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 […]


Shami Kabab

Growing up in Lucknow, India, Shami Kabab (a Mughlai delicacy) was part of a great meal; served with Rumali Roti (roti as thin as a hankerchief) or Biryani and chutney. It is really very easy to make and you can impress your guests with little effort. Make a double batch and freeze some patties to […]


Whole Moong Daal

Moong beans are very popular in Indian cuisine. They are eaten as Whole Moong Daal, split Moong with or without skin and Moong flour is used in many sweet and savory dishes. Moong Daal Khichdi made with skinless daal and rice is a common dish served to babies. Whole Moong Daal is a wholesome dish […]


Fruit and Gelatin Salad

This salad turns out perfect every time, looks so beautiful at the table, is nutritious and delicious! Even though it is called a salad, I serve it as a dessert sometimes! I try to use the fruit in season so this recipe uses persimmons. You can use berries, pineapples, peaches or apples, using different flavors […]


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. […]


Masoor Daal (Masoor Lentils)

Lentil or Masoor is one of my favorite Daals. Lentil is also used as a snack when soaked and deep fried; a popular ingredient in ‘Daalmoth’. In my blog posting ‘All about Daals‘, I have grouped Lentils in group 2 along with whole and split Green Peas, whole and split Yellow Peas, whole Moong beans, […]


Arhar or Toor Daal

Arhar daal, also known as Toor daal or pigeon pea is the most commonly cooked daal in India. In North-Eastern India Arhar Daal is cooked almost every day for lunch or dinner. My mom would sometimes add a seasonal vegetable to daal such as squash or taro root and season it with raw mango slices […]


Aloo Gobhi (Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower)

Aloo Gobhi or Potato and Cauliflower is a popular vegetable dish in India and abroad. The few spices boost the flavor of the two vegetables without overpowering them. Instead of cooking Aloo Gobhi on the stove, this recipe saves time by roasting them in the oven; you don’t have to stir it often so the […]


Bhindi ( Oven-Roasted Okra)

Also known as Lady Fingers, Okra is a delicious and nutritious vegetable; very popular, specially in North-East India. Okra is a relative of the hibiscus family and is high in fiber, calcium and vitamins. Because of its mucilaginous property, Okra gets slimy when added to water, so it is best to saute Okra in a […]


Peanut Brittle

I have made Peanut Brittle for years using this recipe and it works like a charm! You will be amazed at how easy it is! Make a second batch and share with your friends. You can use hulled sesame seeds (white or black), mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds and my favorite, pine nuts. I like to […]