Sambar or Sambhar is an integral part of the South Indian cuisine. It is a lentil based stew with the addition of various vegetables or sometimes just one vegetable is added. It is a perfect accompaniment to idli’s ( steamed rice cakes), dosa’s ( crispy rice crepes), uttapam ( pretty much an Indian version of pizza :p) or medu wada ( savory Indian donuts :D) and the likes. One of my favorite meals is plain steamed rice with piping hot sambhar, an omelette, some crunchy papad and pickle.Thoroughly satisfying!
Kulcha, a leavened flatbread, has its origins in North India, in Amritsar to be specific. It is basically made with maida (all purpose flour), yogurt, leavening agents and baked in a tandoor.There isn’t much difference between naan & kulcha, except for the leavening agents involved in their respective recipes. Kulchas are mostly stuffed from a gamut of fillings, potato (the most popular one, known as aloo kulcha) to onions to paneer etc.
Sabudana (tapioca pearls ) khichdi is a popular Maharastrian breakfast snack. Soaked and drained tapioca is tempered with cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Tapioca is also consumed in the form of vadas (fritters). Continue reading →
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.
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.