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 frozenRead More
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 itRead More
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.Read More
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 weRead More
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.Read More
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 willRead More
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 threeRead More
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.Read More
Wishing a very Happy Diwali to all the readers. May your Diwali be as colorful, joyous and noisy as ours!
See you next week!Read More
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.
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 toRead More
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.Read More
I have got many of my friends addicted to chai. Once they experience what real chai tastes like, they tell me a store-bought chai just doesn’t do it anymore. I’ve sent many a new chai addict home with their own bundle of Indian tea and an index card with instructions, to help them enjoy chai anytime they’d like. Now, with the help of this video recipe, they can make it whenever they want. Maybe I’ll start coming to their place for chai.Read More
It was such a great coincidence that we arrived in India at the beginning of one of the biggest festivals in Bombay; the Ganesh festival, known in India as Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s 11 days of dancing in the streets, handfuls of colored powders being thrown in the air and an endless processional of loud drums. It’s an annual celebration of the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Each neighborhood builds their own enormous Ganesh statue, housed in a fantastic temporary shrine for all the locals to come and pay homage. The 11 days of celebration culminates in the dismantling of each shrine and a countless number of parades begin carrying the larger than life statues of Lord Ganesh to the nearest ocean, where they are immersed. For Bombay,Read More
Mummy-ji and I have been cooking up a storm this week. She has been a great sport while I’ve gotten myself in the strangest positions, trying to find the best possible angles to capture each recipe. More than a few times my dupatta (scarf) has been in danger of catching on fire during a few particularly acrobatic angles.
This week, we are working on editing the footage and into great step-by-step videos of Mummy-ji’s wonderful cooking. Here is a snippet of what is coming up in the next few weeks:Read More