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Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry


  • 3 bunches of Swiss chard – about 6-8 cups finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste or shredded fresh ginger
  • 1 block paneer or tofu cut into small chunks
  • 1 green chili – seeds removed and cut length wise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Oil

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

I have been craving pumpkin spice cake lately even though it’s not Fall. Maybe it’s the Indian summer we had in the peak of winter in February, or maybe it’s because our cool rainy winter temperatures are back in March – just like in Autumn when our temperatures fluctuate from warm to cold, and back to warm and cold. Whatever the reason maybe, one doesn’t need a fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin spice cake, a can of pumpkin flesh will do just fine. On a cold rainy afternoon a pumpkin spice cake with a hot cup of tea ☕️🍰 is the perfect feel good treat 😋. Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake

Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Kashayam is an herbal tonic used in the ancient Indian healing and medicinal art of Ayurveda. Kashayam refers to a water tonic that is made with a single herb or spice or a combination of herbs and spices.  Kashayam has been used for thousands of years in southern India as a form of homeopathic and natural medicine to help clear away coughs to common colds, sore throats, and stomach issues. Kashayam is not a medicine but rather a soothing herbed water to help alleviate the symptoms of these ailments. Continue reading Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Fenugreek Spiced Spinach and Potato Curry

Fenugreek otherwise known as Methi in Hindi is extremely healthy for you. The tender leaves are used in many Indian dishes and are cooked just as you would any greens such as spinach or chard.  Fenugreek leaves give a distinct flavor and aroma to any dish they are added to.  Fresh fenugreek leaves can be found at Indian grocery stores but are mostly available only seasonally.  Now a days, frozen fenugreek leaves can be bought in the freezer section of Indian grocery stores all year round. These frozen leaves have the same flavor and aroma as fresh fenugreek leaves and look like frozen spinach. Continue reading Fenugreek Spiced Spinach and Potato Curry

Usha’s Chai Spice Blend

Indian chai is the perfect aromatic and warming tea drink to give you a little pick me up. Chai is made by brewing black tea with milk, sugar, and spices. In the Western region of India in Gujarat, chai is made with a chai spice blend. This chai spice blend can have anywhere from three spices to more than five spices. The most common spices in a chai spice blend are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper. These spices create a warming, soothing effect, and also act as a natural digestive aid.


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Chai. Indian Spiced Tea

Looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter afternoon?  Try making Indian chai. Indian chai also called masala chai is black tea brewed with milk, sugar and a complex blend of herbs and spices. Typical chai spices consist of cardamom, ginger, and cloves. These spices are known to create a warming soothing effect and act as a natural digestive aid. Continue reading Chai. Indian Spiced Tea

Sweet Lemon Pickle

Sweet Indian lemon pickle is a delicious condiment that is salty, sweet, tart and spicy. Perfect to have with any main dish. The best part of this recipe is that it involves no cooking. Just mix the ingredients and let them marinate for a few days and you have a sweet and tart lemon pickle ready to use at any time 🍋. This sweet lemon pickle recipe comes from my friend Devi who makes delicious lemon pickles 😋. Continue reading Sweet Lemon Pickle

Spicy Indian Lemon Pickles

Indian lemon pickles are typically made with lemons, salt, spices and oil, and are used as a spicy condiment to accompany everything from rice to vegetables to chapatis and tortillas, to have with fish, chicken, and even to use as spreads in sandwiches. Lemon pickles are a great way to use not just the juice of the lemon but the entire lemon, skin and all. Continue reading Spicy Indian Lemon Pickles

Dry Roasted Cauliflower Curry

Cauliflower can be such a tough vegetable to get right in a curry.  For so long it seemed like no matter how little or how long I cooked cauliflower, and no matter when I added salt to the dish, my cauliflower florets by the time the curry was done were small crumbly pieces of mush. The cauliflower curry tasted great, but didn’t always look great. I just couldn’t figure out how to get a dry cauliflower curry that looked good,

Then it occurred to me one day that roasting vegetables always cooked vegetables “al-dente” – firm outside yet tender inside. So I thought why not try roasting cauliflower florets first before making them into a curry. I roasted cauliflower and then added onions, garlic and all the spices. What I ended up with was a beautiful golden colored cauliflower curry that looked and tasted great. Here is the recipe.

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New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas Curry

Growing up in the South in Texas and Louisiana, my Mom followed a Southern tradition of making black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and prosperity in the upcoming New Year. When Mom made black-eyed peas, she cooked it the only way she knew how which was an Indian black-eyed peas curry. Continue reading New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas Curry