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
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
Mexican Spiced Shrimp with Black Beans topped with a dollop of Greek Yogurt
once or twice a million times that I’ve been on a diet. How exciting?! Actually, I’m trying to think of it more as a lifestyle change. I’m not depriving myself, I’m just not over-doing it, either.
My new way of eating really focuses on portion sizes and eating more frequently. Truthfully, it sucks. That being said, it works.
Most of the food I’ve been cooking lately has been incredibly unexciting. Because I’ve been busier than usual the past couple months, Continue reading
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
Indian-Inspired Rice Krispie Bars
Traditional American rice krispie bars have always been one of my favorite snacks. Especially if they’re of the peanut butter variety! Some of my earliest memories center around the simple–yet delicious–rice krispie bar. It’s true. I remember stirring the pot of melting marshmallows on my grandmother’s stove-top while my aunt, Patty, supervised–well over 20 years ago! (Man, I’m getting old…)
My husband, being the picky guy he is, doesn’t love the simple rice krispie bar the way I do. In fact, he flat-out dislikes them. Crazy, I know. Determined to make him love the sweet and crunchy snack-bar, I decided to make a version with flavors I knew he’d love.
Mini Korma Pies
I’ve had a lot of requests for this recipe, and I’m not really sure why I haven’t posted it. But hey, it’s never too late…right?
I created this recipe for a pie contest that was held way back in September. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but that’s okay. You see, I made 300 little pies the night before because Piyush and I had to transport them to Minneapolis by early afternoon the next day. Living a couple hours away from Minneapolis, I knew I wouldn’t have time to prep and travel the day of. Continue reading
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala
When I was cleaning out my freezer the other day I noticed I had a few (forgotten) packs of paneer. Paneer, a fresh Indian cheese made with whole milk, is one of my all-time favorite ingredients. It’s a great vegetarian (not dairy-free) source of protein and can be used in many different ways. Continue reading