Aloo Matar

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in All Posts, Beginner Recipes, Potato Dishes, tarka paste recipes, Vegetarian Entree - Curries | 21 comments

Aloo Matar

W hen I was growing up, Every dinner included potato in some form or another.  Steamed potato, baked potato, mashed potato; with gravy or without, you name it and we ate it.   We had potato every night, in fact, my Dad still eats potato with steamed veggies and some kind of meat, every night of the week.  So, to no great surprise, I got sick and tired of eating the same kind of potato.  I put the potato on the back burner, in search of new and exciting flavors.

After I got married I got a lesson in Indian cooking and learned to cook aloo matar from my mother-in-law. It’s a Punjabi dish of peas

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in All Posts, Healthy Eating, Rice Dishes | 3 comments

Vegetable Fried Rice

I have finally mustered up the motivation to lose the last bit of chub I’ve been holding onto since the India trip.  I’ve been fully intending to lose the weight for a while now but last week it donned on me that our India trip was seven months ago and I could no longer put it off.  What finally kick started me into action was the opportunity for Hubby and me to participate in a photo shoot in early July.  A friend of a friend is working on a portrait book of “mixed-culture couples” (is that the right P.C. term?) and my friend contacted us about being in the book.  Well, I didn’t need to be asked twice about doing a professional photo shoot! Needless to say, I am now full of motivation to eat clean and get lean.

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Dinner Party Disasters

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in All Posts, Dinner Party Series | 2 comments

Dinner Party Disasters

I love hosting dinner parties.  I love to sit down, put together a guest list, plan out what to have for the evening and comb through cookbooks for inspirations and ideas.  I even love finding new and creative ways to decorate the table.  I put a whole lot of thought into turning just a dinner into an event.

But what do you do when you have a group coming over for dinner and your wonderfully planned dinner has just turned into a disaster?  I’ve been asked this question in a couple of reader emails and I always assure them that I’ve had my fair share of entertaining disasters.  In fact, this just happened to me last weekend.

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Matar Paneer

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in All Posts, Beginner Recipes, Paneer Dishes, Vegetarian Entree - Curries | 14 comments

Matar Paneer

In India, I would sit in the living room with Hubby and Mummy-ji, hunching over the coffee table while we peeled pods of peas and tried to see who could fill their bowl the fastest.  I always lost.  I had never peeled a pea pod in my life.  Meanwhile Hubby and Mummy-ji would be onto their second bowl before I had even gotten halfway through my first.  I could never put my finger on how a chore like peeling peas could become so fun, but Punjabis seem to be experts at turning chores into competitions.

Before last year’s trip, I had never seen real peas in a pod.  The only peas I’ve had exposure to is the kind you buy in the frozen

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Pav Bhaji

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in All Posts, Intermediate Recipes, Vegetarian Entree - Dry Vegetables | 7 comments

Pav Bhaji

For Hubby’s birthday, I decided to make him a dish he has been requesting for about the last 8 years of marriage.  Why haven’t I made this dish yet?  Mainly because my sister-in-law makes such an amazing version, I never dreamed I could live up to his expectations.

This year however, he arrived home from his India trip with a full video of his sister making this recipe. That’s when I realized it was time to give it a go. 

To be honest, I have always been intimidated to try this dish.  It has complex flavor and uses a variety of vegetables, so I figured it

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Cucumber Salad

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Accompaniments, All Posts, Videos | 6 comments

Cucumber Salad

When you indulge in a great Indian dish do you find the spices linger long after you’ve finished eating? A great way to cool off those hot flavors is with cooling side dishes like the raita recipe I posted earlier or with this cucumber salad.  When Hubby and I are in India, almost every lunch and dinner is accompanied with a cucumber salad and we’ve now gotten into the habit of making it here at home.

What I love the most about cucumber side dishes is they replace my craving for dessert.  After a spicy meal, which in my house is every meal except breakfast, I always crave something sweet to clear away the heat.  Once I discovered cucumbers mixed with lemon and salt, I had a favorite new snack and a way to cut my craving for more cake.

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Giveaway!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in All Posts | 50 comments

Giveaway!

UPDATE: The winner of the giveaway is:

Sarah S.  “I love curry and naan.”

Congratulations Sarah, you’ll be receiving an email from us today. Thank you to everyone who entered.  Your wonderful comments have inspired us to create a whole list of new videos.

