Navratri 2017 Recipes: 5 Delicious Paneer Recipes to Try at Home

Navratri 2017 starts from 21st September. The nine days of festivities will also see many devotees observing a fast. This is the period when many households, particularly in North India and Gujarat, follow a restricted diet without the use of onions, garlic, whole grains, non veg, table salt, pulses, and certain spices and vegetables. Milk and dairy products are however allowed, and therefore various kinds of vrat dishes are created during this festival making the most of dairy products, particularly paneer. Paneer or cottage cheese is a popular vegetarian treat, and can be prepared in myriad ways to delight…

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Navratri 2017: 5 Tasty Kuttu Recipes That You Can Savour at Home During Fast (Vrat)!

One of the most awaited festivals is just around the corner and all Hindus across India are gearing up to celebrate the nine-day long festival of Navratri which is slated to begin 21st September and will end on 29th September, 2017. While we welcome Goddess Durga, many people would be observing the Navratri fast (Vrat) for nine long days to attain blessings from the deity. It is imperative to eat simple food. One of the most commonly used foods during fasting is buckwheat or Kuttu ka Atta that is used to prepare Satvik foods…

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Top 10 Vrat Recipes for Navratri

1. Happy Navratri! One of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals, Navratri refers to the nine auspicious nights during which people across the country worship goddess Durga and her different avatars. Foods like meat, onion,grains, garlic and alcohol are considered inauspicious and unholy during these days. Since ingredients like onion and garlic are avoided, it becomes difficult to decide the daily menu. If you are looking out for some delicious Navratri food recipes to have during your fast, you can try Coconut Makhana Laddoo,Lauki Ka Halwa, Sabudana Tikki, Methi Singhara…

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Nigel Slater’s blackberry recipes

The persistent bramble that appears from the old garden wall refuses to fruit, which makes its annual appearance all the more irksome. Blackberries have previously fruited well on the damp, shaded side of this garden, tied on to rusty frames, as juicy as they were reliable. But the haul was never quite enough to justify their presence and they lost out to a flirtatious Hydrangea paniculata. One of the problems of a small urban garden is working out how to use the limited space. Enough fruit for one pie per year…

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One green, four red: tomato recipes from Anna Jones

Today I ate tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Squashed on to bread with oil, salt and a little cheese on the side in the morning; at lunch, in heavy wedges with a dousing of sea salt alongside a simple chickpea salad; and, at supper time, cooked down into a warm salsa to eat with potato tortilla. I am in Portugal and the tomatoes here are worthy of all the superlatives you could bestow on a fruit or vegetable, but at home the season is in full swing too. Last…

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8 Lip-Smacking Keema Recipes That You Must Try

Keema is a traditional meat delicacy popular across the Indian subcontinent. The word ‘Keema’ is believed to have been borrowed from the Turkish word ‘Kıyma’, which means minced meat. Keema  was a popular breakfast staple in the Awadhi cuisine during medieval India. It was an age when the royal families took their culinary affairs almost  as seriously as their administration. The khansamas (royal cooks) of  several Mughal rulers and Nawabs, invented many keema delicacies to please their beloved king and the royal appetite of the court. One of the most…

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Dishing Out Snacks Using Dal – 10 Stellar Recipes to Try

India runs on dal, there is no doubt about it. Explore the northern belt of the country and you will find a unique preparation of dal enjoyed in every household. Lunch hour here is never complete without a bowlful of steaming arahar dal. The preparation goes on to attaining the status of the ultimate comfort food of the country. “Dals are used in many ways. They can be cooked into thick, medium and thin preparations, exemplified by the meetamasoor dal of the north, the spicy tuar sambar of the South or the soup-like rasam based again on tuar. These are regular accompaniments…

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Express Recipes: How to make the perfect Mango cake

One of the few good things about the sultry summer season is the availability of mangoes. Aam Panna, Mango shake, Mango Lassi, Mango pickle, Mango ice-cream, Aam Paapad…the list is endless. Eggless Mango Cake can also be one option, only if you know the recipe. Here goes. Ingredients Maida – 1 cup (110 grams) Mango – 1 (300 grams) Condensed milk – ½ cup (200 grams) Powdered sugar – ½ cup (100 grams) Milk – 3-4 tbsp Butter – 1/3 cup (80 grams) Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp Raisins- 2 tbsp…

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Express Recipes: How to make the yummiest Paapri Chaat, at home

Summers are at its peak, so tikki chaat and samosa, kachori have obviously taken a back seat. Stomach problems abound, it is not advisable to eat roadside chaat. So the best thing you can do, if the craving to have a delicious chaat sets in, is to make Paapri Chaat at home. Paapri Chaat Ingredients Small Papdi – 1 bowl (fried) Urad Dal Pakodi – 1 bowl (fried) Kabuli Channa – 1 bowl (boiled) Potato – 2 bowls (boiled) Curd – 500 gms Salt – 1/2 tea spoon or according…

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Express Recipes: This Strawberry Cheese Cake will refresh your senses

Strawberry is juicy, refreshing and has just the right mix of nutrients and anti-oxidants. Add a little yogurt, cream, cheese and make a cake to satiate that sweet craving. Here’s the recipe Serves 8-10 Ingredients 1½ cups plain yogurt (ready made curd) – hang for 1 hour in a muslin cloth 300 gm (1½ cups) fresh cream 3 tbsp cheese spread ½ cup powdered sugar, or to taste 200 gm fresh strawberries – pureed in a mixer, see note 100 gm (1 cup) china grass mix, vanilla flavour base 22…

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