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This dish is among the best known Indian foods all over the world. Its gravy can be made as hot or mild as you like so it suits most palates. Butter Chicken tastes great with Kaali Daal (black lentils), naans and a green salad.
There are several different styles for making Egg Curry and this recipe is North Indian in origin. Serve Egg Curry with a vegetable side dish and rice.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis.
Punjabi Baingan Bharta is so easy to make and has a lovely smokey flavor from the roasted eggplant!
Easy to make and so delicious, Sooji Ka Halwa is a personal family favorite! This is my Father's recipe... nobody makes Sooji Halwa like my Dad!
The word Tikka means bits, pieces or chunks. Chicken Tikka is an easy-to-cook dish in which chicken chunks are marinated in special spices and then grilled on skewers.
In India, goat meat is commonly (if erroneously) called Mutton. Simple, yet delicious, Goat Curry or Mutton Curry is also easy to put together. This is my go-to recipe when I want to cook a simple, wholesome meal for my family.
An easy recipe for fragrant, flavor-enhancing garam masala.
Simple, yet delicious, Lamb Curry is also easy to put together. This is my go-to recipe when I want to cook a simple, wholesome meal for my family.
This South Indian dish is easily put together when you are in a hurry. You can also make it with leftover rice. Serve Lemon Rice with a Raita (yogurt salad) and Poppadums for a simple yet tasty meal.
Due to religious reasons, a lot of people in India do not eat beef. For the very same reason, a lot do not eat pork. This makes chicken a very popular meat indeed. Some of India's most popular foods are chicken based. Here are some of them...
Dosas (crispy savory pancakes) from South India are a staple food in their home region. In the rest of the country too, they are hugely popular and Udipi restaurants serving them and other South Indian foods can be found in almost every suburb! Learn how to make them with my easy recipe.
In India, the word 'tiffin' is used to describe either a lunch box or the food in it! While every Mom wants to pack a tasty lunch box, we also want it to be nutritious. Not a lot to ask for is it? This however, is one task that causes many of us anxiety! Children often come home with half eaten food, simply because they think it's boring! Planning what will go into your kids' lunch box need not be a nightmare. Here's a list of tasty treats that will have them polishing their food off in no time:
Kheema or mince can be made with any meat you prefer. It is extremely versatile and just changing the masala can result in a great new taste each time. Masala Kheema tastes delicious with Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or Parathas (pan fried Indian flatbread).
A regal dish, Mughlai Biryani is fit for a king and was probably eaten by many too! Here is the recipe...
Veggie foods we love..and you will too! These are some of most searched for and most loved Indian vegetarian recipes. They are not just favorites among Indians. People all over the world enjoy them and some of them have iconic status...well almost.
This most basic of chicken recipes is also one of the tastiest! Serve Chicken Curry with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or plain boiled rice.
Originally a Chinese dish, delicious Indian Style Chilli Chicken is simply scrumptious!
They're among the most ordered dishes in any Indian restaurant. Want to cook them in your kitchen? Get the recipes here...
Most Indians will confess to having a sweet-tooth. Can you blame them? The delicious variety available is too much to resist! Indian desserts are made with ingredients ranging from fruits and vegetables to grains and legumes! Here are some made predominantly with milk and milk products.
This curry is truly delicious! I say so with such confidence because I grew up eating it - this is my mom's recipe. The ingredients used to make it show a mix of both eastern and northern Indian culinary influences. Serve it with piping hot plain boiled rice.
This sweet is a hot favourite on any special occasion be it a birthday, wedding or festival. Jalebis though mostly eaten by themselves, can also be soaked in warm milk.
There's nothing like a flaky, crispy Paratha to go with your favorite Indian dish. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis.
Almost everybody has heard of this iconic dish and there are very few who like Indian food and have not yet tried Tandoori Chicken. Learn how to make it with my easy recipe...
The koftas (meatballs) in this dish can be made with beef, lamb or chicken. It makes a great meal when served with jeera rice and kachumbar salad.
