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Turkey Bhoona Recipe

Turkey Bhuna

Ever been stuck with leftovers and no inspiration but the turkey sandwich? Indian food doesn’t have to be hard to make and our leftover turkey recipe is just the example of home Indian cooking you’ve been looking for.

Turkey Bhoona (serves 2)

250gm left over shredded turkey

2 chopped onions (medium size)

1 chopped tomato (medium size)

2tbs cooking oil

½ tsp garlic paste

½ tsp ginger paste

½ tsp chili powder

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp cumin powder

¼ tsp ground white pepper

1 tsp ground coriander

1tsp paprika powder

½ tsp garam masala powder

2-3 green chilies, chopped (to taste)

50ml water

Salt to taste

Freshly chopped coriander for garnish

1. Heat the pan and pour in the oil. Add chopped garlic when the oil is hot and add the chopped onion when the garlic is brown. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until the oil comes out of the onion and is clear. Then add the green chilies and chopped tomatoes with a little salt and stir. Place all the ground spices in a small bowl, add a little water and mix it into a paste. Add the paste to the onion and stir well ensuring it doesn’t set at the bottom. Add the leftover turkey and stir for a few minutes to mix well. Finally, add around 50ml water and cook on low heat keeping it covered for about 5-7mins. Keep stirring from time to time to ensure it doesn’t settle at the bottom.

2. Simmer on low heat until the turkey is well covered by the spices.

3. Remove from heat and sprinkle the chopped coriander.

4. Serve with either rice, naan bread or as a spicy sandwich filler.


Bon Appetite!

Lucknawi Biryani History And Authentic Recipe

The very mention of Lucknow, which is also known as Awadh, brings to mind the tradition of “pehle app” (after you) , the language dripping with politeness and the lifestyle of the nawabs. But what appeals most is the cuisine of Awadh famous for it high standards of gastronomic etiquette still preserved in the current aristocracy and the famous “bawarchis” (cooks) who with perserverance and tremendous discipline continue to follow traditional style of cooking , handed down to them by their ancestors . The Bawarchis NEVER compromised on the quality. Their regular experimentation in the royal kitchens gave the Awadhi cuisine a new height of finesse and dimension.

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah , the last Nawab of Awadh , was a great lover of art, culture and cuisine . It was during his period that several “bawarchkhanas ” (kitchens) flourished owing to the high degree of culiniay skills of the cooks who competed with each other to cook the exquisite delicacies , to their master’s desire and liking. The Rakabdars (Gourmet Cooks) laid out Dastarkhwan,a Persian term, meaning an elaborately laid-out ceremonial dining spread. It is customary in Awadh to sit around and share the Dastarkhwan.

The richness of Awadhi cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also is the ingredients used in creating such a variety. The Chefs of Awadh transformed the traditional dastarkhwan with elaborate dishes like kababs, biriyanis, kormas, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis, and parathas.

The most frequent method used in Awadhi cooking is the “Dum Pukht” Dum means to breath in and Pukht stands for to cook. The Dum Pukht involves placing semi cooked ingredients in a traditional “Degh” or “Handi” (cooking pots) sealed with dough to trap the steam . It is then slow cooked over glowing charcoal fire to simmer in its own juices until tender and delicious.

The essence of Dum cuisine is the excellent aroma, fragrance, flavour and texture developed during the slow cooking process , thus imparting a unique and distinctive character.

Zari brings you the true essence of this magnificent cuisine for you to try out . Our chef Parveen who specialises in the Awdhi Cuisine has three generation of his family who have mastered the art of Awadhi Cuisne.

We are giving away one of the best kept secret of Zari in the form of a Dum Pukht Briyani recipe for you to try at home! Enjoy the cooking!!!

Lucknawi Biryani

Lucknawi Biryani

How to prepare the famous Lucknawi Biryani in the authentic style

Recipe for two persons

Step 1 Chicken Preparation

Ingredients for the chicken preparation

2 medium size onion finely chopped

1 stick cinnamon

2 medium size bay leaves

3 green cardamom

3 cloves

1 piece of mace

½ star anise

200gms plain yogurt

40gms ghee

250gms Chicken (on the bone or boneless in small pieces, preferably on the bone as it taste much better)

2tsp ginger garlic paste

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp coriander powder

½ tsp cumin powder

½ tsp salt



1. Heat a medium-size pan on low to medium heat, add the ghee. Once the ghee has melted add the whole spices (the cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, mace and star anise) and stir for a couple of minutes or until they are roasted in the ghee.

2. Add the finely chopped onions and salt and stir until the onion is golden brown in colour. Add the ginger garlic paste and cook for about ½ a minute.

3 Add the ground spices (turmeric, chilli, coriander, cumin powders) and stir for a few minutes to cook the spices and making sure not to burn the spices. Add the yogurt to the onion and mix well. Make sure to stir regularly to stop it from burning and settling at the bottom of the pan.

4. Add the chicken and cook for 15 -20 minutes, stirring regularly. Set aside the cooked chicken.