How to make Lentils in a Slow Cooker | Indian Style Lentils Stew

Lentils is one of the most common food dishes made in Indian households. In this recipe video, you’ll learn how to make Brown Lentils (Whole Masar) in slow cooker and season it with flavorful Tadka. This Indian Lentils Stew is really healthy, easy to prepare and so hearty and comforting. These Lentils can be enjoyed over rice, with roti, paratha, naan or other kinds of breads.

Ingredients:
2 cups Brown Lentils
8 cups of water
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)
2 tsp Red chilli pwd (or for milder taste Paprika)
1 tsp Garam Masala
3 Tomatoes
1 large onion
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
1 Green chilli
2 tbsp oil

Optional: Dallops of butter/ Ghee, Cilantro leaves, Julienne Ginger etc

Method:
1. Add lentils in slow cooker along with water.
2. Add salt, turmeric, Red chilli pwd
3. Cook for 2 hours.
4. Prepare Tadka (Tempering/ Seasoning) by heating 2 tbsp oil in a wok.
5. Add cumin seeds. Fry for 30 secs. Add onions, green chilli and ginger-garlic paste
6. Cook for 3-4 mins. Add tomatoes and let them turn mushy. Add in garam masala and mix well.
7. Add tadka in the lentils and let cook further for 30 mins. Cooking further is optional.
These lentils will be thick. More water can be added during cooking process for soupy consistency.

How to make Badam Kulfi | Almond Ice Cream Recipe

Summer is here and so its time to enjoy summer treats like tasty homemade icecreams a.k.a Kulfi. Although Ice creams are easily available in the market during summer months, their is something special about making Kulfi at home. That sense of achievement, shared passion for quality food with friends and family and that smile on you kids face when they see a specially prepared ice cream bowl in front of them is truly something unique.
I really enjoy Badam Kulfi and here is how you can make it at home.

For Almond Ice cream

1 cup Condensed Milk
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
1/2 to 1/4 cup Blanched Almonds

Method:

1. Put Almonds in a blender. Add Condensed milk and cardamom powder.
4. Blend everything together and pour it in popsicle moulds, plastic cups or a container.
5. Let freeze overnight or atleast 4-6 hrs. Once frozen, take out from the freezer, remove from the mould and serve the way you desire.

What Kind of Ice Cream Flavour do you Like? Also, check out our another favourite Ice cream recipe – Mango Kulfi

Multi Layered Indian Flatbread | Easy homemade Lachha Paratha Recipe

Lachha Parantha (Paratha) is a round and flaky, multi layered Indian flatbread best enjoyed with curries or Indian vegetables. All you need for this recipe is whole wheat flour, water, oil for cooking (or butter/ghee), pinch of sugar and salt.

Everyone loves lachha paratha, because its loaded with calories and many times is made out of maida. Here presenting the recipe of lachha paratha made with whole wheat which is healthy. These Multilayered parathas are crispy and delicious. They can be enjoyed with any curry of your choice and also with pickles or dips ( Chutneys). If all else fails, make a simple yogurt preparation called Raita ( add in some spices like roasted cumin seeds, cucumber etc) and serve these parathas with raita. Have you ever thought about making sunday special brunch..well this paratha is a must on that menu.

In this video, I show you how to make healthy whole wheat laccha paratha at home in no time.

Spicy Potatoes Recipe – Achari Aloo

This is a wonderful spicy potatoes recipe which goes well with roti, naan or parantha. I not only enjoy it on road trips but also serve it as a side dish with lunch or dinner when company is over. Achari basically means pickled and gets the name because of all the wonderful spices being used in this recipe.

Ingredients
Serves 4-6 people

7-8 medium size potatoes
Oil for cooking (preferable Mustard Oil)
1.5 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tbsp ginger/garlic paste
1.5 tsp red chilli pwd
0.5 tsp cumin Pwd
1 tsp Turmeric
1 chopped Onion
2 small tomatoes
Salt per taste
1 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

Tempering/Tadka (It goes on top of the cooked dish for additional flavoring)

2 tbsp Mustard Oil
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) Fenugreek seeds (Methre)
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) Coriander seeds (Dhaniya seeds)
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1.5 tsp Fennel Seeds (Saunf)
1.5 tsp Kalonji(Nigella seeds or Onion seeds)

Process:

Heat oil in the pan
Add Cumin seeds. Once they are crackling add onions and mix.
After 30 secs, add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric and red chilli pwd.
Stir all the ingredients and add cumin pwd.
Add tomatoes and give them 3-4 mins until they are softened.
Once they are done, add potatoes, half cup of water and salt per taste and let them cook on medium heat. Cover the pan and give potatoes around 10 mins.

