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Sweet and Spicy White Bean Stew

The creamy and buttery beans with crisp vegetables in tart, salty, sweet and spicy sauce is a simple weeknight meal inspired by my fondness of balance between sweet and spicy. Ingredients Serves 4 … Continue reading

03/11/2015 · Leave a comment

Cabbage and Onion Dosa

This is a variation of one of my favorite Indian breakfasts. The original recipe is a crispy dosa made from semolina, wheat flour, rice flour and flattened rice. Adding veggies, … Continue reading

02/22/2015 · 1 Comment

Karamani Masala (Black Eyed Peas Curry)

This is a simple, easy to make recipe without compromising on flavor. Black eyed peas stewed with ginger, garlic, tomatoes and warm spices makes a perfect meal served with rice, … Continue reading

02/12/2015 · Leave a comment

Vegetable Pilaf with Tomato Mint Gravy

Fight off winter blues with this spicy vegetable pilaf filled with everything that reads comfort about Indian spices. Continuing the ‘stick to your ribs’ theme, this is one of my favorites. … Continue reading

02/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Indian Spiced Noodles

This is a perfect “warm your belly” spicy bowl of noodles with flavors from a typical Indian kitchen. It doesn’t get better than this in terms comfort food. Ingredients 1 … Continue reading

01/23/2015 · Leave a comment

Winter Tomato Soup

There are several ways of incorporating the versatile tomato into a soup. This recipe is a hearty version, perfect for a winter meal. Best served hot, with a chunk of … Continue reading

01/19/2015 · Leave a comment

Stir Fried Garlic Tofu Noodles

Some of my favorite weeknight dinners are simple stir fried dishes. This version came about simply with ingredients I had in my fridge, combined with my love for singapore noodles. … Continue reading

06/02/2011 · 2 Comments

Aaloo Palak

This recipe is very special and one of my favorites. I am thrilled to share my simple , easy to follow recipe of this traditionally  slow cooked laborious process, all without compromising on an … Continue reading

05/14/2011 · 2 Comments

Spiced Lentil and Bean Stew

Inspired by the classic Ethiopian dish, and with my inclination towards indian spices came about this hearty and ‘warm your belly’ lentil stew. If you love earthy, warm spices, this will … Continue reading

12/05/2010 · 1 Comment

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Green Lentil Soup

This is a soup recipe adapted from BHG. The original recipe called for pumpkin, red lentils and chickpeas, but with sweet potatoes, green lentils (french puy lentils) and chickpeas in … Continue reading

04/21/2010 · 2 Comments

Coconut Chayote Squash Masala

This kind of Squash, a prominent vegetable in Indian cooking, is known as Chayote squash in markets in the US. The local name we know and call it by is Chow Chow, which certainly … Continue reading

04/02/2010 · 2 Comments

Garlicky Carrot and Potato stuffed Wontons

This makes a perfect tea time snack and is great served as an appetizer. It’s quite easy to make and needs only a few ingredients. I love working with wonton … Continue reading

02/27/2010 · 6 Comments

Lima Bean Biryani

This is another one of my crazy kitchen sink recipes. Kitchen sink recipes are ones I have no plan or recipe for. I just make it up as I go … Continue reading

02/21/2010 · 5 Comments

Bombay Sandwich – The Queen of Street Food

One of the best things about India and the thing I miss the most food-wise is street food. Here’s one of my favorites, the bombay sandwich. A simple yet soul … Continue reading

01/27/2010 · 2 Comments

Methi and Potatoes in Coconut Curry sauce

Ingredients 2 potatoes, washed and boiled until just firm and cooked 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise 1 cup methi leaves, washed 1 tsp cumin seeds 3 tbsp cilantro, finely … Continue reading

05/30/2009 · 11 Comments

Potatoes in Tomato-Fenugreek Gravy

Here is how I used some great south indian ingredients like fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and mustard seeds with potatoes and tomatoes. It makes a comforting and spicy side dish … Continue reading

04/21/2009 · 7 Comments

Cabbage Lentil Pancakes

Try this and you will never complain about cabbage being bland. The crispy pan fried pieces of cabbage and the hearty spiced lentils are a wonderful combination. Ingredients 1 cup … Continue reading

04/16/2009 · 9 Comments

Fried Tomato and Onion Rice

I call this the South Indian risotto. It has the same comfort and warmth to it. On a cold day, this is one of my favorite things that I look … Continue reading

01/26/2009 · 5 Comments

Chilli Paneer

This dish is inspired from one of the popular cuisines in India :  Indo-chinese food. A whole genre based on merging chinese and Indian ingredients uniquely catered to the Indian … Continue reading

01/22/2009 · 22 Comments

Carrot and Ginger Soup

8 medium sized carrots, diced 1 onion, diced 2″ ginger piece,chopped 1 tbsp butter 1 bay leaf 1/2 tspoon red chilli powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder 3/4 tsp salt 4 cups vegetable … Continue reading

