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Indian cuisine is a vast and varied one. It is reflective of the myriad cultures and traditions that make up this vibrant country of ours. Every region has its own way of cooking and serving food, as well as customs and practices concerning food. The food of each region is greatly influenced by not just the local availability of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, but also by the historic and cultural background of that community. Indians are so fond of their traditional food that they take along the knowledge and practices even when they go abroad.
With the advent of cookbooks and online portals, recipes do get passed on from region to region, but still you can find distinct differences in the way the food tastes, because of the availability of ingredients and common cooking practices in each region. Pav Bhaji made in South India, for example, is quite different from how it tastes in then North; and likewise Idli and Sada Dosa made by North Indians might be quite different from how the South Indians make it!
India’s cuisine is categorized mainly based on the region – Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, South Indian, Bengali, Hyderabadi, and so on. Some cuisines rely on extensive use of spices like cardamom, cumin, mustard and bay leaf to impart flavour to their food, while others get the flavour by tempering with ingredients like mustard and jeera. Depending on the region, the main course might focus on Roti or rice, with accompaniments like Subzis, Dal, Sambhar, etc. Bajra Roti and Green Pea Pulao together with Pyazwali Bhindi and Dum Aloo could make an interesting meal, just as Cabbage Poriyal, Sambhar, Rasam and Rice would too. Indian cuisine is also famous for its mithai, which includes an unending list of delightful recipes like ladoos, halwas, rabdis, jamuns, malai sweets, etc. The deeper one ventures into Indian cuisine, the more they can appreciate the diversity and limitless variety it offers.
Nariyal Chane Ke Parathe, Protein Rich Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Nariyal chane ke parathe, not one, but both ingredients are rich sources of proteins! What more do I need to say about this recipe! Seemingly common spices come together in the right proportions to add zing and zest to this recipe, totally transforming the otherwise bland base ingredients like chick ....
23 Sep 16
Stuffed Rava Idli Vegetable Sandwich by Tarla Dalal
An off-beat dish, which gives you the satisfaction of eating a homely idli as well as a scrumptious sandwich. Yes, the Stuffed Rava Idli Vegetable Sandwich is an innovative recipe in which the rava idli batter is layered with grated veggies and green chutney and then steamed.
Each mouthful of ....
21 Sep 16
Aloo Palak by Tarla Dalal
Always a great hit, potatoes and spinach come together yet again, in a Punjabi version of Aloo Palak. Once you have peeled and chopped the cooked potatoes and chopped the washed spinach, this dish is a breeze to prepare as it simply makes use of readily available spice powders and everyday ingredien ....
20 Sep 16
Doodhi ka Halwa by Tarla Dalal
A traditional mithai that everybody has a reason to like—some for the taste, some for the goodness of doodhi and milk, and some for the warm feeling it instils on a rainy day!
I know some busy-bees who would stop over at a sweetmeat stall, have a cup of halwa and a samosa in lieu of a meal, an ....
20 Sep 16
Bhinda Sambhariya ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Bhinda sambhariya is an irresistible preparation of fresh okras, stuffed with an exciting sesame-tinged coconut and coriander mixture, and cooked in its own juice. Choose very small and tender okras for the best flavour, and enjoy its juicy feel combined with typical gujarati spices. This dish is a ....
16 Sep 16
Fruity Phirni, Protein Rich Recipes by Tarla Dalal
Fruity phirni, a variation of rice phirni - soft in texture and pleasant to taste, it poses no problems for the elderly to consume. Roasting poha brings out the taste as well as makes it easier to grind.
16 Sep 16
Green Peas Dhokla, Protein Rich Recipes by Tarla Dalal
Green peas dhoklas, a delectable protein-loaded Gujarati
farsan that is so soft that it will simply disappear in your mouth! I am sure most of you are unaware of the goodness of green peas.
Rich in protein, fibre, iron etc, green peas is a very versatile i ....
16 Sep 16
Paneer Amritsari Tikka, Protein Rich Recipes by Tarla Dalal
Non-vegetarian foods are extremely high in protein, but that does not mean vegetarians have to worry, as there are abundant sources of proteins -- milk, paneer and dals being the most popular and easily available.
So here’s a vegetarian adaptation of the traditional punjabi favourite – the fis ....
14 Sep 16
Paneer Tikka, Punjabi Paneer Tikka in Oven by Tarla Dalal
Tikkas are authentic Punjabi
snacks that are prepared in the tandoor. A tikka is basically any vegetable, paneer or meat marinated in a highly flavourful seasoning and grilled to perfection.
Here large chunks of paneer have been marinated in tangy marinade m ....
14 Sep 16
14 Sep 16
Paneer Masala by Tarla Dalal
The desi tongue drools at the sight of Paneer Masala. It is perhaps the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of paneer. A succulent tomato-based gravy flavoured with an elaborate masala paste containing almost all the spices in your masala dabba together with onions, coconut, and other ingr ....
14 Sep 16
Khoya Makhana by Tarla Dalal
Makhana is a wonderful ingredient, much loved by youngsters and elders alike. Its dainty appearance and unique texture makes it appealing to even kids. Khoya Makhana is an exotic preparation of makhana, with the captivating flavour of ghee.
The makhanas are deep-fried in ghee and cooked in a r ....
13 Sep 16
Adai, Protein Rich Adai Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Adai, an all-time favourite South Indian snack
, comprises a mix of different dals soaked and ground along with rice and spices to make a batter, which is cooked into thick pancakes. Add Adai to your meal to ....
13 Sep 16
Kachhe Kele ki Subzi by madooki
Delicious and healthy subzi preparation made from raw bananas and ingredients like jeera, ghee, hing and amchur powder.
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