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Archana's Kitchen

Archana's Kitchen
A collection of recipes, food guide,articles on Indian and International Food
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Ginger Walnut Chutney
2008-05-07 16:17:00
An amazing combination of ginger with walnuts, which is simply delicious. I had this at an Indian restaurant in Bangalore called ?South Indies? which is a funky south Indian restaurant. They served this chutney on one of their festival buffets and had also attached the recipe card along with their menu.
More About: Chutney , South Indian , Chutneys , Walnut , Ginger
Tindora nu Shaak (Dondaikai/Kovaikai Curry)
2008-05-07 10:39:00
A typical Indian dish prepared differently all over India. This tasty vegetable is flavored the Gujarati style giving it the tangy and sweetish taste to your palette. This recipe goes well with Gujarati Khadi and phulka?s.This vegetable absorbs the different spices so well, that much experimentation is possible to suit your palate.
More About: Curry , South Indian , Bread
Vegetarian Mexican Tacos (With Baked Beans and Salad)
2008-04-15 12:05:00
A very popular Mexican dish, served with guacamole and sour cream. The stuffing for these Taco shells is so varied that recipes get evolved according to the taste palates. Mostly in Mexico you will find that tacos are of the soft kind. The crisp tacos seemed to have originated with the proliferation of taco stands during the late fifties. The crisp-fried corn tortilla in a U-shape is filled with layers of hot baked beans, sliced lettuce, diced tomatoes and grated cheese (usually cheddar).
More About: International , Vegetarian , Baked , Beans
Cabbage Onion Vada
2008-04-10 11:00:00
popular south Indian dish is make from deep frying finely ground urad dal. Traditionally this vada is typically fried plain with some whole pepper corns or green chillies. But this recipe uses finely chopped cabbage and onions which simply exemplifies the taste of the vada.
More About: Snacks , South Indian , Savory , South , Cabbage
Batata nu Shaak (Rasedar Aloo ki Sabzi/Potatoes in Tomato Gravy)
2008-04-10 10:31:00
A delicacy in a Gujarati household and in almost every traditional Gujarati function. The potatoes are simmered in spiced tomato gravy. My mother in law adds Kalonji seeds (onion seeds) and I notice that this adds to the flavor of the dish. The potatoes are so well cooked along with the spicy tomato gravy; that this process of cooking allows the little starch from the potatoes to thicken the gravy as well.
More About: Potatoes , Breads , Tomato , Batata
Dahi Bhindi (Okra/Ladies Finger in Yogurt Gravy)
2008-03-25 08:50:00
A mouthwatering dahi based bhindi/okra sabzi with a twist. The taste of caremelized onions and soft bhindi in spiced yogurt makes it very delicious as it looks. It is very similar to kadhi, but is thicker and creamier.Serve it with hot phulka's and guaranteed that you will fall in love this simple and tasty dish.
More About: Okra , North Indian , Breads , Yogurt , Ladies
Sambar Podi (South Indian All Spice Powder)
2008-03-19 11:56:00
The most basic and important ingredient in making ?Sambar?. This spiced powder is made with a blend of roasted coriander seeds, tuvar dal, channa dal, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and few more which adds to this unique taste which exemplifies the taste sambar.
More About: Indian , South Indian , South , Breads , Spice
Beetroot Sambar (Beetroot in a spiced lentil gravy)
2008-03-19 11:56:00
Sambar is a very traditional dish served in almost every South Indian household. The lentil based gravy has many different variations in each region. The sambar gets its spice and tanginess from the tamarind extract and sambar powder. The spice powder called ?Sambar Powder? that is added is also atypical to every household. Each family, each region has their own subtle variation of this powder that it makes a huge difference to the way sambar tastes.
More About: Beetroot , Breads , Gravy
Yeruvalli Kuzhambu (Tangy and Spicy Coconut Curry with Vegetables)
2008-03-18 18:16:00
A very popular dish among the Tamil Brahmin and Kerala community. A very unsual curry made with coconut is roasted with fenugreek seeds and dried red chillies and cooked along with tamarind paste, makes it deliciously tangy and spicy.A variety of vegetables can be used for this recipe. The most popular combinations are lonely drumsticks or carrots and green bell peppers or cut okra?s or eggplants. Experiment and add vegetables to suit your palate. The recipe below uses carrots and green bell pepper?s.
