Baby eggplants and onions (sabzi) is made with small round eggplants and onions stuffed with a mixture of spices.
Ball-shaped spicy potato fritters (bondas) are made out of boiled, partly mashed potato with spices, dipped in a thick batter of gram flour (basan), and deep-fried until crispy. They can also be partially-fried and re-fried prior to serving. Serve with ketchup or chutney.
These banging banana bread and muffins are addictive. Experiment with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter chips; or nuts - or any combination.
A light, healthy, and refreshing salad. This bean sprout salad is made with dried whole mung and moth beans that have been sprouted 2-4 days ahead of time.
These beet cutlets (chukander chops) have a pretty deep-red color. Serve with breakfast, brunch, snack, or as a sandwich or burger patty. Make smaller-sized for appetizers or hors d'oeuvres.
This black-eyed peas and sauce (lobia curry) can be made from dried or canned black-eyed peas. Dried peas need to be soaked in water for few hours prior to cooking, unless a slow cooker is used.
This common street food, Bombay bread and vegetables (pav bhaji), consists of special roll called pav that you use to scoop to eat the spicy liquid mixture of coarsely mashed vegetables (bhaji).
This boondi yogurt (raita) features tiny gram flour fritters soaked and added to spiced yogurt.
For these cauliflower fritters (pakoras), dry gram flour is used to coat the cauliflower and then fried to a golden brown. Great with chutney or ketchup.
This is a quick and easy recipe for making coconut (nariyal) chutney, which is usually eaten with South Indian dishes such as Dosa, Idli, Uttapam, Vada etc. Make it couple of hours ahead of serving for dehydrated coconut to get soft.
This sweet, sour, spicy, and colorful corn salad is great as a side dish, especially for a summer gathering or outdoor barbecue.
Corn and flattened rice (poha) is a quick, light, and healthy dish - good for breakfast, brunch, or as a hot snack. Adjust the vegetables based on season and availability - corn, peas, potatoes, carrots, or mixed vegetables.
For these corn fritters (pakoras), dry gram flour is used to coat and bind the corn together and then fried to a golden brown. Great with chutney or ketchup.
This refreshing cucumber and red onion yogurt (raita) features fresh cucumbers and red onions with plain yogurt and spices.
There is really no way to explain this Damie's corn walnut dip... Smoky, spicy, and fresh.
This supereasy chicken marsala is made with lightly breaded chicken cutlets braised with wine, sherry, and baby bella mushrooms.
Delicious and quick! These easy tortilla samosas are made with store-bought tortillas. Make ahead of time and freeze for a quick appetizer. Serve warm with chutneys or ketchup.
In this dish eggplant / baigan is roasted, mashed / minced and then cooked with spices.
Falafal patties are made of dried chickpeas, fresh herbs, and spices that are shaped into balls or patties and deep-fried. Serve as a vegetarian protein-substitute to any salad or sandwich with tahini or tzatziki sauce.
Idli is a South Indian dish, served with spicy legume & vegetable soup called Sambhar and coconut (Narial) chutney. It makes a light, healthy, wholesome, filling meal for brunch, lunch / dinner. It is made of Indian sooji or rawa and steamed in idli moulds, depending on the moulds model, 12 to 16 idlis can be steamed in one batch. These can be made ahead of time, reheated in microwave or frozen for future use.
This deep fried fluffy leavened bread (bhatura) is made with fermented all-purpose flour. Can be made fresh, or pre-make and reheat in a pan, microwave, oven, or freeze for future use.
Dhania Chutney is green in color, spicy and sour in taste. Serve as a dipping sauce with almost anything - samosas, pakoras, chops, chaat, and more. Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or freeze for several months. Keep airtight to maintain the bright green color.
Garam Masala is a dark-roasted powder consisting of many spices. In whole form, it is known as Khada Masala. Garam Masala is one of the only spices that is not tempered in oil - only added to food towards the end of cooking. Can be found in stores, but home-made is recommended.
This refreshing Lahasun Raita features plain yogurt and a combination of green garlic with leaves or garlic cloves, cilantro and hot pepper paste. It is also great as a dipping sauce.
This is a light and quick dessert, made with ground rice and milk and served chilled. Traditionally terra cotta dishes are used to set the Indian rice pudding (phirni). Can be refrigerated for a few days.
