Golden yellow cottage cheese nuggets surrounded by lush bottle green curry seasoned with spices and made rich with cream. This palak paneer recipe is not only a showstopper but also jam packed with nutrients. Best served for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Onion paste: 2 tbsp
  • Cottage cheese, cube cut: 250 g
  • Ginger + Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 and a half tsp
  • Red Chilli powder: 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Garam masala: 1 tsp
  • Cream: 1 and a half tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Dried Fenugreek / Kasturi Methi, crushed: 1 tbsp

For the puree

  • Spinach, blanched: 250 g
  • Fresh coriander: 150 g
  • Green chillies: 3

For the garnish

Cream and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

METHOD:

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Preparation

Chop a medium onion and blend it into a paste, keep aside for the tadka later.

Roughly cut spinach, and blanch it in boiling water for less than a minute. Drain the contents and blend it along with the fresh coriander and green chillies into a lush green paste.

Pro Tip: Oil separated in the saucepan is an indication that the powdered spices and the base (onion and ginger garlic paste) has cooked through completely.

To Cook

Heat oil in a saucepan and sprinkle cumin seeds into it. Wait till the cumin seeds start sizzling before you add the onion paste, cook the paste until the colour changes to a light brown or beige.

Add ginger and garlic paste to the saucepan and cook it for another 2-3 minutes.

Now add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder and stir until everything is combined, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on a low heat to ensure the powdered spices are cooked through.

Add water if the masala is looking dry. You can add water as and when required, just make sure you add a little at a time.

When you see the oil separated, add the spinach puree, garam masala, cream and salt; combine all the ingredients well in the saucepan.

Bring to boil at low to medium heat and add the cubed cottage cheese, allow to simmer for a further 4-5 minutes to allow the paneer to soak up all the flavours in the sauce.

Add crushed dried fenugreek on top and give it one last good stir and turn the heat off.

To serve drizzle with cream and extra virgin olive oil accompanied with hot parathas and/or steam rice.


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World Food Day: How To Minimise Food Wastage

16th of October is celebrated as ‘World Food Day’. Why not celebrate it everyday? – This year, The World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In doing so the hunger parity around the world has been brought into focus, and Hunger has been identified as a human right violation. Read more on how you can minimise your food wastage.

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Top Foods To Battle Them Rainy Blues

Know what to eat during which season and stay healthy all year round. Our bodies acclimatise internally during every natural season, to help our bodies adjust to the change more optimally it is important to consume fresh and seasonal produce, read more…

With Summer around the corner and the country under lockdown. Change of seasons almost always results in a viral fever or common cold. During the times of global apprehension surrounding Coronavirus it seems important to take every precaution to avoid, even the common cold. 

Since in India we share our homes with our parents, grandparents, children, siblings and their spouses etc., we need to not only take care of ourselves but also of our immediate family members.  

In such a scenario we have just the solution to help you practice a nutritious intake that strengthens the immune system for all the family members.

This ‘magic drink’ has all the properties that can help build better immunity and provide relief from most flu related ailments such as the common cold, cough and fever

Believe it or not healthy lockdowns can be a thing with this recipe passed down by generations, a recipe as effective as it is timeless.

This ‘magic drink’ has all the properties that can help build better immunity and provide relief from most flu related ailments such as the common cold, cough and fever. It has many names amongst different households like – kadha, kahwa, qaawaa etc.

  • Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 1-2

INGREDIENTS:

  • Water: 2 Glasses or 500 ml
  • Tulsi / Basil leaves, whole: 6-7
  • Ginger / Adrak, grated: 1 tsp
  • Salt: A pinch
  • Turmeric / Haldi powder: 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick / Dalchini: 1 to 2 inch
  • Carom / Ajwain: 1 tsp

Optional 

  • Lemongrass: As required
  • Black Pepper , whole or powdered: 3-4 or 1 tsp 

Before serving, optional 

  • Lemon juice: 1-2 tsp
  • Honey: 1-2 tsp

METHOD:

In a saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to boil two to three times. 

You will see the colour transform to a deep dark brown and the kitchen will start resonating with the aroma of all the wonderful spices and ingredients.

Strain the Kadha aka Kahwa aka Qaawa into a mug and serve to the ailing family member or just simply enjoy it as a replacement to tea or coffee.

Pro Tip: Once you are confident in your skills you can adjust the quantity of the spices and ingredients as per the preferred taste of the recipient.


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HERE COMES THE RAIN!

Our body automatically internally adjusts to the external changes in the weather. This call’s for an adjustment to our diets seasonally to help our bodies accommodate these changes with ease. Read more to find out what you should and shouldn’t eat..

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Chicken Kacchi Biryani In Earthen Pot

This is a scrumptious and wholesome recipe that brings the best of both worlds together, the succulent chicken made along with fragrant savoury basmati rice. Read more for the complete recipe…

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Mutton Kheema Rolls with Cheese

You’ve heard of the Kheema Samosa. Now try the Kheema Roll, this recipe is made by compactly rolling the spiced minced meat around cheese and deep fried to golden perfection. Read more…

This week we are going to elevate your paneer / cottage cheese game with our very special ‘Paneer Dilruba’, literally translated to ‘Cottage Cheese Darling’.

