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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bharre Karela (Stuffed Karela) with or without salt

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bharre Karela (Stuffed Karela) with or without salt

This crinkly green vegetable with ridges is one that is deeply admired and loved in the Punjab for its taste and the way it can be made that both highlights its bitterness while bringing out the aroma and flavor of its fleshy shell. Stuffing karele (bitter melons or bitter gourds) is the most authentic Punjabi […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhature wale Chole (Chickpeas Eaten With Deep Fried Bread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhature wale Chole (Chickpeas Eaten With Deep Fried Bread)

With summer upon us, there is a huge demand for the kind of comfort food that is spicy, filling and easily and cheaply prepared. So, by popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Bhature wale Chole recipe, which brings back memories of running to the street corner vendor on lazy hot afternoons. It is […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Amb Da Achaar (Green Mango Pickle)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Amb Da Achaar (Green Mango Pickle)

It goes without saying that Indians love pickles but it may come as a surprise that there are probably a hundred different types of pickles found all over the country. There are even pickles made of different meats: mutton, pork, quail, partridge, shrimp and lobster. Even though many of the spices and oils used are the […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Rotiyan da Atta (Dough for Flatbread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Rotiyan da Atta (Dough for Flatbread)

By popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Rotiyan da Atta recipe, which is at the heart of all Punjabi meals. The atta (dough) will determine how big, thick and tasty the roti (flatbread) will be and how much delicious they will taste. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. For a […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Soyabean di Wadiyan te Mutter di Turri (Soyabean Dumpling & Peas Curry)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Soyabean di Wadiyan te Mutter di Turri  (Soyabean Dumpling & Peas Curry)

Talk to a Punjabi about wadiyan (dried dumplings) and he will probably start to have a mental image of a sun-dried lentil dumpling that is full of spices. But a lot has changed in making the traditional wadiyan and along with it, new types of dishes have been developed.      About 25 years ago, […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Arbi di Chaat (Eddoe Root Spicy Salad)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Arbi di Chaat (Eddoe Root Spicy Salad)

With summer just around the corner, there is a huge demand for quick, spicy light snacks. So, by popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Arbi di Chaat recipe, which is just the kind of tasty, snack you need on hot afternoons. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. In the heat […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan aur Olive Oil Pooda (Chickpea Flour & Olive Oil Pancakes)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan aur Olive Oil Pooda (Chickpea Flour & Olive Oil Pancakes)

Besan (made from roasted Bengal gram or chickpeas) is a flour that is commonly used all over India to make pakoras or fried fritters, one of the most favorite and easy to make snacks found at almost every Indian street corner halwai or vendor. The flour, when mixed with spices and water becomes a batter […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Idli aur Nariyal Chutney (South Indian Rice Cakes & Coconut Chutney)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Idli aur Nariyal Chutney  (South Indian Rice Cakes & Coconut Chutney)

Among the South Indian dishes that have migrated northward over the past 40 years to the Punjab, idlis (rice cakes) are second only to dosas (rice crepes) in popularity, even into other parts of North India. With the advent of ready-made mixes, both these dishes are easily prepared in homes and there are plenty of […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Choliya te Wadiyan (Fresh Green Chickpeas & Dumplings)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Choliya te Wadiyan (Fresh Green Chickpeas & Dumplings)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Choliya te Wadiyan recipe. Most people are familiar with chole or chickpeas (or garbanzos as they also often called) and realize that they come as the large, light cream colored and small dark brown varieties. Most people know about the larger ones and […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Badam di Burfi (Almond Milk Squares)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Badam di Burfi (Almond Milk Squares)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Badam di Burfi recipe. Go to any Indian city and you will be sure to find a confectionary- or a halwai as they used to be called before they built fancy shops – where you will find many of the most popular and […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dosa Aur Nariyal Chutney (South Indian Crepes & Coconut Chutney)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dosa Aur Nariyal Chutney  (South Indian Crepes & Coconut Chutney)

Although dosas (crepes) are not a Punjabi dish, over the past few decades they have been so popular in North India that they could be considered a local dish, found in many restaurants and even at street vendor stalls. Dosa is a traditional Tamil dish, with references in the Sangam literature of the 1st century […]

Atte di Pinni (Sweet Wheat Flour Balls)

Atte di Pinni (Sweet Wheat Flour Balls)

In response to reader’s request, here is a reprint of one of Mama’s much asked for recipe. Since it has first been printed almost five years ago, this has been Mama’s most popular recipe, getting over 400 views each week. Mama’s Atta di Pinni recipe is simple, tasty and a wonderful accompaniment to a cup […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipe: Bread Crust Nashta (Bread Crust Spicy Snack)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipe: Bread Crust Nashta (Bread Crust Spicy Snack)

One of the favorite carbohydrates for most people is bread, especially if it has a crust and is crispy to bite into, not the soft white variety that many people use to make sandwiches with. Indians call bread double roti after the two pieces of bread stuffed with vegetables or meat to make a sandwich, […]

Baingan De Pakore (Fried Eggplant Fritters)

Baingan De Pakore (Fried Eggplant Fritters)

One of the joys of rainy weather is sitting down with a hot cup of tea and “garma-garam” (piping hot) pakoras (fried fritters).  Below is a reprint of Mama’s Baingan De Pakore recipe, which can be a meal by itself, with some nice chutney, and keeps you warm on a wet, muggy day. It is […]

Gur te Ajwain da Wadda (Molasses Carom Seeds Patty)

Gur te Ajwain da Wadda (Molasses Carom Seeds Patty)

In North India, every child knows the joy of eating gajjak (a soft molasses swirl) or ravri (hard molasses pellets) especially during the winter months when these are plentiful. You can find villagers who come to the city for a few weeks with their bags of gur (jaggery or sugarcane juice rock molasses) and set […]

Bread de Pakore (Fried Bread Fritters)

Bread de Pakore (Fried Bread Fritters)

By popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Bread De Pakore recipe, which is just the kind of tasty, hot fritter that you need for the winter months to take your mind off the bitter cold and rain outside. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. To most people, pakoras (or pakore) […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bajre Gur Di Roti (Pearl Millet & Jaggery Flatbread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bajre Gur Di Roti (Pearl Millet & Jaggery Flatbread)

By popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Bajre Gur Di Roti recipe, which is just the kind of tasty, hot sweetbread that you need for the winter months to take your mind off the bitter cold outside. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. This recipe is made with the bajra […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gur Gaund Ladoos (Molasses Gum Balls)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gur Gaund Ladoos (Molasses Gum Balls)

Most Indian sweet dishes are based on using sugar, either added directly like in halwas (puddings) or burfis (condensed milk squares) or in a syrup form like in gulab jamun (rose milk balls) or jalebis (fried swirls). But there are several tasty desserts which are made with gur (jaggery) although most are in the form […]

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: Chawal di Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Chawal di Kheer (Rice Pudding)

    In cold weather, people like to huddle with sweets, nuts and wonderful aromas like this recipe which is the best way to usher in a New Year.  Below is a reprint of Mama’s Chawal di Kheer recipe, which is a tasty sweet popular in many Indian restaurants and is delightful in any season. […]

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