Be it a festive celebration, an evening with colleagues from work, a soiree with friends from school, or just a cozy meal with your special someone, Food is an integral part of all of our special memories. So here’s a list of some unique dishes you can whip up to take the tastebuds of your friends and family on a journey discovering the numerous flavors of India!
Pulihora (tamarind rice)
Also called kokum rice, this is a favorite down South. Prepared with rice, tamarind pulp, ginger, and ground chilies, it is reasonably easy and quick that can be made when loved ones drop in for a surprise visit. Serve with some freshly brewed filter coffee and transport your guests to a picturesque South Indian town.
This one is a fan favorite for all ages! Made with some gram flour and channa dal, it can be served as a light evening snack that will warm up the palette for what you have in store for the main course. As it is baked and not fried, it will please even those who are cautious of snacking too much. Serve with a cup of masala chai to fully enhance the flavors of chilies and other spices.
This one comes straight out of West Bengal. Bhappa means steamed in Bengali, and that is how the vegetable is prepared.it is the perfect way to get your dinner guests to meet everyone’s favorite vegetable Aaloo in a new and exciting way. Explore the flavors of Tagoreland with the flavors of panch phoron (powdered five spices), coconut paste, and mustard oil steamed to perfection!
Another gem from Andhra Pradesh is the delicious Gutti Vankaya or stuffed brinjal curry. Made with ginger, sesame seeds, chili, mustard, coriander, and cardamom, it is an explosion of flavor in your plate. It is commonly used as a substitute for a curry, so no vegetarians feel ignored. Serve with buttered chapatis or plain rice to fully experience the taste of this magical dish.
The most beloved Indian dessert has to be kheer! Made of sugar, dry fruits, milk, and rice, it is easy to make and has no haters. For a Navratri friendly version, try the Makhana Kheer made with milk, puffed lotus seeds, and cardamom.
Gajar ka Halwa
An absolute delicacy in the winter. Made with carrots, sugar, milk, cashews, and a lot of BUTTER! It has the magical property of turning all frowns upside down. You can never go wrong with gajar ka halwa, its the perfect way to wrap up a beautiful evening.