Dal was a big part of my childhood. Pretty much every time my grandma cooked for us, there was dal. And she cooked for us a lot. My grandma’s Gujarati dal was different than my mom’s. While mom’s was spicy and comforting, grandma’s dal had a whole different flavor profile. Grandma’s dal was traditional Gujarati… Continue reading My Grandma’s Gujarati Dal
I accidentally spilled some fresh cranberries on the kitchen floor as I was opening the package. Our dog, Xaxi, ran into the kitchen (her superpower is the ability to instantly appear in the kitchen as soon as something falls to the floor) like she does and licked up all the cranberries in seconds. I quickly… Continue reading Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Chutney
One of my favorite spring time meals is steamed artichokes. They’re so simple to make and so much fun to eat. I love peeling each scale, dipping it in sauce and scraping the flesh with my teeth…yummy! I almost always make a yogurt sauce to dip the artichokes in. The yogurt sauce has very little… Continue reading Steamed Artichokes with Curried Yogurt Dip
Asafoetida is a dried latex powder that comes from the root of an herb plant called ferula. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered to be really good for digestion and overall health, often added to beans and lentil dishes to prevent indigestion. I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with asafoetida, or hing as we call… Continue reading Sambharo (Cabbage Saute)
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 Shakariya Methi nu Shaak (Sweet Potato Fenugreek Saute)
I love easy it is to cook this simple cauliflower curry. It is super healthy and it takes just a few minutes of prep and less than 20 minutes to cook from start to finish. It is a weeknight staple in our house.