Palak Chicken Curry Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Spinach Chicken Curry

Chicken lovers love chicken whichever way it comes 🙂 So thought why not I try something that is packed with protein, and did a happy marriage of “Spinach” and “Chicken”.  Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Chicken is brilliant source of Protein.

This step by step recipe of “spinach chicken curry” (पालक चिकन रेसीपी) is hugely simply and easy to make, no marination, ready in about half an hour.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving: 4

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Handi Gosht Recipe | Lamb Stew | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta

Handi Gosht / Lamb Stew

“Handi Ghost” (हांड़ी गोश्त) is Lamb stew or mutton stew, cooked in Handi. Handi is a deep and narrow-mouthed cooking utensil used in Indian subcontinent, normally this is an earthen pot, but can be made of metal. In an ideal set up “gosht” should be cooked in the earthen pot, that offers an absolutely unique flavour, however I have cooked it a metal “handi”, the unique shape of “handi” offers the perfect mechanism on how the heat gets distributed on to the contents while cooking. You may try this in any normal pan, but if you have handi or can get it, try in that. This is awesome non-vegetarian recipe that I have learnt from the authentic traditional cooks living in village, where cooking in “handi” is norm of life. This way you now know “how to make handi gosht” 🙂

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Marination time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 

Serving: 5

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Mushroom Tikka Masala | Mushroom Curry | Indian Curry

Mushroom Tikka Masala Recipe

There were days when I had a negative image of Mushroom, however when I started living in metro cities and saw clean edible mushroom, with all hesitation I tried mushroom in an Indian restaurant. That was an eye opening experience and ever since then I have been a fan of mushroom based dishes. Now that I live in UK, you can find Chicken Tikka Masala in every corner, however I have struggled to find Mushroom Tikka Masala in any restaurant in UK. Here I am sharing “Mushroom Tikka Masala” (मशरूम टिक्‍का मसाला), as I make, it is a nice exotic dish for all those who love to eat mushroom. It is a delicious thick gravy recipe which has grilled mushrooms.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Marination time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 5

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Eggs Kejriwal Recipe | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta

Eggs Kejriwal Recipe

When you hear Kejriwal, rightly or wrongly, you get an image of Arvind Kejriwal. Surely am miles away from any politics, but have built a soft corner for Kejriwal….ummm…Eggs Kejriwal to be precise 🙂  During my visit to “Soda bottle opener wala” restaurant in India I saw “Eggs Kejriwal” in menu, I felt, I must try out to see what that is, and was pleasantly surprised to see its Cheese, Egg and Chilli Sandwich. Subsequently when back in London, I recently visited “Dishoom” restaurant in London, and I saw Eggs Kejriwal and tried that again. Basic recipe at both “Soda bottle Openerwala” as well as “Dishoom”, was similar with minor variation. This led me  to try out the “Eggs Kejriwal Recipe” myself .

Preparation time: 7-8 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serving: 4

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Achari Paneer Recipe | Your Food

Achari Paneer Recipe

My love for Achaar (Pickle) is probably as old as I can cast my memory. Those were the days when growing up in a middle class house hold, that too in a sleepy city in 80’s, when treating having paneer in a meal used to be an event. To make the daily meal more enticing ‘Pickles’ were the best friend. With time I got exposure to new things, and one such thing was variety of food. But, how could I forget my good old friend pickle? That led me to culinary expedition and I found “Achari Paneer”, which is best of both worlds of Pickle and Paneer.

Achari Paneer is a spicy, tantalising paneer curry liked by many and it got its name owing to the presence of spices which are generally used in making pickles / Achaar.

Prepration time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serving: 4

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Dry Bhindi Masala Recipe | by Meenu Gupta

Bhindi / Okra Masala

Bhindi Masala (भिन्डी मसाला) or Okra masala  is a delicious and easy to make recipe for all Okra / Ladyfinger lovers. It is really quick and requires basic cooking skills, which means anybody can try their hands on. This recipe is North Indian / Punjabi version and very similar to what you find in a dhaba / roadside eatry or restaurant. This easy recipe has dry texture and is made by shallow frying okra in onion and common curry spices / masala. The detailed step by step pictorial recipe below explains how to make this bhindi masala easily at home. These are best served with chapatties or indian bread.

