How to make Kadhai Masala | Indian Spice mix

Kadai Masala is a flavourful Indian spice blend that can make ordinary curry dishes extraordinary. Basically we roast whole spices and then grind them to make this masala powder.

Ingredients/ Method

(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)

Also learn how to make: Curry Powder and Garam Masala

How to make Bitter Gourd | Karele Ki Sabji Recipe

Bitter Gourd is not a very popular vegetable since its bitter in taste. However, its good for our system as it’s a blood purifier and also helps control blood sugar levels. Highly recommended food for Diabetic people or when you are recovering from illness.

Here’s a simple way to prepare it:

2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 large onion
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp turmeric
3-4 Bitter Gourd

Optional- 1/2 tsp garam masala

Method:

Peel the skin ( you can choose to leave it on as well) and chop Bitter Gourd into bite size pieces. Set aside. In hot oil, add cumin seeds and add onions along with salt and turmeric. Once tender, add bitter gourd and cover with a lid. Let it cook until bitter gourd is soft and golden brown (7-10 mins) Serve with whole wheat roti or parantha

How to make Saag Chicken | Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

Hi guys, in this recipe video I share with you simple Saag Chicken Recipe. It’s easy to prepare, is quite healthy and tasty.

Ingredients

– Bunch of spinach Leaves (Washed and chopped)
– You can also incorporate other green leafy veggies in your dish like Rapini, Chard etc. I used some frozen Kale leaves as well.
-500 gms of chicken breast
– 2-4 tbsp oil for cooking (Vegetable oil of your choice or Canola)
– 1 tsp cumin seeds
-1/2 tsp mustard seeds
-1 large chopped onion
-3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
– small piece of ginger
-1 tsp salt ( or adjust per taste)
-1/2 tsp turmeric
-2 chopped tomatoes
-1/2 tsp chilli pwd
-2 tbsp chickpea flour ( i mix it in little bit of water and add it in my dish to thicken it up)
1/2 tsp garam masala

Method:

1. Begin by cleaning, eashing and chopping spinach leaves and chop chicken into bite size pieces.
2. Heat a pan and add oil. Once it’s hot, add cumin and mustard seeds and let them sizzle for 30 secs. Then add onions, ginger and garlic.
3. Add salt and turmeric and mix well. Let onions get soft. Once they are no longer raw, add chicken and cook for 2-3 mins until sealed or turns white.
4. Add tomatoes and red chilli powder. Cook further for 4-5 mins. Add spinach, mix well and once done another 4-5 mins, add chickpea flour (mixed in water) and let the dish thicken up. Chickpea flour soaks up the extra water left by spinach leaves.
5. Once cooked, sprinkle garam masala on top and serve with your fav. flatbread.

Like Chicken? Also try some of our other Chicken Curry Recipes

How to make Chicken Afghani | Afghani Chicken Recipe

Chicken Afghani is a royal dish, easy to prepare, full of flavour and perfect for special occasions.

Ingredients/ Method

3/4 cup Cream ( I used Coconut Cream for extra bold flavour)
1/2 cup Cashew Paste ( use 12-15 cashews to grind with water and make paste out of them)
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
7-8 cardamom pods to make Cardamom powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice
Chicken drumsticks – 1 kg
Oil for cooking
Garnish with dry fruit

Make a marinade with cream, cashew paste, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cardamom powder. Rub onto chicken and leave for an hour.
When ready to cook.. heat oil and add chicken pieces. Seal the chicken and cook ( or bake at 400 F for 45 mins) for 12- 15 mins until chicken is done. Serve over rice or with naan.

If you liked the dish, you’ll also enjoy your Mughlai Chicken and Chicken Kebabs

How to make Chicken Handi | Handi Chicken Recipe

Chicken Handi is a kind of Chicken curry, flavourful, comforting and best enjoyed with rice or naan. Heres an easy recipe for Handi chicken that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen, Recipe serves two.

Ingredients/ Method

2-3 tbsp oil
1 small chopped onion
2 tomatoes pureed
12-15 cashews ( make cashew paste out of them by soaking them in water for 10 mins and then grinding them)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 green cardamom
4-5 cloves
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves – Kasoori methi
Cilantro fro garnish
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
salt per taste
300 gms boneless chicken
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp yogurt

– Heat oil and fry cinnamon, bay leaf, cumin, cardamom and cloves.
– After letting them sizzle for a min, add onions and ginger garlic paste. Brown the onions.
– Add chicken and seal. Add tomato puree
– Add salt, red chilli powder and turmeric
– Mix well and cook until tomatoes are no longer raw and reduced to 1/4 th of the original mixture.
– Add cashew paste and yogurt. Mix well and cook for another 1- mins.
– Finish off with pepper, cilantro and dried fenugreek leaves. Serve with rice or naan

Also, check out some of our other favourite Chicken Curry Recipes

1. How to make Butter Chicken
2. How to make Tandoori Chicken
3. How to make Bhuna Masala Chicken
4. Classic Chicken Curry Recipe
5. How to make Chicken Vindaloo
6. How to make Chicken Afghani

Dhabha Style Shahi Paneer Recipe

Watch and learn how Shahi Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese Gravy) is made at dhabas – Roadside Cafes. Its fascinating to watch food getting cooked in commercial kitchens. We were visiting India a few months ago from here in Calgary, Canada and had an opportunity to travel throughout our native land and observe various Dhabhawalas create magical mouth licking dishes so we captured few of those moments with our camera to share with our audience.