This standard Indian sweet (also called a Motichoor Laddoo) is served at just about any special occasion in India.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis.
These delicious kebabs can be made with any minced meat you like, but I like lamb best. Serve them with green Mint-Coriander Chutney.
When I first learned how to cook this delicious dessert, I was so taken up by how easy it was, I made it every excuse I could find! You'll see why if you try it.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 2.
A dish for special occassions, Malai Kofta is the vegetarian alternative to meatballs. It goes very well with naans (tandoor-baked flatbread) or Jeera Rice.
Extremely popular with North Indians, these are best eaten with chilled yogurt and your favourite pickle or chutney. Want to be naughty? Aaloo parathas taste delicious with fresh, thick cream or a knob of unsalted, home-made butter!
This is a dish for special occasions - not for any other reason except that it is rich! Its mild, thick, creamy gravy is inspired by the food of Central Asia and came to India during the rule of the famous Mughal dynasty. Cook and eat it and you will feel like royalty yourself!
There are countless versions of mango pickle in India with each region having its own host of recipes. This one is from the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh and is often eaten with stuffed parathas(Indian bread) and yoghurt.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 4.
This North Indian curry made with mutter (peas) and paneer (cottage cheese) is probably the most frequently ordered dish in Indian restaurants. Make it in your home and you've got a sure crowd pleaser!
Quick to make and good to eat is the perfect caption for Palak Ki Subzi! This is a tasty vegetable dish and it is full of good nutrients too.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 3.
This is truly comfort food! Curd rice from South India tastes great with just a pickle or chutney and also with a daal (lentils) or meat dish.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 5.
This mild chutney is the perfect companion for idlis (south indian steamed rice cakes), dosas and uttapams(south Indian rice pancakes).
A well-loved food all over India, Paav Bhaaji is actually western Indian (Maharashtrian to be precise) in origin. A mix of veggies is used to make it, so it's healthy too! Paav Bhaji is so wholesome you can have it as a meal. Here's a recipe for the masala used to make this yummy dish.
A description of what Ajwain or Carom Seeds look like, how they are used in Indian cooking and some interesting facts about them.
Biryani nicely made, is a pleasure to behold and eat! Fragrant long-grained rice is layered with meat or vegetables that have been cooked in a mixture of spices. This has to be one of my favorite foods!
These yummy cutlets are so easy to make you'll be making batches of them in next to no time...
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 6.
Serve this crowd pleaser piping hot and accompanied by pooris/ bhatooras (fried Indian bread).
Zingy, tangy, slightly hot Chaat masala is the perfect seasoning! Learn how to make it here...
I love Badam Milk! Delicately flavored with cardamom, the nuts in this chilled, cooling drink don't just make it tasty, they pack a mighty nutritious punch too! I often make it for my son... enjoys it just as much as me. Cold Badam Milk is a great summer cooler but if you use hot milk to make it, it's a great winter drink too!
Soft, juicy chunks of paneer marinated in Tandoori masala and then grilled with veggies! This is a great dish to serve at your next barbeque.
A variation on plain boiled rice, this Indian dish is made with cumin seeds.
Of South Indian origin, tangy Tomato Rice makes a great one-dish meal. Serve it with poppadums.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 7.
This dish from coastal, western India combines elements and ingredients of both the Malabari and Goan styles of cooking. Though it is a dry dish with very little gravy, Chicken Sukka tastes really nice with plain boiled rice! You can even serve it with hot Chapatis. Add a green salad and you'll have a well-rounded meal.
This simple dish tastes great with hot chapatis (Indian flatbread) or parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread). Team with a dish like Rajma (red kidney bean curry) and you've got a terrific vegetarian meal.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 12.
This basic chutney is perfect for using as a dipping sauce with cutlets and samosas or to serve with main course dishes like biryani.
