Often, entrees and main courses overshadow their equally delicious counterparts, the sides that accompany them. The rice, couscous, salads and breads all complete and balance our meals; turning a simple dish into a spread worthy of a king. This post highlights 5 finger-licking Indian inspirations for sides and accompaniments, which may easily have been missed... Read More »
You see it often in Indian recipes…and if unfamiliar with Indian cooking, you’re probably wondering when you missed the memo on ‘ginger-garlic paste’ becoming a generic term. Well, here’s the secret: there’s a bottle of ginger-garlic paste lurking in every Indian home-cook’s refrigerator (and some like me even keep a handy standby in the freezer.)... Read More »
Parsi food has grown into a unique west coast Indian cuisine which still retains some food flavors and techniques from ancient Persia
Used moderately in the right balance, Indian spices turn an ordinary meal into a smorgasbord of flavors on your palate. It’s time to wake up the taste buds.
Indian cuisine’s love of rice is well-known. In fact, most regions of India would deem a meal incomplete if rice is not part of its servings. Globally lesser-known rice nuance of India, giving instant couscous a run for its 5-minute cook time, is pressed or flattened rice ‘Poha’. It’s basically the same old rice we... Read More »
Great list of tools for Indian cooking, perfect for people looking to create more Indian flavors in their kitchen.
The masterclass on cooking with lentils got great participant feedback. We had tons of interesting questions and food-filled dialogue. Next Wednesday, join me in a fun informal virtual cooking session to create one of the simplest, nutritious weeknight meals – Indian curry. Watch and ask questions, or cook along with me, your choice. Class is... Read More »
Simple, healthy flavorful, fiber-rich winter meal recipe, roasted Indian spiced butternut squash and Basmati rice Pulao
Just thought I’d send out a mid-week post to let everyone know that ‘Spice Up Your Celebration’ is now available for purchase globally, filled with Indian-inspired recipes for your occasions, holidays and entertaining. See you this Friday, as always, with an interesting look at wine pairings with Indian food. Available on Amazon &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;br... Read More »
Brussels sprouts are my ‘blank canvas’ vegetable. They inspire the artist in me to come right out and start experimenting with different flavors and cooking methods; check out our spiced oven roasted version or Brussels sprout added to the Tex-Mex chili with an Indian touch. Using a tempering technique from the flavor-filled cuisine of south India,... Read More »
Nothing says celebration like the aromas of a juicy ‘Holiday Roast’ at the center of our dinner table. This year, we hope to inspire the focal point of your get-togethers and family dinners, by bringing mouthwatering flavors from the Indian sub-continent’s North-West Frontier cuisine to your holiday table. Well-known for its use of distinct flavorings... Read More »
India is magical around October…and it’s not just for the beautiful fall-like weather across much of the country. September through November is also considered the ‘holiday season in India’, filled with interesting festivals like Navratri, Dussehra and Durga Puja, all leading up to Diwali, the pan-Indian colorful and sparkling ‘Festival of Lights’ (this year Diwali... Read More »
Grilled or baked Indian turkey Kebab meatballs of ground turkey or chicken mixed with fresh of sage, garlic and lime, Panko breadcrumbs & Parmesan cheese.
Here’s a road map through an Indian restaurant buffet, with detour ideas and pit stops to delicious Indian treats…plus buffet landmarks that can easily be skipped.
Welcome to our first post in ‘The Indian-inspired Grills and Kebab Series’. Did you know? The popular Indian clay-oven called ‘Tandoor’ can reach temperatures of 900F (480C)… and it never gets turned off, there is always a slow fire burning at the base of the tandoor to maintain core temperature. As the predecessor to modern... Read More »
Raita is a classic accompaniment to Indian food especially to rice & meat preparations (biryanis) and curries. A raita comprises of any combination of fresh vegetables or fruits (and sometimes, lentils); along with a lush yogurt dressing with warm spices and herbs. For anyone new to Indian flavors, a raita is a great salad to... Read More »
It’s heartening to walk into Indian restaurants in America now-a-days and see the customer demographics; people from all walks of American life are definitely intrigued and ready to sample Indian food. The writing on the wall is clear- ethnic cuisines are gaining in popularity and Indian-inspired flavors are everywhere. As a food and wine enthusiast,... Read More »
This weekend, Indian communities around the world celebrate Diwali - the 'Festival of Lights'. Let's bring back some mouthwatering Diwali treats.
Soft Indian garlic and thyme Naan bread dough has complex flavors like yogurt, milk, sugar, butter, egg and all-purpose flour, with yeast or baking soda to aid fermentation.
It’s shocking how similar the Tex-Mex ground meat preparation ‘Chili con Carne’ is, to an Indian ‘Kheema’. These two mouthwatering servings from different worlds might as well be long lost siblings. ‘Chili con Carne’ or just a good ole bowl of mouthwatering ‘Chili’ as us Texans call it, translates to ‘chili pepper with meat’ and uses... Read More »