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

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe | How to make Quinoa Pulao

One pot Quinoa Pulao for lunch with vegetables. This recipe is perfect for any day lunch meal.

Ingredients/ Method for the Recipe

1 cup cooked Quinoa
Vegetables of your choice – we used onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms and peppers
oil for cooking
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt per taste
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small chopped tomato
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp paprika

Method:

Cook quinoa (just like rice and set aside)
In a wok, add oil. Let oil become hot and Fry cumin seeds for 30 secs.
Add ginger-garlic paste, onions and carrots. Mix well. Give a minute or two and add salt and paprika/red chilli powder. Mix well. Add other veggies. Add tomatoes. Mix well.
Add curry powder. Add Quinoa and then for some crunch Red peppers.
Add lemon juice. Mix well and serve.

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.

How to make Mango Kulfi | 3 ingredients only Mango Ice cream Recipe

Mango ice cream is a perfect summer treat and this recipe calls for only 3 ingredients. Who doesn’t like easy homemade mango Kulfi.

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

3/4 cup Condensed Milk
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
1 cup mango chunks

Method:

1. Put mango chunks 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.

If you like ice creams then also do try this Kesar Badam Kulfi – Almond Icecream infused with saffron.. Oh so decadent and delicious.

Kesar Badam Kulfi Recipe

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

Simple Veg Biryani Recipe | Easy Indian Dinner Recipes

Learn how to prepare simple Veg biryani at home. This tasty and easy rice dish is best enjoyed with plain yogurt, raita, pickles or chutney. Complete meal in itself, this biryani recipe is not only delicious but quick and super easy to make.

Ingredients:

1.5 cup rice
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
2 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
4 cloves
4 peppercorns
1 small onion
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric
Salt per taste (may we recommend 1.5 tsp)
1 green chilli
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
Vegetables of your choice (2 cups)
2-3 stalks of cilantro leaves for garnish
1/2 cup well beaten plain yogurt

Method:

1. Soak rice in cold water for atleast 10 mins.
2. In a pot, heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry whole spices (Bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon stick, peppercorn and cloves) for atleasta minute.
3. Add double the quantity of water in the pot and bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, add rice and cook until water evaporates and rice are done. (about 10 mins or so)
4. Set rice aside. While the rice is cooking, in a pan heat 2 tbsp butter and fry 1/4 tsp cumin seeds. After 30 secs, add onions, green chilli, turmeric, paprika, salt and ginger garlic paste. Saute for 2-3 mins.
5. Add vegetables of your choice and further fry for 4-5 mins. Add plain yogurt. Mix well and cook along with vegetables until they are done.
6. Layer rice and vegetables one after the other in a deep dish or casserole. Garnish with cilantro leaves and gently mix.
Serve hot with plain yogurt or raita, pickles or chutney.

Two Amazing Raita recipes

1. Aloo Ka Raita
2. Ghiya Ka Raita

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