How to make Tandoori Gobhi? Baked Cauliflower Recipe

Tandoori Gobhi - Baked Cauliflower Recipe

 

Tandoori Gobhi is a very flavourful and healthy Cauliflower snack/ appetizer. It can very well be served as a side dish too. ┬áHere’s how you can prepare it at home.

Ingredients/ Method

Head of Cauliflower
2 tbsp besan/chickpea flour
3/4 cup yogurt
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (depending on your liking for spice) Red chilli pwd
1 tsp Amchur/ Dry Mango Pwd
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves

Method:
Cut cauliflower into small bite size florets. Make a marinade with other ingredients and coat all cauliflower pieces with this mixture. Let stand for 15-20 mins atleast and then preheat oven to 400 F and bake for 2-25 mins until cauliflower is done ( turns slightly brown)
Serve and Enjoy!

Like Cauliflower? Also try one of these fantastic Cauliflower recipes: Aloo Gobhi, Gobhi Paratha, Spicy Gobhi Fry or Cauliflower Manchurian

How to make Aloo Chana Chaat at home? Indian Snacks Recipe

Aloo Chana Chaat

Aloo Chana Chaat is my take on healthy Indian Street food. Aloo Chana Chaat is basically an Indian snack, quite healthy and literally means Potatoes-Chickpea Salad with tons of yummy flavours. You can make it really spicy if it suits your palate or keep it mild as per your taste buds.

Ingredients/ Method

1 Cup Boiled Chickpeas (Chana)
1 Cup Boiled Potatoes
1/2 Cup chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp Green chilli (Handle with care your mouth might get burnt)
2 tbsp Green Onions (Optional but adds a nice bite)
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp roasted cumin pwd
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup Tamarind Sauce/Chutney
(Recipe for Tamarind Chutney here)

Tamarind Chutney can be used in several recipes, enjoyed with variety of snacks, added onto sandwiches, crackers. If you don’t want to prepare your own Tamarind Chutney then you can simply buy it readymade too in bottles in grocery stores.

For Dressing:
2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves
4 tbsp Plain homemade yogurt
1/2 tbsp Mint Leaves (I used dried)
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
(Blend all dressing ingredients together for smooth paste)

Simple mix all ingredients together, pour the dressing over and serve in mini tartletes or party cups.

How to make Onion Fritters? Onion Bhajji Recipe- better than onion rings!

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Looking for a quick and easy Indian snack for your next get together ­čÖé well, try these tasty Onion Bhajji’s (bhajiya or Onion Pakoras.)
I think they are better than even Onion rings just because they are so flavourful and tasty. These Onion fritters are perfect snack for anytime.

Ingredients and Method:

3/4 cup Besan (chickpea flour)
1 tbsp Rice Flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp Amchur (Dry Mango Powder)
1/4 tsp Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
1/2 cup water (to make Batter)
Oil to fry the Bhajiyas
1/2 large onion chopped or 1 small onion

Method:
1. Chop up the onion in thin slices and cut in half. Set aside.
2. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth batter. Add in the onions.
3. Heat Oil in Kadhai and add small portion of onions clad in batter in the oil.
4. Fry until golden brown. Place bhajis (Pakoras) on paper towel to drain the excess oil.
5. Serve with Chutney of your choice.

 

May we recommend, enjoy these bhajiyas with :
Tamarind Chutney Recipe or Coconut Chutney

9 Indian snacks for your Holi Party

Indian Snacks

Having friends over to celebrate Holi and wondering what to prepare..Well, worry not..I am here to your rescue. Check out some appetizers from my Indian Kitchen to make your Holi 2014 party a great success.

1. Onion Bhaji (Bhajiyas) 

I remember craving these Pyaz/Pyajj Ke Pakore after playing with water balloons during Holi morning. These onion pakoras (Onion fritters) are quick, easy and quite flavorful and here’s how you can make them:

Ingredients and Method:
3/4 cup Besan (chickpea flour)
1 tbsp Rice Flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp Amchur (Dry Mango Powder)
1/4 tsp Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
1/2 cup water (to make Batter)
Oil to fry the Bhajiyas
1/2 large onion chopped or 1 small onion

Method:
1. Chop up the onion in thin slices and cut in half. Set aside.
2. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth batter. Add in the onions.
3. Heat Oil in Kadhai and add small portion of onions clad in batter in the oil.
4. Fry until golden brown. Place bhajis (Pakoras) on paper towel to drain the excess oil.
5. Serve with Chutney of your choice.

