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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.
Black Sesame Seed Chutney Recipe, Tilkut Maharashtrian Accompaniment by Tarla Dalal
Although white and black sesame seeds are available in the market, the black one has a more rustic flavour and stronger aroma.
It is just right for traditional recipes like this Tilkut or Maharashtrian Black Sesame Seed Chutney. Although the black sesame is the focus of this recipe, other ingred ....
10 Oct 14
Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
You must have heard of Bajra Khichdi, a famous Rajasthani delicacy. While that is a wholesome dish, here is something even more nourishing, fortified with more healthy stuff like whole moong, green peas and tomatoes. These not only add more crunch and tang to the khichdi, but also add more fibre, ir ....
23 Mar 14
Stuffed Bhindi with Paneer ( Healthy Subzi) by Tarla Dalal
It is common to stuff bhindi with besan and masala powders. But, you can give the popular dish a twist by stuffing it with paneer instead. By using low-fat paneer, you can ensure guilt-free dining too! What makes the Stuffed Bhindi with Paneer all the more delightful is the thoughtful combination of ....
19 Apr 15
Bajra Khichdi ( Rajasthani) by Tarla Dalal
When one thinks of homely food, khichdi is the first option that comes to mind. A wholesome khichdi can warm your heart and make you comfortable after a long and busy day, and this sumptuous Bajra Khichdi is sure to live up to your expectations. Rajasthanis use more of millets like bajra than rice, ....
15 Mar 18
Palak Rava Idli Recipe by Tarla Dalal
An instant idli recipe that requires no soaking and grinding, the Palak Rava Idli is a nice variant of the regular rava idli.
It is made with a batter of semolina and curds, perked up with an aromatic tempering, and reinforced with a vibrant spinach paste. A pinch of fruit salt helps to give the ....
15 Mar 18
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Many of the best loved vegetarian Punjabi
dishes are the ones where paneer is combined with a vegetable. Paneer is widely used and very popular in Punjab due to the abundance of milk and milk products in the area.
This combination of spinach and paneer is no ....
23 Nov 14
Shrikhand ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Shrikhand is a magical transformation of simple curds into a delicacy, by a simple procedure. It involves no cooking and is a standard feature of sunday meals, festive menus as well as faraal foods! things get even easier as it can be made in advance and stored in the freezer for close to 15 days. U ....
15 Mar 18
Phulka Recipe, Indian Chapati Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Chapatis or phulkas is the daily bread for millions of Indians
. No meal is complete without them and yet many find them difficult to make.
These are called so because they swell up with steam while being cooked. They are cooked first on a dry hot tava, then he ....
11 Oct 17
Oats Adai, Oats Spinach Pancake by Tarla Dalal
Adai is one of the most popular South Indian
snacks. It is a slightly thicker pancake compared to dosas, and is made with a spicy batter of rice and pulses.
Here, we have made a modern variant using crushed oats. The Oats Adai is quick and easy to make, ....
14 Mar 18
Dahi Chane ki Subzi ( Rajasthani) by Tarla Dalal
Also called "Chane Jaisalmer Ke", this dish of red chana simmered in a curd gravy makes a wonderful accompaniment for both rice as well as rotis. Traditionally, this Dahi Chane ki Subzi is served with missi roti as the two complement each other well in flavour and texture; the curd-based subzi offse ....
14 Mar 18
Methi Mutter Malai, Punjabi Methi Matar Malai Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Methi and mutter are a super-hit combination as their flavours complement each other well. Add to this a fragrant masala paste, an even more zestful freshly-ground dry masala, tangy tomato pulp and all, and you have an irresistible Methi Mutter Malai on the table.
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14 Mar 18
Kesar Pista Biscuits, Kesar Pista Badam Biscuit by Tarla Dalal
The Kesar Pista Badam Biscuit is a real delicacy with rich spicy notes. Assorted nuts give these biscuits a delectable crunch, while an array of spice powders give it a tantalising aroma. To press the nuts into the dough, roll lightly with a roller pin so that you don’t thin down the dough layer, bu ....
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