Luchi Aloo ( Kolkata’s version of Puri Aloo )

Luchi aloo is Kolkata’s version of Puri Aloo but it’s so much better especially if you eat it on the streets. There’s nothing like a piping hot luchi, smothered with spicy curried aloo. Here’s a great homemade version of this recipe.

 

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Spicy Mutton Curry

I don’t eat much red meat at all but when I am in India I really do enjoy the occasional dish made with mutton. The flavor that mutton imparts onto whatever it is being cooked with is just so deeply satisfying. Here is a superb spicy mutton curry recipe I tried this past summer, which must be eaten with piping hot basmati rice. This dish can be made with chicken too.

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Stir Fried Masala Parwal and Aloo (Pointed Gourd with Potatoes)

Parwal is a green vegetable that is indigenous to the Eastern part of India. It is also called pointed gourd or potol. It looks a little like tori/zucchini but has different flavoring and texture. Here is how we cook this vegetable in my mother’s kitchen.

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Sumeet’s Machar Jhol (Bengali Spicy Fish Curry)

Machar jhol is a classic Bengali spicy fish curry flavored with the goodness of mustard. The best way to eat this dish is with plain white rice. Here is a really excellent recipe. You must use a good mustard oil to make this dish as that is what gives it flavor. Generally mustard oil is available at any Indian grocery store.

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Stir Fried Masala Kundru (Ivy Gourd/Tindora)

Being of Pahari and Punjabi origin, kundru is one of those not so common vegetables which was constantly cooked in our home.

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I’m not sure if this vegetable is available in the Western part of the world. It is also known as ivy gourd, gentleman’s toes, tindora or kovakkai – depending on which part of India you are from.

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A Simple Chicken Curry

Often people are under the misnomer that “curry” is a spice that is often used in making all the delicious gravies and curries that abound in Indian food. However, a curry comprises of several ingredients and spices that are cooked together to actually create the final product.

There is a place for “curry powder” in certain kinds of Indian cooking but for most part – any curry that is created involves time and the culmination of several different elements.

Here is a recipe for a simple chicken curry.

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Stir Fried Curried Cauliflower (Gobhi)

Cauliflower is such a wonderful vegetable which can be cooked in so many ways. “Gobhi” as its called in Hindi, is a staple on our table and is one of the simplest vegetables to make. Here is a recipe one of the ways we make gobhi in our home.

 

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