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Jeera Pulao (rice dish)
This is a light rice dish that goes well with any Indian curry. It tastes especially good with Tadka daal What you need: Basmati rice 2 cups (long grained) Oil 2 spoons Cilantro handful Onion 1/4 cup finely chopped Green chillies 2 finely chopped Cumin seed...

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Shahi Paneer (curry)
This is slightly sweet and goes well along with biryani or naan. It is a high calorie rich dish What you need: Paneer cubes 2 cups Almond 1 cup Onion finely chopped Ginger paste 1/2 spoon Garlic paste 1/2 spoon Green chilly paste 1/2 spoon Coriander powder ...

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Samosa Chaat
This is a very unhealthy snack but somethings you just got to have it :) What you need: Samosa 4 pieces Boiled white peas 1/2 cup Curd 1/2 cup Tamarind chutney 3-4 spoons Green chutney 3-4 spoons Roasted cumin powder 1/2 spoon Red chilly powder 1/2 spoon Ch...

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Khandvi - Gujarati snack
This is a popular Gujarati snack which is light on the stomach and healthy as well What you need: Besan 1 cup Yogurt 1 cup Water 1 cup Turmeric Powder 1/4 spoon Hing (Asafoetida) pinch Ginger paste 1/2 spoon Green chilly paste 1/4 spoon Grated coconut 1 spo...

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Sprouts Salad - light meal
This is a very health snack and it can be taken as a healthy meal replacement. Sprouts can be bought from stores or prepared overnight by putting moong dal in warm water. Let it soak overnight or even a day. What you need: Sprouts 1 cup Onion 1/2 cup choppe...

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Making soft buttery Naan
This is an Indian bread mostly served in restaurants and goes well with Indian curry dishes (especially paneer dishes) What you need: Maida 2 cups Active dry yeast 1 spoon Oil 2 spoons Yogurt 1/4 cup Water 1/2 cup (lukewarm) Butter 1 spoon Salt 1 spoon Suga...

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Chivda (semi spicy puffed rice snack)
This is my favorite snack when I feel hungry. It is light and tastes very nice. Also isn't too spicy to cause stomach upset What you need: Thin poha 3 cups (should be as flat as possible) Oil 2 spoons Mustard seeds 1 spoon Curry leaves 3-4 Green chillies 2 ...

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Nankatai (butter cookies)
This is first time I tried baking and it turned out well. Kids love it and goes well with evening tea/coffee What you need: 1) Flour - 1 cup 2) Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup 3) Sugar Powder - 1/2 cup 4) Cardomom Powder - 1/4 spoon 5) Baking powder - 1/2 spoon 6...

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Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian
Although the name is Chinese this is a more or less an Indian dish. It is spicy and cripy. Goes very well with drinks or just plain Chinese noodles or fried rice. It is a two step process - one for making fried Cauliflower balls and the second to make the g...

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Curd Rice - best digestion dish
Whenever I feel bloated or had a severe dose of spicy food, I turn back to this dish for rejuvenating. Curd Rice is extremely good for digestion and can be had anytime of the day. It can made quickly either in its simplest form or the more exotic type found...
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