Lobiya Pakoris (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

Black-eyed Peas, known as Lobiya in Hindi are quite versatile and easy to cook. They are used in many recipes including this easy to make appetizer or snack. I lived in Birmingham, Alabama for many years with my husband and children where Black-eyed Peas are an important part of a traditional New Year’s dinner. It […]


Daal Panchrangi (Mixed Daal)

Daal is a legume, high in protein, fiber and amino acids and a staple of a balanced Indian meal. There are many varieties of Daal, I can make a different daal for each day of the month without repeating a recipe! Panch means five and Ranga means color. This recipe combines five different Daals with and […]


Palak Chhole (Spinach and Garbanzo Bean Curry)

Garbanzo beans or Chhole have become really popular at Indian restaurants and homes. Palak Chhole is a great way to serve spinach which tastes creamy without much cream. The combination of spinach with beans, served with rice or roti, makes a wholesome meal. ingredients:  1 lb. spinach, fresh or frozen 2 Tbsps. butter or oil 1 […]


All about Daals and Beans

The word daal comes from the Sanskrit word ‘dal’ which means to split; daal is literally a whole bean or legume that has been split in half. When cooked, the soup-like dish (also called Daal) is a great source of protein, complex carbohydrate, essential amino acids and dietary fiber. Also known as a lentil or […]


Chana Masala or Chhole (Garbanzo Bean Curry)

Chhole or Chana Masala is a popular vegetarian curry available at most Indian restaurants. Garbanzo beans were introduced to India fairly recently and were called Kabuli Chana for the longest time. My mother remembered eating Chhole for the first time as a teenager when Punjabi restaurants and ‘Dhabas’ started serving them in her home town […]