Ginger Chai Spice Cookies

Cookies are my favorite thing about the holidays. I love to bake them and share them with friends and family. This year I almost didn’t get around to the holiday baking though. Since we spend Thanksgiving and the two following weeks in India, it didn’t even feel like the holidays to me.

Slow Cooker Masoor Dal

Slow Cooker Masoor Dal

This masoor dal is so easy to make. Simply, throw some lentils, water and spices in the slow cooker, put on the lid and forget about it for several hours. There is no chopping vegetables or sauteeing onions. No fuss! Then, when you’re ready to eat, pour over the fragrant “vaghaar” by heating some ghee… Continue reading Slow Cooker Masoor Dal

Pineapple Lentil Soup

Spicy Pineapple Lentil Recipe

One of our biggest goals with Indiaphile is to take the mystery out of cooking Indian food. Despite the long, complex history of Indian food, most dishes are no more complicated to make than western dishes. A dosa is no more difficult to make than a pancake. The multitude of vegetable dishes, shaaks as we… Continue reading Spicy Pineapple Lentil Recipe

Fresno Farm Tour and Recipe for Red Chili Pickle

I have a special place in my heart for farms. I spent many of my childhood summers surrounded by mango orchards and farm land. My brother and I would wander through the farm for hours with our dog, Shimbo. We spent hours inventing games, naming trees and including our favorite trees in our games.

Potato Curry - This potato curry is ready in minutes using either a pressure cooker or instant pot

Pressure Cooker Potato Curry (Batata nu Shaak) Recipe

When people come over to my house for Indian food for the first time, I often serve Potato Shaak. I like it because it is so representative of the flavors of Indian cooking, and it just feels like a homestyle meal.

Dry bhel - An Indian street food favorite with puffed rice, sev, red onions and more

Dry Bhel (Sukhi Bhel)

The best way to travel in India has to be by train. The one positive thing everyone can agree British Colonialism did for India was building the extensive railway system in the second half of the 19th century. The Indian Railway runs over 10,000 trains everyday. Express trains that go over long distances are nothing… Continue reading Dry Bhel (Sukhi Bhel)