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Friday, September 30, 2022

Not So Savoury Zarda Rice

Zarda Rice, Meethe Chawal Recipe by The Hoggerz

Biryani is that one dish that has an intensifying, humongous list of fragrant spices. Biryani will always be close to my heart, especially because this was the first dish I tried my hands on. If you’re a newbie and want to dedicate your hours to cooking, you should first attempt to make simple recipes NAH! If you ask me – WHENEVER YOU ARE LEARNING ANYTHING I MEAN ANY BIG OR SMALL SKILL. FOCUS MORE ON THE DIFFICULT TASK – IF YOU SOMEHOW REACH THE HARDER SCALE THEN YOUR SIMPLE TASKS BECOME SIMPLER. Yes, believe me, apply this simple approach in your daily life, and you will be amazed by the flexibility of your mind. I hope my trick does wonder in your beautiful life.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Night Supper: Chicken, Cheese Pasta in Pink Sauce

Chicken Paste Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

Summer means something fresh and peng and I think pasta is the one dish that screams summer. One of the easiest ways to add deliciousness to pasta is to amalgamate a handful dose of protein and veggies which keeps the portion healthy. Be sure to be generous in the addition of spices for the perfect balance of kick so don’t be shy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Okra in Yogurt Sauce

Okra Recipe, Lady Finger Recipe, Bhindi Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

If you call for some easy lunch dishes to make this summer, you will love this rich and flavor filled bhindi recipe. Bhindi means Okra in Hindi, which is within reach in season all year long. Maybe, this is one of the reasons you’ll spot okra made in different style, look and taste in the houses of India. Besides this, okra helps to cut down bad cholesterol, protects the brain, lowers the risk of kidney damage, and rules out the anxiety. For this Indian Okra Curry, I take a batch of okra, wash and pat dry them, shallow fry and simmer with fragrantly yogurt sauce forming good looking lunch.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

A cordial made with split chickpeas and bottle gourd

Lauki and Chana Dal Recipe by The Hoggerz

There is a light in the sky beyond the layers of cloud, maybe this is a contrast to the evening sky like a slate. I always have a bag of lentils at hand and this is a bright colored curry that is full of flavors and memory. This dish is what I make when I am missing my parents and Mumbai so very much. On most days, time goes by, work lends the day structure marking the territory between the week and its end. But the bad days have been bad, and I have been feeling the distance and being unable to see my dear ones.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Salubrious Soya Chunks

Soya Chunks Recipe by The Hoggerz

I make veg recipes in so many ways, especially since I’m Indian, my husband’s Pakistani, my family is a melting pot, and our different ethnic cuisines inspire a lot of my recipes, which are often a fusion of all these cultures. Soya chunks, also known as soya beans, are a delicious version of meat bites, they are a quick, easy and healthy dish that demands minimal prep and not much hands-on cooking time, making it pretty easy to pull together when you’re in hurry yet looking for something flavorsome to eat.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Shinwari Chicken Karahi

It was a hot night at the tail end of June. At shinwari restaurant, there was a queue of people waiting for their turn. Even in the heat people were happily eating outdoors, a sign that covid had transformed people’s behavior. Covid meant that there was minimal dining experience, so we ordered takeaway Chicken Karahi, dropping the idea of outdoor dining. That was my first taste of it, delicious, and since then I have been trying different ways to bring out my Karahi taste just like the taste served outside. This Pakistani Karahi is a pure treat for my husband. I cooked a vegan meal for myself and this karahi version only for him. I have added a few warm spices to the mix; a little coriander, cumin, flakes, pepper and all spice.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Soft Dahi Wadas

Dahi Wada Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

Eid calls for outings on chaand raat to get stamps of heena on my palms, buying bangles and intense shopping and amazing food. The glittery bangles are always rough on my skin and clothing, so I prefer the plain matte kinds. There are boxes holding an array of multicolored bangles, illuminated by naked light bulbs suspended on a slim wire. I am not a person who makes multiple visits to the tailor to retrieve clothes that never get stitched on time. I and hashim dislike tailor troubles and this task requires a lot of patience, so we take a shorter route and buy the readymade attire for Eid. And my Eid day becomes a special day when hashim surprises me with fresh and perfumed jasmine bangles.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Oil-Free, Instant Spongy Dosa

 

Oil-Free Rava Dosa Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

Making dosa with only two ingredients is the easiest and the quickest way, eliminating the need to soak, grind and ferment overnight. This is a perfect summer recipe made with semolina and curd for a scrumptious dinner and a great addition to your breakfast table. You can also revamp it by adding mashed seasoned potatoes to the center of each dosa.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Chicken Dim Sum | Chicken Momos

Dimsum or Momos Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

I cannot think of a certain cuisine or culture with no version of chicken soup. Folk medicine and chicken soup have a symbolic relationship because every mother or granny I have known always recommends chicken soup or dal rice as the restorative technique for coughs and colds. I must admit I am not too keen on plain yakhni soup as have to drink mugs of flavorsome broth while other soothing foods are time-consuming. I would rather shortlist the dim sum with some suggestions – Hashim fancies the dumpling with chicken and fresh veggies wrapped and steamed which would also be my choice. So when either of us is going through a slow recovery from cold or fever we would prefer to hog steamed dim sum, as they are super delicious, oil-free and the perfect fix for reduced appetite.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Meethi Kadhi Gujarati Style

