Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fig Honey Compote

Fresh Figs - 1 lb, chopped
Raw Honey - 3 to 4 tbsp depending on the sweetness of the fig or as per taste
White Wine Vinegar - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3
Star Anise - 1
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
Nutmeg - a pinch

Mix everything together in a saucepan and cook on low heat till the figs are soft and the sauce is thick and bubbly.

Cool and refrigerate in a glass container.

Serve over greek yogurt or ice-cream. We had ours with pistachio ice-cream.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quinoa Dosa / Quinoa and Lentil Savory Crepes

Quinoa - 2 cups
Urad Dal / Skinned Black Lentils - 1 cup
Chana Dal / Split Chickpeas - 2 tbsp
Rice - 2 tbsp

Soak together in plenty of water overnight.

Drain water, add a couple of cups of fresh water and blend together in a high speed blender till smooth.

Cover the batter and leave it in a warm place to ferment for a few hours.

Add salt and a little water , if required, to make the batter like pancake batter consistency. Make crepes on a cast iron skillet. Serve with potato curry or any curry of your choice.

Adapted from

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kanda Batata Poha

Poha - 2 small cups
Sweet Onion - 1 medium size, finely chopped
Boiled Potato - 1, cut into small cubes
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp.
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Tender Curry Leaves - a couple of small sprigs
Green Chilies - 3, finely chopped
Roasted Peanuts - a handful
Raw Sugar - 1 tbsp
Lemon - 1
Cilantro - handful, chopped

Place the poha/flattened rice in a large sieve and under running water for a few minutes till it softens a little (or soak it in water for a few minutes).  Drain and keep aside. Mix with salt, sugar, lemon juice and turmeric.

Add a tbsp. of oil, mustard and cumin seeds. Then add the curry leaves, chopped green chilies and onion. Cook till the onion begins to caramelize. Add the boiled cubed potato and roasted peanuts and cook for a couple of minutes more.

Now add the poha and and mix everything well. Lower the flame to medium and keep covered for a couple of minutes.

Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ajwaini Bhindi / Okra with Spices

Fresh Okra / Bhindi - 30 pieces, wash, dry, cut the ends and chop into 1 inch pieces
Onion - 1, chopped
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Ajwain / Bishop's weed - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Aamchur powder / Dry mango Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp

Heat a cast iron pan. Once hot, add olive oil, onion and ajwain. Cook till the onion becomes slightly soft.

Now add the bhindi, turmeric and salt. Mix well. Cook on high flame for a few minutes spreading it all around the pan.

Add coriander powder and chili powder and continue to cook while tossing in between.

Once the bhindi is done, add aamchur, remove from heat and serve hot.

Adapted from bhindi-ki-sabzi-okra-cooked-with-spices.html

Monday, May 29, 2017

Red Lentils with Green Mango

Red Lentils / Masoor Dal - 1 cup
Green Mango - 1 (medium sized), peeled and chopped into small cubes
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Water - 3 cups
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green Chili - 2, chopped

For Tempering :
Mustard Oil - 2 tsp
Dried Red Chili - 2, broken
Paanch Phoron / Five Spices - 1/2 tsp

Cook the dal with 3 cups of water and some turmeric till it is soft.

Heat a large pan. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, mustard seeds and green chili. Add the chopped mango and a pinch of turmeric and cook till the mango gets soft. Add the dal and some water. Adjust seasoning and bring it to boil.

Once it reaches desired consistency, remove from heat.

Heat a small pan, add mustard oil. Once the oil is smoking, add the panch phoron and red chili. For the oil and the spices over the dal and serve immediately.

Adapted from

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Simplest Shrimp by Mark Bittman

Fresh Shrimp - 1 pound, peeled, rinsed and dried
Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 3 big olives, thinly sliced
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Paprika - 1/2 tsp
Cayenne Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Salt and Pepper
Cilantro or Parsley for garnishing (optional)

Heat a large pan. Add the olive oil and sliced garlic and cook till the garlic is golden.

Increase heat and add shrimp, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and cayenne. Stir to blend and continue to cook, for around 5 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice and turning the shrimp once or twice until they are pink all over and the gravy is bubbly.

Garnish with cilantro or parsley and serve immediately over steamed rice or quinoa.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Taco Samosa

All-purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
Sooji / Semolina - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp 
Lukewarm water - 1/2 cup
Potatoes - 2 big ones, boiled and chopped into small cubes
Green peas-1/2 cup, lightly steamed or boiled halfway with the potatoes 
Oil-1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds - 1 tsp, lightly crushed 
Pomegranate Seeds - 1 tsp, crushed
Green Chili - 2, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1 tspRed chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Roasted Peanuts - a handful

Oil for deep frying

Mix the flour, semolina, salt, and oil. Add water as needed to make a firm dough.
knead the dough for about 1 minutes to make the dough smooth and pliable.
Let the dough sit for at least 15 minutes.

Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, green chilies, pomegranate seeds and ginger.

Add potatoes, peas, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, peanuts and salt. 

Cook for about 2 minutes, potato filling should be moist not very dry. Keep aside.

Knead the dough for few seconds. Divide the dough into 12 to 15 equal parts, and roll them into balls.

Roll each dough ball into about 4-inch diameter. Prick each rolled up Taco with a fork in several places, this will prevent Taco from puffing and make them crisp.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should sizzle and come up slowly.

Place one rolled Taco in the frying pan and press with a skimmer, turn and fold in half. Doing this it will become taco shape. Do not press, between the fold there should be space to fill the potatoes filling. Gently do the next one same way do not over crowd the frying pan. Fry them until light golden brown on both sides. This should take about 2-3 minutes

Take the Taco out and place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat the process for remaining Taco.
You can prepare the taco shells in advance and store them in air tight container.

Fill the taco shell with warm potato filling. If desired, drizzle tamarind chutney on top and serve.

Adapted from

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Almond Date Cherry Smoothie

Frozen Cherries - 1 cup
Ripe Banana - 1 (preferably sliced and frozen)
Almond Flour - 6 tbsp.
Water - 1 to 2 cups
Mejdool Dates - 6, deseeded

Blend everything together in a high speed blender for 30 seconds and serve immediately.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sweet Boondi

Besan /Chickpea Flour - 2 cups, heaped
Water - around 2 cups

Turbinado Sugar - 2 cups
Water - 2 cups
Saffron - a few strands
Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp

Ghee - 1 tbsp
A handful of cashew nuts and raisinsPeanut Oil for deep frying
Ladle with small holes

Sift the besan with a sifter. Add water slowly and make a batter by mixing simultaneously using a wire whisk. The batter should not be too watery and should be of pancake batter consistency. Deep aside for atleast one hour.

Toss the cashew nuts and raisins in warm ghee and keep aside. 

Heat oil in a kadai / iron wok over medium heat. The oil should be sufficiently hot before dropping the batter. This can be tested by putting a drop of batter in the oil. The drop should immediately bubble up.

Now hold the ladle over the kadai and pour some batter on it. The drops of batter will fall on the oil and immediately bubble up. Remove the boondis once they begin to change color. Leave the boondis on a paper towel to soak excess oil.

Before frying the next batch of boondis, wipe or wash the ladle completely clean. If the ladle has some batter clinging to it, the next batch of boondis will not be round and they will have an elongated shape. Continue frying like this for the entire batter. If the bonds are not round and flat then the batter is too thick, add a little water. If the bondis have an elongated shape, then the batter is too thin, add a little chickpea flour.

Make a sugar syrup of 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water. Boil till the syrup for a few minutes till the syrup slightly thickens. Add saffron and some cardamom powder. Add all the fried boondis and mix well. Now put the syrup along with the boondis back on heat for a few minutes till all the syrup is soaked. Add the fried dry fruits and mix well. Leave the mixture to cool down for  a few minutes before serving.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mushurir Daler Borar Tarkari

Mixed Vegetables - I used broad beans, cauliflower, potatoes (can also use eggplant, butternut squash)
Mustard Oil - 3 tbsp
Panch Phoron or Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Hing / Asafoetida - a pinch
Green Chili - 3
Bay Leaf - 1
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Tomato - 1, grated
Raw Turbinado Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp

To make the dal boras :
Red lentils / Mushurir Dal - 1 cup
Red Onion - 1/2, finely chopped
Green Chili - a few, finely chopped
Cilantro - handful, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Red Chili Powder - 1/4 tsp

Soak the lentils in sufficient water for a few hours. Drain and blend in a high speed blender till smooth.

Add chopped onion, green chili, cilantro, salt, red chili, ginger to the the dal paste and mix well with hand.

Fry in batches in hot oil till brown and crispy. Alternatively you can use the ableskiver pan to make the fritters. Keep aside.

Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add panch phoron, hing, green chilies, and bay leaf. Then add the chopped vegetables. Sprinkle turmeric and salt. Cover and cook till the vegetables are half done.