2. Matri (Namak Pare)

I like to enjoy Namak Pare/Matri with my cup of chai not just during Holi but throughout the year. Ofcourse, these are fried so you can only eat so much. Namak Paare (also called Matri, Matar, Katar, Nimki, Shankarpali Namakpara in different regions of India) can be easily made at home with few ingredients. This is a salty Indian snack and goes well with Tea/Coffee, perfect to serve at parties and for late night snacking.

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour
Salt
Ajwain Seeds/ Carom Seeds
Oil for deep frying

The process for making namakpare is very simple.
1. You need to make stiff dough by combining flour, salt, carom seeds, 2 tbsp oil and water.
2. Let the dough stand for 10 mins.
3. Roll out the dough.
4. Cut in desired shape and deep fry
5. Serve warm and you can store this Indian snack in an airtight container for days.

3. Bhakarwadi

A few days ago I had store bought Bhakarwadi’s at a friend’s house and it reminded me how much I miss my favourite aunt’s homemade Bhakarwadi’s. She specially made them during the spring season when we all cousins got together to play Holi. Give them a try this Holi.

Ingredients
For The Dough
1 Cup Chickpea flour (Besan)
1 Cup All Purpose flour (Maida)
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)
1/2 Tsp Ajwain Seeds (Carom Seeds)

To Be Mixed Together For The Stuffing

1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera) , 1 tsp Coriander Seeds (Dhania), 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds (Saunf), 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds (Til), 1 tsp Poppy seeds, 4-5 curry leaves (I used dried ones), 1 tsp Dried Ginger Powder (Sund/Soond), 1/2 tsp Red Chilli pwd, 1/2 tsp Garam Masala, Salt (to taste) and 1 tsp Sugar

1/2 cup Plain Shredded Coconut

Other Ingredients
Oil for deep frying and 1 tbsp Lemon juice

4. Aloo Bonda

Oh the joy of eating fresh Aloo Bonda’s (Spiced Potato Balls) from street stalls. Unhealthy but so yum. Prepare them at home for your Holi party to spice things up.

Ingredients: (Makes 30-40 balls)
4-5 medium size potatoes
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger-garlic
3 stalks of cilantro leaves (coriander leaves) chopped
1 small green chilli (optional- can make bonda’s extremely spicy)
2 tsp Mango Powder (Amchur)
1/2 tsp Red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper pwd

For Batter
1 cup Chickpea flour (Besan)
1/2 cup Rice Flour
Pinch of garam masala and mango pwd

Oil for deep frying

1. Boil, peel and mash potatoes
2. Add all the spices and mix everything thoroughly and make small golf size balls.
3. Prepare the batter by gradually adding water. Batter shouldn’t be too thick or runny.
4. Dip the potato balls in the batter and deep fry until golden brown (should only be 3-4 mins). You can fry several balls at a time.
5. Serve with your favourite sauce and enjoy!

5. Veg cutlets 

If you are thinking why oh why so many Indian snacks are deep fried then give yourself a little break and enjoy these tasty veg cutlets which are made using variety of vegetables and are pan-fried so that you can indulge guilt free.

Recipe Video here: Veg Cutlets Recipe

6. Spinach Cheese Bites:

Though not so traditional these baked Spinach and Cheese Bites can be a showstopper at your next party. These perfect little bites are great finger food.

