Cooking every day can mean spending an exponentially high amount of time in the kitchen. Over a period of time, your enthusiasm can perhaps begin to fade, and cooking may feel like chore. One way to keep it exciting is to put on that experimental hat.
Ditch the same old curries, the monotonous dals and the dull dishes. We have some suggestions on how you can add a fresh twist to some of your favourite Indian dishes and make them applause-worthy on and off social media.
Pav Bhaji Nachos
There’s no denying that Pav bhaji is packed with flavour but to make it more exciting, we have the perfect twist for you with this Mexican Indian Fusion dish – Pav Bhaji Nachos. Plate up tortilla chips, put dollops of your bhaji over them, add some jalapeños and sour cream to make an impressive movie-time snack! Make this dish healthier by baking your tortilla chips instead of frying of them. To get the authentic taste of this classic street food, use the Tata Sampann Pav Bhaji Masala which is Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s own recipe.
Idli might be a South Indian dish but it’s a favourite all across the country. While the classic idli and chutney is perfect, a little twist can take it a step further and elevate your culinary game. Stuff your Idlis with a spiced potato or sabzi filling for a surprising burst of flavour. Pour 1 tbsp of idli batter into your steamer and place the flattened potato or vegetable stuffing and pour 2-3 tbsp idli batter to cover the filling before you proceed to steam it as usual. It’s a guaranteed winner. This will not only add a different taste and color to the regular dish but it will make it healthier by adding vegetables which will enhance the fibre content of the dish.
There might not be anything missing when it comes to the flavours of a dhokla but turning it into a Pizza is the knockout punch any innovative chef aspires to achieve. Add your pizza sauce, veggies mix and cheese on a base of dhokla and bake it to melt the cheese. Now that’s a party everyone wants to sign up for!
Urad Dal Chilla
Make your Chilla batter with equal parts Urad Dal and sooji (semolina) before adding green chilli, ginger, spices and water for a consistent batter. Amp up the health quotient of this dish by adding some colorful vegetables to this like carrots, capsicum, or grated dudhi which will increase the fiber content of this meal. That’s crispy perfection like never before, waiting for you.
Give these a shot in your kitchen and don’t be afraid to experiment, even if you fail. Every dish is an expression of your creativity and we hope that by making cooking more exciting, it provides you the respite during these difficult times.
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