Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara

Since I'm majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline -- and Jay's tastebuds -- can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara. There are many stories woven around India's famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal … [Read more...]

Easy Chana Masala

Chana Masala

Chana Masala. Those two words set my mouth watering before I can say them out loud. I bought this huge can of chickpeas from the warehouse store the other day-- bigger than two people can possibly use up in a week's time, but a six-pound can for under $3 just looked too good to pass up to someone … [Read more...]

Dhabay ki Daal

Dhabay ki Dal

Dhabas are north India's greasy spoons-- tiny roadside shacks that dot highways and mostly cater to weary truckers who pull in for a hearty, hot meal before heading over to the petrol pump (as gas stations are known in India) next door. Outside each dhaba are rows of charpoys, small Indian cots, … [Read more...]

Mango Lassi

I grew up in a bursting-at-the-seams apartment building in Bombay and at any time of the day we were enveloped in the delicious scents and sounds and flavors of foods from around the country. The spicy-pungent perfume of the ajwain from Mrs. Sinha's North Indian chana masala bubbling away on the … [Read more...]

Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha

Parathas require just that little bit of extra effort compared to making a regular chapati. But the rewards are way more delicious and nutritious, making them absolute winners.Even those who don't cook Indian food have doubtless had a paratha at a restaurant. And while parathas can be stuffed with … [Read more...]