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… Continue reading Mung Dal with Turmeric and Shallots
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
The wind was still blowing violently in the morning when we set out for home after our Mt. Whitney and Death Valley trip. It was early in the morning and our attempt at finding breakfast was unsuccessful as the only cafe in town hadn’t opened yet. We decided we would find breakfast along the way.… Continue reading Date Halwa (Khajur no Halvo) and Our Visit to a Date Farm
Pujas are a routine part of life in India. A puja is ceremonial prayer ritual performed to honor a deity, or to spiritually celebrate an event (so now you know what my name means).
It’s national pistachio day! How exciting is that? Pistachios are wind pollinated as opposed to bee pollinated. Did you know that it take only one male tree to pollinate up to 30 female trees?
It’s almost time for Uttrayan (the kite festival). Last year I wrote all about my childhood memories of kite fighting during the festival. Flying kites isn’t as fun without the sport of the fighting. But I still like to think about those wonderful days spent on rooftops with my dad and brother, flying kites, battling… Continue reading Amaranth Brittle (Rajgira ni Chikki)
A couple of weeks ago Steve and I went up to Los Angeles for a Halloween party my brother and his friends threw. While we were up there we visited Steve’s grandfather in Pasadena. Down the street from him we noticed a garage sale going on. As food bloggers, we’re always on the lookout for… Continue reading Indian Spiced Baked Mini Apples
I was lucky enough to have spent part of my childhood on a mango farm where my family grew the prized Alphonso mango. As kids we would ride around the farm on a bullock cart (ox cart) and stockpile mangoes for later. When we were older, my brother and I would spend all day running… Continue reading Mango Rus (Keri no Rus)
January 14th is one of the most exciting days of the year in many parts of India, especially Gujarat. Growing up, my brother and I looked forward to it every year. It’s the day of the Kite Festival. The Kite Festival in India is not the peaceful event you may be picturing. In India, flying kites… Continue reading Kite Wars and Puffed Rice Brittle (Chikki) Recipe
For me, jalebi is one sweet that instantly triggers deep feelings of nostalgia. I grew up always eating them to celebrate our parents wedding anniversary. Steve and I had some delicious apple jalebi for my birthday one year at Rasika in Washington DC. We also served jalebi at our Mehndi Party (a pre-wedding celebration where… Continue reading Celebrating the New Year with Rhubarb Jalebi in Cardamom Syrup
One of my favorite Indian desserts is Malpuda with Rabri and it is perfect for the big Diwali dinner. When I was a kid living in India, I always wanted to bake cakes for desserts. That was a challenge because we didn’t have an oven. My mom used to borrow an old-fashioned baking contraption from… Continue reading Ricotta Pancakes with Condensed Milk (Malpuda and Rabri)
Diwali is one of India’s most important festivals. Diwali means “festival of lights” and lasts five days. It was always the best time of the year while I was growing up in India. For Gujarati’s like me, Diwali is our New Year’s Eve. (Everyone celebrates Diwali, but it’s only New Years for us Gujus. India… Continue reading Celebrating Diwali with Homemade Hand-Pies (Ghoogra)