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…

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,…

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…

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 have tried to recreate this delight today, on…

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…

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…

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken is a hot Jamaican appetiser. The term ‘Jerk’ refers to the style of making this chicken recipe. Here, the chicken pieces are marinated by inserting the spice marinade into chicken portions really well. The emphasis, in this recipe, is on the marination that essentially brings alive the flavours after the chicken is grilled. Jerk…

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…

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…

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie, is a classic British dessert recipe. It is made from layers of whipped cream, bananas, and toffee; condensed milk is boiled to form toffee and the base of the pie is made from digestive biscuits. All the above ingredients are layered and refrigerated; it tastes best when chilled. Hence, Banoffee Pie can safely…

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…

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 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…

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…

Poro

Poro is a delightful breakfast option from the Parsi cuisine. It combines a variety of veggies and is extremely high on nutrition! It is a typical Sunday breakfast recipe in any Parsi household. And makes for a great variation of an omelette routine. Poro, is also simple in preparation with easily available ingredients. It is…

Gajar Halwa

Gajar Halwa, a quintessential reminder that the winters have arrived in India! This dish originated in the Indian subcontinent during the Mughal era and is a popular dessert here even today. It essentially combines the sweetness of the seasonal vegetable- red carrots -with milk, sugar, and ghee or clarified butter. However, you can adjust the…

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…

Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito, my go-to order from the drinks menu! Traditionally, a Mojito is an alcohol-based Cuban drink. However, when it is prepared sans any alcohol, it is called a Virgin Mojito or a Nojito. Extremely simple in preparation with easily available ingredients, this drink comfortably slides into the essential items at a dinner table! The…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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. You can make Amrakhand with any variety of mango. Here, I have used Sindura mango, it is reddish-green in colour and has a distinct flavour on…

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….

Tandoori Soya Chaap

Tandoori Soya Chaap is a contemporary delectable appetiser. It derives its preparation style from the Punjabi cuisine. Based on the lines of the tandoori dishes, this recipe easily finds its way to the appetiser section at any party in India. Although it is a vegetarian recipe, it has the texture of a meat dish, making…

Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash is a popular dish of Hungarian origins. It is famous for its distinct red colour thanks to the generous amounts of paprika used. However, fear not, the paprika used is also the Hungarian paprika that is not very spicy. The Hungarian sweet paprika is the key essential ingredient that gives this recipe its…

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro is a delectable delight from Brazil! It is also extremely easy to prepare and is a sure shot hit at parties, reunions, or any celebration! I stumbled upon this recipe while searching for eggless desserts and voila! I discovered this wonderful delicacy prepared using essentially three ingredients-butter, condensed milk, cocoa. Also, it can be made…

Egg Lava

Egg Lava is a unique street food that I discovered in the bylanes of Bihar. It is a popular Bihari snack that goes by the local nomenclature of ‘Fried Poach’. Egg Lava is my personal rendition of this droolworthy appetiser! This dish combines the hot chilli flavours with the gooey egg yolk and voila! you…

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…

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 demographies 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…

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…

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…

Tandoori Mutton Chops

Tandoori Mutton Chops is a tasty and succulent appetizer comprising of only the chops portion of the goat meat. Steeped in aromatic flavours, this delicious Mughlai cuisine starter, is traditionally roasted in a tandoor. However, here I am recreating it over my humble pan and consequently the microwave oven. Trust me, it will leave you…

Balti Baby Vegetables

Balti Baby Vegetables is an excellent option for a vegetarian appetizer. This dish is gentle on the palate and high on nutrition. The term ‘balti’ is the Pakistani synonym for a ‘karahi’ in India; implying that this savoury dish essentially involves stir-frying the combination of veggies of your choice, in a ‘karahi’. I, personally, loved…

Mutton Rezala

Mutton Rezala is an authentic Bengali cuisine delicacy, with an influence of the Mughal era. It is essentially a yogurt-based mutton curry infused with the aromatic Indian spices and a dash of Mughlai flavours. Perfect for a feast, this delicious dish will surely be the star attraction of your evening. Trust me on that! A…

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…

Nut Pulao

Nut Pulao is a staple favourite accompaniment to any vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish. It can also be relished with Raita alone. Nut Pulao is another legacy of the Mughlai cuisine with different variations across the Indian subcontinent, each being unique and popular in their own way. Here, I am making a basic version of Nut…

Chinese Chilli Chicken with Noodles

This particular dish is my personal favourite and the signature dish of my mother’s kitchen! It has a history of its own, having been renovated constantly and relished by family and friends since time immemorial. This is a popular Chinese cuisine main course dish in Indian restaurants. However, I would like to publish through this…

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…

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…

Pita Sandwich with Hummus

Pita Sandwich with Hummus is a classic Lebanese fare. It is extremely popular in the Indian restaurants as well. This recipe is mild on spices but full of flavour and extremely healthy. The key to get a smooth and original recipe of Hummus is the order of ingredients added for blending. Follow the steps below…

Balti Butter Chicken with Tandoori Roti

Balti Butter Chicken is the star of Punjabi cuisine! Cooked in a karahi (also known as balti in Pakistan), seeped in aromatic spices and butter, this non-vegetarian main course dish is mild on the palate and tastes best when served with naan or roti. Butter Chicken goes by various nomenclatures such as Chicken Makhani, Murgh…

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, I present before you a quick and easy recipe of this heavenly dessert. Yeah, I can…

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,…

Chicken Dopiaza

This recipe of Chicken Dopiaza is my rendition of this delicious poultry dish. Dopiaza literally means two different types of onions used; so here too I am adding onions made in two different styles. Hope you readers, enjoy making it too! 🙂 Ingredients: Serves 4 2 tbsp oil 8 small onions, halved 2 bay leaves…

Vegetable Kashmiri

A great variant for an entrée in the vegetarian segment, Vegetable Kashmiri is gentle on spicing and appeals to most palates. This dish inspired by the Kashmiri cuisine picks up the use of dry fruits and yogurt in the dishes. Here, I am using a unique combination of cauliflower and okra. You can any other combination,…

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…