For pastry/shell:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp ajwain
1/4 tsp baking pwd
3 tbsp veg. oil
1/4 cup water

For stuffing:
1 bunch chopped spinach
1 onion
3-4 garlic cloves
Salt and spices of your choice
(we used garam masala, red chilli pwd and mango pwd)
Optional: peas
1/2 cup grated cheese (Mozzarella)
Oil for cooking

1. Add 2 tbsp oil in wok and fry onions and garlic.
2. Add spinach and cook.
3. Add spices and mix well.
4. Let cool down and then add grated cheese.
5. Prepare dough by mixing all pastry ingredients.
6. Let dough stand for 30 mins.
7. Roll out the dough. Flatten it out with rolling pin. Cut in small pieces.
8. Fill with the stuffing.
9. Bake at 400 F for 10-12 mins.
10. Serve with your fav chutney.

7. Tandoori Tofu

With more and more Indian people trying fusion foods, these Tofu bites will charm your guests as well. Simply prepare this flavorful Tofu dish by marinating it in some aromatic Indian spices and then baking it in the oven or grilling them on a skillet. This Tandoori Tofu Recipe is great for potlucks or your next get together.  We have used Green Bell peppers with Tofu but you can also use other vegetables of your choice like Mushrooms, Onions, Tomatoes etc.

8. Paneer Pakora

I am sure you have tried Paneer Pakora at some point in your life. So, you know I am right when I say you can never go wrong with Paneer Pakodas at any party.

Video Recipe: Paneer Pakora

9. Samosa

One of the most popular and traditional Indian snacks is Samosas and their is so much you can do witht hem. You can fill them up with variety of different filling. Bake them, fry them, make them veg or non-veg, big or small..all in all you can satisfy bunch of hungry people with some tasty Samosas which can be prepared at home or can even by store- bought. Here are two great Samosa recipes for you to try:

Baked Spinach Samosa recipe

Mini Samosas using Pastry shells

I hope that you’ll try some of these recipes for your next get together with friends and family. Wishing you all a very Happy Holi 2014 from all of us here at Eat East Indian.

Holi 2014 is almost here

Let’s welcome Holi 2014 with open hearts and festive mood.┬áLike many other festivals of India ‘Holi-The Festival of colours’ too celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil. It is celebrated on the poornima (Full moon)of hindu month of Falgun/Phalgun. It is a two days festival. On the eve of purnima a bonfire is lit known as Holika dahan, the burning of holika which symbolises the burnig of evil to get rid of negativity.

The mythological tale about this is as follows: Pharlad/Prahlad the son of King Harnakshyap was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He was not like other children of his age but kept on praying day and night. King didn’t like this as he was an atheist and considered himself all powerful. His sister Holika had the power to remain unburnt even in fire. To teach a lesson to his son, king asked his sister to sit on a pyre holding Prahlad in her lap but with the grace of God the powers of Holika were transferred to Prahlad, so he remained unscathed and Holika was burnt to ashes . So every year people burn Holika the symbol of evil.

Next day in the morning people throw and sprinkle colour on one another and feast on certain delicacies associated with this festival like Ghujia, Ghevar, Pakoras, Variety of Indian sweets etc. This festival is celebrated with Great enthusiasm in Rajasthan and uttar pradesh. Celebrations vary from region to region. In Vrindavan the place of Lord Krishna these celebrations go on for a week. At religious places flower petals are used instead of colours. In several regions auspicious activities are avoided for eight  days prior to Holi as these are considered unauspicious. Children like the fun and party part of the festival so they eagerly wait for this Hindu festival. People love visiting their friends and relatives in groups and drink bhaang . This is a festival of brotherhood so people use it as a platform to sink their differences and become friends again.

Looking for some Holi recipes to brighten your day, try: Coconut Burfi, Kheer or Bhakarwadi

7 Divine Pakora Recipes from my kitchen

Pakoras are delicious Indian snacks. They are basically deep fried fritters enjoyed by young and old alike. I remember when I was little and we had company over, my mom would disappear in her kitchen and quickly produce lip smacking and aromatic Pakoras which would then be enjoyed by our guests with a cup of Chai (Indian Tea).

Here are some amazing Pakora recipes that you can prepare in your kitchen and impress your guests.

1. Mix Veg Pakoras: In this version of Pakoras, various vegetables are cut into small chunks, dipped in Pakora batter which is made out of chickpea flour (Besan), seasoned well and then deep fried. Each bite turns out to be unique because you’re trying to figure out whether you bit into cauliflower or spinach. Was that potato or eggplant? I often make these for my office potlucks and needless to say they disappear quickly.

