Our guest post series continues, with the talented Indian food blogger Binjal Pandya from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen! I have long been a fan of Binjal’s great recipes and beautiful photos. And I must say she is among those bloggers who define new artistic perspective of the conventional Indian cuisine with their photographs. While I was compiling the list of guest bloggers for the year 2017 she was the first one to make it to the list. I regularly find myself getting inspired by lots and lots of her recipes, so I know that you’ll enjoy this one! Even more than that, I just completely love being able to call Binjal a friend. And don’t miss out our collection of guest posts on Pinterest.
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?
Mooli Ki Kadhi is one of the best summer curry recipes. It is light on the stomach, big on flavors and requires your minimal time near the stove. Yes, we are already thinking of gloomy summer days ahead. And started working on summer recipes such as Mooli Ki Kadhi. For a day, give a miss to your regular Kadhi and try this version. It has the unique pungent flavor of radish plus it is 100% gluten and onion/garlic free. In our Kumaoni dialect, we call it Mooli Ki Jholi. In our everyday conversation, we commonly use the term jholi for kadhi. And the consistency of Kumaoni jholi is on a thinner side like a shorba or jhol. Perfect to mop steamed rice with it using your fingers.
This delicious Matar Mushroom Masala recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and full of the most gratifying curry flavors that are sure to warm you up. One of my favorite meals of the week? This quick, easy, and oh-so-comforting Matar Mushroom Curry. Serve it with chapati or jeera rice, either way, it tastes super good. So if you’re looking for a fancy and comforting meal to share with some important people in your life this week, this delicious Matar Mushroom Masala Curry could be your favorite pick. It does not require a list of lavish ingredients. The trick to getting it right is in perfectly and patiently sauteeing the masala. If you are seeking a restaurant like Matar Mushroom Curry then at each step fry the masala till it starts leaving the sides of the pan. That is the only not-so-secret trick to make a classic curry.
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.
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.
Meethe Chawal or the sweet pulao is considered one of the most auspicious dishes in Punjabi Cuisine. Desserts made with rice are popular in Punjabi to name few – Kheer, Phirni and this unusual version of savory rice is a specialty prepared on certain festive occasions. Considered a good omen, to combine yellow rice with sugar and serve it as a sacred offering to the deity of the family. Enriched with the aroma and color of saffron and cardamom, this sweet pulao is the fitting end to a conventional Punjabi meal. The earthy taste of whole spices and the sweetness of saffron make this sweet pulao a perfect melody of flavors. Don’t forget to garnish Meethe Chawal with a generous amount of almonds and pistachios before serving.
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.