Mulligatawny Soup is an English soup recipe with origins in Indian cuisine. To be more precise the roots of its origin are in the Anglo-Indian Cuisine developed during the British Raj in India. The name originates from the Tamil words millagai/milagu and thanni and can be translated as “pepper water”. Many relate Mulligatawny Soup with the pepper rasam recipe as well. Both have quite a few similarities as well. But Mulligatawny Soup is thick in texture and is much more than just a soup. It can be happily placed in the category of one-pot meal bowls. It has lentil, rice, plenty of vegetables, coconut milk and herbs. All that required making hearty, fulfilling and comforting one bowl dish.
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.
Bored of regular Aloo Tikki? Then you must try this Corn and Paneer Tikki Recipe. One, it is super delicious. Second, it is 100% vegetarian and gluten-free. Third, it has a fuss-free preparation method. Corn and Paneer Tikki adds a great variety to your snacks table. Serve it with green chutney, a chilled yogurt dip, and nothing else is required. This corn tikki has a mouth melting texture with a perfect crunch of corn kernels. The addition of cottage cheese aka paneer gives these fritters a creamy taste. The unmatched flavor of corn fritters comes from the spices and herbs. In few minutes, you have an excellent finger food ready for the party or a lip-smacking treat for the evening tea-time.
Thinking what to do with leftover naan? Make Naan Pizza. You will surely thank me for this easy naan pizza recipe. Last week, we had a dinner party and guess what, due to some last minute cancellations we were left with extra butter chicken and naan bread. And the next day, butter chicken naan pizza was our quick dinner. Naan pizza layered with rich tomato sauce and topped with butter chicken tastes simply divine. Don’t be stringent while adding cheese, after all, pizza tastes so much better with extra cheese. The combination of butter chicken and cheese is a guaranteed riot of flavors. This particular naan pizza is phenomenal because it has two of my favorite things – first butter chicken, I adore butter chicken. Secondly, super thin and crisp crust. Why is it so amazing? Well, actually, I think I know why (crispy outside, soft inside).
Fish and grilling are two of my favorite duo during this time of the year. We as a family are not big time fish eaters. But somehow after our stay in the Southern Coastal Regions of the country we get hooked to grilled fishes. The intense heat of the grill transforms tender fish into something pretty special. And for me as a cook, who is not very familiar with the nitty-gritty of cooking a typical fish curry, grilling is the best way to serve fish for a meal in no time. The hint of smoky flavor underneath the spicy marinade layer is what compel us to make Grilled Fish again and again. When we as a food-loving couple, think of dinner dates, one alternative is to dine ator the second recourse is to plan romantic dinners at home. We usually go by the second choice.
With the festival of Holi, not just the signs of spring creep up, but also, the mood in the kitchen is set for the deep-fried sweets and snacks. Ghujia, Thandai, Namak Pare, Kanji, Methi Mathri are few snacks prepared in abundance. So much so that they last till the summer beginning. Sweet and sour, hot and soothing, spicy and floral notes come together to embellish the Holi snacks table. The festival’s playfulness is mirrored in the flavorsome food. The explosion of flavors in our mouths is a recreation of the playing of colors outside. Methi Mathri is one such snack, which is inextricably linked with the spirit of Holi. Or I should say any deep-fried snack is the ritual on the festive occasions in our country. This Methi Mathri Recipe is super simple, but also super tasty, with crushed fenugreek leaves, crunchy notes of semolina, and a warm taste of carom seeds. It offers a tremendous amount of flavor that you wouldn’t expect from a simple homemade snack.