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 […]


Palak Paneer (Spinach with Home Made Cheese)

Palak is spinach in Hindi and Paneer is home made cheese or Farmer’s cheese. Palak Paneer is as popular and familiar as chicken curry and a favorite of vegetarian food lovers. My Palak Paneer recipe is easy to prepare, whether you use fresh or frozen spinach. You can make Paneer by following my recipe or […]


Multigrain Pilaf

Most people do not eat enough whole grains these days. There is such a large variety of grains in the market now and each grain has its own dietary benefits. I lived on a farm for a few years in India and my mother created delicious meals, desserts and snacks using all the available grains. […]


Chana Daal with Squash

Chana Daal with Squash is one of my favorite Daal recipes and I make it often! You can use any one of the many squashes available but I like the taste of Bottle Gourd, also known as Opo squash or Ghiya or Lauki. Because of its mild taste, Lauki lets the Chana Daal flavor come […]


Tandoori Chicken

I have made this recipe for many years and it is always a hit! As the name suggests, Tandoori Chicken is cooked in a very hot clay oven but turns out just as well in the home oven. The secret is in the marinade which helps tenderize the meat. I prefer to use chicken drumsticks […]


Sooji Halwa (Sweet Cream of Wheat)

Sooji or Cream of Wheat Halwa is a popular dish in India. It is a comfort food and can be served for breakfast, lunch, dessert. It is also a popular ‘Prasad’ (food offered to God during pooja, or prayer session, and shared with everyone at the end). Traditionally, cream of wheat is roasted in butter […]


Aloo Bharta (Mashed Potato)

Bharta is a Hindi word for any thing mashed, Aloo Bharta is Indian style mashed potatoes. I grew up on a farm in India where we would light an outdoor fire every evening during the winter and regularly roast potatoes or peanuts. We would bury the potatoes in the hot coals toward the edge of […]


Aloo Matar (Potato and Peas Curry)

Potatoes are a comfort food in most cultures. They make a great side dish whether mashed or fried or sauted. This recipe is simple, low fat, delicious and very satisfying. ingredients: 2 medium potatoes, boiled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes (I prefer the yukon gold variety) 1/2 cup or more frozen or fresh green […]


Gaajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

Carrot Halwa is a popular Indian dessert, specially during the winter season when it is served warm. My mother made it with ‘black carrots’ which are darker, almost like beets in color, giving Gaajar Halwa a deep, ruby-red color. (Black carrots are available at the local farmer’s market sometimes). Traditionally, grated carrot is cooked in […]


Upma ( Cream of Wheat with Vegetables)

Upma is a savory version of Halwa and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yogurt Raita and salad are great accompaniments. This is a shortcut, microwave version. You can also cook it on the stove top. ingredients: 3/4 cup cream of wheat or semolina or sooji 1/2 tsp. black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp. […]