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"
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"
Have you ever been in the mood for something wholesome and hearty? Try this delicious Moong Dal recipe made with whole green mung beans. There’s not a lot of spices or fuss involved with this protein packed bowl of goodness. Enjoy this Mung Daal with rice, chapati or just by itself as a soup — absolutely comforting! Detailed recipe for Whole Green Mung Daal."Whole Green Moong Dal How-to Video"
This recipe for Potatoes in a Creamy Yogurt Sauce is just perfect for those times when you haven’t had a chance to get to the grocery store for fresh vegetables. The hardest part is boiling the potatoes. With the red of the tomatoes in the gravy and the green of the cilantro garnishing, it is a visual treat!"Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Sauce (Dahi Wale Aloo)"
Here is a super healthy Eggplant recipe that will have you craving for more. Simple is the perfect way to describe this no-frills dish made with just roasting eggplant and throwing very few ingredients that we always have on hand! This recipe was shared with us by Minal and we just love it. Thankyou, Minal!"Roasted Eggplant Subzi How-to Video"
“There’s no need to fear. Underdog (rated PG) is here!” Disney’s latest canine caper, starring Jim Belushi, is here! Based loosely on the Underdog cartoon show from a few decades back, this action-packed adventure aims to please…6-8 year olds, that is. Having grown up watching the cartoon myself, I stepped into the theatre with feeling of nostalgia. A little ways into the film, I felt a twinge of disappointment. The thing I noticed and missed most…"Underdog Hollywood Movie Review – Rated PG"
Though not a very commonly used vegetable in Indian cooking, Brussel Sprouts have a certain flavor that is so familiar! Yup, they look a miniature version of a cabbage and the taste is very close to it too. This wonderful and easy dish has got it’s health benefits as well: vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber. Try these cute brussel sprouts! Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20-25 min Serves: 4 Ingredients:…"Brussel Sprouts Subzi"
Here is a classic example of a dish that can be served up warm or cold, as a salad or as a side dish. The garlic infused Mushrooms broth gives the Couscous a wonderful depth of flavor that is has you craving for more. Easy to make and with the results like this, this recipe is a real keeper. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Serves: 4 (as a side-dish) Ingredients: Couscous –…"Garlic Mushroom Couscous Recipe"
Don’t be intimadated by this fruit! Grab one and enjoy it to the hilt. We’ll show you exactly what to do with one of these and how to enjoy it. Did we forget to mention that the fresh ones are far better and healthier than the ones from a can! You just can’t go wrong with a pineapple!"Pineapples (How to Pick and Cut)!"
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)"
Lemon Rice is one of the many rice dishes that are an integral part of South Indian Cuisine. It is a flavorful tangy twist to plain white rice. Some of the other varieties of rice from the South are Coconut Rice, Yogurt/Curd Rice, Sesame Rice, Tomato Rice, Tamarind Rice…only to name a few! Try this quick, easy recipe that is so visually appealing. It is sure to spruce up any kind of rice – fresh…"Lemon Rice"
Looking for an easy, no-frills recipe that is simply delicious? Try this Dum Kebab recipe, our version of Indian meatloaf. The beauty of this versatile recipe — mix all the ingredients and bake! Cut it into small pieces and serve with a toothpick for a no-fuss, make ahead appetizer. Cut it into larger pieces and use it as a stuffing in pita bread for a filling lunch. So many possibilities!"Dum Kebab (Meatloaf) Recipe"
Baked Beans on a toast with cheese, green chilis and hot salsa. It’s perfect blend of sweet, tang and spice is sure to please everyone. What a treat to the eyes and tastebuds…get them ready for a roller-coaster ride! Try this delicious recipe for lunch or a healthy and filling snack."Open Sandwich My Way How-to Video"
