Sharad Navrati Special Recipes 2018 | India Canteen

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

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

  1. Sabudana Khichdi:


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

    How to Prepare: Method

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

    Delicious khichdi is ready. Enjoy it

  2. Makhana Kheer:


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

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a large vessel, pour in the milk, break the makhanas into smaller pieces, add them to the milk and let it boil gently for about 30 to 45 minutes without covering, till the milk boils down and the seeds are soft.
    2. Add the sugar and stir for a few more minutes.
    3. Add the pistachios, almonds, saffron and cardamom powder, stir well again. Serve hot or cold, as you like.
  3. Navratri Kaddu:


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

    How to Prepare: Method

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


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

    How to Prepare: Method

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

    Note: Use rock salt or Sendha namak instead of regular salt while fasting

  5. Banana Walnut Lassi:


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

    How to Prepare: Method

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

    Its done, Enjoy !!

Shradh (Pitru Paksha) Special Satvik Recipes 2018

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

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

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

  1. Cocktail Kheer:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Street foods of Chandigarh | India Canteen

Chandigarh is full of beautiful places to eat but you would not wait for a second to realize that you get the best Punjabi foods in Chandigarh. Just think of it, the spicy butter chicken, the stuffed parathas, tandoori kebabs, creamy chaats, chilled lassi, fluffy bhature… the list can go on and on. You get the best of street food in dhabas and eateries in Chandigarh that are known for their impeccable service and menu.. To help you choose the top ones, we have chosen the most popular street food in Chandigarh, and where to find them. The list of top 10 is as follows:-

  1. Chaat:


    The chaats have so many dishes like Papdi Chaat, Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Bhalla Papdi, Aloo Tikki, Ragda Patties, Kachori and others. They have a delicious filling of sweet and saucy chutneys, flavored water, mixture of potato, onions, corn, sprouts, pulses and other vegetables, topped with dahi or curds, and garnished with herbs.

    Where to eat:

    Garg Chaat, Sector 23
    Ram Chaat Bhandaar, Sector 34
    Rehri in Sector 8 Market
    Krishna Chaat Bhandaar, Sector 34
    Rehri Outside, Sector 19 Gurudwara
    Thakur Chat Point, Sector 40-C

  2. Chole Bhature:


    A must-have when in Chandigarh, Chole Bhature combines the richness of gravy-laden chickpeas with that of the fluffy bhature. When eaten together, they form an essential North Indian dish, which can be had anytime, morning breakfast, lunch or dinner. The bhatures are cooked on tandoors or clay ovens and can be plain, or with a filling of paneer or potato.

    Where to eat:

    Sai Sweets, Sector 22 B
    Cholle Bhature, Industrial area phase 1
    Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17
    Gopal Sweets, Sector 35-C
    Baba Dairy, Sector 21C
    Roadside StallS (Khirki/Rehri)

  3. Paneer Tikka:


    This tandoori street food is famous in India, even more in Chandigarh. Paneer cubes are char-grilled on skewers and served with mint chutneys and other sauces. Other vegetables like capsicum, tomatoes, are also added to the paneer.

    Where to eat:

    Chaplin Fast Food, Sector 34
    Tikka Freaks, Sector 8-B
    Mom’s Kitchen, Sector 22B
    Barbeque Nation, Sector 26
    Sai Sweets, Sector 22 B

  4. Momos:


    The steamed momos have become a favourite street food for people of Chandigarh. Momos is essentially a Tibetan dish, having bite-sized dumplings filled with vegetables or meats, and served with spicy sauces and a variety of chutneys

    Where to eat:

    Dumpling Hood, Sector 9
    Rehri Market, Sector15
    Yo China, Phase-5 Mohali
    Kathmandu Chinese Fast Food, Sector 15D
    Rohit Chinese food Patel market, Sector15
    A1 Dumplings, Sector 35

  5. Spring Rolls:


    Another Chinese favourite, Spring Rolls are deep fried pancakes, rolled and filled  with veggies or meats, and served with various sauces and chutneys. It is a street food that is light on the stomach but dripping with flavour and aromas.

