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.
Happy Diwali! Today is one of India’s most celebrated and well-known holidays, Diwali – The Festival of Lights. Diwali goes on for five days. It is a celebration of the triumph of Light over Dark, Good over Evil. On the lunar calendar, it begins on the day of the new moon, when the waning moon… Continue reading Walnut Bars (Burfi) for Diwali
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
These Masala Cheese Toast Sandwiches are a simple combination of boiled potato, cilantro chutney and cheese on bread. There is a delicate crunch to the bread, with a soft interior of savory potato, and just the right amount of gooey cheese. These masala sandwiches are served with sweet and tangy ketchup and a spicy cilantro… Continue reading Potato Sandwiches: Masala Cheese Toast Sandwich
When I opened our CSA box this month the first thing I saw was a huge bunch of green– carrot greens. I normally throw out carrot greens because you pretty much have to use them right away or they dry up and become useless, but with all of these greens I knew I couldn’t let… Continue reading Carrot Bhajias (Carrot Fritters)
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
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.
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.
Kichidi and chaas is my all-time favorite comfort food. My mom used to make kichidi for me whenever I felt a little under the weather. The combination of steaming hot rice and lentils with a cold glass of chaas always made me feel better. Chaas is a simple combination of yogurt, salt, water and cumin.… Continue reading Rice and Lentils with Yogurt Drink (Kichdi Chaas)
If you could tell the history of rice pilaf, you could tell the history of the world to at least as far back as Alexander the Great. It’s a dish that is ubiquitous across most of the world’s cuisines. This is probably because it is such a great dish for large gatherings. To make a… Continue reading Pulao Recipe (Indian Rice Pilaf)
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)
One of the things I miss most about living in Mumbai is the pav bhaji. It was one of the foods I ate so regularly when I lived there. You can get great pav bhaji on the streets of Mumbai anytime you want. I know many people who make pav bhaji at home, and sadly,… Continue reading Pav Bhaji, A Quintessential Bombay Street Food