Saag Chana (Spinach Black Chickpeas Curry)

Ingredients– 400 gm chopped spinach 2 cups black gram (desi chana) soaked overnight and boiled 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tsp finely chopped garlic 1 finely chopped onion 1 finely chopped tomato 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 2-3 dry red chillies, roughly torn 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp red chilli powder…

Matar Alu Torkari (Peas and Potato Curry)

Ingredients– 1 cup fresh shelled peas 1 medium potato, cut into small cubes 1 medium tomato, chopped 2 green chillies, chopped 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp grated ginger 1/2 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste 1 tbsp refined oil Method – Heat oil in a wok Add the cumin seeds Once it sizzles, add…

Chirer Pulao (Flattened Rice Pulao)

Ingredients– 1.5 cups chire (flattened rice) 1 medium sized boiled potato 1 tbsp oil 1/4 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp peanuts 1 tbsp cashew nuts 1 tsp raisins 1 medium sized onion, chopped finely Salt to taste 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp ghee Method – Wash the…

Smoked Pork and Potato Curry

Ingredients – 500 gm smoked pork 4 potatoes, cut into halves 1 finely chopped medium onion 2 tsp garlic paste 1/2 tsp ginger paste 2 bay leaves Salt to taste 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 5-6 slit green chillies Finely chopped coriander leaved for garnishing 2 tbsp mustard oil Method – Heat the mustard oil in…

Vanilla Cake

Ingredients– 325 gm all purpose flour (2.5 cups) 350 gm powdered sugar (1 3/4 cups) 2.5 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 180 gm butter 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 cup milk 2.5 tsp vanilla essence Method – Ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature Preheat the oven to 180°C In a…

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients – 1.5 cups boiled and shredded chicken 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped 1/2 cup mayonnaise A few lettuce leaves, torn Salt and pepper to taste 8 slices bread Method – In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients except bread and lettuce Place the mixed ingredients equally…

Ou Tenga Masor Jhul (Fish Curry with Elephant Apple)

Ingredients– 5 pieces Rohu fish 1 potato, boiled and chopped into medium pieces and lightly mashed 1 tsp ginger garlic paste 1/2 ou Tenga (elephant apple lightly pounded), boiled in 2 cups of water for 2 whistles 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 2 green chillies, slit 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder (optional) 1 tsp…

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ingredients– 600-700 gm boneless chicken, cut in strips 1/2 cup yogurt 1 onion, pureed 2 tsp ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp ginger julienned 2 tbsp Cream A small bunch of chopped coriander leaves 4 green chillies 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice Salt to taste 2 tsp black pepper powder 1 tsp red chilli powder 1…

Mayonnaise

Ingredients– 1 large egg 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp white pepper powder 1/2 tsp mustard powder 1-2 tsp powdered sugar 1.5 tsp lime juice 1 cup refined oil Method – Place all the ingredients except oil in a Pyrex jar and blend on the lowest setting for a few seconds Add oil little by little…

Bok Choy, Eggplant, Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

Ingredients– 3 eggplants, chopped into 1” cubes 200 gm button mushrooms, cut in half (I used tinned mushrooms) 1 big bunch, bok choy, trimmed 1 small head of broccoli, cut into thin florets 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 shallots, thinly sliced 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp grated ginger Salt to taste Freshly ground black…