Tofu Bajji (Tofu Pakoras, Fritters)

Fritters are called bajji in South India and pakora in North India. They are a very popular snack, especially during the rainy season. There are several vegetables that can be used in the preparation of pakoras – potato, onion, eggplant, raw banana, okra and even the papad. Paneer (cottage cheesed) is another very popular choice….

Roasted Makhana (Foxnuts)

I had heard about foxnuts, but never paid serious attention. Until a participant brought over curried foxnut for a potluck at my home. It was the best tasting dish of all the dishes at the potluck. It is then that I resolved to try out this wonderful ingredient. So, I bought some foxnuts and tried…

Dum Aloo (Baby Potato Curry)

Though we get loads of baby potatoes in North India, I rarely buy them. That’s because I feel guilty consuming potatoes – even though I have read so much about how healthy potatoes are. Perhaps a conditioning of my pre-WFPB days when we were advised by doctors to limit our intake of potatoes. Last winter,…

Palak ‘Paneer’

Palak is spinach in Hindi. And paneer is cottage cheese. Palak paneer is a very popular dish in the North Indian states. You will often find it on dinner tables when guests come for dinner. It is a very tasty dish, very mild and easy on the stomach. I have never been a fan of…

Arbi Ka Bhartha (Mashed Taro Root)

Taro root is called arbi or arvi in Hindi and chembu in Thamizh. This rhizome is widely used in Indian cooking. But not very many people know about this mash recipe. Much more well known and popular is the classic baingan bhartha (mashed eggplant). I came upon this dish while I was a very junior…

Bhendi Do Pyaaza (Okra And Onion Curry)

Summers means okra time. A vegetable that I really love. I prepare okra in several different ways. Often, I make a Punjabi style okra with sliced onions and it tastes marvellous. Similarly, I often make okra in this do pyaaza style – consisting of okra and onions. But this dish tastes vastly different from the…

Stuffed Tikki (Medallions)

Tikkis are typical Indian street food. They are available in every market, at least in Delhi and the surrounding cities. The most popular is the potato tikki – medallions that are shallow fried and served with sweet and spicy chutneys. They are a low cost snack that all sections of society indulge in. In spite…

Laknawi Dal

As part of my experimentation with different Indian foods, I was keen to prepare some stuff from the Avadh region (that includes modern day Lucknow). The food in this region, as preferred by the rulers of Avadh (or Oudh) is mainly non-vegetarian. I was therefore delighted to discover this dal and went ahead to prepare…

Sabut Masoor Dal (Whole Pink Lentils)

Hari is an expert on dals, as he is on several other topics. So, one evening when we were deciding upon the dal for the next day, he suggested sabut masoor dal. I have had masoor dal (pink lentils) several times – it is one of my favourite dals. But the whole lentil (brown in…

Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry)

Sarson ka saag is a very famous dish from the North Indian state of Punjab. It is often paired with a flat bread made of corn. However, any other flat bread also goes well with this iconic dish. This dish is normally made in winter when mustard greens are plentifully available. Of course, like most…