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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    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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    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

Raksha Bandhan: Some Delicious Recipes

Any celebration is incomplete without good food. Food is something that we all enjoy and on an occasion like Raksha Bandhan, we can indulge in samosas and mithai, especially Ghevar. In this article, we have collected recipes for this special occasion.

  • Besan Ladoo: Besan Ladoo is a favourite recipe for celebrations like Raksha Bandhan. This recipe will surely make everyone drool. You just need ghee, sugar and besan.

    Photo Courtesy: Indian Healthy Recipes

    Photo Courtesy: Indian Healthy Recipes

  • Chocolate Crunch Cake: Chocolate Crunch Cake, which is also known as Chocolate Biscuit Cake is easy to prepare. No baking is required to prepare this recipe. It is free of eggs and requires marshmallows to prepare. It also requires shortbread and prunes.

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  • Samosas: Everyone loves to consume hot samosas with tea. But too much oil is not good for your health. Baked samosas, which are prepared without deep frying can easily solve the problem.
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Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

  • Pinni: Punjabi pinni can be prepared in many ways including flax seeds, dry fruits and wheat flour.

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  • Tandoori Chaat: A festival like Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without good food. Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without this amazing Tandoori Chaat recipe.

    Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express

    Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express

  • Kheer: This is a very traditional Indian/Pakistani dish. Everyone loves this rice pudding.

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  • Phirni: This is a very easy almond and saffron phirni recipe. It is very easy to make. You should refrigerate it and enjoy it in dinner.

    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

  • Hara Bhara Kebab: This recipe is perfect for those going to the gym. This dish can be prepared using chane ki daal, which contains high fibre and spinach, which is a super food filled with protein, minerals and iron.

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  • Kalakand: It is also known as Malai Burfi/Kalakand. This dish is perfect for those who don’t like their dessert to be too sweet.

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  • Chocolate Coffee Cake: This chocolate coffee cake is delicious and is very easy to prepare. Make this cake for your brother this Raksha Bandhan.

    Photo Courtesy: Jeroxie

    Photo Courtesy: Jeroxie

Top 10 Indian Monsoon Recipes

Monsoon is just about to hit the corner. This is a perfect time to try some new monsoon recipes. Indians are fond of monsoon dishes. There are some recipes that Indians can’t live without after rainy season. These include Pakoras and Chai.

If you want some recipes for this rainy season, then you will find them here. In this article, we have collected some favorite Monsoon recipes.

  • Samosabig_247156_1420613059Hariali Samosa, which has a filling of green peas, beaten rice and french beans. And that is why, it is a better option as compared to aloo samosa.
  • Paneer Pakorapaneer-pakoraIn the monsoon season, everyone wants to try fried dishes. Pakoras and spicy chaats are a favorite of this season.
  • Noodle PakoraNOODLES-PAKORA-WITH-SALSA-620x330-1478752389Pakoras like Aloo pakora, Pyaaz pakora, vegetable pakora are very common in monsoon season. But you should try something new like Noodles Pakoras.
  • Masala Paruppu VadamaxresdefaultVada is prepared with chana dal and spices. A vada can be had as a breakfast or a snack with tea/coffee.
  • Onion Kachori 

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    This is a delicious kachori prepared with different spices. It can be had in monsoons as well as an evening snack in any season.

  • Aloo Puri

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Puri recipes are always good to savor and taste. One of the best Indian snacks is Aloo puri. It is very easy to prepare and the ingredients needed are potatoes, flour and oil.

  • Sev Purisev-puri-recipe11This recipe of tomato sev puri chaat is easy to prepare at home. It is a yummy chaat that will leave you finger licking.
  • Paneer Cutlet53176112.cmsPaneer is liked by vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. This paneer cutlet recipe is a spicy and mouthwatering. This can be had as is or can also be used as stuffing in a burger.
  • Prawn KoliwadaBe_NEWyCIAAqnbbPrawn Koliwada is a coastal dish that is prepared with prawns that are fried. This recipe serves as great starter in restaurants and a side dish for home.
  • Paneer Tikkatandooripaneertikka_sandhira_13951460832340Paneer is combined with yellow and green bell pepper. It is sprinkled with spices and will make you crave for more.

History of Some Interesting Dishes of India

Indians love food. Every Indian likes to indulge in the guilty pleasure of rich food. We are a nation of diverse people with many differences. But food is one thing that unites us. Although the food of our nation is also diverse but it is enjoyed by everyone. It is also a fact that the cuisines of India vary with states.

In all these varying cuisines there are certain foods that you may wonder how they originated. And that is why we have collected some interesting dishes and their stories that you will find amusing.

