Savory Semolina Crepes with Potato Curry and Coconut Chutney Traditional dosa are made with a rice and lentil batter that needs to first be soaked overnight, then ground into a batter and then fermented overnight. Rava dosa is simpler because it doesn’t have to be fermented. I love the flavor and how easy they are… Continue reading Rava Masala Dosa
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)
There was a lone white cloud in the sky ahead of us. We watched it struggle against the heat of the sun, as it transformed from one shape to another. “A bird,” “An elephant,” “A frisbee,” Puja and I called out the shapes we saw as we watched it change. Each transformation threatened to obliterate… Continue reading Death Valley Road Trip and Spicy Trail Mix
Our dear friends M and V are expecting a little baby boy soon. We drove up to Redlands for their baby shower yesterday and had a great time playing baby shower games and catching up with friends from college that we don’t see often enough. Steve won a round of baby memory and I won… Continue reading Indian Style Boiled Peanuts
I fell in love with khandvi making when I was about six years old. I used to love helping my mom make these spicy garbanzo bean flour rolls. My mom would make large batches and I would help her spread out the dough into thin sheets all over the counters and tabletops. Then we’d roll… Continue reading Spicy Garbanzo Bean Flour Rolls (Khandvi)
These spicy potato fritters are one of my go to recipes when I’m cooking for a crowd. I made them recently for my birthday party. They are an easy to eat finger food and taste great served warm or at room temperature. There are two ways I like to make them: Mumbai style with garlic… Continue reading Batata Vada (Spicy Potato Fritters)
When I was in college I barely cooked. I lived with my brother who, especially back then, didn’t like to eat much. We pretty much lived on fast food and Doritos. But Upma was one of few things I did cooked back then, since it was fast, easy and one of the few things he… Continue reading Savory Cream of Wheat with Onions and Peas (Upma)
Steve and I went to a bluegrass jam and barbecue last weekend at a friend’s house. Steve’s been playing bluegrass guitar for a few months now. He’s always practicing around the house. And now it’s as if we’ve always been surrounded by bluegrass music. I’ve learned a whole bunch of songs and can sing them… Continue reading Mango Avocado and Corn Salsa
My last two posts were about chai masala and chai, so I thought I’d round it off with a post on Khari biscuits. Khari biscuits are simple puff pastry bites. They can also be made the way I like them, sprinkled with spices for extra flavor. They are perfect dippers for a cup of chai.
I have always loved the little vegetable patties known as tikki. Traditionally the most common ones are aloo tikki (potato patties). My mom is the tikki queen and makes many variations of them including some with paneer and greens.