Chilli Kothu Paratha

Inspired by the Chinese cuisine, here is a lovely recipe for Kothu Paratha!

Kothu Paratha Recipe | Vegetarian Koththu Roti or Parotta (Indo-Chinese) Recipe by Foodomania.com

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Indians love their version of Chinese food. So much so that besides making many Chinese recipes our own, we’ve gone ahead and extrapolated the flavors to our local dishes too!

This vegetarian Chilli Kothu Paratha is one such dish that combines the best of Indian and Chinese cuisines. You’ll find this dish in most restaurants in Tamil Nadu. I’m not sure it is popular outside the state. But if it isn’t it should be. It tastes amazing!   (more…)

Vegetarian Chinese Sizzler

Step by step guide to putting together a delicious vegetarian Chinese Sizzler.

Vegetarian Chinese Sizzler Recipe | Indo-Chinese Inspired Recipes | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

There is no one way to make Sizzlers. The name of the dish is inspired by how the food is presented to you – hot and sizzling. So you could serve pretty much anything on a hot, sizzling iron plate and call it your own Sizzler. You’ll need a special kind of serving dish known as the Sizzler plate. It comes with a wooden stand and a groove with an iron plate. You cook the food and add it to the hot burning iron plate. And to avoid burning yourself, you place the plate on the wooden stand. If you don’t find this plate or do not want to buy it, you could mimic its functions by placing the food on any iron plate and placing that plate on a wooden board.

Read on to read about my version of Chinese Sizzler(more…)

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…)

Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice

Chinese-inspired Vegetable Fried Rice – a quick and tasty meal for the busy weekdays!

Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice | Vegetarian Fried Rice | Indo-Chinese Recipes | Foodomania.com

Let us all acknowledge the truth about Chinese food. They are simple, delicious and overly adapted to suit each one’s taste.

I don’t think I’ve ever had “authentic” Chinese food. Growing up in Mumbai, I had access to all kinds Chinese-inspired dishes – all of which hold a special place in my heart. You’d find a Chinese food corner in almost every street in Mumbai. Chinese food to me means veggies stir frying (or rather – sizzling ) in a hot wok and then a delicious sauce (most certainly prepared with a little bit of vinegar and soy sauce) to finish them up, coupled with rice or noodles or one of the many fusion dishes.

This Vegetable Fried Rice is a quick one-pot meal. It maybe isn’t how the Chinese make it, but it is delicious and easy to make. And this is how it is served in India. Serve it with some Paneer Chilli or Vegetable Manchurian and your Indo-Chinese craving is sorted!   (more…)