This delicious kabab gets its name from the juicy, succulence of the meat used to make it. The meat gets this way thanks to the marinade in which it is soaked. Serve it with Mint-Coriander Chutney, thinly sliced onions and hot Naans (tandoor-baked Indian flatbread).
This is my Father-in-law's recipe for a popular Bengali dish - Maacher Kalia. I love how he makes it and you will too when you try it.
This dish is extremely popular not just in North India but elsewhere as well. Serve Rajma with plain boiled rice, Kachumbar salad and your favorite pickle.
If the popularity of Rasgulla, Sandesh and Mishti Doi is anything to go by, the Bengalis from Eastern India sure know a great deal about sweet making. Here are some of their favorites that are also among India's best loved desserts.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 8.
From Tamilnadu in South India, this curry is quite fiery. There's no reason why you can't reduce the chillies to suit your own palate though. Chettinad chicken tastes great with parathas (bread) and even plain boiled rice.
The word Tikka means pieces, chunks or bits. Chicken Tikka Masala is a delicious dish in which pre-marinated pieces of chicken are grilled and then added to a thick creamy gravy. The result is a lovely smokey flavor. Serve Chicken Tikka Masala with hot Naans (leavened Tandoor-baked flatbread).
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 10.
Though the word 'curry' does not begin to describe the depth and breadth of what is available in Indian cuisine, the association is a popular one nonetheless. Here are some of my curry recipes for you to try...
Also known as Pakoras, these are the perfect snack for a cold, rainy day! Make up a batch and serve them with sweet-sour tamarind chutney. Use any vegetable you like.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 9.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 11.
Another popular North Indian dish, Kaali Daal is also known as Ma Ki Daal (mom's lentils) since it is wholesome and delicious! Serve Kaali Daal with a vegetable side dish and Naans (tandoor baked flatbread) or Butter Chicken and Naans.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 13.
This dish combines chicken with spinach and the end result is a tasty, nutritious and healthy dish. Team it with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread).
Serve delicious Naan bread straight from the oven, with foods like Tandoori Chicken or kebabs. Here is my recipe...
Almost the staple food of Goa along with rice, fish curry made in this style is tangy and spicy! Tuna tastes especially good in Goan Fish Curry but you can also use any fish with firm white flesh.
Sookha Kala Chana is easy to make and tastes really nice as a snack or side dish in a main meal. The Chana is also an excellent source of protein.
Serve this cooling dish with practically anything! It tastes specially good with stuffed Parathas (flatbread) and Biryanis and Pulaos (rice dishes).
A list of easy, tasty Indian party foods to serve at your next get-together.
This popular Indian dessert has countless fans! Learn how to make it.
This dish is so easy to make and tastes great with plain rice, hot Chaptis or Parathas. Take a look....
These are some of the most popular North Indian foods in both homes and restaurants.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 17.
This delicious dish is easily put together and really tasty. It originated in Kolkatta/ Calcutta and is often called the Calcutta Kati Roll. Juicy morsels of spicy chicken are wrapped in Paratha that has been coated with egg!
Nobody makes Turai Ki Sabzi like my Mom! This is her recipe...
Make any occasion even more special by serving this delicious one-dish meal - Jhinga Biryani.
Murg Musallam is a regal dish! Learn how to make it here...
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 14.
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 16.
Make a meal of this wholesome and tasty Mughlai-style stuffed bread. Serve it with your favorite chutney.
: 8-10 potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed 2 tsps garlic paste 1 tsp ginger paste 3 green chillies 1/2
Chapatis (Indian flatbread) are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial on making Chapatis. Page 15.
Probably my favorite dessert, Ras Malai is dumplings made from cottage or ricotta cheese soaked in sweetened, thickened milk delicately flavored with cardamom. Serve it chilled and garnished with slivers of dried fruit.
How to make your own paneer (cottage cheese).
Though quick and easy to cook, this Indian dessert is very tasty and also hugely popular. It's perfect to make when time is short but you still want a special dessert.
