Punjab Kushti / Wrestling
Punjabi Dishes
The Punjabis are known for their rich foods. Predominantly wheat eating people, the Punjabis cook rice only on special occasions. Nans and parathas, rotis made of corn flour (makke di roti) are their typical breads. Milk and its products in the form of malai (cream), paneer (cottage cheese), butter and curds are always used with almost every Punjabi meal. The main masala in Punjabi dish consists of onion, garlic, ginger and a lot of tomatoes fried in pure ghee. Spices like coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, red chili powder, turmeric and mustard are regularly used. Chicken especially 'Tandoori Chicken' is a favourite with non-vegetarians as paneer is in the vegetarian Punjabi menu. Mah ki Dal, Sarson Ka Saag, meat curry like Roghan Josh and stuffed parathas can be found in no other state except Punjab.


Non -Vegetrian

Sweet Dishes

Aloo Methi
Aloo Mutter
Aloo Tikki
Dal Makhani
Keema Rajma
Makki Di Roti
Mutter Paneer
Navratan Kurma
Palak Paneer
Palak Makkai Malai
Paneer Amritasari
Pista Lassi
Sarson Ka Saag
Stuffed Bhatura
Sukhi Channa Dal
Vegetable Pulao

Asian Chicken
Butter Chicken
Beseni Murgh
Chicken Tikkas
Chicken Dilruba
Chaamp Masala (Lamb Chops Masala)
Chicken Curry with Tomatoes (Murgha Kari)
Chicken Jalfarezi
Chicken Biryani
Chicken Sag Recipe
Egg Korma
Fried Chicken Tikkas
Paneer Anda
Tandoori Chicken

Atte Ka Seera
Badam Ka Seera
Carrot Halwa
Dal Ka Seera
Gulab Jamoon
Kaju Barfi
Kaju Katli
Mava Burfi
Malai Ladoo
Motichoor Ladoo
Patisa (Son Papdi)
Sujji Halwa



2 cups urad dal
3 cups sugar
300 ml. water
saffron colour
1/2 tsp. cardomom ground
500 gms. ghee to fry


Soak urad dal overnight in plenty of water.

Wash and drain. Grind to fine thick batter. Put water little by little.

Add colour and mix very well.

If using a mixie, beat the dal well by hand till fluffy after grinding.

Keep aside for 3 hours. More is weather is cold.

Make 1 tar sugar syrup as shown in introduction.

Add cardomom powder to syrup.

Using either an imarti bottle (with nozzle) or cloth as shown in note, form imartis in the hot ghee. Lower flame and allow to crisp turning once.

Remove from ghee, drain and dip in hot syrup.

Soak for 3-4 minutes, drain and serve.

Repeat for remaining batter.

Make 4-5 imartis at a time, depending on size of frying pan.


Use a flat bottomed frying pan.
The imarti bottle can be substituted with a soft plastic sauce bottle with a nozzle.
If not available, take a 12"x 12" thick cloth, make a buttonhole type hole in centre.
Place over a tumbler and pour in some batter.
Hold like a pouch and press out imartis like icing.
Shape the imartis as follows, make a ring first, then form small ringlets all along the ring.
Till you come to the start.

Making time: 1 hour (excluding soaking and keeping time)
Makes: 20 imartis
Shelflife: (1) Keep unsoaked in syrup for a day. (2) Soak in syrup as required.