Heres how I make Paneer dishes in my home kitchen:

1. Mushroom Paneer Masala
2. Kadai Paneer
3. Paneer Butter Masala
4. Matar Paneer Recipe
5. Paneer Lababdar Recipe

Chickpea Curry Recipe – Easy Dinner Ideas

Chana- Chickpeas are really healthy, full of fiber, protein rich and taste so good in a masala curry. Chana Masala curry is easy to make and is a great dish to sere to your guests when they come over for dinner. Here’s how you can convert simple chickpeas into exotic curry.

Recipe Video in Hindi : Chana Masala Curry in Hindi

Ingredients:

1 cup Chickpeas (Uncooked)
2 onion for onion paste, 1 onion for the masala
2 tomatoes
1 green chilli ( deseeded)
4-5 cloves of garlic and small piece of ginger
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp mango powder
1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
3-4 tbsp tomato paste
5-6 stalks of Cilantro
4-5 tbsp oil
1 black cardamom
1tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder

Method:

1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight or atleast an hour.
2. Discard the water and get your cooker ready.
3. Make onion paste with ginger, garlic and onions
4. Heat oil in the cooker
5. Fry cumin, coriander, cinnamon, bay leaf and black cardamom
6. Add green chill and onions. Mix in salt, turmeric and red chilli powder.
7. Mix in tomato puree ( by blending 2 tomatoes with 2 tbsp of water). Cook for 3-4 mins.
8.Add chick peas, amchur/ mango powder, tomato paste. Mix well.
9. Add water
10. Cover the lid and cook for 3-4 whistles ( if chick peas were presoaked), if unsoaked – longer
11. Once the cooker has cooled down, open the lid and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with Coconut Rice.

Punjabi Egg Masala Curry Recipe – Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Ideas

Egg curry is an easy Indian dish and fulfilling too. This Punjabi version of the recipe is my favourite as its flavourful and so tasty. Indian spices give eggs a unique taste and its best enjoyed with a buttery parantha, rice or naan.

Ingredients

1 black cardamom
1 stick of cinnamon
2-3 bay leaves/ Tej patta
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
1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves- Kasoori Methi
Fresh Cilantro leaves for garnish
2 tomatoes
Salt per taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric
2-3 tbsp oil
3-4 boiled eggs

Method:

– Heat oil in a pan and fry boiled eggs until golden brown.
– In another pan, heat oil and fry coriander, cumin , cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaves for 30 secs.Add ginger and garlic.
— Add onions and mix well.
– Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook for 2-3 mins.
– Add tomatoes. Mix well. Cover and cook for 3-4 mins.
– Add water and bring sauce to boil.
– Add garam masala. Add eggs.
– Add dried fenugreek leaves and cilantro. Mix well.
– Serve with Roti or rice.

More Tasty Recipes from Punjabi Cuisine:

1. Punjabi Style Eggplant Tomato Curry
2. Punjabi Chickpeas Curry Recipe
3. Punjabi Butternut Squash Recipe
4. Punjabi Paneer Paratha Recipe
5. Punjabi Rajma Masala

Punjabi Rajma Masala Recipe – Indian Dinner Ideas

Delicious, full of flavour, vegan, gluten free and protein rich dish from Punjabi cuisine, world famous, Rajma Masala. Here’s how mom use to cook it.

Ingredients/Method

1 cup red kidney beans ( I use uncooked beans and then soak them in water overnight before boiling them)
1 large onion ( or 2 medium)
3-4 cloves of garlic
2-3 inch piece of ginger
1 black cardamom
1 stick of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
2-3 tbsp oil for cooking
1/2 tsp garam masala
3-4 tomatoes (+ 1,2 cups of water)
Salt per taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric

Method:
– Boil beans in pressure cooker.
– Make onion paste with onions, ginger and garlic.
– Fry onion paste in hot oil along with cumin, bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom. Add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder.
– Cook for 4 to 5 mins.
– Add tomato puree ( chopped tomatoes pureed in blender along with 1-2 cups of water)
– Add beans. Cook further for 15-20 mins.
– Add garam masala. Mix well. Garnish and serve.

Easy Vrat Ke Aloo Recipe – Quick lunch Ideas

Navratre is an Indian/Hindu festival which lasts for 9 days and lot of people fast during these 9 days ( can fast 1 day or whole period) eating a special diet. This simple Potato dish is one simple recipe that is allowed to be had during these 9 days. Here is how we make it 🙂

Ingredients/ Method
2 tbsp oil
1 Large potato or 2-3 small/medium size potatoes
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
1/2 tsp rock salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried ginger ( Sund)
2-3 tbsp Yogurt

Method: Heat oil in a pan and add seeds. Add potatoes. Mix well and add spices. Cover and cook for 5-6 mins. When almost done, add yogurt and let cook further for 2 mins. Then turn the heat off and serve potatoes. They taste delicious on their own and make for a great side dish as well.

Another great recipe often made during fasting period is: Sabudana Kheer (Sago Dessert)