> Rice & Biryani / Pilaf Archive

  • Eggplants, aubergine, brinjal, baingan, bengun or whatever you call it by any name, these purple veggie is my favourite among the others. At times I become little partial too. This is the one vegetable that had undergone lots of experimentation by me and had never complained. Take this eggplant biryani for an instance. Lightly tossed with fragrant long grain rice and burst of flavors from range of whole spices, this eggplant biryani is one pot delight, a light and quick-lunch. Serve […]

    Stuffed eggplant biryani and lecture on vegetarianism by Masterchef India

    Eggplants, aubergine, brinjal, baingan, bengun or whatever you call it by any name, these purple veggie is my favourite among the others. At times I become little partial too. This is the one vegetable that had undergone lots of experimentation by me and had never complained. Take this eggplant biryani for an instance. Lightly tossed with fragrant long grain rice and burst of flavors from range of whole spices, this eggplant biryani is one pot delight, a light and quick-lunch. Serve […]

  • From instant noodles to thick and greasy chowmein India laps it all in the name of Chinese cuisine to maintain the status quo of “hindi chini bhai bhai” though we had several incursion in our homeland from across the borders like a daily dose of gobi manchurian peppered with Indian spices. In early 60′s or 70′s it was quiet fashionable to have Chinese cuisine almost a status symbol and many fancy restaurants took pride in their sizzlers and noodles greased […]

    fried rice and veg manchurian for the desi chinese

    From instant noodles to thick and greasy chowmein India laps it all in the name of Chinese cuisine to maintain the status quo of “hindi chini bhai bhai” though we had several incursion in our homeland from across the borders like a daily dose of gobi manchurian peppered with Indian spices. In early 60′s or 70′s it was quiet fashionable to have Chinese cuisine almost a status symbol and many fancy restaurants took pride in their sizzlers and noodles greased […]

  • I love pasta, this is a fact and I love it in its varied shapes and forms, though bow tie is my favourite, slathering it in green and red pesto sauces, sometimes cheesy and creamy, and this is  a late realization for me that I am in love with Italian cuisine. If we talk about Italian cuisine, pizza comes next in my list but it is more like rescue food for me, when I am not in a mood to cook, though it sounds little […]

    risotto prima vera – the basic recipe for risotto

    I love pasta, this is a fact and I love it in its varied shapes and forms, though bow tie is my favourite, slathering it in green and red pesto sauces, sometimes cheesy and creamy, and this is  a late realization for me that I am in love with Italian cuisine. If we talk about Italian cuisine, pizza comes next in my list but it is more like rescue food for me, when I am not in a mood to cook, though it sounds little […]

  • The last secrets of the silk road : four girls follow Marco Polo across 5000 miles. Wow !!! I said and picked up the book from public library because the title itself speaks about the world which one can only dreams about. The Silk road allures  travellers from across the globe and its secrets have been told in the legends and folklore. As I cruises through the pages, it seems that one fine day,  four British girls all in their early […]

    sweet bell pepper pilaf and secrets of the silk road – a book review

    The last secrets of the silk road : four girls follow Marco Polo across 5000 miles. Wow !!! I said and picked up the book from public library because the title itself speaks about the world which one can only dreams about. The Silk road allures  travellers from across the globe and its secrets have been told in the legends and folklore. As I cruises through the pages, it seems that one fine day,  four British girls all in their early […]

  • Food critic Susan Fairbank once wrote : ” rice and beans are sacred, they are our daily bread, our comfort food. Rice and beans are our soul food and a synergies dish that makes a deliciously healthy block of complete protein when combined together. ” She has beautifully encapsulate in these few lines, the essentiality of rice and beans for human sustenance. Rice is staple for more than half of the world’s population and beans are scattered throughout the world […]

    jamaican rice and beans with mangoes

    Food critic Susan Fairbank once wrote : ” rice and beans are sacred, they are our daily bread, our comfort food. Rice and beans are our soul food and a synergies dish that makes a deliciously healthy block of complete protein when combined together. ” She has beautifully encapsulate in these few lines, the essentiality of rice and beans for human sustenance. Rice is staple for more than half of the world’s population and beans are scattered throughout the world […]

  • Broccoli is one versatile vegetable with loads of goodness attached to it, steam it, roast it or grill it, do whatever you wish to, it wont disappoint you and is very convenient to cook. It goes well with chicken and seafood but alone it can make a wonderful dish like grilled broccoli with some toasted nuts. Broccoli rice pilaf is a perfect one meal dish on weeknight dinner, after a long day at office, a tired mind and body need […]

    carrot and broccoli rice pilaf

    Broccoli is one versatile vegetable with loads of goodness attached to it, steam it, roast it or grill it, do whatever you wish to, it wont disappoint you and is very convenient to cook. It goes well with chicken and seafood but alone it can make a wonderful dish like grilled broccoli with some toasted nuts. Broccoli rice pilaf is a perfect one meal dish on weeknight dinner, after a long day at office, a tired mind and body need […]

