Independence Day: 29 Recipes From Different States

On August 15, 1947, India became independent, thus ending a great struggle that kept on for years. Since then, 15th August is celebrated as Independence day to commemorate Indian freedom.

This is India’s 72nd Independence Day. Today, India has 29 states and 7 union territories, thus giving India a rich legacy and diverse background. In 1947, the concept of states was missing. India was only divided into princely states and provinces. In that era, the concept of ‘States’ or Union territories was missing. Each province had to sign a treatie with British, thus giving them the reign of the region. Since Independence, 29 states have been added to the Republic of India. Telangana is the latest state to join the list. Each state has diverse culture and distinct culinary heritage. The cuisines of India range from Lucknow’s Awadhi cuisine, vegetarian snacks that are popular in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad cuisine and Assam’s fish curries. There are so many flavours that you can enjoy and recipes that you can celebrate.

This 15th August, we have collected a list of 29 special dishes that are specific to different states.

  1. Jammu & Kashmir: Gushtaba

     

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    Jammu and Kashmir, which is also known as the Queen of India is famous for its natural beauty. The state has been praised by many poets throughout the centuries. There is one dish that is favorite of all and that is Gushtaba. It is a traditional delicacy in the state of Kashmir. Gushtaba is basically a spicy curry of meatballs that is prepared in yogurt gravy. It is a part of main course. And shines in the Wazwan of Kashmir. Other popular dishes of Kashmir include Rista, Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo and Yakhni.

  2. Himachal Pradesh: Dhaam

     

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    Himachal’s food has some great culinary dishes that are worth your time. If you want to begin experiencing the Himachal’s cuisine then you must start with Dhaam, a traditional meal prepared for festivals and special occasions. Dhaam is prepared using dal, rajma, kadhi, rice and curd.

  3. Haryana: Kachri Ki Sabzi

     

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    When we talk about Haryana, we think about abundance of ghee, milk and dahi. We don’t know much about local recipes of Haryana. That is why it is worth mentioning the name of kachri ki subzi. Kachri, which is commonly available resembles a small brown-colored lemon. Potatoes and other vegetables are mixed with Kachri to make Kachri ki sabzi. An equally popular dish is Kachri ki chutney which is very popular and is taken along with bajre ki roti and chach.

  4. Uttarakhand: Kafuli

     

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    Uttarakhand, which is comparatively newer state of India was formed in November 2000 when it became the 27th state of Indian Republic. There are many dishes that have become popular overtime. These include dubuk, bhaang ki chutney, kumaoni raita and gulgula. But the dish that stands out is Kafuli. Kafuli is a vegetarian dish that is prepared with methi leaves, palak and is loved by locals and outsiders alike. The dish is very nutritious too.

  5. Uttar Pradesh: Makhan Malai

     

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    Uttar Pradesh is known for its Awadhi cuisine and is a paradise for foodies. Uttar Pradesh, which is India’s most populous state is famous for its kebabs, chaat pakodi and curries. But there is one dessert that you must try and that is Makhan Malai. If you try Makhan Malai, it can be a great experience. The dish is normally available in winter and is prepared with cream and milk.

  6. Karnataka: Bissi Bele Bath

     

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    This is a very popular dish of Karnataka. This classic dish is prepared by mixing vegetables, tur dal and rice. The ingredients are mixed together with spices. The dish is full of nutrients and flavors.

  7. Kerala: Appam

     

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    A soft and spongy pancake that is prepared with rice batter in a special round dish called appachatty. It is best served with Kerala stew which does not contain any chilli powder but contains green chilli and peppers in curry form.

  8. Tamil Nadu: Pongal

     

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    Pongal is a traditional dish of Tamil Nadu. A spice grown in Pongal festival, Pongal is very suitable for breakfast. Different varieties of this dish are enjoyed by the people of Tamil Nadu.

  9. Andhra Pradesh: Mamsam Curry

     

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    Mamsam curry, which is a meat gravy is cooked in spicy hot sauces and is served with rice often. The dish is very famous in Andhra Pradesh and is famous for its fiery hot taste.

