Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma is quintessentially Mughlai. Owing its origins to South Asia, this dish oozes royalty. Korma is derived from the Urdu word kormah which means ‘to braise’, which is in turn derived from the Turkish word kavurma which means ‘cooked meat’. Chicken Korma essentially involves the chicken to stew or braise in yogurt, cream and nut paste….

Patatas Bravas with Salsa Bravas and Aioli

Patatas Bravas with Salsa Bravas and Aioli is a yummy Spanish appetiser! Commonly served as a part of Tapas, this is super easy to make and is filled with flavours! It definitely makes for a great party appetiser! Patatas Bravas uses potatoes that are boiled, air-dried and deep-fried and mixed with hot spices, resulting in…

Chicken Dhansak

Chicken Dhansak is the signature dish of Parsi cuisine. The secret ingredient that differentiates it from other Chicken recipes is the use of lentils as a base for the gravy. Consequently, you have a delicious recipe that has the goodness of health! Traditionally, this dish is eaten with caremalised rice. However, you may have it…

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala is a classic Punjabi cuisine recipe. Consisting of paneer/Indian cheese, butter and cream and minimal in spices, it has a rich and mild texture on the palate. It has a slightly thick consistency giving a creamy aftertaste. Hence it is often reserved for special occasions or is one of the most ordered…

Kosha Mangsho

Kosha Mangsho is a Bengali cuisine recipe. The key differentiating ingredient used here are potatoes, that sets it apart from other mutton gravies in the Indian cuisine. Also, it has more gravy than juice, a consequence of slow cooking, retaining the moisture of the mutton- ‘Kosha’ means sautéed and ‘Mangsho’ means mutton in Bengali. Kosha Mangsho is sweet…

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic Italian cuisine fare! The key ingredients are Fettuccine pasta, Parmesan cheese and butter, making it one of the simplest pasta recipes of all time. Italian chef Alfredo Di Lelio invented this dish after whom the recipe takes its name. It is very mild yet pungent on the palate and extremely…

Nargisi Kofta

Nargisi Kofta is a Hyderabadi royalty on a platter! Inspired by the flower-Nargis, Narcissus tazetta-this dish is a sight for sore eyes! Nargisi Kofta is served with the kebab placed over the sauce, both of which are made separately. Here, the kebab is a flavour bomb which is complemented by the tangy sauce. So what better way…

Tamarind Rice

Tamarind Rice is a classic South Indian recipe and varies across Deccan plateau. However, the core ingredient is tamarind, which gives the necessary kick on the palate and transforms the plain boiled rice to a lip-smacking dish! Here, I have tried to recreate the basic version. The key in this recipe is to balance all…

Chicken Pasanda

Chicken Pasanda is a signature dish of the Mughal legacy; ‘pasanda’ means favourite in Urdu, referring to the prime cuts of the meat. High on aromatic spices and dry fruits, it is also an easy and delicious non-vegetarian main course. Try it if you want to divert from the usual chicken routine and want to…

Fattoush

Fattoush is a famous Levantine salad dish which is also very easy to make. It is wholesome and nutritious meal that scores high with the weight-watchers too! An exotic quick fix to your boring salad routine, Fattoush is like a breath of fresh air, quite literally a garden on your plate! The key differentiating factor…

Magur Machher Jhol

Magur Machher Jhol, a Bengali-style Asian Catfish Curry, is my favourite fish recipe yet! It is a beautiful dish which has extremely strong flavours and spices. This recipe combines the aromatic characteristics of mustard seeds with the tanginess of tomatoes and dry mango powder, that essentially forms the tasty curry base. This dish is originally…

Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani, is a classic Punjabi cuisine recipe. It is now a popular item on the Indian menu globally. Being slightly mild on the palate, it is a widely accepted accompaniment. Dal Makhani, is essentially an amalgamation of black gram and cream and takes more than 10 hours to prepare. Hence it often reserved for…

