The Origin and Cooking Techniques of Awadhi Cuisine

The origin land for Awadhi Cuisine or Lucknowi Cuisine is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow and its nearby places. In the early stages, the British termed Awadh as “oudh” which was derived from “Ayodhya”, a region in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This region was ruled by many rulers but the history was made during the reign of “Nawab of Awadh“. Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula was the first known ruler of Lucknow who began to change the city into a city of culture and enhance its cuisine. During his time is when they had gastronome of cuisine and many cooks began to arrive. During those days the experience cooks who cooked food for big gatherings in large quantities called “Bawarchis” who were brilliant at what they do. At that time lots of competition has happened where cooks used to compete with each other to show their culinary skills by providing with a wide variety of food to please their Masters (Daroga-e-Bawarchikhana).

It takes an Awadhi chef a long time to properly understand how to correctly use spices, how to select, toast and blend the spices together to create a proper flavour. It is much harder than it sounds. There are easily fifty spices used regularly, but in total it’s more than 150. The most common are Hing, Liquorice, Black Peppercorn, clove, Caraway Seeds, Cumin, Coriander, Chilies, Fenugreek, cinnamon, saffron, green cardamom, and mace.

‘Dastarkhwan’ is where people sit around and enjoy the food prepared by the bawarchis. This is the place dining spread is laid ceremonially. It is said that the richness of Awadh cuisine not only lies in the variety but the type of ingredient used to make the dish.

Some of their authentic cooking techniques include:

  1. Baghar:

    Baghar is a method of tempering a dish with spices in hot oil or ghee when making any curry dish. Tempering is done before the curry is made or before any dal preparation with the help of a ladle at last to give a finishing taste.

  2. Dhungar/ Dhunger:

    A smoking procedure used to flavor meat dishes, dals, and rice. A live coal is placed in the center of a betel leaf or shallow onion peel and placed along with the other ingredients to smoke it.

  3. Dum Dena:

    Dum means breathe, the process is done by cooking in a sealed large pot, wherein a semi-cooked ingredient is placed in a vessel which is cooked over slow charcoal fire. One of the famous dish cooked by this process is Biryani or Dum Pukht Biryani.

  4. Galavat/ Galawat:

    The process of adding softening agents to meat in order to tenderize it. One such preparation is Galavati Kebab. Papain, Kalmi Shora are few softening agents which are used in this process.

  5. Ghee Durust Karna:

    This is the process of removing the raw flavor from the ghee or oil so that it does not overpower the flavor and aroma of the dish. The ghee is reduced after adding the kevra water and cardamom and then stored after straining it for further use.

  6. Loab:

    It is a term used to refer a final stage of cooking when the oil used in the cooking rises at the surface and floats on the top giving a finished appearance to the dish. Roganjosh is one such preparation in which oil floats at the top after the dish is done.

  7. Moin:

    The process of shortening a dough by kneading the flour with fat. This makes the final product crisp and flaky. This process is used to make parathas and pooris.

  8. Gile Hikmat:

    A Persian influenced method where the whole meat is stuffed with nuts and spices and wrapped using a banana leaf, covered with a clay and buried deep about 4-6 inches deep, a slow fire is then placed on top for cooking. It is cooked for about 6-7 hours.

  9. Ittr:

    Using perfume in many dishes is the key factor in Lucknowi cuisine, mainly they use perfume taken from the musk deer.

The Lucknow dastarkhwan would not be complete unless it had the following dishes:

  1. Qorma (braised meat in thick gravy)

  2. Salan (a gravy dish of meat or vegetable)

  3. Qeema (minced meat)

  4. Kababs (pounded meat fried or roasted over a charcoal fire)

  5. Bhujia (cooked vegetables),

  6. Pasinda (fried slivers of very tender meat in gravy)

  7. Gullati (rice pudding)

  8. Kheer (milk sweetened and boiled with whole rice to a thick consistency)

  9. Sheer khurma (a rich, sweet rice dish boiled in milk)

  10. Muzaffar (vermicelli fried in ghee and garnished with saffron)

As we dig deep into the Lucknowi Cuisine we discover the Characteristic taste and flavors of this region, this will make you recreate the authentic flavors of the Awadhi cuisine at your kitchen. It is often said that Awadhi cuisine is Mughlai cuisine but it is not, Awadhi cuisine may have a slight influence from Mughal but both the cuisine varies. Awadhi cuisine is one of the old & richest cuisines of India has now become limited in a small region.

