish can be consumed with puris or methi muthiyas(a traditional dish).

Undhiyo recipe

 

    8. Rasam:                                                                                                         

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Rasam is a very popular South-Indian dish. Rasam contains red lentis, which are rich in fiber, antioxidants and proteins. This soupy dish is spicy and contains traditional masalas like turmeric and other spices. Besides that it contains some vegetables. It can be consumed as a whole meal. If you drink a bowl of rasam, it will help you bear the winter evenings more easily.

Rasam recipe

 

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Dahi Vada: A Delightful Snack For Festive Season!!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada is one of the favorite snack of Indians. Its a perfect side-dish for festive season like Holi and Diwali. It is known by different names in different parts of India. For example: Doi Bora in Bengali, Dahi Bhalla in Punjabi, Thayir Vada in Malayalam, Thayir Vadai in Tamil, Perugu Vada in Telugu, Dahi Bara in Odia and Mosaru Vade in Kannada.

Although vadas are very tasty and loved by all. But when made into Dahi Vadas, they become a mind blowing stuff! It is easy to prepare with the Vadas soaked in yogurt (dahi).

The vadas which are deep fried balls made of Urad or Moong Daal(Lentil) are placed in water. Then, they are moved to yogurt (which is beaten thick). The vadas are kept there for a few hours to get the best results and then they are served. If you want to add more flavor to the Dahi Vada, you can top it up with mint or coriander leaves, chaat masala, black pepper (crushed), chilli powder, coconut, cumin, boondi or chilli.

Besides Dahi Vadas, Sambhar Vadas and Rasam Vadas are very popular in India.

Here are different recipes of Dahi Vadas:-

Unique Indian Spices

Indian food is known for its distinctive taste and aroma. The delicious Indian food consists of a combination of herbs, flavors and spices. In this article you will find some of the best spices of Indian cuisine. You can try all the spices and explore the variety of tastes present in Indian Cuisine.

TURMERIC

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Photo Courtesy: theindiannawaaz

This Indian spice is bright yellow and can be found both in South Indian and North Indian cooking. This unique spice is made from an Indian plant that belongs to the ginger family. It is made by boiling, drying, cleaning and polishing the roots of turmeric plants. It was known as Indian saffron in medieval Europe. In those days, it was very expensive as compared to present saffron spice. It is primarily used in Kashmiri dishes.

CORIANDER

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Coriander powder is popularly known as ‘Dhaniya’ in India. It is available in powdered form or as whole seeds. Fresh coriander, also known as ‘cilantro’ is widely used in Indian Cuisine. The seeds of coriander are used as condiment. Coriander has a sweet and delicate aroma. It can be found in every household of India. It is used in Rasam, Dals, Soups, Curries and Sambar. Many a times, the fresh coriander leaves are used for garnishing finished dishes. Coriander originated in Mediterranean but is found in India and other countries.

CUMIN

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Cumin is also known as ‘Jeera’ in Indian continent. It is available in whole seed form or powdered form. It comes from an annual herb that grows in many parts of the world. Cumin is found in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Mediterranean and India. It also grows in China, Malta, Sicily and Mexico. It is used as a flavoring agent in Indian cooking. It is widely used in preparations that include curry powders, bread seasoning, cheese and cakes and also as a condiment. It is used in small quantities to enhance the taste of the dish. It is being used since 2nd century B.C.

MUSTARD SEEDS

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Mustard seeds are produced from an annual herb. They can be used in vegetables, as flavors or as spices. They have variable colors and sizes which include pale yellow, tiny black, brown or white balls. When they are roasted, they release their full flavors. In South India, they are used as Tadka(for increasing flavor) while cooking. The yellow or white mustard comes from southern Europe while brown mustard comes from China. Black mustard seeds have their origin in Southern Mediterranean region.

CURRY

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Curry leaves are found on curry tree. Curry is used in South-Indian dishes to add flavor and fragrance. It is grown throughout South India and is used in dry or fresh. It is used as a sauce for many Indian recipes. Curry is also used in marinating tikka and tandoori kebabs. The bark of a curry tree and its roots can be used as a stimulant or tonic. According to researchers, curry has its origins before Christ.

 

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