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 […]


Punjabi Kadhi (Vegetable Dumplings in Yogurt Sauce)

Kadhi is a popular dish all across India. The ingredients in the sauce and pakoris (dumplings) can vary but basically Kadhi refers to a vegetarian sauce that can be eaten by itself as in Gujarati Kadhi with yogurt or a sauce with dumplings like Kadhi from Uttar Pradesh or Punjabi Kadhi. I grew up eating […]


Khajoor Katri (Date Nut Roll)

Dates and nuts always make a great combination; these Date Nut Rolls make a healthy snack, a quick dessert and a great hiking companion. I have been making some version of this roll for many years and have found the perfect combination of crispy pumpkin seeds with crunchy almonds and soft pistachios. Slip a few […]


Whole Wheat Kachori (Stuffed Fried Bread)

Whole Wheat Kachori is a very unique dish from North-Eastern¬†India; my Punjabi and South-Indian friends are always surprised when they eat it for the first time. Whole Wheat Kachori is basically a stuffed Puri. It is different from Khasta Kachori because it is not made with all purpose flour and there is very small amount […]



Naan (Baked Flat Bread)

Originally Naan was a generic word for any bread but now it has come to be associated with the popular leavened Indian bread. In India Naan is not made at home because people do not have the Tandoor or clay oven, it is eaten at restaurants. Tandoor ovens can heat up to 800 degrees F […]


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 […]


Meva Burfi (Burfi with Mixed Nuts)

Most of us do not eat as many nuts as we are supposed to, specially children. Meva Burfi is a delicious and healthy way to get your daily dose of this nutrition packed food. I stumbled upon this recipe when I wanted to make Almond Burfi and realized that I did not have enough almonds. […]


Meat Kofta (Meatball Curry)

Kofta refers to anything shaped like a ball, made either of meat or vegetables and fried, baked or broiled. It can be served dry or in a gravy. Meat koftas are traditionally fried in a skillet but I prefer to bake mine in the oven, it is so much easier. You can serve Kofta with […]