• 2 cups of Long Grain White Rice (preferably basmati rice)
  • ½ tsp. Saffron Powder
  • 1 ½ cup Yellow Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Ginger (Adrak) (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. Butter (Makhan)
  • ¼ cup Golden Raisins (Kishmish)
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • ½ tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. Cream or Whole Milk
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (Lehsan)
  • 5 tbsp. of Almonds (Baadaam) (slivered)
  • ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 ½ pounds Halal Zabiha Chicken Breast & Thighs (skinned & boned)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon (Dal Cheeni) (grounded)
  • 1 tsp. Cloves (Loung)
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Powder (Pisa Dhania)
  • A dash of Salt
  • A dash of White Pepper

  1. Cover rice in large bowl with cold water and let stand minimum of 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Mix milk or cream with saffron and let stand for 3 hours.
  3. In blender or food processor, combine onion, garlic, ginger, 3 tablespoons almonds and 3 tablespoons water and blend until smooth paste is formed. Reserve.
  4. Melt butter over medium heat and add remaining almonds. Cook until golden (about 4 minutes). Drain on paper towel and set aside.
  5. Heat ¼ cup of the oil in large skillet over medium heat. Drop the raisins in the oil and remove as soon as they plump (just a few seconds). Drain on paper towel and reserve.
  6. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to the same skillet. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Reserve.
  7. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add the onion paste and cook until lightly browned, stirring constantly (5 minutes). If the mixture starts sticking to the pan, add a little water.
  8. Add plain yogurt to the pan slowly and whisk vigorously to blend. Add the chicken and accumulated juices with ½ cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Add the spices, salt and pepper to the chicken and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  10. In a large stockpot, boil 4 quarts of water. Drain the rice and add slowly to boiling water. Cook for 6 minutes and drain immediately.
  11. Spread 1/3 of the rice on the bottom of a casserole dish. Cover with half the chicken mixture; add another layer of rice. Spread rest of chicken and top with remaining rice. Drizzle the reserved cream or milk over the top. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
Before serving, sprinkle the fried raisins and almonds.

Watch how to make Chicken Biryani:



  • 250 gms King prawns (shelled)
  • 1 cups Basmati rice
  • 4 medium sized Onion
  • 10 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch piece Ginger
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 3 medium sized Potato
  • 3 medium sized Tomato
  • 1/4 medium bunch Fresh coriander leaves
  • 45 strands Saffron
  • 2 tbsps Milk
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp zeera
  • 5 Red chillies whole
  • 5 Clove
  • 1 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 3 Green cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 10 Cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 5 Pepper corns
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsps Ghee
Wheat flour dough as required


  1. Wash rice, drain and keep aside for two hours.
  2. Shell, devein prawns and wash them thoroughly under running water. Drain.
  3. Peel and wash onions. Slice two of them and finely chop the remaining two. Peel and roughly chop ginger and garlic. Remove stems, wash and slit green chillies. Peel potatoes and make round slices. Leave them in water. Drain just before use. Wash and finely chop tomatoes. Clean, wash and finely chop coriander leaves.
  4. Dissolve the saffron in two tablespoons of warm milk.
  5. Grind ginger, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, caraway seeds, red chillies, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamoms, turmeric powder to a fine paste.
  6. Soak cashewnuts in half a cup of water for fifteen minutes. Drain and grind to a paste. Parboil rice in three cups of water with a little salt. When rice is half done drain water completely and spread rice in a big flat plate.
  7. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deepfry sliced onions till brown and crisp. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside. In the same oil add peppercorns, green chillies and coriander leaves.
  8. Add chopped onion and fry till light brown. Add the ground masala paste and fry for two minutes. Then add prawns, cashewnut paste, chopped tomatoes and onefourth cup of water. Add salt and cook till the gravy thickens.
  9. Sprinkle saffron and milk mixture over the rice and divide into seven parts. Divide the browned onions and prawns with masala into three parts each. At the bottom of a large vessel place slices of raw potatoes. This is to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom. Spread a layer of rice over the raw potato slices. Then spread a layer of prawns and onions over the rice. Continue the layering process as follows: rice, onion, rice, prawns and so on till you end with a final layer of rice.
  10. Make four holes on the topmost layer of rice and pour one tablespoon of ghee into each hole. Cover with a tight fitting lid and seal the edges with whole wheat flour dough. Cook low heat for about one hour or till the seal breaks and steam comes out. Then take off it the heat.
  11. The emission of the steam is an indication that the dish is ready.
Serve hot.



