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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Aloo Baingan (Potatoes and Eggplant)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Aloo Baingan  (Potatoes and Eggplant)

This is a simple Punjabi recipe that combines the much loved potato with the tenderness of an eggplant in a sautéed dish that cooks fast and goes well with hot roti. It is quite tasty and can be eaten with some yogurt or pickles to enhance the flavor. So, by popular demand, below is a […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Murghi Turri Wali (CHICKEN CURRY)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Murghi Turri Wali  (CHICKEN CURRY)

Although I am a vegetarian, this is the only non-vegetarian dish that I have ever made. Years ago, when my husband (who was also a vegetarian) and I were in the Indian Foreign Service, we would often have to entertain at our home and it was expected that there would be at least one non-vegetarian […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Nimbu aur Adrak da Achaar (LEMON & GINGER PICKLES)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Nimbu aur Adrak da Achaar (LEMON & GINGER PICKLES)

 With summertime in full swing, it is the perfect season to make pickles especially, lemons – or limes – which are so plentiful and cheap now. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Nimbu aur Adrak da Achaar recipe. A little of this pickle can add a zest in otherwise bland food. It is reprinted with […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Saddi Khoye di Burfi (Plain Congealed Milk Squares)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Saddi Khoye di Burfi  (Plain Congealed Milk Squares)

Every city in India has a halwai di dukan (sweet maker’s shop or confectionary) and most have now become fancy air-conditioned shops with glass display cases and tables to sit at. You can order from the huge variety of popular sweets that Indians love as well as many types of savory and spicy snacks aloo […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dudh da Custard (Milk Custard)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dudh da Custard (Milk Custard)

India has been a destination for foreigners for many centuries, and especially Northwestern India which has been the place of many battles with invading hoards from ancient empires like the Greeks, Persians and Mongols and later by the Europeans: the British, French, Portuguese and Dutch. Each foreign culture left its mark on Indian cuisine, and […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Boondi da Raita (Chickpea Drop Yogurt Sauce)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Boondi da Raita (Chickpea Drop Yogurt Sauce)

By popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Boondi da Raita recipe, which is a tasty recipe for the summer months to eat with rice biryani, sabzi or simply with paranthas. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Raita can loosely be translated as thinned yogurt dip – though it is not […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Pudine da Parantha (Mint Parantha)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Pudine da Parantha (Mint Parantha)

  One of the greatest joys of cooking is to be able to experiment with different ingredients and techniques to make a dish that is delightful and enjoyable. This is the concept at the heart of fusion cooking of any sort, whether it be one of the four great cuisines of the world, Chinese, Indian, […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Cheese da Parantha (Grated Cheese Parantha)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Cheese da Parantha (Grated Cheese Parantha)

When mama’s great-grandkids visited her and asked for them, it was clear how delicious the Cheese Parantha can be! So here is a reprint of Mama’s Cheese da Parantha recipe which are surely a favorite of kids and grown-ups alike. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Plain Punjabi paranthas (crispy flat bread) […]

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 […]

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