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Punjabi Tadka – finger-licking food!

Punjabis love festivities; they love their celebrations and never, ever miss an opportunity to dance, cook, eat and feed a truck full of family and friends! I think they are the most joyous set of people ever to have blessed this planet and when it comes to food, they seem to have made the delicious Punjabi food popular, not only in India but the world over… in fact Indian food is synonymous with Punjabi food…punjabi daal, tandoori roti, paneer tikka, tandoori chicken and the list goes on. Talking of festivities, and not talking about food is, sort of, a sin in India. Special occasion, and the first question asked is – ‘kya banaayein?’ meaning what shall we cook. It is the ‘Karwachauth’ week, which means that albeit the few hours of fasting, there is going to be the ‘bestest’ food spread for dinner for family and friends.

So, what’s cooking in your kitchen? Is it the aroma of sizzling spices, the beauty of fiery red chillies, the goodness of a dollop of ghee? This certainly is the plan for the weekend in my kingdom too. Fancy a peep into the ‘fantasy menu’ for my planned feast? Well, if wishes were horses….Anyway, here is a peep into a ‘wishful dinner menu’:

punjabi-kadhi-pakoda
Punjabis make the most delicious ‘kadhi’ ever; recipe via
The perfect creamy 'dal makhni'...all you need is a hot 'tandoori roti' with it...via Double Horse Recipes
The creamy ‘dal makhni’…with a hot ‘tandoori roti’  perhaps… via
Paneer Tikka ; always on the 'wanted' dinner list via Spice up the curry
Paneer Tikka ; always on the ‘wanted’ dinner list via
Lobia, the 'black eyed' beans in a curry via Spice in the city
Lobia, the ‘black eyed’ yummy beans,  in a spicy curry via

 

homemade-naan
Nothing like the aroma and flavour of naan with maa kee daal…and homemade at that…via
pudina-mint-lachcha-parantha
Pudina lachcha parantha….yumminess…via
matar-pulao
Matar pulao with the daal and the kadhi via
kadhai-paneer
And my favourite ofcourse…Kadhai paneer via
saag-aloo
Saag aloo is quite a favourite…via
kurkuri-bhindi
Kurkuri Bhindi – crisp fried, spicy and delicious…via
shahi-tukda-rabdi
Kuch meetha ho jaaye…time for dessert – the delicious shahi tukda with rabdi via
pheni-kheer
Spin this deliciousness in no time….pheni kheer…via
rose-rice-phirni
Rose flavoured chilled rice phirni after the delicious meal…via

If fasting is followed by a feast as grand as this, I can’t complain – can I? Punjabi food is all about large, generous portions, fresh spices, all put together with love and joy to feed as many people as possibly walk through your door. Well, if you are wondering if I am planning to cook all of this…no, I am not. It’s a friend’s Karwachauth potluck and I have just put the menu together :), so…I do hope your menu is more realistic than mine!

Have a happy, festive week people!

Shilpa xx

 

 

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