While potatoes are cooking, prepare the tadka/seasoning/tempering with some Indian spices.

Heat 2 tbsp Mustard Oil and add tempering spices. Let them crackle and infuse the oil with their aroma and flavor. Turn off the heat.
Once Potatoes are done, add this tempering on top along with some garam masala pwd and kasoori methi.

Serve with roti/parantha or let them cool down and then put then in the lunch box and take them on your next road trip.

Easy Homemade Potato Fries – Pan fried

My kids love fries and I often make this simple version of pan-fried potatoes fries for them and they seem to devour it within minutes. I call them golden fries because turmeric lends that nice yellow touch to them.
Everyone loves Fries because they are so comforting. Here I show you how to make easy pan-fried golden fries at home in no time.

Ingredients/ Method

3-4 medium sized Golden Potatoes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder and turmeric
Skillet to cook and 2-3 tbsp oil

– Peel and Cut potatoes in long thin slices. Heat oil in a pan. Toss potatoes with this oil and then add spices. Cover and cook on a medium high heat until done.

If you like Potatoes, also check out:

1. Easy Roasted Potatoes
2. Spicy Potatoes- South Indian style
3. Quick Potatoes Side Dish
4. Quick Curried Potatoes
5. Best Ever Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Potato Curry Dinner Recipe

Chicken curry made using potatoes and chicken wings has a unique taste. It makes for a great weekend lunch or dinner. My family loves this easy chicken wings recipe and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Ingredients

1 kg chicken wings
3-4 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp bbq sauce
1 tsp curry powder
1 small roughly chopped red onion
1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste/or chopped ginger and garlic
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds ( or powder)
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups of water
Spices used: salt, Turmeric and red chilli powder
Fresh Cilantro leaves for garnish
Adjust Salt per taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric
2-3 tbsp oil
2-3 potatoes

Method:

– Marinate chicken for an hour in yogurt/sauces and spice mixture.
– Heat oil in a pan and fry coriander/cumin for 30 secs.
— Add onions and mix well. Add ginger- garlic.
– Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook for 2-3 mins.
– Add potatoes. Mix well. Cover and cook for 3-4 mins.
– Add tomato paste and marinated chicken.
– Add curry powder. Mix well. Fry for 5-6 mins.
– Add water and let chicken cook until tender and no longer raw.
– Add garam masala and cilantro. Mix well.
– Serve with Roti/naan or rice.

More Tasty Indian Chicken Curry Recipe videos Here.

Easy Indian Starter Recipe – Stuffed Besan Chilla

Besan Cheela or chilla is a savoury Indian Pancake made with Chickpea (garbanzo beans flour), here we are making cones out of this crepe and stuffing it with delicious mushroom filling. Enjoy it with sauce/chutney of your choice. These stuffed crepes are gluten free, vegan and quick to make. You can pack these in Kids lunch boxes or even quickly whip it for friends or family when they come over for a cup of tea. It is a great little snack to enjoy without any guilt as its quite healthy.

Ingredients/ Method

For Stuffing: Onions, mushrooms, Spinach, cilantro and spices (Salt, Red chilli powder, Turmeric)

For Pancake

1 cup Besan /Gram Flour
1/2 tsp ajwain (carom or caraway seeds)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp pudina powder ( Dired ground mint leaves)
1 tsp Mango Powder
Oil for cooking

Prepare the stuffing and set aside.
Make Batter by adding water to gram flour and add in spices.
Cook on hot skillet with a little bit oil until brown on both sides.
Once pancakes are ready, make cones out of them and fill with the stuffing and serve with chutney of choice.

