All posts filed under: RECIPES

#RECIPE | Kerala-Style Fish Curry by Akhila Shekhar from the ‘Pepper Delight’ Blog

Today, we have an authentic Keralan recipe by Akhila Shekhar. Thengapaal Ozicha Meen Curry or Kerala-Style Fish Curry is a rich recipe to balance out your lazy Saturday! Akhila discovered her passion for food only after she got married to her husband, Praveen, the critique for her recipes! When they shifted from India to live in Missouri, USA, she started her blog, Pepper Delight, to improve her culinary skills, learn food styling, and master food photography.  Pepper Delight was made to spread a love for cooking and showcase how easily authentic dishes can be made at home with a focus on native spices. Black pepper is Akhila’s favorite and is a spice native to Kerala, but at the same time, pepper is a global spice and resonates with dishes throughout the world. So, the name Pepper Delight aptly summed up the vision of her blog – staying true to her roots yet not limiting herself in her exploration.  “All authentic Kerala dishes evoke fond memories, but fish recipes like today’s recipe, Thengapaal Ozicha Meen Curry …

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#RECIPE | Spicy Naga Fried Pork by Lilia Jimomi

Today, we have a special recipe by Lilia Jimomi who also runs an exclusive food account on her Instagram. Spicy Naga Fried Pork is one of her favorite recipes which she is sharing for the first time! The dish is made with traditional Naga ingredients, giving it a burst of flavor! With minimal ingredients and easy cooking, you can have a delicious Naga meal in just a few minutes.  Ingredients 1 kg sliced pork 1 tablespoon paprika 3 tablespoons local chili powder  (Coarse ground) Salt 2  cups water 1 tablespoon of ground Zanthoxylum powder (roast it in a pan for few minutes before grinding) Instructions Pour water in a cooking pot, add salt, pork and paprika for color. Once the water comes to a boil, cover and slow cook until the pork gets tender. You can add water little by little depending on the meat. Once the pork is tender, remove the cover. Cook the pork in medium heat, stirring occasionally until the water completely evaporates, and the pork starts frying in its own oil. Continue to …

#RECIPE | Dry Bittergourd and Lentil Curry By Dr Nimrata Kaur, A Cardiologist From Rampur, Uttar Pradesh

Hello everyone! Today we are trying something new. While we always see food as a sort of indulgence, we are here today with an interesting health recipe which uses one of the most nutritious vegetables, bitter gourd, contributed by Dr Nimrata Kaur, a full-time cardiologist based in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. She runs her own blog where she experiments with food and shares her journey towards becoming healthier with #EatingCleanWithNimrata.  Her idea is to make simple tweaks to everyday cooking. Like omitting refined sugars, using low oil techniques, using healthier and fresher ingredients and more. She covers a wide variety of foods and loves indulging in inquisitive beverages too. Today, she is sharing the recipe for a dish that’s one of her favorites – Dry Karela-Channa Dal Sabzi (Bittergourd Lentil Curry)! “I lived in Delhi all my life and shifted to Rampur only after my marriage. Karela used to be a vegetable I never got close to because of its bitterness. One day for lunch, I had this delicious preparation made by my mother-in-law. I asked …

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#RECIPE | Korean Kimchi Recipe by Imkong from Dimapur, Nagaland

Sometimes the best dishes are the easiest to make! Today we have one such recipe called Korean Kimchi. Contributed by Mr Imkong, the dish requires a few simple ingredients and sauces. Healthy and easy-to-cook, we use napa cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables along with rice flour to make it. This is definitely going to win hearts!  Ingredients  2. 5 kg of Napa cabbage, cut into 2 or 3 inches  2 carrots, cut into matchstick strips  2 radish, cut into matchstick strips Spring onions White onions Chives Garlic Ginger Chilli powder  Salt  Sticky rice flour(can either use plain flour) Sugar  Fish sauce Instructions 1. Cut the cabbage and wash it thoroughly with clean water, add one and a half cup of salt and mix it thoroughly and marinate it for at least 3 hours or more. Don’t forget to toss it every 20 or 30 minutes and drain the excess water it gives out as it gets marinated in the salt. After it has been marinated, again wash it thoroughly with water and squish out all …

#RECIPE | Ash-Gourd Coconut and Yogurt Curry, a Family Recipe From Tamil Nadu, by Food Blogger – Preethi Venkatram

Saturday is here and we have another exciting family recipe all the way from Tamil Nadu! Contributed by Preethi Venkatram, our dish of the day is called Poosanikai Mor Kootu or Ash gourd, coconut and yoghurt curry. Preethi discovered her talents for cooking when she shifted to North Carolina, USA. She started her blog ‘cookingwithpree’. A mother to 2 kids, she hopes that one day she can pass it on to her children just how her mother and aunt passed on their recipe books to her. Her blog has focuses on simple and easy vegetarian recipes with vegan options. She has a knack for experimenting with different cuisines while keeping it healthy. Pree says, “I don’t believe in cooking separately for kids and adults, so all my recipes will be kid-friendly, with no compromise on taste for the adults as well.”  Mor Kootu has always been one of Pree’s favourite yoghurt based recipes from the Tambram cuisine (Tamil Bhramin – a vegetarian community in Tamil Nadu). Her mother paired it with a spicy Vathal Kuzhambu …