These are great source of Calcium, Magnesium, and fibre.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serving: 4

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Kala Jamun Recipe | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta

Kala Jamun

Kala Jaam or Kala Jamun (काला जामुन) is an exotic sweet dish served on special occasions being a scrumptious desert very similar to Gulab Jamun. The difference between gulab jamun and kala jaam is the colour and texture. While gulab jamuns are golden colored balls, kala jamun  have a dark color very close to black (with out loosing any flavour) and have a very distinct texture of grainy from inside and somewhat chewy on the surface. 

Below is the  Kala Jamun pictorial recipe depicted step by step.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 20-22 pieces

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How to make butter naan at home | YourFoodFantasy by Meenu Gupta

Butter Naan – Indian Bread

Butter Naan (बटर नान) is easy to make light and soft indian bread which always make a good pair with rich north indian curries. Normally this is made in tandoor, but can also be made on stove top / gas burner.  

Since normally I have seen people making it in tandoor, I desired to buy a tandoor, but then getting tandoor in house is a big deal especially if you live outside India. However, I did not let it deter my desire for Naan, and tried on tawa and gradually learnt to do it well. My recipe here shares the same tricks that I have learnt experimenting myself.

Though the recipe is for butter naan, but once you can make this, you can do other variants like coriander garlic naan, or stuffed naan.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Resting time: 45-60 minutes (for dough)

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serving: 10 Naan

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Easy Home made Rasmalai Recipe | by Meenu Gupta

Easy Rasmalai Recipe

Rasmalai is a bengali dish made with spongy cottage cheese balls, and the word ‘Ras’ indicates the juice that oozes out of these cheese balls. Below is the detailed step by step recipe to make Rasmalai at home.

Whenever I make Rasgulla, I invariably make some Rasmalai too 🙂 You can not evade this delicacy once you have had it once, it is so much tempting.

Preparation Time: 30 mins   

Cooking Time: 30  mins

Serving: 20 pieces

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Paneer Puff Patties

When you crave for something crispy on surface and filled with some mouthwatering stuffing you will immediately relate to “Puff Patties” as these are crispy, flaky savoury snack usually relished with a cup of hot tea/coffee in the evening. 

Here is my recipe for making this much loved puffed patty with the filling of paneer, aka Paneer Puff Patties, some call this as Paneer pastry as well.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 6

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Easy Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao / pulav or Pilaf  (वेजीटेबल पुलाव) is one of the most common rice dish that is made in Indian homes very so often. Being among common dish on the menu for parties or celebrations, it is an easy one pot recipe in which rice are cooked with simple vegetables. As with any recipe, the success lies in how much your guests love it. This recipe of mine has always been popular for about a decade now. 

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Serving : 6

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Shahi Paneer Recipe

Shahi Paneer (शाही पनीर ) is a delicious North Indian preparation of succulent pieces of Cottage Cheese or Paneer that cooked in rich gravy of onion, tomatoes coupled with few cashews. This is a traditional recipe which has been followed from generations and has been mainstay preparation in Indian cuisine since the time of Mughals. It is simple and quick to make and is ready within 30 minutes, making it a perfect dish, which can impress everyone and anyone.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving : 4-5

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How to make Gulab Jamuns at home | Your Food Fantasy

Home made Gulab Jamuns

Gulab Jamun (गुलाब जामुन) is the most popular and loved dessert in India. Best described as an Indian version of a donut immersed in a sweet syrup. Below is the step by step pictorial recipe to make “Gulab Jamun” with Khoya / Mawa / Dried Evaporated Milk.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 15 pieces

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Coconut Barfi | Nariyal Ke Barfi

Fresh Coconut Burfi / Coconut Fudge or fresh Nariyal burfi is a classic and traditional Indian sweet which is prepared during festivals and special occasions. The taste and the juices that emanate from the fresh coconut give the special richness to this delicacy. Whilst this recipe of mine shows step by step how to make it from fresh milk and fresh coconut, you can use desiccated coconut and condensed milk, to get a similar recipe in less that 10 minutes (see my recipe of Coconut Laddo).