2. Aloo Pakoras: Potatoes is perhaps one of the most common vegetables in the world and almost always present in our pantries. Here’s how you can transform this humble vegetable into something elegant and presentation worthy. Indian snack Aaloo ke Pakore (Pakoda) is a potato fritter made by dipping potatoes in a batter made out of chickpeas and various Indian spices (like Carom seeds (ajwain), salt, Red chilli pwd, Dried Mango Powder (amchur), Black Pepper Pwd (Kali Mirch) and Garam Masala) and then frying them in the oil.

3. Punjabi Fish Pakora: Fish Lovers, this one is for you.

Recipe for Punjabi Fish Pakora.

For Marinade:

300 gms Fish Fillets
(We used Wild Pollock)
1/2 tsp black pepper pwd
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp Turmeric

For the batter

3 tbsp chickpea flour
1 tbsp ginger/garlic paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp carom seeds/ajwain
1 tsp salt (add per taste)
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala

Oil for cooking. We pan-fried but you can choose to deep fry too.

Method: Marinade the fish for 20 mins and then prepare the batter. Add the fish in it. Let it stand in it and then pan-fry until cooked (usually 5-6 mins) Serve with chutney of your choice.

4. Pan-fried Zucchini Fritters : Afraid of deep fried stuff? Well these pan-fried Zucchini fritters might do the trick for you. Simple yet delicious Indian way to prepare Zucchini fritters is bound to impress healthy conscious individuals.

Ingredients:
1 Large Zucchini
1 cup Chickpea flour (besan)
Salt ( per taste)
1 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Red chilli pwd
1 tsp Mango Pwd
1 tsp Black Pepper Pwd (Kali Mirch)
1 tsp Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
1/2 cup water
3-4 Tbsp Oil

Mix all the spices together along with chickpea flour and Zucchini pieces. Add water to make thick batter and pan-fry till golden brown. Serve with your favourite chutney.
Note: Feel free to adjust the spices to your taste level.

5. Wicked Chicken Pakoras

These can be a wonderful appetizer for your next party. You can pair them with rice, noodles or put them inside a roti or parantha for a lovely wrap as well.

Ingredients:
1/2 kg boneless chicken pieces
1/2 cup onions (Optional but add a great bite to your pakoras)
1 tsp salt (or as per taste)
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp Ajwain (Carom seeds)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp rice flour
4 tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
1/2 cup water
Oil for frying

Method:
1. Marinade chicken along with spices and onions for 20 mins.
2. Next add chickpea flour and rice flour. Mix well by adding water as required.
3. Fry in hot oil for 3-4 mins until golden brown on all sides and cooked from inside.
4. Take them out and put them on brown paper/ paper towel to soak out excess oil.
5. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top and serve with your favourite chutney.
Enjoy!

6. Gobi Pakoras: Cauliflower lovers couldn’t be more happier. Transform ordinary Cauliflower into something flavorful with this simple gobhi pakora recipe.

7. Paneer Pakoras: Paneer is Indian cottage cheese, somewhat simmilar to Ricotta. I prepare these Pakoras usually for special occasions because they are simply decadent.

Now Pakoras are best enjoyed with a Pakora sauce and here are 3 of the most popular Indian chutneys:

1. Tamarind Chutney
2. Mint (Pudina Chutney)
3. Mango-mint chutney

How to make Potato Pinwheels- Homemade Party Spirals Recipe

Potato Pinwheels - Party appetizers

Call them Potato Pinwheels- Party Spirals or Fried Vegetarian rollups, the point is that these bite size party appetizers are a perfect finger food, great for sharing with friends and family or to take to your next get together. Serve them with chutney of your choice and wow your guests.

