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Pohe: A Maharashtrian Rice Snack (Vegan!)

Allow me to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite Indian dishes, Pohe!

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Pohe

Since Pohe is traditionally made and served in the west of India–specifically around Maharashtra– it’s not something most Bengali families would grow up eating.  Luckily for me (and you all!), Maa (my mother-in-law) learned to cook Pohe while Baba (father-in-law) worked in Mumbai…and boy, I’m glad she did!

This dish is often referred to as Kanda Pohe and is made from beaten rice flakes.  It usually includes onions, mustard seeds and large chunks of boiled potatoes. Ground turmeric gives it the bright, yellow color.  Continue reading

Rose and Pistachio Cookie Bars

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Rose and Pistachio Cookie Bars

I’ve had the idea for these cookie bars for quite awhile.  In fact, it’s a recipe that’s been sitting in the recesses of my mind, begging to be created.

The idea came to me one night while I was reading.  For some reason all my best recipe ideas have popped up when I’m relaxing and enjoying someone else’s writing.  I’m not quite sure what triggered the thought, but at that moment I decided I needed to combine the flavors of rose and pistachio in a cookie.

It had to be done.  Continue reading

Coconut and Cardamom Chicken Curry

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Coconut and Cardamom Chicken Curry

Last week Piyush and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary.  He had to work for the day so I decided to make him a delicious meal before picking him up from the office and whisking him away to watch The Great Gatsby.

Before I get into all the details of the curry, I’ve got to tell you, this recipe was a hit!  It was exotic and incredibly tasty. In fact, it was so delicious, Piyush has been asking me to make it every single day since he finished it.  That’s definitely not like him…so I know I must have done something right! Continue reading

Tamatar Shorba (Indian Spiced Tomato Soup) Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

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Tamatar Shorba with Spiced Grilled Cheese Sliders

Last year at this time tomato soup would have been the last thing on my mind!  Instead, I was preoccupied with my “baby” plants, berry picking and killing those stubborn Canadian Thistles…Seriously, how do you get rid of those things?!

Unfortunately, this year has been the complete opposite of the last.  Winter is holding on tight, refusing to budge.  Looking out the window, one would think it was December, not May!  It’s been a long winter and I’m beginning to feel a little confused (and a whole lot irritated!)–unsure if I should be planning my gardens or digging out the Christmas decorations.

As you can probably imagine, I’ve been daydreaming a lot about the warmth of India. I’ve even gone so far as to tell Piyush I think we should move there.  Sell the house, ship our stuff overseas and live happily in the tropics–with an air conditioner to keep us cool, of course.  I’d grow my own black pepper plants, drink liters of chai every single day and we’d have our very own mango tree in the back garden.   Continue reading

Aloo Sabzi: Potatoes Cooked in Mustard Oil

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Dry Potato “Curry”: Aloo Sabzi

Sometimes the most ordinary of foods can be made extraordinary simply by pairing them with the right ingredients.  For this delicious potato dish, I took a lot of inspiration from my mother-in-law’s cooking and the tasty foods I ate while in West Bengal. Continue reading

Lamb Keema Matar: Minced Meat Curry with Peas

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Ground Lamb and Peas Curry

Keema Matar (ground meat and peas curry) is one of my favorite Indian dishes.  Not only is it incredibly comforting but it’s also really quick and inexpensive to prepare.  When I think I have nothing in the house to make for dinner, I almost always end up making Keema Masala.  I mean, who doesn’t have a pound or two of ground meat stuffed some place in their freezer?

I used lamb.  Traditionally, I believe, ground mutton or lamb is used; but you could also use ground beef, turkey, chicken or even venison to make this curry. This is really a versatile recipe, as most Indian recipes are, and the leftovers can be transformed into many different dishes. Continue reading

I’m Still Alive!

Hello Everyone!  Long time, no blog post, eh?  Sorry about that.

For those of you who have left me comments or sent me wonderful, kind E-mails, thank you!  If I haven’t yet responded, I promise I haven’t forgotten.  I have a lot to go through, but I’ll respond to them all as soon as I can! :)

Now that winter is almost over (FINALLY!), I plan on spending some extra time cooking, experimenting and blogging!  I don’t know about you, but I really hate the winter.  It’s cold. It’s gloomy.  It makes me turn into a lazy, crabby lady.  RAWR!

Oh, and I’m on a diet.  Double RAWR! haha

My laziness aside, I have a few other things I wanted to share with you guys!

First, Dhokla!  I wanted to share a photo of this beautiful, Indian besan (chickpea flour) cake.  This particular dhokla won me a $100 bet with Piyush.  Silly husband should know better than to challenge me on anything cake related. Haha!

Look for the recipe coming soon!

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Gujarati Dhokla

Second, our tickets are booked for India!  We’ll be leaving here on October 11, 2013 and will be spending 5 glorious weeks abroad.  I’m excited!  The planning isn’t entirely finished yet, but a trip to Darjeeling is definitely in the itinerary. After all, it is one of my favorite places on this Earth. Continue reading