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My love and junoon for food is a fact that has not been hidden from the world. Food has different meanings to different people, for me, it’s all about experimenting. While I’ve tried so many cuisines and curated various international and local dishes, but I’d still say, nothing comes closer to our cuisine, the Indian cuisine. The diversity of Indian food is the source of my motivation for stamping my personal identity on each dish. And, I am extremely glad that there exists a day in the entire year which is solely dedicated to the wonderfulness and appreciation of one of the most basic necessities of our lives. To celebrate and honour this day in the truest sense, this ‘World Food Day,’ I’ve decided to share some of my personal favourites and specially created, desi recipes with you, but with a slight twist. Yes! What’s food without some thrilling spin to it?

1. Punjabi Kadhi with Rice Balls

Most people will say kadhi-chawal is overrated but being a Punjabi, I have immense love for this duo, especially for my mom’s special kadhi recipe. Growing up, I’ve enjoyed infinite plates of kadhi and rice with a soothing nap afterwards. But, I decided to give a slight spin to it with this recipe and share it with you. Your favourite desi recipe in a zara-hatke andaz!

2. Cuppa Mince Biryani

Biryani ki jitni taareef karein, kum hai! Infact, we desis have loved this particular dish so much that we have literally set some astonishing records. Making a biryani is an art and I learned more about it when I went on ‘My Biryani Journey.’ This is one of my favourite versions and the best way to serve biryani in a fancier way. You too try it and tell me your experience.

3. Ragi Dosa

Trying to fancy up your cooking game is one thing and making it healthier is another. This is a family favourite at my house because my daughters are a die-hard fan of South-Indian cuisine. I experimented with, high-in protein superfood, ragi and prepared this dosa one morning instead of the regular ones, without letting them know. Guess what? They loved it! So, here’s the recipe for you too. I’m sure aapko bhi achchi lagegi!

4. Gulkand Lassi

Punjabi homes can’t go a day without sipping on a chilled glass of lassi post a hearty lunch. Saade ghar vich, people love this rose flavoured lassi a little too much. Once in a while, if you feel, you need a break from the regular lassi, try this delicious version and enjoy!

5. Gulab Jamun Mousse

While I keep my distance when it comes to desserts for health reasons but saying no to gulab jamun is one of the hardest things in my life. Simple gulab jamuns are an all-time favourite but when I’m really craving for a dessert, I go for this Gulab Jamun Mousse. Trust me when I say, nothing can come close to this when you want to satiate your sweet tooth completely.

P.S. – World Food Day is not just another day, but a very important one in our lives and we have a very important message for you all. Currently, the world is facing a situation which none of us could have foreseen, a few weeks ago, not even a year back. Unprepared for a storm as big as this, everyone has taken a hit, personally and the need of the hour is to ‘grow and sustain together,’ not just individually.

These times are putting everyone at test. Let’s all do our best in helping the needy and the ones who are the most vulnerable who have been massively affected by the covid crisis. It is only going to add to our good karma! Also, ‘live today but keep planning for tomorrow,’ should always be the mantra in one’s life, henceforth, so that we don’t let any sort of hurdle or pandemic let us down!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.