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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No-Knead Garlic Rolls

Simple overnight, no-knead garlic rolls with extra chili!

Garlic Rolls Recipe | Overnight, No-Knead Garlic Chilli Rolls | Easy Garlic Swirl Rolls | Garlic Chili Rolls recipe with step by step pictures | Foodomania.com

Some recipes are borrowed, some passed down and some – like the recipe for these no-knead garlic rolls – are invented by my over imaginative brain.

There is a lot of thinking about food going on in my head all the time. I’ve been branded an obsessive foodie by many. And why should I be embarrassed about it? Yes – I may not seem normal to my next door neighbor; who cannot fathom why my eyes pop out when I smell beautiful onions caramelizing or when I see mint leaves growing right outside in the garden like there’s no tomorrow! The truth is – my brain goes into a recipe overdrive every time I see or get my hands on fresh ingredients.

One day, I got myself some fresh, subtly pungent garlic cloves and plucked green chilies from my chili pot… and got to thinking about all the classic possibilities I could make with 2 most commonly used ingredients. I had made numerous variations of the garlic bread before. The one thing all of them involved was – KNEADING. While there isn’t anything wrong with getting some elbow grease, wouldn’t we all like to do away with the kneading a few times? After a few different attempts, I finally made some super soft rolls with a dough that barely involved any kneading!

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Paneer Burger

Spicy Indian-inspired Paneer Burger with veggies. A favorite among veggie lovers!

Indian Paneer Burger Recipe with step by step pictures | Learn how to make spicy paneer burgers | Veggie Burgers | Foodomania.com

There comes a point in every Indian vegetarian’s life when he or she stops to wonder –  Is Paneer the only substitute for meat? The answer is – mostly – Yes. Most of the fabulous recipes which use meat can be suitably modified to create healthy and tasty vegetarian dishes. And instead of the meat component, Paneer is used.

With around 18 grams of protein per 100 grams of Paneer, it is also widely accepted as an excellent protein source for vegetarians. Of course, there are many more faux meat substitutes available in the market these days. And then there is Tofu. But none of these substitutes come close to the flavor and flexibility offered by Paneer – IMO.

I created this burger recipe with leftover paneer. After having enjoyed a rich meal of Paneer Pasanda and Naan the previous day, I was in no mood for another royal meal. I wanted something light, fresh and healthy – and most importantly – I wanted to use up all the leftover paneer and grilled veggies. This burger is as healthy as it is delicious. And it hardly takes 15-20 minutes from start to finish. If you’re looking for a nice Indian-inspired veggie burger – this is a great recipe!   (more…)

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…)