  • 3 cups Basmati Rice (pre-soaked for atleast 30 minutes and washed well with a few changes of water)
  • Vegetables (any of your preferance - chopped in 1" pieces)
  • 2 medium to large Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 5 Green Chillies (more or less may be used depending on spice preferance)
  • Fried Cashewnuts (Kaaju) (optional)
  • A bunch of Fresh Coriander/Cilantro Leaves (Hara Dhania) (chopped)
  • A bunch of Fresh Mint Leaves (Podina)
  • 5 Cloves (Loung)
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks (Dal Cheeni)
  • 4 Bay Leaves (Tezz Pattay)
  • 5 Small Cardamoms (Choti Sufaid Ilaichi)
  • 5 strands Saffron (Zafran)
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Paste (Pisa Lehsan)
  • 2 tsp. Ginger Paste (Pisi Adrak)
  • 1 tsp. Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch) (more or less may be used depending on spice preferance)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 tsp. Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 cup of Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup of Thick Curd
  • 4 tbsp. Clarified Butter (Ghee) or Cooking Oil

1.Wash the basmati rice well before cooking.Then take rice with 3-3/4 cup water and a little salt added to it and 2 tbsp of dry fruits.Cook it in pressure cooker or in a pan or microwave.
2.Cut all the vegetables into small thin pieces and fry each one of it separately in oil. Fry the green peas also.
3.Take 1 tblsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, green chilli, cinnamon and caraway seeds powder, cloves, black pepper powder and stir for about half minute. Then add onions and saute them for a minute ot till they get pink in color.
4.Add salt and red chilli powder and stir.
5.Add fine chopped tomatoes and fry till they are properly cooked.
6.Take the yogurt and make it fine by putting in a blender for just 2 rotations. Add this fine yogurt and stir well.Heat it for about 10 seconds.
7.Add all the fried vegetables.
8.Add the cooked rice and mix well with very light hands so that the rice grain doesn't break. Cook for about 3 minutes.
9.Take this vegetable biryani out in a rice serving dish.
Garnish with dry fruits and green coriander leaves.
Serve the vegetable (veg ) biryani hot with raita and pickle.

Watch how to make Vegetable Biryani:



  • 2 ½ cups Basmati Rice (pre-soaked and drained)
  • 500 grams of Mutton
  • ½ cup Mint Leaves (Podina) (chopped)
  • ½ cup Fresh Coriander Leaves (Hara Dhania) (chopped)
  • 4 large Onions (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Tomato
  • Lemon Juice (from ½ lemon)
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Powder (Pisa Dhania)
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric Powder (Pisi Haldi)
  • 1/8 tsp. Pepper Powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 4-5 tbsp. Cooking Oil
  • 3 cups of Hot Water
  • 5 Bay Leaves (Tezz Pattay)
  • 6 Cloves (Loung)
  • 1" Cinnamon Stick (Dal Cheeni)
  • 1 tsp. Fennel Seeds (Sounf)
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Mace

  • 1" piece of Ginger (Adrak) (peeled)
  • 10 cloves of Garlic (Lehsan) (peeled)
  • 10 Green Chillies (Hari Mirch)

    1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. When oil is hot add: bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds, star anise, and mace. Stir and add onions and saute until it turns light brown. Add the chopped mint and coriander leaves, ground paste and fry for 2 minutes.
    2. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder and pepper powder and the mutton pieces, saute for a while and then add lemon juice and diced tomato and allow to cook for about 10 to 12 minutes.
    3. Add the rice and fry for a minute. Add the hot water, salt and mix thoroughly. When it starts to boil, close lid and cook until a whistle. Remove from heat, open the lid of the cooker once the pressure inside has decreased.
Serve hot with raita and salad.