Ingredients:

To Prepare Dough

1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Ajwain (Carom seeds)
1/2 to 3/4 cup water to prepare dough

For stuffing
3-4 boiled and mashed potatoes
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
1 tsp Amchur (Mango Powder)
1 tsp Anardana (Dried Pomogranate seeds powder)
Red chilli pwd to taste
3/4 stalk of cilantro/coriander leaves
Oil for deep frying

Method:
1. Prepare the dough by combining water, flours, salt, tbsp oil and carom seeds. Let it sit for 10 mins.
2. Prepare the stuffing by mixing boiled and mashed potatoes with all the spices.
3. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Form tennis ball size dough balls and roll them out gently with the help of a rolling pin. Dust your working surface lightly with some flour.
4. Once you’ve flattened out the dough, fill it up with potato mixture. Spread the potato mixture evenly and gently press it into the dough.
5. Roll the dough from one end to form a log. Seal the end with help of some water and then cut the log into pinwheels.
6. Heat oil in a wok and fry pinwheels until golden brown on medium heat. It should take only 2-3 mins.
Serve them hot with chutney of your choice.

Game day Grub – 7 Awesome Kabob recipes to try this superbowl

Kabob recipes

So you’ve finalized your game day menu..well I hope you’ve got at least one Kabob recipe on it. If not then here are 7 you can choose from:

Kabobs, Kebabs, Kabops, Kabab whatevery you may call them are delicious. A little bit about Kabobs: Kebab (kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, or kephav; also ─ćevapi, or ─ćevap─Źi─çi) is a wide variety of skewered meals originating in the Middle East and later on adopted in the Balkans, the Caucasus, other parts of Europe, as well as Central and South Asia, that are now found worldwide. In English, kebab with no qualification generally refers more specifically to shish kebab (Turkish: “┼či┼č kebap”) cooked on a skewer. In the Middle East, however, kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flames; large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls. The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, it may now be beef, goat, chicken or fish. Like other ethnic foods brought by travellers, the kebab has become a part of everyday cuisine in many countries.

1. Reshmi Kabobs

Learn how to make silky smooth, flavorful Kabobs popularly known as Reshmi Kabobs at home. These Kabobs are great as an appetizer as well as can be served with rice, naan or roti to be a complete meal.

Ingredients:

500 gms Chicken pieces
2 tbsp yogurt
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 small onion
1 green chilli
2 inch piece of Ginger
2 Garlic cloves
1 tbsp sesame seeds
10-12 Cashews
2 tbsp slivered Almonds
4-5 stalks of Cilantro leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt per taste

Method: Combine all the ingredients to make a smooth paste. Marinade chicken in the mixture for atleast 30 mins. 4 hours would be good and overnigth would be ideal. Next thread chicken pieces onto skewers and bake them at 425 F for 10-12 mins. Once they are almost done, change the oven settings to broil and just brown them. Alternatively you can broil them and then bake them at 425 F. You can also grill the kabobs, pan-fry them or bbq them. Serve with Rice and Vegetables of your choice.

2. Boti Kabobs – Lamb Kabobs

Learn how to make Lamb Kabobs the Indian way called Boti Kabob. Boti literally means piece of meat and usually refers to lamb or mutton. In this recipe, the Lamb pieces turn out tender, juicy and so full of flavor as they are marinated with yogurt and garam masala.

Ingredients:
250 gms Lamb pieces
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Green Chilli
1 tbsp cilantro leaves
2 tbsp Yogurt
1/4 tsp turmeric

Method:
Marinade lamb with yogurt, spices and green chilli/cilantro paste for atleast 4 hours. I prefer to leave it overnight. Thread onto skewers and cook in the oven at 425 F for 5-6 mins. Then lower the temp to 350 F and cook for another 10-15 mins. Serve with chutney of your choice as an appetizer or over rice with naan for a complete meal.

3. Tawa Kabobs – Basic Kabob recipe-

Here I am sharing with you a simple recipe for making kabobs on the tawa, hence the name tawa kabobs.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground meat (we used groudn turkey)
3 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
1 small chopped onion ( about half a cup)
handful cilantro leaves (Coriander leaves, dhania). You can use herb of your choice
Salt per taste
1 well beaten egg
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1 small green chilli (omit green chilli if you dont like heat)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp ginger/garlic paste
1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Mix all these ingredients together and let stand for 30 mins.
Next, heat a pan or tawa. Add 2 tbsp oil and put small meat patties on to it and cook until both sides are brown. Press down on the kabobs firmly while cooking so that its well cooked from inside as well.
Serve with chutney of your choice as an appetizer or over rice (with naan) as main part of the meal.

