Flavours from the Kangra Valley – A Himachali Cookbook

After ages of waiting for a book on Himachali food, I finally found one. I would have almost missed it if my uncle, who loves to cook, hadn’t saved an article from the Tribune about this new find. The book unfortunately is not available in bookstores anywhere in India and must be ordered directly through the author/publisher. I am not sure how that business model … Continue reading Flavours from the Kangra Valley – A Himachali Cookbook

Weekend Gluttony – Pav Bhaji

Weekends always call for something a little different from the weekly cooking. A meal that you can pig out on and then sleep off during your afternoon nap. And having a ‘picky – eater’ in the family does not make things easier. Today I opened the fridge and found all bits and pieces of vegetables that were just perfect for making Pav- Bhaji. An effective … Continue reading Weekend Gluttony – Pav Bhaji

Methi Kadvuu & Dal Tadka (Translates in English to a very continental sounding – Fenugreek Pasta & Yellow Lentil Soup )

“Its one of those days!”, I announced to Hubbs this morning. He looked up from his laptop, and concentrated on me for about 2 minutes as his mind went over the different interpretations of that sentence. Then he noticed the apron. “Noo!”, he almost choked. “Yes!’, I happily confirmed, “I am cooking today!” I have these bursts of activity when I end up cooking about … Continue reading Methi Kadvuu & Dal Tadka (Translates in English to a very continental sounding – Fenugreek Pasta & Yellow Lentil Soup )

Himachali Bhature – What the world calls Pita bread

A few weeks ago my husband and I stopped at a little Lebanese fast food in Bangalore and tasted Hummus and Falafel for the first time. They were great and we are officially hooked. But what I found most interesting was the Pita bread they served with the Hummus. It was exactly the kind of bread/ bhature which are cooked back at home during weddings and other … Continue reading Himachali Bhature – What the world calls Pita bread

Missi Roti – for those winter mornings

Sometimes you just need dollops of love that comes from heaps of melting butter on your plate. Usually on cold winter mornings. The tricky part is deciding what you want to complement your butter that day. It could be hot ‘aloo’ paranthas or maybe ‘sarson ka saag’. This time I tried something different, Missi Roti! Ingredients : Besan (gram flour) – 1 cup Jawar ka … Continue reading Missi Roti – for those winter mornings

Patore/Patrode – Colocassia esculenta leaf rolls

Leaves of ‘kachalu’ or colocassia esculenta are one more favourite of the rainy season. This time I was about 10 days early, so you can see the leaves hadn’t reached complete maturity. Every neighbour has some leaves growing in their garden and they were kind enough to lend us some. Now I read most recipes that call them ‘arbi’ but those have a lot of stringy material … Continue reading Patore/Patrode – Colocassia esculenta leaf rolls

Lahsyade a.k.a. Lasuda (cordia dichotoma) – cooked the traditional Himachali way

Lahsyade is a traditional summer dish loved by us pahari people. In Himachal the people of Kangra district must be the only ones who love their sour and tangy vegetables. Lahsyade is one of them. It is a time consuming and tedious process but the applause is usually worth the trouble. It is a patent of my dear Nani’s and this time I shot pics … Continue reading Lahsyade a.k.a. Lasuda (cordia dichotoma) – cooked the traditional Himachali way

Navratna Korma – the way mum used to make it

This used to be one of my favourites growing up. Now, I am married to a guy who just refuses to eat any vegetables. So, I have to come up with new tasty dishes everyday. I made this and now hubby loves beans. Ingredients: 1 cup finely chopped beans 1/2 cup chopped potatoes 3 tomatoes 2 onions – My mum used to grate them. I … Continue reading Navratna Korma – the way mum used to make it