This dish is made with roasting tomatoes and cashews together to form a yummy rich gravy which is infused with spices add to the richness of the soft cheese cubes.

  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

INGREDIENTS:

  • Paneer: 250 g
  • Oil: 2 Tbsp
  • Cashew nuts: 1/2 cup
  • Tomato, rough cut: 1
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cloves: 1/2 tsp
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1/2 cup
  • Ginger + Garlic paste: 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder: As per taste
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
  • Milk + Water, equal portions: 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Cream: 2 tbsp
  • *Water: As needed

For Garnish

  • Fresh Coriander, chopped: 2 Tbsp

METHOD:

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Preparation

Roast the cashews and the tomatoes with a little bit of oil in a frying pan until the tomatoes start to sweat. Do this for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame.

Allow the roasted cashews and tomatoes to cool before transferring the contents to a blender.

Blend the cashews and tomatoes into a fine orange paste*

*Add water is small quantities as needed.

For the Curry/Sauce

Heat oil in a saucepan and add the cumin seeds. Wait for the cumin seeds to start sizzling before adding cloves to the pan, cook the spices for a minute before adding the chopped onions.

Cook the chopped onions along with the cumin seeds and cloves until the onions are translucent.

Add the ginger and garlic paste to the pan and allow to cook for another minute or two before adding the roasted cashew nuts and tomato paste to the pan.

Mix the contents of the pan well and cook* for 2-3 minutes at a medium to low flame or until you see the oil floating on the surface of the pan.

The oil on the surface indicates that the paste mixture is cooked and now you can season it with spices., add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala to the pan and stir well. Further cook for another 2-3 minutes for the dried masalas to be cooked through completely.

In a bowl, measure half a cup of water and half a cup of milk together. Pour this combination into the saucepan and simmer on a low flame until small bubbles form on the surface.

Add the paneer / cottage cheese to the pan and stir well to ensure that cubes are completely covered with the sauce.

Sprinkle salt to taste and cream and cook the contents on a low flame for 2-3 minutes more.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with butter naans and jeera rice.

*Water can be added as and when needed if you find that the sauce is sticking to the bottom of the pan. It can also be used to moderate the consistency of the sauce to your liking.


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Enjoy it best with a plate full of hot/ crispy fried Moong Dal Vadas on this Holi, these are the perfect finger food to be served up hot for your guests, especially when they are rejoicing and participating in the festival.

These golden balls are best served with mint chutney, accompanied by a cool refreshing drink on the side.

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour or Overnight
  • Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
  • Serves: 4-5

INGREDIENTS:

  • Moong Dal/Green lentils, Soaked and Grounded: 2 Cups
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 Cup
  • Green Chillies, finely chopped: As per taste
  • Ginger-garlic paste: 1and1/2 Tsp
  • Curry Leaves: 12-13 Leaves
  • Ajwain Seeds: 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped: 2 – 3 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Jeera/ Cumin Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: As needed

METHOD:

Soak two cups of moong dal for one hour or preferably overnight.

Grind dal to form a textured/coarse/grainy paste. *If the dal doesn’t grind properly in your mixer/ blender add a little bit of water during the process.

Add all the ingredients to your grounded dal batter and mix well.

Heat oil on a low flame.

Make soft balls of the prepared batter and directly dunk them in the hot oil.

Deep fry till the vada/ moong dal balls are golden-brown and completely cooked.

Serve with fried green chillies and mint chutney.

This finger food is best enjoyed when served hot.


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Palak Paneer | Cottage Cheese In Spinach Puree

Golden yellow paneer nuggets surrounded by lush bottle green curry seasoned with spices and made rich with cream. This cottage cheese dish made in fresh spinach puree is not only a showstopper but also jam packed with nutrients. Best served for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Masala Chole (Chickpeas)

Masala chole/chickpeas is a quarantine friendly recipe, you only need to staples in your kitchen to prepare this dish. Chole aka Chickpeas is a superfood, this simple beige coloured bean is very prominent in asia and in India is it devoured in a variety of manner.

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Baisakhi And The Tradition Of Langar

Get an understanding of what the festival of Baisakhi/Vaisakhi is and how it is celebrated. While also getting an insight into the Langars, the community kitchen operated at every Gurudwara, open to all religions and communities.

Our beautiful country is a breakfast lovers heaven! Sure, pancakes and waffles are amazing, but have you ever tried an amazingly early morning meal of hot idlis with chutney and sambhar? Or spent time sipping the perfect steaming cup of masala chai with a newspaper and a plate of hot poha? 

Regional breakfast dishes across the country are a treat for our taste buds and should be enjoyed thoroughly! Check out some popular morning meals below.

KANDA POHA – MAHARASHTRA

Kanda Poha or Onion Pohay is a tasty and quick filling breakfast from Maharashtra. This dish is generally served with Masala chai and is very much similar to aloo poha.