Watch how to make Mutton Biryani:



  • 500 grams of Potatoes
  • 2 medium Onions
  • ¼ tsp. of Black Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp. of Ground Turmeric (Pisi Haldi)
  • ½ tsp. of Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch)
  • 1 tbsp. of Salt
  • 1 tbsp. of Clarified Butter (Ghee)

    1. In a pot boil the potatoes until well done. Let them cool and peel and dice. Peel and finely chop the onions.
    2. Heat the clarified butter in a saucepan and fry the mustard seeds until they pop. Add the onions and continue frying on low heat until the onions are soft and golden brown.
    3. Add the turmeric powder and red chilli powder and stir, then add in the potatoes, sprinkle salt over and toss gently to mix well together.
Watch how to make Aloo Bhaji:



  • ½ kilogram of Brinjals (Baingan) (tender, round and small)
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 5 Red Chillies (Lal Mirch) (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. Tamarind Extract (Imli)
  • ½" piece of Ginger (Adrak)
  • 2 tbsp. of Peanuts (Moum Phali)
  • 2 tbsp. of Desiccated Coconut (Khopra) (grated)
  • A bunch of Fresh Coriander/Cilantro Leaves (Hara Dhania) (chopped) (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. of Sesame Seeds (Till)
  • 1 tbsp. of Coriander Seeds (Saabut Dhania)
  • 1 tsp. of Cumin Seeds (Sufaid Zeera)
  • 1 tsp. of Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch)
  • ½ tsp. of Turmeric Powder (Pisi Haldi)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp. of Cooking Oil

  1. Wash the brinjals well, cut the stem, leaving the canopy in place and cut ¾ of the length of each brinjal into a criss cross, leaving the attached at the other end.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a thick and wide pan and add the brinjals. Sprinkle some salt and leave the brinjals to cook until well done and soft.
  3. In the meantime roast the peanuts and sesame seeds. Switch off the flame and fry the coconut powder in the hot pan with the heat off.
  4. Using just enough oil roast coriander, cumin and red chillies.
  5. Pricked to a fork or knife, roast the onions on a low flame with the peel. Allow the roasted onions to cool and remove the peel.
  6. Blend all of the roasted ingredients along with the turmeric powder. Once all of the ingredients are powdered finely, add the peeled onions, ginger and ¼ cup of water and blend again until it turns into a fine thick paste.
  7. Transfer the cooked brinljals to another container leaving the oil behind (if there is any).
  8. In the same pan heat two tablespoons of oil and add the paste, red chilli powder and tamarind extract. Add water if necessary. Add salt and cook until the raw smell of the tamarind is gone. Add the cooked brinjals and cook on a low flame until the oil separates, by continuously stirring them, without breaking the brinjals.
Garnish with the chopped coriander/cilantro leaves before serving.
Serve hot with Plain Rice, Chapati Roti, Nans or Puris .

Watch how to make Baghara Baingan:



Cast Iron concave griddle 8-12 inches in diameter called tawa
a shallow mixing bowl
A rolling pin
a large plate for dusting the dough while rolling it out
tongs for the beginner
wok stand placed over the electric or gas burner
a grilling rack which is placed over the wok stand
a wok for deep frying for Pooris and other fried breads only 


  1. Put flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in a stream of water in the center.  Use one hand to mix the flour and water in a rotating motion from the center of the bowl outward, until the dough is moist enough to be gathered into a rough mass.
  2. Wet hands and continue until the mixture cleans the sides of the bowl and has become a nonsticky, kneadable dough. When the dough is kneaded, it will be elastic and silky smooth. To test the dough, press it lightly with a fingertip. If it springs back, it is ready to be rested.
  3. Resting the dough is the last step and allows the dough to relax and absorb the water and kneading.  Rest for 1/2 hour in warm climates and 1.5 hours in cold climates. Cover with a wet towel so the dough does not dry out.  The rested dough is light and springy, less resistant to being rolled out into the thin rounds.
    Refrigerated for convenience. It would make rolling out easier than the freshly made dough.


