Recipes

Pav Bhaji (Indian Mashed Veggies Served with Buttered Bread)

Boardwalk delicacies in America include seafood, funnel cake, ice cream, fudge and other treats. If you’re near the Jersey Shore, pork roll and frozen custard must be added to that list. When visiting Juhu Beach in Mumbai India it was exciting to discover their beach options. Most eye-catching was Pav Bhaji, Indian mashed veggies in […]

Chicken Paprikash Recipe

Despite originating in Mexico, paprika is most closely associated with Hungary. Magyar paprika is naturally a bit sweeter than paprika elsewhere because “of the longer cooling season.” From cultivation to turning it into a powder, the process takes seven months. The spice is so important to the country that at one point it was nationalized. […]

Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe

Arguably, there isn’t anything more satisfying than a bowl of noodles. Well perhaps more satisfying is a glass of riesling with said bowl of noodles. Pad Thai is one of those dishes, like biryani that we’d tried to make a few years back but failed spectacularly. They ended up mushy and the tamarind concentrate tasted […]

Indian Biryani Recipe

Biryani is one of those dishes associate with special occasions like pujas, parties or weddings. It’s a little bit of effort to get everything in the pot, but the end result is very worth it. All the spices cook into the rice to make an amazing one pot meal. It’s highly customizable – veggies and […]

Georgian Lobio Red Bean Dip (Georgian Food Month, Part 3)

Welcome to part 3 of Georgian Food Month. Click here for part 1 (Phkali– a spinach and walnut dip) or part 2 (Kharcho Soup – vegan/non-veg versions). I’m a big fan of red beans for their nutrition and versatility. They can be thrown into chili, made into ice cream, used in baking and of course […]

Georgian Phkali – Spinach and Walnut Dip Recipe (Georgian Food Month, Part 1)

Part 1: Georgian Food Month This month I wanted to highlight the food of Georgia. This tiny nation east of the Black Sea mixes some of the best influences of Asia and Europe to create its cuisine. Famous dishes include the khachapuri (brick oven bread filled with cheese), lobio (a type of bean stew), khinkalli […]

Indian (Desi) Style Cornish Hen Recipe

This post is several months overdue as it’s technically Thanksgiving related. Lets just call it a timeless classic, okay? My Indian immigrant adopted the American Thanksgiving tradition for as long as I can remember. Some years we ate turkey, and other times cornish hens. If you like Indian flavors you’ll love this variation. Plus it’s […]

Aloo Tikki 2015 Edition: Indian Potato Croquettes with Peanuts and Spinach

Aloo Tikkis are an like a potato croquette but with Indian spices. This new recipe adds a little more flavor and texture by including spinach and peanuts. The recipe is both vegan and gluten free. The next time around, I’m going to bake it to get a good crisp. Method: 6 red potatoes, chopped into […]

Turnip Greens Recipe – Ain’t No Thing

Ain’t no thing but a turnip green. If you’re not familiar with turnip greens, they’re a great option to have in veggie rotation. Like most greens they’re chock full of good vitamins –  in this case, vitamins A, C & K along with calcium. (Vitamin K by the way helps the body process protein and calcium). […]

What’s In My Food? White Chocolate

White chocolate, that creamy, indulgent confection around since the 1930s is enjoying a renaissance as more candy makers hop on the band wagon. Yes it’s popular and delicious but according to a baker friend, is most certainly not really chocolate. I adjusted my monocle and screamed “That’s preposterous! If it tastes like chocolate and melts […]