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Chicken Karahi – Dhaba Style

 

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!

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Varutharacha Kadala Curry | Black Chickpeas Curry with Ground Roasted Coconut

Varutharacha Kadala Curry is the authentic preparation of Black Chickpeas in a spiced, roasted coconut curry. The inviting aroma of the grated coconut, being fried with the simple spices lets everyone know what we are having for breakfast! Puttu and Kadala is a very popular breakfast item in Kerala and my husband loves it.

Roasting the grated coconut requires patience. You just can not step away from the stove during the 10 minutes of stir-frying

Earlier I had shared the recipe for a Simple Kadala Curry, which does not use the method of frying the coconut with patience and care. You can use that recipe on your rushed days. However, the patience and love that goes into this homely preparation yields a result that is well worth the extra effort!

Check out the stepwise pictures or the video for more detail.

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Mutton Kabsa | Arabian Rice with Mutton/Lamb

Mutton Kabsa and Memories

I love the recipes with a good sprinkling of nostalgia associated with them. This Mutton Kabsa for instance… It’s aroma, its unique flavor, it always takes me back to my beautiful life in Saudi Arabia. My birthplace. Kabsa is a Saudi staple and is made with Mutton, Chicken or even Prawns.  The simple and humble dish is prepared quite easily, with all the Saudi homes having their own trademark spice-blend to enhance that irresistible, comforting aroma and flavor.  Here, I am sharing an authentic preparation of Mutton Kabsa. Prime Indian Mutton (Goat meat) is best for Kabsa.

My mom made this Kabsa so perfectly!! I would be so thrilled when I walked in the door after school and got that distinct whiff of Kabsa Spice!!

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Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat | Chickpeas and Potato Yoghurt Salad

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.

 

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Thalassery Beef Biriyani | Malabar Biriyani

Thalassery Beef Biriyani has been a long requested recipe here on RAS. Those of you who frequently visit for my Malabar style recipes, I hope you will enjoy my recipe for a delicious Beef Biriyani.

Thalassery is truly a place represented by its hospitable locals, who are always happy to feed a hungry soul… The varieties of delicious Arab and Mughal influenced foods, as well as the vast array of sweet and savory snacks, makes any trip to this place undeniably ‘Unforgettable’!

Although famous for its endless list of tea time snacks, the Thalassery Biriyani is, without doubt, the most famous dish from the region.

Thalassery Biriyani is a cultural embodiment and is reminiscent of foreign influences in Malabar. It is a by-product of the Mughal-Arab cultural influence in North Kerala due to the trade that lasted for centuries before the 1900s and the emigration to the Middle East of locals from the 1970s onwards.

So here is my special recipe for Thalassery Beef Biriyani. I hope you will make it and send me a pic! This post has taken forever with getting all the ingredient measures to perfection. If you follow my recipe, I guarantee you success.

Buffalo meat is often used in this recipe, and I believe it tastes so much better. In fact, many delicious curries and fries that one mistakes to be beef throughout Kerala is actually Buffalo meat.

Another key ingredient in Thalassery Biriyani is the variety of fragrant rice used. Although Basmati is famous in Biriyani, Thalassery prides itself in using the indispensable Wayanadan Kaima/ Jeerakasala rice to make this authentic Biriyani. It is a very short delicate grain with a lovely fragrance that permeates throughout the popular rice dish. Since good quality Kaima rice is not always available, you may use Basmati if you can not find it.

The cooked rice and meat is layered in a sealed pot, in the ‘Dum’ method of sealed cooking which prevents any steam from escaping and enforces the flavors to marry well with each other.  The aroma throughout the house when the Dum (pronounced ‘DHuM’) is cut open is quite captivating.

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Punjabi Chole Bhature | Chickpeas with Fried Leavened Bread

 

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.

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Aloe Vera Salad

Fresh Aloe Vera Summer Salad

Aloe Vera Salad  – A cooling fresh salad for the hot summer days. This is my brunch after my long morning walk! This salad wakes you up, refreshes you and cools you down. It is a great picnic salad or post workout salad.

Aloe Vera facilitates digestion and helps to rid the body of toxins. It has cooling and soothing properties. It improves the functioning of the kidneys, liver and gall bladder. It is also good for the skin. Aloe is used widespread in topical treatments but is also good taken internally in juice and salads.
Important: Pregnant women and young children (below five) are advised against taking aloe internally. I am sure google has the explanations as to why.

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Chicken Changezi | An old Delhi Recipe

 

Chicken Changezi is an extremely popular dish in Delhi, that has been served for generations. It has a notoriously suspicious looking crimson color, due to the cooking down of the tomato gravy in ghee. The name ‘Changezi’  is due to the fact the the dish originated during the times of the fearsome Mongolian warrior and conquerer, Genghis(Changez)Khan. It was however, not made for him as been widely misconstrued.

In actuality, Genghis Khan never invaded Delhi. He in fact only went as far as the Indus and then turned back. The dish however must have been a hit, since it has prospered for so long, but in all likeliness the warrior himself would not have fancied the dish, with its typical Indian spices and richness, quite foreign to the Mongolian seasonal diet consisting mostly of meat and dairy, influenced by both China and Russia.

Chicken Changezi is rich, creamy, and quite delicious, served with flatbreads like Naan or Tandoori Roti. It is not so spicy, due to the addition of Kaju (Cashew) paste, milk and cream. Here is the recipe for this tangy, creamy and rich Restaurant style dish. Check out the Video below to see how to make it!!!

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Moroccan Baked Salmon

Moroccan Baked Salmon – to spice it up !

If you like a spicy baked Salmon, you will love this one. Salmon is a regular item in our house. Twice a week at least, I will prepare salmon. And you know I love variety… There are so many ways to make salmon delicious. This is my new favorite.  It’s quick and easy. Spiced and jazzed up with the flavors of Morocco. You might find it to be your new favorite too 😉

Of all the different fish varieties, salmon is held a step above when it comes to nutritional value. Salmon is also considered to be a ‘brain food’.  An excellent source of quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but they are of course known for the content of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Kunafa | Middle Eastern Cheese filled Dessert Pastry

Kunafa – How can Ramadan be complete without making this warm melty cheese filled, crunchy and unique pastry?

I loved Kunafa when I lived in the Middle East. I haven’t been able to make it the same since I came to Singapore, because I couldn’t find the Kataifi Pastry. Well, I found it a long time ago and made it a few times, but I didn’t get the desired effect, from the memory I had.  I have changed the recipe a bit from the authentic one, I add a white sauce to the filling along with Mozzarella cheese. This time, it was pretty incredible tasting. My little one couldn’t stop moaning with delight. I must warn you that it is a sinful dessert if you are on a diet! Small Tiny portions are enough!

I also must emphasize that you must not leave that Kataifi pastry in the freezer too long before making this. It looses its freshness and you won’t get the crispy delicious flavor that you are after.

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