I am having a hard time choosing a mithai to make for Diwali. I have already made my favorites in the past few years and now I am left choice less and confused. I have already prepared my mom’s special besan ki barfi, ghevar, gond ki barfi, gajar ka halwa and Rasmalai. Even though there are hundreds of mithai options, all my favorites are gone. So now can you appreciate my dilemma? Asking my mom won’t help me much too coz she has been making her besan barfi every Diwali for the past 20 plus years. And no one wants her to change that. [Read on…]
All my childhood, on Raksha Bandhan, there was only one sweet that came to our house. It was also one of the very few store-bought sweet that dared to enter our household. It was Samosa house’s special spongy Rasgulla. I have not eaten better Spongy Rasgulla (s) than those. Small, white, sugar soaked balls of Paneer that you could squeeze all the way through and they would not fall apart. Put them back in the syrup and they would puff right back up. Such was their popularity that all our relatives in Delhi asked for them when we would visit them. [Read on…]
Lots of times, I have been asked “What will you do after you’ve shared all the recipes that you know?” And my answer has always been “There is always more to learn and share in this world, especially- culinary world. It is a never-ending learning process.” As difficult as it might be for anyone to accept, there isn’t enough time for me on Earth to share all the recipes that exist in this world. So am quite safe, to say the least. When I started this blog, [Read on…]
I hardly ever order Palak Paneer in a restaurant. Make it ‘Never’. It is also the last dish I gravitate towards in a party or buffet. Why? Because a bad Palak Paneer is almost inedible. It just tastes ‘OFF’. I can eat a bad paneer Makhani or a Kadhai Paneer or even a bad Paneer Tikka but never, ever in a million years, can I eat a bad Palak Paneer. Entire world’s good stuff on Spinach cannot twist my arm into it. Wait! Does that make me a Palak Paneer snob? That can’t be good. I don’t want to be called a SNOB. 🙁 But I can’t lie about food too. Can I? Now that I have shot myself in the foot, let’s move on. [Read on…]
I had a love-hate relationship with HOLI as a child. I would be wait for Holika-Dahan with all my heart only to hide in my room all day long, the next day. Our neighbors had this huge yard at the back of their house where we would spend hours assembling the logs, branches, twigs and what ever (that we had collected from a lot of places) into a triangle-shaped structure – Holika. [Read on…]
There is no way in the world am I going to say “Oh! This Paneer Makhani is sooooo restaurant-style.” Coz it’s not! I have had my fair share of Paneer Makhanis in the restaurants of America. And have to say, in all humility, most of them are a joke! I think Paneer Makhani is the most abused dish in the entire Indian cuisine. If you ever read the description of Paneer Makhani on their menu, more often than not, it says ” Paneer cubes (A whopping grand total of all 5 of them) cooked in a rich and creamy tomato based silky, smooth gravy.” Right? That’s not the Paneer Makhani I know of, where you don’t mention the ‘Makhan’ word in it at all ! It’s M-A-K-H-A-N-I, you people (chefs in hotels)……wake up!!!!!! And that’s the reason I am not calling this dish Paneer Makhani, but Original Paneer Makhani. [Read on…]
Who ever added gluttony to one of the ‘seven deadly sins’ never tasted Gulab Jamuns for sure! I mean come on, are you saying that if you had one of these incredibly delicious and buttery soft ‘khoya balls soaked in sugar syrups’, you will be able to stop at just one? If you are one of those, I bow down to you! I am definitely not in your league. There are sweets and then there are ‘sweets‘. Gulab Jamun falls in the latter category. I haven’t met one person who dislikes them and honestly, what’s not to like in them?
Even the worst gulab jamun beats a lot of good sweets hands down on any day! Yeah, am a self proclaimed gulab jamun fan! [Read on…]
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