  10. Telangana: Servapindi

     

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    Servapindi is a great breakfast dish. This pancake is prepared with peanuts, rice flour, chana dal and chilli. It is cooked in deep and round shaped pan. The next time you visit Telangana, you must try Servapindi.

  11. West Bengal: Kosha Mancho with Luchi

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    This classic Bengali dish is something that you won’t be able to stay away from. Luchis are basically bengali pooris that are prepared with white flour. Papaya is used as a tenderiser for mutton in Kosha Mangho. The taste of the dish is really great.

  12. Assam: Aloo Pitika

     

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    This Assamese dish is eaten with dal and rice. The dish is prepared with mashed potatoes, coriander, mustard oil, salt and onion. This is a delicious and simple dish that is liked by all in Assam.

  13. Arunachal Pradesh: Thukpa

     

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    Thukpa is a very popular dish of Arunachal Pradesh. Thukpa is a soup that is prepared with vegetables, meat and noodles.

  14. Tripura: Berma

     

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    A Tripuri meal is incomplete without Berma. Berma(Puti) is actually a dried and fermented dish. Although the flavor of the dish is not good, once it is cooked, you are really going to like it.

  15. Nagaland: Smoked Pork with Axone

     

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    Axone, which is also known as ‘akhuni’ is used by all the residents of Nagaland. These fermented soyabeans are in the form of powder or cake. Axone, when combined with smoked pork serves as a favorite of people of Nagaland. It is loved by everyone.

  16. Mizoram: Bai soup

     

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    Every Mizo People like and enjoy this dish, This Mizo Bai soup is a stew kind of dish made with Green leaves, assorted veggies, bamboo shoots and local herbs. Vegetarian and Non-vegetaraian, both can enjoy Mizo Bai soup.

  17. Manipur: Kangshoi

     

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    Kangshoi is a orgnic, simple and very healthy vegetable stew dish of Manipur. This dish made with green vegetables ,fish sauce, salt, ginger and garlic. This yummy dish served hot with white rice and Smoked fish.

  18. Jharkhand: Dhuska

     

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    Dhuska is a traditional dish of Jharkhand, known as fried rice bread. It is a festival recipe which is very easy to make. This dish is good for snacks and breakfast. Traditionaly it is made from the batter of boiled rice and chana dal, but if you want you can add some veggies too. Dhuska served along with spicy green chilli sauce.

  19. Bihar: Khajuria

     

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    Khajuria, which is also known as Thekua, is a type of dry sweet. This is a perfect indian cookies which is made as prasad during Chhat puja. It has a long self life without use of any preservation.

  20. Rajasthan: Pyaaz Kachori

     

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    Crispy, Flaky deep-fried kachories stuffed with onion filling are so delightful.Pyaaz Kachori is a kind of Rajasthani snack which is famous in Rajasthan as well as Delhi and UP. These Kachories served with spicy Dhaniya Pudina chatney. Pyaaz kachories are the perfect snack for mansoon season.

  21. Gujarat: Dhokla and Khandvi

     

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    These are amazing dishes that are available throughout the year. These dishes are famous throughout Gujarat. You must try Dhokla with tamarind chutney. It is best consumed with toppings of chillies and fresh coriander. Khandvi is best served with ‘rai’ and ‘kadi patta’ on top.

  22. Maharashtra: Vada Pav

     

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    This is an authentic and famous dish of Maharashtra. It is filled with aloo tikki and masala and is also known as Batata Vada. It is a very filling street food.

  23. Goa: Bebinca

     

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    Bebinca, which is also known as Bibik is a pudding having seven layers. It is prepared from sugar, egg, ghee, yogurt and coconut milk. This is a native dish of Goa and is specially prepared on Christmas.

  24. Madhya Pradesh: Dal Bafla and Bhutte ka Kees

     

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    Dal Bafla is a dish similar to Dal baati. The dish is cooked in boiling water and then it is dipped and baked in clarified butter. Bhutte ka kheez is cooked in skimmed milk and has a sweet taste. The best Bhutte ka kheez is found in Indore.

