Dosa (Indian Crepe)

Dosa is a crispy crepe made from fermented rice and Urad daal which has been soaked and ground. It is a popular dish in Southern India and is served with a potato filling, Sambhar (a vegetable and daal soup) and several chutneys. You can find Dosa and Idli batter in most South Indian households every […]


Sev Burfi (Milk Pudding)

Sev Burfi or Milk Pudding was my favorite Burfi growing up in Lucknow, India.  It is made with khoa, which is cooked down milk and very thin noodles called sev. Some restaurants fry their sev in ghee, giving the burfi the intense ghee fragrance and flavor. Typically, chironji nuts and peeled cantaloupe seeds are added. […]


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 […]


Zucchini Kofta Curry

Zucchini squash is one of the vegetables available throughout the year. I plant several varieties of squash in my California garden and usually have an abundant supply from March until October. I freeze some for winter, some in chunks for roasting and some grated to add to Daals and to make Kofta. This recipe makes […]


Baigan Bharta 2 (Roasted Mashed Eggplants)

I love to grow eggplant in my garden and usually plant at least two varieties – the long Japanese variety which is great for stir-frying and the round globe one which is what I use for making Bharta. Eggplant is one of the easier annual vegetables to grow and has a long growing season in […]


Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

On the fourth day of my Paleo diet, I knew I had to eat something different than eggs for breakfast. I was craving something sweet and it happened to be Valentines Day so I had to cook something special for my husband who was also getting tired of the same old eggs. I played around […]


Moong Khichri

Khichri is one of the most popular Indian comfort food. Made by cooking a combination of daal and rice, Khichri is one of the first foods fed to a baby. Since it is easy to digest, Khichri is popular with the elderly as well. Any combination of any daal with sticky or medium grain rice […]


Egg Curry

Surprise guests, drop-in friends or hungry kids and nothing in the fridge? You can always put together Egg Curry, a great dish to fall back on. Egg Curry was quite popular when I was growing up. My mother made many versions, sometimes with sliced eggs or with whole eggs and with fresh-shelled peas added to […]


Buckwheat Chilla (Savory Crepes)

My family always kept a vrat or fast during the nine days of ‘Navratri’ when I was growing up in India. As kids, we looked forward to the fasting because the food was so different and delicious. My mom would make tangy potatoes with buckwheat Puris fried in ghee among other delicacies. Buckwheat, called Kuttu […]


Besan Chilla (Savory Crepe)

Chilla or Cheela is the easiest way to cook hard to knead, no-gluten flours such as Besan, Corn, Millet, Buckwheat etc. Just mix the flour with water and seasonings and spread the batter on a hot skillet. Chilla is quick and easy to make and you can add chopped or grated vegetables to the batter […]