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.
Mango Pickle, Chilli pickle, Lemon pickle etc are common pickles you will find easily however when talking of less common pickles Jackfruit pickle is one I really crave for!
Jackfruit pickle (कटहल का अचार) is one thing that surely I can say my mother-in-law is an expert. Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit is normally available fresh during March through May, and for someone like me who lives in UK, its a novelty to find fresh Jackfruit.
When was the last time you visited an authentic south indian restaurant? If you have been there, yo will find a coconut based chutney served normally along side dosa, idli, etc. Being a north-indian (read bought up in sleepy town), I was less exposed to all south-indian cuisine, so when I got to Delhi (thankfully has got some decent south-indian food serving restaurants), I not only familiarised with scrumptious south-indian taste, I learnt lot more about south-indian cuisine.
Rajma does not need any introduction for an Indian household. Likewise Kidney beans is widely known term in west too. Having said that Rajma has not been so popular as Chole (Chick Pea) or Samosa in west. Objective of my recipe here is to familiarise this to my audience in west as well as for the from Indian subcontinent to suggest how to make restaurant style authentic punjabi rajma masala.
Makhana, also called lotus seeds or fox nuts, is grown in the stagnant water of wetlands, tanks, ponds lakes and ditches. Popular as an ingredient for fasting food, it has immense health benefits too. It is a great snack and at any day roasted makhana will beat popcorn as substitute.
Liver fry or tawa kaleji fry is simple way to cook chicken, lamb or mutton liver using some simple spices on a flat pan. This process of cooking yields a dry dish which can be used as a side dish or can be consumed with naan bread. Not everyone loves livers. As they say either you love liver or don’t love it, just like marmite, you either love it or hate it.