Many communities in India follow a strict no onion no garlic diet regime. The reason for following this particular diet regime is mainly religious but nowadays many people avoid onion and garlic due to certain health related issues. It is not an easy task to plan an everyday menu without using the two key flavor ingredients – onion and garlic. As most of the Indian Curries revolve around the paste of onion and garlic. Even for tempering the side dishes onion and garlic are the most commonly used herbs. It is challenging to think about a delicious food without onion and garlic but not impossible.
We are sharing with you 10 No Onion No Garlic Recipes that can be prepared on a routine basis and are so good in taste. These curries and side dishes are easy to prepare, full of flavors and far from boring. I am sure these no onion no garlic recipes will add a lot of variety to your everyday menu.
We are surviving in Delhi summer holding the tall glasses of smoothies, lemonades, and milkshakes. Because it is dry and scorching hot throughout the day. In midst of such high heat, a towering glassful of drinks such as Date and Coffee Milkshake help us keep calm and get going. It has become one of our favorite breakfast drinks for two reasons – it si all naturally sweetened with date and it has coffee. This date and coffee milkshake is one of the delicious ways to have coffee during the summer season. I love milkshakes that taste like cold coffee. And the cold coffee that is actually a milkshake. So cool isn’t it? Perfect for giving you a boost to make the most of a gloriously warm and sunny day ahead.
Raise your hand if you love the classic pineapple raita served at Indian restaurants. Oh God, it is one of my favorite side dishes when I am ordering spicy curries for the main course. It is sweet, savory and has the right note of tanginess from the pineapple. Restaurant Style Pineapple Raita is my attempt to re-create the same magic of flavors in my kitchen. And I am happy to announce that this Pineapple Raita Recipe is as good as the one served at restaurants. With this pineapple raita recipe in hand, you can churn this delicious, summer goodness anytime in your kitchen. No need to wait for your next visit to an Indian restaurant.
Masala Chaas aka flavored buttermilk is one of the most popular Indian summer drink. All you need are 4 ingredients (yogurt, water, salt, cumin powder) and 15 minutes to make this delicious masala chaas. Also, we present to you three different flavors of classic masala chaas. You see, I have these ideas to make masala chaas in 3 ways. That is sure to add a little extra sunshine and freshness to your dull summer gatherings. They are bright and colorful and will make a lovely addition to the festival of colors, Holi gathering table. They are naturally colored with all sorts of fresh herbs and spiked up with a notch of spices. And even more perfect, as it is healthy too. Excited enough to learn more about these eccentric masala chaas recipes?
Have you ever tried Khas Khas Doodh? It is a golden winter bliss prepared with white poppy seed, almonds, and milk. It is an incredible source of heat and energy for the cold winter nights and I’ve been drinking this stuff almost every alternate day from past few weeks. In the Punjabi dialect, they call it Khus – khaas. The Khas Khas wala doodh is typically made with milk, a handful of warming spices (cardamom, turmeric), sugar, and of course the poppy seed and almond paste. Turmeric is my addition to the recipe. After all, it is such a sort after ingredient these days. Khas – Khas Doodh is quite tasty, distinctly warm, earthy with slight notes of sweetness. Interested?? I totally think you should try the recipe.
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.
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.
Kheer and the sweet dish season is back. We have officially entered the festive season in India. An array of festivities lined up in the upcoming months and they come to the halt with the year ending. Samavat Rice Kheer is one of the old school puddings that make a perfect dessert for the festive feasts. Simple, no fuss making process and the conventional creamy texture are the highlights of this gluten-free pudding. The only twist we have introduced in the Sama Rice Kher Recipe is adding a layer of fruits before serving. We love our puddings and custards chilled. Winter season as well is no exception for this rule. And the combination of chilled, thick and rich kheer layered with sweet and ripe mangoes, is definitely a gratifying experience for the food senses. If you thinking where to get mangoes in the month of October, then take a look around surprisingly it is still available. At least, it is still here in Delhi.