The deep, verdant color of Punjabi Saag suggests a nutritious, wholesome delicacy made both for appetite and well-being. This traditional and healthy Indian food dish originated in the Punjabi regions of India centuries ago and has been served for generations while being prized for its zesty flavor and adaptable, refined recipe. With fresh-boiled spinach and mustard leaf at its base, Saag is marinated with chillies, caramelized onions, garlic and other spices to create a satiating curry that can be enjoyed over crispy flatbread or as part of a savory rice dish.
While the origins of this hugely-popular dish remain a hot debate, its rich, tomato-based sauce infused with cream, sweet-and-sour flavor and delicate spices are an indisputable delight. Some say that Tikka Masala originated in the UK when a chef improvised an Indian dish made of yogurt and cream by adding tomato to the sauce. Others believe that it’s a Punjabi dish that was simply undiscovered for years before becoming an international cuisine.
However it came into creation, Tikka Masala brings a balanced-range of taste that is pleasantly complicated to distinguish. Enjoy a savory tour of traditional Indian seasonings as they are hinted in a creamy sauce prepared with tomatoes, rich yogurt and a diverse complement of sweet-and-sour spices. Mild in spirit, abundant in taste and stable in texture, Tikka Masala is a fine addition to an ever-evolving cuisine that is as surprising as it is irresistible.
Bhuna curry is prepared through a unique cooking method that uses little to no water and plenty of stirring to create a thick, caramelized layer of ingredients that immerse your palate with a distinct and compelling flavor. This cooking tradition hails from the Bangla region of Northeast India and Bangladesh, where hot oil was used to turn spices into a savory paste for generations. Cooked in stages to absorb the individual tastes and textures of fresh ingredients and fragrant spices, Bhuna is a craft that has been perfected over time and represents the diverse character of authentic Indian cuisine. Bengali Bhuna is marinated and cooked in a range of ingredients that include garlic, onion, cardamom, tamarind, coriander, lemon and other traditional Indian spices and seasonings for an exceptionally rich and rewarding flavor.
Goan Vindaloo’s fiery color gives it a tangy appearance that takes on a bold and tantalizing identity from the very first taste to the very last. Vindaloo originated in Western India as an improvisation of carne de vinha d'alhos, an originally Portuguese marinade of garlic and wine, when the wine was replaced with vinegar and an assortment of spices was added.
Vindaloo is a hot and sour dish marinated in vinegar, garlic, red Kashmiri chillies, salt, sugar and other seasonings before being simmered with onions, curry leaves and an array of spices into an intensely flavored and fragrant mixture perfectly suited for a main course or a full-bodied snack. Vindaloo curry can be served as a steamy rice dish or as a savory dip and spread on soft or crunchy flatbread.
If you enjoy a hot and spirited delicacy that unravels in depth as it assails you with layer after layer of spices and sizzling flavor, then you’re in for a treat. Chettinad is a dish that packs a punch — but this is a hit you don’t want to miss. Often considered one of the hotter Indian curries, the intense taste of Chettinad relies on a mixture of fresh, dry roasted spices ground together to form an aromatic sauce perfectly-balanced with the mild, juicy flavors of marinated onions, garlic and coconut. Originating from a region in South India where the cuisine often reflects a hot and dry climate, Chettinad will have you guessing at the seasonings as you discover sweet, tangy and rich flavors behind a veil of mouthwatering spiciness.
A smooth, mildly sweet and flavorful complement to any curry or as its own delicious dip or spread, Raita is perfect for balancing spices and providing a cool-and-even consistency when contrasted with the intense and exciting flavors of many Indian foods. Made with Greek-style yogurt, cucumber and lemon, then seasoned with herbs and spices that include mint and roasted cumin seeds, Raita is a simple yet creative way to balance and add to the flavor of your favorite Indian dish.
For an added dimension of flavor, try Mint Chutney as a condiment with a curry dish or use it as a dip for your favorite Indian finger food. Mint Chutney is made with fresh mint and coriander leaves along with a complement of garlic and ginger spices for additional flavor and balance to its full-bodied herb relish.
Tamarind Chutney is an original sweet-and-sour sauce that makes the perfect condiment for just about any Indian snack and can be added to many dishes for even more flavor. Its main ingredient, the fruit of the tamarind tree, is boiled, pureed and combined with jaggery sugar, salt and spices until its sweet-and-sour taste is balanced to perfection.
You can never go wrong with a little fresh chopped onion, and we recommend trying it on all of your favorite Indian dishes as a crisp topping that blends nicely into sauce and spices with its sweet and zesty flavor. Fresh chopped onion can add flavor and texture without overpowering in taste - just in case you want to add even more savor to your favorite dish or curry.
A popular seasoning in Indian cooking, garlic takes on the role of a variety of flavors as it is fried, marinated and blended with a sweeping list of ingredients and spices found in many unique dishes. Cooking garlic mellows its flavor and gives it sweeter qualities, and that’s exactly what makes Fresh Minced Garlic such a wonderful topping to your favorite dish — its zesty and flavors are completely preserved and can be poured on to give your Indian dish as much garlic flavor as you desire.
Fresh Green Chili Paste adds an extra degree of flavor to any curry dish and can be enjoyed as a peppery spread on flatbread or combined with other on-the-top-items. Hot and savory, this pure green chili paste is made-to-order as a side for your favorite dish or as a spread for a delicious snack. Please enjoy in moderation — it’s quite hot!
Cilantro is a popular condiment for Indian dishes and offers an instant and refreshing citrus taste on the surface of many curry sauces — which carry its unique flavor deep into their rich contents and tangy spices. Cilantro has a way of blending into the flavor of Indian food without diverting the palate from the distinct and satisfying taste that makes this cuisine so special.
Sometimes considered the oldest smoothie in the world, Lassi is a delight made to refresh and invigorate the senses. This healthy yogurt drink originates from Northern India and the Punjab region, where it became famous as a chilled, smooth-flavored beverage perfect at the side of a piquant curry dish or as a thirst-quenching libation born for a warm summer day. Lassi is made with homemade yogurt and is delicately seasoned with herbs and spices for refined and added flavor. Sweet Lassi is of the sweeter variety and is flavored with (brown? Cane?) sugar, rosewater and natural fruit juices for an enticingly-honeyed flavor and satisfying cooling effect.
Like all Indian cuisine, Lassi can be refashioned and improvised to the palate’s pleasure. Mango Lassi is another variation of this popular Indian drink and invites the sweet and creamy flavors of ripe mango to blend alongside the smooth and mild flavors of fresh yogurt mixed with traditional Indian seasonings. The result is a soft-textured, fruity refreshment that is naturally-sweetened and indulgent in consistency. Enjoy Mango Lassi with your favorite Indian curry for an impressive mingling of flavors and delight.