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!!
Meethi Poori Recipe is an ode to all those simple joys of festive celebrations in a small town, where I grew up. In those days, no fancy desserts, puddings or store bought confectionary would frame our Diwali. Instead, it was the simple, homemade sweet dishes prepared by the mom and the aunts that enticed our taste buds and sweet tooth cravings. Recipes like Meethi Poori, Sooji Ka Halwa, Gajar Halwa or Gujia are very close to my heart and evoke a strong nostalgia whenever I cook them. These are the dishes that remind me of cheerful and best Diwali’s celebrated at my ancestral home with the loved ones. No elaborate feasts or royal buffets could compete with these festive comfort foods. Meethi Poori is a cross between mawa kachori and the regular Poori. It has the taste similar to that of a rich Rajasthani Mawa Kachori while the crispness and flakiness of a perfect Poori.
Nimki is a popular savory pre-make snack from the bylanes of Uttar Pradesh. Nimki comes in many flavors and forms. In many homes, it is shaped like a diamond and called namak para, while in many others it is neatly folded into a layered triangle. Whatever be the shape, Nimki is always crisp, crunchy and a favorite tea-time munchie for the festive season. How to serve Nimki? There is only one answer, with your favorite pickle. Scoop out a generous helping of homemade achaar and serve it with Nimki. And not to forget garam garam chai. With this snack combination on the table, the chitter-chatter never seem to fade away. Or it lasts till the last piece of Nimki is devoured with the leftover masala of the pickle. Such is the magic of Nimki aka Indian style savory crackers.
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.
Looking for a quiet getaway from the Bangalore city life? Then Dubare Elephant Camp, Karnataka is the perfect place for you. Deep into the woods, beside river Kaveri, there stood a breathtakingly peaceful property of Jungle Lodges and Resorts. Dubare Elephant Camp is the joint venture of the forest department and the Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd in order to promote wildlife tourism at its natural best. We started our ride from Bangalore on a crisp Saturday morning, almost at the time of sunrise in our Kawasaki Ninja 350cc. And exactly before lunchtime we reached our destination. The highway till Dubare Camp is moderately decent. And have ample of good pit stops on the way for fuel or a quick bite. Driving or hiring a cab is the best plan to reach this place. The camp is nestled totally off the highway. So it’s highly recommended to use Google Maps or a printed map for the exact directions. If you speak the local dialect then you can seek the help of the natives as well to confirm the directions.While you are about to arrive at the camp give a call to the concerned person at the camp informing him about your arrival time. The polite staff of the camp will take care of parking your vehicle while a small steamer boat transports the guests to the property. Imagine crossing the weirdly peaceful and calm river dodging the extended branches of the trees that are kissing the river. One rarely enjoys such scenes while living in a concrete jungle.