This post is one of the kinds that all food lovers would really enjoy going through. I am a food lover myself, and hence thought of compiling a list of few of my favorite dishes that really make me drool at any given point of time! Check them out.
* SHAAMI KEBABS
Being a complete non vegetarian, the shaami kebabs get the first rank on my list. The way my mother makes them, they literally melt in mouth. Surprising thing, she doesn’t have to use any fancy ingredient to make them soft, smooth and deliciously inviting to the eye and the palette.
Made of keema boiled along with chana daal, onions and garlic, black peppercorns and then ground to a smooth paste on a stone Sil Batta (for the rustic flavour); mixed with chopped onions, finely chopped ginger, green chillies, mint / coriander leaves. Make kebabs on the palm like tikkis and fry them on a griddle with very little oil and they are ready to be served with either mint chutney or tomato ketchup. Yummy..
* DAHI BHALLA
It is one of the dishes that I always have space for. Made of Urad and little bit moong daal paste, deep fried balls, dipped in Heeng and Salt water right after deep frying. Covered in snow like smooth curd, sprinkled with salt, red chilli powder and roasted cumin powder with colorful green khatti chutney and dark brown imli chutney. Absolutely Balle Balle!
The Main Hunger Busters
* ARHAR DAAL & ZEERA RICE
Seeing the temperatures rising, Arhar Daal & Zeera Rice are always on my mind for a filling as well as light afternoon meal. Easy and quick to make and light on the stomach, it is a delicious lunch recipe.
Arhar daal boiled with Salt, Red Chilli and Turmeric on one side and on the other hand, a little gravy like tadka prepared with sliced onions, crushed garlic cloves, cumin and chopped tomatoes for the daal.
* CHHOLE BHATURE
An outstanding North Indian dish that is one of my all time favorite grabs for hunger. Chickpeas cooked in various Indian spices and spicy onion tomato gravy served garnished with fresh coriander, ginger julienne, & sliced green chillies. The Bhature are nothing but a deep fried bread made of refined flour and curd dough. Irresistable.
Biryani is one dish whose aroma is also capable of making me hungry all over again. This spicy, yummy rice dish cooked with chicken or mutton along with exotic spices like Nutmeg, Mace, black peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, etc along with spicy gravy, finished with fried onions, served with curd raita is a complete stunner!
* KEEMA KARELE
Reading Karele (Bitterguard) must have put many off but trust me, after you would have it once, you would want it more! There is not even a tinge of bitterness that you could taste. I too used to run away even by the name of karele, but after trying it out once, I am a huge fan now.
Keema cooked in spices and gravy first and then equal quantity of karele and onions added to it and cooked for a little more time. This dish is such a hit on my favorite dishes list, that I just can’t ignore it at all!
* BAJRE KI KHICHDI
Another rural dish with its own rustic / ethnic charm that is always capable of pulling me towards it. Basically a dish of Rajasthan, it is one of the best foods in winters to keep you warm and safe from the cold.
Made of Bajra and Chaule ki daal, soaked and crushed in a mortar pestle, boiled with just salt over a choolha to impart that rustic wooden flavor and served with Til (Sesame) Oil or Ghee.
Zarda is an authentic muslim dessert made of rice and loads of dry fruits. Yellow in color, garnished with cherries, dry fruits and grated coconut, it looks nothing less then a mesmerizing and inviting platter. Happy indulging!
This is all for my recipe list… Bon Appetite!!!