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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Sabat Moong te Palak di Daal (SPINACH & WHOLE MOONG LENTILS)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Sabat Moong te Palak di Daal   (SPINACH & WHOLE MOONG LENTILS)

Daals are the mainstay of the Indian diet, whether you are in the north or south, east or west – providing much needed protein, especially for the multitude of vegetarians in the country – and each region has its own way of making them. So central are they to Indian life, there is even a […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Aaloo da Parantha (POTATO STUFFED CRISPY FLATBREAD)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Aaloo da Parantha  (POTATO STUFFED CRISPY FLATBREAD)

Every cuisine in every corner of the world has its comfort food and if you ask a Punjabi, what their choice is, chances are pretty good that they’ll first say “paranthas (crispy flatbread)! Paranthas have become famous the world over and are found not just in Indian restaurants but also in the frozen food section […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan ka Pooda (Chickpea Flour Pancakes)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan ka Pooda  (Chickpea Flour Pancakes)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA In the cold and often rainy or snowy winter months, when you are in need of some warm comfort food, this dish is a perfect fit and is so easy to make. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Besan de Poode recipe, which is perfect with chutney and hot tea. It is […]

Sabudana di Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Sabudana di Kheer  (Tapioca Pudding)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA During the days of Navratri and just preceding Dusserah, the truly devout emulate the types of foods that Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman ate while they were in exile. They had vowed to eat only foods grown in the forest, fruits, honey. Sabudana (large grain or pearl tapioca) is one such food […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Arbi te Wadi di Turri (Eddoe Root & Lentil Dumpling Curry)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Arbi te Wadi di Turri (Eddoe Root & Lentil Dumpling Curry)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA This Punjabi recipe incorporates a special favorite ingredient – wadiyyan (sundried lentil dumplings) – with a vegetable that is seasonal but not often used – arbi (eddoe root). Made with a medium thick sauce, and eaten with hot rotis, the results are delicious! So, for those looking for an unusual recipe, below […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Hari Mirch De Pakore (Fried Green Chilli Fritters)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Hari Mirch De Pakore  (Fried Green Chilli Fritters)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA What could be more tempting for the typical Indian palate than fried food and hot, hot chilli pakoras? One thing is for sure, so many Indians love hot, spicy food that there are contests even for the hottest chilllies in the country. Chillies come in many colors – green, purple, yellow, orange […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Atte di Pinni (Sweet Wheat Flour Balls)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Atte di Pinni  (Sweet Wheat Flour Balls)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA Pinnis are a uniquely traditional Punjabi sweet dish that are sometimes mistakenly called laddus by non-Punjabis. The main difference is that laddus are usually made of fried dough and are then formed into balls, whereas pinnis are made with flour (or crushed moong dal) that is browned in a kadai or wok. […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhaen de Pakore (Fried Lotus Root Fritters)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhaen de Pakore  (Fried Lotus Root Fritters)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA In India, bhaen or kamal di dandi (lotus root) are available most times of the year and in the Punjab, it is prized for its crunchiness and highly fibrous texture which allows it to be made dry or curried. You can even make bhaen pakore (fried fritters) and though it is not […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gajjar da Parantha (Carrot Stuffed Crispy Flatbread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gajjar da Parantha  (Carrot Stuffed Crispy Flatbread)

For those looking for an alternative to the more commonly available Aaloo da Parantha (stuffed potato flatbread), look no further than the gajjar (carrot) parantha to make your mouth water! But for a parantha to taste right, it should be hot off the tava and crispy but soft. So here is a reprint of this […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Badam Wala Dudh (Hot Almond Milk Tonic)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Badam Wala Dudh (Hot Almond Milk Tonic)

With the advent of cold weather, it is the season for sweets, nuts, hot drinks to warm you up and wonderful aromas. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Badam Wala Dudh recipe, which is a filling night time drink that helps you stay warm and sleep soundly during the winter months. It is reprinted with […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Chukandar da Salad (BEETROOT SALAD)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Chukandar da Salad (BEETROOT SALAD)

