Indian, Sides and Snacks

Punjab soup – our family heirloom recipe

Jump to recipe My paternal grandfather had traveled extensively within India and during one of his trips must have come across this dish in North India. He called it ‘Punjab soup’. We still don’t know if there is really such a dish in Punjab… it was made with potatoes, onions and tomatoes - all three… Continue reading Punjab soup – our family heirloom recipe

Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot

Adzuki beans with double chards – Adraki chori dal saag

Jump to Recipe Mixing pulses and dried beans with greens is a match meant to be 🙂 somehow the bite of the beans goes very well with the soft cooked greens. When I mix beans with greens, I try to use robust greens such as kale, chards, mustards etc. I am particularly very fond of… Continue reading Adzuki beans with double chards – Adraki chori dal saag

Appetizer, Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees, Sides and Snacks

Special occasion meal 💝

My love for cooking and presenting variety of dishes has always made me plan special occasion meals at home. I will plan a few dishes and keep couple of them really simple and cook a couple of them from scratch. This helps with a big spread but not hours of sweating in the kitchen. Some… Continue reading Special occasion meal 💝

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Kofta Biriyani

In the lovely city of D where we live, we recently had the joy of a new Indian restaurant opening which apparently is also a chain. I dont want to name it, but this restaurant has a menu which runs to pages and has a good set of unique dishes. One particular offering which we… Continue reading Kofta Biriyani

Appetizer, Fusion, Indian

Cauliflower roasted with Curry leaf seasoning

Jump to recipeJump to recipe card Appetizers are usually the best part of any gathering. Guests relax, enjoying them with cocktails while most of the fun conversations are exchanged. Appetizers can be made completely with vegetables and served in uniquely seasoned ways that can be enjoyed by all. Curry leaf is a very beneficial herb used… Continue reading Cauliflower roasted with Curry leaf seasoning

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Herbaceous Kidney beans – Hariyali Rajma

Jump to recipeJump to recipe card It was a long and stressful day at work 😌 but no complaints 🙂 Always count my blessings for still having a roof over my head and staying healthy. Lets all look forward to change for the better for the entire world…… My plans for dinner was something elaborate, but I… Continue reading Herbaceous Kidney beans – Hariyali Rajma

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Instant Oats Uttapam

Jump to recipe I was so thrilled with the success of one of my earlier post - Red Poha Uttapam - that I had to try something similar with Oats. I tried Oats Uttapam. Same concept - no grinding, no fermenting ! I have to say I was quite pleased. Lets face it nothing is as… Continue reading Instant Oats Uttapam

Holiday, Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Brown Rice Mushroom biriyani – a time-tested family recipe

Biriyani is a very famous Indian dish with many variations depending on the state in India. While in its original form this was a meat based delicacy, over time vegetarian versions have become popular. In most preparations the rice and vegetable gravy are prepared separately and layered alternatively in a large dish to combine the… Continue reading Brown Rice Mushroom biriyani – a time-tested family recipe

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Quinoa venn Pongal in InstantPot

Jump to recipe Venn Pongal means white pongal. Venn pongal is a popular main dish in south India and is prepared in every Tamizh household with a lot of fanfare for the Harvest festival. This festival  occurs every year during the 2nd week in January. Venn pongal also gets its name from it color, it… Continue reading Quinoa venn Pongal in InstantPot

Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot, Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Brown rice, chickpea and spinach risotto in InstantPot

Jump to Recipe After all the Holiday cooking, whether entertaining or not, January seems to be the month for a culinary ‘reboot’ a.k.a get back to some simple, wholesome, homely meals. Continuing on the same theme, today's recipe is a fusion rice dish combining Italian with Indian seasonings. Risotto is a creamy rice dish from… Continue reading Brown rice, chickpea and spinach risotto in InstantPot