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 […]


Sev Burfi (Milk Pudding)

Sev Burfi or Milk Pudding was my favorite Burfi growing up in Lucknow, India.  It is made with khoa, which is cooked down milk and very thin noodles called sev. Some restaurants fry their sev in ghee, giving the burfi the intense ghee fragrance and flavor. Typically, chironji nuts and peeled cantaloupe seeds are added. […]


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 […]


Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Greens with Spinach)

Spunky, spicy and intense in flavor, mustard greens originated in the Himalayan regions of India where they are a winter vegetable. In Spring you can see miles and miles of bright yellow fields when the mustard plant starts to bloom!Fortunately mustard greens are available almost all year round in America. A cruciferous vegetable, they rank […]


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 […]


Egg Curry

Surprise guests, drop-in friends or hungry kids and nothing in the fridge? You can always put together Egg Curry, a great dish to fall back on. Egg Curry was quite popular when I was growing up. My mother made many versions, sometimes with sliced eggs or with whole eggs and with fresh-shelled peas added to […]


Coconut Burfi

I have always been very fond of Coconut Burfi, specially the ones made with fresh coconut; I made sure that my mom served it at my wedding buffet! Making Coconut Burfi became fun once I discovered fresh, shredded coconut in the frozen section of Indian and Chinese markets. I add just enough ricotta cheese to […]


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 […]