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 […]


Phara (Daal and Rice Dumplings)

Phara is a boiled dumpling made with daal and rice flour or wheat flour, a very creative way to use protein rich daal in a lean, healthy dish. Phara can be served as a meal, snack or side dish. Indian vegetarian food is so innovative! Phara is not a common Indian dish, made only in […]


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 […]