01/19/2009 · 2 Comments

Chickpeas and Methi leaf Curry

Methi(aka Fenugreek) Leaves and Seeds are common ingredients in Indian cooking. They have a slightly bitter but intensely nutty and savory flavor. Added to any gravy or vegetable curries, it … Continue reading

12/30/2008 · 18 Comments

Pesarattu (pronounced pes-a-ret)

Here’s another authentic south Indian breakfast/supper dish. Pesarattu is a savory pancake made from whole green gram dal. You can make the batter ahead of time and store it in … Continue reading

12/08/2008 · 9 Comments

Spinach-Ginger Patties with Tomato Relish

I love the combination of spinach and ginger. One of my favorite South Indian side dish is mashed spinach with ginger and mustard seeds. I wanted to take those flavors … Continue reading

11/09/2008 · Leave a comment

Rava Upma

Rava is the tamil name for powdered semolina. It is coarser than semolina flour but finer than small pasta. Upma is the tamil name of this dish, which can be … Continue reading

11/07/2008 · 4 Comments

South Indian Potato Curry

4 large all purpose potatoes, washed well, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp urad dal( split black gram … Continue reading

10/12/2008 · 11 Comments

Red Chilli noodles with lemongrass-coconut sauce

I found these red chilli noodles in my market and here is my thai inspired creation with it. 1 pound red chilli noodles 5 garlic cloves, sliced 3″ ginger piece, … Continue reading

09/22/2008 · 6 Comments

My Signature Veggie Burger

This is my solution to the dry soy or imitation meat veggie burgers they sell in markets. My signature veggie burger recipe uses simple vegetables, spices and herbs and makes a great … Continue reading

09/15/2008 · 4 Comments

Tomato Chutney

There are many variations to making tomato chutney, this is my south indian version. 3 Ripe Tomatos 2 indian Green chillies 2 Dried Red Chillies 1 tsp black mustard seeds               … Continue reading

09/13/2008 · 1 Comment

Paneer Burji

A quick, 20 minute recipe of scrambled paneer that’s scrumptious. 1 block of paneer, cubed into 1 inch pieces ( about 2 cups) 2 tbsp butter 1 tsp cumin seeds 2″ … Continue reading

09/12/2008 · Leave a comment

Coconut-Coriander Rice

2 cups basmati rice washed, soaked in water for 30 minutes and drained 4 cups water 1 tsp jeera( aka cumin seeds) 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp asafoetida … Continue reading

09/08/2008 · 2 Comments

Jeera(Cumin) Pulao

2 cups Basmati Rice 1 onion, sliced thin 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 inch piece of giner, finely chopped 2 Indian green chillies, split into two( I use the … Continue reading

04/14/2008 · 4 Comments

Palak Paneer

  Know anyone who dislikes spinach? Make this creamy, delicious version of spinach with paneer(indian cottage cheese) and I guarantee they’ll become a spinach lover! 2 cups cubed paneer ( … Continue reading

04/06/2008 · 1 Comment

Aaloo Curry (South Indian version)

Here is one of my all time favorite side dishes to serve with Pooris or any Indian bread. This was a standard Sunday feast my mum used to make when I … Continue reading

03/29/2008 · Leave a comment

Mini Samosas

Samosa in the traditional fashion is quite big and the dough is made from scratch. It’s a long and hard process. Although I do love to make it that way, … Continue reading

03/24/2008 · 2 Comments

Cilantro-Mint Chutney

3 serrano peppers or indian green chillies, chopped 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 4 garlic cloves peeled 1 large bunch of cilantro 4 springs of mint 1/2 … Continue reading

01/09/2008 · Leave a comment

Potato Balls ( Eastern Indian style)

This is literally the easiest, tastiest and quickest potato dish that exists! It’s has very simple, clean and subtle flavors. Delicious is the word.   2 large idaho potatoes 1 … Continue reading

01/09/2008 · 4 Comments


Dhokla is an Indian (Gujarathi) dish that can be served as a snack, appetizer or if you love it as much as me, dinner! If you haven’t eaten one before, … Continue reading

12/06/2007 · 5 Comments

South Indian Egg Curry

Here is a recipe I came up with as great way of using eggs in South Indian food. The combination of onions, curry leaves and hot chillies are intoxicating! Makes … Continue reading

11/10/2007 · 8 Comments

Idiyappam and White Kurma

Idiyappam is a south Indian noodle made from rice flour. It is our South Indian version of rice sticks or rice noodles. Kurma is a south Indian dish which is … Continue reading

11/05/2007 · 2 Comments

Bok Choy with Onions

4 tbsp whole roasted peanuts 1 tsp red pepper flakes pinch of salt 1 large bunch of bok choy 2 tbsp peanut oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 4 tsp … Continue reading

10/18/2007 · 1 Comment




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