Pantry Basics for Indian Cooking

Like any South Asian kitchen, our pantry and spice cabinets are full to the brim!! Between the two of us, we have close to 100 spices and atleast 25 different daals and beans! The sheer number can seem intimidating and very daunting to anybody. We have put together a list of basic items that will help you, and through the video, you see what they look like as well.

"Pantry Basics for Indian Cooking"

Jalapeno Basil Pesto Recipe

Fresh Basil Pesto is a wonderful thing to have around all year long but unfortunately, basil is a seasonal plant. So when the weather is turning cold and demise of your basil plant is inevitable, put the basil leaves to good use and make this Jalapeno Basil Pesto recipe. Make a big batch of this “pesto with a twist” to use now and freeze the rest for later.

"Jalapeno Basil Pesto Recipe"

Zapiekanka – Polish Baked Baguette

On a trip to Poland, my husband was introduced to Zapiekanka, a type of Polish street food. As he recalls, it was “fast, cheap and delicious”. Traditionally Zapiekanka is a baguette filled with mushrooms and cheese plus ham or other type of meat and is a common sight on Polish street corners. Try our recipe for Zapiekanka (or Zapiekanki), the ShowMeTheCurry variation of this delicious and nutritious meal. Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15-20…

"Zapiekanka – Polish Baked Baguette"

Lima Beans Curry

Many people consider Lima Beans (also known as butter beans) boring, but here’s a way to make Lima Beans Curry that will spruce up this usually ignored vegetable.  When combined with whole grains such as rice, lima beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein and a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Ingredients:  Frozen Lima Beans – 16oz packet (washed) Oil – 4 tsp Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp Asafoetida (Hing) – pinch Turmeric…

"Lima Beans Curry"

Curry Girls Meet Russell Peters

We were absolutely delighted to see stand-up comedian Russell Peters LIVE in action this weekend. Peters, a Canadian born Indian comic, performed in front of a packed house and had the crowd rolling in laughter. His style of comedy, mainly keen observances of the Indian culture, hits home for many Indians who have spent all or most of their lives in the US or Canada. If you want to spend an hour or so of…

"Curry Girls Meet Russell Peters"

Cucumber Raita (Yogurt with Cucumber)

This is a great yogurt dish, very soothing and cooling….especially for the times when you are finding your meal too spicy and you need something to counter it!!!! Ingredients: Yogurt – 2 cups, well beaten English Cucumber – half ( approx. 6” long) Tomato – ½ med., finely chopped Green Chili – to taste, finely chopped Cumin – ¼ tsp, roasted and coarsely ground Red Chili Powder – ¼ tsp Chat Masala – ½ tsp…

"Cucumber Raita (Yogurt with Cucumber)"

Tomato & Onion Chutney How-to Video

South Indian cuisine (namely Idli, Dosa, Vadai) is never complete unless it is accompanied by a flavorful chutney. Two of the most popular chutneys are Coconut Chutney and Tomato Onion Chutney. This particular Tomato Onion Chutney recipe uses fragrant Sesame Oil to season it. Although simple in it’s preparation, it’ll really add a whole new flavor dimension to your meal.

"Tomato & Onion Chutney How-to Video"

Crispy Dosa

Dosa is on the menu today with this crispy restaurant style dosa recipe. Dosa, a delectable crepe made from rice and urad daal, can be had plain or as “Masala Dosa” with the addition of Potato Masala. Be sure to also check out our recipes for Potato Masala, Sambhar, Coconut Chutney and Dry Chutney Powder to make a complete meal.

"Crispy Dosa"

Gujarati Thepla Recipe

Theplas, another variation of parathas that have a great shelf-life and have an amazing flavor. The yogurt in it makes them soft and the fenugreek makes them healthy and very delicious. A spicy paratha that is synonymous with the State of Gujarat. Have a piece of Gujarat! Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 2-3 minutes each Makes – approx 20 theplas Ingredients: Fenugreek Leaves – 2 tbsp (fresh or dried) Whole Wheat Flour/ Atta –…

"Gujarati Thepla Recipe"

Kimbap (aka Gimbap) – Korean Sushi Recipe

Mostly known as Korean Sushi, Kimbaps are usually made for picnics and lunch boxes.Enjoy these little wonders and next time you go on a picnic or a road-trip or surprise your kids in their lunch boxes as they stay fresh for hours. Thank you SungYoen Kim, for agreeing to allowing me to film her and showing us how to make make these tasty treats at home. Kim lives in India and most of these ingredients…

"Kimbap (aka Gimbap) – Korean Sushi Recipe"

Thai Larb Spicy Chicken Salad (Laab Gai)

Larb (or Laab) is a Thai warm salad that can be made with ground chicken, beef, pork or turkey. Though we call it a salad with all of the freshness from lime, mint leaves and cilantro, Larb can be eaten with sticky rice or different vegetables such as cabbage. Try this Laab recipe as a side dish for your thai meal or as the main coarse…simply delicious! Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 –…

"Thai Larb Spicy Chicken Salad (Laab Gai)"

Daal Dhokri (Dal Dhokli)

After a lot of (over) indulgence during the holidays, its time to get back to hearty, homey comfort foods. Daal Dhokli is simply a bowl of warmth and goodness. From the state of Gujarat, Dal Dhokari is made by cooking spiced chapati dough with spiced toor daal. The end product is a delicious one pot meal. If you have some Gujarati Daal leftover, Daal Dhokli is a quick meal. However, for those of you who…

"Daal Dhokri (Dal Dhokli)"

Sindhi Kadhi

Sindhi Kadhi is a dish that is fully rounded and has so many levels of flavor. The hints of sweet and tangy combined with the spiciness and the beautifully colored vegetables is a feast to the eyes and to the hungry stomach. Change out the vegetables, eliminate some you don’t like or add on the ones you love – it’s a very forgiving dish. Enjoy this Sindhi Kadhi with some plain white Basmati Rice and…

"Sindhi Kadhi"

Channa Daal with Zucchini

Channa Daal with Zucchini is a great combination and a very simple dish. Channa Daal is a heavy daal and cooking it with zucchini makes it a lot lighter and easier on the stomach. Needless to say that it is also a very colorful daal, the green of the zucchini, the red of the tomatoes (that’s why we kept big pieces) andthe yellow of the daal…very appealing to the eye.

"Channa Daal with Zucchini"

Kathal (Jackfruit) Kebabs Recipe

Jackfruit or Kathal (in Hindi) can be a very intimidating fruit and one that certainly piques curiosity. It can be had raw, as a in a savory dish or sweet in it’s ripe form. The texture is close to meat and hence known as Vegetarian’s meat. Here we have made Kathal Kebab, a recipe similar to Shammi Kebab, perfect for those vegetarian moments. Enjoy these delicious kebabs and remember to serve them with a side…

"Kathal (Jackfruit) Kebabs Recipe"