Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry }

Chicken kofta curry – A delicious dish made with minced chicken, ginger, garlic, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric and then steam cooked in a spicy curry. A hearty curry made with a perfect blend of wholesome spices. chicken-kofta-curry-1

Over the last year I have met so many people who are passionate about food. I am learning so much from all the talented home-chefs and bloggers. I am loving the interesting conversations about food, cultures, recipe developing, cooking techniques and tools, the list will go on and on!  The best part of being a food blogger is this phenomenal journey and meeting all the wonderful people along the way.

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Chana Saag {chickpeas and spinach spiced with garam masala}

Chana Saag is a classic Indian curry made with chickpeas, loads of spinach, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and spiced with homemade garam masala. Serve it with warm pita bread or steamed basmati rice for a perfect vegan and gluten free weeknight meal. This crowd pleaser recipe can be made ahead, making it an ideal dish to serve at parties.

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Curry Puffs

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During spring break 2015 we visited my sister, Arti, in Singapore. We had so much fun exploring and eating Singapore’s delicious cuisine, especially the seafood. We were also spoiled by Arti’s stellar cooking. She had won the Singapore Master Chef challenge with her famous biryani just a couple of months before and my boys were very proud of her. During our eight day stay not only did we get to try her savory biryani but she also prepared so many more eclectic  dishes. In addition to all that fancy food we also snacked on many varieties of curry puffs while we were on the go. Curry puffs are a common snack in south east Asia, made with pastry shell and yummy fillings of curried chicken, potatoes or eggs.  It is similar to the empanadas except that the outer cover is flakier and pastry like. Continue reading “Curry Puffs”

Thai Massaman Curry

We love Thai food. Probably because of its similarities to Indian food… the spicy curries, the coconut, the fragrant rice. Today’s Thai massaman curry recipe dates back to Christmas 2008 when we visited our friends, Punitha and Winston, in Atlanta. It was our first time meeting Punitha and boy did she spoil us with her delicious cooking!! On the last day of our stay she made an amazing Thai meal featuring her massaman curry recipe and I’ve been making her recipe ever since. It always comes out perfect and is eaten up in no-time! My boys love it. This is a quick weeknight recipe that can be served with some steamed Jasmine rice.

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Chana masala

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Chana masala (spiced chickpeas) is a staple in my kitchen and definitely my go-to dish when entertaining. This intensely spiced, tangy, aromatic dish makes for a healthy, protein packed dinner.

This dish can quickly be made if you have the spices roasted and blended in advance (or you can use ready made chana masala spice which is readily available). I recently made a batch of this spice blend to speedup my weeknight cooking. After researching quiet a few recipes and several trials, I now have the perfect recipe that I am thrilled to share with you! This blend uses Kashmiri red chilies that give the dish a deep orange color and just the right amount of heat and dried mango powder to enhance the tangy tomato flavor. The spice blend uses few basic spices and can be made ahead in a big batch or can also be made while you are sauteing onions for this chana masala recipe. Here is the recipe using my chana masala spice blend that can be made in a jiffy.

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Homemade 5-Ingredient Garam Masala

Garam Masala is a staple spice blend in every Indian home. It is the aromatic spice blend that brings warmth and depth to Indian cuisine.

Every region, every family has their own secret recipe for garam masala that is combination of spices. My mom’s quintessential garam masala uses 19 to 21 spices. I still remember her yearly ritual of making the garam masala, which involved shopping for the best whole spices, cleaning and roasting them, grinding them and then carefully storing them in beautiful glass jars. It would be shared with relatives and used for rest of the year. Lucky for me, my mom still makes the blend every year and has a jar ready for me to bring back each time we visit her in India.

Garam Masala - Home made 5-ingredient recipe

Over the past several years, during her visits to the US she taught me how to create a simplified version in smaller batches. This version uses 5 ingredients that are readily available – peppercorns, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black cumin or caraway seeds. Just 1 tsp of this garam masala can add authentic flavors to many Indian dishes. Flavors of this homemade version has no comparison to any store bought spice blend.

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Spicy Malabar Shrimp Curry

Spicy Malabar Shrimp Curry -Succulent, crisp shrimp in a spicy curry with ground red chilies, tangy tamarind, balanced with nutty aromatic fenugreek seeds.

A recipe too good not to share! I recently came across one of Maunika Govardhan’s shrimp recipes that had my taste buds jumping with excitement. I had a friend, who loves seafood, coming for dinner so I thought I should give it a try.

Well my excitement got the best of me… I was so eager to make this dish that I didn’t stop to read the detailed instructions and instead started making it simply by going back and forth between the ingredients and method on my iphone.

Before I knew I was at the last step of making the sauce and I had poured in 4 tablespoons of tamarind paste. It took me a minute to realize that it probably is too much as the recipe also calls for lots of tomatoes but it was too late. Once the shrimp was cooked, I had a taste and it was sour. I went back to the recipe and read her detailed notes where she clearly mentioned the strength of the tamarind paste.

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Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta – A spicy and smokey eggplant dish made with char broiled eggplant, garlic and chilies. This North Indian favorite dish can be enjoyed with naan as an entree or served with pita chips for a yummy appetizer.

I LOVE eggplant! I have baingan bharta eaten it in many restaurants but my mom’s recipe beats them all in taste, texture and aroma. In my recipe I also add tomatoes to add the tangy flavor. I prefer charring the skin directly on my outdoor grill burner but I also sometimes broil it in the oven. Peel the charred skin, mash the eggplant and then saute with green chilies, garlic, onions, tomatoes and scallions.. yumm.

Here is a step by step recipe for baingan bharta:

Roast the eggplant directly on a outdoor grill or broil on high for 20 mins until all the outside skin is charred and the eggplant gets mushy all over.

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Fish Curry with Basmati Rice

Fish Curry, a light and flavorful curry with coconut, tomatoes, turmeric and red chili powder is a staple in our home. Served with steamed basmati rice, it makes a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Most fish cook really fast and need very few ingredients to bring out the flavors making them a quick and healthy week night dinner option. This particular curry recipe is very simple and pairing it with aromatic Basmati rice makes it a wholesome and satisfying meal. Continue reading “Fish Curry with Basmati Rice”