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Last Updated : May 19,2018
Cooked Rice by Tarla Dalal
While rice is a popular staple all over Asia, it is all the more indispensable in South India where it forms the basis of the meal, especially during lunch time. Lunch, in a South Indian home, revolves around cooked rice served with a dollop of ghee and myriad vegetables and accompaniments like
Sambhar ( How To Make Sambhar, South Indian Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is one South Indian dish that needs no introduction, and probably the most versatile of them all. Each family uses the ingredients in various proportions. You can also try varying the quantities depending on your preference. The vegetables added to sambhar (or any kuzhambu) are referred to as ‘ ....
Manglorean Drumstick Curry by Tarla Dalal
The Mangalorean Drumstick Curry is traditional fare that reflects the rich and vibrant flavours of Indian cuisine. Thanks to the abundance of coconuts along the Kerala and Konkan coast, these cuisines use coconut generously in the masalas and garnishes. Here, in this preparation, drumstick and potat ....
Potato Saung, Konkani Style Potatoes by Tarla Dalal
This Konkan delicacy is sure to steal your heart with its homely charm, which combines spice and simplicity in ideal proportions. Just a bit of chilli powder for spice, a dash of tamarind for tang and onions for flavour and crunch... that is all it takes to prepare the Potato Saung.
The proced ....
Peach Stew by Tarla Dalal
A pleasant concoction of canned peaches in thickened fruit syrup, peach stew can be served warm or cold as a simple dessert or used as part of other creations. The lemon juice balances the flavour of the fruit syrup and imparts a fresh aroma to the stew.
Paneer ( Gluten Free Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Indian cottage cheese or paneer is absolutely safe for gluten intolerant. It’s easy to make fresh and soft paneer at home, and you can ensure it is contamination-free!
Baitha Varan by Tarla Dalal
The green paste gives this otherwise simple dish a complete makeover! It increases the vitamin A content, while the vegetables add fibre. Vitamin A increases immunity and also nourishes our skin and improves vision. Despite the interesting flavour and health benefits, this dish is surprisingly easy ....
23 Mar 13
Darbari Dal ( Zero Oil Dal Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Straight from royal kitchens, healthy though unlike its traditional version is oil free, and replaces fat rich ingredients like coconut with lots of veggies, pulses and coriander. A combination of dal and veggies is flavoured with spices like garlic paste, green chillies, garam masala is sure to app ....
23 Mar 13
Dhan Saak Dal ( Zero Oil Recipe ) by Tarla Dalal
A Parsi delicacy modified into a healthy and easy-to-make dal. Dhan means cereals and pulses, and saak means vegetables. These combine here to make a wholesome meal!
It is traditionally served with Brown Rice
to make a complete nourishing meal. Dare ....
Khatti Meethi Dal, Sweet and Sour Zero Oil Dal by Tarla Dalal
Great taste without oil! If that’s hard to believe, just try this recipe first. This Khatti Meethi Dal features a very different combination of ingredients. You might never have tried adding roasted beaten rice to a dal recipe, but you will be amazed by the brilliant texture and flavour that it give ....
Palak Kadhi by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of making kadhi with an infusion of palak? Sounds strange, but tastes and looks very interesting. Palak purée and green paste imparts flavouir along with a bright green colour and vitamin A to the dish. You can skip the garlic if you do not like its flavour. Serve with a bowl of brown r ....
23 Mar 13
Rajasthani Dal by Tarla Dalal
Rajasthani delicacies are traditionally laden with ghee but not to worry, for here is a healthier version! chana dal helps to thicken the dal and imparts body to the dish. Add amchur as per your taste, more if you like it sour, else just a little.
Subzi Kadhi by Tarla Dalal
Popular with many, this kadhi is my favourite too. Medley of vegetables make this kadhi interesting and delicious.
It is a complete meal when served with steaming hot rice
as is full of veggies, curds providing all the necessary nutrients. As being low in calor ....
Zero Oil Masoor Dal by Tarla Dalal
Masoor dal is a storehouse of nutrients like protein, folic acid, iron and zinc. Protein is required for the formation of new cells, their growth and maintenance. Folic acid and iron on the other hand build up the hemoglobin that carry oxygen and supply nutrients to our body. Zinc enhances the activ ....
06 Mar 13
06 Mar 13
Vegetable Stock ( Stir Fry) by Tarla Dalal
Vegetable stock is brimful of the nutrients of the veggies it is made of; so it is a good addition to any recipe, be it a gravy or a soup. The consistency of the stock also depends on the veggies used – the combination in this recipe is my suggestion, you can add other vegetables if you wish. And on ....
25 Feb 13
Coconut Mazaa by Renu's Kitchen
Its sweet recipe tasty and easy.
02 Jan 13
Spinach and Potato Gnocchi by Elad Stern
A healthy, rich, vegan eggless version of an italian classic. . . It contains many helpful minerals, free from gluten and fat, and will melt in your mouth. . . Be sure to blanch the spinach for at least 5-8 minutes, as well as squeeze it thoroughly so that the oxalic acid, that which reduces iron in ....
Tomato Concasse by Tarla Dalal
This recipe, which is more like a home-made tomato puree, is handy not just to make sauces but also for gravies or fillings
26 Nov 12
Kadhai Chole by Tarla Dalal
Chole, a traditional Punjabi dish, is usually made using a lot of fat. But this easy to make recipe is lower in calories and is just as tasty. The oil does not contribute much flavour, it is the spices that create this dish. Instead of bhature (deep fried puris) serve it with Nutritious Garlic Naans ....
Low Fat Kulfi with Strawberry Sauce by Tarla Dalal
Kulfi is a frozen dessert, which all of us relish but often tend to avoid because of its high calorific value. Here is a simple yummy low fat kulfi that doesn't take forever to prepare and provides substantial amounts of calcium without the fat. Enhance its appeal and vitamin C levels by serving it ....
Radish Koftas in Kadhi by Tarla Dalal
This simple combination of radish and low fat curds needs only steamed rice to complete your meal. You can adjust the consistency of the kadhi by varying the amount of water and besan. The radish koftas are steamed and not deep fried in the kadhi. It is also a good way to add vegetables in your diet ....
Tamatar ki Kadhi by Tarla Dalal
Like many other dishes, kadhi differs from region to region. This Sindhi Kadhi is a rather special one as it is made using tomatoes. Tomatoes are very low in calories and provide plenty of vitamin A which required for a glowing skin and healthy vision. I assure you that your family will relish this ....
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