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Happy Women’s Day!

Happy Women's Day

Happy Women’s Day to all you wonderful women!

Every year on Women’s Day, I send e-cards and flowers to the awesome women in my family. I wanted to do something different this year. I thought of putting together their personal favorite recipes in a post! What better way to honor and celebrate the lovely ladies in my family than that! Hope you enjoy and celebrate yourself today and always! Spice Cravings wishes you all a very Happy Women’s Day!


Instant Pot Carrot Halwa GajarHalwa

Carrot Halwa, Gajar Ka Halwa

My Mom: I have to start this post with the one who brought me into this world and helped me become the woman I am today. If you were to ask me for one dish that reminds me of my mom, I would say Carrot Halwa/ Gajar Ka Halwa.  It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, and flavored with cardamom and saffron.  Garnished with chopped almonds and cashews, this dish is the perfect comfort dessert for winters. Did I mention that my mom makes the world’s best Carrot Halwa 🙂


Instant pot Chicken Biryani- Garam Masala Kitchen

Chicken Biryani (Chicken and Rice Pilaf)


Homestyle Mutton Curry (Goat curry)

My Daughters: Both my daughters enjoy a wide variety of international cuisine. They enjoy anything and everything, from Sushi to BBQ Pork Ribs to Lasagna to a humble Lentils and rice. But if you ask them what their favorite dishes are, one would say Chicken Biryani, and the other one would say, Goat Curry.  My daughters are the reason I started this blog. It was meant to be online recipe book for them to follow. So, a big credit for Spice Cravings goes to my two little women!  Here are their favorite dishes. Chicken Biryani is a rice-based dish, like a Pilaf, which is made by steam-cooking rice with marinated chicken, with yogurt and warm spices.  Goat Curry, is an extremely popular curry from the Indian subcontinent, where mutton (goat-meat), is simmered in aromatics and a homemade yogurt sauce.


Butter Chicken- Authentic & Easy Murgh Makhani, Garam Masala Kitchen

Butter Chicken

My sister: My younger sister, is the Super Woman of our house 🙂 A successful entrepreneur and a wonderful mother. It always amazes me how she balances work and home so well. She’s always juggling so many hats on a regular basis, so a big salute to her for doing it so successfully! #Don’tKnowHowSheDoesit . She loves Butter Chicken! Actually, she loves the sauce more than the chicken. My mom makes the same recipe with Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) for her and she enjoys it just as much.  Butter Chicken is a popular north-Indian dish, where chicken is marinated with yogurt and Garam Masala. It’s grilled, and then it simmers in a tomato based curry, seasoned with warm Indian spices, and garnished with fresh heavy cream!


Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi Gravy

Master Curry Sauce

My Mother-in-law: This post wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to my mother-in-law, who taught me so many tricks and tips in the kitchen. One of those amazing short-cuts, is the Master Curry Sauce, which made life so much easier for me, especially when my kids were babies, and I had very little time to cook. Master Curry Sauce is a versatile Indian gravy that forms the base for so many awesome dishes in north-Indian cuisine. I always make a big batch of this sauce and pop some in the freezer for later use. It makes weeknight dinners a breeze. Simply defrost this sauce, add lentils, chicken or vegetables and pressure cook it. Dinner comes together in no time, with minimum effort!


Punjabi-Kadhi-chawal, yogurt curry with rice, instant pot

Kadhi Chawal, Yogurt curry with rice

Me: Last, but not the least, I want to join the celebration and include my favorite comfort food recipe too. Just like many of you, my average day is super packed, and I find myself juggling between work, kids commitments and home. But on days like today, I try my best to make time for myself, even if it is for quick coffee at one of my favorite coffee shops. And when I have more time to spare, I make comfort foods that I enjoy the most. On top of that list is Kadhi-Chawal, a tangy yogurt soup, seasoned with Indian spices and served with steamed Basmati rice. It’s a real treat for me!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it. Have a wonderful Women’s Day!

Easy White Chicken Chili

Turns out, Jon Snow was right- winter is here! It’s cold, rainy and windy outside, it sure feels like January! Many of us find comfort in warm and creamy soups in this weather. No wonder January is National Soup month in the US.   To celebrate, I bring to you, one of my all-time favorite, super easy to make, creamy and delicious, White Chicken Chili recipe.

This soup is part of my Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it series, because that’s all there is to it.  You dump all the ingredients in a pot and let it do it’s magic. The only work you have to do after that is figure out what toppings you want to put on it 🙂

White Chicken Chili Instant Pot Pressure Cooker by Spice Cravings. This White Chicken Chili soup is a simple Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it recipe. You dump all ingredients in an instant pot. You need frozen corn, chicken, a can of beans, stock (chicken or vegetable), and then any mix of veggies (peppers, carrots, fennel). #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

White Chicken Chili in an Instant Pot

To make this recipe even easier to make, I make it in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. Why? Coz I can dump everything in and finish some work in the meantime, without having to monitor anything.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

I make this soup a lot on sports nights. I set up the pot and then take my kids out for their classes.  By the time we are back, hot and piping dinner is waiting for us.  It’s a lifesaver recipe for times when I don’t have any fresh produce to work with. I always keep some frozen corn and chicken in the freezer. My pantry is always stocked with cans of beans, roasted red peppers (for the veg part) and stock (Chicken or Vegetable).

Customize with any Veggies or Beans

This recipes comes together very well without any fresh ingredients to add.  You can easily customize this recipe to your liking.  Switch up the vegetables.  You can add peppers, carrots, fennel, and, switch up the beans to Cannellini Beans or Pinto Beans too.

White Chicken Chili Instant Pot Pressure Cooker by Spice Cravings. This White Chicken Chili soup is a simple Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it recipe. You dump all ingredients in an instant pot. You need frozen corn, chicken, a can of beans, stock (chicken or vegetable), and then any mix of veggies (peppers, carrots, fennel). #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

How to make on the Stove Top

This recipe is very easy to make on the Stove top too. Simply dump everything in a large soup pot. Cover it, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer it for 12-15 minutes, or till chicken is tender enough to shred and the beans are nice and creamy. If you are converting this recipe for your stove top pressure cooker, I would cook it for 2 whistles, then reduce the heat to medium and cook it for 5 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes before opening the cooker.

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Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is the king of vegetarian dishes in the north-Indian cuisine. It’s hard to find an Indian restaurant around the world, which doesn’t feature this, or a variation of this classic. As the name suggests, it is the vegetarian alternative to ‘Chicken Tikka Masala‘, only more delicious!!

Instant pot paneer tikka masala is the vegetarian variation of Chicken Tikka Masala. Paneer cubes simmered in an onions and tomato curry, seasoned with toasted and ground garam masala and finished with a touch of heavy cream #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #tasty #indian #curry

There are many variations of this recipe. Dishes like Butter Paneer Masala, Paneer Makhani, Paneer Pasanda, Paneer Lababdar and so on. They are all variations of this recipe and have a similar flavor profile.

How to make Paneer Tikka Masala?

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