    Where to eat:

    Toshib Fast Food, Sector 34 C
    Pashtun Restaurant, Sector 35-B
    Roll Xpress, Sector 36
    Khokha, Sector 9
    Lava Eat n Wrap, Sector 8-B

  6. Amritsari Kulcha:


    An eternal North Indian dish, Amritsari Kulcha is prepared of refined flour, stuffed with a range of stuffing like paneer, cheese, potatoes, and prepared on a clay tandoor, and served with chole, chutneys, pickles and curries. They are the best street food of Chandigarh.

    Where to eat:

    Kulcha Hub, Sector 4
    Bansal Amritsar Food Street Sector 4, Panchkula
    Sodhi’s Zaika, Sector 46C
    Amritsari Kulcha Hub, Sector 9
    Amritsari Kulcha & Channa, Sector 9 Panchkula
    Student Canteen/ Stu C, Sector 14 (Punjab University)

  7. Lassi:


    This famous Punjabi lassi is best enjoyed chilled in the hot summer months. Favourite among people of Chandigarh, Lassi is a yoghurt based drink, prepared with fruit and spices, and garnished sometimes with flavours and other toppings.

    Where to drink:

    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Gopal Sweets, Sector 8 and Sector 35
    Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17 and Elante Mall
    Baba Dairy, Sector 21C
    Shiv Mishtan Bhandar, Sector 18C
    Talwar’s, Sector 15

  8. Sarso da Saag & Makki di Roti:


    A dish synonymous with Punjab, it has won the hearts, or stomachs, of millions across India. Sarso or mustard greens is prepared with various Indian spices and eaten with flat cornbreads or Makki di Roti. It is an essential food of Punjab, best eaten in the winter season, as it gives warmth and plenty of nourishment. In Chandigarh, you get these at famous dhabas and various other eateries.

    Where to eat:

    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Amritsari Kulcha & Channa Sector 9, Panchkula
    Katani Dhaba, Sector 15
    Nukkar Dhaba, Sector 32
    Pakwan Meal, Sector 14

  9. Parantha:


    Nobody makes parathas better than the North Indians. In Chandigarh, you get the best Parathas with loads of butter and served with curries, pickles or raitas. Parathas are made of wheat flour and come in different varieties like plain, butter, cheese, paneer, keema, various herbs, dals, and others.

    Where to eat:

    Pehalwan Parantha Point, Sector 22-D
    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Katani Dhaba, Sector 35D
    Gurbax Dhaba, Pahalwan Paratha Point
    Delhi Special Pranthe Wali Gali, Sector22A

  10. Chicken Tikka:


    Chiken tikka is a famous street food in Chandigarh, Chicken Tikka is made by marinating pieces of chicken in spices and yogurt, then put on skewers and baked in a tandoor, having vegetables and flavoured with spices, and served with mint chutney, and other sauces.

    Where to eat:

    Pehalwan Ji da Dhaba, Sector 15D, Rehri Market
    Tikka Freaks, Sector 8-B
    Mughlai Rasoi, Phase 3 Mohali
    Pik n Move, Sector 8B
    Singh Chicken Corner, Sector 22C, 22B

Janmashtami: Special Sweets for Lord Krishna’s Birthday

Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravana. Lord Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Hindus celebrate this festival by fasting, worshipping and staying up until midnight to offer prayers to the lord Krishna .

Janmashtami is celebrated all over India in slightly different ways because of this reason it has many names like Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti. In Maharashtra it is called Dahi Handi. People celebrate it by making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd that’s tied at a height.

We all know about lord Krishna’s love for milk and milk related products and that’s the reason he is also known as ‘Govinda’.

  1. Dhaniya Panjiri:


    On the festival of Janmashtami a healthy and nutritious Dhaniya Panjiri prepared with coriander powder, sugar and dry nuts as a prasad. A simple prasad, which takes few minutes from start to finish!

  2. Rasmalai:


    Rashmalai is an all-time favourite Bengali delight, soft, spongy soft and spongy cottage cheese patties (chenna) in dry fruit laced saffron floating in sweet milky syrup.