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken is light Chinese chicken recipe. It is more popular in America as it is not so spicy on the palate. Here, the chicken is cooked in orange juice giving it a tangy twist. Try this lip-smacking version of chicken fare for a light and easy-to-make meal! Ingredients: Serves 3-4 500g chicken, small cut…

Amrakhand

Amrakhand is a delicious variant of the Indian dessert Shrikhand. Originating in Maharashtra and Gujarat, this recipe essentially anchors on one core seasonal ingredient, mangoes; ‘amra’ means mango in  Marathi. With the mango season in full swing, you can make Amrakhand with any variety of mango. Here, I have used Sindura mango, it is reddish-green in…

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken, one word- tantalising! Here, I have tried to recreate the authentic version using the main ingredient, the pungent Sichuan peppers and man, they are hot! That just takes the dish to a whole new level of spicy! This recipe is a popular Chinese dish in the Indian markets and makes for a…

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is simple Roman dish that is extremely easy to put together. It translates to simply cheese and pepper; and that’s all there is to this amazing simple Roman recipe. Here, the star ingredient is the pasta water that does all the magic! Quite literally! The pasta water essentially amalgamates the buttery, peppery…

Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo is a classic Goan recipe! And a great variant from the regular Chicken curry! The key ingredient apart from Chicken is potatoes, which gives this dish a new perspective. Being low on spices but fiery and tangy on the palate, this recipe is also very light on the stomach. ‘Vindaloo’ is an Indian…

Ghugni

Ghugni is a classic Bihari cuisine recipe! As you travel along the streets of Bihar, you are sure to find this wonder, served with hot Pooris or parched grain! Ghugni can be made with Bengal gram or white peas depending upon the cuisine; Bengal gram for Uttar Pradeshi or Bihari cuisines and white peas for Bengali…

Machher Dimer Bora

Machher Dimer Bora is a Bengali cuisine recipe of fish roe fritters; machher is fish and dimer is roe/eggs in Bengali. A bora or pakora is a form of savoury fritter in India, traditionally made with gram flour. Machher Dimer Bora makes use of fish eggs to make savoury fritters. Here, I am using the eggs of the Rohu fish found in rivers of South…

Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Brownie is an American cuisine dessert. It is also said to be the easiest dessert for a beginner in baking. A chocolate brownie is a cross between a cake and a cookie; it is interesting to note that the final output depends on the interplay of the ingredients-white flour and cocoa powder. There are…

Karahi Chicken

Karahi Chicken, a basic form of chicken curry originating in the erstwhile North-West Frontier Province or present day Pakistan, is also known as Balti Chicken (‘balti’, another word for ‘karahi’). This dish is high on spices and is cooked essentially in a ‘karahi’ or a wok. This recipe is slightly modified from the usual way…

Shrikhand

Shrikhand is the simplest of all desserts that leaves you spellbound with its simple yet flavoursome features! It is a dessert recipe from the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra in India. I recently discovered this extremely easy and beautiful recipe in my mother’s old recipe books; and immediately wanted to recreate it my way. Shrikhand…

Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani

Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani is one of the hot favourites of the non-vegetarian affair of the Indian palate. It has a fan following across generations and demographics and is highly recommended if you want to try out some royal, authentic Indian cuisine! Biryani, was essentially made popular by the Nizam of Hyderabad (in Southern India), combining…

Mirch Salan

Mirch Salan is a delectable delicacy from the Mughlai cuisine. It is quintessentially Hyderabadi to be precise and is served as an accompaniment to Biryani or rice. This recipe is prepared from the Bhavnagri mirch or Indian jalapeños and is full of flavours and spices. Mirch Salan is both sour and spicy on the palate. Thus,…

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki is a Greek appetiser. Souvlaki denotes chunks of meat and vegetables, as per taste, grilled on a skewer; ‘souvlaki’ is Greek for ‘skewer’. Often, the most popular sauce that accompanies it is an exotic yet simple Tzatziki sauce made with yogurt and cucumber. Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki is mild yet pungent…

