India as a country, is a homeland for a multitude of cuisines ranging from sweet to spicy. While the Northern part of India dwells in rich spicy and sweet flavours, Southern India goes bananas over tangy and other mild aromas. Here are the top 5 popular Indian Dishes you must try-
Chicken Tikka Masala-
Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most loved recipes by Indians from all regions alike. Tender chicken pieces are immersed in a creamy gravy of tomato, yoghurt and spices. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
2. Rogan Josh-
This Kashmiri delight is all about its spices! Juicy red mutton chunks are slow-cooked in a spicy and creamy broth making it an unforgettable delicacy. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
3. Papdi Chaat-
Chaat is one of the most exclusive delicacies savoured across the country, especially in North India. It is made with ingredients like sev, curd, chole, and much more. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
Naan, a staple in the Indian kitchen, comes in varied forms. Naan can come in different forms, and is mostly served with kebabs, exclusive curries, or eaten simply with butter. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
5. Palak Paneer-
Paneer refers to cottage cheese and can be prepared in an array of methods. Palak Paneer refers to when the paneer is prepared in a thick creamy gravy of blended spinach (palak). This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
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No Onam passes by without the sweet flavour of Payasams in the air…Payasams are exclusive sweet delicacies of South India, especially Kerala, and Onam is the season where everybody relishes on their favourite Payasam. Here are top 5 Payasam recipes of the season-
Kadala Parippu Payasam-
‘Kadala Parippu’, also known as Bengal gram, is the main ingredient used in this Payasam. The broth is made by dissolving jaggery and adding soaked Bengal Gram. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
2. Ada Pradhaman-
Ada Pradhaman is one of the most aromatic Payasams in Kerala cuisine. It is a blend of jaggery, coconut milk, cashews and much more ingredients like cardamom, ghee and sugar. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
3. Paal payasam-
This payasam is nothing much but simple rice boiled in milk and sugar with an exclusive taste. Unlike other payasams, Paal Payasam never makes a person feel heavy after its consumption. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
4. Aval Payasam-
Aval Payasam, is just like other payasams, although the main ingredient is ‘aval’. ‘Aval’ is nothing but rice flakes, and has a unique flavour of its own. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
5. Cherupayar Parippu Payasam-
This is one of the richest payasams in South Indian cuisine. Not only is it flavourful, but it is also healthy and nutritious. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
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Baingan Chicken is an exclusive recipe for chicken and brinjal lovers alike, and also a treat in the mouth for those of you who don’t relish on brinjals! Brinjals are rich in various nutrients and not many love the flavour of it. Which is why here is a recipe for Baingan Chicken-
Ingredients for Baingan Chicken-
A Large Eggplant
One large potato
Crushed Ginger and garlic
Heat oil in a Kadai, add the ginger and garlic.
Heat onions until golden brown.
Add the curry masala paste along with a pinch of turmeric powder.
Toss in the chicken and the cubed potato; cover with a lid.
Add the brinjal once the chicken gets tender.
Pour in half a cup of hot water and let the brinjal soften.
Thicken the sauce by adding coconut powder (optional).
Serve hot with steamed rice or fresh Indian Breads.
Beef is meat from the bovine family, like cows, buffaloes etc. It is high in minerals like phosphorus, iron, zinc and much more. Here are the top 5 Indian Beef Recipes-
Add oil, chopped onions, garlic, spices, salt and pepper in a pressure cooker.
Add crushed tomatoes once the onions are translucent.
Remove from heat and blend the mixture to create a fine paste.
Fry the meat until brown in the pressure cooker, add the paste, beef stock and lemon zest.
Cook under high pressure for 30 minutes.
Beef Masala is known for its simplicity, hence making it one of the top 5 Indian Beef recipes.
2) Masala Beef fry-
Roast fennel, coriander seeds, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom seeds and cinnamon until light brown and the aroma is produced; grind them.
Mix the meat, sliced onions, green chillies, tomatoes, ginger/garlic paste, and ground spices; set the marinated meat aside.
After an hour or 2, cook the marinated meat in a large vessel until tender.
Heat oil in a separate pan on medium flame, and fry chopped onions until transparent.
Add curry leaves and mustard seeds until they sputter; fry coconut slivers until golden.
Add the mixture while hot to the meat and mix well; cook until the meat is dark brown and the water is dried off.
Serve hot with dosas or appams.
This beef dish is an exquisite recipe of non-veg loving Keralites, making it one of the best Indian Beef recipes.