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#RECIPE | 5 Recipes from Famous Naga Chef and Owner of ‘Saucy Joes’, Joel Basumatari

With Saturday, comes the time for exclusive R&L recipes but today, we’ve made it a little more special by sharing 5 recipes with you , straight from the kitchen of the famous Naga chef, Joel Basumatari. Joel is a master of Naga cuisine and has his own line of organic sauces, ‘Saucy Joes’, which are largely made using indigenous items and use no artificial preservatives. These sauces were launched and became a hit at Hornbill Festival ’17.  Chef Joel hopes that through them, he can represent the Naga cuisine around the world. He believes that with local cuisines taking on the world, we will be able to create opportunities and jobs for farmers and youths. R&L got a chance to learn the recipes of his signature dishes, which use the unique sauces from Saucy Joes. We’ve got everything from salads to desserts on our blog. Keep scrolling! 1.Squash and Mango Salad Ingredients— 1 medium sized squash cut into julienne 1 small carrot cut into julienne 1 tablespoon of roasted perilla seeds (powdered) 1 tablespoon of …

#RECIPE | Bhendi Ambil Khatta, a Dish from Western Odisha, by Local Expert Food Blogger, Priyanka Panda

Priyanka Panda, a successful 25-year-old food blogger, lives in Sambalpur, Odisha. ‘Treasure of Food’ is still fairly new but the photography, the personal stories, and the authenticity of each regional recipe define her blog. She helps spread her Odia culture through culinary experiences. With us today, she shares her favourite comfort food called Ambil. She has grown up eating this delicious bhindi (okra) and curd-based recipe. This dish does require a little bit of attention to get the taste and consistency right but since Priyanka’s grandmother has helped her perfect it, we have all the wise insider knowledge! This dish is particularly famous in Western Odisha. There are more than a hundred versions of ‘Ambil Khatta’! Today, we are going to cook Priyanka’s personal favourite version which is made with Bhindi or Bhendi (okra), ‘Bhendi Ambil Khatta’. INGREDIENTS (serves 4, prep time – 10 minutes) 8-10 pieces of Bhindis or okras 2-3 tomatoes – diced 1/2 a cup of curd 2-3 tbsp of besan or chickpea flour 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp red chilli powder …

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#RECIPE | Traditional Naga Delicacy, Pork Innards, by Lilia Jimomi

Pork innards is a favourite among the Nagas. There are many ways of preparing it with different spices or cooking methods. This dish is popular not only in Nagaland but all across Northeast. Today we have Lilia Jimomi from Dimapur who shares with us her traditional family recipe of pork innards. It’s simple, easy and perfect for those fancy weekend dinners! Lilia says, “As kids, my siblings and I would always look forward to special occasions at home because that was the time we would get fresh home reared pork. It was almost like a ritual for us to cook the pork innards or pork blood for the family before the main feast. It was truly special because that was the only time we got to eat our favourite part of the pig, the innards; which was never bought from the market. Now we have all grown up, are married, and have our own families. So many things have changed except our love for pork innards— the special family meal before the main feast at …

#Recipe | Drumstick And Raw Mango Curry By Lubna Karim From Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Lubna Karim from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, started her own food blog ‘Yummy Food’ to journal the recipes she created. Looking at the brilliant response she got from readers, she went on to devote herself full-time into creating recipes, food styling and food photography.  To kick start our weekend, Lubna brings to us one of her most personal recipes. It’s a traditional Andhra recipe made with fresh seasonal ingredients — Drumstick and Raw Mango Curry or Sojni ki Munagakaya Mamidikaya Pulusu. This recipe was passed down from her mother-in-law, whom she bonds over cooking!  Authentic Andhra Cuisine is usually vegetarian/vegan and known for its combination of tanginess and spices. The raw green mangoes available in Andhra during summers have that special sharp-flavour which, when absorbed by the drumstick, tastes extremely delicious. INGREDIENTS: 3 drumsticks (munagakaya), peeled and cut into 3” inch long even pieces 1 onion, finely sliced ½ medium sized raw mango (mamidikaya), peeled and cut into cubes 2 green chilies cut into half 1 tbsp red chili powder ½ tbsp turmeric powder ¼ tbsp …

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#RECIPE | Desi-Manipuri Fusion Chicken Curry ‘Yen Thongba’ by Robinson Ningombam

Yen thongba is a chicken curry dish from Manipur brought to us by one of our readers, Robinson Ningombam, who has put his own spin on the traditional Meitei recipe. He says, “It is one of my favourite recipes as it involves a fusion of both desi spices and traditional Manipuri ingredients. Whenever I am in Delhi, I cook this chicken curry. It isn’t as tasty as the one I make in Manipur because the ingredients I get in the city is different from the organic ingredients I get back at home. Nevertheless, I am always reminded of home whenever I cook it, even though I am miles away. All my friends, including my non-north east friends, really like this particular style of chicken. “ It’s a great story of how food-cultures from different parts of India are blended into one and we are able to come together to share something yummy. Enjoy!  Cooking Yen Thongba, with potatoes and spring onions.   Ingredients— 700 g country chicken. Washed and Chopped (young organic chicken is highly …