Indian food is heavily influenced by cultural, religious & traditional choices. These cuisines vary significantly from each other depending on culture, climate & ethnic groups. Indian food is well recognized as a Global cuisine.

Staple foods of the Indian Food cuisine include rice, flour & a variety of lentils. Indian cuisine is mostly recognized by the spices that are used. Popular spices that make up the traditional Indian dishes include Cardamom (Elachi), Tumeric (Haldi), Cumin (Jeera), Coriander (Dhania), Black Mustard Seeds (Sarso), Saffron, Ginger, Garlic & Chili Powder. A popular & common spice that is also used is called Garam Masala which typically has a combination of five or more spices.

Some leaves are also used in the Indian dishes which give them their distinctive Indian flavor. Leaves used for various dishes include Curry Leaves, Bay Leaves, Fenugreek Leaves, Mint Leaves & Coriander Leaves.

Puli Sadam

Puli Sadam

PULI SADAM This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Puli Sadam is a popular dish of South India. The term Puli Sadam actually means Tamarind Rice in English. The North Indians (Hindustani’s) know it as Imalee Rice. Growing up, my grandmother used to always prepare Puli Sadam (Tamarind Rice) for us & she was good at it as she…

Potato Curry

Potato Curry

POTATO CURRY   This Indian Recipe Serves 3-5   Potato Curry is one of the least complex curry dishes to prepare. Unlike braised yellow potato, this curry has a spiciness to it as spices are added into this dish. It is a great dish for vegetarians & vegans as well. Potato Curry Ingredients: 3-4 large potatoes 1…

Homemade Paneer

Homemade Paneer

HOMEMADE PANEER   This Indian Recipe Makes ± 25 Centimeter Diameter Circle   This Homemade Paneer recipe is simple to prepare. Paneer is a typically a fresh, homemade cheese which is very common in South Asia, particularly in Indian, Pakistani, Afghan, Nepali, Sri Lankan, & Bangladeshi foods. It is an un-aged, non-softening, acid-set, cheese or…

Cabbage Dhall

Cabbage Dhall

CABBAGE DHALL This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Cabbage Dhall also known as Cabbage Pappu is a South Indian dish which my grandmother & mum used to always prepare, since my grandmother is of South Indian culture. The mixture of the dhall & cabbage gives it a distinctive taste which is highly enjoyable especially for those…

Braised Yellow Potato

Braised Yellow Potato

BRAISED YELLOW POTATO   This Indian Recipe Serves 3-5   Braised Yellow Potato is cooked using & fresh green chillies & turmeric powder instead of chilli powder or masala. This dish is often eaten in most Indian restaurants with dosa/masala dosa or simply used as samoosa filling. It can also be enjoyed with roti’s, puri’s, soft…

Curried Dhall

Curried Dhall

CURRIED DHALL This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Curried Dhall, in some cases spelled dahl or dhal, & also known to many South Africans as Doll or Dholl, is a staple of Indian veggie lover cooking. This simple recipe is for an essential vegetarian & vegans. This curried version makes the dhall look rich & can…

Biryani Bombs

Biryani Bombs

BIRYANI BOMBS This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Biryani Bombs are quite a twist & not forgetting a great treat especially when you have guests. It is basically biryani, rolled into a ball & then crumbed to perfection. It is also a great snack or something you can quickly whip up for lunch with left over biryani.…