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.
I love hearty one pot meals. But for some reason, I don’t make them often enough. The first chicken tagine I made, was a recipe from epicurious that I made a few years back exactly as written. It came out great but what I really love about it is the technique.
June is a big anniversary month for Steve and I. We got married two years ago, on June 4th, and started Indiaphile one year ago on June 10th. From the very beginning we’ve been talking about putting up a post about our wedding and I think now is the perfect month to finally get around… Continue reading All About our Indian Inspired Wedding Ceremony
When I was a kid I was always confused by the word “curry” because my non-Indian friends used it in a way that didn’t make any sense to me. They called everything from a dry potato saute with spices, to soupy lentils, to chicken in a cream sauce “curry.” Indians usually only use the word… Continue reading Why Shouldn’t You Ask an Indian for Curry? And a Recipe for Garam Masala
The first time our friend K tasted Indian food was two years ago when Steve and I cooked for her. Since then, she’s totally fallen in love with the cuisine and comes over for weekly dinners and lets me experiment on her. A couple of weeks ago, she saw a large dosa at an Indian… Continue reading Savory Semolina Crepes with Potato Curry and Coconut Chutney (Rava Masala Dosa)
Only one morning out of the entire year, Steve makes sticky buns for breakfast. It’s our Christmas tradition. I love waking up to the smell of cinnamon in the air. I absolutely love them and often wonder why that is the only day of the year that we make them at home. Oh yeah! It’s… Continue reading Chai-Spiced Sticky Buns for Bake Sale
I am really looking forward to this weekend! We’re celebrating Steve’s birthday at a local brewery and I’ll be participating in this year’s San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. There will be lots of other San Diego food bloggers at the bake sale. I haven’t had… Continue reading Steamed Artichokes with Curried Yogurt Dip
A couple months ago, I had a Cardamom-Rose truffle at Eclipse Chocolat, a local chocolate shop. I was in love! I had never had chocolate cardamom and rose together but somehow it felt very familiar, very Indian. The candied rose petals on the truffle were so yummy. A crunchy sugar-y taste of rose that’s not… Continue reading Chocolate Cardamom Shortbread Cookies with Candied Rose Petals
I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with asafoetida, or hing as we call it in Gujarati. Even though it is traditionally an extremely common ingredient in Indian cooking, I don’t often cook with it and when I do, I always use it in extremely tiny quantities (no more than a tiny pinch). Asafoetida is a… Continue reading Cabbage Saute with Mustard and Asafoetida (Sambharo)
My brother hated pretty much all food except Indian-Chinese when we were younger. Every time we were home alone for dinner, he’d call the local Chinese place for delivery. We’d happily eat our fusion meals together in front of the TV…not something we could do if our parents were home.
Pistachio and saffron (known as kesar pista) is a classic Indian combination. The buttery flavor of pistachio goes superbly with the metallic notes of the saffron. You will find all sweets from cookies to ice creams to traditional desserts made with this delicious flavor combination. I have been making pistachio tuiles for years. I make… Continue reading Pistachio and Saffron (Kesar Pista) Tuiles