Selecting, Storing, and Using Cilantro for Indian Recipes

Cilantro in every form is a must have in Indian cooking. For tempering we use the whole seed (coriander), for seasoning the ground seed (coriander powder), and for freshness and garnishing cilantro or ‘dhania patta’.  For a long time I…

Cardamom and Rose Coffee – My New Afternoon Treat!

Anyone who knows me (or reads this blog) knows I’ve had a life long love affair with chai. What you might not know is that I also love to indulge in speciality coffees. My love for calorie laden, sugar filled…

Zarda Recipe: Punjabi Sweet Rice for Vaisakhi

Today I’m sharing my mom’s zarda recipe in honour of the upcoming holiday of Vaisakhi. Zarda is also known as mithe chol, or meethe chawal as well. This sweet rice is a traditional dish served on celebratory occasions.  Made with lots…

Panch Phoran Roasted Potatoes

I have to admit, before I went to India the only Indian food I was really familiar with was Punjabi, and some popular South Indian dishes. Visiting Agra, Jaipur, and even Dehli introduced me to lots of new flavour profiles…

Milk Masala: A Desi Alternative to Hot Chocolate

Most desi moms at some point or another have tried to convince our kids to drink a glass of milk. It’s impossible not to think of milk as a super drink – it’s what our mom & grandma told us…

How to Make Makki di Roti

  Makki di roti is a fall and winter staple in Punjabi households in India, and a year round favourite in ‘foreign’ countries. I can’t think of a dish that is more quintessentially Punjabi, or a dish that is more…

Jeera Rice Recipe: Indian Cooking for Kids

{Today’s guest chef is Armaan!} Making rice is a pretty good skill to have. If you can make rice, you can whip up a quick and easy dinner, and you’ll have a side dish to go with leftover Indian curries,…

Bollywood Movie Night with the Hamilton Beach Party Popper

At the beginning of this year I was approached by the team at Hamilton Beach Canada about joining their blogger ambassador program – #HBSocialKitchen. I thought about it for about 6 seconds and then said yes. I’m mildly obsessed with…

Cucumber Raita Recipe: Indian Cooking for Kids

I’m a firm believer that cooking is a basic life skill, and as parents it’s part of our responsibility to teach our kids (boys & girls) how to make their way around a kitchen. However, on busy week nights it’s…


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