Biscuit Cake ! It’s that wonderful time of the year when you are scrambling for something exciting to impress that someone special in your life. Enjoy this wonderful cake with a twist…yup, it is made with biscuits!!! and no baking required. Simple and easy and the end of the road is just a sweet sweet deal."Biscuit Cake How-to Video"
Neer Dosa is a soft and a “melt-in-your-mouth” dosa and there is no better way to describe it. The softness is amazing and the mild flavor with a hint of coconut is what makes you go back for more and more. In today’s world, when life can be so hectic, this Neer Dosa comes as a breath of fresh air. Thank you Divya Giri, for sharing this wonderful recipe with all of us. Soak Time…"Neer Dosa, South Indian Crepe"
Pomegranates or Anaar (in Hindi) are fruits that not just have a visual appeal but for so good for your health. They are very high in anti-oxidants and also Vitamin C with absolutely zero fat or cholesterol. It is beautiful looking tropical fruit that is very versatile and great in salads, drinks, reductions, deserts and savory dishes. Here is a quick look at how to most effectively de-seed a Pomegranate. Enjoy!"How to De-seed a Pomegranate (Anaar)"
If you know what’s good for you, you’d be running to the kitchen to make this right away! I, for one LOVE Methi Leaves and cannot get enough of it, so finding new recipes is a moment of joy for me, seriously! Two power packed vegetables together, the Bottle Gourd and the Fenugreek Leaves,it does not get better than this. Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Bottle gourd (Lauki/Doodhi/Ghiya) –…"Lauki & Methi Subzi (Bottle gourd & Fenugreek Leaves Dish) Indian Recipe"
Who would not agree that rainy days mean Pakodas! We love Pakodas and are very fair and impartial to all kinds, be it Paneer, Spinach, Onion or Potato. Enjoy these Pakodas (Bhajjis, Bahjias) and believe us when we say, you’ll start looking forward to the rain."Pakodas (Crispy Fried Fritters) How-to Video"
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"
A Spicy Indian version of Tequila Sunrise? Yup, you can call it that but only in looks – the taste and the flavors are so much better. This is a great drink recipe to make with an Indian meal. The presentation is just the beginning of the ‘wow’ factor. Make it into a Cocktail or a Mocktail, and everyone is pleased! Cheers to that! Prep Time: 2 min Serves: 1 Ingredients: Ice Cubes – 3-4…"Mirch Mumtaz – A Mocktail or Cocktail Drink"
“You can’t ever have enough Dessert recipes”! Well said! This one is definitely one that takes me back home – to a very comfortable and a warm place. Easy to make and very hearty, and I love to make desserts at home as I can control the sugar amounts and make it to my taste. Enjoy this special Halwa. Soak Time: 3 hours minimum Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Channa Daal – 1/2…"Channa Daal Halwa – Indian Dessert Recipe"
This great pickle is a real tease…by the time you really start relishing the pickle – it’s gone! The cranberry season is so short lived that it makes you feel that life is unfair. Cranberry Pickle is easy and quick enough to make that we can make a batch every week. We mention at the bottom of this post “the hardest part is cutting…”, we change that statement to “the hardest part is keeping the…"Cranberry Pickle (Cranberry Achar)"
Parathas are an Indian unleavened bread and an integral part of many Indian meals. Any subzi (vegetable) or curry dish can be fabulous when accompanied with fresh, hot parathas. Try this recipe. It’ll be worth your while! Although we refer to this recipe as Chapatti in the video, this is actually a Paratha recipe. The difference between the two is that Chapattis are cooked without oil whereas Parathas are pan fried."Paratha/Chapatti"
Sometimes it is very hard to replicate the texture of eggs but here is our version of Eggless French Toast that just can’t be beat! Try the sweet version for the sweet tooth or the savory one when you are just in the mood for something a little “not so sweet” 🙂 Enjoy! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Makes – approx. 5 slices Ingredients: For the Batter: Besan/ Chickpea flour – 1/2…"Eggless French Toast – Sweet & Savory"