The aromatic curries, masala-packed fries, biryani and parathas , they work miraculously to lure you into their spell.
So prepare yourself to dive into a world of spice-packed, flavour and fragrance rich Indian food. From paneer makhni to Kerala-styled prawns , from mutton roganjosh to Parsi eggs , every dish is an exceptional mix of spunky ingredients and different cooking techniques.
India's regional and cultural diversity reflects beautifully in its food and is possibly the main reason why Indian food outranks that of other countries. Each Indian state has its own unique pandora of flavours and ingredients. Even the spices they use are their own concoction and made from scratch: Indian food has a few distinct characteristics that make it 'truly desi '; Its generous use of spices like ajwain , dalchini , cloves , black cardamom , star anise , dhania and tamarind.
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Its affinity for marrying flavours and most importantly its array of addictive street food. Crisp pani puris , mind-blowing papri chaats and steaming hot aloo tikkis.
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It is one of the signature dishes of Kashmir. Robust with varied spices, the dish is cooked with the aroma of fennel seeds, garam masala , bay leaves, turmeric and is indeed a celebration of all senses.
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A delicious dinner party option, Rgan Josh can be best paired with butter naan or paratha. This gorgeous plate is the reason every Punjabi takes pride in his food. Chunks of chicken marinated overnight in yogurt and a beautiful mix of spices, served with a dollop of melting cream or butter on top.
A perfect dinner party recipe, this North-Indian style chicken recipe is made throughout the country with equal zest. Butter Chicken was invented in the kitchen of Delhi's famous Moti Mahal restaurant years ago, yet it continues to win hearts even today. A stunner of a recipe, this one gets the Bengali flavours just right. Bhapaa is the Bengali word for steamed and this bengali recipe is exactly what it means.
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The humble potato tossed in local flavours of panch phoron five spice powder , coconut paste and mustard oil, steamed to perfection. You can simply say this is a vegetarian version of Bhapaa Maach , just the fish has been replaced with baby potatoes. Bhapaa Aloo is the quintessential bengali recipe with the aromatic five spice powder generously used.
There are a basic 20 to 30 spices that are used in many dishes—cumin, coriander, turmeric, and ginger, to name a few—and there are an infinite number of ways of using them. Contrary to common belief, not all Indian dishes are curries.
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In fact, a basic chicken curry is one of the simplest things to start with when first experimenting with Indian cooking. Serve it with a side of dal a stew made of lentils, peas, or beans and some roti a tortilla-like wheat flat bread, available for mail order at ishopindian. Indian cuisine has an added bonus for vegetarians: Judicious use of spices and sauces breathes new life into the likes of potatoes, cauliflower, peas, and eggplant. Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs.
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In this recipe, chicken thighs are marinated in a tangy blend of Greek yogurt, lemon and spices, then grilled on skewers until golden brown. Everyone seems to love it -- in fact, the first time I made it for a crowd, I actually ran out of food. Made with a rotisserie chicken and canned coconut milk, this easy version of Mulligatawny soup is a one-pot supper that you can have on the table in 45 minutes. I like to serve it with a scoop of basmati rice but, really, store-bought or homemade naan is all you need to complete the meal.
This recipe, sent to me by one of my readers, is a slam dunk winner. Every time I make it, my family literally scrapes the pan clean.