Buckwheat Chilla (Savory Crepes)

My family always kept a vrat or fast during the nine days of ‘Navratri’ when I was growing up in India. As kids, we looked forward to the fasting because the food was so different and delicious. My mom would make tangy potatoes with buckwheat Puris fried in ghee among other delicacies. Buckwheat, called Kuttu […]


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 […]


Seviyan Kheer (Vermicelli Pudding)

Seviyan or Indian vermicelli is thinner than Italian vermicelli and is used for making desserts and savory dishes. The hair-thin noodles are made from┬ásemolina with a┬ámachine. Our aunts and neighbors made a similar version by hand called Javey by rolling the dough between their fingers, almost as thin as the machine-made ones and drying them […]


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 […]


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. […]