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 […]


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 […]


Cranberry Achaar (Pickled Cranberries)

Cranberries, also known as Mossberries have a high nutrition value and are good antioxidants to add to the meal. Their tart taste is great for making Achaar. Since fresh cranberries are only available for a short time, make an extra batch and refrigerate it for later! ingredients:12 oz. fresh cranberries, rinsed, dried and chopped or […]


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 […]


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 […]


Christmas Cake

When celebrating Christmas in India, baking a cake is as important as decorating a tree in America. Growing up in Lucknow, I visited my Christian friends on Christmas day and was offered pieces of Christmas cake with sips of rum! The aroma of this cake baking in my kitchen still evokes fond memories. The classic (Indian) […]


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 […]


Easy Plum Chutney

I love making spicy, sweet-tart chutneys with all the fruits available during the summer. With the huge bounty of plums in our backyard, I have made plenty to eat and share this season. My Plum Chutney is very easy to make and full of great nutrition and fibre. Raisins in the recipe help reduce the […]


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 […]