4. Chicken Kathi Kabobs

This is a very flavorful Chicken Kathi Kabobs recipe. You can serve them as an appetizer, or with rice. They also work great inside a wrap, as a kathi roll or simply roll them up in a roti/paratha and enjoy with mint or tamarind chutney.

Ingredients:

1 lb Extra Lean Ground Chicken
1 cup bread crumbs
1 Egg
1/3 cup onions
2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
Few drops of lemon juice
Salt (per taste)
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Red Chilli Pwd
3 tbsp Oil (1 tbsp Oil goes in the mixture and 2 tbsp for cooking)

Mix all the ingredients and let the mixture stand for 30 mins.
Heat 2 tbsp Oil in the pan and place small amount of meat in sausage like shape on to the pan. Add rest of the mixture on to the pan as well (1 kabob at a time)
Cook kabobs until brown on all sides (4-5 mins/side)
Serve with Mint or Tamarind chutney

5. Turkey Seekh Kabobs

Ground Turkey combined with flavorful spices and cooked onto skewers transforms into these delicious Turkey Seekh Kabobs.

6. Chicken Tikka

This is a super simple way to prepare boneless chunks of chicken in the oven. You can customize the dish to suit your taste by adjusting the spice level.

 

7. Spicy Pork Kabobs
In this recipe we use Pork loin along with some bell peppers to get an awesome appetizer.

14 Ultimate Superbowl 2014 Recipes from my kitchen

Only 10 days are left for Superbowl 2014 and my husband is super excited to have his friends over and have few hours of undisturbed raucous while Kids and I visit grandma and then head for the zoo. Superbowl 48 is being held on Sunday, February 2nd starting 4.30 pm between Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Did you know Renee Fleming American soprano  will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII. Well, Our family will be cheering for Seahwaks this year. Who are you going for?
Now, no superbowl party is complete without some good party food and here are few options for you to include on your menu to make your football party a superhit. These 14 Ultimate Superbowl Party Recipes will make your superbowl 48 one to remember:

1. Homemade Nachos Platter

Quick, easy, delicious snack, this Nachos Platter is fully loaded and perfect for sharing, great for lat night snacking or for entertaining company. You can easily customize this recipe to suit your tastebuds.
Here’s what you’ll need: A large bag of multi grain chips and toppings of your choice: shredded cheese (2 cups)- I used mozzarella and marble cheddar, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, olives and some seasoning (garlic powder, black pepper and paprika). I also added boiled chickpeas (garbanzo beans and kala chana).
Spread chips on a baking dish and top it up with cheese and topping of your choice. Bake at 420 F for 5-6 mins or until cheese melts and turns a bit golden.
Serve with Gucamole or Sour Cream.

You can easily make this Tandoori chicken pizza at home( using store bought pizza base) using basic indian spices and toppings of your choice. This spicy pizza will be loved by every pizza fan.

These flavorful chicken wings will leave your friends asking for more. ┬áHere’s how to make them:
Ingredients:

2 lbs chicken wings

Marinade:
1/2 cup Yogurt
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1/4 tsp tandoori masala
1 tsp garlic pwd

Glaze
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Marinade for 30 mins. Then bake at 400 F for 20 mins, then put the glaze and bake another 10 mins. Sit on a patio, balcony or go to park. Enjoy a glass of wine and these flavorful and juicy wings.

This is a super simple and easy way to prepare grilled lamb chops the Indian way.

Marinade 1/2 kg Lamb in 2 tbsp lemon juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1 tsp curry pwd,1/2 tbsp sea salt and 1/2 tbsp black pepper pwd for 45 mins to an hour in the fridge.
Take them out and let them come to room temp. Next, Heat the grill to 400 F and cook lamb for approx 4 mins on each side for medium to well and 2-3 mins for rare. Let rest for couple of mins and serve.

