• 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…)

  • Indian
  • Rajma Masala

    This Rajma Masala is an Indian version of the Bean Chilli – Soft kidney beans cooked with exotic spices in an onion & tomato based gravy. 

    Rajma Masala Recipe | Punjabi Vegetarian Side Dishes | Spicy Kidney Beans Curry | Veg Restaurant style rajma masala recipe by Foodomania.com

    Kidney beans are referred to as Rajma in India. And the spicy gravy based dish that is commonly prepared is known as Rajma Masala. It is usually served with Rice or RotiRajma Chawal, a combination of the rajma masala and rice is one of the most popular meals served in many parts of Northern India.

    Once a week, I get my dose of proteins from kidney beans. I like them in almost any form. Boiled, made into a patties, tossed with a salad dressing or cooked into this deliciously spicy curry. I like to serve Rajma with Jeera Rice. In my opinion, the mildly fragrant Basmati rice paired with a delicious bean curry has got to be the best meal ever.

    Now, before we move on to the recipe, let me tell you what is different about this rajma masala recipe and why you should definitely try this one… (more…)

  • Indian
  • Paneer Tikka Masala

    Here’s my version of the classic Paneer Tikka Masala! It’s classic, simple and oh-so-flavorful!

    Paneer Tikka Masala Easy Recipe | Spicy Indian Side Dishes | Indian Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    A good paneer recipe can make my heart skip a beat. Among most Indian-food lovers – especially the vegetarian ones – Paneer is revered because it is the one ingredients that can made into whatever their heart desires… Kind of like an avocado. 😉

    I experiment with Paneer quite often. This is my absolute favorite recipe for a Paneer Tikka Masala. It is classic, simple, zingy, flavorful and oh-so-spicy! This is the kind of recipe that Indian food dreams are made of! Admittedly, this recipe does involve a few steps that may not be an impatient guy’s cuppa tea. However, the recipe steps are quite easy and absolutely doable by any home-cook!

    Indian restaurants make big bucks selling paneer tikka masala to Indian food enthusiasts. While a good curry in the restaurant is definitely worth the buck, you’d be better off if and when you make it at home – knowing fully well what goes into the gravy and well in control of the spices, salt and oil. And of course, a homemade dish is always going to leave you feeling satisfied. So without further ado, here’s how I like to make Paneer Tikka Masala.  (more…)

  • American
  • Baked Potato Wedges

    Enjoy a big plate of spicy baked potato wedges with your favorite condiment! These roasted fries take almost no time to prepare and are hard to resist!

    Baked Potato Wedges Recipe | Spicy Roasted Potato Fries Recipe - written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    Potatoes are humble vegetables. Inexpensive and incredibly flexible, they make for some of the best savory food creations.

    Take these baked potato wedges for example. These spicy, crispy, roasted potatoes are all you need out of comfort food. And because they’re baked, you’re doing yourself a favor by cutting out all the fat. Still not the healthiest dish around, I’ll admit. But when you go high on starch, you could benefit from reducing the fat at the very least, yeah?

    You can use your favorite combination of spices to customize these wedges the way you want. In fact, I always like experimenting with the seasoning, just so that I could enjoy the variety. These extra crispy baked potato wedges are quickly becoming a Friday-night staple. I freaking adore them and I’ll bet you would too! 🙂   (more…)