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serving: 6-7

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Drumstick Dry Masala

Masala Drumstick or Spicy Drumsticks is a  north indian recipe which can be cooked with simple ingredients and tastes awesome. Scientific named Moringa Oleifera, also known as Sahjan ki Phali in Hindi, or murungakkai down in southern part of India.You may have already heard it being added to sambhar. Below is my recipe for making Masala Drumstick.

These drumsticks are full of nutrients. Being particularly high in vitamin C, they are also a good source of dietary fiber, potassiummagnesium, and manganese.

An easy to make dish which goes perfectly well with Dal and rice and turns the regular meal into nothing less than fantastic.

Prepration time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serving: 4

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Aata Ladoo | Wheat Flour Ladoo

Atta Ladoo  (गेहूं के आटे के लड्डू) or Wheat Flour laddoo is a round sweet ball made of wheat flour and powdered sugar. Its a rich, sweet snack which is commonly made in every house hold in northern part of India specially in the numbing winters.

Prepration Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 16-18 Ladoo

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Stuffed Bread Roll

Potato Stuffed Bread Roll Recipe

Potato Bread roll (आलू ब्रेड रोल) is a wonderful snack recipe which is made using two main everyday use ingredients bread slices and potatoes. Being crunchy from outside and soft from inside, this makes a best option when it comes to having a snack which can be prepared in a jiffy.

Prepration Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serving: 6 pieces

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Strawberry Jam recipe | by Meenu Guopta

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam

When you think of ‘Strawberry’ what comes to your mind? The big red and juicy image of Strawberry. There are umpteen things that you can do with Strawberries (apart from eating raw). So this time around when I plucked some fresh strawberries from a farm, I thought of doing something that could last for longer…I decided to make Strawberry Jam. To my own surprise this jam tasted far better than what I used to get from supermarket, and my 4 year old approved the same with both thumbs up. Below is the simple and easy recipe for the same.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serving: Yields around 1.5 kg of jam

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Gemista (Greek Stuffed Tomatoes and peppers with rice)

Just few weeks ago, fortunately (thanks to my loving Husband), I got a chance to explore the most beautiful Greek island Santorini. Famous for its infrastructure, I found that island amazingly beautiful and offered some best option in terms of food. Generally when I go out in Europe, being vegetarian I get less options of having some great food. But this island offered me some great dishes. The most common dish which one can find in every Greek restaurant are Greek salad with feta cheese, Fava and Gemista. I tried all the three and liked Gemista very much. I had that in two different restaurants and its really difficult to decide which one was best as both were superb!

Gemista or Yemista which in Greek means ‘filled with’ is juicy, healthy, bursting with fresh and vibrant colours and flavours, is a traditional recipe for Greek stuffed Bell peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables which can be stuffed and baked until soft and nicely browned. The traditional Greek recipe for Gemista can be either vegetarian or non vegetarian depending upon your choice of food.  

In Vegetarian version Gemista, filling is made with rice, chopped vegetables and baked in a tomato based sauce. It maybe  stuffed with minced meat for their non vegetarian version. There are countless versions of Gemista around Greece and every household has  got its own recipe for it. People in Santorini are so nice and helpful as when I expressed my desire to cook and experiment with food, both the chefs gave me the recipe without any hesitation which were almost similar to one another. Here in this recipe I have followed Greek chef’s advice on core cooking, however have added few tips from my own style of cooking like using less oil and spices. 

Preparation time : 45 minutes

Cooking time : 60 minutes

Serving : 3

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Easy Matar Paneer Recipe

Matar paneer (मटर पनीर) is a popular North Indian (originating in Punjab district) dish prepared with paneer and peas. Paneer (Cottage Cheese) pieces and green peas being cooked in onion-tomato gravy with spices and can be enjoyed with Poori, Naan, paratha or jeera rice. You can also add side dish of Raita and Poppadam to make it a full meal.

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Navratra Food | Sabudana Kheer | Sago Pudding | Your Food Fantasy

Sabodana Kheer/ Sago Pudding

Sabudana kheer is another addition to the fasting desserts menu, as its generally prepared during Navratri / Fasting. As name indicates this traditional Indian sweet is made from small size sago pearls (I love calling them pearls, don’t they look cute? ). This creamy smooth kheer is easy to make and digests easily. 

Enjoy this hot or cold 🙂

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time : 25-30 minute

Serving : 3-4 

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