Punjabi cuisine (from the Punjab region of Northern India and Eastern Pakistan). Punjabi cuisine can be non-vegetarian or completely vegetarian. The level of spices can
vary from minimal to very prevalent. One of the main features of
Punjabi cuisine is its diverse range of dishes. Home cooked and
restaurant Pun,abi cuisine can vary significantly, with restaurant style
using large amounts of clarified butter, known locally as desi ghee,
with liberal amounts of butter and cream while home cooked food
concentrates mainly upon wheat masalas (spice) flavourings. Though wheat
varieties form their staple food, Punjabis do cook rice on special
occasions. During winter a delicacy, Rao Ki Kheer, if cooked using rice.
Rice is cooked for a long time in sugar cane juice.
Be it Home cooked, Restaurant style or the
authentic Dhaba Punjabi cuisine can vary significantly, with Restaurant style
using large amounts of Butter, locally known as Desi Ghee and the Home cooked
food concentrating mainly upon the masalas (spices) flavouring. The level of
spices used can vary from minimal to very customary.
A variety of breads are prepared with Wheat
and Maize as they are the staple food grains of Punjab.
Lentils like Black gram and Yellow gram are a must in Punjabi cuisine and so
are the Rotis (Breads) and Curd. Milk and milk products is synonymous and plays
an important role in the Punjabi Recipes & diet.
Punjabi cuisine is wholesome and is full of
rustic flavor. Even today, the custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors
prevails in rural areas. Tandoori dishes are popular all over the country
today. Naans, parathas, and rotis made of maize or wheat flour are typical
Punjabi breads. Most of these are prepared in the tandoors and served hot with
a chunk of butter of Desi ghee and a plate of onions, green chilly and lime.
Some of the well known dishes of Punjabi
food made from Pulses, Beans or lentils preparations are :
Makhani ( Mah di Dal), Dal Maharani, Dal Amritsari, Rajma, Choley, Sarson da
Punjabi breads generally are flat and only
a few varieties are raised breads. The breads are made with different types of
flours and can be made in various methods like:
· Naan, Tandoori roti, Kulcha, Laccha Parathas are baked in a
· Chapati, Phulka, Jowar ki roti, Baajre ki roti and Makke ki roti
are dry baked on the Tawa (Indian Griddle).
· Puris and Bhatura (fermented dough) are deep fried.
· Chicken and Meat preparations like Sheekh Kebab, Tandoori
Chicken, Reshmi Tikka, Malai Tikka are prepared in a tandoor.
Punjabi food is also served with condiments
Pickles garnishes like :
Achars : Gajar Shalgam Gobhi, Kala Nimbu, Mixed
Salad : Thin slices of onions, tomatoes,
fresh hari mirch ( hot green peppers ) with lime wedges garnished with chopped
fresh coriander leaves (Cilantro).
Lassi (sweetened whipped yoghurt), Kanji
(fermented carrots) and Chaach are some of the popular beverages of Punjabi
As Punjabis are predominantly wheat eating
people, they cook rice only on special occasions. Rice is either cooked plain
and served with rajma or kadhi or steamed and made with a flavoring of cumin or
fried onions. Mostly in Winters, rice is cooked with jaggery as a delicacy
called Rao ki kheer, where rice is cooked on a slow fire for hours together
with sugar cane juice.
Kheer is one of the main desserts of
Punjabi desserts and they are rich and delicious.
1. Slice paneer and bell pepper into thin long strips
2. Grind ginger ,garlic and green chilly into a paste.
3. Heat ghee in kadai or any vessel add paste ,saute till it become brown .
4. Add bell pepper ,cook for few second ,then add chiliy powder and salt.
5. Now add tomato puree and cook until ghee comes on top
6. Mix kasoori methi in gravy .
7. Finally ,add the sliced paneer and cook for a min
8. Garnish with cream and cilantro .