History of Authentic Mughlai Recipes | India Canteen

In the 16th century, Mughlai recipes originated in the royal kitchens of the Mughal Emperor Babur. Authentic Mughlai recipes were rich and cooked with aromatic spices, nuts, and dry fruits during that time in Indian history. The flavors of Mughlai can range from mild to spicy and are associated with their distinct aroma and use of whole, dried and ground spices.

Evolution & Distinct Features:

The autobiography of Babur named ‘Babarnama’ mention about various Mughlai recipe items including Kebab prepared out of sheep. Authentic Mughlai recipes have an extreme influence on the culinary styles and regional cuisines of present-day India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and its cooking style are applied in traditional Indian Cuisine, particularly in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh as also in the South Indian city of Hyderabad. The cuisine also marks its influence in Karachi (Pakistan), especially among Muhajir who migrated from different regions of India during the Partition of India and Pakistan. The Mughal cooking techniques also had a deep influence in the Awadh region which eventually led to the development of the Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).

The Mughals were Muslims by religion and thus did not eat pork and as Hindus did not consume beef thus meat of these two was not a part of Mughlai cuisine. The primary non-vegetarian dishes would comprise of meat of goat, sheep, and venison. The most special feature of Mughlai cuisine is the unique use of ground and whole spices and the remarkable aroma that gives each dish a different and exotic taste. Extensive use of dairy products like milk, cream, and butter in various gravies and curries makes the traditional Mughlai cuisines quite rich and heavy and also make the dishes mouth-watering with foodies ending up licking their fingers.

Making of Indian Mughlai Food

The making of Mughlai food is likely time-consuming and involves a number of flavored sauces and butter based curries. Nowadays most Indian restaurants convert Mughlai dishes as mild to medium-hot cream and nut-based gravies, rice dishes with lots of nuts, dried fruits, and rich creamy desserts where you should expect spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg. These famous Mughlai gravies pair well with rice and bread.

The Mughlai dishes vary with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, common dishes that feature traditional Mughlai flavors include biryani, kebabs, kofta (meatballs), pulao (or pilaf), and different tandoori items. Examples of these traditional dishes include Mughlai chicken, Mughlai biryani, Mughlai paratha, malai kofta, reshmi kebab, kadhai gosht, and murg tandoor. A wide range of traditional Mughlai sweet dishes like bread pudding shahi tukra, barfi, kalakand, and falooda.

Let us have a quick look at some of the most famous recipes:-

Popular Mughlai Dishes:

Biryani:

Biryani is a mixed rice made with aromatic spices and seasonings among other ingredients and prepared with great accuracy giving it a yummy and exotic taste. There are two major categories of Biryani like vegetarian and non-vegetarian that vary in ingredients used according to different regions they belong to or according to the meat used. Hyderabadi Biryani is the most famous variety of Biryani, also a signature dish of the Hyderabadi Muslims. The vegetarian biryani is also called Tehari. It was developed so that the Hindu who works for the Muslim Sultans can taste this rice delicacy.

Haleem:


Haleem also known as Khichra is a very famous casserole prepared with wheat, barley, lentils, rich spices, rice, and meat. This dish is cooked very slowly that takes up to seven to eight hours and ensures a fine blend of all the ingredients to give it a perfect paste-like consistency. This dish is a street food and occupies a special place across the globe during the months of Ramadan and Muharram.

Mughlai Paratha:

Mughlai Paratha is prepared with whole-wheat flour stuffed with a mix of ingredients including keema or minced meat, eggs, chopped onions, green chili and pepper among others. This bread delicacy remained among many Mughlai cuisines that made their way to the undivided Bengal and today counts among the most popular heavy snacks items of Kolkata, India as well as in Bangladesh.

Murg Musallam:


Murg Musallam is one of the most exquisite Mughlai dishes that according to sources was a favorite dish of the Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq of Delhi at that time and also remained popular among the royal Awadhi Mughal families. The dish comprises of a whole chicken prepared with different spices and seasonings with the main ingredients like egg, tomato, ginger, and onion.

