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Methi Malai Matar Paneer | Quick and Easy Cottage Cheese Recipe

Methi Malai Matar Paneer - Indian Cottage cheese in a creamy fenugreek and peas white gravy made with cashews and cream

First, I want to thank you guys for the amazing response on the Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala recipe.You guys have been the best! A lot of you have asked for more Paneer(cottage cheese) recipes and here is another one of my favourites – Methi Malai Matar Paneer. For me Methi( Fenugreek) and matar(fresh Peas) always signify winter.Even though both of these vegetables are easily available throughout the year now, at-least in bangalore, they still evoke the memories of chilly delhi winters. If you read the recipe you will see that the ingredients  list isn’t very long.In fact, it barely has any spices.The flavour comes from the fresh green chilli and the ginger and off course the fresh fenugreek leaves which …

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Tariwale Aloo Tamatar Sabzi |North Indian Potato & Tomato Gravy

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi - North indian Potato curry made in the pressure cooker,served with Pooris and Kachories during festivals and fasts.

This is the one dish,armed with which I entered my married life.Really..No Kidding! Tariwale Aloo Tamatar Sabzi  was the only thing I knew how to make 8 years back..well that and Maggi..To this day, it’s what I love eating more than anything else in the world.It’s my comfort food, my got to for when I am missing home and mom! My mom made this all the time at home, on literally, every festival with hot pooris. So this year on Rakhi, I decided to go all out making this potato curry along with black Channa masala ,Kheer and obviously pooris.If you are on my Instagram you would have seen all the photos in my stories. I know I am never …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Sukka

Mangalorean Prawn Sukka - A spicy, tangy Prawn roast from the west coast of india made with chillies,tamarind and fresh coconut.

Mangalore Prawn Sukka is a dish from the west coast of South India.It is a bright orange(red in some cases) spicy and Tangy prawn roast made with fresh coconut and dry red chillies. I was introduced to Mangalorean cuisine about 7 years back when we went to Kudla, the most iconic Mangalorean Food restaurant in Bangalore, for a department lunch.My love affair with it began then. The Neer dosas, the Mangalorean Kori Gassi and the Ghee Roast, have wooed me to nose-dive deep into the cuisine with open arms.Though something or the other has always kept me from visiting Mangalore,the food remains an obsession that has grown with all the time I have been in Bangalore. This recipe of Mangalorean …

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Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew

Vegan(Vegetarian) Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew with herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes.Easy to make hearty Lima Beans Stew

I am always looking for meals that can serve a large crowd and be made in advance.This Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew is just that.You can not only make this ahead of time but also freeze it for later use. It’s the perfect Vegan (Hence Vegetarian) option – it has good amount of protein from the beans and the flavour from the tomatoes, bell pepper and herbs.It’s a recipe made for success really! What are Lima Beans / Butter Beans Let’s talk about Butter Beans,shall we?Lima Beans are large white colour kidney shaped beans.They are a great vegan source of fat free protein and have a high glycemic index- which means they are great for people with diabetes. What …

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Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala – Spicy Muttai Thokku recipe

Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala - Spicy Muttai Thokku recipe

We used to get this exact Egg Roast Masala in our hostel about a decade back.In fact this Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala was the sole reason I joined the Non Vegetarian Mess.While everything else was a disappointment in my hostel mess, this was one dish that they excelled in. This Egg Roast Masala is also called Muttai Thokku in Tamil.It’s best described as boiled Eggs in roasted onion and tomato masala. While the ingredients are simple, the technique and quantity of each is important. So how do we make Tamil Egg Roast Masala Egg Roast Masala is made by slow roasting onions and tomato in warm spices.Hard boiled Eggs are added once the masala is ready. If you read the recipe, …

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Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal Fry

