For a lightly sweet, fragrant afternoon treat that can also serve as a mealtime dish, try Narali Bhat, or coconut sweet rice. Impress your friends by making Narali Bhat for your next potluck. This is a celebration food for a reason! The sweet, fragrant rice is an easy Instant Pot dish that can also be… Continue reading Narali Bhat | Instant Pot Coconut Sweet Rice
Diwali is just around the corner, and the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Diwali is always Ghughra. Ghughra are India’s version of a sweet hand-pie. The version here is a very Gujarati version, made with a sweetened nut filling. Other names for ghughra are ghooghra, karanji (maharastrian), kajji kay alu… Continue reading Ghughra
Goan Coconut Dal, Goan Varan, or simply Goan Dal, is a simple but flavorful dal from the tropical state of Goa. “Varan” is the word for dal in Marathi and Konkani, the language of Goa. Goan Coconut Dal is often part of the food cooked for Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh’s birthday celebration. During Ganesh Chaturthi, people… Continue reading Goan Coconut Dal
A few days ago I was talking to my mom and she mentioned that the past few days had felt like living in India. She is totally right, it’s rained so much that it almost felt like the monsoons. Non-stop all-day long rain is so very rare in Southern California. I love the rain though.… Continue reading Coconut Chai Hot Chocolate
I love this particular recipe that combines okra with coconut not only because it tastes great but also because it requires very little prep time and is ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish. Yesterday was day four of Navratri. We usually only have a small meal at home before we head out… Continue reading Stir-Fried Okra with Coconut (Bhinda Copra nu shaak)
The hot toddy is believed to have gotten it’s name from the Indian tadi. It is said that the British added spices to liquor to recreate the flavors of the tadi. What’s a tadi you ask? Tadi is a fermented drink made out of the sap of a toddy palm (I think it can also… Continue reading Hot Toddy!
Ghughras (Gujia or Karanji in Hindi) are an essential Diwali treat for Gujus. To celebrate this festival, my mom always went all out. She made a variety of different snack foods at home and ordered others from specialty sweet and snack shops. There were many different sweets and snacks, but Ghugras were the one treat… Continue reading Ghughras: A Diwali Sweet (Gujia)