The Hundred Foot Journey captures the rise of Indian influence in the world’s culture. When an Indian family opens a restaurant across the street from her Michelin-starred restaurant in a village in France, Madam Mallory (Helen Mirren) disdainfully dismisses the food of these invaders– it’s much too spicy, she says.
Puja taught me how to cook basmati rice many years ago but I was never completely happy with it because whenever we would go out to a restaurant the rice seemed so much better to me. It was a problem that lingered with me for years until I finally decided to sit down and figure… Continue reading How to Make Restaurant Perfect Basmati Rice at Home
Although many people probably haven’t heard of it, Fenugreek (known as methi in Hindi) is a very common ingredient in Indian food. Fenugreek imparts a very characteristic savory flavor that is slightly bitter but very delicious. Fenugreek doesn’t really taste a lot like maple, but it is used by many companies to give artificial maple… Continue reading Sweet Potato Fenugreek Saute (Shakariya Methi nu Shaak)
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.
When it’s gloomy outside or I’m feeling low, I often make kadhi. It never fails to make me feel better. Yesterday was a super busy day and I came home pretty tired. All I wanted to do was put my legs up and sit on the couch with a steaming bowl of kadhi and rice…and… Continue reading My Ultimate Comfort Food: Yogurt and Garbanzo Bean Flour Gravy (Kadhi)
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.
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
Malai Kofta is a common indian dish made by frying balls of potato and paneer, then drenching them in a tomato cream sauce. I came across a variation a few years ago, made with cabbage instead of potato and paneer. The original recipe for Cabbage Kofta is at Married to a Desi, a wonderful food… Continue reading Cabbage Kofta
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)
I love chicken biryani. But I don’t love how long it takes to make a chicken biryani. All that marinading and browning the chicken in small batches and then steaming it with the rice for a long time, I only have the patience for that a couple times a year. Besides, I try to avoid animal protein.
I turned 30 on Monday. All my life, I had thought of 30 as being the magical number that suddenly makes you old. Of course, nothing is farther from the truth. I am healthier than I’ve ever been, really enjoying life and feeling great. So bring on the aging! I look forward to it! To… Continue reading Garam Masala Hobo Packets for Camping
In the last three weeks, I’ve made 4 pizzas from scratch, eaten countless frozen Trader Joe’s pizzas, been to Oggi’s twice for pizza and beer, had Round Table at my in-law’s and had Little Caesars for a lazy dinner. Wow! I’m a little shocked at my pizza consumption after seeing it all together in one… Continue reading Tandoori Paneer Pizza