Navratan Korma:


Navratan Korma is a vegetarian delicacy from the Mughal kitchen, a vegetarian korma that is prepared out of vegetables, nuts, and paneer. Navratan means nine gems and this dish is usually prepared out of nine different vegetables.

Kebabs:

The origin of the variety of Indian Kebabs that are usually eaten as snacks or starters trace back to the Mughalai cuisine that includes appetizing dishes like Boti Kabab and Reshmi Kebab. Traditionally each of these dishes based on grilled meat has a distinct set of ingredients including an exclusive combination of spices and unique cooking procedures. With time, cooking procedures including grilling and roasting developed in preparing varied forms of kebabs, some of the popular ones being shish kebab, shammi kebab, doner kebab, Tunde ke kebab, and tikka kebab.

Rogan Josh:


Rogan Josh is originally a Persian lamb dish that was brought to Kashmir, India by the Mughals and has now become one of the staples of Kashmiri cuisine. Traditionally it is a gravy dish comprising of braised lamb chunks prepared with browned onions, ginger, garlic, and yogurt and seasoned with spices like clove, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves.

Pasanda:

Another delicacy from the royal Mughal kitchen is Pasanda, the name of which is probably derived from the Urdu word ‘pasande’ which means favorite. It is traditionally a rich lamb curry made of lamb legs that are flattened into strips and marinated with ingredients like chili powder, yogurt and a combination of spices for hours. The marinated lamb legs are then fried with other ingredients like onions, coriander, and chilies among others.

Sweet Dishes/Desserts:

Kulfi:


Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy-based dessert that probably originated in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. The term Kulfi is derived from a Persian word which means a covered cup. It is a mixture of thickened milk seasoned with saffron and pistachios that is frozen in a metal cone and later served with falooda, a kind of noodles prepared from starch, and garnished with pistachio nuts, saffron and ground cardamom.

Sheer Khurma/Korma:


It is a very popular Muslim vermicelli pudding that is prepared during festivals like Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The main ingredients of this dish, the name of which literally means milk with dates, are whole milk, vermicelli, dates, and sugar, while rose water, almonds, raisins, pistachios, saffron, cloves, and cardamom are added depending on the choice of the region.

Firni:

Firni is a kind of rice pudding that is set and served in a shallow earthen dish. This rice-based sweet is garnished with saffron, pistachios and chopped almonds.

Shahi Tukra:

Shahi Tukra is a rice bread pudding that is especially prepared during Muslim festivals like Eid and on the month of Ramadan. The ingredient of this delicious dessert includes bread, dry fruits, and condensed milk and is seasoned with cardamom.

Top 5 Healthy Soups to keep you warm in Winter

A Soup has the power to do what a medicine or a therapy never can – soothe and relax you in an inexplicable way when you’re down with cold, cough and fever. It’s by far the most comforting and delicious food, not to mention, healthy too.

Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of hearty soup on a chilly day, especially when it’s ready in 20 minutes or less. In this early winter season, we bring you five different kinds of Indian soups that will keep you warm in this weather. In this list all the soups benefits you differently and each one is unique in flavor.

  1. Pepper Rasam:


    Winters are synonymous with common cold and cough. Besides right medication, it is necessary to consume comforting and effective foods. The spices in Pepper Rasam and the ingridients in this soup help in digestion and soothe your senses, and therefore is a perfect recipe for incessant sneezes and running nose.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Soak the tamarind in a cup having warm water in it, extract its juice and throw away the pulp. Grind small amount of cumin seeds, pepper and garlic for a few seconds in a mixer.
    2. Take tamarind extract, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, crushed pepper, cumin, garlic, salt and curry leaves. Boil them together.
    3. Once it is starting boiling, keep the flame low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the raw smell of the tamarind goes off.
    4. Heat a table spoon of ghee and add mustard seeds in it.
  2. Lemon Coriander Soup:


    Lemon is a very rich source of vitamin C, which in turn to helping in build immunity from cold and cough during winters. Take this soup hot in the evening for a comforting experience.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Cut all the vegetables into triangles (optional) , blanch and refresh.
    2. Prepare coriander stock with fresh coriander and water.
    3. Add cleaned prawns cut in to dices.
    4. Add salt, lemon juice and white pepper according to taste.
  3. Miso Soup:


    The nutrients in mushrooms are different and having high number of protein and other nutritions from those of other vegetables and provide the vitamin B, folate, pantothenic acid and also biotin. Mushrooms also contains D group of Vitamins that helps keep bones strong and fights several disease. Mushroom Nimbu Ka Ras is a brilliant comibination of health and flavour!

