Celebrating the History of Black History Month!

The month of February marks the starting of Black History Month, a recognized celebration that outlines the long-standing contributions of African Americans who have lived in this country and have fought and struggled for racial justice.

The celebration has become one of the most glorious cultural events on the calendar.

How did Black History Month Begin?

The whole idea sprung from the fact that Black history was taught from a white-centered perspective and did not do justice to the actual history.

Known as the Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson developed Black History Month. Born into a slave family – he is the second African American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University.

He founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History as he recognized and understood that the American education system did not offer sufficient information regarding the great achievements and accomplishments of African Americans.

The Negro History Week was thus proposed by Woodson in 1926. The idea was to showcase everything students learned in a school year about Black history.

Not until 1976, and during the peak of the civil rights movement, President Gerald Ford made the week-long celebration into a month-long one as Black History Month.

Why was February chosen for Black History Month?

Woodson selected the second week of February that coincided with the birthdays of two noted personalities, one being Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who escaped from slavery, and Abraham Lincoln who ended slavery.

It was essential as Woodson believed, that young African Americans began to understand and to be proud of their glorious cultural heritage.

We at Pandyanad are celebrating this cultural month by offering special dinner recipes and Black music to highlight the theme of Black History. Street food specialties from India join in with lavish spreads of culinary delights to make the celebrations even more spicy and varied.

Come celebrate with us this historical event with a dash of Indian food blends at our exclusive restaurant for an unforgettable culinary experience.

High Protein Indian Street Food Dishes to Try this February!

A lot of us love street food and its lip-smacking taste that can come at a low budget. Many times, when you are on a diet, you may prefer only protein-rich food.

To assist you to find out which could be the best and iconic Indian street food dishes with high-quality protein, we have listed them out here.

All these are hygienically prepared, are healthy, and have authentic Indian spices and ingredients from our kitchen.

So, here we go!

Paneer (Cottage Cheese) dishes:

Any dish which has paneer or cottage cheese as well-known in the U.S. will be high on protein. You can get many dishes containing this ingredient. Some of the commonly known and available on our menu are Paneer 65, Paneer Manchurian Dry, and Chili Paneer in our starter range.

For the main course, you can choose either a Kadai Paneer, Mutter Paneer, Paneer Makhni, Paneer Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, Paneer Jalfrazi, and Shahi Paneer.

Chicken Dishes

If you are ordering any chicken dish from our menu, it would be high on protein as well. We have a huge range of chicken specialties that you can pick from. Some of the popular starters being Chicken 65, Chicken Lollypop Dry, Chicken Pepper Fry, Chicken Sukka, Chili Chicken Dry, Manchurian Chicken Dry, Spl. Anjappar Chicken Dry with Cashew, and Tandoori Chicken.

When it comes to the main course, you can dig into any of these without much guilt – Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Shahi Korma, Kadaai Chicken, Saag Chicken, Spl. Anjappar Chicken Masala, Chettinad Chicken, and Chicken Curryhouse which is our specialty.

Whichever one of these Indian street food dishes you choose, they will help you boost your protein intake while ensuring the all-time yummy street-food factor is intact!

Get your Christmas party pumped-up with these amazing French Dip Square appetizers!

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When it is Christmas, more than the real meal, the appetizers take the show especially if you got drinks coming in. Try these amazing recipes and you will love making them each year!

French Dip Squares

For ingredients, you will need (8-oz.) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls, 4 tbsp. of butter, two medium-sized onions which are thinly sliced, sprigs fresh thyme, Kosher salt, black pepper ground fresh, 1/4 c. of whole-grain mustard, 1/2 pound of deli roast beef, sliced provolone, 1 tbsp. of chopped fresh parsley, one clove of garlic, 1 c. low-sodium beef broth, and 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce.

Once you got all these ingredients on your kitchen table, here are the steps to preparing the dish:


First preheat the oven to 350 degrees after greasing a baking dish of 9″-x-13″ with a cooking spray. Now you can place one of the unrolled cans of crescents on the prepared baking sheet and then pinch together the seams. Bake till the edges are light brown or golden in color till 12 minutes approximately. Then take it out and let it cool down.