  3. Rabri:


    Rabri or Rabdi is a sweet, condensed-milk-based dish and a popular North Indian dessert made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes thick and changes its colour to yellow.

  4. Kesari Phirni:


     is the easiest dessert 

  5. Peda:


    Mathura is one of the most popular pilgrimage places for the followers of Lord Krishna and this sweet dish is very very special out there. Peda or Milk Peda prepared with condensed milk and milk powder and flavoured with cardamom and pistachios.

  6. Mishti Doi:


    Mishti Doi is a popular Bengali dessert. It is different from regular sweet. Mishti doi is prepared by boiling milk until it is slightly thickened and then sugar is added for sweetening it.

  7. Paneer Kheer:


    Paneer Kheer is a special version of usual Kheer made by using cottage cheese, rice, broken wheat, or vermicelli with milk and sugar. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron and cashew nuts.

  8. Kalakand:


    Kalakand is a traditional and delicious dessert, variation of burfi, soft and grainy in texture. Only two ingredients are main in this dessert i.e. milk and sugar. Everything else is just optional.

  9. Cham Cham:


    Cham Cham is traditional Bengali sweet made with fresh chenna and pressure cooked in thick sugar syrup in cylindrical shape. Main ingredients are milk and khoya. Cham Cham is more delicious than normal rasgullas.

  10. Basundi:


    Basundi is a traditional sweet from Maharastra, Gujarat and from Karnataka too. Basundi is prepared by using sweetened and thickened milk with chopped nuts, flavoured with cardamom and saffron.

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.

Indian Cuisine: It’s History and Evolution

In the 5000 years of Indian history, India has welcomed many settlers from around the world. Indian cuisine has evolved into different forms due to its homogeneous nature. India’s food has been divided according to different religions and regions. Different areas and regions in India have their own cooking recipes, spices and ingredients. With a population of over one billion, the food in India is as diverse as its people.

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Indian cooking has been mostly influenced by Hindu and Muslim style of cooking. Each of the settlers who migrated to India have given their own culinary methods to India. In India, two cultures of cooking are practised i.e. Hindu for vegetarian food and Muslim for cooking of meats. Mughlai food, Kormas(curry), nargis kaftas(meatballs), rogan josh and biryani are some of the favourite dishes that are prepared in a clay over tandoor. If we talk about South India, the cuisine is mostly prepared with rice and a thin soup called Rasam is added to it. Most South Indian recipes have coconut as their main ingredient. Some favourite Hindu dishes of South India include Idli(steamed rice cakes), Dosa(rice pancakes) and fermented rice.

The Indian cooking is largely influenced by Persians, Portuguese and Britishers. For example, the Britishers brought tea/chai into India. Most Indians love Chai.

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Indian cooking has four main regional styles i.e. East, West, North and South. North India was largely influenced by Moghuls. They ruled India for about three centuries and then were replaced by Britishers in 1800s. The Mughals gave us Saffron and rich gravies prepared from cream and pureed nuts. The Naan, which is a tandoori dish is not of the Indian origin. It came from Afghanistan where it is a staple food. Although, most of the people think that Naan is an Indian dish.

The South Indian food is totally opposite to that of North India. Their unique rice crepes and steamed rice cakes are a favourite among South Indians. Rice can be had in any meal and lunch usually has three dishes which can be served with rice.

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Hindus are divided into two categories i.e. meat eating and non-meat eating. In the West, states like Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra have their unique food. In Gujarat, most of the population consists of Parsis, Hindu, Muslims and Jains. Each of them have their own style of cooking. The Parsis have very rich non-vegetarian diet that contains seafood and chicken while Jains are vegetarian. Most people in Gujarat are vegetarians and it’s vegetarian food is very famous.

The sea-food of Mumbai, Maharashtra is very famous. Most of the hotels and restaurants in coastal areas of Maharashtra serve seafood with a little of red chillies and coconut. Eastern states like, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand are very different from each other. Bengali cuisine is very delicate and contains fish and rice as its staple food. The Bengali cuisine is famous for a variety of dishes including mixed veg and milk based sweets.

