Talking off the off beat vegetables, Tinda (टिंडा) stands out. It is also called “Indian squash”, “round melon”, “Indian round gourd” or “apple gourd” or “Indian baby pumpkin”. Tinda is also called “tindsi” in Rajasthan part of India. When I was kid, I used to make faces thinking of eating Tinda, thanks to ad reputation it carries for no real reason. When I tasted it for the first time (force fed by mom), I was astonished to see how nice this vegetable is!
Bhindi, also known as Okra or Ladyfinger is one of my favourite vegetable. This is one of the common vegetable found in India, however in UK its less so common (rarely found in Tesco or Waitrose) and I look forward to visiting Indian grocery stores where I stand more chance of getting fresh bhindi. Bharwa Bhindi (भरवा भिन्डी) is from Indian Cuisine where the okra /bhindi is stuffed with spicy filling and this vegan dish goes really well with Indian flatbreads.
It is not possible everyday that you have elaborate time to do detailed cooking, especially if its a family of working couple, during weekdays it is sometimes barely possible to spend more than 30 mins in kitchen. What do you do then? Eat ready made meals? Eat left overs? Eat junk? Eat cereals? May be all of these! This “Asparagus Salmon Foil bake”, is an answer to these problems. It is quick to make, contains goodness of Asparagus and Salmon (packed with Protein!) and still super scrumptious.
Whenever am making a south indian dish, be it idli, dosa, uttapam, or pongal, I prefer to make chutneys that goes with it, else somehow I find justice is not done to the food. Two most common chutneys that I make are 1) Coconut Chutney and 2) Onion Tomato Chutney. Both of these are easy to make (Who does not like easy recipes?), as well does not take huge effort and ingredients for this chutney are available in generally in kitchen cupboard.
Not all the days are when you have luxury of time to hand to do elaborate cooking and at that time all you wish is quick recipe, but you do not wish to eat that million calories Pizza from a take away, nor you wish to survive on sandwich. Here comes this handy “honey garlic prawns”, which offers goodness of prawns and is ready in less than 20 mins. Serve with plain steamed rice or with bread of your choice.
Be it holy month of Ramzan or not, Kebabs are super hit any day. Talking of Kebabs, discussion can never end with out bringing Shami Kebab (शामी कबाब) into the mix. Shami Kebab is popular Pakistani and Indian style of kebab, it is different from other kebabs mainly because this one is not fried on a skewer. Shami kebab does not fall in the tandoori family. This one is made by mixing minced chicken along with spices and then frying it.