Egg Curry


I don’t know why, but egg curry sounded gross to me at first. But as usual, I was wrong. I had it at my SIL’s house a  little while back and loved it. I had to try it, and it was pretty simple and super tasty. Definitely something I will be making many more times. I am slightly addicted to a crispy fried hard boiled egg now. Continue reading


Cheese Naan


This recipe is from David Lebowitz’s cook book My Paris Kitchen. This past year for birthdays we did not go out to eat. Rather, my husband and I each requested the other person to make a full three meals of our choosing. I requested Indian egg omelet, kuttu (buckwheat flour) pakoras with chai, and sambar idlis with coconut chutney. My husband requested sabudana kichdi, crab cakes, and these cheese naans with matar paneer. I made the cheese naans once about a year before and we both loved them. In fact, we loved them so much we ate way too much of them and then didn’t want them again for a while. They were forgotten and then remembered for Rajat’s birthday. They really a pretty good. Continue reading

Paneer Tikka Masala


I don’t have a whole lot to say about this except for, you should make this. I should make this again and again. It’s a bit of prep work and probably more of a weekend or company is coming over type of meal, but it is super tasty in my opinion. The grill always seems like so much work, so I loved that I was able to get these nice charred pieces of veg and paneer with just the oven. Without the grill you of course miss that taste of fire and charcoal, but this is a pretty good second if you don’t have time for grilling, it’s not the right weather, or you don’t have a grill. Continue reading

Besan Ladoo

ladoo 3

When we traveled to India in December 2015, my mother-in-law made lots of delicious homemade ladoos waiting for our arrival. I ate a lot of ladoos that trip. I would stuff them in my purse and pockets for a snack when we went out. I ate them breakfast. Before bed. I became a ladoo. Since then, I had really wanted to learn to make these myself, but felt intimidated. This year, my mother-in-law came to stay for several months when my son was born and again made perfect ladoos. She even made me my own container of them to keep on my bed side so I could eat them in the night while I breastfed my son. After my mother-in-law went back to India this year, I decided I would make ladoos before the year was over. I am pushing it, but I met the goal I made. And these are not as hard as I thought they would be. Ladoos are totally our new Christmas tradition! Continue reading

Simple Saambar Dal

IMG_5162And just like that, I’m going to pretend like it hasn’t been over a year since my last post and casually throw down a recipe. I had a beautiful healthy baby in March of this year. He is everything and has kept me busy. Rajat’s parents were here for the birth and through the summer as well as two weddings and a family reunion in my family this past summer. Needless to say, it was a wild spring and summer in 2017. However, now we are settled into our routine and normal life, and I keep hearing a small voice tell me “Blog post! Blog post!!” Also, I seriously depend on my own blog for recipes, and I have had to scramble a few times to find recipes again that I hadn’t posted. And now I actually have the baby for whom this whole project is supposed to be for some day- so that he can see what life was like in these first years and what we were eating. Someday, maybe, this will be meaningful to him.  Continue reading

My name is Cheela.

Cheela with Chutney

Cheela with Chutney

My mother-in-law taught me how to make cheela when she was here this summer, and I have been meaning to make it ever since. I had been talking about making cheela soon. Then earlier this week, my husband and I randomly heard the song “Sheila Ki Jawani” and could not get it out of our heads. Of course, I began only singing “my name is cheela” and then I had to finally make the cheelas. Continue reading

Vegetable Pulav

Vegetable Pulav

Vegetable Pulav

This weekend my husband celebrated Rakhi with his sister. I had never been to a Rakhi celebration before, so it was a new experience. Rakhi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Siblings exchange gifts and sisters tie a bracelet/thread around their brother’s wrist. The knot on the wrist signifies that the sister is always with her brother. It really is a sweet holiday, and I wish we had something like it in America. Maybe I will have to bring Rakhi to my family; my family seldom objects to more gift-giving holidays. Oh, and we love each other and stuff. Continue reading