MIRCHI VADA – RAJASTHAN

Rajasthani Mirchi Vada also known as Jodhpuri Mirchi bhajji is a popular street food snack as well as a breakfast item.

DHOKLA – GUJARAT

Khaman Dhokla - A Regional Breakfast Gujarati Dish
Enjoy Dhokla, the popular breakfast dish of Gujarat

Dhokla is popular dish made with fermented batter and is a staple in most Gujarati homes. 

APPAM – KERALA

Appam, made with rice batter and coconut milk is one of the most common breakfast food in Kerala. 

ALOO PARATHA – PUNJAB

Aloo parathas are wheat chapatis stuffed with a potato mixture. Popular in Punjab and Haryana.

With a country like India, everything cannot be defined with such few examples. Our humble attempt is to highlight the magic that flows through the various cuisines of our incredible country. Hopefully, we can explore these foods together through a journey of shared recipes, tips and tricks in time to come. 

RADHABALLABHI – WEST BENGAL

Radhaballabhi is one of  the most famous Bengali breakfast items. Prepared with urad dal and spices, this bengali-style stuffed fried puri goes very well with Cholar Dal and Jhal Alur Dom.

GODI DOSA – KARNATAKA

The wheat flour dose or Godi Dosa is a very popular breakfast recipe from Karnataka and is also available in variations of rice flour, rava and urad dal.

MANDUA KI ROTI – UTTARAKHAND

Mandua Ki Roti from Uttarakhand is a traditional chapati made out of wheat flour and is a very popular Kumaoni food.

DAHI CHURA – BIHAR

Dahi Chura is a very simple and healthy breakfast from Bihar. Poha is first soaked in water and then mixed with curd to make this Bihari breakfast dish.

JOLPAN – ASSAM

Bhogali Jalpan - A traditional Assamese Breakfast Dish
Enjoy Regional Breakfast Dishes of Assam

Jolpan, also known as Bhogali Jalpan is a traditional Assamese no-cook breakfast dish. Jolpan breakfast is generally a mixture of healthy and unique variety of rice which is eaten along with curd and jaggery.

MUTHIA – CHHATTISGARH

Muthia are traditional rice dumplings from Chhattisgarh and are steamed not fried with various spices. The state of Chhattisgarh is known to grow the largest number of rice variety, therefore it is known as the rice bowl of India.

So what are your favourite regional breakfast recipes? 



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Eggs Sunny Side Up

Make the perfect Sunny Side Up egg, with the absolute very basic of ingredients. Such a filling and delicious recipe, yet oh so simple method cannot be found in all the realms. Read on for more…

Indians call them french fries, but named whatever; these golden beauties are identified as the most popular munchies all around the world.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 6
  • Calories: 1600 (These are the Approximate Calories Per Person)

The cooking method you follow here will give you the perfect fries – crunchy, salty and golden yellow!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Oil: 100ml
  • Potatoes: Cut into 1/4 inch sticks (200g)
  • Salt to taste

METHOD:

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat until the oil temperature reaches 325°F or 162.7°C. 
  • Fry the potatoes in small batches for 1-2 minutes so they don’t stick to each other while deep frying.
  • Remove the potatoes with a stainless steel strainer and drain on paper towels. Do this for all the cut potatoes sticks. 
  • Raise the temperature of the oil to 350°F or 176.6°C and fry the potatoes again. Fry for at least 5 mins or until the colour turns to a perfect golden yellow. Remove and drain excess oil on paper towels.
  • Season with salt to taste and serve with ketchup or mayonnaise.

For the perfect fresh fry, we suggest investing in a food thermometer. Also for the perfect golden colour you will have to fry the chips twice at different temperatures. This is the industry standard but you can do it as per your own convenience.

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This is a spiciness rating. Salt is the only seasoning added to this recipe. To up this recipe to your liking you can add a good sprinkling of pepper, herbs, red chilli flakes or other assorted condiments.


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Lick this directly off the bowl or prepare it as a dip / chutney to accompany your tea-time snacks and finger foods. Personally we love to load our green smoothies with mint chutney to transform its texture and taste. Rich in fiber and probiotics it’s a snack as is.

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes 
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes 
  • Difficulty level: Beginner 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chopped Coriander Leaves: 1/2 Cup 
  • Mint Leaves: 1/2 Cup
  • Green Chilli: 1 Whole
  • Yoghurt: 1/2 Cup
  • Salt: As per taste

METHOD:

A healthy accompaniments for finger foods and snacks
  • Add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and a green chilli to a blender to make a smooth paste.
  • Mix this green blend with yoghurt. Add salt as required.
  • Serve with hot fritters, kebabs and sandwiches. Stores well in the refrigerator for a week in an airtight container.

Quick Tip: Use this preparation as a quick marinade for chicken / paneer or tofu.


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Sheera | Gudi Padwa Special

Sheera is a savoury and sweet desert than can be whipped up in about 10 minutes with very basic ingredients to bring in the traditional Marathi New Year.