  • This post has been re-edited, re-published with new photographs as we had indulge into this once again and got some time to re-shoot it. When I look back into the past, I recollect how the events in my life has chalked my destiny to become a food blogger one day, and now I realized it was no coincidence. Having lived in the gastronomical capital of India aka Kolkata for few years, which shaped my senses of taste and flavours, I […]

    kheema biryani Hyderabadi style

    This post has been re-edited, re-published with new photographs as we had indulge into this once again and got some time to re-shoot it. When I look back into the past, I recollect how the events in my life has chalked my destiny to become a food blogger one day, and now I realized it was no coincidence. Having lived in the gastronomical capital of India aka Kolkata for few years, which shaped my senses of taste and flavours, I […]

  • …durga puja special recipes… Ashtami te bhoger khichuri, labra, tomato khejur chutney and payesh There is no recipe for bhoger khichuri becuasue it is simply pure and divine. The recipe here is for those who want to offer it to Ma Durga, khichuri bhog – no onion no garlic. Bhoger khichuri Ingredients: Govindobhog or any fragrant rice: 1 cup Moong daal : 1 cup Green peas: ¼ cup Cauliflower: 5-6 medium florets Potatoes : 2-3 Tomato: 1 Turmeric powder: 1 […]

    bhoger khichuri, chutney and payesh

    …durga puja special recipes… Ashtami te bhoger khichuri, labra, tomato khejur chutney and payesh There is no recipe for bhoger khichuri becuasue it is simply pure and divine. The recipe here is for those who want to offer it to Ma Durga, khichuri bhog – no onion no garlic. Bhoger khichuri Ingredients: Govindobhog or any fragrant rice: 1 cup Moong daal : 1 cup Green peas: ¼ cup Cauliflower: 5-6 medium florets Potatoes : 2-3 Tomato: 1 Turmeric powder: 1 […]

  • …durga puja special recipes… Mahasaptami te phulkopir dum, daab chingri ar kaju-kismis pulao Sometimes in late 90′s on a Navami afternoon we went to Aheli at Peerless Inn for a lavish buffet spread to satiate our quench for authentic Bengali cuisine.The theme was perfect, Bengali cuisine, dressed in traditional Bengali attire with live Rabindrasangeet, it was there that I was introduced to daab chingri – the headless prawns with their tails intact, bathed in rich creamy and velvety gravy, looks […]

    daab chingri and kaju kismis pulao

    …durga puja special recipes… Mahasaptami te phulkopir dum, daab chingri ar kaju-kismis pulao Sometimes in late 90′s on a Navami afternoon we went to Aheli at Peerless Inn for a lavish buffet spread to satiate our quench for authentic Bengali cuisine.The theme was perfect, Bengali cuisine, dressed in traditional Bengali attire with live Rabindrasangeet, it was there that I was introduced to daab chingri – the headless prawns with their tails intact, bathed in rich creamy and velvety gravy, looks […]

  •   VandeMa Taram… Celebrate this year Independence Day with Tiranga Pulao / pilaf.  Here goes the recipe. Indian tiranga pulao   Recipe: Indian Tiranga / tri-color pulao /pilaf Summary: A beautiful vegetarian pulao with carrots, dryfruits and herbs mildly spiced with nutmeg Ingredients Basmati rice: 1 ½ cup Capsicum: 1 Beans: 2-3 Carrots: 2 Raisins: 10 gm Cashew nuts: 12-15 Almonds: 10 Dates: 6-8 Bay leaves: 2-3 small Black cardamom: 3 Green cardamom: 4-5 Star anise: 1 White peppercorns: 6-8 […]

    Indian tiranga pulao

      VandeMa Taram… Celebrate this year Independence Day with Tiranga Pulao / pilaf.  Here goes the recipe. Indian tiranga pulao   Recipe: Indian Tiranga / tri-color pulao /pilaf Summary: A beautiful vegetarian pulao with carrots, dryfruits and herbs mildly spiced with nutmeg Ingredients Basmati rice: 1 ½ cup Capsicum: 1 Beans: 2-3 Carrots: 2 Raisins: 10 gm Cashew nuts: 12-15 Almonds: 10 Dates: 6-8 Bay leaves: 2-3 small Black cardamom: 3 Green cardamom: 4-5 Star anise: 1 White peppercorns: 6-8 […]

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