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat some oil (ghee) in a pan, add mushroom and cook till it gets dry.
    2. Remove mushroom, and add garlic, onion in the same oil, and sauté.
    3. Add water and bring it to a boil.
    4. Adjust Heat, add spring onions, cream.
  4. Murgh Makkai Shorba:


    This soup contains Corn that is an excellent source of fibre, potassium and baby corn kernels are source of folate. When combine with chicken, Murgh Makkai Shorba makes for a soup rich in health as well as taste.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat some oil(ghee) in a pan, add garlic, cumin seeds.
    2. Add garlic and saute, corn paste and cook.
    3. Add chicken and cook, adjust heat.
    4. Yoy may garnish with chopped coriander, and chicken dices.
  5. Carrot and Beetroot Soup:


    This soup contains beetroot that is rich calcium, potassium, iron, folic acid, fiber and also anti-oxidants and in the other hand carrots are an excellent source of A group of vitamins. Beetroot also helps in cleaning the kidneys and gall bladder. The darker the orange carrot, the higher is the beta carotene. Carrot and Beetroot also very beneficial for children as it benefits their vision, skin and immune system.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat small amount of oil (ghee).
    2. Add bay leaf, cumin and ginger to it.
    3. Add chopped carrot, beetroot and green chillies. Cook the stuff for 5 minutes.
    4. Add water. Once its starting getting boil, strain and make a puree. Adjust the heat.
    5. Strain the puree. You may garnish it with diced beetroot and carrots.

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Indian Comfort Food That Everyone Loves

Every Indian loves food. Indians use food as a stress buster in difficult times. Whenever, a festive season comes, we are ready with lots of sweets, snacks and other items. Indians are fond of good food and each time we are depressed or low, we take solace in food.

There is a wide variety of foods available in India due to its diversity in culture. In this blog post, we have collected a list of Indian foods that are very popular.

  • Moong Dal Khichdi 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

    This is one dish that is loved by all. This dish has a lot of variants available. This is a perfect mix of dal and chawal. This dish is very easy to prepare. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vOcrYA

  • Bread Pakodas 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipe Of India

    This is a great snack for the people of Delhi. This everyday snack is prepared with bread. It is usually filled with spiced potatoes. It is deep fried and dipped in batter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waa2CL

  • Idli Sambar 
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    Rice Idlis are immersed in hot sambhar, thus making you feel warm and protected. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wKbuxH

  • Pakoras and Chai 
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    Photo Courtesy: India Food Network

    Pakoras and Chai are perfect combination of chilli and spices. Here’s the recipe of pakoras: http://bit.ly/2gN1JLf

  • Samosas 
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    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    These are potato stuffed, crispy and can easily fulfill one’s hunger pangs. Two or three samosas are enough to satiate your hunger. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2eNd3q1

  • Rajma Chawal 
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    Photo Courtesy: Sinamon Tales

    Rajma Chawal is a filling dish that is very comforting. It is a perfect food for the kitchen. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2j5r7MR

  • Dhokla 
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    Photo Courtesy: Food NDTV

    This dish can be had any time of the day. May it be dinner, lunch or breakfast. The Gujaratis love this food. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waU3V6

  • Gulab Jamun 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

    This is a classic Indian sweet/dessert which is famous and is enjoyed in most celebration/festive meals. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gNKeKD

  • Jalebi 
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    If you need a dish that is quick, crisp and melts in the mouth, then Jalebi is perfect for you. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1NfNoAg

  • Tandoori Chicken 
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    Photo Courtesy: Ekta Indian Cuisine

    This Indian dish has its roots in Mughalai cuisine. This tandoori chicken recipe is prepared by marinating in yogurt, spices and grilling to perfection. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wLnVJA

10 Must Have Indian Traditional Dishes

It is a feast for your taste buds to try Indian food. Indian food is very diverse. In India, food is of two types, South Indian and North Indian. It can further be categorized into sub-groups like Rajasthani, Punjabi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Chettinad, Mughali, Kashmiri, Bengali and Hyderabadi.

