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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.

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Recipe# 146
23 Feb 16

 
Moong Dal Toast, Pan- Fried Moong Dal Toast by Tarla Dalal
A very unique treat, perfect to have for breakfast or as an after-school snack ! A coarse and thick batter of moong dal perked up with crunchy veggies and flavour enhancers like lemon juice, coriand ....
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Recipe# 32610
21 Jan 09

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Rajma Kebab (100 Calorie Snacks) 
by Tarla Dalal
Suggested serving size for 100 calories: 2 kebabs let us get out of the clichéd notion that tasty snacks are fat-laden. Here is a low-fat version of the famous rajma kebab made within minutes in your own kitchen with minimal oil. With green chillies, ginger and garam masala to impart a lip-smack ....
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Recipe# 37300
05 Jan 16

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Aloo Paratha, Punjabi Aloo Paratha Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Aloo Paratha is a dish wish a universal appeal! While north Indians like to have it any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, South Indians too have borrowed this dish from the north and incorporated it into their supper and dinner menus. What makes these whole wheat parathas so app ....
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Recipe# 1663
15 Oct 15

 
Sambar ( Sambhar, Idlis and Dosas) 
by Tarla Dalal
Like idlis and dosas, Sambhar is also an all-time favourite that is almost synonymous with South Indian food! From the smallest roadside hotel to the classiest Indian restaurants around the globe, ‘idli, Vada, Sambhar’ is a very popular breakfast combo! ....
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Recipe# 2901
15 Jun 14

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Paneer Phudina Tikki by Tarla Dalal
The flavour and texture of cottage cheese is always highlighted when there is an optimal addition of herbs and seasonings. Of the many herbs, mint works very well for the Indian palate. Here is a scrumptious snack cum starter that features a very interesting combination of paneer and phudina, wherei ....
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Recipe# 1970
01 Jan 1900

 
Kabuli Chana Kofta Biryani 
by Tarla Dalal
A reminder of the opulence of the Nawabs, the Kabuli Chana Kofta Biryani is a royal treat that pampers you with every mouthful! Perfectly cooked long-grained rice is layered with a richly flavoured tomato gravy studded with scrumptious kabuli chana koftas. The gravy, made with tomato puree, masala p ....
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Recipe# 553
23 Nov 14

 
Doodhi Muthia ( Gujarati Recipe) 
by Tarla Dalal
Here is another tea-time snack that is sure to please you. “muthi” means fist in gujarati, and the dish is named such because the mixture is shaped into cylindrical rolls using the fist. One thing to remember while making doodhi muthia is that bottle gourd has high water content. This water itself i ....
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Recipe# 3565
26 Nov 12

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Paneer Palak Koftas in Makhani Gravy by Tarla Dalal
Low-cal Paneer Palak Kofta in Makhani Gravy, anyone? The weight-watcher is usually terrified of words like paneer and makhani, but here is a low-cal version of this popular North Indian dish specially formulated to please food lovers without adding to their waistline. The innovative twist here is th ....
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Recipe# 558
23 Nov 14

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Ragda Patties ( Gujarati Recipe ) 
by Tarla Dalal
This irresistible snack of potato patties with thick lentil gravy, garnished with sev and onions, can even serve as meal by itself! the stuffing is a little spicy, but complements the blandness of potatoes well. Also note that you don’t even have to deep-fry the patties, just shallow-fry them with l ....
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Recipe# 33316
29 Jan 17

 
Mixed Vegetable Handvo, Non Fried Snacks by Tarla Dalal
Mixed Vegetable Handvo is a delicious snack made with readymade idli batter reinforced with loads of tasty, juicy, crunchy veggies! A tempering of mustard and sesame seeds adds to the flavour and aroma of this tasty treat. We have cooked the handvo in a tava and cut it into handy-sized pieces fo ....
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Recipe# 33443
20 Aug 13

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Sabudana Vada ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes ) by Tarla Dalal
Sabudana vada, traditionally an ingredient used during fasts, sabudana is a favourite amongst maharashtrians. It lends itself to such lovely recipes, such as these vadas! the crunchy peanuts that punctuate every bite are something i look forward to in the vada!
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Recipe# 58
29 Sep 15

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Kadai Paneer Subzi by Tarla Dalal
Treat yourself to this fine subzi, made in traditional kadai paneer style, spiced up with an assortment of spices and pastes. The addition of dried fenugreek leaves gives the Kadai Paneer Subzi its characteristic taste, while capsicum and tomatoes complement the paneer well in texture, flavour a ....
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Recipe# 41709
26 Apr 17

 
Quinoa Muthia by Tarla Dalal
Muthia is an all-time favourite snack of the Gujaratis. A spiced dough is shaped into cylinders by gripping the dough between the palms, which is what gives it the name ‘muthia’ or fist. These muthias are then steamed and tempered with seeds and curry leaves to get an aromatic and delectably tas ....
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Recipe# 41714
28 Apr 17

 
Kaju Mutter Masala by Tarla Dalal
Cashews in and out make this dish the super awesome treat that it is. Perfect for cashew lovers, the Kaju Mutter Masala features crispy cashews and soft green peas in a creamy, tangy, masaledar gravy. The gravy is quite rich, made of cashews, tomatoes, fresh cream and spice powders. While this r ....
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 on 06 Jun 16 11:51 AM



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 on 07 Apr 15 02:56 PM


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