  25. Orissa: Dalma

     

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    Dal is a food that you can’t live without!!! If you really can’t live without dal, then you must try Dalma. This Dal comes with a twist. It is prepared with regular spices, moong dal, vegetables and does not contain garlic or onion.

  26. Chattisgarh: Muthiya

     

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    Muthiya is a dumpling from Chattisgarh that is used primarily for breakfast. This famous dish is prepared with rice batter, spices and steam.

  27. Meghalaya: Jadoh

     

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    Jadoh is a red rice that is cooked with pork meat, chicken and fish. It is a popular dish of Khasi community.

  28. Sikkim: Momo

     

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    Momos are everyone’s favorite. It is the best snack to have when you are on an evening outing. This variation of Momo is very popular and delicious. It has stuffings of vegetables, minced meat and cheese.

  29. Punjab: Amritsari Kulcha

     

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    Amritsari Kulcha is famous for its preparation. It is prepared with flour dough and has many layers. It is filled with potato and is served with white butter.

Healthy Indian Breakfast Recipes

One of the most important meal in a day is breakfast. Some people tend to skip the breakfast due to shortage of time. But one should never miss this meal. In India, the breakfast is different for different states because of varying cuisines. For eg. In South India, uttapam, dosa and idli are popular. While in North India, there are different varieties of parathas that are popular.

Some people want simple breakfasts like toasts and eggs(omelette/scrambled). If you are a vegetarian, you can make paneer bhurji, tofu or besan chilla that goes well with toast. Another popular breakfast is aloo poori. There can be different ways of making aloo sabzi.

In this blog post, we share with you some of the best breakfast recipes:-

  • Rava Upma

     

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    Upma is a south Indian dish that is prepared with rava. Rava is also known as sooji(cream of wheat). Upma is normally served with coconut chutney, lemon pickle and lime slices. It can also be served plain. Some different kinds of Upma include Tomato UpmaOats UpmaIdli UpmaPoha UpmaBread Upma.

  • Rava Dosa

     

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    This is a very easy dosa recipe that is prepared with rice flour, semolina, flour and onions. It is a great option for breakfast. It is usually served with sambhar and coconut chutney. Besides rava dosa, some different types of dosas include Masala Dosa, Oats Dosa, Benne Dosa, Cheese Dosa, Neer Dosa, Sada Dosa.

  • Idli

     

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    This is a traditional breakfast that is prepared in every South Indian home. It is a very healthy and delicious breakfast. It is usually served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Some popular kinds of idli include Kanchipuram Idli, Ragi Idli, Poha Idli, Oats Idli.

Celebrate Holi With These Traditional Dishes

The Hindu festival of Holi is also known as the “Festival of colors”. The festival of Holi is a very important event in India. This year Holi will begin on March 1 and ends on March 2.

The festival has its origins in Asia but it is now celebrated throughout the world.

Whats unique about this festival is the tradition of spraying water and coloured powders on other people.

You will find a lot of images of this festival on Instagram. There are many prominent foods of Holi, that everyone must try. In this article, we have shared some traditional foods of Holi.

  • Gujiya 

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    These are small dumplings that look like small Cornish pasties. They taste sweet and are prepared with Maida having stuffing of khoya, coconut and dry fruits.

  • Dahi Vada 

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    The dahi vada is a snack that is deep fried. It can be served in thick yogurt and served with delicious herbs, flavours like chili powder.

  • Pakora 

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    Pakoras are fried pieces of vegetables covered with batter. The pieces can be of spinach, potato, cheese, meat and vegetables.

  • Barfi 

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    Barfi are delicious treats that are prepared with sugar, ground nuts, flour and condensed milk. They are cooked until they become solid, giving them sweet layer.

  • Phirni 

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    Phirni is also known as kheer in many parts of India. It can serve as a dessert or main meal.

  • Puran Poli 

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    Puran Poli originated in south of India. It is a sweet flat-bread. This is a traditional dish that is prepared with sugar and jaggery. Puran poli may also contain nutmeg and cardamom.

  • Papri Chaat 

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    This popular fast food from North India is very common during Holi. It is a popular Holi food prepared with crispy dough wafers and served with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt and tamarind chutney.

