Day 35 Pondicherry: Urulaikizhangu Podalangai Turuttu Curry and Beans Fugath with Pondicherry Sambhar

Back on gas. I have to admit, that I prepared the Pondicherry Day twice. My first version was the Pondicherry Sambhar with Vendakkai Poriyal, an Okra preparation very similar to the Okras I prepared on the Kerala Cooking Day. Since I already prepared so many similar Lentil dishes and also had cooked Okra, I thought […]

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Day 31 Gujarat: Khandvi and Khatti Meethi Dal

When I was doing the research for the state specific famous dishes, I gained some huge respect for some of the recipes, which looked quite difficult to prepare. One of the dishes is Khandvi, a famous Snack from Gujarat. This dish seemed to be difficult, not too much because of the ingredients, but rather because […]

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Day 29 Chhattisgarh: Kadhi Pakora with Dal Pithi and and Chila

Kadhi Pakora are a very common dish in North India, but the Chhattisgarh version makes it unique by adding mustard seeds and curry leaves.  Pakoras are fried vegetables dumpling and make also a great snack. Add them to a spicy yogurt gravy and you will have Kadhi Pakora. This dish is also very common in […]

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Day 27 Lakshadweep: Hui Bari

Lakshadweep consists of 36 small islands and atolls and is situated in the Arabian Sea west of Kerala. Only few islands are inhabited and visitors can only come with a special permit. Obviously on the island’s seafood is predominant. Nevertheless, I found an easy and tasty aubergine dish which is prepared with coconut milk. Recipe […]

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Day 20 Himachal Pradesh: Siddu with Chutney, Rajma Chawal, Lingri with Roti and Raita

It is Himachal Day. I mean- not officially of course, but for me today in terms of my cooking project. And since I am basically half Himachali (Having spent 11 years here) and definitely full Himachali by heart, I of course had to make todays cooking a special effort, putting all my expertise into our […]

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Day 18 Jharkhand: Oal ki Sabzi with Chilka

“Jhar” means “and “Khand” means “Land”. “Land of Forest”, what a beautiful name for a state. Unfortunately, I don´t know much about it, but heard from many sources how beautiful the nature is. Many different tribes are present in that state in the west of India. Today I prepared the so called “Elephant foot”, a […]

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Day 15 Kerala: Kadala Curry with Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti and Appam

Kerala and it´s cuisine I also know fairly well. I visited this beautiful state in the south of India on various trips, stayed there last winter for 3 months during a training as an Ayurveda Lifestyle consultant and have really good friends there (who are also great cooks). My friend Sujith suggested me to prepare […]

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Day 13 Kashmir: Lauki Ki Al Yakhni with Kashmiri Aloo Paneer and Kashmiri Pulao

Oh yes, I am back! I am happy I decided to also include the Union Territories as well. I mean how can I miss out on the famous Kashmiri and Ladakhi cuisines? Today’s meal was not only extremely satisfying, but also super easy to prepare. Earlier I thought, Indian cooking always involves the same steps […]

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Day 10 Punjab: Dal Makhani with Tandoori Vegetables and Paneer Tikka, Butter Garlic Naan and Mint Coriander Chutney

Puuh, today was the day I spent the longest time in the kitchen. After 3 hours I was happy to have made a very satisfying meal. The Punjabi kitchen apparently is the kitchen, which is not only dominating and most famous in Restaurants in India, but also in the western world. When I checked typical […]

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Day 6 Rajasthan Gatte ki Sabji with Ker Sangri and Khoba Roti and Pithod Raita

Due to my many tours to Rajasthan, long term stays at my favourite Ashram Sri Jasnath Asan near Jodhpur in Rajasthan and my friendship to the Rajasthani Cook Rekha I am very familiar with the Rajasthani Cuisine (and also love it very much). The desert state is very dry and therefore fresh vegetables and rice […]

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Day 4 Bihar: Litti Chokha

For some states it was difficult to decide which famous dish to prepare. For the State Bihar it was easy. During my research Litti Chokha would always show up first. Despite being so famous, I have never tried the baked dough breads filled with spices and roasted grains along with the Chokha never before. Along […]

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Day 1 West Bengal: Bengali Aloo Dum with Luchis and Lauki ka Raita

My first dish of the cooking project came out nicely and was a great motivation to continue the project. My past failures in deep frying made me be a bit scared of preparing the luchis, which are actually nothing else but puris (fried breads). Surprisingly they came out astonishing well and my boyfriend asked me […]

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in 29 + days through the culinary delights of India

Finally, I am starting my „29 States-29 Dishes” series Every day from tomorrow I will prepare a typical vegetarian Dish from each of the 29 States of India. To make things right from the beginning: Apparently there are not 29 states anymore, but rather 28 states (Ladakh and Kashmir became to separate Union Territories in […]

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Turmeric Vegetable Curry- A delicate dish of an interesting vegetable

There is no Christmas in Hindu Rajasthan. But if Christmas were to be celebrated, the royal dish “Haldi Subzi” would surely be served in the desert state on this special occasion. The vegetarian dish is a wonderful combination of the best ingredients and can also be served easily in the western world as a vegetarian […]

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3. Food in India: How to eat?

In India, people eat differently than we do in the western world; In Indian restaurants you usually sit at tables and chairs and get at least a spoon. In smaller facilities, south Indian restaurants or at people’s home, it can also happen that you eat on the floor in the crossed legged seat and you […]

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