Cooking Ridged Gourd and its benefits

Ridged gourd or Torai as its called in India is very popular as a summer vegetable. It has lot of health benefits as again it’s a cooling vegetable and keeps the digestive system intact in unbearable heat of India. In Ayurveda it is one of the components that reduces Pitta dosha too.  So it is advised…

Aloo Dum-Potatoes seared in Yogurt

Aaloo Dum – Literally, potatoe masala cooked in sealed pan Whole potatoes marinated with Masala Yogurt & cooked on Dum.  The technique of dum is to seal a the pot with the help of dough, main reason to seal all steam and flavors in the pot.  Hence producing an intense flavor cloud.    It is…

Stuffed Aubergine Okra -Bharwan Bhindi aur Baingan

This is a favorite of our  Cooking Classes guests during the months from March to September when Okra and baby aubergines are abundant in the market.  It is an easy recipe, looks spectacular and tastes yum.  I love serving it with aYellow Daal (like moong or masoor) and Rice.  It adorns beautifully in a thali.  So…

Kathhal Lababdaar- Curried Jackfruit

The season of Jackfruit is here.  Summers bring this unique vegetable to the markets in the northern India.   Though it is a household tree in the southern India, but it is a delicacy for North Indian kitchens. Very unusual plant, as it is a fruit as well as a vegetable and can be cooked easily. …

Chukandar ki bhaji -Beetroot with Peas

Let’s try a very beautiful and colorful dish.   I admit I started admiring this simple dish quite late in my life.  Infact, its been very recent that I have started cooking it myself.  My mom used to do this colorful dish in winters using lovely seasonal beetroot and fresh green peas.   And I cooked it…

Shahi Tukda-Sweet Bread dish

Do these pictures look like a dish to anyone.!!  WELL Well well yes it is what it seems like— deep fried bread pieces.  What is not visible here, is the sugar syrup. Yes this is again another super duper easy quickest sweet dish.   In the recipe books it is called Shahi Tukda ,  though this…

Yellow Daal Tadka

Anyone who has been to Indian or have dinned at Indian restaurants, know this dish.  Though, little anyone knows about the importance of Daal (lentil) as a part of our meals.  For an average Indian Daal comprise of their day to day meal.  It is an essential for a vegetarian to have a bowl of…

Lauki ki Muthiye-Vegan Sausage

BOTTLE GOURD MUTHIYA  I would call it a Vegan Sausage.  A hand made sausage shaped steamed dish, perfect replacement for its meaty version.  You can finish it as a Kebab by grilling it ultimately and I bet it will adorn as a hero of your appetizer platter.  Once I tried giving it a tandoori food…

Puri Bhaji-Indian Brunch

Puri Bhaji is probably the most eaten meal in Northern India upto Central India. The only thing that gives it a challenge is Idli Sambar. It is your safest bet when you are travelling, as this can’t be served stale and you can always be sure that it is fresh and wholesome. Today the Bhaji…