Kidney Beans Curry (Rajma)

Rajma-Chawal is a combination ‘to-die-for’…the best Rajma (Kidney Beans) and Chawal (Rice) can be had at the obscure dhabbas* alongside the highways all over North India. That is where the truck drivers eat and trust me…that is the second best (ofcourse, right after our recipe!). Now which Punjabi (people from the state of Punjab) household will not admit to it being a comfort food. Try with some Raita or just plain yogurt…

"Kidney Beans Curry (Rajma)"

Whole Wheat Pita Bread Recipe

Mediterranean Cuisine for me is one the fall-backs I go to anytime I just don’t feel like Indian food. Pita Bread is almost like Chapatis, something that looks so familiar yet tastes so different. Traditionally, made with All-Purpose Flour, Whole Wheat Pita Bread is a little healthier twist on it without compromising on the flavors. Enjoy them as wraps, sandwich-pockets or as pita chips, they are easy to make and great to have around. Prep…

"Whole Wheat Pita Bread Recipe"

Doi Maach (Fish Cooked with Yogurt) – Bengali Cuisine

Doi Maach is a very unique dish with very little spices and the flavor of the fish is the star of the dish. “Doi” is Yogurt or Curds and “Maach” is Fish and the mix of the two is just right and a perfect blend. Rohu is an everyday fish in a Bengal and to get the authentic flavor, that is the best fish to use. Sometimes, it’s hard to find Rohu, here are some…

"Doi Maach (Fish Cooked with Yogurt) – Bengali Cuisine"

Homemade Silver Cleaner – Cleaning Tarnished Silver

Many households have silver items in one form or another. Whether it is silverware, puja items or decorative things (to name a few), if you are one of those households that hide silver because it has become dark and tarnished over time, watch this week’s Tip Tuesday! Learn how to make a homemade silver polish or cleaner with common household ingredients.

"Homemade Silver Cleaner – Cleaning Tarnished Silver"

The Namesake – Bollywood in Hollywood?

Hello Everyone, This is our 1st blog ever and we figured one of the best places to start a discussion is…’WOOD’…Bolly or Holly!!  Or better yet the growing presence of Bollywood in Hollywood.  We have seen a dramatic increase in interest over the last few years.  The latest addition being ‘Namesake’.  It was one of the movies, I just couldn’t wait for the DVD — partly for the sake of showing my support, my curiosity (even though I had…

"The Namesake – Bollywood in Hollywood?"

Tindora How-to Video (Indian Vegetable Recipe Video)

Tindora is a green vegetable which is popular in many parts of India and is known by many names (ivy gourd, kovakai, tondli, giloda…just to name a few). It resembles a watermelon but is only the size of your little pinky. Tindora can be cooked as a subzi all by itself or mixed with other vegetables like potato. Tindora are also used in many sambar recipes. When you’re running out of vegetables to cook, don’t…

"Tindora How-to Video (Indian Vegetable Recipe Video)"

Green Papaya Subzi – Vegetarian Recipe

Ever gone for groceries and been bored just looking at some of the vegetables? It’s okay, it happens to all of us, try this unripened Papaya Subzi or Curry and add a new and interesting dish to your usual dishes. The other good news is that Green Papayas are available all round the year and health-wise is great for you too, it is full of anti-oxidants, great for your digestion and immune system…enough reasons? Prep…

"Green Papaya Subzi – Vegetarian Recipe"

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"

Ragda Patties (Pattice) How-to Video

Ragda Patties (pronounced as Pattice) are flavorful potato patties smothered with a zesty sauce made with vatana or dried white peas. It is then garnished with sweet and spicy chutneys, sev, onions and fresh cilantro. Ragda Patties, sometimes called Aloo Tikki Chaat, is a street favorite in Mumbai. Try this delicious recipe for a chaat item that doubles as a full meal.

"Ragda Patties (Pattice) How-to Video"

Spicy Chicken Curry

There are so many different types of “Chicken Curry” or “Curry Chicken” recipes as there are people! As an example, in this chicken curry Indian recipe, just throw in some yogurt, mint, fenugreek leaves or even veggies and watch this dish change color and taste. Some people argue over what is authentic chicken curry, but in our opinion there is no such thing because every region has it’s own authentic chicken curry recipe. Let’s all…

"Spicy Chicken Curry"

Fresh Mango Pickle

When we talk about pickles, Fresh Mango Pickle is top on our list. Now we have not figured out if  we eat pickle with food or food with pickle! What we love about this one is the crunch in the mango and it can go from the refrigerator to your plate to your stomach in less than an hour…how cool is that? This Fresh Mango Pickle is from South India and is called Maangaa Curry…

"Fresh Mango Pickle"

Homemade Tamarind Concentrate (Paste)

In some households, tamarind paste or tamarind concentrate is used on a regular basis. It is readily available at your local Indian or Asian grocery store, but you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost. Having tamarind paste on hand is a big time saver and the best part…its got an incredible shelf life when stored in the refrigerator or freezer. So go ahead and make a batch today!

"Homemade Tamarind Concentrate (Paste)"

Homemade Rasam Powder

How many times have you been unimpressed by the lack of flavor of some store bought rasam powders? Many of these powders or masalas start out fresh and flavorful but lose their potency over time, especially if you don’t use them very often. How do you combat this problem, you ask? Simple…make you own fresh rasam powder at home with this easy Homemade Rasam Powder recipe.

"Homemade Rasam Powder"

Pizza Dip How-to Video

For the holidays and for parties, we always need recipes that can be made ahead and kept aside. Make this Pizza Dip ahead of time and bake it right before you are ready to serve it. You’ll have your family and guests licking their fingers. It is also perfect for the winter season when you want a warm dip to compensate for the cold outside. And it’s cheese…who does not like cheese?

"Pizza Dip How-to Video"

Batata Vada (Vada Pav) How-to Video

Most people love Batata Vadas – seasoned potatoes with a crispy chick pea coating. It is a scrumptious snack with Mint/Coriander Chutney, Sweet Tamarind Chutney or just plain Tomato Ketchup. If you’re from Maharastra, you know how to take Batata Vada to a whole new level…Vada Pav! Try this recipe for Batata Vada and see how you can make a meal out of it. Detailed Batata Vada (Vada Pav) Recipe

"Batata Vada (Vada Pav) How-to Video"

Gluten-free Chapati

Disclaimer: Mangala Deshmukh is NOT a licensed Dietician/ Nutritionist. The information on this website is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical or other condition. Always seek the advice of your health provider prior to starting any diet. For a child or adult allergic to gluten, Chapati or Paratha is by far the most missed item in an Indian meal. Try this Gluten-free Chapati…

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Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges

This Spinach Salad dressing is perfect for barbecues, picnics or potlucks. The surprise element is the crunchy, caramelized almonds that balance out the taste and texture of the spinach. The mandarin Oranges in this spinach salad not only provide color but also that fresh summer appeal…so what are you waiting for, dig in! Ingredients for the dressing: Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar – 1 Tbsp Apple Sauce – 3 Tbsp Onion –…

"Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges"