My family always made fun of Baingan or eggplant with the word “bin gun” which loosely translates to without any abilities as the vegetable is part of the nightshade family and high in alkaloids which can wreak havoc on sensitive stomachs. My family was very much in the above category but my mom would make…… Continue reading Baghare Baingan: A Portrait of Spiced and Simmered Eggplant
A commonly known dish with Punjabi roots, sarson saag (mustard greens) paired with makki di roti (corn flatbread) and makhan (whipped butter) has become an icon for comfort food especially as a celebration of the end of the winter solstice and the incoming harvest (Lohri). This dish found its way into our home in the…… Continue reading Soul searching in Sarson fields: Saag n Maki di Roti
A lot of times we try to distance ourselves from things that bring up memories of hardships. And for a long time, I did that with daal. My family came to America seeking a better life because at the time, “home” was anything but. However, I realize now that the lack of home was caused…… Continue reading Daal with Dil (Heart)
skip to recipe I think when people imagine the cuisine from India, they imagine a monolith of chicken tikka masala and naan. Those things are definitely delicious, but India is surrounded by influences of the countries it is bordered by as well as its internal diversity. A land of over 213 dialects, the food has…… Continue reading A taste of Indo-Chinese: Gobhi Manchurian
skip to recipe Well, where to begin? Trump became president from a running joke to an actual elect. These last two days I did not want to post as I went through the states of grief, not because I didn’t know of the grim realities this country sends to minorities but because I wanted to…… Continue reading A Fall But No Comfort: Acorn Squash Quinoa Khichdi
Samosa recipe Chutney Recipe If I make you these and arrive at the door with them on a tray, I probably love you. I do think this recipe is labor intensive but I also try to make it in bulk because these make store bought or frozen pale in comparison! Samosas can be stuffed with a…… Continue reading Samosas and Chutney
Skip to recipe If you live in California, I don’t really need to make you aware of how unlikely it is to rain. (That’s why every little form of water conservation is so important – remember that when you’re taking a shower). Therefore, I was both surprised and thankful to wake up to the…… Continue reading Gobhi Parathas and a Chance of Rain?