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

Paneer (fresh cheese)

Paneer

Paneer

It has been an Indian weekend! My husband and I have been enjoying matar paneer, home made breads, and many other Indian recipes. We even went to an Indian play performed in Hindi at UNC Chapel Hill last night. The play was called Meira Vo Mutlab Nahi Tha starring Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta, and Rakesh Bedi. It was cool to see some well known Indian actors in person. I didn’t understand most of the play, but it was fun to try to catch words and see everyone all dressed up.  Continue reading

Paneer 65

Paneer 65

Paneer 65

We’ve been on a homemade paneer kick around here. After buying paneer from the store for forever, we finally read the ingredients. Well, my husband read the ingredients. Paneer is really a two ingredient dish, but these paneers from the store had a laundry list of other gums and such added. So, we decided we were going to do homemade paneer from now on. It’s honestly one of the easiest Indian dishes I’ve ever learned and definitely the easiest cheese I’ve ever made. With all this fresh paneer around these days, I wanted some new recipes for it! I found Paneer 65 on Dassana Amit’s blog, Veg Recipes of India. Continue reading