  • Chana Masala 

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    The dish is prepared with a variety of chickpea called chana. It is commonly found in North India and the West. A lot of spices are added to chickpeas including mango powder, pomegranate seeds etc.

  • Bhaang 

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    This is a favorite drink of Shiv Ji and very popular. Cannabis plants are crushed and combined with milk, spices, mango and refined butter. Bhaang is known for its liberating effects.

  • Shakkar Paara 

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    This is a popular Holi dish. These are small, deep fried wheat flour pieces that are covered with sugar syrup to give it sweet taste.

10 Halwa Recipes For All Occasions

“Halwa” is a word that automatically brings a smile on everyone’s face. It is a sweet dish, brown in colour, gooey and full of ghee. It is easy to eat and prepare. It is the food for nursing mothers and toddlers. It is a very healthy and delicious dish. The dish has been with us since our grandmother’s time.

Many people think that halwa originated in Arabia while most people associate it to Turkey. Some people think that it came to India with Mughals and from here it spread to the rest of world. It is believed that halwa travelled to Balkans from India and its followers increased through United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Greece and other Mediterranean countries.

According to historians, halva is very old and originated 3000 years ago. Many people are of the opinion that the mention of gummy, sweet and greasy dish can be found in early references of Istanbul. The word halava is Arabic. It originated from the word hilwa, which means sweet dish/sweetmeat. The word Halva had travelled a lot and was renamed halava(Sanskrit), halawa(Egypt), Makedonikos Halvas(Greece), halvah(Hebrew), hilwa or halawi(Arabia), helva(Turkey) and halva(India).

In this article, we have collected top 10 Halwa recipes:-

  • Sooji Ka Halwa 

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    Sooji Halwa is a very simple, common and delicious recipe. It is very easily prepared and is known by different names including Rava Kesari, Rava Sheera etc. It is prepared with a lot of nuts including cashews, almonds etc.

  • Aate Ka Halwa 

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    Aate Ka Halwa is prepared with wheat flour in Northern states. Halwa-Puri is a great combination for snacks and breakfast. Dry fruits and nuts are added to it to make it delicious. This Halwa is commonly offered at Gurudwaras as Karah Prasad.

  • Moong Dal Halwa 

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    This dish originated in Rajasthan. Moong Dal ka Halwa is prepared for special occasions including Holi, Diwali and weddings. Moong Dal Halwa is prepared with a lot of ghee and is rich in taste.

  • Gajar Halwa 

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    Carrot Halwa was first prepared in North India and Pakistan during Mughal rule. The dish is very popular with diabetics as it is low in sugar and less preparation time. The dish is prepared with grated carrots and the garnishing is done with nuts.

  • Dudhi Halwa 

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    It is also known as lauki ka halwa. It can be prepared very fast. It is prepared with grated bottle gourd, khoya and milk. It is flavoured with cardamom. To make the halwa crunchier and tastier, dry fruits can be added to it.

  • Chana Dal Halwa 

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    Chana Dal has better taste when compared to other pulses. It is flavoured with cardamom, saffron and is slow cooked in ghee.

  • Kashi Halwa 

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    This Udupi recipe made its appearance in Mangalore area. It is prepared with ash gourd. The ash gourd, which is grated is cooked in sugar and ghee and garnishing is done with almonds, raisins, cashews and pista.

  • Sohan Halwa 

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    This Halwa originated in Pakistan. The dish is prepared with fine corn flour and the flavouring is done with saffron. This sweet is very delicious melts in your mouth.

  • Ragi Halwa 

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    This Halwa is very healthy. It is prepared with ragi cooked in coconut milk. It is sweetened with sugar, jaggery and is very popular in Southern India.

  • Karachi Halwa 

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    This dish, which originated in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to Punjab and Bombay. It is prepared with corn flour and butter. This jelly is very delicious.

Top 10 Recipes for New Year

2017 has come to an end and 2018 will bring in new hopes, ambitions and expectations. The first day of New year is a great time for celebrations. This new year’s eve, if you are planning to have a get-together and have a banging new-year, then you must do so by including these delicious recipes in your party menu.

