Paneer makhani ( No onion-no garlic recipe)

 

Paneer makhani or paneer makhanwala! What’s in a name? This is one gorgeous, fragrant and delectable North Indian dish with it’s luxurious orange hues dazzling with paneer cubes and cream. This vegetarian counterpart to the renowned butter chicken is equally delicious and a treat for vegetarians. Well I enjoy it too!


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Punjabi kadhi pakora

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Kadhi is a popular Punjabi dish, and also one that falls into the comfort food category for most Indians. It is a dish which consists of  deep fried besan (gram flour) fritters which are known as pakoras simmered in a tangy, sour and spiced yogurt-gram flour gravy. The word kadhi is derived from the word ‘Kadhna‘ which simply means to simmer over a long time so the kadhi reduces in quantity and thickens. The fritters are mostly made with onions mixed into the besan batter, but spinach, fenugreek pakoras are just as great. Basically you can add any vegetables you like to the pakoras. But a Punjabi kadhi is incomplete without the pakoras! Rice is the best accompaniment to Punjabi kadhi, though kadhi pairs well with chapati or parathas too, as it is thick in consistency. Continue reading →

Mackerel croquettes

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Croquettes and kebabs top my list when it comes to appetizers/finger foods. Like these mackerel croquettes which I happen to love a lot! Unfortunately we do no get good, fresh mackerels here unlike we do in Mumbai and Goa. So whenever I crave for these, I make do with the canned mackerels. So I always have a can or two in my pantry. I, sometimes also make these fish croquettes with fresh salmon/ tuna. Those are delicious as well.

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Vermicelli Idli’s ( steamed savory vermicelli cakes)

Vermicelli Idli’s! Who would have thought of making idli’s with vermicelli? May be it’s common, but I haven’t come across these before.  So I when I first saw this on my FB foodie group, posted by Shobana ji who blogs at Cooking with Shobana, I knew I had to try this out immediately! Like most things that I dilly dally, in terms of trying out several of the recipes that interest me, having bookmarked like a million ( okay not million, but you get it, don’t you? ) I tried these soon enough!

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Spicy and tangy South Indian tomato chutney

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Tomato chutney is one of my recent favorite chutney’s to accompany idli’s and dosa’s. It is tangy from the flavor of the tomatoes itself and some chilli powder adds a nice heat.

I have always had dosa’s and idli’s with the usual coconut chutney or the green coconut chutney coz that is what it is served along with in most restaurants, in Mumbai atleast. I discovered this chutney only when I started working and one of my South Indian colleague  who was also the head of one of the departments, had got it for lunch. As we always sit to share our lunch, I tasted some and loved it. It was nice and tangy with a little heat from the after taste. I got in touch with her through Whatsapp lately and she was kind enough to share the recipe again, she had shared the recipe that time as well, but I hadn’t been smart enough to jot it down. I just made it once and forgot about it! Continue reading →


Egg-free Orange cupcakes

Super yummy, moist and bursting with citrus-y flavors ! That’s what these Orange cupcakes are all about ! With just 10-15 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of baking, these are ready under 40 minutes. Although you will have to wait till they cool down to enjoy them completely, but well atleast you know some home baked deliciousness awaits you ! Continue reading →

Methi Matar Malai Paneer

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Wishing all my reader’s a Happy and prosperous New Year! Hope everyone had a fabulous and fun filled day 🙂

I’d like to share yet another of my favorite North Indian dishes- Methi matar malai, with the addition of paneer here. Like most North Indian dishes this one doesn’t fall short of all the rich ingredients as well. Loads of cream is what makes this dish so rich, but the interesting part is the use of fenugreek leaves. It’s such a well balanced dish despite all it’s glorious, nutty richness. The fenugreek leaves add a distinct bitterness yet palatable flavor, one that is truly addictive and makes this dish so unique. Then there is the sweetness from the green peas which also makes for a great textural element in this ultra creamy dish! The addition of mava/khoya makes it even more luxurious.


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