Banarasi Eggplant Fitters

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Banarasi Eggplant Fitters Chauritha wali Baigan & aloo ka pakora Today I share my secret fritters recipe which is prepared using a very special batter called “Chauritha” in Hindi in Varanasi. Banarasi Eggplant Fitters recipe was very popular and my late grandmother was very passionate about perfection on the batter. I remember my grandmother giving instructions to my mother on …

Karonda chutney-Indian Cranberry relish

Karonda chutney – sweet & tangy relish Paranthas or Indian fried flat bread is mostly served with pickle in India. Karonda chutney-Indian Cranberry relish is one such recipe from my childhood memories. I have tried to recreate the Banarasi magic by learning this recipe from my mother and aunt. As kids we could not wait for the karonda chutney to be …

Gur wali Nan Khatai

Eggless Jaggery Shortbread Nan khatai or Indian version of shortbread is very popular. I vividly remember street hawkers in sawan(monsoon) season in Benaras at the melas(fairs). I used to always insist my father to buy us those nan khatai being baked fresh over wood charcoal. The debate on weather fat is good or bad. Well it is actually carbs which …

Dal Sagpaita (mixed lentil dal with spinach)

Banarasi dal sagpaita – East Indian Village recipe Dal Sagpaita is very popular across India and especially in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Traditionally dal sagpaita has many variations i.e. you can use any mixed lentil you prefer. Arhar, moong, chana, urad dal can be used. Also the green leaves i.e. saag can be palak (spinach), bathua (Chenopodium album), …

Banarasi Matar ki Ghugni

Banarasi Matar ki Ghugni Come winters and you find a plenty of fresh matar (green peas) in the market. Green peas tossed with cumin seeds, loads of garlic and green chillies is simple yet very popular snack in North India and Varanasi. I like the generous use of garlic cloves in the green peas veggie which is truly banarasi style. …

Banarasi Indian Thali

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Banarasi Indian Thali It was usual lazy morning after Diwali night and with nothing much to do. I look out of my apartment building and saw the haze in the sky due to fireworks from Diwali. I was hell-bent on doing nothing today! But just then my wife showed pictures of food being prepared at her parent’s home for an …

Indian Curry – Rasaaj

Indian curry rasaaj in thali

Indian Curry – Rasaaj Gram Flour fritter in Mustard Gravy Indian Curry is becoming more and more popular across Europe (England), US and South Asia. Rasaj is very much Banarasi main course. This has very sharp and pungent taste of mustard. As per my mother when she got married, Rasaaj was one of the recipes which my grandmother asked her …

Baati Chokha with Olives

Baati Chokha with Olives-Banarasi style East Indian Village recipe Baati Chokha is very popular in east India particularly in Bihar, East UP (Varanasi), and even in West Bengal. You can find street hawkers selling hot Baati served with chokha, chatni and salad. In Bihar it is also called as Litti chokha My recipe will have generous usage of Olives without …