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North Indian Recipes

Paneer Tawa Masala

Those who had read through my previous posts must have figured out my affinity towards “Jiggs Kalra” recipes. His recipes have always worked for me. Looking back, I certainly regret not having bought the recipe book when I got the opportunity. 10 odd years back, I wasn’t even aware who Jiggs Kalra w

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Paneer Makhani/ Butter Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Butter-Tomato Gravy)

Paneer Makhani is one of the simplest North Indian gravy that I have made. As the name suggests, it needs to be cooked in butter. However, keeping the “eat healthy” aspect in mind, I use a non -stick pan to reduce the consumption of butter. If you want to indulge yourself, go ahead and use butter ge

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Choley (Spicy Chickpeas Curry)

I have tried making choley a number of times following different recipes but was never quite satisfied with the taste of it till I tried the recipe from Sia’s site,Monsoon Spice. I just fell in love with the recipe and never looked for more Choley recipes 🙂 I hope you will also agree with me on th

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Raspberry Matar (Fried Cottage Cheese balls and Peas in a Rich Gravy)

Contrary to its name, Raspberry Matar does not have anything to with Raspberries. So why the name?? I wish I had an answer. 🙁 My wild guess is that the chef who invented this dish thought of a fancy name to woo his customers… 🙂 The raspberries in this recipe are nothing but fried paneer balls.

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Aloor Dum (Baby Potatoes in Spicy Masala)

The other day, while shopping for veggies, I couldn’t help grabbing some fresh baby potatoes along the way. How could I resist?? They seemed to plead with me to take them home. 😉 Once home, all I could think of was to make Dum Aloo. I decided to try out the version of Dum Aloo I found in my pressu

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Paneer Jalnawabi

Oh! I can’t explain how much I missed this space and it really feels nice to be back. Though I badly wanted to complete my 100th post before the break, I just couldn’t find the time. I was completely swept away by the activities of the move, the packing, the unpacking, settling down…. the list is

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Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken is yet another popular recipe in this part of the world. The word “Kadai” in Hindi means Wok. How the dish got its name is still a mystery to me. This recipe is by one of my favourite books, written by Jiggs Kalra. Even though the original recipe doesn’t call for either onions or capsi

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Malai Kofta (Fried cottage cheese balls in a cream based gravy)

The word ‘Kofta’ is derived from the persian word ‘Kuftan’, which means to beat or to grind (Courtesy: Wikipedia). Kofta is popular in the Middle East as well as in South Asia. There are lots of variations of kofta, from meat based to pure vegetarian versions. The recipe I am sharing with you today

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Cream Chicken

As a person looking forward to culinaryexperiments, my biggest source of ideas come from TV shows, magazines and of course the internet. Last night while I was watching the show “Highway on my Plate”, I got interested in the dish ‘Cream Chicken’ from Chawla’s Chicken. Even though their website gave

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Dum Aloo (Baby potatoes cooked in a Curd based gravy)

Whenever I wanted to prepare Dum Aloo and looked to buy baby potatoes, luck never favoured me. I had to be satisfied with larger potatoes cut to size. So when I spotted baby potatoes in the market the other day, I couldn’t thank my stars enough. 🙂 There seems to be many versions of Dum Aloo like t

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Daal Fry (Stir fried lentils with onions and tomatoes)

Today I decided to make Daal fry for lunch. My maiden tryst with Daal fry was immediately after marriage when we went to a restaurant with our friends. One of them ordered Daal fry and to my surprise it turned out to be a curry contrary to my expectations of a dry dish. 🙂 Daal fry is a simple curr

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Shahi Paneer

Lately, life has become hectic as I am busy packing for our move next month. The funny part is that while I am trying to pack, my mind drifts towards the blogpost and while I am in front of the computer, the thought of packing takes center stage….. 🙂 Even though I tried a lot of recipes from var

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Butter Chicken a.k.a Murgh Makhani.. No Grill, No Bake Version

When you are thinking about food and the word Punjab is mentioned, what is the dish that comes to your mind? For me it’s Butter Chicken. Those juicy, succulent, char-grilled chicken pieces cooked in a rich gravy. Yum…I am already drooling…. Luckily, I have my plate of butter chicken by my side..

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Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)… a North Indian Sweet Dish

It was ‘celebration time’ in our householdyesterdaywhen J got the admission offer from the prestigious Indian School of Business. Such occasions call for a sweet treat and the first thing that came to my mind was Gajar Ka Halwa….a sweet dish made of grated carrots cooked in milk. Having a bowl of

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Lazeez Kumbh (Delicious Mushroom)

The word ‘Lazeez’ in Urdu means delicious and ‘Kumbh’ in Hindi stands for mushroom. I wrote down this recipe from a book by the famous ‘Jiggs Kalra’, some years back. This is indeed a delicious dish which can be served with rice or roti. Lazeez Kumbh Source: Jiggs Kalra

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Gobi Ki Sabzi (Dry Cauliflower Curry)

Cauliflower was a vegetable I used to really dislike, till a few years back. What changed my liking was this dish that I had at a party. I could never imagine that cauliflower can taste so good. I found out the method and the ingredients that goes to make this recipe and tried my own version. It’s a

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Mutton Rezala

The first time I heard of Mutton Rezala was on Madhur Jaffrey’s show on TV. Rezala is a traditional Bangladeshi recipe for a classic meat-based curry in curd, flavoured with cardamom, cloves, garlic, ginger and chillies. Even though it has its origins in Bangladesh, it has a Mughlai influence in its

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Poori

Poori is a familiar item for most Indians. Though the most common accompaniment for Poori is the Aloo Bhaaji, a potato dish, it can be had with any gravy, be it vegetarian or Non-vegetarian. You can make it using plain wheat flour or a mix of plain flour and wheat flour. With this recipe, I made abo

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