  • Jalebi

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    If you want to make your celebrations sweet, you should try the jalebi.

  • Murgh Malai Kebab

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    These Kebabs are oven friendly and marinated a night before. These boneless chicken skewers are a great way to celebrate the New Year.

  • Chocolate Mousse

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This recipe is taken from “The Really Good Food Cook Book”. This is an amazing recipe. It can be                    served at most dinner parties and family dinners.

  • Apple Tart

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    Apple Tart is a delicious dessert recipe. It is perfect for New Year. Try this recipe at home. It will be perfect for celebrations.

  • Ginger Soup

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    Soups serve as great starters and Ginger soup helps in congestion and tastes delicious.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani

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    Chicken Dum Biryani is a perfect dish for New Year. Try the Indian Chicken Dum Biryani with this easy recipe.

  • Chicken Samosa

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    Samosa is a very delicious street food of India. This non-vegetarian snack is prepared with chicken filled in samosa shell.

  • Shahi Tukda

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    This is a delicious dessert that is prepared with pieces of bread that are deep fried till golden brown. The pieces are topped with rabdi and garnished with lots of dry fruits and varq.

  • Paneer Makhani

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    This is a Punjabi recipe that is prepared in Punjabi style. It contains a lot of butter and cream. It is a perfect treat for all.

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Stuffed mushroom is a popular recipe for New Year. Follow this easy recipe to prepare stuffed mushroom.

Top 10 Indian Rice Preparations

Rice is a staple food of Indians. It is a very versatile ingredient. It can be cooked as main course or dessert. There are 40,000 rice varieties throughout the world. There are many cultures in which rice is considered very auspicious. One of the amazing facts is that rice is a very important food crop and covers one-fourth of cropped area. Rice provides food to almost half of population in India.

According to Japanese belief system, rice should never be wasted. If one leaves rice in the bowl, it is considered to be rude. Each and every cuisine has a rice recipe. In this blog article, we share with you top 10 recipes of rice:-

  • Hyderabadi Veg Biryani 

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    This is a very popular recipe of veg biryani. This recipe of veg biryani is cooked slowly on dum(steam). That is why, the biryani is very delicious and unique in taste. Its aroma is good and is very tasty and flavorful. Some other biryani recipes include kolkata biryani, chettinad biryani, chole biryani, mushroom biryani etc.

  • Veg Pulao 

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    This is a comfort food for those who don’t want to spend much time cooking. It is best served with pickle, raita and roasted papad. Some popular variations include veg pulao in pressure cooker, chana pulao, matar pulao etc.

  • Veg Fried Rice 

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    This is a great indo-chinese recipe. If you order an indo-chinese menu, then veg fried rice is a must have. Some of the popular varieties include paneer fried rice, schezwan fried rice etc.

  • Moong Dal Khichdi 

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    This is a one pot meal of moong dals and rice. This dish is very nutritious and light. Whenever someone is ill/recovering from illness, then moong dal khichdi is served to him. Some other variations of khichdi include sabudana khichdi, rava khichdi, and veg masala khichdi.

  • Bisi Bele Bath 

     

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    This is a very tasty dish, prepared with lentils, vegetables and rice. This is a very traditional rice and lentils based dish of Karnataka.

  • Jeera Rice 

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    This is a delicious and mildly spiced rice dish of India. It is flavoured with cumin. This dish is most commonly available in Indian restaurants. Some other recipes that you can try include garam masala rice, saffron rice, biryani rice, masala rice etc.

  • Vegetable Tahiri 

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    This is a very delicious and aromatic rice dish prepared with vegetables and spices. This is a special dish of Uttar Pradesh. Some other recipes of Uttar Pradesh include mughlai biryani, awadhi biryani, mushroom dum biryani, paneer biryani.

  • Tomato Rice 

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    This is a South Indian recipe of tomato rice. This is my favourite tomato rice recipe. The dish is prepared with sauteed tomato, coriander leaves, onion and spices. Similar rice recipes include lemon rice, tamarind rice, tomato biryani and tomato pulao.

