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.

Easy Noodles Recipe – Quick Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Here is a simple and quick recipe for making Chinese stir- fried noodles. Best thing about the recipe is that it can be customized to suit your taste. Whether you want an instant snack or have to whip up a meal for guests, this recipe is great, make it spicy or keep it mild and enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

Noodles of your choice
1-2 cup veggies ( I used frozen peas, carrots, corn and beans)
2-3 tbsp veg oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp Sesame seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp five spice powder
Optional- 1-2 tbsp hot sauce/ ketchup/ garlic chilli sauce or any other sauce you like or have on hand..I kept it mild so that my kids could enjoy it too.

Begin by boiling noodles and set them aside.
In a wok saute your veggies and add seasoning and sauces. Add sesame seeds and sesame oil towards the end and mix in with the noodles. Serve hot.

More Indo- Chinese Recipes from our kitchen worth trying

1. Hakka Noodles – Chinese Veg Noodles Recipe
2. Street Food Noodles recipe
3. Manchurian Recipe

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.

Mini homemade veg Crepes – Easy snack ideas

This is an easy recipe which shows how to prepare Instant Idli batter at home using Sooji/Rava ( Semolina/Cream of Wheat) and yogurt. You can then prepare these crepes instead of vegetable idlis to enjoy as a snack, for breakfast or for the road.

Ingredients/ Method
1 cup Sooji/ Cream of wheat
1 cup yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup water
Spices as per your taste. 1 tsp Salt/ 1 tsp red chilli pwd ( or for milder version- Paprika)/ 1 tsp dry mint powder (Pudina powder)
1 -2 cup of veggies of your choice. I add: Peppers, onions, carrots and spinach. Mushroom is a good one to add. My mom adds tomatoes which I am not too found of them in this batter.

Prepare the batter with Yogurt, sooji and water. Add veggies. Add spices and then cook for 5 mins on a skillet with a little bit of oil. Enjoy with tomato chutney.

Quick Lunch Ideas – 5 min Ricotta and Peas Sabji

Do you like Ricotta? How about trying this delicious, flavourful Ricotta- Peas dish which goes well with any kind of flatbread or simply enjoy it on its own 🙂 This recipe is for 1- 2 people.

Ingredients/ Method

1/2 cup Peas
1/2 cup Ricotta
small piece of onion chopped
1/2 cup of tomatoes chopped
3-4 garlic cloves chopped
1-2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd/Paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric (Haldi)
Optional- 1/4 tsp garam masala or seasoning pepper
Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves

– Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Saute some onions/garlic/ Peas. Add spices. Add tomatoes. give few more mins for all flavours to mingle. Add ricotta. Mix well. Add pepper. Garnish with coriander/cilantro leaves and serve with roti or your fav flatbread.

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)

Easy Tofu and Broccoli Curry Recipe ( Quick Lunch Ideas)

I like eating Tofu and here is a flavourful curry dish with tofu, Broccoli and Bell Peppers. If you enjoy eating tofu then definitely check out our tasty Tofu recipes.

Ingredients/ Method:

650 gms Extra Firm Tofu
1-2 cups of bell peppers chopped
1-2 cups of broccolli
1/2 cup sliced onions
3-4 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp corn starch
1/2 cup of water

Marinade for Tofu

3 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp garlic salt, regular salt, paprika and ginger powder
2-3 tbsp oil for frying.

Method:
1. Cut extra firm Tofu in bite size pieces and marinade overnight ( or atleast an hr)
2. Pan fry in hot il until all sides are lovely golden.
3. While tofu is frying, in a wok heat oil and fry onions and garlci for 2-3 mins. Add bell peppers and broccolli. Mix thoroughly and then add spices ( except curry powder).
4. Cover and cook for 4-5 mins. While veggies are cooking mix corn starch in water and set aside.
5. Add curry powder, Tofu , and water ( with corn starch). Bring it to a boil. Simmer for 2 mins and serve with rice, noodles or enjoy on its own.

Kid Friendly Gluten Free, Vegan Pancakes – Mixed Lentils Dosa

This is a super simple protein rich pancakes recipe which are not only healthy but taste good too. I make these plain for the kids and load them up/ make them a bit spicy for myself ( Check my spicy lentil pancakes recipe.) You can enjoy them with any chutney of your choice but my kids like them with Dahi 🙂

Ingredients/Method

1-2 cups of Mixed Dal/Lentils
Water for soaking the lentils and grinding them to make a coarse paste
Salt/Asafoetida/roasted cumin powder/paprika to add into the batter
desi ghee/oil/butter for cooking batter on a skillet.

Soak lentils overnight or at least 6-8 hrs. Grind to make a coarse paste. Then spice it up and cook on a hot skillet until both sides turn golden brown. Serve with Coconut Chutney (Recipe) or mint chutney ( Recipe).

Edible Gift Ideas- Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas Recipe (Healthy Snack Ideas)

If you are looking for a cool edible gift idea that you can do yourself then look no further than simple, homemade, tasty – Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas. Easy to prepare, these chickpeas are perfect for munching on or as a homemade gift for your friends/family for the holidays.Check out more of our Snack Ideas here.

Ingredients/ Method

1-2 cups boiled or canned chickpeas. I boil mine. I simply soak them in the water overnight and pressure cook them for 2-3 whistles.
Completely rinse and dry them. Roast them at 400 F for 20 mins. If they are on abaking sheet lined with aluminium foil, they will crisp up quickly. Once they are a shade darker than original and crispy, coat them with honey, coconut oil. cinnamon and nutmeg ( While the chickpeas are still hot) . Roast for 10-15 more mins and then serve warm or let cool, put in a pouch and give out as a gift 🙂 You can prepare two pouches.. One sweet and one salty. Here is a recipe for spicy roasted chickpeas.