Chow Chow Kootu | Chayote & Lentil Stew

Even the most obsessive gourmand would love to keep a few humble dishes in their repertoire to cook up & have every now and then. What this dish lacks in the “looks” department – it more than makes up for in the taste & after-effects department. So light is this on your stomach that you’ll not feel sluggish or lazy after a meal of rice and this stew. In South India, we call this “Chow Chow Kootu”. Kootu is just a stew. (more…)

Afghani Paneer Masala

I’ll be honest. I haven’t tasted authentic Afghan food. I have never owned an authentic Afghan cookbook either. So if you are from Afghanistan and have no clue how I named the recipe ‘Afghan Paneer’, I’ll tell you how. I saw a Youtube video of an Afghan Chicken side dishย  long back. I loved the flavors that went into making the gravy and wanted to ‘vegetarianize’ the same. So here’s my take on some of the flavors of Afghanistan! (more…)

Mixed Vegetable Curry

A lot of people I know are afraid of making gravies. It is really funny, because there really is nothing simpler than making gravy! I kid you not. How hard is it to throw in some vegetables and spices and give it a quick blend? I hope this recipe will serve as a simple guide to making any gravy, anytime you want. This curry is quite different from what Iโ€™ve been eating and making because I have included roasted capsicum in the gravy. The standard protocol calls for onions, and often tomatoes. I wanted to find out how roasted capsicum tastes when included in gravy. I even thought the idea was cool and innovative, until I found a bunch of gravies using capsicum and all sorts of vegetables on the internet! Turns out, innovation is rare! ๐Ÿ˜€ (more…)

Kadai Paneer ~ cottage cheese in spicy gravy

Paneer is the most common cheese that is used in Indian cuisine. And undoubtedly, one of the tastiest! ๐Ÿ˜€ Paneer is similar to cottage cheese and can be easily prepared at home. Kadai Paneer is one of the most common paneer side dishes that people make at home. And it is commonly featured in most restaurant menu cards. There really is no fixed recipe for this side dish. Everyone has their own secret family recipe! This is just how like it. Simple, not too spicy, not too bland – just right! ๐Ÿ˜€ FYI, Kadai (read: Kuh-daa-ee) means a big wok. And any curry based paneer dish made in the wok would be called Kadai paneer! ๐Ÿ™‚ (more…)