This creamy prawn curry is a north Indian delicacy. Eat it with Jeera Rice.
This easy to cook dish is so tasty it is among the most popular Daal dishes in India. Cook it and you'll see why...
Mishti Doi is synonymous with Bengal in East India. The Bengalis are famous for their sweet preparations and Mishti Doi is among their most well known desserts. Mishti Doi tastes great but is amazingly simple to make!
An Indian rice-based dish which often also includes ingredients like vegetables and/ or meat.
The tamarind in this gravy-based dish gives it a lovely tangy flavor that goes really well with plain boiled rice. In fact, that is how it is traditionally eaten.
Serve Kadhai Gosht with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or Naans (tandoor baked Indian flatbread).
This melt-in-your-mouth Kabab is so easy to make.
Baby potatoes and crunchy bell peppers make this dish subtle yet tasty. Serve it with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or plain boiled rice and Kaali Daal (black lentil curry).
This nutritious snack from Gujarat in Western India is popular all over the country. Serve it with Tamarind and Mint-coriander Chutneys.
In this dish, the slightly sweet flavor of the pumpkin is offset by the heat from the chillies and the tanginess from the raw mango powder. Serve it with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread).
Learn how to make this simple, delicious, Indian curry with prawns. You will love it!
Badam Halwa is a regal dessert fit for Kings! Treat your family and friends to it and they will love you for making the effort...
How to get rid of Turmeric stains
This delicious and popular Parsi dish can be made with chicken or lamb. You can even omit the meat altogether and go vegetarian. Dhansak is traditionally served with Brown Rice and Kachumbar salad.
Eat this okra dish with plain boiled rice and your favorite Daal (lentil dish) and you've got a tasty and nutritious meal.
This easy-to-make pudding is popular all over India but made especially well by the Parsis, Mangaloreans (both from Western India) and the Anglo-Indians. Get the recipe here.
Baby eggplants stuffed with a delicious, tangy spice mix! Serve this really easy-to-cook dish with plain white rice and Lehsuni Daal (garlic-flavored yellow lentils).
Some of the most popular myths about Indian food...exposed!
If you're in a rush but want something tasty and wholesome to eat, this is the dish for you. You can cook it quickly in a pan and even quicker in a pressure cooker.
This delicious, chilled dessert is perfect for the summer. It used to be very popular in Mumbai (Bombay) and its surrounding cities, but is now well-known and loved all over India!
There's a huge variety of different kinds of bread that is served with Indian food. Here are some of the most popular ones...
I have never met an eggplant I didn't love! Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. The nice thing is you can make it so many ways. This recipe is really easy and turns out a delicious dish that tastes great when served with hot Chapatis.
Serve this simple veggie with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) and a tangy pickle.
This easy, tasty snack can be put together in a flash. It's perfect for picnic meals and kids lunchboxes.
Make this popular masala ahead of time and store in an air-tight container. Creating a tasty meal will then be a simple matter of marinate and grill!
This typically Bengali dish from eastern India tastes lovely with plain rice!
Lentils and beans are a huge part of the Indian diet. Most meals include them and recipes for how to cook Daals abound. Learn to recognise them with my handy photo gallery of Indian daals.
Most gravied Indian dishes have certain ingredients in common, so preparing and storing one when you have some spare time is a great idea. Here's the recipe...
This dish has a distinctive flavour thanks to the mustard oil used in it. Baingan Bharta is a healthy food - eggplant that is the main ingredient, is low in fat and sodium and high in dietary fiber, vitamins C and B6 magnesium, phosphorus and pottasium. Add to that the tomatoes, green chillies, garlic and onion and you've packed a mighty nutritional punch in one single dish!
A beginner's guide to cooking Indian food.
This is a great breakfast food or even perfect as an accompaniment to any gravy-based dish. Writing this recipe brings back happy memories of my Grandfather (who was a great cook and one of my best friends) making Cheela for me! Happy days!