3) Kappa Beef Recipe-
Kappa Beef recipe is widely common among Keralites. Fresh tapioca is cooked with coconut slivers, mustard seeds, red chillies etc. and is served with a spicy beef curry. This makes it another of the best of Indian Beef Recipes.
4) Beef Cutlet-
Stir-fry minced beef with turmeric, meat masala, chilli powder, pepper, and salt.
Add water and cook until meat is cooked and water is evaporated.
In a separate pan, heat oil and stir fry onions along with ginger and garlic until golden brown.
Add the minced beef and stir and cook well; add mashed potatoes and mix well.
Shape them into the desired shape (balls, heart, oval etc).
Refrigerate for an hour, dip them in an egg wash, coat with bread crumbs and shallow fry until crisp.
Serve with a sauce of your choice.
Beef cutlets are widely cooked not only in India, but also in many other parts of the world, which makes it one of the best Indian Beef Recipes.
5) Indian Beef Stew recipe-
Marinate boneless beef chunks with salt and pepper.
Brown the meat in a deep pan.
Add chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until tender.
Add water, flour, tomato paste, potatoes and bay leaves.
Simmer in a closed pan until meat is cooked to perfection.
Add necessary salt and cook for another 5 minutes after stirring.
Serve hot with appam/ idiyappam, mashed potatoes or cauliflower, breads and much more.
The beef stew mentioned here is a variant of one of the Western recipes used in India; this makes it one of the best Indian Beef Recipes.
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Summer is the season for you to whisk up the perfect salads to keep you hydrated all day long! Using the right ingredients and drinking ample water throughout the day can help you stay fresh the whole season.
Here are some of the top 5 Salads you should be munching on for ‘Healthy and Nutritious Week’-
Kachumber, meaning cucumbers, are some of the best ingredients that can be used for almost any kind of salads. Kachumber Salad is the perfect crunch this summer due to its heavy content of cucumber. Cucumbers have high water content, hence can keep you hydrated all long. Get the recipe!
2. Green Salad-
With the goodness of the greens pumping in, green salads are amazing for their freshness factor. A salad so easy to prepare and light! Get the recipe.
3. Sprout Relish Salad-
One of the best salads to get you going all day long! Packed with multiple nutrients and proteins, a single bowl of sprout salad with a perfect workout regime can give you the body you have always dreamt for. Get the recipe now!
4. Carrot Sambharo Salad-
Carrots are also a perfect ingredient for salads due to its high mineral content. This salad has carrots as the major ingredient, hence giving you a nutrient-packed day. Get the recipe now!
5. Pasta Salad-
Who wouldn’t love pasta in salads??? Pasta salads can be your perfect bowl of dinner when you blend the perfect ingredients along with it. Get the recipe now!
6. Chicken Caesar Salad-
For all the meat lovers, add some chicken to your favourite salad. The best salad for a meat lover is the Chicken Caesar Salad; toss some chicken into your green salad along with some Caesar dressing now.
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Healthy chicken recipes are something which everyone loves to experiment with, especially when chicken is a much flavourful meat. It is highly rich in protein and is easy to prepare no matter what the recipe is. Even a simple dish where the chicken is just boiled gives a unique flavour for chicken lovers.
Here are some of the top 5 healthy chicken recipes-
Yes, a plate of Chicken Biriyani can actually be healthy! Biriyani can be made healthier by using brown rice instead of white rice, and the ghee content can also be reduced. Further, consume chicken more than the rice and add more natural spices than artificial ones, making it a healthy chicken recipe.
Honey and garlic chicken wings-
Chicken wings are avoided by everyone who is a tad- bit health conscious! But what if these delicious wings can be made healthier? Use garlic and honey as marination to make your chicken ooze out healthy and yummy aromas; also semi-fry it and bake it from there to avoid excess oil, making it a healthy chicken recipe.
Chicken Tikka Masala-
A dish which mostly involves adding in a lot of spices and fats. This dish is a favourite of almost many chicken lovers but is generally a matter of concern due to its oozing fat. The dish can be prepared by reducing the amount of fat and using more of natural spices, in order to make it a healthy chicken recipe.
Garlic is a very healthy ingredient whether used as raw, cooked or fried. Use garlic as a marinade, and also use it heavily in the gravy to make it much richer. Garlic is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, fights cholesterol etc., hence making it a healthy chicken recipe.
Salads are the ultimate health kickers, although may be boring for most. Add in some flavoured chicken chunks to your salad with some Caesar dressing if required. Devour on the tastiest healthy chicken recipe of the day.
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