Saturday, December 21, 2019

Potato Egg Breakfast Curry

Yukon Gold Potatoes - 4 small, cut into long thin rectangular pieces
Eggs - 3, beaten well with a little salt and pepper
Whole garam masala - 1 inch Cinnamon stick, 4 Cloves, 1 whole Cardamom, 2 bay leaves
Oil - 2 tbsp
Sweet Yellow Onion - 1 small, chopped
Green Chili - 3, finely chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves, thinly sliced
Ginger - half inch grated
Tomato - 1, chopped
Turmeric - half tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 pinch
Cilantro - a few sprigs, chopped for garnishing

Heat oil in a cast-iron pan. Add the whole garam masala, ginger, garlic and onion. Saute for half a minute.

Then add the potato, green chili and turmeric. Mix well. Cook till the potatoes are half done, stir it once in a while so that the potato doesn't stick to the pan. Add chopped tomato, mix well and continue to cook.

Once the potato is done, increase the heat, add another tbsp of oil and mix in the beaten egg. Toss everything well and saute till the eggs are well scrambled and fully cooked.

Sprinkle some garam masala powder and cilantro and serve hot with puris.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Matar Paneer

Homemade Paneer - made from 1/2 gallon milk, cut into cubes
Frozen Peas - 1 cup
Yukon Gold Potato - 1 big, diced
Oil - 2 tbsp
Sweet Onion - 1 big, chopped
Tomatoes - 4 big, grated
Bay Leaf - 1
Green cardamom - 1
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - a pinch
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/4 tsp
Almond Flour - 3 heaped tbsp
Butter / Ghee - 1 tbsp

Heat a cast iron pan. Add 1 tbsp of oil, sprinkle some turmeric and salt on the cubes of paneer and fry lightly till light brown on the edges. Keep aside. Add the diced potatoes and fry till almost done.

Heat a pan. Add oil, cardamom, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds and add the chopped onion. Mix well and cover and cook for 10 minutes till the onion gets soft and begins to get slightly brown.

Add grated tomato, almond flour, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder. Cook for a couple of minutes.

Now add a little water and cover and cook. In between remove the lid and mix well for a few times.

Once the tomatoes are cooked and oil floats on top, add the frozen peas and potato. Sprinkle salt and mix well.

Add a cup of water and bring it to boil Once the gravy reaches desired consistency, add fried paneer, garam masala and a tbsp of butter/ghee. Mix well and serve hot.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fried Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossoms - 4

Chickpea Flour / Besan - 2 heaped tbsp
Rice Flour - 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Red Chili Powder - a pinch
Nigella Seeds / Kalojeera - a pinch
Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp
Water to make thick batter

Make a thick batter of all the above ingredients. Dip the blossoms in the batter and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown on all sides.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cinnamon Almond Coffee Cake

Almond Flour - 21/2 cups
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp

Large Eggs - 3
Soft Butter - 1/4 Cup
Honey - 1/2 cup (or Maple Syrup - 1/3 cup +1 tbsp)

Melted Butter - 1/4 cup
Coconut Sugar - 1/4 cup
Ground Cinnamon - 2 tbsp
Sliced Almonds - 1/2 cup

Grease a 8 or 9 inch baking pan with butter and sprinkle some flour. Keep aside.

Mix almond flour, salt and baking soda.

Take soft butter in a bowl and add 3 eggs. Whisk well. Add honey or maple syrup and mix well.

Add it to the flour. Spread the batter onto the baking dish.

Combine melted butter, coconut sugar, cinnamon, sliced almonds and sprinkle over the cake batter. The topping (without the sliced almonds) can be made in double quantity and half of it spread on the baking dish before putting the batter.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for around 30 minutes.  Cool and serve.

Adapted from

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tri Colored Quinoa with Chickpeas and Peanuts

Quinoa - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup

Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green chilies - 1. finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch, grated
Urad dal / Split Black Gram - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - a few, (optional)

Boiled chickpeas or Boiled Brown Lentils - 1/4 cup
Roasted Unsalted Peanuts - a handful

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mung Dal with Vegetables

Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Jeera / Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 2
Green Chili - 2, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, minced

Yellow Mung dal - 1 cup, boiled
Water - a few cups
Mixed Vegetables - Green Beans, Cucumber, Squash
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Paprika - 1/4 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Add olive oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, green chili and ginger to a heated pan. Sauted for a couple of minutes.

Then add the chopped vegetables, turmeric and salt. I used green beans and chopped cucumber.

Cook till the vegetables are almost done.

