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
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
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?“Read More
We are finishing up our month long visit (only five days left!) and I’ve noticed I have only posted one recipe. Some of you might be wondering if I have been learning any cooking during my time here. The answer is, you bet I have! One of my main goals for this trip was to learn more local cuisine made in real homes as opposed to some of the fancy restaurant creations often touted in most cookbooks. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the homes of some of the best cooks in the neighborhood and peering over their shoulder, snapping shot after shot as they show me their best dishes and family favorites. I’ve also been a constant presence in our own Punjabi kitchen watching Mummy-ji and even trying to lend a hand where I can.Read More
After arriving in India at 4:00 AM Friday morning, we slept for a few hours and got up at 10:00 AM with a severe case of jet lag. Once hubby and I were awake enough for breakfast, we had our first meal in India. The ultimate Punjabi breakfast of aloo parathas and chai. Aloo Parathas are Hubby’s favorite comfort food. He grew up eating them almost everyday. If I go too long without making them, he’ll soon start to request them. Parathas are like chapatis in that they are Indian flat-breads, but what makes them different from chapatis is that they are layered with either a stuffing of some kind such as potatoes or you can also stuff them with paneer (Indian cheese), cauliflower, radish, fenugreek leaves or eggs. Plain parathas have layers of ghee (clarified butter) folded into into them. Some parathas have the stuffing made into the dough itself, while others have the stuffing enveloped into the dough. Aloo parathas are filled with a spicy potato mixture that has been enveloped into the dough and then rolled flat.