Indian cooking with Mango

Andhra-Inspired Mango Dal (Mango Lentils)

In my view, most fruit are pretty gross. This surprises people. The nicest honest description of my eating habits I have heard is from a friend of mine, who called me “delightfully weird”. What really shocks people though, is the fact that I hate mangoes, despite the fact that every summer of my childhood, our house was almost literally inundated with hundreds of mangoes (this … Continue reading Andhra-Inspired Mango Dal (Mango Lentils)

Indian clarified butter

How to Make Neyyi or Ghee (South Asian Clarified Butter)

After chocolate and chillies, ghee might just be the third most amazing food in the entire world. When made well, with good quality butter, a spoonful of ghee can transform a meal from delicious to absolutely exquisite! I’ve read some people (almost always non-South Asians) refer to ghee (clarified butter) as less flavourful than butter. I say: pay them no mind! I reckon they don’t … Continue reading How to Make Neyyi or Ghee (South Asian Clarified Butter)

Healthy, vegan spinach lentils

Garden Fresh Palak Dal (Spinach Lentils)

We’ve had a very cool August this year, which has been disappointing. This has meant less paddle-boarding and fewer beach days. Moreover, our bougainvillea plants haven’t flowered quite as prolifically as they usually do. On the upside, however, this has meant that the second box of spinach we planted late this summer has been doing really well! I haven’t been cooking at all this week … Continue reading Garden Fresh Palak Dal (Spinach Lentils)

Rajma (Spicy, Buttery, Kidney Beans) Recipe

In some ways, Rajma is to North Indian cuisine what Macaroni and Cheese is to North American cuisine: it is ubiquitous and seen as a comforting food that reminds one of home. Rajma is also similar to Mac and Cheese in the sense that it is often made badly. And bad Rajma is especially like bad Mac and Cheese in that it’s often bad because … Continue reading Rajma (Spicy, Buttery, Kidney Beans) Recipe

Paneer Bhurji Roll: A Great Portable Snack!

The one thing I hate about busy days is that one doesn’t get to sit down and properly enjoy one’s lunch. I hate rushed meals, you see. So on days when I am swamped, I just eat cookies or brownies for lunch and make up for it with two delicious dinners when I get home. I know, however, that this isn’t the healthiest way to … Continue reading Paneer Bhurji Roll: A Great Portable Snack!

Dondakaya Vepudu, Tindora fry, South Indian Veggie Sauté

Dondakaya Vepudu: A Delicious, Easy, Andhra-Style Vegetable Sauté

Dondakaya is a common vegetable in Andhra Pradesh (a State in Southern India). While I normally hate eating vegetables, this particular vegetable, prepared in the way my parents make it, I find absolutely delicious! If you’d like to try it, all you have to do is go to an Indian store and ask for “Tindora” which is the Hindi name for it. Once you get … Continue reading Dondakaya Vepudu: A Delicious, Easy, Andhra-Style Vegetable Sauté