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 »
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 »
Simple, healthy flavorful, fiber-rich winter meal recipe, roasted Indian spiced butternut squash and Basmati rice Pulao
I'm hosting my first virtual cooking class with a beloved Parsi dish - the shrimp patia along with the traditional accompaniments of yellow toor lentil 'Dhan Dar' and steamed Basmati rice.
Fragrant basmati rice is cooked in puréed fresh tomatoes, flavored with chopped garlic, couple of whole spices, fresh mint, cilantro and lemon juice.
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 »
More than half the world’s population eats rice as the primary dietary staple and brown rice runs at the head of the pack as a nutritional powerhouse. Its superiority to the poor stripped-down white version is marked: Just one cup of brown rice has 3½ grams of fiber (16% of your daily value of fiber... Read More »
From temples and castles to samurai warriors; shaved ice and roasted tea ice-creams, to aged beef and traditional rice balls in soy sauce -Kyoto has it all.
Flavor-filled chicken rice pilaf with zereshk berries from the cookbook Persian Fusion by Niloufer’s Kitchen, as part of Cooking Ethnic with Kids.
Unique, super-healthful and flavorful Indian yogurt soup 'kadhi'; made with yogurt, lentil flour and a tempering of Indian spices, it is traditionally served over steamed basmati rice.
On the High Tea menu Ginger Spiced Chai – An Indian Tea Preparation Parsi Cumin and Almond ‘Khari’ Biscuit Pistachio and Saffron Rice Pudding (Kheer) Cheese Chili Toast Triangles Isn’t it surprising that India is a predominantly tea drinking nation? With its hot Indian summers and humid warm monsoons, one would think lassi or even... Read More »
Are you one of the envied few who can cook flawless rice every time? Each long grain of rice standing in the spotlight of its own glory: fluffy, aromatic and steaming hot…Well, then this post is not for you and I’ll see you next week with the last delicious serving in The Indian-inspired Grills and... Read More »
A unique set of flavors add depth to this easy-to-prepare white chicken curry made with cashew nuts, onion and coconut along with a touch of whole spices and herbs. Makes a hearty weekday meal or an impressive entertaining option; best served with Indian bread Naan or steamed Basmati rice.
Nutty flavors of hearty brown rice with the delightful sweetness of cranberries and crunchy walnuts make this a versatile side salad all year round.
A mouthwatering Parsi preparation, the Bafat can be made with chicken, mutton, lamb or beef. Aromatic spices, shredded coconut, chunks of potatoes and the undeniable flavor combination of jaggery/sugar and red vinegar, make this a pure wholesome home-cooked comfort meal, best served with warm bread or steaming rice.
Flavorful and healthful Indian Pulao-style one-pot rice dish, using brown Basmati rice, lean chicken and crunchy medley of rainbow colored vegetables. This dish can be served as an weeknight entree or a side for parties.
Saas ni Macchi is a unique Parsi-style fish in white sauce, which stands out for its use of an egg-sugar-vinegar mixture, added at the end of the cooking process, to create a dish with magical taste. It is best ladled over Basmati rice-n-lentil Khichri and served with crisp Indian papad.
The stunningly versatile south Indian crepe-like ‘Dosa’ and its pancake version ‘Uthappam’ made with a light airy fermented rice-n-lentil batter, and a topping mix of shredded cheese, chopped fresh parsley, rock salt and cracked black pepper. Check out my guide for creating a variety of toppings below or create your own.
This dish gets its ingredients and cooking method from a popular rice and coconut preparation from the cuisines of south India where coconut is a large part of the diet. I've added nuts for a great crunch and toned down the spices in my recipe to global tastes.
Kurmura Laddu or sweet crisp rounds of puffed rice/rice crispy cereal and chopped almond in a syrupy jaggery mixture, is an Indian equivalent of the famous rice crispy treats in western countries. They make an adorable dessert or snack, served on mini cupcake liners.