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Friendship Day-Jai-veerus of the food world!

Friendship! There are a lot of definitions of this one particular word and everyone has their own philosophy. We all need a true friend in our lives and not to forget, this relationship is just irreplaceable. A partner in crime, a friend who understands you, supports you, cheers you up when you’re down and hits you with honesty when you least expect it – you need a companion who stands by you till the end. While growing up, we have seen many jodis in Bollywood who have perfectly defined ‘friendship’ and celebrated this bond in the most unique ways – right from the 90s with  Jai-Veeru from Sholay to the most recent Sanju-Kamli from Sanju! Yes, friendship is not just about good and bad times. It’s also about the sacrifices, support, bond and unconditional love shared between individuals, as rightly said in one of the latest Bollywood blockbusters – pyaar mein junoon hai par dosti mein sukoon hai! Don’t you feel ‘relaxed’ when you are with your best friend?

Since, today is the day to celebrate this bond, we thought of making it extra-special. We’re going to talk about the jai-veerus of the culinary world, the jodis which are inseparable and one of a kind! We have hand-picked some popular Indian food duos that are just one thing, ‘the best’ and absolutely perfect to enjoy Friendship Day with your bestie. We can’t really think about one of these at a time, the other one always tags along! Read on…



Biryani accompanied with raita or salan is one of the most loved pairings in our cuisine. One of India’s most popular and royal biryani has an accompaniment that goes best with it – the super flavourful garlic raita, fondly known as Burani Raita and Mirchi ka Salan, in the typical Hyderabadi style. Don’t you want to try it right away?






One thing best about desi combinations is the ability to pair gravy with rice and turn it into an extraordinarily comforting meal. Two of the all-time favourite pairings for every true blue Indian would be Chawal with Rajma or Kadhi. My all time-favourite too! Lunch ho ya dinner, I can’t say no to this ultimate duo! Can you? 




Puran Poli/Jalebi-Milk

If you’re in Maharashtra, you cannot just miss on this popular sweet snack, the much celebrated Puran Poli. And besides ghee being drizzled on it in copious amounts while serving, the next best thing to pair it up with is milk. Apart from this, did you know that Doodh-jalebi is also a popular ‘thing’ especially in North India that will absolutely blow your mind? Try them today!




Gulab Jamun-Vanilla Ice Cream

Aren’t you salivating already? I’m sure you are! You might have thought that gulab jamuns are already a bliss, until you tried it with the popular vanilla ice-cream. This is the best of both the worlds and absolutely heavenly. Aaj toh try banta hai!




Luchi-Aloo Dum

Just like every region in India, Bengalis are crazy about their food too. Their version of puri is the luchi, made with refined flour. The most traditional way to savour it is with the delicately flavoured potato sabzi called Aloo Dum. Try it to find out what makes it so special.





This ally is a famous one from South Indian and has comforted us for ages. Stews are said to be the ultimate food for cold and rainy weather. So, the perfect time to indulge in it is now! Pair it with the South-Indian pancakes called Appams and enjoy it like never before. If not appams, the next best thing to pair it is with steamed rice.





Life is all about celebrating and bonding over great food, and after you have filled yourself up with dher-saara khana, it’s time to shower dher-saara pyaar on your friend. So, sing along, ‘ye dosti hum nahi todenge, todenge dum magar tera saath na chorenge!’


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.