Instant Pot Punjabi Chole Recipe | Savory Indian Chickpeas | How to make Chana Masala

Chole Masala or Chana Masala ~ a popular north-Indian savory dish of spiced garbanzo beans or chickpeas is the answer to everything. Be it weekday dinner, be it a vegetarian dish on the table for a dinner party or a delicious Indian dish if you are vegan and eat only gluten free, it’s great for all occasions. Read More

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Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe (Homemade Paneer Recipe)

indian food recipe organic This is freshly made paneer or ‘chhena’  ( a.k.a. ‘chhana’) or fresh Indian cheese. The texture of this cheese is slightly firmer than ricotta cheese, the latter being very creamy.  However, if you knead it well, this ‘chhena’ becomes very smooth and creamy, too. Also, the process of making ricotta cheese and ‘chhena’ are the same. Even though an internet-search shows paneer is ‘cottage cheese’, the texture of the two are very different. Cottage cheese is loose with curds while paneer or ‘chhena’ is not loose.  

‘Chhena’  can be easily made at home and stored in an airtight container, mixed with sugar and other flavors to prepare sweets or desserts during the Indian festive season!   Read More



Rava Idli Recipe ~ savory semolina cake

Rava Idli, savory semolina cakes

These tricolor-ed idlis represent the Indian National Flag that has the colors saffron (kesari), white and green on it (with a blue ‘charkha’ or spinning wheel in the center)

This Indian Independence Day, I am presenting a very easy-to-cook, healthy and nutritious Indian favorite ~ Idli, made with ‘rava’ or ‘suji’ or semolina. The orange and green color is all natural and made with grated carrots and fresh coriander paste.
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Sambhar Recipe | How to make the best South Indian Sambar | Healthy Indian Lentil Soup

Sambar Recipe ~ South Indian Lentil Soup

Sambar with Rice ~ a comfort food which is a simple, nutritious meal of proteins and carbohydrates

South Indian food like Dosa, Idli and Uttapam was a big hit with my family. I grew up in the eastern state of Bengal where there were (and still are) some excellent south indian food restaurants which we would frequent. My staple order was paper plain dosa, a long, crispy thin Indian crepe with an assortment of condiments like coconut chutney, tomato chutney and, of course, Sambar!   Read More