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Roti’s/ Chappati

Roti is similar to whole wheat tortilla, naan or pita bread. Every culture has its own style of making bread and in India there are differences within the country itself! For example, in the Northern part of India, the roti’s are thicker like a pita, whereas in the Western states they’re thinner, sometimes thinner than...

Moong dal Palak (Spinach with lentils)

I usually keep a bag of spinach around in the house since there are so many delicious recipes that call for spinach! And if not that, the spinach leaves are a great addition to my lunch salad. Moong dal is commonly found in most Indian kitchens. It is high in protein and easy to store...

Baked Vegetables

There are some days where I just feel lazy to cook (and they are few and far in between), but am craving something spicy that cheers up my mood. At these times, I resort to baked dishes that do not require a lot of time or work on my part, yet do the trick of...

Spinach and Asparagus pancakes (Puri)

Just like pancakes (among other things, of course) make a traditional breakfast in the west, in India, puri, paratha and different types of flavored roti’s are consumed for breakfast (and lunch/dinner). It was raining and Rahul was hungry for some traditional food. Since I had some pesto lying around, I decided to mix the two...

Bhindi aloo vegetable (Okra and potatoes)

We had a farewell party for our friends who were moving back to east coast. I knew they love okra, and decided that it was going to be one of the main courses. Okra is eaten in all parts of India, however the cooking style varies from dry and roasted to cooked in a gravy....

Saffron Rice Pulao (Saffron Pilaf)

Whenever we have friends and family over for dinner, rice is almost always a staple with any meal. Instead of eating plain rice, we cook it up into a pilaf, which adds more flavor to the dish and also makes it more enticing. Saffron rice goes well with kadhi, daal-fry, boondi-raita or just plain (for...