Traditional Style Besan Ka Puda recipe – Besan Chilla Recipe

Masala Pancake Recipes – Spicy Besan Ka Puda

Potato Corn Curry Recipe | Aloo Corn Curry Dinner

Aloo (Potatoes) and Sweet Corn make a great combo in this simple yet delicious comforting curry

Ingredients/ Method

2 medium size potatoes
1 finely chopped onion
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup water
2 medium size tomatoes
1 cup corn
1 tsp curry powder
Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with Roti (Indian flatbread)

– Fry spices with onions and ginger garlic. Add corn and potatoes. Mix well. Add tomatoes and cook until tender. Add Curry powder. Water if required and cook until curry dish is ready.

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe
Homemade Ginger Garlic paste

How to make Ghiya Badiyan (Amritsari Vadi) – Squash Curry Recipe

Squash Curry (Lauki or Ghiya) with Vadiyan ( Amristari Badi) is quite tasty and healthy. Here’s a simple recipe that you can prepare and enjoy with rice or roti.

Ingredients/Method

1-2 Vadiyan (Lentil crackers)
1-2 long Squash (Ghiya)
1 small onion chopped
2 tomatoes
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder and turmeric
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp curry powder or Kadai masala/ Garam masala
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
2-3 tbsp oil for cooking
cilantro/ coriander leaves for garnish

– Crush Vadi.
– Chop Squash
– Heat oil in pressure cooker and add cumin seeds. After a min, add onions, ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder. Mix well.
– After 2-3 mins, add Vadi. Fry for 2 mins.
– Add tomatoes and let them become tender.
– Next, add Squash. Mix well. Add curry powder and 1/2 cup water.
-Cover the pressure cooker and cook for a 1-2 whistles.
-Let the pressure cooker cool down before opening it.
– Add in dried fenugreek leaves and garnish with cilantro leaves then serve.

If you like Squash/ Ghiya or Lauki as a vegetable, also try our other Squash recipes:

1. Simple Squash curry
2. Ghiya Ka Halwa – Squash Pudding
3. Ghiya ka Raita – Yogurt Preparation
4. Easy Zucchini Curry Recipe
5. Chana Dal with Ghiya recipe

How to make Karahi Chicken | Chicken Curry Recipe Kadhai Chicken

Chicken is my husbands favourite ingredient and he loves curry so its obvious that I make this Kadhai chicken for him often. Kadhai Chicken is a flavourful curry with a blend of various spices. You can enjoy this dish with naan, roti, rice or parantha. Kadhai dishes usually also include bell peppers. Although Kadhai referes to a kind of dish ( sort of Wok) in which the dish is made, you can prepare it in any pan/skillet that you have in your kitchen. Here is a recipe for Kadhai Masala Spice Mix.

Ingredients/ Method for the Recipe

400 gms boneless/skinless chicken
1 cup bell peppers of your choice chopped in bite size pieces
oil for cooking
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
Salt per taste ( 1 tsp worked for us)
2-3 tomatoes
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 onion chopped
Cilantro for garnish
1 tsp dried Fenugreek Leaves
2 tbsp greek yogurt/ Whipping cream or sour cream
optional- Green chillies (chopped)- your choice seeded or deseeded
To prepare Kadhai Masala/Spice blend
(masala would be enough to prepare 1-2 curry dishes)

12-15 Black peppercorn
5-6 green cardamom pods
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1.5 tbsp coriander seeds
5-6 cloves
You can also grind bay leaf and cinnamon stick or use them as such in your dish
Dry roast all your whole spices and then grind them to make a powder (masala) and you it in your dishes ( towards the end of the preparation method)

In a wok, add oil. Let oil become hot and Fry bay leaf and cinnamon stick for 30 secs.
Add ginger-garlic paste and onions. Mix well. Give a minute or two and add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix well. Cook until onions are no longer raw and change color. About 3-4 mins
Add chillies and tomatoes. Mix well. Cook until tomatoes reduce in volume and no longer raw. This will take 4-5 mins on med heat.
Add chicken. Let it cook for another 2-3 mins and then bell peppers. We dont want peppers to wilt completely. They should maintain some of their crunch. Add some water. Cover and cook until chicken is no longer raw.
Add kadhai masala, Yogurt and fenugreek leaves.
Garnish with cilantro leaves. Mix well and serve.