Dhingri Dolma

Dhingri Dolma is a hybrid of Persian and Awadhi cuisines. ‘Dhingri’ stands for ‘mushrooms’ in some regional Indian languages and ‘Dolma‘ refers to ‘stuffed vegetable dishes’ in the Middle East, which is furnished by the grated paneer. This dish is light and aromatic on the palate; the key ingredient is the fragrant caraway seeds akin…

Laal Maas

Laal Maas is a traditional meat recipe from Rajasthan, India. It was traditionally made of wild game meat and has since then trickled down to just mutton in the contemporary times. Laal Maas is Hindi for ‘red meat’; it derives its red colour from its core ingredients- red chillies, yogurt and garlic. Seeped in such pungent…

Kalakand

Kalakand is an Indian sweet with its origins in Alwar, Rajasthan. It is one of the most popular sweets made by solidifying milk and paneer. Plus, it is extremely easy to make! Kalakand is light on the sweetness score and just melts in the mouth! So I tried to recreate this delight the other day,…

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings is a famous American appetiser. Primarily seeped in sizzling flavours of hot sauce, this recipe is a fiery surprise and will surely make smoke come out of your ears! The nomenclature, Buffalo Wings, would initially confuse anyone. No, it’s not made of actual buffaloes! The core element is chicken only. However, this specific…

Guacamole

Guacamole is a quintessential Mexican recipe. Its star ingredient is the versatile fruit- avocado. Recently, I came across fresh, green avocados in my local grocery store and upon much research, I decided to make this delicious and healthy recipe. Since this dish requires ripe avocados, I kept the fresh ones in the sunlight for about…

Menemen

Menemen is a Middle Eastern delight! This recipe is typically served over breakfast but can be taken whenever, owing to its quick and easy method. It is light on the palate and combines the goodness of eggs with veggies, very similar to Shakshuka. Try this exotic diversion over your next Sunday brunch! Ingredients: Serves 1 2…

Schezwan Fried Rice

Schezwan or Sichuan recipe is a popular Chinese cuisine specialty. Here, the recipes are made in a typical sauce called the Schezwan sauce, which is an extremely spicy and pungent chilli-garlic paste. It is readily available in the markets as well. However, here I am making it at home in this recipe. You can make…

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani, has been a favourite of the Indian palate since time immemorial. This beautiful chicken recipe infuses the aromatic Indian spices amongst layers of cooked rice and chicken, served best with yogurt. With its origins unknown, today it has developed across the Indian subcontinent with different styles of cooking in different regions; each style…

Sooji Halwa

Sooji Halwa is the easiest Indian sweet dish! A halwa is a condensed form of confection served across Eurasia and Africa. It is like a porridge while being prepared but becomes dense after it is cooked and allowed to cool. It has different types and varies according to the main ingredient used. Sooji Halwa is…

Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapuri Chicken, is a popular regional Indian recipe from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. This cuisine is famous for generously using a concoction of Indian spices and coconut in its recipes. This beautiful mixture forms the core ingredient and lends a pungent and aromatic spicy flavour to the Kolhapuri cuisine. Kolhapuri Chicken is a delicious fare of this…

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classic French dish that I absolutely loved making! It is a beautiful recipe that is very summery in character and amalgamates savoury flavours of fresh, healthy vegetables. So a big thumbs up on the nutrition quotient! This exotic dish also caught the fancy of moviemakers and consequently we have an animated movie…

Shakshuka

Shakshuka, a classic Tunisian recipe, is a popular breakfast dish in the middle-eastern nations. It is taken along with bread; this recipe essentially combines, poached eggs with tomatoes, bell peppers and lots of chillies! Being high on the nutrition quotient, this is a great variation of an egg recipe! So jump right in and try…

Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis

Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert and a real showstopper to your dinner evenings! It essentially means ‘cooked cream’, Panna means ‘cream’; Cotta means ‘cooked’ in Italian. Hence, Panna Cotta features cooked sweetened cream, infused with flavourings of your choice such as vanilla, chocolate, rum et al, moulded with gelatin. Here, I have used…

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken is a Chinese recipe with global variations. In the basic version, boneless chicken is deep-fried and coated with a lemon sauce. Here, I have tried to recreate this type. Lemon Chicken is sweet but more of sour on the palate and is a light diversion too! So go ahead and experience this tangy…

Spaghetti Alio e Olio

Spaghetti Alio e Olio is a quintessential Italian pasta recipe. Extremely easy to prepare it is a delicious treat especially for kids as it is very light on spices too. Alio e Olio refers to garlic and oil in Italian; this recipe basically involves garlic and olive oil as its core ingredients. Try this exotic…

Lahori Chicken

Lahori chicken is a classic dish of the Pakistani cuisine, commonly found as a street food in Lahore, Pakistan. It derives its influence from the Mughal regime. However, it is not heavy on the palate and is a spicy diversion from the usual Mughlai fare; as here the use of cream is substituted by yogurt….

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a famous street food from Maharashtra, India. Originating as the staple food of mill workers in Mumbai in 1850s, it is now a popular breakfast/evening snack option across regions. The dish has two components- Pav (a Maharashtrian bread) and Bhaji (veggies gravy). Pav is a regional form of bread easily available in…

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka is another popular Indian non-vegetarian starter originating from the Punjabi cuisine! Traditionally it is made over coal or in a tandoor, however, here I am creating it over my humble tawa. Believe me, it tastes just as good! The chicken pieces can be either be boneless or with bones; I have used the…

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad is literally my favourite recipe! I just love making this evergreen Italian appetizer, have improvised it along the way and created a unique secret recipe of my own; indeed, my go-to recipe in case of any dilemma! 😉 Pasta dishes are the staple food of Italy with its origins dating back to the…

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh is the star of Kashmiri cuisine! ‘Rogan’ implies the fat of the mutton and ‘josh’ refers to the rich flavours and colour. This signature meat dish is popular among all restaurants and is full of aromatic spices. I would say that it is finger-licking good and an excellent choice for a non-vegetarian main…

Nimona

Nimona, is an understated dish of the Awadhi cuisine or present day Uttar Pradesh. This is one of the few vegetarian items for that is extremely easy to make and mild on the palate too. Green peas, a winter crop, is the star of this dish. So, I would say that this is a perfect…

Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi, is another favourite poultry item on the menu cards of popular restaurants at home. The term ‘jalfrezi’ essentially means to stir-fry the chicken in chillies, tomatoes and onions. Many a times, this dish is also a renovated form of the leftover chicken curry at home. Try to check for yourself! Ingredients: Serves 4…

Ragda Patties

Ragda Patties is a famous Mumbai street food. High on spices, this ‘Mumbai local’, is a wholesome appetizer. Plus, by making this at home, you can be rest assured on the hygiene front too! This dish goes by various other names too, such as Chana-Aloo-Tikki, or simply Chaat in the smaller towns of India. However,…

Tandoori Chicken

A staple favourite of Punjabi cuisine, originating from Pakistan, Tandoori Chicken is my favourite too! Traditionally, it is made in a Tandoor, however, here I am making this dish in a microwave oven. Do check it out! Ingredients: Serves 4 8 chicken pieces 3/4 cup yogurt 1 tsp garam masala powder 1 tsp grated ginger…

Chocolate Fudge

Just the mentioning of the phrase ‘Chocolate Fudge’, makes you the ‘Charlie’ of the ‘Chocolate Factory’! Well, it is a popular dessert, liked by people of all generations! I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate?!So, without further ado, on a happy and cheery new-year note, I present before you a quick and easy recipe of this…