Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot

Chicken Biryani – The epitome of a one-pot meal made with aromatic basmati rice, tender chicken, spices and herbs that is cooked over low heat for the most delectable flavors.

Chicken Biryani is one of my most favorite dishes and definitely one of the most requested meals at my house. I say meal because you have your proteins and grains all together and you really don’t need anything else to accompany this dish. There are many variations of this recipe that originate in several states of India. My favorite, of course, is the one made by my mom that I grew up eating. I distinctly remember the day when her friend came over to teach her how to make “Dum Biryani”. They spent almost half of the day grinding fresh spices, frying batches of caramelized golden onions and then cooking the chicken marinated in yogurt and spices over long grain basmati rice. It was cooked on a low setting in a large pot with a tightly sealed lid. They actually sealed the lid with dough to make sure it was airtight! Hours passed. We all waited for the big reveal and when the lid opened our entire home was filled with a warm, deep spiced aroma. That was possibly the most heavenly biryani I have ever had. Thankfully, we had enough leftovers and it was surprising to see how much more the flavors developed the next day. Continue reading “Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot”

Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot

Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – A vegetarian, one-pot, gluten free dish with lentils, rice and vegetables, cooked in ghee, turmeric and red chili powder makes an amazingly flavorful comfort meal!

Khichdi, Khichadi or Kitchari is a nourishing porridge-like dish cooked with lentils and rice. Referred to as the Indian “comfort food”, it is often used for babies and the elderly, a healthy meal that is easy to chew, digest and SO good for the body! Continue reading “Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot”

Butter Chicken – Instant Pot

Punjabi murg makhani also know as butter chicken is one of the most popular Indian dish across the globe. Smoky flavorful chicken, grilled in the tandoor with heavenly aroma of the garam masala and fenugreek, dunked in a creamy sauce with orangish hue from the red chili powder and turmeric – is how I reminisce butter chicken! Continue reading “Butter Chicken – Instant Pot”

Egg Bhurji {Indian scrambled eggs}

Indian scrambled eggs or egg bhurji is a spicy, mouth watering spin on the scrambled eggs. Healthy and nutritious eggs, cooked in caramelized onions, scallions, hot chili peppers, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and a variation of spices and garnished with cilantro or scallions or both!

In many Indian cities, road-side stalls serving hot egg bhurji with soft buns drenched in butter is a common site. It is a very popular street food, that I never had a chance to try. Lucky me, has a gourmet cook mother who made a much healthier version at home that tastes heavenly. Continue reading “Egg Bhurji {Indian scrambled eggs}”

Lentils with drumstick Leaves

After weeks of indulging into festive foods, its high time to share some healthy and everyday dishes that I cook for my family. Lentils aka Daal is a favorite dish in my home. My boys love all sorts of daals. I feel happy and satisfied to see them eating healthy and protein packed foods (at least for weekday dinners).

During my recent trips to Indian grocery store, I noticed some greens that I had never seen before. The label on them said ‘Drumstick leaves’. Not knowing how to use them I did not buy them. I was curious what they were used for. After researching a little bit I found out that these leaves are a nutritional power-house. Here is the nutrition information from wikipedia: The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitaminsvitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotenevitamin Kmanganese, and protein, among other essential nutrient  Continue reading “Lentils with drumstick Leaves”

Gulkand Semiya Kheer {Rose flavored sweet vermicelli pudding}

A classic indian dessert, ‘kheer’, with a twist! Gulkand semiya kheer: A pudding made with thin vermicelli, milk and sugar that is topped with saffron, golden fried cashews, raisins with an added hint of rose flavor from rose petal preserves.  A refreshing new take on the oh so divine vermicelli pudding!   Continue reading “Gulkand Semiya Kheer {Rose flavored sweet vermicelli pudding}”

Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}

If there is one Indian dessert recipe you want to learn, ‘paakatali puri’ is the one i would recommend. It is the yummiest recipe which uses few basic ingredients and is also nut free. It is easy to make and tastes heavenly with its crispy and luscious texture!

Last Sunday, we celebrated a traditional hindu festival called Naagpanchami. The festival is to worship snakes and there are many legends in hindu mythology narrated to the importance of this day. For me, this festival brings back the memories of my mom making the scrumptious ‘paakatali puri’ – Fried dough flatbreads drenched in sugar syrup infused with saffron and a hint of lemon! Continue reading “Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}”

Kale-Potato Parathas{flatbreads}

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I was introduced to Kale years ago when I first ate Kale chips. Since then I have  come across several articles that helped me understand all the nutritional benefits of kale. It is jam-packed with vitamins, fiber and several dietary minerals. Given it is so readily available in stores, I tried it as chips, in salads and then slowly introduced it in my Indian cooking. My latest experiment with Kale is making multi-layered, laccha parathas with blanched kale, potatoes, green chilies and lots of garlic. My boys who love parathas, loved these parathas and now we enjoy them frequently for breakfast, lunch and dinner! For me it’s a great way to incorporate Kale in our diets. Continue reading “Kale-Potato Parathas{flatbreads}”