A Mutton Khichda to Mark Muharram

The first ten days of the holy month of Muharram are a commemoration of the battle of Karbala. In the first century of Islam, there was a brutal war between the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain, and the Umayyad ruler, Yazid I, a tyrannical and un-Islamic leader. At Karbala, (a province of modern-day Iraq)…

How does 18th century no-knead bread taste?

A few days back I saw a post on bread in one of the food groups I follow on Facebook. This post was very specific in collecting more information about Sour Dough bread (which is one of my favorites). The fellow members were quick to jump and help the information seeker. This post is dedicated…

Baklava Gujiya

As a kid, I loved playing with colors. We’d get up early morning and get ready for the festival. Friends from the neigbourhood will come home and paint you in the same color. Ofcourse, in the beginning it was hard to recoganise who is who but we somehow used to recoganise each other eventually. But…

Christmas Bells

Stuffed Roasted Bell peppers with Quinoa and Andhra Style pulled chicken, baked with thyme and rosemary and tossed in Indian Spicy Aromatic Masala Christmas for me means the vibrant colours, cakes and cookies, lots of song and dance and bonfire and Christmas bells. I remember as a kid, going to a friend’s house and help aunty…

Daadi’s secret recipe: Goolar Ke Kebab

There are so many kebabs, tikkas and tikkiyas in the country but there only few which got the popularity like chicken tikka or tandoori kebab but there is one more kebab which is one the most talked about kebabs in my family. My father and uncles say that my Grandmother used to make the best…

Simple and Best Salad: Mango and Ancient Grain Salad

I hate summer, perhaps you won’t meet anyone else who hate summers as much as I do. But, it is the yellow sweet fruit, King of all the fruits, Mango which helps me survive. I look forward for this weather only because of mangoes and nothing else. Summers always remind me of my childhood. If…

Bihari Kebab Masala

My parents, my brother and I would spend the summer vacation with our family in Bihar, as well as our Eid and Bakhrid vacations. It was kind of a ritual for us. Summer vacations were all about the fruit, the mangoes and litchis, while Eid and Bakhrid were all about the food. My favourite dish…

Red Eye Chili Chicken and Mandua Roti

I am amazingly in love with regional cuisine and I think it is important to move beyond the usual butter chicken and Idly-Dosa. India is so vast and has many different unheard dishes outside the specific town and city. We have different green leaves, lentils, millets, meat preparation and what not. India is also a land…

Maggi Cigar

Festivities bring in family and friends together, it brings a day filled with fun and joy and lots of food which mostly includes traditional dishes. Almost every family serves the fried snack to their guests but what if we give a twist to our age-old snacks and dishes? What if you cook something amazingly simple…

Valentine Warmth

My dish “Valentine Warmth” is basically Mawa Cake with Kulkul, Rasmalai, Smoked Strawberry Compote, Chocolate Dust and Sauteed Orange. This dish does look quite complex or that is what people have told me but wait till you actually get to learn how easy it is. Essentially this dessert plate has the very famous Mawa cake and…

Kaali Dal or Maa ki Dal (Lentil Soup)

I love my simple and basic dal which has only a few ingredients but enough to make your dish taste amazing. Dishes in North India is inspired by the weather. North tends to get a lot colder than South India and people here needed a richer diet, and spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, pepper, ginger,…

Tilgul Ladoo (Sesame Seeds Ladoo)

  Sankranti is around the corner and we can easily see packets of TilGul Ladoo in the market. Til is sesame and Gul is jaggery in Maharashtra. In fact, these small ladoos and an old saying are very famous in Maharashtra “tilgul ghya god god bola “which literally means “take Tilgul and talk sweetly”. I think this is how…