Rice Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Rice Kheer or Pudding is cooked in some variation in every culture! In India, I grew up eating different kinds of Kheer such as Semolina Kheer, Vermicelli Kheer, Makhana Kheer, Carrot Kheer and Lauki Kheer. The main ingredient in Kheer is whole milk, choice of vegetable or grain and sugar. Rice Kheer is the most […]


Masala Chicken (Chicken with Whole Spices)

Masala Chicken is quite simple to make and has a delicious gravy to serve with rice. I like to use drumsticks for this recipe, cutting the bone tips off for a rounded shape and richer gravy. Mincing the onion gives body to the gravy and the whole spices give a subtle flavor to the sauce with […]


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 […]


Daal Panchrangi (Mixed Daal)

Daal is a legume, high in protein, fiber and amino acids and a staple of a balanced Indian meal. There are many varieties of Daal, I can make a different daal for each day of the month without repeating a recipe! Panch means five and Ranga means color. This recipe combines five different Daals with and […]


Meva Burfi (Burfi with Mixed Nuts)

Most of us do not eat as many nuts as we are supposed to, specially children. Meva Burfi is a delicious and healthy way to get your daily dose of this nutrition packed food. I stumbled upon this recipe when I wanted to make Almond Burfi and realized that I did not have enough almonds. […]


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 […]


Curried Baked Butternut Squash

Growing up in India, I had not seen a Butternut Squash until I came to America. I grew up eating many other squashes specially pumpkin which my mom prepared in several ways. I fell in love with the texture and smooth taste of Butternut Squash and I try to cook it in as many ways […]


Jeera Aloo (Potatoes with Cumin)

Potatoes are a favorite in every cuisine. There are at least a hundred different Indian recipes for preparing potatoes, from simply roasted potatoes to stuffed potato curry. Jeera Aloo is a classic North Indian dish that goes well with Puris and Kachoris. It is a delicious, tangy dish, easy to prepare, without any onion or […]


Meat Kofta (Meatball Curry)

Kofta refers to anything shaped like a ball, made either of meat or vegetables and fried, baked or broiled. It can be served dry or in a gravy. Meat koftas are traditionally fried in a skillet but I prefer to bake mine in the oven, it is so much easier. You can serve Kofta with […]


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. […]