Classic Masala Dosa

(4 Servings)

Prep time: 14 hours (includes fermentation time)
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 15 hours

I have always been intimidated with making Indian crepes or Dosas because it needs planning and timing to get right. You need to plan ahead as the rice and lentils need to be soaked before grinding to a paste and then fermented, ideally overnight. The filling for the Dosa can be made in advance as needed and refrigerated. The same goes for the batter. So basically once these are ready and refrigerated you can whip up a Dosa fairly quickly whenever you want. Dosas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, snack time or dinner! Yup that’s right, basically it’s Dosa time anytime. I decided I had to try making these crispy crepes even if it meant failure but was pleasantly surprised with how relatively easy it was. With a little bit of planning ahead of time you can look like a total pro in front of family and friends!

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Palak Paneer

(6 servings)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

I always go back to this dish when I think of home. Palak paneer – simply translated as spinach cottage cheese is the kind of dish you cant get enough of. Simple, delicious and homely, this recipe can be whipped up in 20 minutes! Yup it’s that easy. I have my own take on this dish where I also add green peas to the spinach before I purée. Gives a smoother, thicker consistency and obviously more the greens the healthier it is! You can pair it with rice, roti or naan bread.

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Lobster Tails in Coconut Turmeric Broth

(4 servings)

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 45 min
Lobster is one of those ingredients that can go south very quickly if not cooked perfectly. Over cooking even slightly can make the texture rubbery and dry. The key in this recipe is to cook the lobster tails to just about when they start curling and getting the pink color on the shell. Turn off the heat at exactly that moment and the heat from the curry will cook the tail a little more to the right amount! Curcumin which is a constituent of turmeric is known to have Medicinal values and has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India. The flavor profile goes really well with coconut and mustard, so I decided to make this light coconut milk broth with lobster!

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Garam Masala Spiced Acorn Squash Soup

(4 Servings)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This recipe is perfect for a chilly winter day! We now have an abundance of pumpkins and a variety of squash in supermarkets so why not?! I picked acorn squash for my recipe but you could also try it with butternut squash or pumpkins. Got the inspiration for this dish from a meal I had at the restaurant Indian Accent in NYC. Here is my version of it.

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Saffron Chicken Korma

(6 servings)

Preparation time:
  Chicken kebabs: 30 minutes
  Sauce: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Ever craved a heavenly rich & creamy Indian curry with perfectly grilled and charred chicken kebabs? Exactly the craving I had over the weekend and decided to make this yummy recipe for Chloe and my parents who are currently visiting. My father is a hard critic and It’s not very often that I get a nod of approval, but watching him wipe his plate clean gave me a beautiful sense of satisfaction.

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Chicken Turmeric Kebab Tacos with Mango Tamarind sauce

(4 Servings)

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

This recipe is quick and easy and of course who doesn’t like tacos. This is the last recipe for our India cuisine month. The other day I went out for tacos with a friend. On the menu was chicken tikka tacos. I was quite disappointed with what was placed in front of me. I could not taste the Indian spices in the chicken and the sauce provided was kind of bland. I decided to come up with a chicken kebab taco recipe that one can make at home relatively easily and has a good Indian fusion taste and feel to it. This chicken turmeric kebab recipe with a delectable mango tamarind sauce is something you will never find in a restaurant and will have your friends and family swooning for more!

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