Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Methi Thepla

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in North Indian recipes | 2 comments

Methi Thepla is a popular Gujarati flat bread. It is made with a mixture of flours, mildly spiced and contains fenugreek leaves. It is very easy to make and will be good for lunch box too :). Time of Preparation : 25 minutes Resting Time : 15 minutes No of pieces : 10 Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – to taste Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Curd – 3 tbsp Methi leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed) (chopped) Water – 1/4 cup (adjust accordingly) Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except curd and water. Add the curd and mix. Then add water little by little...

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Palak Chana – Spinach Chickpea Curry

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, North Indian recipes | 7 comments

Palak Chana or Palak Chole is a delicious Spinach and Chickpea Curry served along with roti or Indian breads. Spinach and chickpea is a wonderful combination for making curries. This curry is delightful, not too spicy and filled with protein and minerals. I have used dried chickpeas which was soaked overnight in water and pressure cooked. You can also use canned chickpeas and boil it a little longer for a soft texture. So enjoy this delicious and healthy curry with roti/ rice/bread. Preparation time: 45 minutes + soaking time No. of servings: 6 to 8 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Chickpeas (chana) – 1 cup Finely chopped spinach – 3 cups Onion – 1/2 cup Tomatoes – 3 Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Red chili powder – 3/4 tsp to 1...

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Cabbage Masala Curry

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in North Indian recipes | 2 comments

Cabbage Masala Curry is a simple and delicious curry served with roti or naan. I learnt this dish from my father in law who is a great cook and appreciates good food. This is one of his signature dish and my favorite. You can add peas to this dish if you like. It is not spicy and perfect for kids and adults. Enjoy this dish with roti or rice. Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Cabbage – 3/4 kg  (1.6 lb) Chopped onion – 1 Tomato – 1 Green chili – 1 Garlic pods – 3 Ginger – 1″ piece Fresh cilantro – 2 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp Cumin powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Kasoori methi – 1...

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Palak Paneer – Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Paneer Recipes, North Indian recipes | 7 comments

Palak Paneer is a delicious Indian curry in which cottage cheese cubes (paneer) are cooked in a spinach gravy. This is served with Indian bread or roti or naan. The creamy spinach curry and the soft paneer melts in your mouth and will be a perfect dish for a party or a get together. Though I have tried various method of palak paneer this one is my favorite and I can’t wait to share it with you. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 No. of servings: 6 Ingredients: Fresh or frozen paneer – 250 gram Chopped onion – 1 and 1/2 cups Green chilies – 3 Garlic cloves – 3 Chopped ginger – 1 tbsp Mint leaves – 1/2 cup Cilantro – 1 cup Spinach – 2 cups (packed) Big tomato – 1 Butter – 3 tbsp Oil...

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Paneer Butter Masala

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Paneer Recipes, North Indian recipes, Slideshow | 32 comments

Paneer Butter Masala is one of the most popular vegetarian curries in Indian cuisine. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese cubes)  is dunked in a rich and creamy tomato gravy and served along with roti (Indian breads) or Flavored rice. It is one of the commonly found item in a restaurant menu. I am presenting a restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala with step by step instructions. This has always been a crowd pleaser. Tomato paste is the key in this recipe. I have tried using freshly made tomato puree but for some reason the sour taste in the canned tomato paste gives this dish a unique flavor. So please try to use tomato paste to achieve the right taste. Enjoy this dish and let me know your comments. Cooking time: 45 minutes No. of servings: 4 to 5 Spice level: 2.5...

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Malai Kofta / Veg Balls in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Paneer Recipes, North Indian recipes | 1 comment

Malai Kofta is an Indian vegetarian form of meatballs where veggies along with paneer (cottage cheese) is fried and cooked in creamy tomato sauce. This Malai Kofta will be very good with naan or any kind of rotis. Here is the step by step procedure for making koftas.. Time of Preparation : 1 hour No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: For Koftas: Carrot Peas and Beans – 1 cup (boiled and strained completely) Potato – 1 cup (boiled and mashed) Paneer – 1 cup (grated) Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Coriander – 2 tbsp (chopped) Cashews – 1 tbsp (chopped) Raisins – 2 tsp (chopped) Maida / Corn flour – 2...

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Veg Chapati roll

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in North Indian recipes | 7 comments

We had a potluck recently and I wanted to make something different with chapati. So I tried veggie chapati rolls for the potluck and they came really good. These Veg Chapati Rolls is a easy lunch box menu too. We can use any veggies for stuffing and we can use any masala according to our taste. My husband who does not like carrots and cabbage liked these rolls :). Time of Preparation : 1 1/2 hours Spice Level – 3 No. of Rolls – 12 Ingredients: For Chapati Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – 1/2 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Water – 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp (adjust accordingly) For Stuffing: Carrot – 2 cups (grated) Cabbage – 2 cups (grated) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green chillies – 6...

