Maa Ki Dal (Black Lentil Dal)

This traditional recipe from the North Indian state of Punjab uses whole black lentils. This is not a lentil that I normally stock in my pantry. The urge was upon me to have maa ki dal – which I requested Hari quite a few times. Every time, the response was that we did not have…

Tamater Ki Tari (Tomato Curry)

I make several kinds of tomato dishes – from just simple cooked and mashed tomatoes to gothsu. I like tomatoes, irrespective of whether it is with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Often, my tomato dishes are spicy, but the beauty of these dishes are that you can make it as spicy (or not at all) as…

Lobia Masala (Black-eyed Bean Curry)

There are several types of beans used in Indian cuisine. I am not very familiar with the American terminologies such as refried beans. But I am quite sure that this is called black-eyed beans even in America. There are several dishes that can be made with this versatile beans. I normally stick to the tried…

Bharwa Karela (Stuffed Bitter Gourd)

Bitter gourd (also called bitter melon in many parts of the world) tastes exactly as the name suggests – bitter! It was, therefore, not one of my favourite vegetables in my formative years. I evolved from active dislike, to stoic acceptance to real appreciation, as I became older. I suppose it a question of training…

Pindi Chole (Chickpea Curry)

This is a typical Punjabi recipe. I have eaten this several times at Punjabi restaurants – though never in anyone’s home. I wonder why? It is a fabulous tasting dish that pairs very well with Indian breads. Or even rice. The m√©lange of spices makes this dish what it is – a really exotic preparation….

Bhendi Do Pyaza (Okra And Onion)

It seems to me that India is going through a food revolution. People are experimenting with food and tastes. I belong to a food group from the very tiny region called Palakkad. Many of the recipes posted here are from various other parts of the country, not necessarily Palakkad. There are lots of international recipes…

Punjabi Chana Masala (Garbanzo Beans Curry)

Food habits across India are evolving. When I interact with my South Indian friends and relatives, they invariably want North Indian food. During occasions like eating out or on days when they feel like a special treat. The youngsters prefer North Indian cuisine over the South Indian one. Amongst my North Indian friends, there is…

Gobi Danthal

I had posted a write-up of this almost forgotten dish on Facebook a few days ago. It evoked a lot of interest and many requests for the recipe. But I must say that this dish requires patience as it involves collecting the stems of cauliflower over 2-3 weeks. I managed to get 4 medium sized…

Punjabi Kadhi (Onion Fritters In A Yogurt Based Gravy)

I love the Punjabi kadhi. The gravy has a creamy texture. And the deep-fried fritters that are added to the gravy makes a delicacy when served with rice. I was very concerned when I adopted a WFPB diet some years ago – wondering how I was ever going to taste this kadhi again. I need…

Punjabi Bhendi Masala

One of my summer pleasures (there are several) is bhendi (okra, vendakai). Like the brinjal, this is indeed a versatile vegetable. It is abundantly available in the Indian subcontinent. But I am not sure that this super-tasty vegetable is available in many other parts of the world. Some years ago, I was having dinner with…