  • Ven Pongal 

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    This is a very popular South Indian dish prepared with moong dal and rice. This delicious dish is prepared with black pepper, asafoetida and cumin. Some of its variations include rava pongal and sweet pongal.

  • Lemon Rice 

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    This is a very popular dish among school children. This dish is very fast and easy to prepare. Lemon Rice can be prepared with ingredients like curry leaves, urad dal, mustard and turmeric which are mixed with rice.

8 Delicious Indian Recipes

Indian food is something one can keep on exploring. In this article, we have collected 8 recipes that will be a treat for your taste buds.

  • Brinjal Curry Recipe

Brinjal Curry

A traditional south Indian curry. This veg curry is prepared with eggplants. It is commonly known as ‘vankaya koora’. It is basic curry consumed with rice. This brinjal curry is also known as aubergine. There are different kinds of brinjals available in the market. But you can use any type of brinjal for this curry. This curry is prepared with different variations and I have kept the recipe simple which makes it perfect for everyone. This is an Indian veg curry that is prepared with onion tomato masala gravy. Eggplant is added to it making the gravy thick and perfect for consumption with steamed rice. Here is the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nVSREz

  • Cauliflower Curry

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The cauliflower curry goes well with rotis, parathas and rice. This gobi curry tastes well as it is in the form of curry. Gobi can be tried in different ways. Gobi can be used to prepare many recipes, all of which taste great. Gobi can be prepared in different ways like gobi fry, gobi 65, gobi sabzi, gobi curry etc. These are great combinations with roti and rice. Gobi 65 can be consumed as a starter or snack and tastes delicious.Cauliflower curry is made with the help of chopped onions and tomatoes, giving a delicious gravy to the curry. This gobi masala is commonly prepared in North India and South India. While preparing a curry dish, curry leaves are added into the curry to give it a good taste. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mYpLoF

  • Pudina Chutney Recipe

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Pudina chutney is a traditional chutney of south India prepared with mint leaves. The mint chutney is consumed with rice. In Andhra Telangana region, rice recipes are usually consumed with chutney and ghee. A chutney and ghee are enough when there is nothing else in the menu. Ghee and chutney go well with rice. The chutney and mint can be used as a sandwich spread. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nqjQEm

  • Vegetable Kurma Recipe

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Vegetable Kurma is a traditional recipe of South India. This curry is made using a mix of vegetables like peas, carrots, beans and potatoes. Korma is a very common dish of South India. It is best consumed with parathas, rotis and rice. They have a different versions and each version uses different masalas. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2omI7jv

  • Gobi 65

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Gobi 65 serves as a great snack/starter. It is made using maida and corn coated florets of gobi, deep fried in oil. The dish can be tempered with leaves of curry and chillies. This snack is liked by most of the children. It is also liked by every vegetarian and can be made on special occasions. This is a very popular street food and can be found throughout India. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mYfJnr

  • Kaddu Ki Kheer/Lauki Ki Kheer

Kaddu Ki Kheer

This is a special dessert of Hyderabad. This special dessert is made using kaddu and milk. It is also known as lauki ki kheer as kaddu is a term for lauki in Hyderabadi language. It is a rich and creamy dessert filled with heavy ingredients. The process of preparing this dish is very time consuming. It is prepared with full fat milk, milkmaid, basmati rice flour, cashew-nut paste and khoya. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2oKos9z

  • Chicken Fried Rice

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An Indo Chinese version of fried rice, in which fried rice is mixed with boneless chicken strips. Rice is fried and sautéed well and this is a perfect recipe that is served in restaurants and fast food centers. This recipe is easy with instructions followed properly. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ntQ6Yb

  • Egg Fried Rice

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Egg fried rice is made with rice and scrambled eggs. The rice is fried nicely with eggs and veggies like carrots, spring onions and capsicum. This Indo-Chinese dish perfect for all occasions. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2olMPxE

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.

Chole

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.

6 Grandma’s Remedies For Common Problems

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Image Courtesy: indiatimes

No one will contest the saying that “health is wealth”. But as we human beings are running after wealth, our health is getting neglected. With time man discovers more and more drugs and cures, diseases too seem to be keeping pace and increasing or becoming more rampant.