If you happen to visit any place in India, there are some dishes that you must try. In this article, we have collected most ordered dishes with their recipes:-

  • Butter Chicken
    Butter Chicken is best served with Kaali Daal and Naans. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gQiIaOIndian_Butter_Chicken_1
  • Tandoori Chicken
    Tandoori Chicken is an easy to prepare dish. You can prepare it anytime you feel like eating it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qNgRv7tandoori-chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
    This delicious dish is prepared by marinating chicken pieces and then grilling them. Then they are added to thick and creamy gravy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qHuDPbZA0207H_chicken-in-creamy-tomato-curry-chicken-tikka-masala_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.462
  • Rogan Josh
    This dish from Kashmir literally translates to ‘red lamb’. The colour of the dish is due to The red chillies that are used in the dish. Although, the name of the dish is fiery but the spiciness of the dish is reduced due to the cream added to it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qN6nvN15732-4359-mx
  • Malai Kofta
    A vegetarian alternative of meatball, Malai Kofta goes well with Jeera Rice or Naans(tandoor-baked flatbreads). Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2k7Wh2Tmalai-kofta14
  • Chole(Chickpea Curry)
    This delicious dish is best served hot with pooris or bhatooras. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ijgL7dpunjabi-chole-recipe23
  • Palak Paneer
    This delicious dish is mildly flavoured and very healthy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hXqMLkpalak-paneer-recipe25
  • Kaali Daal
    Kaali Daal, which is also known as Ma Ki Daal is very nutritious and delicious. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rtJQVokali-daal
  • Chaat
    This is one of the most popular snack of North India. Different kinds of variations can be found. A popular alternative to regular dinner is a chaat party. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rtq50oगुजराती-चाट-बनाने-की-विधि
  • Naan
    This is a popular Indian bread that is best served with popular dishes like Tandoori Chicken and Kebabs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rLrQ5yimages

6 Great Spicy Indian Dishes

It is well known that Indians love food that is spicy. We may pant and sweat while eating but we can’t stop our cravings for spicy food. In this article, we have assembled India’s spiciest dishes.

  1. Pork Vindaloo

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This dish originated in Goa, India. This dish uses heavy amounts of vinegar and pork is used due to influence of Portuguese culture. Pork Vindaloo has many variations in its recipe. Sometimes it is served with lamb or chicken and mixed with potatoes. Maybe that’s why, the word aloo is included in the name of the dish (as aloo is the hindi version of ‘potatoes’)

Pork Vindaloo Recipe

  1. Laal Maas
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Rajasthan is a state filled with vegetarian dishes. But the only non-vegetarian dish that has become so popular is laal maas. The dish is prepared from red meat and is a real test for your taste buds. This mutton curry has a thick gravy which is made with a sauce of curd combined with hot spices like red chillies.

Laal Maas Recipe

  1. Chicken Chettinad

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Chettinad is from Tamil Nadu cuisine. It is very spicy and aromatic Indian dish. Chicken Chettinad uses a no of spices for its preparation. The dish is hot and contains fresh ground masalas. It is topped with boiled egg, which is very important part of the meal. Besides chicken, the other meats used include fish, prawn, lobster, crab and lamb.

Chicken Chettinad Recipe

  1. Rista
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Photo Courtesy: kashmirifood

This lamb meatball curry is prepared in a special manner with red chili powder. It also contains other spices. The meat used in this dish is prepared by pounding with wooden hammers on a wooden base. The fennel seeds make the flavor different from other red curries.

  1. Chicken 65

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This dish gets its flavor from red chilies. Although the recipe can vary according to ingredients. Chicken 65 is a deep fried dish that is spicy and it originated from Chennai, India. It is a tasty starter and a great snack.

Chicken 65 Recipe

  1. Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapur is a place, well known for its spices. The Kolhapuri chicken is exotic, hot and spicy. The dish goes well with crispy and light jwarichi bhakari or naan.

Kolhapuri Chicken Recipe

For more interesting recipes from around the world, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

5 Easy and Delicious Indian Gravies

Indian dishes are rich in gravies. You may have heard that cooking Indian gravies is difficult and there are a lot of masalas that you need to add. But it is not so. In this article, we will make it easy for you to get a hang of 5 gravy recipes. These gravies can be used with anything including fried potatoes, mixed vegetables, mutton, chicken or egg. It will be a treat for your taste buds.

