Easiest Pan-Grilled Chicken Tikka

When one generally thinks of north Indian food, the first things that come to mind are butter chicken, tandoori chicken, chicken tikkas, dal makhani and naan. These seem to be the stereotypical food impressions that have been embedded in most people’s minds, and though the cuisine is vast and varied, there’s also a reason why these seem to be the first things…

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Simply Delicious Potato Paranthas (Indian flatbread)

I’ve been making chicken tikka rolls pretty frequently these days since it’s quite a hit with the family and suddenly chanced upon the idea of making a potato dough, and the result is a soft and delicious parantha that goes with everything. This, combined with the flavourful, succulent spiced meat is a gastronomic wonder and the best part, you’re controlling the oil…

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Raw Mango Lassi – Fantastic Summer Cooler

Mango season is upon us again with a bang and what better way to beat the heat than with healthy cooling drinks which add fruits to probiotics yeah? I first drank raw mango lassi in an Indian restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1997. The restaurant’s name was Tandoor, run by a very pleasant Indian gentleman. I wonder if it’s still open. It…

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Instant Fluffy Khatta Dhokla (Cheat’s Version)

Recently, I got presented with a dhokla maker by my husband’s aunt and I am beyond thrilled! Having lived in Mumbai for many years, fluffy white fermented rice cakes were things that my palate took so well to and I really missed them when I came up north. So when presented with the apparatus, I went on the internet for some ideas and…

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Spicy Sweet Potato Chaat – Street Foods of India

In winter, most markets around Delhi - which already has street vendors selling aloo tikki (potato cutlets with green and tamarind chutneys) and papri chaat, golgappas and stuffed pakoras and what not - get the addition of the sweet potato (shakarkandi) vendors. They have these massive roasted and smoked sweet potatoes which they cut up and mix with a huge amount of…

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Dahi Kebab Parcels (Yoghurt Parcels)

I got obsessed with making Dahi Kebabs a month ago. I’ve made it at least three times in two different ways, and this will be the fourth. Early last month, when I realised I’d made a whole bunch of yoghurt dip for a couple of dinners and and little bits of it got left over, I got the idea to stuff it…

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Aromatic Chicken Curry – With No Masala

In many of my posts I’ve referred to myself as being a lazy cook. That is, If the dish has too many ingredients, I couldn’t be bothered with it, so most Indian fancy curries are out. That’s the downside. The upside is, that I try to make a tasty dish with as few ingredients as possible and most of the time it…

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Kala Jamun Frozen Yoghurt (Java Plum/Black Plum)

Kala Jamun, or Java plum or black plum is a fruit that grows in South East Asia in the summer and is a superfood. Its health benefits have been touted far and wide but it’s also an acquired taste. Most people I know don’t like it very much and when I was younger, I didn’t either. However, my dietary choices as I…

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Deliciously Tangy Masoor Dal (Red Lentils with Mango)

If you haven’t been made aware of my infatuation with mango, raw or cooked, this post should do do it for you. I love the fruit and will look for any excuse to use it in dishes. This is one dish that’s a winner in my eyes because it’s so simple and light. It’s again a Bengali concoction and one of my…

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Sprouts Salad with Raw Mango and Pomegranate

The Indian summer, especially in the National Capital Region, brings upon us intense heat, combined with hot winds called Loo and frequent dust storms accompanied by rain. In this weather, I sometimes lose my appetite for the usual hot dal, rice, vegetable curry and foods with the usual spices used in Indian cooking, but still want that desi taste with all the…

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