Medu Vada or simply Vada are crispy fritters made with urad daal and enjoyed with sambar or chutney. They are usually served along side idli as part of a perfect South Indian breakfast, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying these vadas for lunch or dinner."Medu Vada"
Butter Paneer (lovingly known as Panir Makhani) is not only a very well known dish, but is absolutely scrumptious and can have you salivating just by thinking about it. Try out this recipe in all it’s rich glory, or if you prefer a healthier version, you can use some of our fat and calorie fighting tips. Enjoy!"Butter Paneer or Panir Makhani"
Okra Raita is a medley of crisp, crunch, flavor, coolness, eye-appeal and uniqueness. A little patience takes us a long way and is so worth the effort. Okra is a favorite vegetable for a lot of folks, so enjoy this great combination. Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 25 min. Serves: 4 – 6 Ingredients: Bhindi /Okra – 1 lb Oil – 1 tbsp Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp Chaat Masala…"Bhindi (Okra) Raita"
Try this wonderful twist with the Tomato Ketchup and the Mint or Cilantro Chutney, it just spruces up the otherwise plain, simple Bread Pakoda. And let’s not forget the wonderful color combination. Pakoda/Pakora/Bhajji/Bhajjia – use any one of the names, you’re gonna love it."Bread Pakoda How to Video"
Masala Dosa has been ranked as one of the “must-try” dishes amongst so many other well-known ones. And rightly so, it is this wonderful crepe-like long cylindrical dish that makes you ooh and aah and one bite of the dosa along with this scrumptious soft potato stuffing is such a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Enjoy this Masala with your Dosa and you’ll understand why it got the ranking that it did! Prep Time:…"Potato Masala (for Masala Dosa)"
So how many of you are having a Superbowl Party? Tired of the unhealthy fried Buffalo Wings? Looking to make something familiar but with an Indian kick? Try this delicious Oven Baked Masala Chicken Wings recipe and you’re sure to be the winner, no matter who wins the game!"Baked Masala Wings"
Zucchini is a wonderful vegetable from the squash family that is perfect for people on a diet. It is low in calories, high in water content and a great stomach filler. Try this quick and easy stir fry recipe that takes just minutes to prepare."Zucchini Tossed with Cilantro and Lime How-to Video"
Vegetable Puffs are a wonderful snack option for the days that you want something substantial and you can’t wait very long for it to be made!! These College-Canteen favorites are wonderful and the will take you back to the nostalgic ‘college days’. Relive the memories, at least the good parts with this easy recipe!"How to Make Vegetable Puffs – Indian Snack Recipe"
The process of making the tea leaves is always so fascinating for folks who enjoy their “cup of tea” in the mornings. The two areas that majority of tea is grown are Assam and Tamil Nadu (Cunnur / Coonoor). The simple looking factory situated in the beautiful rolling hills of tea plantations churns out amazing amounts of tea everyday. Here is a glimpse into the fascinating world of Tea making – a little noisy, a…"Glimpses Of India – Tea Factory"
We tend to overlook Asparagus as a possible ingredient in Indian cuisine. With its fresh and subtle flavor, not to mention a crisp texture, asparagus is a fabulous addition to an otherwise basic and ordinary pulao recipe. Combine asparagus with the bold flavor of garlic and you’ve got yourself a winner!"Garlic Asparagus Pulao"
Have you ever had just a little bit of Daal leftover and you didn’t know what to do with it? Maybe it wasn’t even enough for one person, let alone your whole family. If this is you, then try this delicious recipe for Missi Roti (also known as Daal Roti) which is Indian unleavened bread made with flour and daal, or lentils. It has the goodness of carbs and protein all in one shot!"Missi Roti aka Daal Roti How-to Video"
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"
We love to call this the ‘jhatt-patt’ rice. ‘Jhatt-Patt’ means quick! What a fabulous name for this wonderful left-over Masala Rice dish. It is amazing what a little masala(spices) can do to freshen up the leftover. So finish off the leftovers and get a great dish out of it, what a brilliant idea!"Masala Rice How-to Video"
Summer always brings back memories of my dad’s garden. With a shovel in hand and sweat on his brow, my father turned our fairly large back yard into a crop producing farm. Rows and rows of plants would flaunt colorful peppers, shiny purple eggplants, bright green okra…the list goes on. As a child, I was less than enthusiastic to help till the earth and pull the weeds. Now as an adult, I can finally appreciate…"Roasted Eggplant & Garlic Dip"
Tadka Dal Fry (aka Tadka Dhal) is a wonderful combination of 3 different types of Daals (lentils). The taste is just amazing and will have everyone guessing which daal it is. Blend it well for a smooth texture or leave it where you can see the channa daal and enjoy the textured look and feel."Tadka Dal Fry"
Vegetable Stock is a very important ingredient when making soups or just making daals and pulaos more nutritious and flavorful. This vegetable stock recipe is very simple yet it’s packed with goodness and so much more flavorful that using water. Homemade broth or stock is not just cheaper but a lot healthier and tastier (and no preservatives or MSG). Give this vegetable broth recipe a shot and you’ll see that it does not get any…"Vegetable Broth or Stock"
Mung Daal (along with all kinds of potato concoctions), was a staple at the boarding schools that I went to in India. After years of grumbling about the food and this Daal in particular, it recently dawned on me that Mung Daal has now become a major part of my diet and I just love it! It is one of those dishes which goes great with rice, chapattis, or all by itself as a hearty soup. Mung Daal is so…"Mung Daal"
Sunday Breakfast for us, growing up was very often stuffed Parathas – all kinds of stuffing, Green Peas being one of them! There was a certain comfort and relaxed aura to it that still brings back some wonderful memories. As mothers now, it is a great way to repackage the vegetables and feed our children and also the ease of making Stuffed parathas is great – your Carbs and Veges all together – just serve…"Green Peas (Mutter) Stuffed Paratha"
If your baby is getting a bit older and past the jarred baby food stage, here is something that may interest you. Try this delicious Cracked Wheat (aka Daliya) Khichdi. Cracked wheat, a wheat product made from whole raw wheat kernels that are crushed or cut into smaller pieces, has a great deal of nutrition and fiber since it includes the fiber and nutrient rich outer bran and germ of the wheat. Pair this with…"Cracked Wheat (Daliya) Khichdi"
Sandwich shop manager Mohammad Kashif Memon from Pakistan dances to Bollywood on America’s Got Talent show in Chicago. Watch this video of Kashif doing a Hrithik Roshan number. He sure brings the house down. This video has received 200,000 plus hits thus far."Watch Kashif Memon on America’s Got Talent show!"
This style of Chicken Biryani is called the ‘Pakki-Biryani’, where the chicken and the rice are cooked separately and then combined in the final step. There are a lot of different ways of making Biryani and here is one simple, easy and yet incredibly delicious recipe that is just ‘too good’ and we had to pass it on. Do not get intimidated by the number of ingredients or the steps…just follow along step-by-step and WOW…"Chicken Biryani"
Adai is a dosa-like crepe made with a higher concentration of daal to rice, making it a healthier option. Its a protein-packed meal as well as quick snack idea. Unlike dosa, it requires no fermentat … ion. Watch this video and enjoy this healthy, yummy recipe with some coconut chutney or chutney powder!"Adai – Lentil Crepes How-to Video"
Aloo Gobi Masala is a flavorful Indian vegetarian dish made with potatoes, cauliflower and many spices which makes it fragrant and mouth-watering! Try this recipe and enjoy your creation with chappati, paratha or rice and daal. It’s delicious!"Aloo Gobi Masala – Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes"