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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Roasted Kabocha Squash

The first time I tasted Kabocha squash was in a tempura dish at a Japanese restaurant. I fell in love with  its texture and flavor and have been cooking it ever since. I make pakoras out of it, dipping in a besan batter and deep frying or serve it as a side dish by simply […]