More About: Vegetables , Coconut , Curry , South Indian , Spicy
Aloo Vada/Bonda
2008-03-13 17:00:00
A deliciously tasting snack, much savored on a rainy day in India. Popular all over India and known by different names. In the south, it's called a Bonda, and north a Vada, so much for this potato which is coated with a gram flour batter and deep fried and savored with Chutneys like Green Chutney and Date and Tamarind Chutney or just plain old Tomato Ketchup.
More About: Snacks
Dahi Vada/Wada/Balla (Savory Lentil Dumplings in Sweetened Yogurt)
2008-03-12 11:39:00
A very popular dish all over India and each region in India as its own recipe for making these Vada?s. In the Southern India coconut is added to the yogurt mixture along with some green chillies and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. In the North, it?s a very popular street food, garnished with Date and Tamarind Chutney and Coriander leaves.An ever popular recipe which can be made 1 day ahead in time and served along with the main course or for a chaat/ tea party. So go ahead and indulge in these simply delicious savory and sweetened lentil dumplings in yogurt.
More About: Snacks , Savory , Yogurt , Dahi
Whole Wheat Pancakes with Bananas and Honey
2008-03-08 11:45:00
This whole wheat pancake with strawberries and bananas can make a very quick healthy and wholesome breakfast. The goodness of whole wheat, coupled with almond powder and eggs makes the pancakes filling and nutritious. Serve it with bananas drizzled with honey or any other fruit of your choice.
More About: Breakfast , Wheat , Sweet , Honey , Savory
Kadhai Paneer
2008-03-05 22:10:00
Kadhai Paneer has an irresistible flavor with the blend ofGreen Bell Peppers, dried fenugreek leaves and the cardamom. Very healthy and nutritious dish, as it consumes very less fat and no cream. A very popular North Indian dish, which has spread to the palates around the world. Serve it with hot phulka's or a Indian bread of your choice.
Chinese Style Sesame Sweet Potato Wedges
2008-03-05 10:49:00
These sweet, tangy and chillied potato?s are simple delicious and make a great appetizer for any party. The best part of these is that they get made in a jiffy if you already have some boiled potatoes. The sesame seed gives the crunchy texture; in addition, the garlic, ginger and the soy sauce adds the required kick for this sweet potato.
More About: Style , Chinese , Sweet , Sesame , Potato
Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower Manchurian)
2008-03-05 10:32:00
The ever popular ?Manchurian? is an Indian Chinese dish. Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to suite Indian tastes. It is said to have been developed by the tiny Chinese community that lived in Kolkata for over a century. Immensely popular with Indians, it is widespread in major Indian metropolitan cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi and most importantly Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
More About: International , Cauliflower
Beetroot Rice (Beetroot Pulav)
2008-03-02 12:01:00
Ever wondered what to do with a beetroot? Beetroot Rice is one for those few vegetables which give the rice flavor and subtle sweetness. Spice it up with some sambar powder and garam masala powdered, along with some coarsely pounded peanuts and finely chopped mint leaves, makes a comforting one meal dish. Accompany this rice with a raita of your choice or tomato-onion raita.
More About: Kids , Lunch , School
Festival Samayal (Winner Gourmand World Cookbook Award)
2008-02-29 11:56:00
Festival s in India are an important aspect of social, religious and cultural life of its people. Food is an integral part of this festivity. Each festival is associated with particular dishes that are also related to the season when the festival occurs.” an excerpt from the book “Festival Samayal“. The author Viji Vardarajan is a renowned ...
More About: World , Award , Winner , Cookbook
Batura - Puffed Yogurt Bread
2008-02-28 06:43:00
Batura is a traditional North Indian Punjabi classic bread savored with Chola. This is a spongy deep fried bread is made with yogurt and yeast, made to ferment so that it gets that little sour taste from the yogurt which gives that classic favor and puffiness. Adding some flavor like nigella seeds, fennel seeds or ajowain seeds enhances the flavor of this bread.
More About: Vegetables , Yogurt , Bread
Mutter Paneer/ Paneer in Peas Gravy
2008-02-26 17:30:00
An all time favorite North Indian dish. The combination of peas, tomatoes and paneer gives this dish a subtle sweetness which enhances the taste of this flavored dish. You could alter the spice level according to your taste. If you don't much care for the sweetness of the peas, you could add a little more red chilli powder or even add green chilli paste.
