Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani (Kacchi Style)

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Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani (Kacchi Style) If you are reading this, you’re likely either hungry and could not resit gawking at a plateful of biryani.. or are on the same journey I was until now – the search for THE biryani. While we were pretty happy alternating between this and this, I knew I had to … Continue reading

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Saag Paneer | Creamy Spinach and Paneer Curry

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Saag Paneer | Creamy Spinach and Paneer Curry Hello there! It’s been 2 weeks since the little guy decided to quit camp in-utero and seek out the adventures on the outside.. so seemed like a good time to dust up the cobwebs on the blog and bring you all something that’ll make your evenings a little … Continue reading

Keerai Kootu | Spinach and Lentils Curry with Coconut

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Keerai Kootu | Spinach and Lentils Curry with Coconut It’s January (at least for another 3 days). The one month of the year when you really really want to give healthy-eating a chance. Cause you never know when those resolutions, schmesolutions are going to give way to a more practical reality. Plus, it’s the month … Continue reading

Matar Khumb Masala | Peas and Mushroom Curry

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Matar Khumb Masala | Peas and Mushroom Curry Everyone likes restaurant-style food. Right? D just likes to take it a tad bit further.He likes restaurant-style food at home, anytime he can get his way with it 🙂 So that’s how this curry came to be on our regular rotation at home for dinners. If D … Continue reading

Pesto Panini (With or Without Chicken)

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Pesto Panini  (With or Without Chicken) This recipe is inspired by the chicken panini that’s served in my workplace’s cafeteria. Right after my very first bite of this super-flavorful sandwich, I had to take a peek between the slices of bread to try and deconstruct it. The pesto obviously takes most of the credit, but the … Continue reading

Mushrooms In Coconut Milk Curry

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Mushrooms In Coconut Milk Curry Here’s a Thai-inspired coconut milk soup-like curry that you can customize as you please. If you’re wondering why I have oh-so-cautiously used “inspired” instead of Thai-style, its because I’ve added almost nothing that ought to go into a Thai recipe, except for the coconut milk, but still manged to find … Continue reading

Meen Kuzhambu | Fish Curry in Tamarind and Coconut Sauce

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Meen Kuzhambu ~ Fish Curry in Tamarind and Coconut Sauce This dish never fails to excite. I haven’t had to make any changes to my mom’s version of this tangy-spicy tamarind-based curry. And the few times that I ventured out of the norm, to try out say a mustard-curry or something else hoping to discover another … Continue reading

Chicken Biryani, Layered Pakhi Style

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It was the first weekend and only 2 days since we had moved from Boston to beautiful Colorado. The boxes had just come in. Which means, I finally had a pot and the spices I needed to make biryani – our very first home-cooked meal here. That’s how much we love the dish. But turns out, even the … Continue reading

Mushroom Pepper Stir Fry

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Mushroom Pepper Stir Fry This recipe was something we started putting together back in the days when every gram of carb consumed was counted – just one of the joys of gestation! So when half a plate of veggies was an absolute must with every meal, curries or over-cooked masalas would simply not cut it. Neither … Continue reading

Dal Makhani | Black Lentils In a Creamy Punjabi Sauce

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Did you know that dal makhani (the famous Punjabi Maa di Daal) needs just about the same time and effort as needed for a regular simple dal tadka and is not even that very different in terms of what goes into the dish? But it still gets slotted as a more elegant, ‘special’ dish fit for … Continue reading

Mooli Paratha | Indian Flat-bread Stuffed with Radish

Mooli Paratha | Indian flat-breads stuffed with grated radish

Mooli Paratha | Indian Flat-bread Stuffed with Radish While I am not exactly a fan of an almost-empty produce drawer needing to be restocked, it sure does makes dinner planning so much easier. Choice is not always the best thing, you see. So with just a couple of radishes in there, the first thing I … Continue reading

Mutton Rogan Josh | Fiery Red Lamb Curry with Yogurt and Indian Spices

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Mutton Rogan Josh | Fiery Red Lamb Curry with Yogurt and Indian Spices It’s that time of the year again when red curries are all the rage – nothing better to warm the senses when the temps take a deep dive out there. And guess what, ‘Rogan Josh‘ literally translates to deep-red-fiery-curry (at least according … Continue reading

Laccha Paratha | Layered Indian Flatbread with Cilantro & Cumin

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Laccha Paratha | Layered Indian Flatbread with Cilantro & Cumin “Is that Kawan paratha?” That’s what my brother-in-law this is. And if that’s not a compliment, what is? 🙂 Well, I might have never embarked on this journey trying to make layered parathas at home, had it not been for our trip to Dallas to … Continue reading

Tomato Kadhi | Tangy Tomato Curry with Chickpea flour

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Tomato Kadhi ~ A tangy tomato-based curry thickened with chickpea flour 1 year. That’s how long this recipe has been slumbering in my drafts. There’s always something holding up a recipe in draft-mode, which is why I have almost as many drafts as posted recipes. But hey, that is the cost of writing up no-fail-recipes … Continue reading

Dum Aloo | Baby Potatoes in Kashmiri-style Curry

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Dum Aloo | Baby Potatoes in Kashmiri-style Curry ~ simmered with yogurt and spices for a red fiery curry This dish was the reason I got fennel powder years ago… and unless you’ve cooked with ground fennel before or tried out the original version of this recipe, it will be like nothing you’ve ever had. … Continue reading

Garlic & Cilantro Naan

This post has been in the making for a while now. But I am super pleased with the end result. And so is D, cause I am finally done with the experiments 🙂 But seriously, you’ll be glad I took my time. Now that all the leg work’s been done, you can rest easy and … Continue reading

Goan Shrimp Curry

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When you read through a recipe, sometimes you are just not sure if you should really do everything that is called for. There are questions about whether certain things go together well or not. I felt somewhat that way when I came across this curry. It sure looked super yummy, but vinegar and coconut and … Continue reading

Simple Spinach Curry / Pureed Greens

This recipe is mom’s version of the original that my grandmother used to make – kadanja keerai – she cooked the greens with onion, tomatoes, some whole spices and then went the authentic mortar & pestle way to make a nice creamy puree of the greens. It always used to taste amazing with hot rice and ghee. … Continue reading

Easy Vegetable Noodles Stir-Fry

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It’s been a busy few few weeks after the New Year’s with everything from work and winter bugs catching up with us. But tummies still grumble when the time’s right, and something’s got to get made. Well, so there are a few good recipes I have waiting in my drafts to share with you all. … Continue reading

Malai Kofta Curry | Panner-Vegetable Dumplings in Creamy Indian Sauce

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For the longest time, I remember not wanting to eat malai koftas because I had this thing for malai – which to me was the shriveled layer of milk skim that I could never ever consume – it just makes me gag. Mom says I’m paranoid. But it happens every time, and even a tiny bit cannot escape … Continue reading