Now add the grated tomato, ginger, cumin and coriander powder. Mix well. Cook for a few minutes more. Then add 2 cups of water and bring the gravy to boil. Check for seasoning and add sugar if required. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the dal fritters. Remove from heat immediately and cover and let it stand for five to ten minutes.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Raw Banana Kofta / Kachkolar Kofta

Raw green banana / Kachkola - 2, boiled and peeled
Yukon Gold Potato - 1 medium sized, boiled
Roasted Cumin Powder - 2 tsp
Aamchur / Raw Mango Powder - 1/2 tsp
Rock Salt
Cayenne Pepper - 2 pinches
Besan / Chickpea Powder - 1 tbsp
Cilantro - a handful
Red Onion - finely chopped, around 2 tbsp
Green Chili - 2, finely chopped
Oil for shallow frying or deep frying

For the gravy:
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 2
Hing / Asafoetida - 2 pinches (optional)
Fresh Tomatoes - 1/4 cup, chopped
Sugar / Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
Spice Mix - 1 tbsp (A mix of curry powder or cumin coriander powder along with turmeric, cayenne pepper, a tsp of paprika with a couple of tbsp of water)
Water - 3 to 4 cups
Cilantro for garnishing

Mash the boiled banana and potato gather along with salt, roasted cumin powder, cayenne pepper, besan, cilantro, red onion and green chili.

Make small balls and deep fry them in batches in hot oil till they are golden brown. Alternatively, if you are shallow frying them, use a hot cast iron pan with a little oil and flatten the balls slightly so that they are easier to shallow fry. Keep the fried balls aside.

Now heat oil in a large pan and add cumin seeds, bay leaf and hing. Then add the chopped tomato and spice paste. Cook till the tomato and spices mix well and oil separates.

Add 3 to 4 cups of water and bring the gravy to a boil. The gravy may appear watery but the koftas absorb a lot of liquid, so the gravy should at least top the koftas. Add in the fried kofta gently to the gravy and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. . Remove from heat and cover and set aside for at least 10 minutes. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top and serve.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mushurir Dal Shedho / Boiled Red Lentils

Red Lentils - 1 cup
Water - 4 to 5 cups
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Red Onion - finely chopped
Green Chili - finely chopped
Cilantro - chopped
Ghee / Mustard Oil - for drizzling on top

Wash the lentils in water, drain and add 4 to 5 cups of water, turmeric and salt and cook till done. The dal should be a little liquid with soup like consistency. Mash it with a fork.

Add the chopped onion, green chili and cilantro on top, drizzle with ghee or mustard oil and serve hot with steamed rice.

Adapted from

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shrimp with Garlic and Cumin

Shrimp - around 1/2 lb.
Oil - 1 tbsp
Turbinado Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Garlic Pods - 12
Cumin Seeds - 2 tbsp
Cayenne Pepper - a pinch
Paprika - 1 tsp
Water - 2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Marinate the shrimp with salt and turmeric for a few minutes.

Make a thick paste of garlic, cumin seeds, cayenne pepper, paprika with a little water.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the sugar and once it starts to brown, add the spice paste and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add the shrimp and cook till the shrimp is done and the gravy is thick. Serve with steamed rice.

Adapted from

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Masale Bhaat

Cooked Rice - about a cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Black Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaf - a few
Hing / Asafoetida - a pinch
Mixed Vegetables - tonsil (ivy gourd), eggplant, carrots, capsicum - cut into 2 inch longish thin pieces
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Goda Masala / Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Roasted Cashewnuts - a handful

Heat oil and add the mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves.

Add the chopped vegetables and turmeric and salt and mix well. Cook on high heat for a few minutes. Then add the good masala and cover tightly and cook till the vegetables are almost done. In between, remove cover and toss the vegetables. If required add a sprinkle of water so that the vegetables do not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Remove cover, mix in the roasted cashew nuts and add the cooked rice, Mix well and cook for a few minutes more. Remove from heat, let it sit under cover for 5 minutes and then serve hot.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Okra with Potato & Onion / Bhindi Aloo Bhaja

Tender Okra - 30, washed, dried and cut into half inch pieces
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chili - 3, finely chopped
Red Onion - 1/2 cup, chopped
Red Potato - 1, thinly sliced into small pieces
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Aamchur Powder / Dry Mango Powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)

Heat a cast iron pan. Add 1 tbsp oil and cumin seeds. Once the seeds begin to sizzle add chopped green chilies and chopped onion. Saute for a few minutes.

Now add the chopped potato and turmeric. Cook for a few minutes till the potato is half done.

Add the okra pieces, coriander powder and mix well. Continue to cook till the okra and potato are soft and begin to brown at the edges. Add the aamchur, give it a toss.

Serve hot with steamed brown rice and dal.