We have received so many emails from readers trying out our recipes and sharing their successes.  We love reading your stories and it’s a treat seeing all your great photos!  One of the themes we

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Hubby’s Raita

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Accompaniments, All Posts, Beginner Recipes, Indian Recipes, Recipe Index, Videos | 4 comments

Hubby’s Raita

Indian food can be spicy.  That’s putting it mildly. Spice is what gives Indian food it’s excitement. Almost every Indian food fan I meet shares my love of a great buffet of spicy and colorful food selections.  Once the meal is over however, those spices and flavors can linger on your tongue, so it’s important to have something on hand that can cleanse away that stubborn heat.  To avoid always resorting to sweets, Hubby and I like to keep a yogurt based dish on hand, which immediately cools and refreshes.   This dish is known as Raita and is often an accompaniment to meals.

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Chocolate Mirror Cake

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in All Posts, American Desserts, Desserts, Make Ahead Recipes, Videos | 2 comments

Chocolate Mirror Cake

One of the things I love about my family is how often we gather for celebrations.  For most folks, January is a welcome break from the jam-packed holiday season that is Thanksgiving through New Years.  In my family however, we hit the new year running.  Almost every month of the year provides us with a great excuse to get together and eat some cake. January is a birthday party, February brings Valentine’s Day and Hubby’s birthday.  Although throwing a party for Hubby is a bit of a tug of war.  He doesn’t like to have a party held for him…and my mother is adamant on throwing him a party every year.  Last year she said, “we are throwing you a party, you can show up if you want”.   You gotta love her for the fact that she will

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Essential Indian Spices

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in All Posts, Colleen's Kitchen, Creating an Indian Kitchen, Learn the Indian Basics, The Indian Spice Cabinet | 8 comments

Essential Indian Spices

I recently received an email from a reader, who asked if I would do a post on “essential Indian spices”.  I wrote a similar post about Essential Equipment for Indian cooking and it is high time I do one for spices.

I love the idea of a quick-start guide to Indian cooking.  I have had many people tell me they haven’t tried Indian cooking because the list of spices is too intimidating, and it can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

To show you how easy it really is, I would like to share with you a picture of my mother-in-law’s spice box.  This box contains only three

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Pie Tips & Tricks

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in All Posts, Colleen's Kitchen, How To's & Tutorials, Tips & Tricks | 17 comments

Pie Tips & Tricks

In honor of Thanksgiving…only a couple days away…here is a post I did last year with my mother.  For me, no holiday celebration would be the same without her mouth-watering pies.  I came over for a lesson in how to make her famous Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan pie and we had a great time in the kitchen together.  One of the reasons I look back so fondly on our baking day together is because instead of it being the smooth demonstration we had planned on, every possible thing went wrong and I got to see my Mom’s true skills come out as she solved each and every pie problem with a bit of creativity and a lot of laughter.  

I hope this post inspires you to jump in and try some pies of your own this year.

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Happy Diwali

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in All Posts | 0 comments

Happy Diwali

Wishing a very Happy Diwali to all the readers.  May your Diwali be as colorful, joyous and noisy as ours!

See you next week!

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Chole Video

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in All Posts, Lentils & Beans, Vegetarian Entree - Curries, Videos | 9 comments

Chole Video

This recipe for chole is part one of a two part recipe of a Punjabi food favorite, chole bhature. Chole bhature can be found at fancy restaurants, street side vendors which line the streets of Bombay (famous for spicy Punjabi food), railway stations and many more places.

Chole is chickpeas cooked in spicy gravy and bhature is the bread – deep fried bread – which is what makes it such an extra special treat.  Next week I’ll be posting our video recipe for bhature. In the meantime, you can get in some practice on the main dish.

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Shahi Paneer Video

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in All Posts, Colleen's Kitchen, Mummy-ji's Cooking, Vegetarian Entree - Curries, Videos | 13 comments

Shahi Paneer Video

This recipe comes from my new friend and Hindi teacher, Seema.  Everyday we meet for an hour and half and I struggle through not being allowed to speak English. When I told Seema I write a blog about Indian cooking and that I make videos with my Mummy-ji, she immediately invited me to her home to make some videos with her and her family.  I went to her beautiful home and met her sister-in-law, Madhu, who joined us in the kitchen to show us how she makes one of her best dishes, Shahi Paneer.  Shahi Paneer roughly translates as “Royal Paneer” and the taste of this dish lives up to it’s glamorous title.  Seema and I recorded a great video on how to cook perfect rice, which will be posted next week.  For today, we all get to

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Magazine Interview

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in A Curry of a Life as featured in..., All Posts | 0 comments

Magazine Interview

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you my first magazine interview.  Poor Taste Magazine has featured a fun interview with me as their October Blogger of the Month.

If someone would have told me a year ago that I would see my interview in a magazine, I would have looked over my shoulder and wondered who they were talking about!

Check out the interview for some fun back story about the blog and a few personal tidbits.

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