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Spicy Grilled Chicken with Flavored Rice

Aand we are back dear friends! Happy Thursday to you all. Hope all of you are enjoying this lovely winter. This year fortunately we haven’t seen much of snow and it has been a winter we midwestern people look forward to. This week we bring to you Spicy Grilled Chicken with Flavored Rice – when i think of eating Indian food at a food truck this is what I like to see. Some grilled meats/veggies accompanied with flavored aromatic Indian basmati rice and loads of condiments on side. Hmmm..Yummy! Two years ago, I visited New York and I had this amazing halal meal at indian/middle eastern food truck. This meal is inspired by my food adventures from my New York visit. The versatility of Indian food is that it can be easily substituted with ingredients based on dietary restrictions. And so my vegetarian friends, you can use the same marinade and use Paneer, red onions, green bell peppers instead of meats. Well, I hope I have tempted you enough. Without further ado, lets jump into the …

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Dahi Vada – Savory Donuts in Yogurt Sauce

Aaaaand we’re back! Happy Thursday my friends and Umami Kitchen wishes everyone a very Happy Dussera! As usual the best thing about celebrating festivals is the yummy food that is made. And talking about yummy food, today we have for you the delicious Dahi Vada – Savory donuts in Yogurt sauce. It is crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and the yogurt sauce just makes you go ummmmmmm! Whenever inlaws comes over or we go visit them she makes these for me… and this time when she was here visiting us for couple of weeks. I decided to  learn and perfect the dish so I could share it with you all. So those of you who are wondering what special to make for this festival, you already have a recipe ready for you.  For many of you this may be a completely unheard dish, so here is a little snippet about what it is. Dahi vada is a popular dish across India. It is basically white lentil (urad dal) along with salt and green chilies …

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Lagaan Chicken Curry

Since we spent this Thursday taking you around Art Prize 2015 held in Grand Rapid in this post. With all the art prize excitement we got slightly delayed in getting our weekly recipe post out…  So here you go my friends I have all your weekend parties covered YAYYY!!! with this easy peasy party special recipe all your friends and family will ask for more of this yum dish. This recipe is from my Mom’s Indian recipe stash, Lagaan Chicken curry, a party special dish commonly made in Parsi families. Lagaan chicken curry essentially means chicken curry made in a heavy copper bottom dish (Lagaan). Though a parsi dish, it is quite a delicacy in many places in India including Hyderabad, my hometown. This dish goes very well with rice, pulao or naan/bread. Happy Weekend you guys!!! Ingredients: 2 lbs Chicken 1 large onion finely chopped 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp Garam masala powder 1 tsp pepper powder 4 tbsp tomato sauce pinch of ajinomoto/MSG (optional) 1 cup curd …

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Chutney & Curry – Sides for Indian Breakfast Dishes

Happy Thursday folks! Hope you all enjoyed our last post about Uttapam. I got quite a few requests last week asking suggestions for the chutneys and sides that go with Uttapam. So this week we bring to you some delicious and easy to make sides that goes well not only with Uttapams but most of the other Indian breakfast items. So without further ado, here you go… Peanut Chutney  The first one the list of sides is the ever so tasty peanut chutney. You can make this chutney at home and store in your fridge for up to a week if you’d like. For those of you who are allergic to peanuts do not get disheartened you can make coconut chutney instead. Follow below process to make coconut chutney by omitting peanuts and replacing it with same quantity of chopped or grated fresh coconut. Now to make this chutney you will need – Ingredients: For Peanut Chutney: Peanuts – 1.5 cups Dry chillies – 4 Green chillies – 4 Tamarind juice – 2 spoons Cumin – …

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Uttapam – Rice & Lentil Pancake

Happy Thursday dear friends! Hope you are having a great week. This week we decided to treat you to some yummy Indian breakfast item ‘Uttapam’. We made this dish regularly when my parents were over.  It is a healthy and filling breakfast item. Uttapam is essentially made with rice and urad dal and is a very versatile pancake as you can add the toppings of your choice. The colorful uttapam packs a punch with the necessary carbohydrates from rice and protein with the lentil. I topped my pancakes with grated carrots, chopped green chillies and garnished it with a drizzle of roughly chopped cilantro. You can have these pancakes as is or try them out with some spicy chutney and yogurt. Try this out and let me know how you liked it! For the Uttapam 1.5 cups  White Rice 1.5 cups Cooked Rice (preferably white) 4 tbsp White lentils (urad dal) salt – to taste Water For the toppings Grated carrots – 1 cup Green chillies – finely chopped 1-2 depending on how spicy you’d like …

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Egg Pulusu

Thursday is here again! Hope you are all gearing up for a a fantastic July 4th weekend. The weather gods have been kind on us and we are going to have beautiful weather this weekend so I am super excited to do lots of outdoor activities. While on the topic of celebration, here is a dish you could make and serve at your July 4th parties as finishing meal apart from all the grilling (have you tried our Grilled Chicken Legs )that you have planned. It is an Indian dish called ‘Egg pulusu’ my mom often makes and we all love it at home. Now that my mom is here visiting us, I am having the best food at home everyday.  Also, we have had increasing demand for Indian recipes off late so this is for all our followers! Egg pulusu as you must have already guessed is a dish made out of egg. ‘Pulusu’ is a telugu word essentially meaning curry using tamarind juice. It is simple with some mild spices and great to …

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Tandoori Grilled Chicken

Thursday is here folks…Only one more day to the much needed and awaited long weekend of the season!! Memorial day weekend marks the official beginning to the lovely summer season and the yummy grilling season 🙂 So fire up your grills and get ready to try this lip smacking recipe! This week Umami Kitchen brings to you a recipe that is simple yet loved by many. Tandoori Grilled Chicken is one of my favorite go to recipes for the grilling season. This recipe brings together the succulent chicken legs with some finger licking Indian masalas. And now we declare the grilling season open! Go ahead and try our recipe!Here are some quick tips before you dig into the recipe: 1. If this is your first time grilling it is very important to keep an eye on the chicken legs to ensure they are not burnt. Adjust the grill flame as needed, move the chicken legs to low flame area if you see them burning. 2. Personally I do not prefer adding color to my food. But …

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Hyderabadi Haleem

Haleem is a very popular dish from my home town Hyderabad in India. This particular dish prepared in Hyderabad during the Ramadan month, is transported all over the world through a special courier service. It is traditionally cooked in large, wood-fired cauldrons. After a whole day’s fasting, the Muslim community usually retire with this powerhouse of a dish that satisfies a whole day’s nutrient requirements. Haleem is a dish that is enjoyed not only in India but in middle east too. The origins of this recipe date back to 10th century and it has evolved greatly to suit the palate of each country. This recipe traditionally takes about 6-8 hours to cook but today we will try to whip this up in less than 3 hours. This is a dish that is worth the time and effort spent on it. It brings together a whole bunch of nutrient rich ingredients including lentils, meats and nuts. Go ahead and try this dish and trust me you will make it again and again. Recipe is adapted based on Journey …