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal

Today’s recipe is Dhaba Style Dal Tadka also called Restaurant Style Yellow Dal. Every household as a favourite dal and a special way of cooking it.Even within households, people cook Dal differently.My aunt usually only makes the brown Masoor with the Chilka and my mother prefers Moong.There is no right or wrong way to make a dal- you can make it in one shot in the pressure cooker-without bothering with an extra tadka or you could slow cook it like the black dal usually is for a creamy consistency. The Method The Dhaba Style Dal Tadka that I make has two types of tempering or tadka.The first one is with the usual suspects – Onions,Tomato,Ginger,Garlic and spices and the second tempering …

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Malabar Chicken Peralan | Kerala Style Kozhi Peralan Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan - Kerala Style Chicken Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan or Kozhi Peralan as is known regionally is a famous dry Chicken Roast from the state of Kerala. It’s very popular in the Malayali Christian Community but like all traditional recipe everyone has their own versions of it.This  recipe is adapted from the famous book Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs K. M Mathew.This book was published almost two decades ago and has since been handed to every new bride in the Malabar community. The first time I made it ,both I and Abhishek were pleasantly surprised with how rounded the flavours were- everything is in a fine balance- the heat from the chillies,the warmth from the spices, the sourness from vinegar.Everything has a role to …

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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala - Versatile Rich Indian Tomato Gravy with Cottage Cheese

Paneer Butter Masala is one dish that I and my brother have obsessed over all our childhoods. Every-time we stepped out for dinner, lunch or even breakfast at times, this is what we ordered along with a standard side of Naans. I can safely say that this is THE dish which is enjoyed along all ages, heck my son of 1.5 years loves it too! The rich,buttery, delicately balanced tomato gravy- with just the right amount of sugar and sour – Sigh! The butter Masala Gravy also known as the Makhani Gravy , at it’s best,should be a medium spicy, slightly sweet,smooth gravy which can go with anything from Peas to Tandoori Chicken to Eggs.It’s worthwhile just to have this …

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Restaurant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala

The best Restuarant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala -Easy recipe

I could write a book on Rajma.If there was one dish that was my ALLLLL time favourite it was the Punjabi Rajma Masala.It’s something I cook almost every week at home. The Punjabi Way of cooking Rajma Masala is to soak it overnight in water, boil it using a pressure cooker and mix bhuna masala made with Chopped Onions,Pureed tomato,Ginger, Garlic and milieu of fresh spices- including Cumin,Coriander and Chilli Powder.This dish  is especially popular in the Northern states of India. Everyone has a Rajma recipe and a story with it, don’t we? I in fact have a number of stories! There was a time I ate(& relished) undercooked Rajma Masala with rice at my hostel in Vellore for 4 …

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Nadan Kozhi Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala Chicken Curry - Nadan Kozhi Curry -Made with Coconut Milk & Indian Spices

Let me introduce you to a very special, close to my heart recipe of Nadan Kozhi Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry.There are so many different ways in which Chicken is cooked in Kerala.Frankly it’s overwhelming! There is Chicken Stew, Kerala Chicken Roast, Trivandrum Fried Chicken, Chicken Peralen,i can probably go on and on. Nadan Chicken Curry is the most basic, no frills Kerala Chicken Curry that’s made in most Malabar households. In fact ,Nadan Kozhi Curry translates to Village Chicken Curry- which is made with the most basic ingredients available easily in their own backyard,  including the country chicken , which is said to have a lot more flavour and robustness than the easily available broiler Chicken. No prizes for guessing …

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Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Today’s dish is Homemade Achari Paneer Masala. A spicy piquant curry with Cottage cheese, made with Indian pickling spices, to be eaten with steaming hot Ghee Rotis right off the tawa or white fluffy rice. One of my earliest memories of school are from when I was probably 6 years old, sitting on the steps with my girl friends, swapping homemade Mango pickles and parathas made by our mothers. Have you ever had homemade Mango pickles? It’s usually made with raw small green mangoes-quartered and preserved in a milieu of Mustard oil,Fennel Seeds(saunf),Nigella Seeds(Kalonji),Mustard Seeds(Rai) & Fenugreek Seeds(Methi seeds).When I made this curry the first time I was aiming to harness that taste of my childhood.Though i know nothing can compare …

