North Indian

  • Fragrant Pineapple Rice

    November 7, 2022peppercook

      I had started posting my Mom’s recipes from what is now termed “Mom’s Golden Recipe Book.” It’s actually a notebook from her college days when she had taken home science classes at the age of 16. It’s fun because the terms are so outdated and lots of ingredients or steps are missing in recipes.…

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  • Mom’s Recipe # 12 – Vegetable Samosas

    November 3, 2020peppercook

      Simple yet delicious Indian potato and pea samosas!  Samosas might be time-consuming to make, but the end product is always worth the effort. They really aren’t that difficult to make, and they freeze really well, so try them out!  The trick is in making a fragrant, spicy filling and a stiff pastry dough. The…

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  • Mom’s Recipe # 15 – Chicken Shami Kebab

    June 12, 2020peppercook

      These are super easy kebabs – made with chicken breast, spices, garlic, ginger and onions (the whole North Indian shebang!) They are tender and delicious, and easy enough for even a novice cook! Perfect as a starter for guests at dinner. Ingredients: 250g boneless chicken breast halves  (about 2-3pieces) ¼ cup chana dal, about…

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  • Mom’s Recipe # 4 – Potato and Coconut Kachories

    May 6, 2020peppercook

      Stuck at home during the COVID19 crisis, I’ve been trying out a lot of my Mom’s recipes.  This is the perfect situation in which to try the more time-consuming ones, as, on some mornings, the day just stretches out timelessly. With the whole family at home, enticing aromas emanating from the kitchen keep everyone’s…

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  • Sweet Rice with Saffron and Nuts ( Zardah Pulao)

    March 4, 2020peppercook

      The word “zarda” is Persian for yellow, and this yellow rice gets its colour both from saffron as well as food colouring. Fragrant with the aroma of saffron, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom carried through by the buttery ghee, and rich with almonds and pistachios, this is an easy traditional favourite! One of the simplest…

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  • Mom’s Recipe #3 – Rice with Fried Potatoes (Taheri)

    January 18, 2019thepeppercook

      Potato Taheri is a turmeric flavoured aromatic rice dish to which spiced fried potatoes are added.  It is not quite a pulao – in a Taheri, cooked vegetables are added to spiced, cooked rice, so the vegetables stay crisp (since they don’t get boiled with the rice.)  Either way, it’s simple and yummy! Ingredients:…

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  • Mom’s Carrot, Cauliflower, and Turnip Pickle

    January 11, 2019thepeppercook

      Sweet, tangy, and of course hot and spicy thanks to chilies and garam masala – no winter would be complete without the making of the ubiquitous Punjabi cauliflower, carrot and turnip pickle! It is the perfect accompaniment to a hot, fresh parantha for breakfast. Try this simplified, easy recipe! Ingredients: 500g carrots, cut into…

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  • Eggplant Rings on Mint Yoghurt

    December 16, 2018thepeppercook

      A quick recipe of mildly spiced eggplant on garlic and mint yoghurt base, ideal as a dinner side or a substitute for a salad. Perfect for Christmas or any other celebratory dinner! Ingredients: For eggplant : 1 large eggplant, about 500g ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon red chili, ground 1 egg,…

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  • Mom’s Recipe #13 – Chicken Kofta Curry

    October 3, 2018thepeppercook

      A super easy and quick, flavourful recipe of Indian chicken kofta or meatballs in a spicy yoghurt based curry. Perfect for a gathering or party! Ingredients: For Kofta: minced chicken, 500g 1 onion, chopped or grated 4 cloves garlic, grated 1” ginger, grated 1 green chili, finely chopped ½ teaspoon salt Click here to…

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  • Mom’s Recipe # 18 – Cauliflower and Potatoes

    May 21, 2018thepeppercook

      Crispy, spicy cauliflower with nicely browned potatoes – gobi aloo – is a North Indian favourite. Use this quick, easy recipe to impress everyone at home! Ingredients: Half a large cauliflower, cut into florets, about 250g 2 small potatoes, about 125g ½ teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds 2-3 whole red…

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