Caramelize onions

Put two tablespoons of butter over medium heat, and add onion with 2 sprigs thyme, finally seasoning it with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally and cook the onions till they are soft and golden in color and continue cooking till they are soft as well as caramelized. Then remove them from the heat.

Building Squares

Now spread a layer of even mustard on the prepared crescent but do leave at least 1/2″ border along the edges. Then top up with a layer of roasted beef with another layer of provolone. Finally, top it with caramelized onions. After you’ve done this, just unroll the rest of the crescent rolls and place them on the onion layer.

Now you can just press the seam into the bottom crust to seal all the edges. Use one tablespoon of melted butter and brush it up all over the top of the crescent dough. Finally, sprinkle it with salt as well as parsley to give it a finishing touch.

Final Baking

It’s time to now bake the dough till it is golden and cooked well for about 35 minutes. If you see the dough browning too much, you can cover it with an aluminum foil. Once done, let it cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing them into squares.

During the time, the baking is in process, prepare au jus by melting the remaining one tablespoon butter in a small or medium skillet on medium heat. You can now stir it in garlic and keep cooking till it gives a fragrance.

Now add beef stock, along with Worcestershire sauce, and the rest of 2 sprigs thyme which is stripped from the stem. To finish it up, season it with salt and pepper, let it simmer for at least 10 minutes, or till it gets reduced a bit.

Now serve squares along with au jus as a dip.

Another Amazing Idea for a Thanksgiving dessert

Pies are of course the most prepared desserts during Thanksgiving. However, it may be a good idea to try another recipe this time that can offer special and new flavors to your guests this Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t you want to try that out?

Here is an amazing dessert that is an all-time favorite for Thanksgiving!

Apple Crumble is one of the traditional Thanksgiving desserts that tops up with cinnamon and nutmeg and it also does not take much time to make it.

Ingredients: You will need ingredients such as apples, brown sugar, nutmeg, rolled oats, salt, butter, almonds, and whipped cream.

Preparation Process:

  1. You can combine the apples with the apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl as per the proportion you are planning to make
  2. Then combine the oats with rest of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of salt
  3. Add the butter till it is as moist clumps and then add the almonds in the mixture
  4. After that divide the apples in 4 ramekins and add up the oatmeal-almond mixture
  5. Finally bake it in the oven (mid rack) for 25 minutes
  6. Check if your apples are hot, bubbling up and the crumble is browning up
  7. Let it cool down and serve it with a generous topping of whipped cream.

This mouth-watering recipe will get your guests drooling over, that’s for sure! So, go ahead and try it out!

Did you know the story behind 65 and which are popular 65 dishes?

Whenever you wish to try something different from a regular meal a hot, dry, and spicy starter with the 65 number comes to our mind. But do you know the reason for these dishes to have their name with the 65 number? These dishes hail essentially from the South of India and have a special flavor and spices from that region.

It is known that possibly these dishes contained 65 different ingredients and hence the name contained this number. Some others believe that the chef who prepared it first used 65 different chilies for every kilogram of chicken.

Although the most common dish known is Chicken 65 and is a favorite serve with alcoholic drinks, this recipe has become a common trend and other preparations such as Paneer 65, Fish 65, and more are also a hot favorite amongst the foodies.

Chicken 65

It is prepared by marinating it with chili, turmeric and coriander powder, curd, and salt for at least 4-5 hours. Then it is fried in hot oil after which it is taken out separately in a pan and stir-fried for 4-5 minutes with green chilies, ketchup, and curry leaves. Serve it hot with drinks and enjoy it with your friends over the weekend!

Paneer 65

This is a tasty vegetarian starter that is prepared with cottage cheese or paneer blended with spices, yogurt, and stir-fried with onions and curry leaves. It is a great dish even to have as a side dish with your regular meal.

Fish 65

It is a favorite for parties and amongst kids as well. The boneless fish is marinated with turmeric, salt, pepper, cumin powder, garam masala powder (a mix of spices), chili, lemon juice, ginger, and garlic paste. Then it is mixed with all-purpose flour, cornflour, and rice flour and fried for about 2 minutes. Served hot, you will love this dish any time of the evening or even at lunch.