Swad Ka Safar(Experience UP Cuisine)

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Uttar Pradesh(UP) is located at the Northern part of India so its culture and cuisine are greatly influenced by the rulers who arrived here from outside India. Heart of the state, Lucknow is a witness to all the cultural and culinary variations from ancient past till now.

Other than Lucknow, other districts of UP are also known for their food like Banaras is known for its Kaddu Purie, Mathura is known for Pedha, Agra is known for Petha, Kanpur is famous for its Kakori and Boti kebabs. Every state has its distinct taste.

The cuisine of Lucknow is synonymous to Mughlai cuisine or Awadhi cuisine as it has been ruled by Mughals. Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines are similar to those of Kashmir and Punjab due to the common influence of the Mughal rule. Nawabi Food is another name for these cuisines. These Nawabi foods comprise of some special combination of spices like cardamom, saffron, and flower extract like Kewada Itra, which is an essential ingredient of Kebabs.

DUM PUKHT Photo Courtesy: flickriver

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Mughlai or Awadhi cuisine introduced the new techniques of cooking which is known as Dampukth. In this style of cooking food is sealed in a large pan called handi which is placed on slow heat which allow the ingredients to be cooked in their own juices. And the final result is in the form of a flavorful and aromatic dish.

Cooks of this cuisine are also categorized into different categories according to the amount of food they are supposed to cook. The Bawarchis cook food in large quantities while the Rakabdars cook in small gourmet quantities and also specialize in garnishing and presentation. Nanfus are the special cooks who deal only with making breads like Roti, Chapati, Naans, Sheermals and Kulchas. The Lucknowi cuisine is incomplete without the description of some elaborate dishes such as Kebabs, Kormas, Biryanis, Roomali Roti, Stuffed Parathas.

Galouti Kebab

Galouti Kebab

Kebabs: Awadhi kebabs are grilled on chulha or grilled tandoor. Seekh Kebabs were introduced by Mughals and are made by beef mince on skewers and cooked on charcoal fire. Nowadays lamb mince is preferred for its soft texture.

Galouti KebabIt is made of minced meat and spices without binding agent.

Kakori Kebab: It was originally made in the Darghah of Hazarat Shah Ahder Sahib with divine blessings. It was made by the leg of mutton with khoya and spices.

Some dishes of UP are synonymous to the festivals. For eg. Gujia is prepared on the occasion of Holi .Recently, Makar Sankrinti which is also known as Khichdi was celebrated. On this occasion khichdi is prepared at every household.

The cuisine of UP cannot be explained in words or any definition.

For recipes from UP, India and around the world, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

Indian Chefs on YouTube

 

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Gone are the days when you needed cookbooks or professional chefs for hosting cooking shows on TV. There is a new generation of Indian chefs who have achieved their celebrity status using YouTube. These people are bringing Indian cuisine to the world by creating mouthwatering Indian recipes.

Now you don’t need recipe books where you tried to understand the meaning of the instructions. Every step is visible in the video. Let us discuss some of these popular Chefs of YouTube.

VahChef

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The popular channel of YouTube VahChef was started by Sanjay Thumma. He started the website vahrevah.com. He launched this recipes channel in 2007 on YouTube and this channel has reached amazing proportions.

Through the years, Sanjay Thumma has made more than 1,100 videos that have easy to follow recipes. The channel has mainly got Indian recipes and some International recipes. His YouTube channel has about 613,404 subscribers and 307,425,605 views.

Paya VahChef-By VahChef Recipe

VahChef’s Butter Chicken Recipe

Batura-By VahChef Recipe

Manjula’s Kitchen

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Born in a North India, Manjula Jain grew in a vegetarian family. She moved to US in 1960’s. She remained vegetarian as her family was Jain by religion. In 2006, she started a blog in which she posts recipes. She also keeps on creating videos related to cooking that give you practical and simple recipes. She also posts gluten-free and vegan recipes.

Manjula’s Kitchen has 2, 95,847 subscribers and 114,463,566 views.

 

Nisha Madhulika

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Besides English language recipe videos, Hindi languages are doing well as well. For example, consider Nisha Madhulika from Delhi, who after retiring from a full-time job, turned to cooking (which was her passion). She started making videos of her passion i.e. cooking. The recipe videos which she posted were in Hindi with subtitles in English. She has more than 1000 videos on her channel and more than thousands of recipes on her website.

Her channel on YouTube has 416,729 subscribers and 128,439,601 views.

Cabbage Paratha Recipe By Nisha Madhulika

Urad Dal Recipe By Nisha Madhulika

Dal Makhani Recipe By Nisha Madhulika

Some other popular channels on YouTube who post videos of South Asian recipes are Bhavna’s Kitchen and ShowMeTheCurry.com.

Malabar Parotta-ShowMeTheCurry.com Recipe

In 2012, a group of food bloggers and home chefs came together, realizing the importance of Youtube, to form India Food Network. Here they post videos from regional Indian cuisine and dishes from around the globe.

Puran Poli Recipe-Indian Food Network

So, whenever you want to cook a new dish and find it difficult, YouTube is here to help you out.

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

Tasty Indian Cuisine : Samosa

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India is a land of diversity. Diversity, in every sense including regional, cultural, language and of course food. People of India represent “Unity in diversity!” Although, this unity is remarkable but another remarkable thing about India is its diversity in terms of food.

This blog is dedicated to “Indian Cuisine.” We are going to share a lot of interesting things related to Indian food. And, for a start we will discuss about the favorite snack of Indians: “The Samosa.”

The samosa is famous throughout South Asia. It is triangular shaped pastry that can be fried or baked. You will find a variety of vegetables inside the crispy and flaky flour covering of Samosa. Some of the common vegetables include: “Onions”, “Potatoes” and “Peas”.

Samosa originated in Mumbai as a roadside snack but now you will find it in every tea stall, bakery or restaurant. Samosas are finger licking good and can be eaten anytime.

Samosa can be easily made at home. If you want to try it at home then we have a good recipe for you.

Please visit the link: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/samosa-food-2