Relish a Heavenly Food Spread This Eid; Try These and Other Recipes from ‘Desi Delicacies’ on Audible!

Desi Delicacies
Relish a Heavenly Food Spread This Eid; Try These and Other Recipes from ‘Desi Delicacies’ on Audible!

Looking to indulge in new and tantalizing flavors this Eid? Yearning for dishes that will truly awaken your taste buds? Look no further! ‘Desi Delicacies‘ on Audible is an anthology of food writing that explores the rich history and culture of Muslim South Asian kitchens. Written by Claire Chambers, this collection features essays, stories, and recipes from renowned writers, historians, and chefs. Discover the transformative power of South Asian kitchens in the audiobook with these 3 appetizing dishes for you to embark on a culinary adventure this Eid. Follow these recipes and savor the burst of flavors with your family and friends!

Tehsildari Korma


  • 500 gm mutton
  • 2 onions (fried, then ground to a paste)
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ th cup yogurt
  • ¼ th cup cream
  • 2 tbsp khoya, grated (you may use ricotta if khoya is unavailable)
  • ¼ th cup condensed milk
  • ½ ltr of milk reduced to 1/4th by boiling
  • Pinch of nutmeg powder
  • Pinch of maize powder
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder or to taste
  • 11/2 tsp of salt or to taste
  • 4 tbsp oil


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the onion paste. Fry for 5 to 6 minutes till it turns golden brown.
  2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Now add the mutton pieces and saute for 8 to 10 minutes on medium flame.
  4. Beat the yogurt with a spoon and add to the pan. Stir immediately.
  5. Then one by one add the red chili powder, salt, cream, khoya, and condensed milk. Mix well and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  6. Add half a cup of water. Cover and cook on a low flame for 20 to 30 minutes till the mutton is completely cooked. 
  7. Once the mutton gets cooked, sprinkle the nutmeg powder and maize powder over it.
  8. Switch off the flame and serve.

Vegetarian Bun Kebab


  • ½ kg potatoes (peeled and boiled)
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Lettuce leaves and tomatoes, for garnish
  • 100 gm of yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried mint leaves
  • 1/4th tsp garlic paste


  1. In a bowl, mash the peeled and boiled potatoes together with the chopped red onions, white onion, green chili, salt, lemon juice, ground coriander and half the garam masala.
  2. Now make burger patties sized cakes or kebabs out of the mixture.
  3. Beat the eggs and dip these potato cakes in it. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry these cakes. Flip in the middle so you heat on each side until golden brown. Take them out and place them on a plate.
  4. For the yogurt dip, in a bowl, add the yogurt, salt, mint, the other half of the garam masala, and the garlic paste. Mix well.
  5. Spread some mayonnaise on one side of the potato kebab and on top, layer the sliced tomato and sliced lettuce. Cover it with the burger buns, and serve with 1 tbsp of yogurt mixture at the side of the plate for dipping.

Sweet Rice Zarda with Orange Peels


  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • ¼ th tsp orange food coloring
  • 2 tsp grated or julienned orange zest
  • 4 to 6 whole cardamoms 
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp double cream
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds


  1. Cover the rice with water in a bowl and leave to soak for about an hour before draining off the water.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of five cups of water to boil. Then add the food coloring and half the cardamom pods. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat, and cover and simmer until this is tender (about 20 minutes).
  3. Fry the remaining cardamom pods in oil in another large pan over a low heat for 2 minutes. Then, stir in the cooked and drained rice along with the sugar.
  4. Cover the pan and cook for five minutes. 
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream, raisins, walnuts, almonds, and orange zest. Serve immediately.

This Eid, unleash your cooking superpowers with these recipes…but wait, there is more! Explore ‘Desi Delicacies‘ on Audible for other such fantastic dishes intertwined with stories from renowned personalities across Muslim South Asian nations. Happy feasting!


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