Rajma (Red Kidney Beans Curry) – Shack Saturdays Special

A popular red kidney beans curry of North India. Tastes excellent with steamed rice. Sounds elaborate but it’s a very easy and super delicious dish. If you are working you can do something what I did and make it a comforting dish. Before leaving for work in the morning, I soaked a cup of Red Kidney Beans (Rajma) in about four cups of water and covered with … Continue reading Rajma (Red Kidney Beans Curry) – Shack Saturdays Special

Palak Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Spinach Curry) – Shack Saturdays Special

My better half and I wanted to have a healthy meal tonight. We have been focusing on fitness lately. 😉 I saw Spinach in the refrigerator but plain spinach sounded a little boring. So, I thought of adding some Cottage Cheese cubes  to the Spinach and making the two into a popular Indian delicacy ‘Palak Paneer’. Experience the unique taste of Spinach (Palak) and Cottage Cheese (Paneer), cooked with … Continue reading Palak Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Spinach Curry) – Shack Saturdays Special

Tehri (Masala Rice) – Shack Saturdays Special

Mum-in-law and I wanted to go for something simple and quick this afternoon. We decided to make Tehri (Masala Rice) that is cooked in the pressure cooker with some veggies. I made a special addition to the Tehri which was nutrela (soya) chunks. So, rather than a simple dish it turned into a flavoursome delicacy. Something that closely resembled a biryani. We relished it with natural … Continue reading Tehri (Masala Rice) – Shack Saturdays Special

Aglio Olio (Spaghetti) – Shack Saturdays Special

Shack Saturdays defines comfort this weekend through a big bowl of Aglio Olio (Spaghetti with oil, garlic and red chilli flakes) topped with your choice of shredded cheese. It’s a recipe my better half is the best at. I love it with a fried egg on the side! Preparation Time 8-10 minutes Cooking Time 15-20 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Spaghetti, Garlic & Chilli Flakes Course Main-course Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                                                   … Continue reading Aglio Olio (Spaghetti) – Shack Saturdays Special

Plain Paratha (Paratha Series #1)

A variety of Indian Flat Bread made with whole wheat flour. It is layered and crispy. Quite versatile. Goes wonderfully with veg and non-veg curries or with natural yogurt or salted butter or simply roll and dip it in your cup of hot milk tea and relish it. Preparation Time 10 minutes Cooking Time 10-15 minutes Makes 8 Parathas Main Ingredients Aata (Whole Wheat Flour) Course Maincourse Level Of Cooking Medium … Continue reading Plain Paratha (Paratha Series #1)

Jeera Aloo, Fenia and Plain Parantha (Shack Saturdays Special)

Some very popular Indian dishes which are simple yet irresistible. I learnt some by watching mum cook in the kitchen and some by experimenting myself. These form a part of the sargi ensemble consumed just before the fast associated with the Karva Chauth festival begins. Jeera Aloo – Potatoes spiced with cumin seeds. One of the simplest and mouth-watering preparation. Fenia – Vermicelli Pudding or Seviyan Kheer. … Continue reading Jeera Aloo, Fenia and Plain Parantha (Shack Saturdays Special)

Masala Dal Khichdi

This recipe takes me down the memory lane when I knew almost nothing to cook and there was Khichdi to my rescue. It’s such a comforting dish. Simple, yet full of flavour in every bite. With time, I have been trying different variations of Khichdi and they all turned finger-licking. Made with a combination of Arhar/Toor Dal (lentils) and Rice. The aromatic spices used in … Continue reading Masala Dal Khichdi

Bread Rolls (Shack Saturdays Special Recipe)

Crispy bread rolls made from mashed potatoes, mozzarella cheese and water soaked bread. An absolutely delicious starter. Preparation Time 20-25 minutes Cooking Time 20-25 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Potatoes & Bread Course Snack Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                                                   Boiled Potatoes  4 medium Bread Slices  8 crustless Mozzarella Cheese  1 1/2 cup grated Onion  1 large finely chopped Coriander Leaves  2 tablespoons chopped Green Chillies 2 chopped Chaat Masala or Black Salt  1 … Continue reading Bread Rolls (Shack Saturdays Special Recipe)

Sabudana Khichadi (Navratri Special)

Wishing all of you a very Happy & Joyous Navratri (a major festival celebrated all over India)! Navratri Special Sabudana Khichdi (Sago cooked with potatoes and crushed peanuts) – A recipe I learnt from my mum. Specially made during fasts along with Makhana (lotus seeds), Moongphali (peanuts) and other mouth-watering delicacies made during this time. 🙂 🙂 Preparation Time 15-20 minutes Cooking Time 7-10 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Sago … Continue reading Sabudana Khichadi (Navratri Special)

Adraki Paneer Tikka

A perfect party starter. Cottage cheese cubes marinated and cooked in tandoor with a prominent ginger flavour. Main focus of this delectable dish is the marinade. Preparation Time 1.5 – 2 hours Cooking Time 7-10 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Paneer (Cottage Cheese) & Ginger Paste Main Equipment  Gas Oven Tandoor Course Starter Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                                                   Paneer (Cottage Cheese)  800 grams Diced Capsicums (Bell Peppers)  3 (preferably, different colours) Diced Onion  1 … Continue reading Adraki Paneer Tikka

Grilled Tortilla Wrap

Wraps from the versatile Mexican Tortillas (thin flat breads made from wheat flour). These roll-ups  takes the least effort – simply stuff the tortillas with stir-fried veggies and grated mozzarella cheese then grill until golden brown and serve with salsa, sour cream or chilli sauce. Preparation Time 25-30 minutes Cooking Time 5-7 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Tortillas, Capsicum (Bell Peppers), Mozzarella Cheese Main Equipment  Grill or Griddle (Tava) Course Starter Level Of … Continue reading Grilled Tortilla Wrap

Punjabi Samosa

A tea time classic and the most popular Indian snack. Tastes superb with tomato ketchup or chutney. Preparation Time 30-45 minutes Cooking Time 7-10 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Potatoes, Maida (Refined Flour) Course Snack Level Of Cooking Low to Medium Ingredients                                                                   Boiled Potatoes  4 medium Refined Flour (Maida)  2.5 cups Carom Seeds (Ajwain)  1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds  (Jeera)  2 teaspoons Coriander Seeds  1 teaspoon Dry Mango Powder (Amchoor)  1.5 teaspoons Coriander Powder … Continue reading Punjabi Samosa

Chhole (Chickpeas Curry)

A popular chickpeas preparation of Punjab. Can be accompanied by steamed rice, poori (deep-fried and puffed wheat bread), tikkis, bhaturas, kulcha or simply topped on a slice of bread.  Preparation Time 35-40 minutes Cooking Time 25-30 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients White Chickpeas (Kabuli Chana) Course Snack or Main-course Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                   … Continue reading Chhole (Chickpeas Curry)

Pav Bhaji

Assorted vegetables cooked with masalas and served with pav. A famous fast food of Mumbai. Preparation Time 25-30 minutes Cooking Time 25-30 minutes Servings 2 Main Ingredients Potatoes, Tomatoes, Pav (Bread – Small Rolls) Course Snack Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                                                   Potatoes  2 medium Tomatoes  2 medium Cauliflower  1/2 small Carrot  1/2 medium Green Peas Shelled  1/4 cup Onions  1 medium Ginger  1 inch piece Garlic  4-5 cloves Green Capsicum (Bell-pepper)  1/2 medium Green … Continue reading Pav Bhaji