Add the boiled dal, a couple of cups of water and salt. Mix well. Bring it to boil. Cook till the dal thickens and the vegetables are soft.

Add a tbsp of ghee, roasted cumin powder and paprika on top and serve hot.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sweet Appam / Yereyappa

White Rice - 1 cup, wash and soak for a few hours
Jaggery - 3/4 cup, crumbled
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Poha / Flattened Rice - 2 tbsp, soaked for a few minutes
Banana - 1 tbsp, mashed
Cardamom Powder - a pinch

Blend everything together in a blender with little water to make a thick batter. Batter should be thicker than Dosa/Pancake batter.

Using a spoon, drop a tablespoon of the batter and deep fry in medium high oil in batches till brown on both sides. remove on paper towel to remove the excess oil. Cool completely and store in a air tight container for a week.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Instant Pot Masoor Dal Khichdi

White Rice - 1/2 cup (I used Chinigura / Gobindabhog)
Red Masoor Dal / Red lentils - 1/2 cup
Water - 3 cups
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Onion - chopped
Green Chili - a few, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Mixed Vegetables - Carrots, Cauliflower, Green Peas, Green Beans - cut into medium chunks
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Wash the rice and dal in water and keep aside.

Start the instant pot in sauce mode.

Add olive oil and then all the spices - cumin, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, onion, green chili and ginger.

Saute for a few minutes till the onion changes color. Then add the vegetables and salt and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the washed rice and masoor dal, salt and 3 cups of water.

Cook on manual pressure cook for 2 minutes.

Release pressure after 10 minutes. Serve hot with some ghee on top.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Instant Pot Pongal

White Rice - 1/2 cup (I used Chinigura / Gobindabhog)
Yellow Mung Dal - 1/2 cup
Water - 4 cups
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry Leaves - a few
Whole Black Peppercorns - 10
Green Chili - a few, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Optional Tempering - Dried red chili, a few curry leaves, cashew nuts in ghee

Start the instant pot in saute mode.

Add ghee and then all the spices - cumin, asafetida, curry leaves, peppercorns, green chili and ginger.

Saute for a couple of minutes till the ginger begins to brown.

Add the washed rice and mung dal and 4 cups of water.

Cook on manual pressure cook for 3 minutes.

Release pressure after 10 minutes. Serve hot or you can add an additional tempering of red chili, curry leaves and cashew nuts in ghee over the pongal.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spicy Potato Masala

Yukon Gold Potatoes: 4 
Curry leaves: a few
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/3 tsp
Asafetida/hing: a pinch
Oil: 1 tbsp

For the spice powder:
Coriander seeds: 1/2 tsp
Chana dal: 1/2 tsp
Arhar dal: 1/2 tsp
Whole dry chilies: 1 or 2

Wash and cook the potatoes till cooked through but not mushy. Chop in small cubes. Keep aside.

In a pan heat 1 tsp oil and roast the spices till aromatic. (on low flame it should take 4-5 minutes). Cool it and then grind to a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy cast iron pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds, followed by curry leaves and asafetida. Then add the chopped potatoes. Sprinkle salt and turmeric and cook on medium flame. Cook for 10 minutes or till the potatoes look somehow crusty. Sprinkle the spice powder, cook a couple of minutes more.

Adapted from :

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


For filling:
Ghee - 2 tsp
Fresh grated coconut - 3 cups, packed tightly
Sugar - 2 cups, add a little more if you like it sweet
Milk - 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp

For dough:
Fine Semolina / Rava - 3/4 cup
Maida / Flour - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup to 1 cup
Ghee / Clarified Butter - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch

Friday, September 1, 2017

Veg Jalfrezi

Mixed Vegetables:
Capsicum / Green Bell Peppers - 2 large ones
Green Beans - optional
Cauliflower - optional
Red Potato - Optional

Oil - 2 tbsp
Butter - 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Green Chili - 2, chopped
Yellow Onion -1, sliced
Tomato -1 , sliced
Cumin Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cayenne Pepper - a pinch
Kasturi Methi / Dried Fenugreek Leaves - 1 tsp, crushed

Heat oil in a large pan. Add cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste and green chili. The add the sliced onion and fry for a few minutes.

Add thinly sliced red potato, if using. Cook for some time.

Once the potatoes are half done, add capsicum and the rest of the vegetables. Add salt, cumin coriander powder and cayenne.

After a while add the sliced tomato. Cook till the vegetables are done but still slightly crunchy.

Add the kasturi methi and mix it well and serve hot.

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