Allopathic drugs may give fast relief but they have a lot of side effects and are expensive. Ayurvedic and homeopathic systems of treatment claim to attack the root cause but these medicines test the patience of the patient and take much longer to cure. Appropriate diet along with correct medicinal course is the most ideal way to prevent control/treat a disease. Not only can this but a suitable diet even cure a disease. Treating food deficiency diseases successfully by supplementing right proportions of nutrients in diet is well known. It is not breaking news that diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gout and many other diseases can be managed with proper diet, if given due attention at the right stage. No one can forget grandma’s simple remedies for troubles like cough, sore throat, loose motions, constipation, flatulence, nausea and the list is endless. This system of treatment is valuable for everyone who believes in good nutrition for a healthy mind and body. The basis for treatment through diet is scientific knowledge of food ingredients and diseases, their course of action in human gut after ingestion and art of cooking.

Time tested Grandma’s remedies for some common problems:

  • Cough –
    • Warm milk – 1 glass, turmeric pd – ¼ t, sugar candy (misri) – 1 t, black pepper (freshly pounded)
    • Mix all ingredients and drink just before going to bed at night for 3-4 days.
  • Loose motions –
    • watery buttermilk – 1 glass, methi seeds ½ t
    • Swallow down methi seeds with buttermilk 4-5 times in a day
    • black pepper pd – ¼ t, pure ghee – 1/2t, hot rice – 1T
    • Make a small ball of all three ingredients and eat in one gulp before a meal.
  • Sore throat –
    • Drink tea boiled with ginger and tulsi leaves 2-3 times a day.
    • Make a fine paste of Mulahthi. Apply it as paint around throat 2-3 times a day.
    • Chew a plain paan with Mulahthi 2-3 times a day.
  • Constipation –
    • Hot milk – 1 glass, pure ghee-1/2 t.
    • Mix and drink as the last thing before sleeping.
  • Sciatica –
    • Warm water – ½ glass, lemon juice of ½ lemon, honey 1 t.
    • Mix all three ingredients and take on empty stomach every morning.
  • Mouth blisters –
    • Chew a few pieces of dry coconut, allow the juice to cover blisters and spit. Repeat every 2 hours.

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Ghevar: A Delight of Indian Cuisine

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Photo Courtesy: idiva

A Rajasthani sweet, Ghevar is traditionally linked with Teej Festival which comes during the monsoon season. Teej represents the union of Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva. Besides Rajasthan, the dessert is very famous in nearby states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Harayana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh etc.

Ghevar is normally made in January for Makar Sankranti festival, in March-April for Gangaur festival and in July-August for the festival of Teej.

This dessert has its origins in the city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Flour, sugar and oil are mixed with ghee forming thick and tempting batter. The batter is fried into a cake and then cooled, served with almonds, pistachios or cardamom powder.

The Indian cooks use good amount of sugar, oil, flour, milk and ghee to make Ghevar during Teej. Ghevar easily available throughout India in the days close to Teej. This dessert is first fried in a pot, then it is taken out and left to cool. The cakes of Ghevar are put in levels with three different layers cooled, sugar dipped and put on top of each other to give you a delicious dish.

There are many types of Ghevar that include Plain Ghevar, Mewa Ghevar & Malai Ghevar. When a layered Ghevar is made, sometime people add custard cream at the top of each layer. Many people use cardamom powder, pistachios and almonds on the top of these layers when they are wet with sugar. Another recipe for this sweet is made by making a hole in the center and filling the hole with cream or figs.

If you want to know more about Indian sweets, you can go to: South Asian Sweets

Try some Ghevar recipes at home:-

  1. Recipe 1 : http://bit.ly/1LwtiA7
  2. Recipe 2 : http://bit.ly/1EfWYPP
  3. Ghevar With Rabri Recipe : http://bit.ly/1PvsxoR
  4. Ghevar With Kesar Rabri Recipe: http://bit.ly/1hXh8Uy
  5. Video: http://bit.ly/1Nxe3Y2