Dosa (Indian Crepe)

Dosa is a crispy crepe made from fermented rice and Urad daal which has been soaked and ground. It is a popular dish in Southern India and is served with a potato filling, Sambhar (a vegetable and daal soup) and several chutneys. You can find Dosa and Idli batter in most South Indian households every […]


Aloo Matar for Dosa (Potatoes and Peas for Dosa)

This combination of potatoes and peas has a unique South Indian flavor that goes well with Dosas. This is a classic dish that is served as an option for stuffing Dosas (called Masala), with chutney on the side. I love the taste of crunchy peanuts so I always sprinkle some on mine, but that is […]


Turnip Curry

Turnip is one of those vegetables that most people ignore at the grocery store. We just don’t know what to do with them besides roasting them. Since turnips do not have much flavor, the spices in a curry sauce really boost their taste. My mom would sometimes add them to a meat dish such as […]


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 […]


Rajma Masala (Kidney Bean Curry)

Rajma is one of the staples of Indian restaurant menus and potluck parties. Easy to make, the dish packs a lot of protein and makes a great meal served with Basmati rice and Raita. ingredients: 1 1/2 cups dried kidney beans or 2 (15 ounces) cans of cooked beans (see notes) 2-3 Tbsps. cooking oil […]


Moong Khichri

Khichri is one of the most popular Indian comfort food. Made by cooking a combination of daal and rice, Khichri is one of the first foods fed to a baby. Since it is easy to digest, Khichri is popular with the elderly as well. Any combination of any daal with sticky or medium grain rice […]


Easy Plum Chutney

I love making spicy, sweet-tart chutneys with all the fruits available during the summer. With the huge bounty of plums in our backyard, I have made plenty to eat and share this season. My Plum Chutney is very easy to make and full of great nutrition and fibre. Raisins in the recipe help reduce the […]


Buckwheat Chilla (Savory Crepe)

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 […]


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 […]


Sookhi Arvi (Pan Fried Taro Root)

Taro or Arvi is a common name for the corms and tubers of the plant Colocasia. A perennial, tropical plant primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, Taro is native to southeast Asia. It is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants, originating perhaps in eastern India. The giant leaves of […]