There aren't too many Indians who haven't eaten a Rasgulla and remembered it fondly! That's just the kind of magical dessert it is! Try it...
This is another one of those foods that look like they take a lot of time and effort to make but in truth, are easy to prepare. Bharvaan Simla Mirchi can even be stuffed with Masala Kheema (see recipe below).
This dish combines a western concept with Indian ingredients. The result is, as my four-year-old son says,
This traditional Rajasthani dish can be made as hot as you like. Serve it with Bajra Ki Roti.
Though Karela/ Bitter Gourd is not one of my favorite veggies, even I have to admit this dish is pretty tasty! Serve Khata Mettha Karela with hot Chapatis!
A typical Kashmiri recipe, Dum Aaloo is cooked under Dum or pressure. In this cooking method, the food is cooked under pressure in its own juices.
Pickled crunchy carrots make a terrific accompaniment for just about any meal. I love to eat this Achaar (pickle) with plain rice and yogurt!
This delicious dish is a favorite in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is served not just as a snack when friends visit, but also as a main course dish with Dosas, Idlis or Appams.
Cooking for kids is tricky at best! They reject foods for all sorts of reasons: spice, texture, ingredients.... Here is a list of foods I have found my kids, just like a lot of others I have come across, love. Some are favorites because they are mild or neutral tasting, others for their well-loved flavors and still others because they are just too tasty to resist.
A Paratha is an unleavened, pan fried Indian flatbread. Once you know how to make the basic one (for which you will find a step-by-step photo guide below) you can fill it with any stuffing you like! You can even add ingredients to the dough while kneading to end up with some really tasty versions of the basic Paratha! Team Parathas (plain or stuffed) with yogurt and pickle and you're in business!
This delicious Mughlai dish gets its name Navratan (meaning nine gems) from the nine different veggies, fruit and nuts used in it! Serve it with hot Naans and you're sure to impress!
This rich, delicious dessert has an unusual main ingredient, normally associated with savory dishes - lentils. You'd never believe it when you eat it though! Serve Moong Daal Halwa warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream and you'll get many requests for seconds.
From western India, Poha, made from flattened rice, is an easy-to-cook, nutritious snack. It is often eaten for breakfast or brunch. Add extra zing to Poha by serving it with Mint-Coriander Chutney!
A yummy and nutritious snack, this sandwich can be made up in minutes. It is great for breakfast, brunch and even school lunchboxes.
A quick tip on making really soft chapatis.
A tasty alternative for those who love kababs but are vegetarian, Hara Bhara kabab gets its name and green colour from the healthy spinach in it.
This wholesome dish makes a great one-pot meal. Add a green salad and you're in business!
This is probably one of the two most popular of Indian pickles - mango and lime. It is surprisingly easy to make but takes patience and time!
I call these tasty foods fast food, not only because they can be prepared quickly but also because they are in fact, the Indian equivalent of Western fast food. Here are the recipes...
A recipe for making ghee (clarified butter).
Lentils figure hugely in most Indian meals. Here are the recipes for some popular Indian dishes made with them...
Almost a staple in South India, Sambar is eaten with plain boiled rice, Idlis, Vadas, Dosas...well almost everything. The main ingredient in Sambar is Sambar Masala. Here's how you can make some in your kitchen.
This is my absolute favorite vegetable! I cook it by itself and add it to other dishes to enhance their flavor and nutritional value. Eggplant is made in numerous different ways in India. Here are just a few of them...
This uniquely Bengali (east Indian) spice mix is used to season many dishes. It is a blend of five (paanch) spices and lends a lovely aroma when added to a dish.
This is a really easy rice and lentil dish to prepare. It is perfect for days when you want a quick, hot meal. Veggie Pulao smells so good while cooking, you'll be waiting for it to come off the stove so you can eat it!
You will love this sweet if you like coconut. It is most often made on occassions like Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights) and Christmas.