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 !!

History & The Secrets Behind ‘Jalebi’ | India Canteen

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

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

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

Yes, you heard us Right !!

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Makar Sankranti and Its Traditional Recipes

Photo Courtesy: happymakarsankranti

Photo Courtesy: happymakarsankranti

Makar Sankranti is the first festival of New Year in the Indian Continent. It is also known as Pongal or Uttarayan in other parts of India. We see the first cold wind rushes of the New Year on this day. People celebrate Makar Sankranti by flying kites and enjoying traditional recipes.

Makar Sankranti is the beginning of zodiac sign Makara(Capicorn). The new Zodiac calendar begins this day. This day also marks the arrival of Vasantaritu. The new season of harvesting of crops is marked by this day. On this day some special sweets are prepared.

In this article, we have collected some special sweets for Makar Sankranti.

  1. Til Ke Laddoo
Photo Courtesy: youtube

Photo Courtesy: youtube

Sesame seeds are very much available in this season. Laddoos and other sweets prepared with Sesamea are favorite during Makar Sankranti.

Til Laddoo Recipe

 

  1. Paatishaapta

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Paatishaapta is a Bengali delicacy. It’s a sweet crepe or pancake filled with khoya, date palm jaggery and coconut. It is a delicious treat of Makar Sankranti.

Paatishaapta Recipe

 

  1. Chikki

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Chikki is something that you must try once in your life and once you will have it, you will be addicted to its taste. Chikki is a typical dessert made of jaggery or caramelized sugar and dry fruits like cashews, peanuts and almonds.

Chikki Recipe

 

  1. Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal

The best sweets for Sankranti are Rice and Jaggery. We can add cashews, raisins, cardamom and green gram dal to give you a great dessert. Sweet Pongal is a great sweet for Makar Sankranti.

Sweet Pongal Recipe

 

  1. Sooji Halwa

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Sooji Halwa is a Semolina thickened pudding that is made of milk, cream and dry fruits. It is served as Prashad for friends and family.

Sooji Halwa 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
Photo Courtesy: spiceofindia

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

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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

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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

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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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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

Shahi Paneer: The taste of North India

Shahi Paneer

I have always been a lover of Indian food. The food has its own aroma and taste. One of my favorite North-Indian dish is Shahi paneer. It is popular in Northern India due to its unique taste. “Shahi” means “Royal” & “Paneer” means “Cottage Cheese.”

Shahi paneer is prepared with fresh cheese paneer, creams, onions & a variety of spices. To give it a spicy feel, green chillies, brown cardamoms and garam masala can be added. It can be eaten with roti, naan or even puris.

It is a perfect dish for parties, dinners and other special occasions.

If you want to try the recipe at home, following ingredients will be needed:-

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 4 tomatoes, pureed
  • ½ pound paneer, cubed
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

For cooking instructions visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/shahi-paneer-allr

For other Shahi Paneer recipes visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipes/shahi-paneer/1/

Eat Curry and Banish Bad Memories

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A recent study suggests that a spice used commonly in curry can help in erasing bad memories. A bright-yellow compound found in turmeric, which is also present in Curcumin prevents storage of new fear memories in the brain. The compound also removed fear memories that were already stored.

A research was conducted in The City University, New York by Psychologists. They found that the rats became scared after hearing a particular sound. The rats froze after hearing a particular sound as they were frightened.

After a few hours, when the same sound was played again to the rats. Those that were given ordinary food froze. But those who were given a curcumin rich diet did not freeze. Thus, it was concluded that fearful memories were erased.

Read more: http://time.com/3649565/curcumin-ptsd/

So, if you are a foodie and visiting India, try the Indian Curry. Maybe, you will not need to visit the psychologist again.

Want to try the Indian Curry? Try this recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor: http://www.tastyfix.com/video/indian-curry-recipe