Aloo Paratha (Potato stuffed unleavened flatbread)

Aloo paratha is the most popular amongst all the paratha’s! A paratha is an unleavened flatbread stuffed with a variety of filling from vegetarian to non vegetarian. Some of the popular paratha’s are gobhi paratha, aloo matar paratha, paneer paratha, methi paratha amongst the veg ones, and kheema paratha and egg parathas amongst the non vegetarian counterparts. A typical Punjabi paratha is made with loads of ghee and served with a dollop of home made butter. Definitely not the healthiest, but people back then did a lot of manual labor and so needed all the extra calories. With today’s sedentary lifestyle eating such a calorie laden meal everyday will definitely do you no good, so moderation is definitely the key.

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Gujarati Rasawala chana (Black chickpeas simmered in a gram flour curry)

Indian food is so diverse. Although the core ingredients are more or less same,  each state has their own method of preparation, unique spices and flavors. Today I’m sharing a very quick and wholesome recipe – Rasawala Chana, from Gujarat, India. Rasa refers to something that is saucy/ gravy kind of preparation. Black chickpeas are cooked in besan ( chickpea flour) gravy seasoned with spices, jaggery and tamarind to give this dish it’s heat, sweetness and tanginess. There is no sautéing of any masala here, which makes this dish a breeze to prepare. All you need is about 10-15 minutes and of course soaked and drained black chickpeas. That’s it, and this dish is ready just like that! How easy ! This is also vegan and gluten-free!

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Goan sorak curry ( Spiced and tangy coconut curry)


Sorak curry is the most basic of all Goan curries. It is also a great base for most fish curries, but can also be enjoyed as is or along with some veggie and fried fish preparation. It is mostly prepared during the monsoons in Goa, when there is a dearth of fresh fish, as the fisherman avoid fishing due to the rough seas. Most folks have this with some dried fish that has been stocked up for the monsoons. I don’t know of any Goan who does not like their Xit kodi ( xitKonkani for rice and kodiKonkani for curry)

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Egg-free Marble cake

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Dad’s out there! I hope you had a fabulous day with your kids. I personally do not believe that one single day is required to show your love to your parents or a spouse, as everyday is Father’s/Mother’s day or whatever other day exists. But yes, I do believe it is nice to have such a day, since one can take that extra effort of showing your love and gratitude. And then of course, everything is so commercialized these days, one can’t help but just go along with it 😀

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Chicken 65 (Baked version)

 

Chicken 65 is a popular dish in South India, mostly served as an appetizer/entrée. Bone in or boneless chicken chunks are marinated in a flavorful and spicy marinade and deep fried. Of course anything fried HAS to be tasty!! Period! In most cases, red food color is added in the marinade, which gives this dish an even more appetizing look. Continue reading →