How many times have you been to a barbecue and been severely disappointed by the selection of store bought burgers and hot dogs with a bare minimum of condiments? It happens to me all the time. Since it’s 4th of July week, I’ve been thinking about barbecuing all week. Even though I love grilled vegetables,… Continue reading Kofta, Grilled Vegan “Meatballs”
Many of the ingredients and techniques in this recipe seem a little unusual. I mean, what the heck is a hyacinth bean? And what! You want me to use a pressure cooker? And, yes I’ll admit this does take a little time to make. But I know if you make it, you won’t be sorry! This mixed… Continue reading Mixed Veggie Casserole with Dumplings (Undhiyu)
Binda nu Shaak is a sauté of okra. This is a very simple, dry shaak. It has only five ingredients and is easy to make. As much as I love stuffed okra, this is my favorite bhinda nu shaak.
Ambitious young Indian, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), wants to resurrect his father’s dream of restoring a grand hotel in Jaipur (the capital of Rajasthan, India). His idea is to take this inherited property, which he calls with great enthusiasm “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, and make it a luxurious retirement destination.
I often think of eating warm corn on the cob or Bhutta as we call it in Hindi on cloudy, rainy days. I know it seems weird because here in America, we often associate corn on the cob with summer and barbecue. But in India, fresh corn becomes available in the rainy season. When the… Continue reading Bhutta: Indian Flame Grilled Corn
The sitar is by far the most well known Indian instrument in the west. And the reason for that is Ravi Shankar. In 1966 American folk rock band, the Byrds, released the song “Eight Miles High” with the B-side of “Why”. Both were influenced by the sitar playing of Ravi Shankar. Some consider “Eight Miles… Continue reading Ravi Shankar: Master Sitar Player
There is no vegetable quite like Okra (Bhendi in Hindi, Bhinda in Gujarati, also known as Lady’s Finger in English). My very favorite okra dish is a bharela bhinda nu shaak. Most people have strong opinions about the slimy vegetable – they either love it or hate it. If it isn’t obvious by the fact… Continue reading Stuffed Okra (Bharela Bhinda)
Growing up, my mom would often make pudla, savory gram flour pancakes, as a quick lunch or snack when we were in a rush. Pudla, or “besan chilla” in Hindi, are super quick because all you do is shred up pretty much any vegetable you have on hand like zucchini, carrots, beets, boiled potato, peas…trust me anything… Continue reading Pudla, Vegan Omelet with Cilantro Mint Chutney