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Orissa is famous for its squash blossoms which are dipped in paste prepared with rice, deep fried/turned to patties. Some other prominent foods of Orissa include seafood and fish. Bihar and Jharkhand are known for beans and vegetables. But they have Western influence with chicken, beef, goat and pork in their diet.

The Indian cuisine is largely influenced by Indian history. Each historical region have its own unique dishes with many ingredients. But there is a common thing about every region: a fondness for spicy snacks and sweet desserts. Besides being influenced by history, Indian cuisine is also influenced by religion, culture and traditions of India.

There is no other country which offers such a wide variety of exotic dishes with such a large variety of tastes for taste-buds.

10 Must Have Indian Recipes

Indian food is very delicious. The food is exotic and if you haven’t found the right recipe, it can be very discouraging. That is why we have collected 10 recipes for you that are very delicious.

  • Veg Biryani

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Hyderabadi veg biryani is one of the most popular recipe of India. This is one of the very delicious varieties of biryani. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2iXvR2W

  • Eggless Banana Cake

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This banana cake recipe is egg less and vegan. This recipe gives you a cake that is soft, moist and light. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2iLiJOI

  • Paneer Butter Masala

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This is a very easy recipe of paneer butter masala. You can prepare delicious paneer butter masala with this recipe. This is a famous dish like palak paneer, chilli paneer, matar paneer and kadai paneer. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jb59n4

  • Eggless Banana Bread

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This is the best banana bread that I have prepared. This recipe has been tried successfully by all. Banana bread is a favourite of all time and it is often prepared with ripe bananas. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ij4tf3

  • Idli

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This is a very efficient method for preparing fluffy and soft idlis. This is a traditional breakfast that is prepared in every Indian home. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ij5rYR

  • Veg Pizza

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This is a very tried and tested recipe of vegetarian pizza. If you follow the instructions properly, you will get great pizzas. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2iiVlaA

  • Palak Paneer

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Palak paneer is a popular Indian recipe that is prepared along with kadai paneer, paneer butter masala. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hXqMLk

  • Chole

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This is an easy and delicious punjabi chole recipe. This recipe of chole has been tried and tested. It has been prepared many times by me and others. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ijgL7d

  • Matar Paneer

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Matar paneer is one of the most popular recipes of North India. It is very often prepared at home. This matar paneer recipe is very easy and simple. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2iPzM4O

  • Tawa Paneer

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Tawa Paneer Masala is one of the quickest and easy paneer recipe. This can be prepared really fast. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jiDwMP

Regional Delicacies

India is a diverse country. Its diversity can be seen in its food also. One can treat the palate with a different kind of food after every few miles. Starting from the other end of peninsula, there are steamy and fermented flavors of south, delicacies of Maharashtra, spicy curries and pure ghee laced food of Rajasthan, world-famous Awadhi cuisine, chhola- bhatura of vibrant Punjab, unique fish preparations of Bengal and Orissa and mouthwatering cuisine of Kashmir. Food of each region has some or other peculiarities.  Some dishes are well known and popular but some lesser known and locally popular dishes are still to be explored. In this series, we will try to enlist some delicious dishes. Some may have similar names but are prepared in a different manner and taste excellent.

PHARA

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This is a traditional dish from eastern Uttar Pradesh. It is specially prepared on occasion of Karva Chauth. It is very tasty but at the same time is healthy and nutritious.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour – 160 g
Chana dal/ urad dal – 60 g
Salt – 1+1/2 t
Ginger -1/2 inch piece
Garlic – 3 cloves
Green chillies – 2
Jeera – ½ t
Onion – 1 medium
Vinegar – 1t

Method:

Soak dal overnight. Make a soft dough with flour and ½ t salt. Keep aside for half an hour. Drain water from dal and grind with ½ t salt, garlic cloves and one green chilli. Peel, wash and chop the ginger fine. Add to the dal mixture. Divide dough into 10 portions and roll each portion into size of a poori. Divide dal mixture into ten portions. Stuff each poori with one portion of dal mixture and fold into a semi-circle. Press the edges firmly. Boil one liter water in a sauce pan. Drop pharas one by one in the pan as soon as water starts boiling. Place the lid. Cook on sim for ten minutes after water starts boiling again. Poke a phara with the tip of a knife. If it comes out clean, pharas are done or cook for another 2-3 minutes or till done. Drain the water. Traditionally pharas are served with four accessories viz. melted ghee, powdered black salt, green chutney and finely chopped onion soaked in vinegar.

