Pahadi Lai Ki Sabzi is the simple stir-fry of a local variety of mustard greens. This particular variety of mustard greens has a sharp, saline taste to it with the shades of red on the leaves. The color of leaves is not entirely red so I am afraid if we can categorize them as red mustard leaves. These leaves have a peculiar mustard oil like aroma to them. In the local Kumaoni dialect, we call this variety of mustard greens Lai. Its is usually available throughout the winter season. And we surely miss relishing it while the rest of the year. But few things taste best in a particular season like Sarson Ka Saag. Lai Ki Sabzi has an uncomplicated demeanor. So easy to prepare yet full of fresh flavors.
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What a delicious, blissful Palak Anda Curry Recipe we’ve got going on, and just in time for the upcoming icy-cold winter days. The rustic spinach curry combined with boiled eggs is the answer to the question ‘What could be an alternative to traditional egg curry?’ Though I love the spicy, soup, old-school egg curry during any given day. But when there is an abundant supply of tender spinach leaves and the great need of robust curries to keep us warm. The idea of Palak Anda Curry sounds so much exciting! Just this curry and the piping hot phulkas straight from the gas stove onto the plate, together they provide a delightful meal on a cold winter afternoon.
Arhar Ki Dal is an everyday comfort food to which most us are hooked. Arhar Dal Fry is one lentil curry which without fail accompanies steamed rice or garam garam phulkas for lunch in most of the Indian households. My love affair with this humble lentil curry started at an early age. Anyone who is familiar with the Kumaoni food culture would understand my fondness for this dal. In most of the Kumaoni households, the lunch menu often consists of dal-bhaat (lentil-rice) and when we say dal, by default, we are referring to arhar ki dal. There is an unsaid, soul-satiating comfort in mopping up the piping hot arhar dal fry with steamed rice (bhaat) that too sans using any cutlery. And till date arhar ki dal with rice remains my favorite comfort food, no second thought about it.
The regular Aloo Paratha is too dull for me. That is the reason I am always looking ways to combine aloo stuffing with some additional flavors to create a wholesome flatbread. Sometimes, back we shared the Makki and Aloo Ka Paratha. This time, it is Aloo Methi Paratha. Packed with excitement; that describes the Aloo Methi Parathas best of all! The mashed potato mixture is tucked inside the flavorsome fenugreek-laced dough and rolled out to make pillowy parathas. Who could say no to them? Served with simple raita, freshly churned white butter and aam ka achaar, these Methi Parathas are one of our favorite winter breakfast. Almost, a weekly ritual all over the season, till the family had enough of them.
Who doesn’t love a good, delicious homemade Chicken Biryani for lunch? But many of us fear the grisly Biryani making process, which is a test of one’s patience and perseverance. I’m the kind of person who is always in need of the cheat recipes for the lazy days. Whether it is my 30-Minute Butter Chicken Recipe or Leftover Chicken Biryani both comes handy on days when I am in no mood to spend hours in the kitchen. Such recipes are a great way to restate the leftovers from the previous day sitting in the fridge. So I’m super happy to be bringing this leftover chicken biryani recipe to you. From scratch, quick and easy, and loaded with bursting real biryani like character. All that you can achieve in less than an hour. Trust me on this!!
Like many other curry recipes on the blog, Pakodi Ki Sabzi is too courtesy mom’s recipe book. But this one, in particular, she learnt from her bania (a business community in India) friend much later in life. A no onion/garlic eating regime is quite common in many Indian households but definitely not ours. We follow this kind of strict diet only during certain festivities or mourning, else we are very much in love with our onion and garlic masala. So this friend of mom’s is a pro in no onion/garlic cooking. There is a strong sulphur-rich aroma hanging in the air of her kitchen, maybe because she profoundly uses ghee, jeera and hing tadka for cooking most of the dishes. And we as a kid found that peculiar smell weirdly pleasant and tempting. So we were introduced to this Pakodi Ki Sabzi by this lady (mum’s friend). And much later, when I started exploring the intricacies of local food, found that Pakodi Ki Sabzi is quite a popular recipe in many parts of Northern India.
At this moment in time, I’m happily married to the man of my dreams — who with much love prepared for me Chana Dal Pulao on a lazy, Sunday afternoon. A conventional Punjabi Recipe, simple and flavoursome. Post a long vacation in Singapore, he offered to make me lunch, about five years after we got married. I was taken aback by surprise. The man who only enters kitchen trailing the aroma of good food, talking about cooking lunch. To many of you, it may sound no out of the box story. But for a woman who waited from the first day of marriage for this moment, it was surely an exceptional day. And around then is when he, cheerful and enthusiastic than ever, walked through the kitchen door. I was already on cloud nine. There were butterflies in my stomach like I had on the day of our first date. But that was not the end of panic and pangs. For someone, who never stirred even a pot of milk, cooking main-course meal seems like an uphill task.