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
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.
Puja and I got married three years ago, on June 4th, in a mostly Indian-style wedding. For the ceremony we dressed in Indian garb. Puja had mendhi (henna) on her hands and feet and I rode in on a horse with a baraat– a groom’s procession led by a dhol drummer. It was so much… Continue reading Pani Puri, An Indian Streetfood Favorite
Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to live across the street from a farmer’s market? How nice would it be to just pick up the fresh vegetables you need that day and not have to worry about them wilting and rotting in your refrigerator? When I was a kid living in… Continue reading Beet Greens Curry (Beetroot Ni Bhaji Nu Shaak) Recipe
There was a lone white cloud in the sky ahead of us. We watched it struggle against the heat of the sun, as it transformed from one shape to another. “A bird,” “An elephant,” “A frisbee,” Puja and I called out the shapes we saw as we watched it change. Each transformation threatened to obliterate… Continue reading Death Valley Road Trip and Spicy Trail Mix
Parathas are a staple of food in the Indian diet. You can eat them plain, or with some yogurt and pickle, or as a flatbread to pick up different shaak (“curries”) with. They are so easily transported. Just put them in a pile and wrap some foil around them, or put them in a container.… Continue reading Kale Quinoa Paratha
I love looking at the bright yellow turmeric next to the deep red of chili powder and the neutrals of cumin and mustard seeds in my masala dubba. Turmeric is indispensable in any Indian kitchen. So many of my favorite Indian comfort foods, like a big bowl of yellow Kadhi or my Grandma’s Gujarati Dal,… Continue reading All About Turmeric and a Recipe for Turmeric Pickle
A few days ago I was talking to my mom and she mentioned that the past few days had felt like living in India. She is totally right, it’s rained so much that it almost felt like the monsoons. Non-stop all day long rain is so very rare in Southern California. I love the rain… Continue reading Coconut Chai Hot Chocolate
In India, guests are known as “emissaries of god,” they drop by any time they want without warning. When they come, you serve. You almost always serve them Chai. Whenever guests would come over to our house, my mom would immediately ask me to make a pot of chai. “Chai” is the Hindi word for “tea” but… Continue reading How to make Gujarati Masala Chai with Lemongrass
It’s national pistachio day! How exciting is that? Pistachios are wind pollinated as opposed to bee pollinated. Did you know that it take only one male tree to pollinate up to 30 female trees?
Our dear friends M and V are expecting a little baby boy soon. We drove up to Redlands for their baby shower yesterday and had a great time playing baby shower games and catching up with friends from college that we don’t see often enough. Steve won a round of baby memory and I won… Continue reading Indian Style Boiled Peanuts