For variety, cut a few pharas into thick slices. Chop onion, green chili and coriander leaves. Heat one T oil in a karahi. Fry chopped onion until translucent, add chili, fry for a few seconds and add sliced pharas. Sprinkle a pinch of salt. Fry on a slow heat, turning occasionally. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with the same accessories.

Serves: 2
Portion size: 5

Nutritive value per portion:

Calories-376 (add75 cal to fried one)
Protein-17 g
Fat-1.8 g
Fibre-8.2 g
Calcium-61 mg
Iron-5.1mg
Vitamin B

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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
Photo Courtesy: kashmirifood

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

Chicken 65

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

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Punjabi Cuisine: 10 Punjabi Recipes

Punjab is different from other states of India because of its great food. Punjab is synonymous with food. Their food represents the soul of Punjab. Their food is robust, rich and filled with life just like themselves.

Punjabi cuisine is filled with hearty ingredients and bold textures. It is very popular all over North India. An amazing thing about Punjabi food is its variety. It is filled with delicious recipes like Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Machchi and Bhuna Gosht for those who are into non-vegetarian food. Their vegetarian food is great too. It includes Chole Bhature, Dal Makhni and Sarson ka Saag which have fans around the world.

Punjab is the place where tandoori food originated. Tandoor originated in Persia and it was brought to India by Arabs. The people of Punjab were the first one to learn cooking with tandoor. It is also believed that Tandoori chicken was invented in 1930 at Peshawar.

It is a very interesting fact that important Punjabi dishes, such as Dal Makhani and Butter Chicken were a result of an experiment.

The state being the biggest consumer of milk is known for its beverages like lassi or chaach which are a necessary part of every meal. Punjabi breads like naan, kulchas and rumali rotis are very popular.

Here we give you 10 popular recipes of Punjab that you will find finger-licking good:-

  1. Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

The all-time favorite butter chicken is known to all. The dish contains juicy pieces of chicken immersed in creamy gravy.

Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. Makke Ki Roti & Sarson Ka Saag
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Photo Courtesy: spiceofindia

This is a delicious dish of winter season. The recipe contains bathua, palak and sarso ka saag.

Makke Ki Roti Recipe

Sarson Ka Saag

  1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoorimumbai

This dish is hard to resist and is a favorite for all. Here is a simple recipe that you will love.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

  1. Chole Bhature

chole bhature

The mouthwatering Chole Bhature is a recipe of Punjabi origin. It is one of the favorite Indian dishes and is loved by people throughout India.

Chole Bhature Recipe

  1. Masala Chana

chana masala

These boiled chickpeas are prepared with masalas and cooked perfectly. It is perfect for your lunch menu or a dinner. Try this popular recipe.

Chana Masala Recipe

  1. Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

Dal makhani is a popular dish that can be found in any eating destination throughout India. May it be a local dhaba to a 5 star hotel, you will find the dish in every state. Try this delightful Dal with this easy recipe.

Dal Makhani Recipe

  1. Aaloo Parantha

Aaloo Paratha

Stuffed paratha is a normal breakfast in Punjab. The stuffing can be of anything including cheese, potatoes, cauliflower etc. Out of these, what is relished the most is Aaloo Parantha. Cooked in large amounts of ghee and normally served with curd or butter. Try this tempting recipe.

Aaloo Paratha Recipe

  1. Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka

Paneer tikka is a scrumptious recipe. These are tender and soft pieces of paneer, mixed with masala and are grilled hot. Try this easy recipe.

Paneer Tikka Recipe

  1. Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal

Rajma is the favorite dish of Punjabis. It is prepared in every Punjabi home. Rajma goes well with chawal(rice). Try this tasty recipe.

Rajma Chawal Recipe

  1. Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Kadai paneer is a delicious recipe of Punjab. It is popular throughout India. Try this delicious recipe.

Kadai Paneer Recipe

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