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Thalassery Biryani

Thalassery Biryani, also known as Malabar Biryani, is a very popular Biryani dish of Kerala. This takes its name from the place Thalassery, a coastal town in Kannur district in Kerala. In Thalassery Biryani, the rice used is Jeeraka shaala(Seeraga samba/Jeera Rice), a short-grained fragrant rice. One can find a lot of variations in preparing Thalassery Biryani. This is a recipe I found at Resna’s tasty home some time back and has been following the same, with some minor tweaks. You could use mutton/lamb in place of Chicken.

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Guncha-O-Bahar (Cauliflower in an almond based gravy)

Awadhi cuisine is famous for its richness in its ingredients. Guncha-O-Bahar is a dish comprising of cauliflower dum-cooked in a rich gravy. I found this recipe in the Jiggs Kalra collection of recipes. I was not sure if my boys would like it, but decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, they both liked it. I halved the quantity of the cauliflower used in the original recipe. However, I followed the measurement in the original recipe for the gravy.

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Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons (Djaj Mqualli)

? Tagine is a slow cooked stew made with meat, vegetables and spices. This dish is common in Africa. The dish got its name after Tagine, an earthen pot with a conical lid, which is used to cook the stew. I was tempted to try making this dish at home but didn’t have a Tagine pot. On doing some research, I found that that one could prepare Tagine even without the traditional pot. Aah !! My Eureka moment !!
The recipe I chose was Djaj Mqualli, a tagine made with Chicken, preserved lemons and olives. I had bookmarked a recipe from Saveur. Though the recipe called for Olives, I omitted it as I’m not particularly fond of the taste. I had preserved the lemons couple of weeks back. So that was taken care of. I served the Tagine with Couscous. The cleaned plates were a testimony to how good the dished turned out to be. 🙂

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Kachchi Gosht Biryani

Those who have been following this blog regularly, would be well aware of my penchant for Biryani. I have tried out quite a few variations. However, one style I was always apprehensive of preparing was the Kachchi Gosht Biryani. In this preparation, the meat is marinated, preferably overnight, and then cooked on Dum along with 3/4th cooked rice. My concern was whether the meat and rice would be rightly cooked. This time, I decided to put my apprehensions aside and give it a go. What I liked about the recipe was its simplicity of preparation. The only time consuming activity…

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Thandai (Chilled Almond Drink)

Here’s a lesser known fact about me. I do not take juices or any beverages except tea or coffee. So it was always challenging for me when it came to serving guests any drinks. It may sound funny, but even mixing Tang seemed to be a dreadful task. Thankfully D would help me with the taste test and ma

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Osmania Biscuits

Osmania Biscuits is one of the most popular snack item of Hyderabad. The story behind this biscuit goes like this: The dietitians of the Osmania General Hospital, came up with this high energy solution to supplement the diet of patients. The unique taste of the biscuits appealed to the Hyderabadi pa

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Kadai Gosht Hussainee

Here’s another yummy recipe from the Jiggs Kalra collection. Kadai Gosht Hussainee, a mild Kadai dish. Kadai Gosht Hussainee Source : Jiggs Kalra

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Kale Moti Biryani (Bengal Gram Biryani)

Yesterday I was in a mood to try out something new and so I started flipping through my diary in search of some interesting long lost recipes. That was when I came across the recipe of Kale MotiBiryani, written down in my diary long back. Though I am not a great fan of Bengal gram, I decided to try

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Apple Sandesh

Usually I like to laze around and take it easy on Sundays and Holidays. But today was an exception…. Why so??? ‘Cos I was back on my feet after a bout of viral fever. Moreover, I was feeling lonely, as J was out of station and D was having a sleepover at his friend’s place. So what do you do then

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Egg Biryani

I have made no bones about my fondness for Biryani. Today, I was in the mood to make Biryani but wanted to try something different and that’s when I spotted the eggs. So Egg Biryani it is… Didn’t take me long to find the apt recipe from Sailu’s Kitchen. It is definitely a recipe for keeps… 🙂

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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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Hyderabadi Dum Pukht Murgh Biryani

It’s Biryani time again and this time I decided to go for my favourite Hyderabadi Biryani. The blending of Mughlai and Andhra cuisines in the kitchens of the Nizam, resulted in the creation of the Hyderabadi Biryani. Hyderabadi Biryani is of three types, the Kacchi Biryani, the Jappu Biryani (raw) a

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