My Grandma’s Gujarati Dal

Gujarati Dal - the flavors of this are a delicate balance of spicy, sweet and sour.

Dal was a big part of my childhood. Pretty much every time my grandma cooked for us, there was dal. And she cooked for us a lot. Her dal was different than my mom’s. While mom’s was spicy and comforting, grandma’s dal had a whole different flavor profile. Grandma’s dal was sweet and spicy and tangy all at the same time.

Cucumber Raita, An Easy Indian Side Dish

Cucumber Raita - a super easy and quick side dish with a punch of flavor from freshly toasted cumin seeds, herbs and chili.

Cucumber Raita is one of the quintessential side dishes in Indian cooking. It is ever present on restaurant menus and equally so in homes across India. There are many variations of raita in Indian cuisine. In general, raita is made up of a combination of yogurt and cucumbers, beets, onion, pineapple or boondi. But even a cucumber raita will vary by region and then even by the cook making the dish.


How to Make Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi recipe by

Chicken Jalfrezi is such a delicious chicken curry that it’s hard to believe it’s a leftover chicken recipe dating back over a hundred years. Ever wondered what to do with that left over rotisserie chicken or the extra chicken breasts you cooked for dinner yesterday? Take a note from the British Raj and make chicken jalfrezi!


Cardamom Tea Shortbread

Cardamom Tea Shortbread Cookies recipe by

It’s no secret that I love chai. Recently, the head of Learning and Development was visiting from my company’s headquarters in London. He hosted a series of workshops and seminars for our LA and San Diego staff. One of those was a session on presentations. He asked us to come prepared with a short two minute presentation on a topic of our choice.

Mung Dal with Turmeric and Shallots

Moong Dal with Turmeric and Shallots recipe by

The wind is howling away like I’ve never before heard in San Diego as I write this post. The hissing sound, so similar to Cinny’s when she’s pissed off at the dog, is incredible distracting. I thought I was going to blow away when I went to walk the dog this evening. I huddled into my jacket as I urged her to finish her business so we could be back in the cozy warmth of our home. She had other plans (more…)

Mississippi Delta Infusion

Mississippi Delta Infusion Cocktail

Fellow bloggers, Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach of This Girl Walks into a Bar, reached out and asked if we’d help get the word out about their new book. I knew right away that I wanted to help because I attended one of their cocktail workshops at The Big Potluck last year and thought they were great. I knew that their book had to be just as good and I wanted to support them right away. (more…)

Grandma’s Gujarati Style Eggplant and Potato Curry (Ringan Batata nu Shaak)

Eggplant and Potato Shaak recipe by

My grandma often talks about wedding season in Nadiad, the town in Gujarat where she grew up. The 1920s and 30s were a time when everything was done by hand and meals were cooked at home from scratch – even for weddings. When a neighborhood wedding came around, all the women in the neighborhood got together and cooked endless amounts of food in massive copper pots. A wedding feast wasn’t just one meal, mind you, it was 5 days of festivities and all of the meals were cooked at home. (more…)

Savory Zucchini Pancakes with Sesame Seeds

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Cinny, our cat, gave us a couple of heart attacks this week. It’s been pretty warm in San Diego and since we don’t have an AC in our apartment, we’ve been leaving the doors open – of course our screen doors were closed, or so we thought! We search around the house in a panic and there is no sign of Cinny. Finally we shook her treats and just made a ton of noise. We hoped she was hungry for treats. Soon we hear a meow from outside the front door. Mind you this is an exclusively indoor cat. The only outdoor time she’s ever had in the entire decade she’s been alive has been on a balcony. (more…)

No-Churn Mango Swirl Ice Cream

Mango Swirl Ice Cream

We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately with Indiaphile, but I’m always thinking about posting. But it was this recipe for No-Churn Mango Swirl Ice Cream that got me really excited to post again. It uses condensed milk and whipping cream to create a rich base and the classic mango rus or pulp to give it that extra flavor of mango. (more…)

Paneer and Caramelized Onion Rustic Pie


When I was in my late teens, I worked for a bakery in downtown Disney. The bakery sold a caramelized onion and feta tart that was simply divine. That job did not work out for me and I quit within a month, but I never forgot the taste of that tart. I tried to look up recipes for a similar tart but most of the online versions didn’t taste the same. I made some with egg  and that wasn’t right. I knew that what I wanted was a lot simpler than that.

Holi the Festival of Colors


This weekend I celebrated Holi in the US for the first time. You know how there are those things that you always want to do but somehow it just never works out? For years I’ve completely missed Holi, each time realizing days later that I had overlooked it yet again! This year, I was thrilled to be able to smear color all over Steve’s face and cover his hair in patches of green and yellow! (more…)

Jeera Chicken Wings (Cumin Chicken Wings)

Cumin Chicken Wings recipe by

The Super Bowl is coming up already. That means it’s about time for one of my favorite things… Chicken Wings!

I went to lunch with a couple of my co-workers on Friday and the conversation eventually ended up at football, as it so often does. They started talking about their Super Bowl plans and I, oblivious as always about the game, asked when is it and who’s playing? My silly question got me laughed at pretty hard because it is only a week away. How could I not know know is playing?