  1. Biryani

Biryani

The word ‘biryani’ comes from the Persian word ‘birian’ meaning ‘fried before cooking’. According to the legend, Mumtaz Mahal(1593-1631), while visiting the army barracks realized that the soldiers there were under-nourished. She ordered that a dish be made that can provide balanced nutrition. The chef prepared many dishes but Mumtaz liked biryani as it was a one pot complete meal.

Biryani Recipe

  1. Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in New Delhi. It was introduced by Chef Simon Mahil Chahal in Moti Mahal restaurant. According to the legend, one night when the restaurant shut down, a VIP guest visited the restaurant and asked for a chicken dish. The chef realized that he had only half chicken tandoori in his stock. He decided to improvise on the dish and put in large amounts of butter, tomato and masalas and invented a new dish. The VIP guest was none other than the ruler of Mareelun and he loved the dish. And that’s how it became popular.

Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. Idli

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The earliest origins of Idli is in ‘Vaddaradhane’ of 970 A.D. A story in which Idli is one of the eighteen dishes served to a Brahamchari. But, the recipe of making Idli is not present in the story.

If we dig a little deeper into history, we find our answers. The Chinese historian Xuang Zang claims that India had no steaming containers. But around 800-1200 AD, the Hindu Indonesian Kings brought with them, the methods of steaming and fermentation. They gave birth to a unique dish called Kedli in South India which resulted in the formation of Idli.

  1. Sambar

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Although Idli was created a long time back, Sambar came into the scene much later. It was in the 18th century that a dish called amti was created in the kitchen of the ruler Shahuji of Thanjavur. It was a very special dish as it contained kokum as one of its ingredients. One season, the kokum ran out of supply. Everyone was thinking what to do when an advisor of the court advised that tamarind pulp should be used instead of kokum to maintain sour taste. So, a dish was made which contained vegetables, tuvar dal, spices and the pulp of tamarind. The dish was served to Shahuji’s cousin Sambhaji. Everyone loved the dish and it was named Sambhar after the name of the guest Sambhaji.

Sambar Recipe

  1. Paneer

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Most Indian dishes contain Paneer. The list of dishes is endless, starting from Shahi Paneer to Palak Paneer. But, it is known to few that Paneer was invented by accident. Once, the Mongols were on a trip on their horses. They were travelling with Mushkis(bags of raw-hyde) which contained milk. Due to the rennet of leather and the dessert heat made Paneer out of the milk. The Mongols found the Paneer to be very delicious. In the years that followed, this ingredient was brought to India and it was an instant hit.

Try these Paneer recipes:-

Shahi Paneer Recipe

Paneer Lababdar Recipe

Palak Paneer Recipe

  1. Samosa

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One of the most famous snack in India today is samosa. But, do you know about its origins? It originated from Central Asia. According to legend, the traders from different parts of the world traveled to India using Central Asian trade routes. They could not carry heavy food so they cooked small triangles that were filled with mince. These were easy to make and carry and could be eaten anytime. When this dish came to India, it was a big hit and Samosa became a staple snack for kings and commoners alike.

Samosa Recipe

 

  1. Pav Bhaji

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The origins of Pav Bhaji are in the city of Mumbai. A local vendor came up with this dish after realizing the problems of daily mill workers. The workers had a very short meal break. They had to do rigorous physical labor after these mini breaks. So, a light lunch was needed. So, the local vendor created a dish with leftovers of other dishes. The roti and rice was substituted with Pav. And the curries were converted into a spicy mixture called ‘bhaji’. The dish became very popular and is loved by all.

Pav Bhaji Recipe

  1. Vada Pav
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Photo Courtesy: Raks Kitchen

Like Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav was also created in Bombay. The dish was created by Ashok Vaidya, who was a snack vendor outside Dadar station. Dadar is a major hub for commuters and a very important station. Vaidya, very innovatively came up with this recipe so that the commuters can eat on the go. The dish was served with fiery red chutney made up of peanuts, coconuts, garlic, chilli and tamarind. This was in 1971 and the dish is still very popular in Bombay and all over India

Vada Pav Recipe

  1. Kebabs

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Kebabs are very popular in the Middle East and also loved by Indians. It was invented in the Medieval Era of Turkey. According to the legend the travelling soldiers wanted to save meat and that is why they cut small pieces of meat, grilled them and ate them with bread. The dish has become popular all over the world today.

Kebab Recipe

  1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

The same restaurant that gave us Butter Chicken, gave us Tandoori Chicken. It was at Moti Mahal Delux, that the dish was invented by the Chef Kundan Lal Gujral. The chef always tried to experiment with dishes. He loved his tandoor and as an experiment, he took some chicken, applied spices and put it in tandoor. The resulting dish was so good that even Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India) liked it. Later, the dish was prepared for many Indian dignitaries like Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, King of Nepal, Shah of Iran etc.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tasty Indian Cuisine : Samosa

Yummy Samosa! Photo Courtesy: Youtube

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