Although beetroots are commonly available in India, they are not often used to make any dishes due to their sweet taste and hard texture which make cooking them very time consuming, almost like turnips, but they are eaten as a salad, in pickles and mostly juiced. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Chukandar da Salad […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Samose (FRIED STUFFED PASTRIES)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Samose (FRIED STUFFED PASTRIES)

If you go to any South Asian party, chances are that you’ll be served samosas for snacks. These pyramid shaped appetizers are even available in the frozen food sections in large, medium and cocktail sizes, have crossed over into the mainstream stores and the name has become part of the vernacular. Below is a reprint […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Besan ka Pooda (CHICKPEA FLOUR PANCAKES)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Besan ka Pooda  (CHICKPEA FLOUR PANCAKES)

In the cold and often rainy or snowy winter months, when you are in need of some warm comfort food, this dish is a perfect fit and is so easy to make. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Besan de Poode recipe, which is perfect with chutney and hot tea. It is reprinted with some […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Besan da Halwa (GRAM FLOUR PUDDING)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Besan da Halwa  (GRAM FLOUR PUDDING)

Besan da halwa (gram flour pudding) is as Punjabi as you can get as this is one of the favorite sweets eaten during the cold winter months and especially during the festivals. The aroma of chickpea flour roasting in ghee fills the whole house and this is an important indication that the chef knows what […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- PUNJABI BESAN DI KADHI (CHICKPEA FLOUR CURRY)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- PUNJABI BESAN DI KADHI  (CHICKPEA FLOUR CURRY)

Some Indian comfort foods are universal as they are simple, taste good and are easy to make, like kadhi. Kadhi is also a great dish to eat with plain rice on a rainy, cold winter day like we have during this time of the year. This is a repeat of a recipe but so appropriate […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Baingan Di Dip (EGGPLANT DIP)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Baingan Di Dip (EGGPLANT DIP)

By popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Baingan Di Dip recipe, which is just the kind of tasty, snack that you need for the parties that are held during the Winter Holidays season. It goes well with crackers, pita bread or veggies. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. In the […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Coconut de Pede (CONDENSED MILK COCONUT DISKS)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Coconut de Pede  (CONDENSED MILK COCONUT DISKS)

It is that time of year when Fall colors and festivals – Diwali, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas – fill up all our days. There are parties big and small everywhere and lots of little things to snack on and this dish is a perfect fit and so easy to make. Below is a reprint of Mama’s […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Soya Bean Te Khumban di Sabzi (SOYA BEAN & SAUTEED MUSHROOMS)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Soya Bean Te Khumban di Sabzi  (SOYA BEAN & SAUTEED MUSHROOMS)

In the past two decades, mushrooms have become a more than a delicacy as farmers have developed ways to cultivate them in many countries in controlled environments. And this has brought the cost down and exposed many more people to the benefits of eating mushrooms. One popular variety is the small, round, pointy type called […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Mitthi Bread or Shahi Tukdre (SWEETENED FRIED BREAD)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes- Mitthi Bread or Shahi Tukdre  (SWEETENED FRIED BREAD)

In the cold, rainy weather that we’ve been having lately, nothing tastes better than some warm breakfast full of wonderful aroma to brighten up the morning! And this super-easy recipe can do just that as it enhances plain bread into a cross between a French toast and a donut.  Below is a reprint of Mama’s […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Sabudana di Kheer (TAPIOCA PUDDING)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes – Sabudana di Kheer  (TAPIOCA PUDDING)

During the days of Navratri and just preceding Dusserah, the truly devout emulate the types of foods that Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman ate while they were in exile. They had vowed to eat only foods grown in the forest, fruits, honey. Sabudana (large grain or pearl tapioca) is one such food and this recipe […]

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