Chayote Squash Subzi – Indian Vegetarian Recipe

Chayote Squash is one that we tend to overlook but next time, think again. This one like most from squash family, has high water content besides being high in Vitamins C and B. We love the fact that it can be had raw or cooked, so it is a quick one to stir up on days when there is not a lot of time for cooking. It is a fall vegetable (even though we see…

"Chayote Squash Subzi – Indian Vegetarian Recipe"

Karela (Bitter gourd) & Onion Subzi Recipe

Karela or Bitter Gourd is exactly as the name suggests – bitter. Despite it’s bitterness and when made well, it is a very enjoyable dish. Karela is also known for it’s health benefits – good for liver, skin, cleanses blood amongst others. Enjoy our version with a dash of tartness and a hint of sweet, just enough to make you forget you are eating and enjoying Karela or Bitter Gourd! Prep Time: 10 min Cook…

"Karela (Bitter gourd) & Onion Subzi Recipe"

Avial (Aviyal)

The southern Indian states (Kerala, Tamilnadu) are famous for Avial. Many different types of vegetable are cooked with yogurt and coconut to give a light balanced flavor. Try this Aviyal recipe — its a perfect way to showcase your veggies! We wish everyone a very Happy Onam! Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 Ingredients: Suran – 1 cup, fresh or frozen (peel and chopped in julienne strips…

"Avial (Aviyal)"

Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian (Dry)

Dry Gobi Manchurian, aka Cauliflower Manchurian is a tantalizing Indian Chinese appetizer and very different from the gravy version. The Cauliflower has a crispy coating and is tossed with a mouth-watering spicy sauce. It can be picked up with a toothpick or fork and enjoyed with cocktails or before a meal. Try this absolutely delicious recipe!

"Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian (Dry)"

Glimpses of India – Banana Chips and Tea

On the road trip in Kerala, we stopped at a small cluster of shops and treated our stomachs to some hot banana chips and some yummy authentic chai-a! The awesome display of mastery at making the chips looked so easy and had me try my hand at it and all I can say is “Thank God there is no record of what happened next….” Enjoy the hot Banana Chips with some chai-a 🙂

"Glimpses of India – Banana Chips and Tea"

Mirchi Ka Salan

One curry recipe that stands out from the bunch is the famous Mirchi Ka Salan recipe from Hyderabad (capital city of Andhra). Whole green chilies are pan-fried and simmered in a flavorful sesame seed and peanut sauce. The dish is easy to prepare and has a refreshingly pleasing taste. Recipe submitted by Prachi from Germany. Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Mirchi (Jalapeno Peppers or other mild chili) – 1 lb (500 g) – slit on one side…

"Mirchi Ka Salan"

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)"

Panchmela Daal – Rajastani Cuisine

In the Indian state of Rajasthan, Panchmela Daal is traditionally served with Baati, bread balls made with whole wheat flour. This versatile daal recipe which is made by combining five types of lentils can also be enjoyed with chapati or rice. The wonderful flavors and textures of the various daals will make this panchmela daal recipe a family favorite. Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes soaking time Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 6-8 Ingredients:…

"Panchmela Daal – Rajastani Cuisine"

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is really as simple as it’s name. It just can sometimes get confusing due to the many different applications. Here we simplify it and take the confusion out of it making it even more simpler! Ingredients: 1st type: for drinks (cocktails and mocktails) 1 part Water 1 part Sugar 2nd type: for diluted drinks (lemonade, ice tea etc) 2 parts Water 1 part Sugar 3rd type: (moisten cakes) 3 parts Water 1 part…

"Simple Syrup"

Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice Recipe

Nasi Goreng is just an exotic name for Fried Rice…so we hear! But it is amazing how the flavor is different for other Fried Rice. We love the fact that it can easily be made vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Traditionally, they do add Shrimp Paste to the dish but at my request Chef Sudabo showed me how it can so easily be transformed into a vegetarian dish. Thanks again Chef for allowing us into your kitchen!…

"Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice Recipe"

Multipurpose Marinade Recipe for Vegetables and Meats

This versatile Marinade as a the name suggests is wonderful for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Use it to make meals, sandwiches or appetizers and just great to have on hand. Marinate Paneer, Chicken, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Beef, Pork, Mushrooms, Turkey, Fish, Shrimp and trust us, we know you can think of atleast another dozen ways of using this wonderful fragrant marinade. Prep Time: 10 min Marinates approx 2 kgs or 4.5 lbs of chicken Ingredients: Spring Onions…

"Multipurpose Marinade Recipe for Vegetables and Meats"

Guacamole How-to Video

Guacamole is a great addition to a Mexican meal, it adds a great dimension and a flavor that is unparalleled to anything else. The smooth texture of the avocados, the medley of color and an amazing flavor are all brought together in this one side dish! Enjoy this Guacamole recipe as a dip with tortillas chips or as an accompaniment to your Mexican fare.

"Guacamole How-to Video"

Turai (Chinese Okra) with Fenugreek (Methi) Subzi Recipe

Turai, Chinese Okra AKA Angled Luffa Gourd is a vegetable that is very low in calories and covers about 20% of RDA of Vitamin C (WOW!). Believe it or not that is true. This simplistic Turai a dish that is truly ‘home-cooking’….Try this great version with Methi (my Fav) and see how you like it.

"Turai (Chinese Okra) with Fenugreek (Methi) Subzi Recipe"

Tomato & Onion Chutney

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"

Palak Paneer – Spinach with Homemade Cheese

Palak Paneer or Spinach with Homemade Cheese is easily one of the most recognizable and popular Indian dishes. Besides being a staple of Indian restaurants, top Indian chefs such as Sanjeev Kapoor and Tarla Dalal have made it even more popular. Here is our version of this palak paneer recipe. It’s packed with the goodness of spinach and loaded with protein from the paneer, a homemade cheese which doesn’t melt when heated. Try this delicious…

"Palak Paneer – Spinach with Homemade Cheese"

Ragda Patties (Pattice)

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)"

Butternut Squash with Black Chickpeas Subzi (Kumro Chokka)

One of my visits to Honolulu, Papia Sengupta, made this wonderful dish and I was blown away. The first thing that attracted me towards the dish was the color, very appealing to the eye. The second was the ingredients – like a lot of folks, I too am intimidated by the size of the vegetable in question (Pumpkin)! The last but not the least was the taste – what a great combination, color and the…

"Butternut Squash with Black Chickpeas Subzi (Kumro Chokka)"

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"