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 | 7 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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Palak Paneer Video

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in All Posts, Paneer Dishes, Vegetarian Entree - Curries, Videos | 20 comments

Palak Paneer Video

One of the best things about making these videos with Mummy-ji is that it has given us something to connect over. As I’m still struggling to learn Hindi, Mummy-ji and I cannot say much to each other.  How do you bond with someone when you can’t talk and joke with them?  It’s been a tricky situation and one I often struggle with as I would love to be close with her.  Spending everyday in the kitchen, hovering over her shoulder or under her elbow has certainly helped to bring us closer together.  Before I publish a new video, I always show it to Mummy-ji so she can see the results of our work together.  I love to see the smile that spreads across her face when Hubby and I share with her the comments and emails so many people send us about

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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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Chai Video

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in All Posts, Drinks, Videos | 6 comments

Chai Video

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.  

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Ganesh Festival

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in All Posts, Indian Adventures | 10 comments

Ganesh Festival

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,

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Aloo Gobi Video

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in All Posts, Vegetarian Entree - Dry Vegetables, Videos | 23 comments

Aloo Gobi Video

Our first full cooking video with Mummy-ji is here.  This was one of the first recipes we made together, potatoes and cauliflower known as aloo gobi in Hindi.  It is one of Hubby’s childhood favorites and a dish I like to turn to when looking for something quick and tasty.

As for making the first full video tutorial, it look me this entire week to learn how to edit in iMovie and it has been well worth the trouble. I have always wanted to make step-by-step videos as watching someone make a recipe is the way I learn to cook, so I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity to offer this to everyone.

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Cooking Videos

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in All Posts, Mummy-ji's Cooking, Videos | 24 comments

Cooking Videos

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:

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Annual India Trip

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in All Posts, Mummy-ji's Cooking, Videos | 20 comments

Annual India Trip

We are on our annual India Trip and this year I’m spending most of my trip in the kitchen. Mummy-ji and I are side by side almost everyday while she teaches me each and every step of some of her favorite recipes.  Hubby’s made it known which dishes are top priority to learn from her while I’m here.  I thought it would be fun to include some detailed videos of our readers’ favorite recipes, featuring the cook who makes them best. So check back soon and keep your computers and kitchens ready for a series of how-to videos.

Here is a preview of the recipes and videos to come.   Stay tuned as more and more videos will be making their way to the blog faster than you can say “how do you make navratan korma?

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Exploring Felton

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in All Posts, Explore California, Story Corner | 17 comments

Exploring Felton

On a Friday night it’s more than likely to find Hubby and I packing a weekend’s worth of Indian food into the trunk of our car and heading over the hill to Aptos and La Selva Beach, where my parents live.  We spend most of our weekends enjoying the good weather of Santa Cruz County, especially during the summer months.  So when I got the chance last week to speak at a blogging event in Felton, an old-fashioned town in the Santa Cruz mountains famous for it’s redwoods and railroads, I was surprised to realize I had never spent any time there before.

The town is amazingly picturesque as if it were pulled from the pages

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Handmade Dough

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in A Homemade Pantry, All Posts, Breads, Colleen's Kitchen | 11 comments

Handmade Dough

I’ve been having a curious desire to return from machine made to handmade. It all started from a realization with chapati dough. I had learned to make chapati dough by hand, using a traditional Indian dough pan. When the day came to make a new batch of dough, I dreaded it. The job was time consuming and tedious, mainly because the large pan was so shallow I wasn’t able to mix easily. Eventually I switched to the food processor and soon progressed to the electric mixer, complete with dough hook attachment.  These convenience machines made the once daunting task quick and easy, with hardly any effort on my part; until it came time for cleanup.  They may knead dough in record time, but every crevice and attachment had to be

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Making Paneer

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in A Homemade Pantry, All Posts, Colleen's Kitchen, Paneer Dishes | 8 comments

Making Paneer

If you’ve been joining me in trying a hand at homemade ghee, you know I decided to carry out a little experiment to see how much it would cost to make my own ghee using butter bought in bulk from Costco. The results are stacked in my fridge…two large jars worth. The savings were so inspiring that I began to wonder what other ways I could cut kitchen costs.

My new curiosity: would this work with paneer? Twice a month, I buy two full gallons of milk at Costco. Even though Hubby and I are avid chai addicts, this is much more milk than we need, but it’s still so much cheaper than shopping at my local Safeway. So I decided to

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Ghee Recipe

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in A Homemade Pantry, All Posts, Colleen's Kitchen | 5 comments

Ghee Recipe

I’ve noticed it takes about half an hour to make ghee, whether I’m boiling two sticks of butter or sixteen sticks of butter.  The first batch I made, I assumed it would take an hour.  So I set the timer and walked away.  When I came back the ghee had over cooked and all the butter was browned.  It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for but it wasn’t a complete loss either.  Browned butter has an intense flavor, which is somewhat sweet. So if you happen to over cook your ghee and end up with browned butter, don’t throw it away.  It’s often used in pastries and is a great accompaniment to caramel desserts.   

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Homemade Ghee

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in "Behind The Scenes" Recipes for Faster Cooking, A Homemade Pantry, All Posts, Colleen's Kitchen | 10 comments

Homemade Ghee

Whether you want to save money, or you don’t have access to store bought ghee, making your own ghee at home is cheap and easy. I’ve always bought my ghee from the Indian store, being perfectly content getting it ready made. I never would have considered making my own…until I noticed the price of ghee slowly but surely increasing. The twenty ounce bottle of ghee I add to my basket every couple months started out around seven dollars and now costs me thirteen. I didn’t think much of it beyond wishing the price would stay put. Then on a trip to India, I saw so many people in the neighborhood making their own ghee at home.  To them, store bought ghee was completely unnecessary, a waste of both time and money.

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