91 posts tagged spice

Pithaud with Chaunke Matar / Gram flour Cakes with Masala Peas

I have more than a dozen gluten-free flours stored in my fridge and pantry, but the bag of besan (gram flour) is the one that needs to be restocked most often. There are many, many ways you can use gram flour in your cooking. Its characteristic nutty flavor gives besan the ability to create tasty, simple dishes that stand on their own with few ingredients. Take this Pithaud recipe for example. It looks simple, right? Well, it is! The delicate golden brown crust and silky smooth interior of pithaud really shines through in this easy dish and is well complemented by simple tomato curry and seasoned sweet green peas. I made this for my friends on Yoga retreat day and they couldn't stop talking about how good it was. Continue Reading

Tropical Fruit Chutney

I adore different types of chutneys and sauces with my food to add some zesty flavor. Made with tropical fruits this chutney has the right balance of sweetness and spiciness! Its preparation is simple too; just chop fruits, add sugar, vinegar, spices, and cook slowly until the mixture thickens. I make it in small batches so that I don't have to refrigerate or preserve by canning. It will keep for two weeks or more on the counter, if it lasts that long. Continue Reading

Tomato curry in a Hurry

If you're a tomato fan, you'll love this and if you're not, well...maybe this will inspire you to try because it serves as a base to get imaginative. The beauty of this recipe is that it is really quick, easy and delicious curry to serve with leftover rice and veggies on busy days. To bulk it up you can add in boiled eggs, chickpeas, seared paneer, tofu, soya chunks, potatoes, whatever you fancy. The additions are endless. You can even puree it and have it as a soup. Enjoy! Continue Reading

Chicken Kofta Curry ( Chicken Meat Balls in a Yummy “No Cream” Sauce)

This is one of those recipes I have been meaning to make since Azlin Bloor announced the 'love my balls' event in the foodies community, but I just didn't get a chance to go to the meat shop. Finally I got some minced chicken this Sunday and made it before the event ended in march. This is a simple but tasty meatballs dish that's surprisingly easy to make for weeknights, and exotic enough for a dinner party. This is also a great substitution for anyone looking for a healthy alternative to fried meat balls. They are poached in a "No cream", and "No nut" sauce. Continue Reading

Mirchi Pakora / Dry Masala Stuffed Chili Pepper Fritters

Knowing how much my husband loves mirchi pakoda I made some on Friday night when his friends came over for nibbles and drinks. The weather was rainy and the deadly combination of chili pepper fritters with drinks was simply irresistible. Seriously, these dry masala stuffed mirchi pakodas are absolute dynamite that you should try once at least. Continue Reading