    • 2.5 cups chappati flour (wheat flour)
    • 1 cup water at room temperature made into a dough
    • 1 cup chappati flour in a large plate for dusting the dough while rolling it out
    • ghee (oil) for brushing the bread


  1. Prepare the desired amount of dough from the Basic Dough recipe. After resting for 2-2 1/2 hours, knead well.
  2. Divide the dough into peach-size balls. On a lightly floured surface, flatten one ball of dough with your hand.
  3. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough into a thin,round patty, about 5 inches in diameter. Roll from the center, turning patty several times to prevent sticking. Try to make the edges slightly thinner than the center.
  4. As you cook the chappati/roti, one could be rolling out the next, rather than shaping all of the chapatis at one time.

  1. Preheat a cast-iron or tawa over medium heat.
  2. Place the rolled dough on the palm of one hand and flip it over on to the tawa. When the color changes on the top and bubbles appear, turn it over. When both sides are done, use kitchen tongs (chimta) to remove the chapati from the skillet. 
  3. Gas Stove: If you have a gas stove, hold the cooked chapati over a medium flame and it will puff up immediately. Turn quickly to flame-bake the other side. Do this several times, taking care that the edges are well cooked. 
  4. Electric Stove: If you have an electric stove, chapatis can be encouraged to puff by pressing them with a clean kitchen towel after the first turn on each side. Repeat the shaping and cooking  process until all chapatis are cooked. 
  5. To keep the chapatis warm as they are cooked, place them in a towel-lined bowl and fold over the sides of the towel. Serve hot, either completely dry or topped with a small amount of ghee or butter. 
Watch how to make Roti:



  • 4 cups White Flour (Maida) 
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder 
  • 1 tsp Salt 
  • 1/2 cup Milk 
  • 1 tbsp Sugar 
  • 1 Egg 
  • 4 tbsp Oil 
  • 1 tsp Nigella seeds (Kalunji)


  1. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
  2. Mix the sugar, milk, eggs 2tbsp of oil in a bowl.
  3. Pour this into the center of the flour and knead adding water if necessary to form soft dough.
  4. Add the remaining oil, knead again, then cover with damp cloth and allow the dough to stand for 15 minutes. Knead the dough again and cover and leave for 2-3 hours.
  5. About half an before the naan are required, turn on the oven to maximum heat.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 balls and allow rest for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle a baking sheet with nigella seeds and put it in the oven to heat while the dough is resting.
  8. Shape each ball of dough with the palms to make an oval shape.
  9. Bake the indian bread naan until puffed up and golden brown. Serve hot.

Watch how to make Naan:



  • ½ pound of Plain Yogurt
  • 1 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
  • 1 tsp. Red Chili Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 3 Curry Leaves (Karhi Pattay)
  • 3 tbsp. Cooking Oil
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Seeds (Saabut Dhania)
  • ¼ tsp. Tamarind Paste (Imli)
  • 1 tbsp. Green Chillies
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Cilantro (Hara Dhania)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds (Saabut Sufaid Zeera)
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 3 cloves of Garlic (Lehsan)
  • 1 (1 inch piece) Ginger (Adrak)
  • 1 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
  • 1 tsp. Red Chili Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Cilantro (Hara Dhania)
  • 1 tbsp. Mint Leaves (Podina)
  • ¼ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 tbsp. Green Chilies
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds (Saabut Sufaid Zeera)
  • Cooking Oil (for frying dumplings)

  1. Thinly slice the onion. Heat oil in a pot and add the sliced onions to it. Make a paste of the Garlic,Ginger and Green Chillis and add this to the onions. Lightly grind Cumin and Coriander seeds and mix in onions and garlic mixture and cook on medium heat.
  2. Add the Red Chillies, Salt, Curry leaves, and Tamarind Paste and fry for another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, Mix 1 cup of Gram Flour in the plain yogurt and make into a smooth paste by adding small amouts of water at a time. Add this yogurt mixture in onions and mix and cook by constantly mixing. Keep mixing until it starts to come to a boil. Then turn heat level low and leave it to cook slowly until it thickens.

