Aloo Chaat Inspired Oven Fries

As the weather got cold here,  I became overwhelmed by a craving for Aloo Chaat.  Aloo Chaat is a spicy potato snack served with a variety of chutneys and yogurt.  In my opinion, it is everything a snack food should be. The potatoes are coated in a special chaat masala.  Chaat Masala is different from…

Bengal Red Lentil Dal (to defeat seasonal allergies)

It’s spring time!  It’s BBQ time!  It’s allergy time!  Today we will be addressing the third and least glamourous aspect of the current season.  I will not go into the horrific details of my seasonal allergies.  Those of you who share this problem know all to well what it is like.  Last year, I posted…

Carrot Cardamom Muffins with Coconut Rosewater Icing (Gluten-Free)

I wanted to make  a carrot cake inspired by Indian carrot halva for Easter this year.   I wanted it to have coconut instead of walnuts and feature cardamom and rosewater.  We are spending Easter with my mum on Maui, where I grew up and she still lives.  I knew that my mother likes cardamom and…

Fake Tandoori Chicken

A while back I tried a recipe for buttermilk roast chicken.  The recipe suggested that you allow the chicken to marinate in the buttermilk for 24 hours and the result was very tender.  I had used a whole chicken cut into parts and I was surprised to discover that, when prepared this way, the breast…

Shrimp in Aromatic Tomato Sauce

This simple, delicious dish requires curry leaves.  You can find them fresh in Indian grocery stores (buy a bunch and freeze them for later!).  You can also order dry curry leaves here.  I used to have a curry tree and you can find the whole sad story of its demise in the Curried Avacado post.  Once…

Curried Avocado (Indian Guacamole)

We used to have a beautiful potted curry tree in our apartment.  We had grown it from a little baby plant that had come from the curry tree that used to belong to my husband’s Indian grandma.  The leaves had the most wonderful scent and it was so lovely to be able to use fresh…

For the Love of Sourness- Rhubarb Chutney

My maternal grandparents lived in a white farm house with a red roof and a veranda that wrapped around two sides.    I  have a lot of affectionate for the trees and plants that grew directly around that house.  These were the plants that my grandma and great grandma has chosen to encircle the house….a…

Bhel-Poori, without the Poori (gluten-free)

Years ago, a good friend of mine went travelling for many months in India.   I had not travelled there yet myself, and when this friend returned he thoughtfully brought me the perfect gift…a story about food.  He spun a tale about being served this odd and exciting crunchy, tangy, spicy, fresh salad like thing…