“Khaandani” Haleem

Haleem, haleem, haleem! *chants* Need I say more? This specific recipe for haleem is probably the BEST haleem ever and the only one I honestly prefer.  It’s from my mother-in-law’s side of the family and her and each of her sister’s makes it to perfection each and every time.  It’s a rare treat, given the…

Momma’s Banana Pudding!

…I have no words for this recipe. Wait, yes I do- DELI-FRICKING-LICIOUS!!!!! My mom happens to be my muse with cooking. She is constantly experimenting and looking for new recipes or how to enhance existing recipes.  She’s daring and adventures, yet old school because when I ask her for recipes she dictates “a little of…

Chicken Qorma

  My husband’s most-requested-dish: Chicken Qorma. Aromatic spices yogurt and onion based chicken. This is actual my sister-in-law’s mom’s version of Qorma- the kind my husband seems to request the most! Instead of grinding masala’s together or using the whole masala, I took a shortcut and used some powder versions instead. This dish with naan,…

Aloo Keema

Aloo keema, daal, chawal. Ah, do I need say more? A staple dish in every household. Comfort food at the basic level, and sometimes it’s the basics that we need. Anytime we return from a trip, this is a go-to dinner item. It’s quick, it’s nourishing, it’s delicious, and it’s addictive.   I first was…

Bhuna Keema

This is a simple ground beef recipe that you can make in bulk and store into individual packets to be used to make quick meals.   Ingredients: 7-8 lbs of ground beef 3 big onions- half chopped and half blended with garlic 40 cloves of garlic 1 tblspn heaped coriander powder 3 tblspn heaped chilli…

Aloo Chicken/Chicken & Potatoes

Oh boy, oh boy! I sound like a fatty, but this is also such a deliciousssssss dish of chicken and potatoes simmered in a brown onion gravy with spices to awake even your stomach’s stomach. Shout-out to my husband’s aunt for this perfect recipe (Suriya khala, if you’re reading this: thank youuuu!) Let me just…

The Cheater’s Chili & Garlic Bread

A nice bowl of warm, hearty, earthy chili served with sliced garlic bread, makes for THE perfect chilly (pun intended) winter night. I eat the leftovers, if there are any, with crackers the next day for lunch. Mmm Mmm Mmmmmmmmmmmm! This is one of those cooking-cheats for those nights you’re short on time or for…

Cauliflower & Peas

  This dish is a gujarati-household staple.  Growing up, I had this almost every week or at least every other week. It’s spicy and sweet at the same time, hitting all those taste buds.  Gujarati cuisine uses sugar in almost every dish to enhance the flavors. This can be made with a variation of potatoes…

Aloo Palak (Spinach & Potatoes)

  There’s something about the earthiness of potatoes paired with the robust flavor of spinach.  It’s comforting, it’s nourishing, it’s fulfilling. This dish can stand alone on it’s own with either rice or roti, or paired with a meat dish on the side.  I like to add a crunch and roast up some papadum to…

Flank Steak Curry

This is a dish that was made by accident. Here I was attempting to make a quick version of Pasanday (a soft marinated beef dish), what was I thinking btw, when I ended up making this flank steak curry dish instead.  It’s a little tangy and a little spicy, but boy oh boy was it…

Achaari Salmon

  This is my mother-in-law’s fish recipe and i’ve also used the exact method to make chicken. My husband jumps at any chance to have home-cooked fish.  Since, I don’t really like a fishy taste, I’m not a big seafood fan per se. This dish; however, is an exception to a fishy fish (haha) like…

Chicken Karahi w/Raw Spices

  This. This is my favorite chicken curry!!! Super easy to whip up and super tasty. It’s simple with the ingredients, but complex with flavors.  It’s perfect for an intimate family dinner yet a great dish for a big party! If you can’t tell already, I LOVE this dish. With rice, roti, or naan, you…