Here I am sharing with you a simple recipe for making kabobs on the tawa, hence the name tawa kabobs.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground meat (we used ground turkey)
3 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
1 small chopped onion ( about half a cup)
handful cilantro leaves (Coriander leaves, dhania). You can use herb of your choice
Salt per taste
1 well beaten egg
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1 small green chilli (omit green chilli if you dont like heat)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp ginger/garlic paste
1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Mix all these ingredients together and let stand for 30 mins.
Next, heat a pan or tawa. Add 2 tbsp oil and put small meat patties on to it and cook until both sides are brown. Press down on the kabobs firmly while cooking so that its well cooked from inside as well.
Serve with chutney of your choice as an appetizer or over rice (with naan) as main part of the meal.

One of the most popular Indian appetizers, these tikka’s are finger-licking delicious.

In this recipe video, I demonstrate how to make Indian style quick and easy fried chicken. These pan-fried Chicken nuggets are way healthier than KFC and much cheaper to make.

Learn how to make this delicious and warm baked spinach dip with cheese. Absolutely perfect for any kind of party. Ready in no-time and goes well with chips,crackers, baguettes or whatever else you may prefer.

Homemade veggie spring rolls are not only healthier and tasty than store bought versions but can also be made in advance and just reheated at the time of your party. Using store bought pastry makes cooking them much easier.

This quick Tandoori chicken can easily be put together even by novice cooks. Basic Indian spices and yogurt is all you need to prepare this tasty appetizer.

Learn how to prepare Curried cocktail meatballs at home for your next get-together or holiday party. These bite size, make ahead curried meatballs can be enjoyed on their own or simmered in a tomato sauce.
Ingredients:
2 lb ground chicken (I use extra lean)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp curry powder
1 egg
2 slices of bread
1 green chilli
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste
Method: Mix all the ingredients. Make small golf size balls out of the mixture. Pre heat oven to 375 F and bake these meatballs for 15-20 mins or until chicken is done. Serve with a glass of wine or chilled beer. Can also be added in any kind of sauce for a hearty meal.

Want an elegant party appetizer or finger food for your next get together? Well, try this recipe for Mini samosas (Indian snack) made using spring roll pastry.

Here’s what you will need:
3-4 big potatoes
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup green peas
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp amchur (Dry Mango Powder)
Spring Roll Pastry shells

Method: Cut Potatoes in big chunks and boil for 10-12 mins (or until fully done). Drain the water. Let potatoes cool down, then peel the skin off. Mash the potatoes and add in all the spices and peas. Combine well and now the potatoes are ready to be stuffed.
Take 1 pastry shell ( the one I used was a large square piece which I cut into 4 smaller pieces). Fill in the potatoes, fold the pastry (watch the video to learn how to fold the samosas and then deep fry them until golden brown. Serve with Mint or Tamarind Chutney.

For your choice of dessert, give these Maple Pecan Pies a try. Not only your girlfriend will be impressed, your friends will say wow too.
Ingredients:
12 mini Pie Shells/ Tart shells
(To save time, I used store bought but you are welcome to prepare your own)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar (If your tart shells are sweet, you can decrease the quantity of sugar)
3 tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Method: Preheat oven to 400 F and line the muffin pan with pie shells (along with the tin). Pour chopped pecans evenly among the pie shells. Prepare the filling by whisking together all the other ingredients and cook for 15-18 mins. The edges will turn golden brown and filling will turn dark brown. Take out from the oven and let it cool before serving.

Yes, these are absolutely wicked so you have to make them. Here’s how:
Ingredients:
1/2 kg boneless chicken pieces
1/2 cup onions (Optional but add a great bite to your pakoras)
1 tsp salt (or as per taste)
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp Ajwain (Carom seeds)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp rice flour
4 tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
1/2 cup water
Oil for fryingMethod:
1. Marinade chicken along with spices and onions for 20 mins.
2. Next add chickpea flour and rice flour. Mix well by adding water as required.
3. Fry in hot oil for 3-4 mins until golden brown on all sides and cooked from inside.
4. Take them out and put them on brown paper/ paper towel to soak out excess oil.
5. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top and serve with your favourite chutney.
Enjoy!

So which of these appetizers will make it on your super bowl party menu?