Minced lamb (मटन कीमा) when cooked with aromatic spices, tomatoes, onion and garlic yields a perfect mouth watering dish, which can be used as main dish or as side with some other curry with gravy. Lamb keema is a “happy dish” (as I call it), that it can be easily paired with any bread or naan or can be used as a filling in sandwich or as even topper on jacked potatoes.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Being north -Indian if I say that Paneer paratha is something new, it will be utter lie. Paneer paratha is one of the many popular paratha varieties from punjab region of India. It is served in most restaurants as well as punjabi dhabas (road side eateries). In most of punjabi (and north Indian) households paratha is often part of one or other meal.