More About: Vegetables , Mutter , Peas , Paneer
Aloo Parval ki Sabzi
2008-02-25 08:30:00
A typical dish from Calcutta and a dry vegetable dish with a Gujarati touch adopted from my mother in law. Parval is very popular among the Bengali Cuisine and a healthy vegetable, especially in the form of soup for stomach related ailments. The crispy nature of this vegetable even after it has been cooked along with potatoes, gives the special taste and crunch.
More About: Potatoes
Nice Matter?s Award!
2008-02-23 05:21:00
Shriya of Spicy Tasty and EC of Easy Crafts have made my day with this pleasing award. ?Nice Matter s Award ? is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. It is also for those who have a positive influence on our blogging world. Thank ...
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Gujarati Dal
2008-02-18 09:16:00
A staple diet in a Gujarati household and a delicacy in a non Gujarati household. Made with Tuvar dal, this tangy, sweet and sour dal can tingle your senses and palates.The soup like flowing consistency when had with hot phulka’s and sabzi, can leave that irrestiable mark in your mind, that you will never want ...
More About: Recipes , Toor
Baked Potato Thyme Rolls
2008-02-17 10:19:00
Delicious tasty potato rolls herbed with thyme simply melt in the mouth when eaten. I have always wanted to bake the potatoes with butter, but was somehow was never upto doing them with the fear of tasting something herbless and spice less. I asked a few friends around, and they gave a few fried varieties of ...
More About: Baked , Potato
Moong Dal Chilla/ Spiced Lentil Crepes
2008-02-16 11:05:00
Chilla’s are spiced lentil crepes served hot in breakfast or as a main dish during a meal. The first time I had these was on the streets of Calcutta, opposite Shibuji is a joint, which is filled with the yummy Calcutta street junk food. The extra spicy garlic chutney smeared on it and chopped green ...
More About: Street , Savory , Yellow , Moog , Crepes
Tomato Garlic Rasam - Thakkali Poondu Rasam
2008-02-15 05:10:00
Tomato Rasam is a very staple diet in the South Indian household. Being a South Indian and growing up in that environment this version was my favorite. Almost everyday, my packed lunch for school in that steel tiffin carrier used to be rasam rice, keerai masial (seasoned cooked greens), some vegetable  and curd rice. Even ...
More About: Garlic , Soup , Tomato
Paneer Makhani
2008-02-13 06:00:00
An all time favorite north Indian dish, cooked in a rich tomato based gravy. The subtle blend of cardamom, dried fenugreek leaves and the cream add such an enhancing taste which can tingle your senses and palates. This dish is made so frequently at my home, the 3 boys of the house lick up the entire ...
More About: Vegetarian , Cheese , Tomato , Paneer
Rajma Chawal
2008-02-08 10:05:00
An everyday north Indian meal savored on a tired or a lazy Sunday afternoon. This one meal dish served steaming hot is so delicious; the flavors get absorbed in the rajma and combined with rice brings back that lost energy in you and wakes your senses up. This recipe goes to the Legume Love Affair Event ...
Butter Naan
2008-02-08 09:42:00
Naans is a bread about which I am very choosy as to where I eat them. I am so particular about its texture and the softness, that I hardly end up ordering them in a restaurant. I got inspired my this recipe from one of Julie Sahni’s Naan recipes. Its simply fantastic and delicious. easy ...
More About: Breads , Butter
Grilled Mushroom Sandwich
2008-01-31 10:24:00
Its been one of my favorite sandwiches since I was a young girl. One of our neighbors in Coimbatore, India was a fantastic at making dishes with a snacky spicy touch and of all of them this one stayed on in my mind. This sandwich makes a healthy and filling breakfast. It also makes tasty ...
More About: Kids , Recipes , School , Mushroom , Savory
Shakkarai/Sweet Pongal/ Sweetened Rice with Jaggery
2008-01-24 11:02:00
Pongal festival is to celebrate the harvest festival and the first day of the Tamizh (Tamil Calendar Month) month. It is a festival that is spread over four days. Pongal in tamil means something that is overflowing. The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future prosperity ...
More About: Recipes , Rice , Sweet , Indian Sweets , South
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