In April 2011, I started a new weekly thing on my blog called Garam Masala Tuesdays.
The concept was simple- every week on Tuesday I’ll post an Indian recipe and will try to explain it to the best of my knowledge.
Why the name “Garam Masala Tuesday?
Well, for a long time, on most of these cooking show challenges, whenever some one is asked to make something Indian, more often than not they add garam masala to give it that Indian touch. That’s how most people outside India view Indian food to be. So thought the name would be apt. But that’s also one misconception that has been going around for a while. In fact, I hardly use garam masala in my cooking- a habit probably I get from my mom, and know a lot of other Indians who do not put garam masala in every dish that they make. Yes, garam masala is integral to Indian food but there is much more to the spices we use than just garam masala. And that’s what I hope to show you.
Not that I have become an expert on Indian cooking- but am learning my way through it and would like to help other people who would like to learn as well. A lot of people , especially where I stay in US, have shown interest in Indian food and so I thought of starting this weekly post on Indian food. Hopefully it would help you all in getting to know Indian food a little better.
The following is the list of the posts I have done in the past.
- Aam Panna (a raw mango based drink that is perfect for summer)
- Achaari Paneer (Indian cottage cheese in pickled spices)
- Aloo Parantha (Indian flatbread stuffed with a potato filling)
- Atte ka Halwa ( a favorite Indian dessert made from whole wheat)
- Baingan Ka bharta (roasted eggplant cooked with spring onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic)
- Bhutte ki sabzi (Cut corn cobs cooked in an onion and yogurt gravy)
- Butter chicken (Tandoori Chicken cooked in a rich creamy, buttery tomato gravy)
- Cauliflower in a spicy Kerala curry paste
- Channa Masala (a chickpea dish made from easily available ingredients available in most kitchens, even non Indian ones)
- Chicken do-piaza (Chicken cooked in a gravy that has onions two-ways)
- Chicken Khada Masala (Chicken cooked in whole spices)
- Chicken samosas
- Chicken Tikka Pizza
- Chickpea and spinach curry (a guest post by frugalfeeding)
- Chilli Chicken Bread Pizza
- Cucumber Raita (a yogurt side dish with grated cucumber in it)
- Dal ka parantha (unleavened whole wheat flatbread made with leftover cooked lentils)
- Dal Makhani (Indian lentil dish slow simmered in a pureed tomato and butter gravy)
- Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding)
- Goan Style Fish Curry
- Gulab Jamun (Fried dough balls soaked in a cardamom, saffron infused sugar syrup)
- Jalebi (deep fried indian dough soaked in sugar syrup)
- Jeera Aloo (Potatoes fried with roasted cumin)
- Kakori Kebabs (soft, tender Lamb kebabs)
- Kerala Chicken Stew
- Khichdi (rice and lentil dish)
- Kothimbir Vadi (Steamed cilantro chickpea cakes)
- Lehsooni Naan (Garlic Naan)
- Lotus root curry
- Mango Kulfi ( Mango flavored Indian ice cream)
- Missi Roti (Indian flatbread made from gram flour and flavored with Indian spices)
- Mint Minced Chicken Kebabs
- Mushroom Pepper Fry
- Mustard Fish Curry
- Mutton Patiala ( Lamb cooked in Indian spiced curry)
- Naan Pizza (Pizza made on naan bread)
- Okra “Bhindi” cooked with Onions
- Pepper Chicken Chettinad (pepper spiced chicken)
- Punj Rattani Dal (Indian dish made by cooking five lentils in a onion tomato base)
- Ragi Flour Paranthas (gluten free)
- Roasted Masala Cauliflower
- Roasted stuffed potatoes ( a great snack with Indian flavors)
- Samosas with pea filling
- Shahi Paneer (Indian cottage cheese cooked in a cashew enriched tomato gravy)
- Split green gram Pancakes ( a gluten free and healthy pancake)
- Tari Wale Aloo (potatoes cooked in a spicy cumin flavored tomato gravy)
- Tokri Chaat (Popular North Indian street food)
- Vada Pav (Indian vegetarian sliders)
- Vegetable Momos/dumplings
- Vegetarian Samosas (Spicy vegetarian mixture stuffed in pastry and deep fried)
To check more Indian recipes, you could also browse the Indian recipes before I started GMT. Click here.