• Appetizers & Snacks
  • Pani Puri

    You can’t say you’ve had great Pani Puri until you’re standing on the streets, with a paper cup in your hand, the vendor (pani puri waala) serving you pooris one after the other until you can eat no more, and you’re just there with your nose and eyes watering from the heat of each puri you gobble up…

    Pani Puri Recipe | How to make Gol Gappa step by step | Learn how to make pani puri at home | written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    Ask any Indian, and he or she would tell you that one of the greatest pleasures in life is going for a quick pani puri snack. It is one of the most popular street foods. Every region has its own variation of the dish. Pani Puris are known as “Gol gappas” in Northern India and as “Poochkas” in West Bengal.

    I spent 4 years of college + grad life stuffing myself with these sweet and spicy delights. Literally. I ate this every single day. In fact, I was such a regular customer that I had become friends with many street vendors who recognized me and gave me extra pooris.. just because!

    Now, (this is my opinion and you are welcome to disagree) the Pani Puri you eat from a street vendor is better than a homemade version or from proper restaurants. There is something joyful about eating from these little carts on the streets that you just cannot replicate in a hotel setting. If you’re ever in India, I do urge you to find a street vendor to enjoy these delicacies.

    But for those who do not have the luxury of stepping out of their homes to find a street vendor selling pani puris or for those who would rather have hygienic homemade pani puri, I present to you a detailed recipe for t he same. It isn’t a quick recipe. But if you’re organized and prep ahead of time, you can enjoy these at home.   (more…)

  • Chinese
  • Vegetable Manchurian

    Chinese-inspired Vegetable Manchurian recipe with a detailed step by step pictorial

    Vegetable Manchurian Recipe | Indo-Chinese Veg Manchurian

    25 years ago, my mom kept a recipe journal. In it, she documented culinary experiments unfamiliar to her. Over the years, she got comfortable in the kitchen and developed her own style of cooking. The recipe journal lay forgotten, collecting dust in one of  the store rooms. Miraculously, she has never gotten rid of the journal. She took it with her every time we moved houses.

    Fast forward to January 2016. I discovered the journal whilst cleaning my closet and immediately took to reading her recipes. (Side note: Oh, the cleaning session was forgotten). What excited me was that my mom’s energy and enthusiasm about food burned through every page. It felt nice to know that my passion for good food comes from her. Sure, I take the passion to a crazy new level in the family. But basically, what I’m tying to say is, my Ma is a great cook and I’d probably spend a lifetime trying to become as amazing as she is.

    Anyway – this recipe journal has an ingenious recipe for Vegetable Manchurian. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to give it a try. Incidentally, veg manchurian has also been one highly requested recipe on this blog. Here, I bring you a step by step pictorial of what I believe is a delicious homemade version of this popular recipe.    (more…)

  • Breads & Pizzas
  • Petit Pains au Lait (French Milk Bread)

    If you’re looking to add another bread to your baking repertoire, then this Petit Pains au Lait should be the next one!

    Petit Pains au Lait Recipe | French Milk Bread or Rolls | Step by step pictures | Eggless Breads | Foodomania.com

    As long as we are talking about bread baking, you must know that it does not get any easier than these soft petit pains au lait rolls.

    These french milk bread rolls are pleasantly soft and spongy and an absolute delight to devour. Traditionally studded with pearl sugar, these rolls are meant to be had at breakfast or with chilled milk. However, if your taste buds call for something spicy, you can easy swap out the sugar for your favorite choice of herbs and spices, while retaining the dough and the process of shaping the rolls. The typical “tooth mark” on these rolls give them a differently gorgeous look.

    Although you can rely on all purpose flour to give you a spongy texture that we all love, it is recommended that you try to get your hands on some strong bread flour. And if you want an alternative, vital wheat gluten can help with the gluten content in the dough, thus making it elastic and spongy. Then again – if you are just starting out – don’t even bother. I used neither bread flour nor VWG, and I still found these rolls to be great.   (more…)

  • Accompaniments
  • Aam ka Achaar

    Aloo Parathas with this Aam ka Achaar is a favorite among Punjabi food lovers!

    Aam ka Achaar Recipe | Punjabi Mango Pickle | Indian Pickles & Condiments | Aam Achaar step by step pictures | Recipe by Foodomania.com Aam ka achaar literally translates to ‘pickle made with raw mango’. This is one spicy Indian pickle that involves zero cooking. When raw mangoes are in season, we make it a point to preserve them by making a few jars of this pickle, which lasts us all year long.

    This recipe was passed on to us by a friendly neighborhood Punjabi aunty a few years ago, who just couldn’t stop blushing when I couldn’t stop praising the deadly combination of this Achaar with her hot Aloo Parathas!

    The art of making pickles was passed on to Indian mothers by their mothers and grandmothers. From one mother’s kitchen to another and now finally to my recipe database, nothing has changed. Hope you love this achaar as much as I do!

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