  1. Chop onions and mix it with the gram flour and water. Mix into a smooth paste. Lightly ground coriander and cumin seeds with green chillies and them mix this into the gram flour mixture. Add all ingredients in the paste and set aside for half an hour.
  2. Fry Dumplings in a deep frying pan until golden brown and take them out and put them on a paper towel to absorb any access oil.
  3. When karhi becomes thick, add 1 cup of boiling water and let it cook until it starts to boil, when it comes to a boil add dumplings in karhi and then cook on low heat for another 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  4. Serve hot with Plain Rice or Chapati Roti
Watch how to make Karhi:



  • ½ kilogram of Brinjals (Baingan) (tender, round and small)
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 5 Red Chillies (Lal Mirch) (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. Tamarind Extract (Imli)
  • ½" piece of Ginger (Adrak)
  • 2 tbsp. of Peanuts (Moum Phali)
  • 2 tbsp. of Desiccated Coconut (Khopra) (grated)
  • A bunch of Fresh Coriander/Cilantro Leaves (Hara Dhania) (chopped) (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. of Sesame Seeds (Till)
  • 1 tbsp. of Coriander Seeds (Saabut Dhania)
  • 1 tsp. of Cumin Seeds (Sufaid Zeera)
  • 1 tsp. of Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch)
  • ½ tsp. of Turmeric Powder (Pisi Haldi)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp. of Cooking Oil


  1. Add ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel and add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  2. Add the onions and green chillis sauté them till light brown. Don’t burn them.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry further for 3 minutes. Add red chilli powder and coriander powder and combine well.
  4. Add the tomato paste and let it cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Add the palak paste and let it cook further for another 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the fried paneer cubes and combine. Cook covered on low heat for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the palak water and salt and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Add malai, garam masala pwd and kasuri methi and mix well.
    Reduce flame, cover and cook for 2 minutes.
Garnish with the chopped coriander/cilantro leaves before serving.
Serve hot with Plain Rice, Chapati Roti, Nans or Puris .

Watch how to make Palak Paneer:



  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 2 Shallots (small sized onions) (peeled and coursely chopped)
  • 2 Curry Leaves (Karhi Patta)
  • ½ cup Desiccated Coconut (Khopra)
  • ¼ tsp. Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • ½ tsp. Ground Turmeric Powder (Pisi Haldi)
  • ½ tsp. Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch) (or to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil (Khopra Tail)


  1. Place tomatoes in a vessel along with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, and water. Boil on a low flame for about 3 or 4 minutes or until tomatoes are tender and mashed well.
  2. Grind together the coconut, shallots, and the ½ cup of water; and add this to the tomato gravy. Allow mixture to boil for around 2 minutes.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add curry leaves and sauté for a minute. Pour this hot garnish into the tomato curry and mix well. Remove from heat.



  • Mixed yellow, green and red daals (pulses)- 1 cup
  • 250 grams whole wheat or cracked wheat
  • 750 grams mutton or lamb meat
  • cumin powder 2 tsp
  • red chilli powder 2 tbsp
  • ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
  • garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • coriander leaves-a few
  • mint leaves- a few
  • cloves-8
  • cardamoms-8
  • cinnamon- 6 sticks
  • black pepper corns 10
  • caraway seeds 1tsp
  • bay leaves a few
  • green chilies 10-12
  • oil or ghee 5 tbsp
  • onions-500 grams, sliced thinly


  1. Soak wheat or cracked wheat overnight. Then boil with the daals till thick and cooked.
  2. Heat oil and brown onions, keep aside.
  3. In the same oil. Add red chilli powder first and then all other spices and salt.
  4. Add meat and brown. Keep quarter of the onions and add the rest to the meat mixture..
  5. Add water and let it cook till tender. Now add the wheat mixture to the meat, cooking on medium heat till the mixture boils.
  6. When well blended s sprinkle with the rest of the onions, coriander and mint leaves and a sprinkling of garam masala powder. Serve with lime wedges.

Watch how to make Haleem: