Day 60 : Biryani (The last day!)

Today is the last day of the Lockdown Chef. 60 days of cooking has been a long yet rewarding journey. I have decided to end my series of lockdown recipes as the reason why I wanted to start this blog has been fulfilled – lockdown rules are easing and Dad has become quite a proficientContinue reading “Day 60 : Biryani (The last day!)”

Day 55 : Chicken keema on a bun

I was born in Mumbai, and we moved out when I was only a year old. In the past 15 years, I’ve only visited once and so don’t have many memories of the city. I do, however, know that the people of Mumbai have the unwavering resolve and kindness to welcome a stranger and treatContinue reading “Day 55 : Chicken keema on a bun”

Day 49 : Aloo Gobi

I don’t know about you, but I am finding that the weekdays merge into the weekends. It all seems to be the same. I actually thought yesterday was a Sunday and hence went in for this big yummy meal of Sukka Chicken and Malabar paranthas! Today I want to keep it simple and have aContinue reading “Day 49 : Aloo Gobi”

Day 48: Sukka chicken

Perfect for Sunday or a holiday when you need a lot of pampering for all the hard work you’ve put in during the week. And of course, when you have lots of time! While it’s not a quick recipe, it’s not very difficult to make – you just have to be systematic! It’s certainly worthContinue reading “Day 48: Sukka chicken”

Day 42 : Chana dal with wadi and palak (lentils with sun-dried spiced dumplings and spinach)

We rarely make this at home but it is my Nani’s favourite and I thought this could be something for her this Mother’s Day. She loves the taste of wadi because it adds an amazing flavour and can even uplift the simplest of dishes (like ghia sabzi). Wadi is an intrinsically Punjabi ingredient which transportsContinue reading “Day 42 : Chana dal with wadi and palak (lentils with sun-dried spiced dumplings and spinach)”

Day 40: Taro root and chicken with roasted coconut

Ingredients 1 medium sized onion chopped 1 1/2 tbsp oil 200 g chicken thigh boneless. 200 gms arbi/ taro root 2 cloves of garlic 1 small piece of ginger 1 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp haldi 3 tbsp grated coconut 1/2 tsp fennel 1/4 tsp chilli powder 1 whole red dry chilli Two stems ofContinue reading “Day 40: Taro root and chicken with roasted coconut”

Day 39 : Yummy Palak Chaat

This is not the traditional way of making chaat! It is usually made with papri, but we used spinach / Palak leaves as well. It gives it a nice crunch and adds to the flavour. It’s absolutely delicious and a must-try! Ingredients 1. 12-14 spinach leaves / Palak 2. 1 cup besan 3. 1 cupContinue reading “Day 39 : Yummy Palak Chaat”

Day 33: Chicken Barley Khichdi

Khichdi was made in our house when we had fever or any illness as such, so I’ve always associated it with being unwell. A few years ago we visited a restaurant in Delhi which had mutton khichdi on its menu. My Dad being adventurous as always ordered it and it turned out to be theContinue reading “Day 33: Chicken Barley Khichdi”

Day 32: Arhar Dal with Nepali Chutney

Simple and satisfying! I’ve learnt that one can go wrong with even simple dal chawal, but if you use the right ratio of dal to water and cook it for a suitable duration (varies according to type) then it turns out perfect. This is my dads favourite dal. Ingredients for the dal 1. Dal/lentils –Continue reading “Day 32: Arhar Dal with Nepali Chutney”

Day 28 : Chakli aloo (potatoes)

Another simple potato dish, easy to make but delicious. Serves 3 Ingredients 1. 3 medium potatoes 2. 2 green chilli’s 3. 1/2 tsp chilli powder 4. 1/2 tsp salt 5. Pinch of jeera / cumin powder 6. 1/2 tsp of coriander powder 7. 1/4 tsp haldi / turmeric 8. 2 tbsp oil Method 1. WashContinue reading “Day 28 : Chakli aloo (potatoes)”