  1. Onion-Tomato Gravy

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This gravy forms the base for most curries throughout India. Whatever be the name of the dish, be it butter chicken, chettinad chicken, butter paneer masala, or egg curry. If you master the recipe of this gravy, you can make up to 80 percent of Indian sabjis. Use this gravy to make simple and tasty Matar Paneer. This gravy can also be used to make chole and duma loo.

  1. Brown Onion Gravy

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This is a wonderful gravy that is finger-licking good. If you make this gravy it will surely win hearts. If you add mutton pieces to this gravy and some saunf powder, you will get Kashmiri Mutton Roganjosh. If you are a vegetarian, then simply add paneer, koftas or vegetables.

  1. Palak Gravy

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It is well known that you can make palak paneer using this gravy. But you can try new things with this gravy. For a start you can add boiled chana to it to make chana palak. You can also pour this gravy on cooked mutton or chicken. What you get is Mutton Palak, which is a great recipe.

  1. Goan Gravy

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What’s great about the goan curry is that coconut milk can be added to it. This gives this curry a wonderful coconut taste. There are other variants of this curry like the red and green versions. The red version of this curry is used in popular dishes like Goan Fish Curry or Goan Prawn Curry. You can also add egg in place if Fish or try adding Okra (Lady-finger) to the gravy.

  1. Salan

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Hyderabadi cuisine is incomplete without Salan. Different kinds of Salan are prepared frequently and are eaten with steamed rice. One of the famous dish is Mirch ka Salan but it is difficult to take out the seeds of chilies. Sometimes, Hyderabadis replace chilies with small fried brinjals, thus giving you delicious Bagara Baingan. You can also add eggs, to get Ande ka Salan. You can also add fried okra or chicken in place of eggs.

10 Must-Have Indian Chicken Recipes

When cooked in Indian style, Chicken becomes a great treat for anyone who is into non-veg. Indian cooking has a unique combination of herbs and spices. Chicken is a very versatile ingredient and when you cook it, you can try a lot of things. It is also very good for your health. Our body can benefit with 30 different nutritional values that are found in just 100 grams of chicken. It is a great source of lean and low fat protein. It also contains selenium, which has anti-cancer properties.
We have assembled some interesting chicken recipes for you that we are sure you will like. Let us explore them.

1. Chicken Tikka Masala

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This dish is loved by all and is the most ordered meal around the globe. Did you know that this Indian dish originated in UK??

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

2. Butter Chicken

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The chicken is marinated overnight and then it is roasted and cooked in tomato puree, masalas and cream.

Butter Chicken Recipe

3. Chicken Do Pyaaza

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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

This dish is prepared with double quantity of onions when compared to regular curry. This is a favourite Punjabi dish made with garam masala, kasoori methi, ginger garlic, spices and cream. The onions used in the dish give it sweetness and it is balanced by the spices used in the dish.

Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe

4. Chicken Xacuti

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This dish originated in Goa. This spicy curry contains chunks of chicken that are cooked in a mix of flavours like cashews, coconut and white poppy-seeds.

Chicken Xacuti Recipe

5. Kashmiri Chicken

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This chicken curry uses a good amount of tomatoes and also uses good amount of spices that give it great flavour. Large chunks of chicken are used traditionally in Kashmir but you can use any size according to your needs.

Kashmiri Chicken Recipe

6. Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

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This is better than the lentil soup as it contains pieces of chicken and a combination of garlic, ginger and chilly. A lots of toppings can be added as you like.

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup Recipe

7. Chicken Korma

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Chicken Korma is basically from North India. The meaning of Korma is “braised” in English. It’s a soft spiced curry with meat and vegetables added to it. This dish originated in the royal Mogul court 400 years ago.

Chicken Korma Recipe

8. Kerala Chicken Curry

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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

This chicken curry is very special. Although most homes make this dish, the recipe may vary. Although the ingredients are too many but it is very easy to make. It tastes better the next day i.e. you can keep it in the fridge for one day and then serve.

Kerala Chicken Curry Recipe

9. Chicken 65

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One of the best starter recipe of India, chicken 65 can be easily prepared at home. The secret behind the recipe is the sautéing of fried chicken and the use of spiced yogurt.