Gujarati Kadhi Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

Meethi Dal or Meethi Kadhi is very common in Gujarati houses and is generally served as a side dish. It teams well with rice dishes like khichdi, vegetable pulao, and even with bhakri. There are oodles of ways to reshape the kadhi recipe and it changes state-wise. Mostly, kadhi recipes are given a touch of sour and spicy taste with a thick consistency, but this one flow towards the sweet side and is less thick.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Nothing better than Delish Peas Pulav

Matar Pulao Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

We are rice eaters in our house and one of my pièce de résistance in vegetarian meals is Matar Pulav. We Indians have separate fandom for peas and paneer in our dishes - it’s a great source of protein. The aroma that fills your kitchen while cooking rice and peas, eliminates the need to watch and stir it the entire time. Instant pot recipes are a lifesaver as they are the fastest and can be modified as per the plan. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Vada Pav – Vegan Doppleganger Burger

Mumbai Vada Pav Recipe by The Hoggerz, www.thehoggerz.com

Pri and I spend our Sunday chit-chatting, the last time we met was in twenty o twelve when she visited my home back in Mumbai. Now she is back in Toronto, and much has happened since.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Chicken Resha Kebab

Cheese Resha Kebab by The Hoggerz

I make them with chicken, and lots of cheese, they are super moist, tender, and flavoursome. This Kebab recipe is great for make-ahead meals. They will last in the fridge for up to 2 days, although they last more than a week – my advice would be to make less and eat fresh rather than freezing food for weeks - not a healthy choice.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Loaded Tortillas with Cheese, Chicken and Veggies

Tortilla Recipe by The Hoggerz

This Cheese filled chicken tortilla is so easy, packed with fresh shredded veggies, home-made sauce, and then simply fold it up clock-wise and cook it right in the pan, you have an easy on-the-go dinner

Friday, April 15, 2022

Veg Manchurian Balls

Vegetable Manchurian Balls by The Hoggerz
Vegetable Manchurian Balls + Chicken Fried Rice

Oh my word! They have bomb of all the different flavors and are so tender that they melt in your mouth! These tasty Chinese Veg Balls are always a hit with my family. And, let’s not forget the sauce, the Chinese gravy really makes the dish. While most Manchurian balls call for a few veggies, I use a variety of wonderful veggies to enhance its health factor. 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Creamy Fruit Salad

Fruits And Cream, Fruit Salad, Fruit Chaat
Fruits And Cream

This is a perfect no-bake dessert for the summer, so easy to whip up and perfect for making ahead if you’re having a date. I make this all the time for my husband as a perfect ending treat to his workout.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Dairy Free Fruit Salad Medley

Mix Fruit Salad by The Hoggerz

Wonderful salad for snacking, this is a great raw and naturally tasty alternative. Sweet, crunchy fruits topped with crushed walnuts and almonds are perfect lactose-free treat. I usually love the chill weather, seeing the leaves change colors and fruits showing up with its wonderful aroma in the air and all the wonderful things we can do when the weather cools. The fruit salad is perfect season gift as its light, requires no cooking, absolutely delicious and so addicting. You can use whichever fruit your heart desires! No dependency on any season. I love to make this particular one, again and again, because they are easy to make, and not too sweet.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Green Peas and Ridge Gourd

Matar Curry And Turai Curry Recipe by The Hoggerz www.thehoggerz.com

Both separately cooks in under 30-minutes from start to tummy! These veggies give a deeper taste when added in a velvety sauce. Peas are my favorite; I have TONS of other wonderful Peas Recipes in the search box. These two recipes are very nutritious and so delicious! They are a good source of fiber, and veggies during winters are loaded with freshness and full of vitamins and minerals. Although I don’t want winter to end, I am looking ahead to more variation of vegetable dishes and vegan soups. The aromatic curry is Indian inspired, made with phenomenal spices. It cooks quickly and all in one pan, making it an excellent choice for an easy lunch on a busy day.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Irresistible Chicken Potato Curry – Indian Style

Chicken and Potato in Yummy Sauce by The Hoggerz

Chicken potato curry is a lighter cousin of Chicken korma, a great gateway dish for someone new to chicken curries. It has so much flavor, perfect over steamed rice to absorb all the delicious sauce. This amazing dish will make you look like you really know your way around the kitchen. The comforting gravy really makes the dish! For all of you Chicken lovers out there, this recipe is a keeper. I made a few adjustments to the recipe to suit our palate and make it lighter by cutting down on oil and changes in spices. The results were simply wonderful; a dish I have made a few times since. My tip for doing this is to cook it slow and low.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

House Favorite Palak Pulao

Spinach Rice by The Hoggerz, thehoggerz.com
Spinach Rice

Palak Pulao is a rice dish using spinach that can be served as a side or meatless main dish.

I love to bulk up spinach with rice, so my family can’t pick the greens out. And the truth is, Hashim never know it’s in there! Rice and spinach cook together, which gives the rice its green color. Onions, garlic, cumin, and whole spices give this dish so much aroma. This simple rice recipe is an easy one-pot meal. On a busy weeknight, this dish is a great go-to. You can even double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed.  Not only is spinach rice delicious, but it’s also high in calcium, magnesium, and nutrients, low in fat, vegan, and gluten-free. Win, win!