In the 1940s, having already invented Butter Chicken, famous Indian chef Kundan Lal Gujral created Dal Makhani in New Delhi. He did it to bring the traditional Indian dal to world fame. Considering Dal Makhani is now sold in Costco, I’d say he succeeded. My earliest association with Dal Makhani is having it in fine… Continue reading Buttery Black Lentil Curry (Dal Makhani)
My grandma’s eggplant and potato curry or ringan batata nu shaak as we call it in Gujarati, was a staple in my house when I was growing up. My grandma made it often in the summer. I especially love it not only because it is super easy and really has a lot of flavor but… Continue reading Grandma’s Gujarati Style Eggplant and Potato Curry (Ringan Batata nu Shaak)
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.
My blogger friends Barbara Cooks and The Seaside Baker coordinated a challenge with Melissa’s Produce. Everyone who wanted to participate got a handful of ingredients in the mail from their farm. The challenge was to use 3 to 4 items from the box plus 2 to 3 items of your own choosing to create a… Continue reading Mixed Vegetable Curry Puffs
Cauliflower is by far the most cooked vegetable in our house. I roast it, steam it, fry it, mash it, pickle it, and even it eat it raw. I pretty much buy a cauliflower on every grocery store trip. There are so many different ways to eat cauliflower, it’s a super versatile vegetable. But of all the ways… Continue reading Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower with Cilantro Onion Chutney
Do you want to ensure you’ll have a happy and prosperous year? Then start off the new year with something sweet! In my family, and Indian culture in general, we start off all auspicious occasions with something sweet. And, seriously, what’s better than chocolate?
Ten years ago, tomorrow, I went to Las Vegas with a club I was in in college. It was my 21st birthday. Some of the group decided they wanted to go clubbing. The rest of us wanted to go to the big Oktoberfest event the hotel was having. They had a giant tent, huge beer… Continue reading Butter Paneer (Paneer Makhani)
Yesterday was day four of Navratri. We usually only have a small meal at home before we head out to dance since they will have food at the temple.
Whenever anyone asks me where they should go when they visit India, one place I like to suggest is McDonald’s. I usually get a confused expression looking back at me. “No, seriously,” I have to insist. The McDonald’s in India are so different from anywhere else in the world, they have to be experienced, especially… Continue reading When McDonald’s Came to India; Curried Potato Sliders
Palak Paneer is one of the most popular Indian dishes in the U.S. Spinach and cheese is such a classic combination, think of Spinach Florentine or even spinach artichoke dip which has a cheesy base. Personally, I don’t really like spinach even though I eat it pretty often. I have to dress it up with… Continue reading Palak Paneer (Spinach and cheese curry)
Eating healthy lunches just got a lot easier for me. Lunch is always such an issue. Over time Steve and I somehow accidentally divided up breakfast and dinner duties. But lunch isn’t so simple. Neither of us has claimed “lunch duty,” so it tends to get ignored until the second that I’m hungry. I am… Continue reading Healthy Curried Quinoa with Spinach and Avocado for Lunch
This is a very special blog post for us. Only a few days after celebrating our wedding anniversary, we now celebrate our One Year Anniversary with Indiaphile! As a celebration we are holding our first giveaway, but before we get to that, I want to share a few reflections on our blog.