Masala Chai ( Tea with Spices)

Chai or tea is not only a popular drink in India, it is a part of the culture. Chai has gained popularity in the rest of the world as well. Masala Chai is sweetened tea with spices and milk. You can buy all kinds of spice mixes for Masala Chai, however it is really easy […]


Palak Paneer (Spinach with Home Made Cheese)

Palak is spinach in Hindi and Paneer is home made cheese or Farmer’s cheese. Palak Paneer is as popular and familiar as chicken curry and a favorite of vegetarian food lovers. My Palak Paneer recipe is easy to prepare, whether you use fresh or frozen spinach. You can make Paneer by following my recipe or […]


Chicken Biryani (Chicken with Rice)

Biryani is one of the popular dishes introduced to India by the Persians. This rice dish can be made with any meat and/or vegetable. I grew up in Lucknow where this signature dish is prepared by cooking rice and meat separately and combining them toward the end of the cooking. I like to save time […]


All about Daals and Beans

The word daal comes from the Sanskrit word ‘dal’ which means to split; daal is literally a whole bean or legume that has been split in half. When cooked, the soup-like dish (also called Daal) is a great source of protein, complex carbohydrate, essential amino acids and dietary fiber. Also known as a lentil or […]


Aloo Gobhi (Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower)

Aloo Gobhi or Potato and Cauliflower is a popular vegetable dish in India and abroad. The few spices boost the flavor of the two vegetables without overpowering them. Instead of cooking Aloo Gobhi on the stove, this recipe saves time by roasting them in the oven; you don’t have to stir it often so the […]


Bhindi ( Oven-Roasted Okra)

Also known as Lady Fingers, Okra is a delicious and nutritious vegetable; very popular, specially in North-East India. Okra is a relative of the hibiscus family and is high in fiber, calcium and vitamins. Because of its mucilaginous property, Okra gets slimy when added to water, so it is best to saute Okra in a […]


Sooji Halwa (Sweet Cream of Wheat)

Sooji or Cream of Wheat Halwa is a popular dish in India. It is a comfort food and can be served for breakfast, lunch, dessert. It is also a popular ‘Prasad’ (food offered to God during pooja, or prayer session, and shared with everyone at the end). Traditionally, cream of wheat is roasted in butter […]


Peanut Brittle

I have made Peanut Brittle for years using this recipe and it works like a charm! You will be amazed at how easy it is! Make a second batch and share with your friends. You can use hulled sesame seeds (white or black), mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds and my favorite, pine nuts. I like to […]


Chana Masala or Chhole (Garbanzo Bean Curry)

Chhole or Chana Masala is a popular vegetarian curry available at most Indian restaurants. Garbanzo beans were introduced to India fairly recently and were called Kabuli Chana for the longest time. My mother remembered eating Chhole for the first time as a teenager when Punjabi restaurants and ‘Dhabas’ started serving them in her home town […]