Chicken Curry Recipe

10. Chicken Chaap

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Photo Courtesy: foodnculture

Its one dish that can never be missed. It comes from Bengali cuisine and is a treat for your taste buds. It is said that Chicken Chaap was a part of Awadhi cuisine and the Nawabs of Bengal brought this dish along with other dishes to Bengal.

Chicken Chaap Recipe

Amazing Indian Food Facts

Food is one of the most important thing in life (at least in my life). We can discuss about food for hours and hours. India is a country rich in food. There are a lot of interesting things about Indian food that can be explored.

In this article we will explore the history of Indian food & dishes. There are some unknown facts about Indian food that you will surely find awesome.

  • India Is A Land Of Spices
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India is a country with a large variety of spices. No other country produces so many types of spices. When we talk about production of spices, India is at the top.

  • Saffron Came To India due To Greek, Roman & Arabs

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Saffron was introduced to India by Greek, Roman and Arab traders. These traders introduced a lot of foreign flavors in Indian cuisine.

Try the Indian Saffron Rice recipe>>>Saffron Rice

  • Potatoes, Chilly & Tomato was brought by Portuguese
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The most common ingredients of Indian Food like potato, chilly and tomato were brought to India by Portuguese.

Try the recipe of Garlicky Chilly Potato>>>Garlicky Chilli Potatoes

  • Earlier Indians Used Fruits For Sweetening The Food

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Before Portuguese came, Indians used to make use of Honey, Sweet fruits for adding sweet flavor to dishes. When Portuguese hit the Indian shores, they taught many things including refining of sugar from sugarcane.

  • Chicken Tikka Masala Invented In Glasgow, Scotland
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Chicken Tikka Masala, which is a favorite Indian dish originated in Glasgow, Scotland.

Try the recipe of Chicken Tikka Masala>>>Chicken Tikka Masala

  • In 1960 First Indian Restaurant Opened In USA
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Indian dishes are very popular throughout the world. The first Indian restaurant was opened in USA in 1960 and within five decades the number of Indian Restaurants in USA has reached 80,000. This shows their affinity for Indian food.

  • Only Few Types Of Food Known In Earlier Times

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In Ancient India, only a limited type of food was consumed. After many years Indian developed different kinds of dishes and ways of eating. Now, the world wants to explore Indian cuisine.

  • Indian Food Has 6 Tastes: Sweet, Bitter, Salty, Astringent, Sour & Spicy
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Just like India is a land of diversity, there is a diverse range of tastes like sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and astringent. Although chilly came from different countries, it is heavily produced in India.

  • Major Greys Pickle

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Pickle is a popular side dish for most of the Indians. Indian pickle was heavily liked by Britishers during their rule. They even came up with a brand of Indian pickles named Major Greys which is a very popular brand today.

  • Classification Of Indian Food

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Indian food has been categorized into Saatvic(fresh vegetables and juice), Raajsic(oily and spicy food) & Taamsic(Meat and liquor). Saatvic food helps you in getting to higher states of consciousness. Raajsic food is the foundation of activity and motion and Taamsic food leads to negative feelings.

Tandoori Chicken: A dish loved by all.

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Whether you are new to Indian food or have already dived into its variety of experiences, this one is a dish for everyone. Even if you don’t know anything about Indian food or are not sure about it, this one will surely make you fall in love with it.
Today we will talk about one of the most favorite dish of Indian cuisine, “Tandoori Chicken”. It is one of the jewels of Indian food. Tandoori Chicken is a staple food in almost all the regions of India and is loved by all. The name of the dish contains “Tandoori” which signifies its preparation in a “Tandoor”, a kind of Oven. Tandoors are made from clay and are large drum like ovens. When they are heated with wood or charcoal, they can reach very high temperature of 800-1000 degree Fahrenheit. Due to high temperature, the surface of the meat gets cooked very fast and all the juices are sealed inside.
It needs to be marinated with yogurt and spices which gives it its unique flavor. The spices used can be found easily but you can use Garam Masala which is an aromatic spice mix. It is found in most of the grocery shops.
If you want to know more about Chicken Tandoori visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandoori_chicken
For a simple and tasty recipe visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/video/tandoori-chicken-3