These protein-rich lentil cutlets (dal chops) are made of whole brown lentils (kali masoor) or split red lentils (laal masoor). Use as a vegetarian burger or sandwich patty, or make smaller for an appetizer or snack.
Nana's Blueberry Buckle Cake is similar to a coffee cake with blueberries throughout the cake and soft cinnamon crumb topping. Super simple and great for breakfast or brunch.
This lauki raita is made from opo squash/calabash and spiced plain yogurt.
Peas & flattened rice (poha) is a quick, light, and healthy dish - good for breakfast, brunch, or as a hot snack. Adjust the vegetables based on season and availability - corn, peas, potatoes, carrots, or mixed vegetables.
For these Aloo Methi Pakoras, dry gram flour is used to coat and bind the potatoes and fenugreek together and then fried to a golden brown. Great with chutney or ketchup.
For these potatoes and onion fritters (pakoras), dry gram flour is used to coat and bind the potatoes and onions together and then fried to a golden brown. Great with chutney or ketchup.
For these Aloo Hara Pyaz Pakoras, dry gram flour is used to coat and bind the potatoes and scallions together and then fried to a golden brown. Great with chutney or ketchup.
For these potato and spinach fritters (pakoras), dry gram flour is used to coat and bind the potatoes and spinach together and then fried to a golden brown. Great with chutney or ketchup.
Finally cut scallion / hara pyaaz gives this potatoes dish color and flavor. It tastes good with plain paratha, puri, kadhi, kidney beans / rajma, black eye beans / lobia or almost anything.
This refreshing raita features plain yogurt mixed with boiled potatoes, red onion, fresh mint and spices.
Red kidney beans and gravy (rajma curry) can be made from dried or canned kidney beans. Soak dried beans in water overnight for 6-8 hours prior to cooking, unless a slow cooker is used.
This savory breakfast farina (upma) is made from Indian sooji, also known as rawa, semolina or cracked wheat (Cream of Wheat), onions, and peas. A light and healthy dish that can be served for breakfast, brunch, or as a hot snack.
This light and savory vermicelli (namkeen jave) dish is made with fresh in-season vegetables and Indian short vermicelli (jave or jawe) and seasonal fresh vegetables - corn, peas, beans, carrots, and other mixed vegetables that are readily available.
Simple and cute little single-serve Mini Cheesecakes with vanilla wafer-style cookie crust. Add your favorite prepared fruit topping or pie filling. Great for parties.
This incredibly dense and moisture-rich Pumpkin Bread recipe was originally intended to be made in 3 greased and floured coffee cans. They also taste great as 12 jumbo muffins.
The easiest and yummiest Vodka Sauce you will ever make. Good for a quick party or when entertaining large groups.
This easy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole is a basic roux with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Switch up your cuts of pastas and cheeses - you can even add vegetables like broccoli. What is your favorite version?
This one-pot spiced rice with vegetables and paneer (pulav) made with long grain basmati rice, vegetables, paneer (Indian cheese - omit if vegan) and spices. Any vegetable in any amount can be used. Accompany with plain yogurt, raita, salad, cilantro chutney, or mango achaar (pickles).
This popular dish is a spicy chickpea curry, liked by most. Eat alone or with traditional Indian flatbread (bhaturas). With a little planning, dehydrated chickpeas can be soaked and slow-cooked prior to adding spices. Crockpots make the best spicy chickpeas (chana masala/chole)!
Sambhar is a thin spicy soup made with split pigeon pea (toor or arhar daal) and vegetables, depending on availability and liking. It is served with South Indian dishes such as Dosa, Idli, Uttapam, Vada etc. It is also delicious with rice, Indian bread or as a soup.
This Palak Raita features plain yogurt with spinach and spices.
This tamarind dipping sauce, also known as saunth or imli chutney, is brown in color, sweet and sour in taste. Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several months.
This tomato and red onion yogurt (raita) is refreshing and light. Serve as a side with spicier meals.
This quick and easy Kulfi recipe is a traditonal Indian-style ice cream and tastes very different than regular ice cream. Prepared in cone shaped kulfi molds, or popsicle molds - with or without sticks.
Aam Kulfi is a traditional Indian-style ice cream flavored with mango. Prepare in cone shaped kulfi molds, or popsicle molds - with or without sticks.
This common kali dal is made with the Indian version of whole masoor brown lentils, which are smaller, darker, and tastier. Available at specialty or Indian stores.