OK, so this is officially the first post for this year. There’s a palpable change of mood in the air already. The lingering spirit of the holidays and anticipation of the New Year has everyone in a celebratory mood. The promise of what’s to come in 2015 and what has passed in 2014 bears a good toast. The start of the year is a chance to improve upon the last and step into a future of brand new experiences and opportunities. So before we welcome in 2015 I wanted to take a moment to look back over what 2014 had in store here on The Veggie Indian by sharing some favorite recipes which topped in comments, visits and sharing this year.
First one is this Hyderabadi Biryani recipe. For some reason, this is one recipe that has always been the most visited recipe on my site. I have tried to explain the traditional method of preparing this immensely popular dish, as simply as I could.
What rice without a good curry aside? And probably that’s why the second most loved and visited recipe on the blog has been this Chickpeas curry. Rich, spicy and exotic garbanzo peas curry made in a special No onion-garlic style is a popular choice among vegetarians and the rest equally.
If you are a Paratha lover, you have to try this Sattu ka Paratha a.k.a Makuni from the state of Bihar. Sattu is a flour made of roasted chickpeas and is a nutrition powerhouse. This again, is one of the most loved recipe of the blog and rightfully so.
Fourth on the list is this amazing breakfast dish known as Shakshuka. Eggs baked in a rich tomato based sauce with spinach and kale. Its so satisfying and filling in itself, you would not even need a slice of bread aside.
If you are vegetarian and looking to get in more protein from your diet, this Salad is for you. Simple throw in kind of salad, with chickpeas, beans and feta cheese is my favorite side for a BBQ. Just squeeze some lemon juice and you are done for a healthy meal.
Talking about chickpeas, I have got rave reviews abut this Avocado hummus recipe. For people who are not too much into avocado, this is something you can try starting it with. Its smooth, creamy and full of good fats and vitamins. Do we need more?
For someone like me who has a big sweet tooth, its a relief to see that atleast one of my dessert recipes under the top 10 visited list. Soft, melt in mouth dumplings dunked in cardamom flavored syrup, this Gulab Jamun recipe of mine is a total winner. With loads of tips on how to get it right and some variations explained in detail, I hope you will love it as much as I do.
This one is honestly (with no exaggeration at all!), the best cream cheese butter cake recipe, with the slight hint of lemon. This is such a moist and crumbly cake, you would hardly be able to resist taking another bite. So good with a cup of strong coffee, my personal favorite.
If you are a fan of Indian street food, am sure Gol Gappe would chart on top of your list. Crispy balls, stuffed with chickpeas masala and filled with spicy herb-ed water is a total knock out for spice lovers. Known by various other names such a Phuchka, Phulki, Padhake or pani puri, this is the most popular of all Chaats in India.
Last but not the least, my descriptive post on how to make Ghee (Indian clarified butter) from scratch is also among the most read recipe for the past year. Ghee is considered to be a diet essential in Ayurveda, and its believed to purify the internal systems of body. In this post, I have tried to explain several benefits and uses of Ghee with the different methods it can be prepared.
Well folks, thats all. The year has passed with lots of ups and downs, with nothing extra special on the personal front happening. I hope and I wish the coming year will be better in terms of happiness, milestones and achievements. For me and for you all. Amen!