Making “Parathas” or stuffed Indian flat bread

A paratha (puh-raa-thaa) is a type of Indian stuffed flat bread made with whole wheat flour. While usually savory (there are regional sweet stuffed varieties which would be a whole different recipe), the stuffing can range from the good ol’ potato (mashed and spiced up) to horse-radish, cauliflower, spinach leaf, paneer (Indian cheese), mashed peas……

Add some “Masala” to your life!!

You’ll hear or read the word “masala” a lot in Indian recipe videos, recipes, books and in the specialty Indian grocery store. In fact there is usually an aisle or two dedicated to “‘masalas”. But before we learn about the different spices, I need to share the very important history of spices, the spice routes…

Making “Ghee” at home

Ghee is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity and its moment of glory in gastronomic circles as well as nutritionally, especially in the “anti-inflammation” diet context. For long it had been relegated to the “bad-fat” shelf but has been rediscovered and now nearly every mainstream grocery store carries it. Here I’ll share my grandmother’s recipe…

Lal Lobia (Red black-eyed peas)

Yes, there is such a thing as “red” black-eyed peas and yes, they are delicious!!! Also rich in iron, zinc, folates (a type of B vitamin), I prefer the flavor of these over their regular cousin the black eyed peas. This recipe pairs red black-eyed peas with fresh dill greens for an interesting twist.  I…

Kalay Chholay (Black chick peas)

I could wax eloquent about the virtues of the Indian black chick-pea. They are a nutritional power house. Packed with protein, soluble fiber, iron, zinc and with a low-glycemic index they are considered a key ingredient for the low-inflammation diet. This recipe is cooked with spices you’ll see listed in the low-inflammation diet books like…

What? Another blog about Indian cooking?

I am hoping this blog will be different… ha! Why?? Because I am a sworn non-traditionalist and non-conformist and was raised by a mother who is a retired scientist and lets just she didn’t limit her science to the lab where she worked! 😉 And if that is not enough she is a recipe innovator and…

Adventures of a brown girl on a bicycle

I am not even sure how far back my love for cycling goes.  I do remember that I was the youngest kid (boy or girl) who could ride a bike among the 54 families and about 100 kids that lived in our apartment building. The bike was way too big for me.  I was not…