Did you ever hear about “Khoobani Ki Chatni”? Yeah, made from dried apricots, it is a Punjabi food. It is easy to prepare and you can preserve it for use in future. There are several other Punjabi food recipes including Butter Chicken, Sarsoon Ka Saag and Makki Ki Roti, Masala Chana, Paneer Tikka, and so on.
Punjabi foods are part of the Punjabi cuisine in areas of Punjab both in Pakistan and India. However, owing to their deliciousness and simple cooking procedure, they are popular in many other countries of the world as well.
Cooking Punjabi foods is not as difficult or time taking as you may be thinking. However, collecting and preparing the ingredients may take some time.
To make “Khoobani Ki Chatni”, take dry apricots (1 Kg), sugar (750g), vinegar (75ml), red chili (30g), salt (20g), and ginger (30g). Wash apricots and keep them soaked in water for the whole night. Stew apricots in water and add all the ingredients except vinegar. Cook till it becomes a thick paste. Add vinegar and cook for further ten minutes. Take the pot off the burner and cool it. It’s ready. Store in bottle or a jar for use in future.
“Shahi Channay” is another tasty and nutritious Punjabi recipe. There are a few easily available ingredients, like chickpea (½ Kg), chicken (6 to seven pieces), red chili (3 teaspoons), ghee (for frying), spices (1 teaspoon) and salt (to taste). For cooking, heat oil and add chili, salt and spices. Fry for some time and add chicken pieces. Keep frying and stirring with lid till chicken gets stewed. Add boiled chickpeas and steam it for ten minutes.
Summing up, Punjabi recipes reflect the distinctive qualities of Punjabis. They are rich, robust and full of life. You even enjoy cooking them.