Shankarpali | Shakkarpara

Shankarpali is a sweet and crispy, deep-fried, diamond-shaped, Indian cookie. Since they are bite-sized they make a great snack. In fact, these are really hard to resist once you start munching on them. 

Continuing with my series of traditional Goan Christmas sweets here on the blog, let’s talk about these diamond-shaped cookies! Shankapali is yet another treat that’s prepared during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Christmas. It also happens to be one of the things that are served in the Kuswar i.e Goan Christmas sweet platter distributed to family and friends. But really, these can be prepared any time of the year, for they are perfect to snack on if you aren’t counting calories 😀


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Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) | Easy butter chicken recipe

Butter chicken or Murgh makhani, is probably one such Indian dish that requires no introduction. It is as popular and loved in India as it is globally. If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste this dish yet, you are definitely missing out on something. Chicken pieces marinated with yogurt and spices are grilled in a tandoor and then dunked in an ambrosial, butter-y, creamy, luxurious tomato based curry- yumm! Continue reading →

Dahi (yogurt) chicken

Dahi ( yogurt ) chicken, a delicious dish that requires minimal effort and delivers scrumptious results! Don’t you just love it when it’s easy to cook up a tasty meal without having to slog it out in the kitchen? Indian food can be daunting, given its long list of ingredients and a lot of sautéing. But that’s the trade-off with authentic Indian dishes. Most North Indian dishes need these lengthy procedures but the resultant dish is well worth the effort!

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Aloo Paratha (Potato stuffed unleavened flatbread)

Aloo paratha is the most popular amongst all the paratha’s! A paratha is an unleavened flatbread stuffed with a variety of filling from vegetarian to non-vegetarian. Some of the popular paratha’s are gobhi paratha, aloo matar paratha, paneer paratha, methi paratha amongst the veg ones, and kheema paratha and egg parathas amongst the non-vegetarian counterparts. A typical Punjabi paratha is made with loads of ghee and served with a dollop of homemade butter. Definitely not the healthiest, but people back then did a lot of manual labor and so needed all the extra calories. With today’s sedentary lifestyle eating such a calorie-laden meal every day will definitely do you no good, so moderation is definitely the key.

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Chicken 65 (Baked version)

 

Chicken 65 is a popular dish in South India, mostly served as an appetizer/entrée. Bone in or boneless chicken chunks are marinated in a flavorful and spicy marinade and deep fried. Of course, anything fried HAS to be tasty!! Period! In most cases, red food color is added to the marinade, which gives this dish an even more appetizing look. Today, I’m happy to share with you this rather healthier, baked version chicken 65! Continue reading →


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