Dal Tadka (Restaurant Style Tempered Lentils)

The very popular and amazingly tasty Dal Tadka or Dal Fry is here. Very simple to make yet so delectable. Just like you would get in a restaurant. ‘Dal’ is the hindi word for lentils and ‘Tadka’ for tempering (heating oil or ghee and adding spices to it and frying). In this recipe, we will cook lentils and temper in the end with oil or ghee … Continue reading Dal Tadka (Restaurant Style Tempered Lentils)

Pita Bread – Shack Saturdays Special

Pita or Pitta is a soft and slightly leavened flatbread baked from wheat flour. It is used in many Mediterranean and Middle  Eastern cuisines. Pita can be used to scoop sauces or dips such as hummus and taramosalata, or to wrap kebabs or falafel like sandwiches. It can also be cut and baked into crispy pita chips. Traditionally, the Pita Bread is baked. But, here’s the very … Continue reading Pita Bread – Shack Saturdays Special

Paneer Paratha (Indian flat bread stuffed with Cottage Cheese) – Paratha Series #2 (Shack Saturdays)

Hi Friends, I am back from my fantastic India trip. Visited the not so cold Mumbai and the very cold Delhi and enjoyed every second. But no thanks to the bad internet connectivity during travel I am bringing to you all a belated Shack Saturdays. But, but, but today what I have is one of my favvvourite recipes ‘Paneer Paratha’ which is a variety of Indian … Continue reading Paneer Paratha (Indian flat bread stuffed with Cottage Cheese) – Paratha Series #2 (Shack Saturdays)

Nutella Croissant (Day 6) – 7 Days of Christmas

Day 6 brings the deliciously magical combination of Nutella (sweetened hazelnut chocolate spread) and Croissant (buttery and flaky pastry). It’s one of my favourites for a Sunday breakfast. A must try for chocolate (nutella 😉 ) lovers. Here’s the quick recipe for you. Preparation Time 1.5 to 2 hours Baking Time 13-15 minutes Makes 8 Croissants Main Ingredients Maida (PlainFlour) & Nutella Main Equipment Oven Course Snack Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients   … Continue reading Nutella Croissant (Day 6) – 7 Days of Christmas

Puff Pastry (Day 2) – 7 Days of Christmas

Perfect for parties and sure to win a lot of hearts. Puff Pastry is made in layers that expand when cooked. It is quite versatile so feel free to add a filling of your choice or serve flaky as is. The incredibly light flakes are enough to make it Oh So Special! 🙂 The most important thing in this recipe is the dough. You need … Continue reading Puff Pastry (Day 2) – 7 Days of Christmas

Aalu Tikki (Spiced Potato Patties) – Shack Saturdays Special

All Hail The Potato! Here’s the very popular and versatile Indian street food. Made with spiced potatoes. Serve with Mint & Coriander Chutney and Natural Yogurt. It’s also perfect for fasts if you use Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) instead of the usual salt. Preparation Time 20-25 minutes Cooking Time 10-15 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Boiled Potatoes Course Snack Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                                             … Continue reading Aalu Tikki (Spiced Potato Patties) – Shack Saturdays Special

Masala Sandwich

Here’s the good old Masala Sandwich. Made with spiced potato stuffing. Serve with Tomato Sauce or Mint & Coriander Chutney. It has been a favourite breakfast or brunch recipe at home. It’s so easy to make and so delicious. Preparation Time 20-25 minutes Cooking Time 10-15 minutes Servings 4 Main Ingredients Potatoes & Bread Course Breakfast/Snack Level Of Cooking Medium Ingredients                                                                   Boiled … Continue reading Masala Sandwich

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

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)

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