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Palak Paratha

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in North Indian recipes, Indian Breads/Roti | 0 comments

Palak Paratha is an easy way to give spinach to the kids. We can make this paratha either by stuffing the spinach like how I did for Methi Paratha or we can just mix the spinach to the dough. I did the Spinach Paratha by mixing it to the dough. Here is the recipe for delicious Green Parathas :). Time of Preparation : 40 minutes Resting Time : 2 hours No of Parathas : 9 Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cups Spinach / Palak – 1 cup Garlic – 3 cloves Green chillies – 2 Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/4 tsp Yogurt – 1/2 cup Oil – as needed Method of Preparation: Grind the spinach, garlic and green chillies in...

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Aloo Palak Curry – Spinach Potato Dry Curry

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, North Indian recipes | 6 comments

Aloo Palak Curry (Spinach Potato Dry Curry) is a tasty Indian dish in which potatoes and spinach are cooked in a spicy mixture. This is a dry version of this dish which can be served with rice or roti (Indian flat breads). Most of us have some kind of greens and potatoes at home. So if you want to make a delicious curry for lunch or dinner then this is the dish. Even if you are not a huge fan of spinach, you will love this dish and you can also make kids eat spinach this way. Try this dish and let me know how it turns out. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 4 to 5 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Boiled Gold Potatoes – 2 big ones (or 8 baby...

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Pav Bhaji

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in North Indian recipes, Chaat | 1 comment

Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian fast food dish from Mumbai. It is a mixed vegetable curry with a special blend of spices (Pav Bhaji masala) that you can find in any grocery store in India or the Indian stores in the U.S. It is served with Pav (buns) instead of roti. This dish made its way from street food to restaurants and slowly became popular all over India. The recipe varies from place to place but the general procedure remains the same. Mashed potatoes and sauteed onions and tomatoes with a few other vegetables and spices are blended together to make this dish. Pav is toasted on a griddle with lots of butter. This is a comfort dish and the right place to enjoy is from the street side vendors. Here I am bringing the street food to your...

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Methi Malai Paneer

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Paneer Recipes, North Indian recipes | 11 comments

Methi Malai Paneer is a delicious Indian gravy cooked with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and fenugreek leaves in a creamy sauce. It is served along with roti or anyIndian breads. This is a simple recipe and can be prepared quickly for a party or for everyday dinner or lunch. Whenever I go to the Indian store, I don’t forget to pick a bunch of methi or fenugreek leaves. I love to make some methi dal or a gravy for my roti and rice. It has a lot of medicinal values and is nutritious. Enjoy the curry with roti or phulkas. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Chopped onions – 2 cups Puree from 2 big roma tomatoes Fresh methi leaves (Fresh fenugreek leaves) – 3 cups Fried paneer...

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Aloo Sarson Da Saag – Creamy Green Curry with Potato

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Featured, North Indian recipes | 10 comments

Sarson Da Saag is a traditional and popular dish in Punjab which is served along with Makki Di Roti. Sarson Da Saag is a curry made from mustard greens and spices. Makki Di Roti is a flat bread made from corn flour. This curry can also be served with naan or roti or other flat breads. Nutrition and you says: Mustard greens is one of the nutritious green leafy vegetables. They are very low in calories and fats but rich in dietary fiber. Fresh mustard greens are an excellent source of several vital anti-oxidants and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E. Regular consumption of mustard greens in the diet is known to prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anaemia and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases, asthma and colon and prostate cancers. I was not aware the nutrition value...

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Gobi Shimla Mirch Ki Sabzi – Cauliflower Capsicum Curry

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Featured, North Indian recipes | 15 comments

Bell peppers and cauliflower are very nutritious. They are rich in vitamins and fiber. I love bell pepper’s flavor and taste. So I usually use it in many dishes I make. I had some cauliflower and bell pepper sitting in my fridge for a short while. First, I was gonna make Gobi manchurian but after I saw the bell peppers I decided to make this gobi shimla mirch ki sabzi. It’s very easy to make and a great side dish for roti’s and naan. Let me know if you try this recipe. Preparation TIme: 45 minutes Spice Level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 3-5 Ingredients Oil : 2 tsbp Onion : 1 (medium) Tomato : 2 Ginger & Garlic paste : 1 tbsp Cumin Powder : 2 tsp Coriander Powder : 2 tbsp Red chili...

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