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 […]


Cracked Wheat Upma

I grew up eating Dalia or cracked wheat cooked in milk with sugar for breakfast. Cracked wheat Upma is a delicious and more nutritious savory dish that can be served as breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. It is easy to make and a wholesome side dish as well. For extra flavor, dry roast the cracked […]


Spicy Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney is a favorite at our Thanksgiving table as well as with Indian meals. I try to add as little sugar as possible by replacing it with dried fruits. Dried apricots compliment the cranberries and blend well in this chutney, you can use raisins or dates too. Try Spicy Cranberry Chutney with Brie and […]


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 […]


Bhindi Tamatar (Okra with Tomatoes)

Bhindi is also known as Okra or Ladies Fingers in India and is a delicious and nutritious vegetable. A relative of the hibiscus family, it is high in fiber, calcium and vitamins. Because of its mucilaginous property, Okra gets slimy when added to water; it is best to saute Okra in a non-stick pan or […]


Aloo Raita (Potatoes in Yogurt)

An Indian meal is not complete without a yogurt dish or plain yogurt. Yogurt is a great accompaniment to the spicy curries and serves as a palate soother. It completes the meal by providing protein and probiotics. Raita is basically yogurt or buttermilk mixed with a combination of fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, herbs and seasonings. […]


Boondi Raita (Chick Pea Flour Balls in Yogurt)

An Indian meal is not complete without a yogurt dish or plain yogurt. Yogurt is a great accompaniment to spicy curries and serves as a palate soother. It completes the meal by providing protein and probiotics. Raita is basically yogurt or buttermilk mixed with a combination of fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, herbs and seasonings. Most […]


Cucumber Raita (Cucumber in Yogurt)

An Indian meal is not complete without a yogurt dish or plain yogurt. Yogurt is a great accompaniment to the spicy curries and serves as a palate soother. It completes the meal by providing protein and probiotics. Raita is basically yogurt or buttermilk mixed with a combination of fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, herbs and seasonings. […]