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Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

There are days when quick and easy is not quick enough.You know when you can’t or don’t want to order from outside but need something awesome urgently!That’s when I fish out my Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce recipe- its quick, its easy and it needs only bare minimum ingredients. I have been making this pasta since I saw an episode of Masterchef where the contestant made a giant egg ravioli coated with burnt butter garlic sauce.It looked so so perfect.That was about 5 years ago and I have been smitten which this way of eating pasta ever since. If you are a moody person like I am and have too many of those days when indulgence is the only answer,  then …

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Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo

Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I fear that’s exactly how I am going to come across here though that’s only cause this Goan Chicken Vindaloo recipe is that good. The issue I have with most recipes online is that they are not real.Some are just fancied versions of a normal chicken curry and if I am putting in so much effort to create something different I want an authentic recipe and this is exactly that.This is The Goan Chicken Vindaloo recipe you were searching for! To start with let me first answer the question on what is Vindaloo and how is it different from other Indian Curries.   What is Vindaloo There are lots of fables surrounding Goan …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry-Yeti Gassi

Mangalorean Prawn Curry

This Mangalorean Prawn Curry is the crown jewel of the Western Indian Coastal cuisine from Mangalore,Karnatake. Before moving to the southern region of India, I really had no idea about the very distinct cuisines of the southern states. Actually,scratch that..not separate southern “states” but “regions”..There are so many cuisines , that I am suddenly grappling with too much information and ideas..For instance-there is the famous Chettinad cuisine, then there is the Tamil Brahmin way of cooking,Malabar Cuisine,Mangalorean Cuisine and I am sure I am missing out on a dozen more here. For me,Mangalorean Prawn Curry was a case of pure sheer infatuation which started when I tasted Fish Gassi at Jai hind lunch house in Mumbai for the first time.To say that we …

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Mom’s Quick Paneer Capsicum

Super Simple,Quick,Vegetarian Paneer Capsicum Family Recipe.

I met a friend today and we were swapping childhood stories about how her mom cooked some super exotic dishes at home and how my mother was the most “Jugadu” cook ever.All most all our birthday parties had channa masala noodles which by the way we all loved!,bread rolls,fryams and a giant giant vat of Rasna but the “fine cutlery” along with my mothers 10 minute Paneer Capsicum recipe was taken out at the more grown up parties. Our Love for Paneer Capsicum I am not lying here but it’s really her goto recipe-it’s served every time important guests come home,it was served when my inlaws came home for the first time, it was served when my brother’s inlaws came …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables.Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi …

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Easy Creamy Chicken Curry

Easy Indian Chicken Curry

I have been going around meeting people on random pretexts and eliciting their family heirloom chicken recipes..Really I kid you not!This Easy Indian Chicken Curry recipe is from my dear dear friend who live in USA and has put together this recipe so that she doesn’t have to do any chopping, grinding or actually any additional work.I write this not to say she is lazy which she may or may not be but to tell you that it’s a easy recipe which needs less than 10 ingredients and you come away with a fantastic absolutely amazing crowd pleaser. The first time I came across this Creamy ,super ,Easy Indian Chicken Curry recipe, I was slightly bemused which I am sure you are …

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Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast

Authentic Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast made with whole spices,tamrind and jaggery.

The first time I had Chicken Ghee Roast was in 2011,when I was visiting Bangalore to meet my then boyfriend, now husband.We went to this iconic but now slightly shady pub with our friends  and at the end of the night ,in search of some sustenance, ordered Chicken Ghee Roast with Aapams. Since then,I have grown weary of places with dance floors but I still brave this place , just to have the chicken ghee roast. The Chicken Ghee Roast is a Mangalorean speciality, also known as Kundapur Chicken.For those who have never tasted this , let me try and put it in words ,though I am sure I won’t be able to do justice.This is a spicy, slightly tangy,rich chicken …

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