If you ever find yourself in the wonderful Maharashtrian city of Pune, India and you want some food, I recommend the 1000 Oaks Restaurant, where you'll find delicious Indian food, delicious dessert, friendly staff and some bathroom humor. (more…)
[caption id="attachment_321" align="alignnone" width="761"] The kitchen in our house in India.[/caption] If you've been to India, you probably ate in India, and your food was probably served in stainless steel plates at least once. When I lived in India and went shopping for household goods, I encountered all kinds of kitchen items: plates, glasses, pots, serving plates, food containers, cooking utensils... and most of them were silvery grey. Metal was definitely predominant over plastic, ceramic and glass.
Today is Gudi Padwa, and it marks the beginning of the New Year in the Hindu calendar. It also marks the beginning of a new agricultural harvest season. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, which is the first month in the lunar Hindu Calendar. (more…)
Last week I was googling for a good and cheap place to eat in Portland and I came across the Bollywood Theater website. The first thing I checked was their menu and it got my attention right away. Their menu is nothing like any Indian restaurant I've ever been to, but the dishes rung authentic to India. Having spent so much time in India myself, and even learned some Indian cooking when I lived there,
http://vimeo.com/58313264 This short film by The Perennial Plate compiles three weeks of filming, traveling and eating in India into "one day". You can almost taste the food, smell the smells and feel the warmth of the sun as it sets. Full of energy, joy, and culture, this is what India is about. This video will make you hungry for India. Enjoy!
Last Sunday, I made two Indian recipes I had wanted to try: Mattar Paneer which is a north Indian dish of paneer (the most common type of cheese used in South Asian cuisines) and peas in a lightly sweet and spicy sauce. And saffron rice which is pretty self-explanatory. (more…)
If you've been following this blog, you'll know that Josh and I have had our fair share of challenges and frustrations since we moved to India about two months ago, I think today was a bad sign for us... (more…)
A couple weeks ago, Josh and I were at The Bombay Store and at the cashier we saw some very expensive Spanish 1 gram saffron boxes in a glass box sitting on the counter. I pointed them out to Josh and after asking the price out of curiosity, Josh was pretty shocked. (I don't remember the price, sorry). He didn't have much knowledge about saffron in general so I simply told him that it is
In my most recent list of Indian dishes I want to make, I included kheer, the Indian rice pudding. It is a lot more delicious and exotic than regular rice pudding. Although I would never deny a Mexican rice pudding either. I finally got all the ingredients I needed to make kheer, and two afternoons ago, I made kheer for the first time, and I did with success. The recipe is very simple. (more…)