Stir Fried Bitter Gourd: Healthy & Delicious

RecipeIngredients:250 gms bitter gourd; washed, chopped and rubbed with some salt and vinegar. Keep in the sun for an hour. Wash after that and keep in a sieve.1 large onion; chopped finely2 jalapenos; chopped roughly3-4 spring onions; chopped roughly (the white and about 2 inches of the thick green)1-2 green chilies crushed with a tsp…

Potatoes in a light tomato gravy

Recipe:Boil 4 potatoes. De-skin when they cool down. Roughly mash them such that they break into small lumps and not a complete mash. Keep aside. Char-grill 4 tomatoes, remove skin and cut into pieces. Heat some mustard oil in a kadhai. Temper with 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida. Add the tomatoes,…

Express Cooking: Easy Kadhai Paneer

Recipe:Take 3 ripe tomatoes, 2 large red onions, 12 garlic cloves. Boil or pressure cook till mushy. Puree in a food processor. Keep aside.Heat 1 tbsp oil. Add a quarter tsp of cumin with a generous amount of kasuri methi. Now pour the puree. Add 1 tsp red chillie powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and…

Prawns in Thai Red Curry in a hurry

Recipe: Marinate prawns in salt, garlic paste and some turmeric. Keep aside. Prep the veggies. I didn’t have much time so roughly chopped anything that I found in the fridge. I used broccoli, zucchini, red-yellow-green peppers and onions.(You can add other vegetables like carrot, celery etc.) I had made the Thai red curry paste at…

Prawns and butter: A match made in heaven

Garlic lemon pepper chilli prawnsIngredients: 250 gm cleaned and deveined prawns 1 cube butter 1 tbsp olive oil (optional) 1 red onion finely chopped 5 garlic cloves minced 3 birds eye chili chopped 2 leaves of Chinese cabbage/regular cabbage chopped (optional) A fistful of chopped coriander A few pinches of sea salt Some crushed black…

Keep it simple with spuds

Potatoes- understated but so wholesome. Those of you who grow their own vegetables will know how it feels to see the first harvest and what a huge sense of accomplishment it is to cook with them. I’ve tried some complex potato recipes and they have been rewarding to say the least but what my heart…

Melt in the mouth Seekh Kebabs

These melt in the mouth Kebabs are a family favorite and have a legacy of their own. A ‘must have’ on every wedding menu and family feast. I learnt this recipe from our Bawarchi (family chef) Late Ustad Sami. His son, Naseem continues to be a torch bearer to his father. Here is the recipe…

Murgh Makhmali Dum Pukht Biryani

Recipe: I used 1.5 kg chicken for this recipe. Wash, strain and keep aside. For the marinade; take 1 tbsp of ginger and garlic paste each (I used fresh home made gg paste), yellow chillie powder ( if you don’t have it-just use the regular red chillie powder), salt, 2 tbsp of fresh curd, 4…