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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.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani by Tarla Dalal
Biryani is an everlasting relic of the Moghul era that continues to live and breathe in innumerable restaurants and kitchens across the globe.
Not only that, this traditional recipe has stood the test of time by being constantly adapted to suit the tastes of each generation. While many modern ve ....
Lajjatdar Handi Biryani, Hyderabadi Qabooli by Tarla Dalal
Handi Biryani is absolutely superior to those made with other methods like open or pressure cooking, even though it appears to use similar ingredients.
The simple process of sealing the lid with chapati dough and allowing the ingredients to cook within a covered environment makes all the differe ....
Punjabi Reshmi Paratha by Tarla Dalal
A sumptuous paratha from the kitchens of Punjab, which is characterized by its delightful texture and the appetizing aroma and taste of ajwain.
A lot of small things add up to the fabulousness of the Punjabi Reshmi Paratha. Right from the addition of milk and ghee to the dough, to the consistenc ....
Veg Stufffed Idlis by Tarla Dalal
A delicious snack that combines the sumptuousness of idlis with the great taste and goodness of mixed veggies. The idli batter for this recipe is relatively easy to make, as you just need to soak and blend all the ingredients together and ferment.
This batter is steamed with a stuffing of mixed ....
Kabuli Chana Stir- Fry by Tarla Dalal
A spicy stir-fry version of the famed chana masala. This dry version is a combo of chana and potatoes perked up with ginger, garlic, green chillies and chana masala powder.
Serve with rotis
or as a part of the main course al ....
Chole, Zero Oil Chole Recipe by Tarla Dalal
As if it's not enough, that the traditional chole recipe is usually cooked with loads of oil, it is also served with calorie-laded puris!
Here's is a healthy zero oil variation without unnecessary calories. When served with one meal of your day is thankfully guilt-free.
14 Jan 17
Corn Korma, Veg Makai Korma by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy but absolutely tasty, the Corn Korma is a special treat that will be please everyone! It has a unique mouth-feel that is soft and luscious, as it is made with grated corn.
The corn is perked up with green chillies and a paste of coconut and pepper, as well as a tempering of mustar ....
13 Jan 17
Whole Wheat Dosa with Mixed Vegetables by Tarla Dalal
When you feel like having a dosa but have not planned ahead for it, here is a healthy and tasty alternative that is made with just one teaspoon of oil!
Made with urad dal flour and whole wheat flour, this Whole Wheat Dosa with Mixed Vegetables is a reasonably quick fix as you do not have to do a ....
12 Jan 17
Tuppa Dosa, Soft Ghee Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Tuppa in Kannada means ghee, and that makes the highlight of this recipe obvious! This dosa is a special one, which is often made when there are guests. You can actually smell the ghee from outside the house, and it will make you drool!
Since the batter for this dosa uses more urad than usual do ....
12 Jan 17
Malgapodi Powder, South Indian Gun Powder Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Malgapodi is also fondly called ‘gun powder’, which makes it obvious just how fiery it tastes! The spiciness of red chillies combined with the aroma and rich taste of roasted dals and asafoetida makes this South Indian
spice powder a really tongue tickling t ....
11 Jan 17
Karela Paratha, Bitter Gourd Paratha by Tarla Dalal
Karela is an ingredient that many people associate with health food or traditional recipes. But, you will be surprised to know that it is a key ingredient in one of Delhi’s popular street foods – the Karela Paratha!
The karela is marinated in tamarind water and then sautéed with onions and spice ....
10 Jan 17
Paneer and Capsicum Discs by Tarla Dalal
Paneer and Capsicum Discs look so tempting, no one can refuse. Round-shaped bread pieces are crisped to perfection and arranged together with a filling of sautéed veggies such that the filling shows up nicely through holes in the bread.
Indeed, this is
10 Jan 17
Pineapple Basundi by Tarla Dalal
The rich and intense flavour of boiled milk tinged with enchanting spices like saffron and cardamom, is uniquely coupled with freshly-grated pineapple in this innovative Pineapple Basundi.
The flavour of pineapple is quite strong in this dessert, as the fruit is grated rather than chopped. Make ....
09 Jan 17
Yellow Moong Dal Khichu by Tarla Dalal
Khichu fans claim it to be the tastiest snack in the world! Indeed, piping hot khichu, with its doughy consistency and soothing taste, is sure to warm your soul and remind you of home.
While khichu is usually made with grain-based flours like rice flour or jowar flour, here we present an interes ....
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