Buckwheat and Besan Chilla (Savory Crepes)

My family always kept vrat or fasting during the nine days of Navratri when I was growing up in India. As kids, we looked forward to it because the food was so different and delicious. I can recall my mom making tangy potatoes served with buckwheat puris fried in ghee.¬†Buckwheat, called kuttu in Hindi, does […]


Lobiya Pakoris (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters)

Black-eyed Peas, known as Lobiya in Hindi are quite versatile and easy to cook. They are used in many recipes including this easy to make appetizer or snack. I lived in Birmingham, Alabama for many years with my husband and children where Black-eyed Peas are an important part of a traditional New Year’s dinner. It […]


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 […]


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 […]


Samosa

Samosas are one of the most popular Indian snacks. They are so much fun to make and even more fun to eat! The best tasting Samosas are made with rolling out a flaky pastry, stuffing it with a savory filling and frying on a low to medium heat so that the pastry becomes crispy. The […]


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. […]