Instant Pot Daal (Lentils)

I’m gonna be honest. It took me a very long time to get the hang of making daal, a seemingly harmless recipe that if you ask anyone how to make, will entail answers like “ohoo it’s so simple” and “buss pressure cooker mein cheezain daal ke charha do” (just toss everything in the pressure cooker and you’re done)…

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Chicken Tikka

As much as I love the pre-made spice mixes for things like tikka and biryani, it’s nice to know you can make them on your own…

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Chicken Piccata

The lemon cuts through the creamy butter, while the butter mellows the acidity of the lemon. It’s all about balance, and balance is what every recipe craves. 

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Pakoray

It’s Ramadan, and no matter how vigorously you swear off fried food before it starts, you end up in a downward spiral towards all the deep fried foods that have become associated with fasting, because who needs all the health benefits, right? And the king of fried food are delicious crunchy and fulfilling Pakorey. I refuse to call them potato fritters or onion fritters, or fritters of any sort. They are Pakoray, and that’s what they shall be called…

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Hummus

I love hummus for many reasons, but mostly for how versatile it is. I use it in pita pockets, sandwiches, as a dip, as a side, I even add it to my dressing sometimes. The mellow chickpeas are beautifully balance by bold olive oil, bitter tahini and bright lemon juice. That pinch of cayenne goes a long way, and you’ll miss it if you forget to add it. All in all, this is one recipe you should definitely have in your repertoire. One thing I hate, and I must insist you start hating too, is a lumpy hummus. If it isn’t smooth and creamy, it’s not hummus!

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