It’s summer which means that lotus stem, pumpkins, okra, litchi and watermelons are in season. The market bristles with sun-kissed mangoes and deep-green vegetables, so all you need is an expert to guide you through what to cook. According to Dr. Shalini Singhal, founder & chief nutrition consultant at Diet and wellness clinic, Delhi says “Make sure to eat a light and early dinner in the summer. Include a whole lot of vegetables, some proteins like beans and pulses for vegetarians and meat or fish for non-vegetarians.”
1. Lemon Chicken
Lemon, chicken, dried chilli, garlic and some seriously delectable sugarcane juice is all you need for this fantastic recipe. Try this different yet delicious version of a chicken at your next dinner party and you wouldn’t be able to resist coming back to this chicken recipe!
2. Chettinad Fish Fry
Get your daily dose of perfect protein. Pieces of surmai fish marinated in garlic, cumin, fennel, curry leaves and tomatoes are pan-fried in refined oil and served hot. This fish fry recipe has a host of delectable spices used for marination giving it a unique touch.
3. Guilt-Free Galouti Kebab
If you want good food but kind that doesn’t go straight to your hip, then here’s the perfect recipe. Soft and succulent galouti kebabs made with olive oil and pure ghee. Just the right mutton appetizer you have been searching for, made absolutely in a healthy way!
4. Dum Aloo Lakhnawi
Your family will thank you for this absolutely fantastic bowl of dum aloo cooked Lakhnawi style. Take some potatoes, crumbled paneer, kasuri methi, butter, onions and some ghee.
5. Keema Biryani
Who ever said no to Biryani? A luscious biryani made with minced meat, almonds, raisins, yogurt, onions, garlic, ginger and milk. It’s one of those dishes which don’t just make your dinner table look good, but also leave your house smelling fabulous.
6. Dum Paneer Kali Mirch
A lovely take on the unusual paneer gravy: Small chunks of paneer cooked with cinnamon, fried onions, black pepper, ginger, garlic and yogurt to make this gorgeous and fragrant curry. Paneer cubes are cooked in flavourful spices in a dum or pressure, where steam can’t release, making it a dish bursting with aromatic flavours.
7. Shahi Egg Curry
Eggs are a versatile food that can be cooked for any meal of the day. From breakfast to dinner, it can be a go-to food. Here is a mildly-spiced egg curry made with garlic, onions, a whole lot of kasuri methi, fresh cream, yogurt and fresh coriander. It can be paired with plain chapati, paratha, rice, biryani or pulao depending upon your choice. You can also serve pickle along with it.
8. Malabari Prawn Curry
A light prawn curry cooked with grated coconut, coriander seeds, ginger, chilli and some shallots will make the perfect hero on your dinner table. Pair it with some steamed rice and you’ve got yourself a winner of a dish.