If a single word describes Indian food, it's spice. Food from the land of spices is incredibly flavorful yet healthy because of its use of herbs and spice for flavor. If you're new to Indian cooking, youll want to start by experimenting with spice mixes.Garam Masala Spice Blend by Vicky Bhogal
1. Homemade Garam Masala Spice Blend
Garam Masala is one of the most important Indian spice blends and is absolutely indispensable. It is vital to have a good quality one rather than shop bought varieties which often contain turmeric as a filler ingredients. It is much better to make your own so you know exactly what has gone into it and you can tailor it to suit. Warming, packed with flavor, and absolutely delicious in so many different recipes including Vicky's garam masala scrambled eggs.
2. Sizzling Stir Fried Lamb Karahi
This sizzling stir fried lamb is cooked on the roadsides in Punjab and what is now Pakistan; fast and furious and just exploding with mouthwatering, robust, gutsy flavor. It is cooked in a karahi, which is a traditional Indian pan giving it its delicious and complex flavors, but a frying pan or wok will work equally well. Join Vicky Bhogal in this Grokker Premium Video, as she introduces you to her favorite family recipes, to really get you cooking like Mummyji.
3. Gobi Sabji - Spicy Steamed Cauliflower
This vegetarian gobi sabji flavors delicious, soft steamed cauliflower with ginger, chili, garam masala, and turmeric making this dish truly special. The delicate and sweet flavor of the cauliflower makes this the perfect side dish for any meal, or as a main for light summer lunch. Join Vicky Bhogal in this Grokker Premium Video, as she introduces you to her favourite family recipes, to really get you cooking like Mummyji.
4. Coconut Fish Dream
This is a totally delicious and versatile sauce, which is similar to, but simpler than a qurma (or korma) sauce (as there are no white poppy seeds or nuts) which you can use for fish, vegetables, chicken, prawns or any seafood really. It is also wonderful with crayfish, clams or lobster! Qurmas were introduced to India by the Mughal Empire, who loved adding a luxurious creaminess to their savoury sauces, and indeed, this can be made with single or double cream, but Vicky uses coconut milk because it makes it unctuous and delicious! Join Vicky Bhogal in this Grokker Premium Video, as she introduces you to her favourite family recipes, to really get you cooking like Mummyji.
5. Comforting and Rustic Dhal
This dhal or lentil dish is earthy and wholesome. Even when your cooking on a budget, Indian food allows you to eat nutritiously without compromising on flavor, and this dhal is no exception. Join Vicky Bhogal in this Grokker Premium Video, as she introduces you to her favourite family recipes, to really get you cooking like Mummyji.
6. Chicken Tikka with Sun Dried Tomato
This delicious chicken tikka with sun dried tomato is a healthy and easy option for any dinner party. Impress your friends with this modern take on an Indian classic. Watch Vineet Bhatia in this Grokker Premium video share some of his Indian cuisine secrets.
7. Multigrain Indian Chapati
If you are looking to add some variety to your everyday chapati or roti, try adding different grain flours. This Multigrain Chapati recipe (Multigrain Roti Recipe) incorporates 5 different grains to give a delicious rustic flair to regular chapati. You can find these flours at either your local Indian grocery store or whole foods/bulk store.
8. Indian Savory Bites
Namak (Salt) Pare are one of those wonderful snacks that are appropriate anytime of the day, any time of the year. Traditionally, it is important to serve a savory item when a sweet is served for balance, or choice and because “Salt” is such an essential part of life. They are easy to make and need very few ingredients, mostly stuff that we have in our pantry all the time. So this festival season, whip up some of this fried goodness and enjoy with family and friends.