Turnip Curry

Turnip is one of those vegetables that most people ignore at the grocery store. We just don’t know what to do with them besides roasting them. Since turnips do not have much flavor, the spices in a curry sauce really boost their taste. My mom would sometimes add them to a meat dish such as […]


Basic Curry Sauce

Indian cooking is famous for its classic, fragrant, spicy curry that lends flavor to meats, vegetables, and beans. I think curry makes everything taste better. The curried dishes available in Indian restaurants are drenched in fat, loaded with heavy cream. The dishes I grew up with were simple, low in fat, and almost always without […]


Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Greens with Spinach)

Spunky, spicy and intense in flavor, mustard greens originated in the Himalayan regions of India where they are a winter vegetable. In Spring you can see miles and miles of bright yellow fields when the mustard plant starts to bloom!Fortunately mustard greens are available almost all year round in America. A cruciferous vegetable, they rank […]


Punjabi Kadhi (Vegetable Dumplings in Yogurt Sauce)

Kadhi is a popular dish all across India. The ingredients in the sauce and pakoris (dumplings) can vary but basically Kadhi refers to a vegetarian sauce that can be eaten by itself as in Gujarati Kadhi with yogurt or a sauce with dumplings like Kadhi from Uttar Pradesh or Punjabi Kadhi. I grew up eating […]


Achaari Gosht (Lamb/Mutton in Pickling Spices)

I love the sweet-tart-pungent flavor of this lamb dish. Achaari Gosht gets its unique taste and color from mustard and fennel in the pickling spice blend. The combined acidity of vinegar and yogurt adds the perfect amount of tang. This dish is quite easy to make and works really well in a slow cooker. ingredients: 1 lb. […]


Masala Chicken (Chicken with Whole Spices)

Masala Chicken is quite simple to make and has a delicious gravy to serve with rice. I like to use drumsticks for this recipe, cutting the bone tips off for a rounded shape and richer gravy. Mincing the onion gives body to the gravy and the whole spices give a subtle flavor to the sauce with […]


Kaddu (Tangy Mashed Pumpkin)

I grew up eating pumpkin, called ‘Kaddu’ in Hindi, as a vegetable. The first time I ate it as a dessert (pie) was in America which was amazing. There is no Halloween in India so the pumpkin available in the market is the eating kind; it has a smooth, moist texture when cooked. For all my […]


Curried Baked Butternut Squash

Growing up in India, I had not seen a Butternut Squash until I came to America. I grew up eating many other squashes specially pumpkin which my mom prepared in several ways. I fell in love with the texture and smooth taste of Butternut Squash and I try to cook it in as many ways […]


Meat Kofta (Meatball Curry)

Kofta refers to anything shaped like a ball, made either of meat or vegetables and fried, baked or broiled. It can be served dry or in a gravy. Meat koftas are traditionally fried in a skillet but I prefer to bake mine in the oven, it is so much easier. You can serve Kofta with […]


Fish Molee (Fish Curry with Coconut Milk)

Fish Molee also called Moilee is a popular dish from Kerala in the Southern part of India. It is a delicate stew-like curry, using local Kerala spices such as cardamom, cloves and peppercorns. The key ingredient is coconut milk which is great for flavoring mild fish such as catfish. Fish Molee is quite easy to […]