Staples of Indian Cuisine

Naan pic

Naan
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An experienced real estate professional and designer, Sat Parkash Sharma serves as president of Leverich Design Studio, an interior and architectural design consulting agency based in Jackson Heights, New York. In his spare time, Sat Parkash Sharma enjoys cooking and eating South Asian cuisine.

South Asian cuisine comprises the indigenous food of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. One of the more popular South Asian cuisines among Western cultures, Indian food is famous for many well-known staples, including:

Naan, a leavened bread that is flat and baked in a tandoor, or traditional clay oven. Naan is typically accompanied by curry.
Butter chicken, a saucy dish consisting of tomato puree, spices, butter, and chicken that has been marinated in yogurt.
Tandoori chicken, another popular chicken dish using a yogurt marinade and cooked in a tandoor with tandoori masala.
Palak paneer, a North Indian dish made by cooking spinach and cheese in a vegetarian curry sauce.
Lassi, a creamy, yogurt-infused drink blended with cumin and fruit.

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Can’t-Miss Songs of Manna Dey

Manna Dey pic

Manna Dey
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Over the last year, Mr. Sat Parkash Sharma has overseen a wide range of interior and architectural design projects as president of the New York-based Leverich Design Studio. When he is not serving the community of Jackson Heights, New York, Mr. Sat Parkash Sharma frequently listens to the music of Manna Dey.

Born Prabodh Chandra Dey, Manna Dey was one of the most prominent playback singers in the Bengali and Hindi film industries. Experienced in the Hindustani classical musical style, he sang over 3,500 songs throughout his career and earned numerous accolades for his work. Here are a few of Manna Dey’s most popular songs:

“Tu Pyar Ka Sagar Hain”
Dey provided the singing voice for this piece from the classic Bollywood film Seema. Full of emotion and spirit, this piece appears in a scene between an orphanage manager and one of his employees.

“Ek Chatur Naar Karke Singar”
In partnership with singer Kishore Kumar, Dey performed the widely recognized “Ek Chatur Naar Karke Singar” for a scene in Padosan. Partly improvised, this piece became popular for its comedic, playful tone.

“Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi”
Featured in the 1956 film Chori Chori, “Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi” is a famous duet from Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. Unlike the film’s other fast-paced songs, this piece was slower and more melodic.