Chicken Karahi – Dhaba Style. What’s not to love about Super Quick Punjabi Khaana?
A Punjabi dhaba is a roadside eatery in parts of India and Pakistan that served Punjabi food. Usually found on highways and at truck stops on the linkways between cities, towns, and villages.
They were in fact first opened to feed the truckers on their long-distance trips. The truckers were mostly Punjabi and hence was born this form of Punjabi authentic-fast food, offering wholesome home-style meals quickly at any hour of the day.
No longer a pit stop for the truckies, Punjabi Dhabas’s are now frequented and enjoyed by one and all, making this apart of the Punjabi social as well as food culture!
This Wok-tossed chicken can be prepared super fast and comes in handy when you are pressed for time. Serve with chapatis, flatbreads… Check out the quick video!
Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat is another delicious and extra quick starter/salad, that can enhance any meal and dinner menu. Think of it as the Indian version of the Western potato salad, with the added goodness of chickpeas and crunchiness is supplied by the red onion and the tasty, crispy Aloo Bhujia.
Aloo Bhujia is crispy, tangy and spicy Potato Noodles, often available at your local Indian Grocers. I will add the link to the recipe for Homemade Aloo Bhujia soon.
Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat can be served as a light snack on its own or as a salad/ side dish along with the main meal. I love all types of Chaats. So refreshing and fulfilling. This chaat item makes a good side dish during Ramadan as well, where light refreshing starters are often needed.
Punjabi Chole Bhature – the ever popular street food, everyday food, snack and favorite of the young and old alike! Chole(Cholay) is the Punjabi name of this curry made of chickpeas. It is also known in other regions as Chana Masala. Chana Masala and Chole are basically the same curried dish of chickpeas. It may be semi dry or have more gravy and the recipe varies from home to home and Dhaba to Dhaba (Punjabi roadside food stall)!
Bhature, (Bhatoora), is a soft, fluffy deep-fried leavened bread. It is similar to Puri which is its unleavened counterpart. Bhature is most often served with Chole, hence the name of the meal – ‘Chole Bhature’.
Chole is extremely simple to make. This easy recipe delivers a fast and so very yummy, semi dry gravy of chickpeas. Check out the stepwise pictures (slideshow) below. The Bhature is quite simple to make as well (although it may require a little practice). I often make the chole on its own to serve along with salads too.
Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette
This is my version of an easy Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette. Who can resist delicious Chicken Tikka? Well this is a simplified but delicious version made into a hearty sandwich. Crusty Italian Bread or Baguettes will be the preferred bread for this Sandwich. You need that hard crusty exterior to compliment the meaty textured filling. Soft breads will not do justice.
And do try my version of Smooth Coriander Chutney Dressing. Give it a go. Pretty straightforward, this one! My kids like to have the extra tikkas with the chutney.
Dal Makhani Punjabi Recipe | Delicious Buttery Lentils
Whole Black Lentils (Urad Sabut Dal) is used to make this creamy and well blended dish. Dal Makhani, may not be as quick as other lentils to prepare as it requires a longer cook time. For those who may not know, the black dal is the same dal that is used to make Idli or Dosa Batter, just that it is with the black husk intact. Another popular dish made with this is Mah ki Dal (Kaali Dal). This is made using only the black dal. The Dal Makhani , however combines a little bit of Kidney Beans (Rajmah) and sometimes a little bit of Yellow Dal (Chana Dal).. A very comforting and traditional dish that goes well with roti or rice. Even the kids love it.
Due to the lengthy preparation process, many Indians only prepare this dish for special occasions, but using a pressure cooker the dish can be prepared easily.. just plan ahead as the dal requires a good amount of time for soaking. Once you sit down to enjoy this creamy and rich meal, you will delightfully realize that it was worth the time spent! Worth the buttery calories too. 🙂 A little butter is good for you, I swear. 😉
Depending on what you are serving the Dal Makhani with, you can make it a thicker gravy like mine or a little more loose in consistency.
Makki ki Roti Sarson ka Saag | Punjabi Cornmeal Flatbread and Mustard Greens
Makki ki Roti Sarson ka Saag, a traditional duo in the Cuisine of Punjab, often makes its way to the dining table in the Colder Months. ‘Makki ki Roti’ is flatbread made from Maize flour or Indian Cornmeal. It is yellow in color and slightly finer than regular cornmeal. ‘Sarson’ refers to Mustard Greens which is one of the three green leafy vegetables used in this highly nutritious dish. Along with Sarson, ‘Bathua Leaves‘ are used as well. These are the leaves of a weedy plant, which have a waxy coating. Both the Sarson Leaves and Bathua Leaves need a good scrubbing and rinsing. The stems of Sarson may be used but must be de-stringed, the way you de-string string beans before chopping. The leaves may be chopped up coarsely and rinsed several times to remove all the earthy undertones that could ruin the dish if not washed thoroughly. Same with the Bathua Leaves, they must be scrubbed to remove the waxy layer under the leaves, in a basin of water with some effort before rinsing well in a colander. If you can not find the Bathua Leaves you can combine the Sarson with ‘Palak’ (Indian Spinach) which is more common.
The freshly made hot Makki ki Rotis served with the Mixed Greens Side, Onion Rings, and Home made White Butter… I feel like I am on one of my road trips through India again…There is something so enjoyable about the rustic and humble regional dishes that makes you appreciate how simple life could actually be if you wanted it to be.
Kadai Chana Masala
This version of Kadai Chana Masala is variation on the tradional recipe. Very tasty and very simple to make. It has a rustic flavor that is so popular in the Indian fixed menu items. It may be served as an appetizer with Aloo Tikki or Samosas. It can also be served along with Puri.
Murgh Makhani – Moti Mahal Style – Delhi Butter Chicken
Murgh Makhani or Butter Chicken is one of Indian Cuisines Star Creations. The original was made at Moti Mahal Restaurant and still remains one of the best out there. This recipe gives you a truly Restaurant quality dish that tastes so much like the famous recipe. You must try this! I have another version of Butter Chicken here. It is slightly more tangy than this one, and provides a detailed garam masala recipe along with it. And then theres the super Easy Butter Chicken Recipe using canned nestle cream. Yupp, I have tried all sorts of recipes. These are the ones with the best, yummiest results! Try them all! 🙂
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Chicken Tikka Masala – Simple and Delicious
One of Britains favorite foods, it’s true that Chicken Tikka Masala a concocted Indian Fusion Recipe. Most International Indian restaurants feature this popular recipe. Similar to Indian Butter Chicken. More often than not, however Restaurant versions include red food coloring and sometimes even flavor enhancers.
Follow this recipe to make Delicious, MOUTH Watering, Chicken Tikka Masala in the comfort of your home. The garam masala is made from scratch too. You will be so astonished at how simple it can be!
Fresh Methi Leaves Chicken Recipe – Murgh Methi
Methi Leaves (Fenugreek) is often used in fresh and dried forms. This recipe incorporates fresh Methi Leaves to give a lively, earthy flavor to this simple chicken gravy. Pick the leaves from the stems for this recipe, the stems are too tough and might be too bitter for this dish. Fresh Methi Leaves Chicken is very tasty with roti and onion rings, the best part of this dish is that it is so simple!