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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Ghar de Pancakes (Homemade Pancakes)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Ghar de Pancakes (Homemade Pancakes)

This is not really a Punjabi recipe, but it is one that will appeal to Indian American families and all those who live in the West where pancakes are a favorite treat. In the US, most people just go to the grocery store to buy a packet of ready-to-cook pancake mix. But if they only […]

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

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

Since it has first been printed four years ago, this has been the most popular recipe of Mama’s, getting over 400 views each week. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Atta di Pinni recipe, which is simple but tasty and a wonderful accompaniment to a cup of hot tea or coffee on any day. It […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan De Poode (Chickpea Flour Flatcakes)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan De Poode (Chickpea Flour Flatcakes)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Besan de Poode recipe, which is a tasty, inexpensive, fast comfort food for rainy days and for uninvited guests. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Judging from the many different types of snacks it is used in, besan (chickpea flour) […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Loon-Mirch Da Parantha (Salt-Pepper Wheat Pancrusted Flatbread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Loon-Mirch Da Parantha  (Salt-Pepper Wheat Pancrusted Flatbread)

By popular demand from many readers – and especially some younger ones – this is a reprint of Mama’s Loon-Mirch da Parantha recipe, but with some additional information and directions. By now, every Indian probably knows what a parantha is and immediately associates it with Punjabi cuisine. Other cuisines have tried to copy them and […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Maal Pudde (Fried Sweet Flatcakes)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Maal Pudde  (Fried Sweet Flatcakes)

Those who enjoy their savory snacks know that the taste of a namkeen pudda (salty flatcake) is between that of a pakora (fried fritter) and a soft parantha. Part of this is because pudde are made on a tava (flat plate) much like a parantha is and the other part is that the dough mixture […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bandh Gobi Te Wadiyan (Cabbage & Spicy Dumplings)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bandh Gobi Te Wadiyan  (Cabbage & Spicy Dumplings)

This Punjabi recipe for a simple vegetable like cabbage has surprised people for how tasty it can be and many have asked the secret behind how it is made. So, by popular demand, below is a reprint of Mama’s Bandh Gobi te Wadiyan recipe. It is very different from the Gujarati style that is also […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Khumban da Appetizer (Mushroom Appetizer)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Khumban da Appetizer (Mushroom Appetizer)

Until recently, khumban (mushrooms) were a seldom found vegetable on the street markets in Delhi, but if you happened to live in the country or near a farm, you might have been able to find some. This is why mushrooms have not really been part of the mainstream Punjabi cuisine until quite recently. In the […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Mah Chole di Daal (Split Urad & Split Chana Dal)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Mah Chole di Daal (Split Urad & Split Chana Dal)

It is amazing how many people are still unfamiliar with this most popular Punjabi daal of all and keep asking how it is made or tastes. So, by popular demand, below is a reprint of Mama’s Mah Chole di Daal recipe. It is a daal that is not normally available in most Indian restaurants unless […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Channe di Daal Te Methi (Split Chickpea Daal & Fenugreek)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Channe di Daal Te Methi (Split Chickpea Daal & Fenugreek)

Methi (fenugreek) is a plant with three small oblong leaflets that is grown in many countries around the world in semi-arid climates, especially in South Asia. It is grown all across western and northern India, with Rajasthan alone producing 80% of India’s output. Used from ancient times, methi has been known for its medicinal qualities […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gajar da Halwa (Red Carrot Halwa)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gajar da Halwa (Red Carrot Halwa)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Gajjar da Halva recipe. It is a dessert that used to be made on special occasions but in the past decade has become so popular that it is a staple at many Indian restaurants. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. […]

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

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

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 common sweets that Indians love. Among them, there will be a variety of   burfi (milk squares), […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Suji da Halva (Semolina Halva)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Suji da Halva (Semolina Halva)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Suji da Halva recipe. It is a dessert that is also made on auspicious occasions to celebrate an achievement or special moment. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. There are many types and of halvas and many ways to prepare […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Asaan Ghar di Dahin (Simple Homemade Yogurt)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Asaan Ghar di Dahin (Simple Homemade Yogurt)

These days when there is so much talk about the taste and creaminess of Greek yogurt, it is curious why more people aren’t drawn to the taste of Indian dahin (yogurt) and the way to make it at home. Most young people think that making dahin is a time-consuming and difficult process and are surprised […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan di Pinniyan (Gram Flour Sweet Balls)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan di Pinniyan (Gram Flour Sweet Balls)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Besan di Pinniyan recipe, which is a tasty sweet to make especially during days of cool weather. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Pinniya are extremely popular in the Punjab during the cold weather months. It is very common to […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Choliya da Snack (Green Chickpea Snack)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Choliya da Snack (Green Chickpea Snack)

Most young people in the US are familiar with safayd chole (white garbanzos or chickpeas) since they are served often at restaurants and private parties. Usually they are eaten with white rice or some form of roti (Indian flat bread). Boiled chickpeas are even served in many mainstream American restaurants as an item to be […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Khanne de Baytreen Rang (The Colors of Good Eating)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Khanne de Baytreen Rang (The Colors of Good Eating)

Cooking delicious food requires an interest in improving your skills and the desire to eat well, regardless of the type of cuisine you like. But, if you enjoy Indian cooking, then it helps to understand the traditions that are behind the food you will make and serve. Perhaps no other cuisine is steeped in appreciation […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Coconut de Pedde (Condensed Milk Coconut Disks)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Coconut de Pedde (Condensed Milk Coconut Disks)

There is no shortage of sweet confections in India as they are made of various types of base ingredients. Very few are actually made of flour dough and many use milk, either condensed, coagulated, reduced or separated for its whey and cheese. Most of these “sweetmeats” (as Indian are fond of calling them) are very […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Jaldi se Baingan da Bhartha (Easy-to-Make Spicy Eggplant Puree)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Jaldi se Baingan da Bhartha (Easy-to-Make Spicy Eggplant Puree)

By popular demand from many readers, below is a reprint of Mama’s Baingan da Bhartha recipe, which is fast becoming a popular dish in restaurants and for caterings. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Eggplant are among the most popular vegetables cooked all over the world, but the main reason for its […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Aasan Tarike ki Dahin (Easy Homemade Yogurt)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Aasan Tarike ki Dahin (Easy Homemade Yogurt)

Yogurt or dahin has had a sacred significance in the daily lives of Hindus since the very inception of Hinduism, and by extension, of Hindustani culture. Cows and cow’s milk have a special place in Hinduism as both are intertwined with the story of the young Lord Krishna. Dahin is also one of the panchamitras […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sabat Massar Di Dal (Whole Masoor Lentils)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sabat Massar Di Dal (Whole Masoor Lentils)

Dals (lentils) are the mainstay of many Indian diets, especially those who are vegetarian or eat little meat. The provide 3.5 times the amount of protein in rice and 2.5 times that of wheat though boiled dal only contains 9% protein by weight, 70% water, 20% carbohydrates (including 8% fiber) and 1% fat. All dals […]

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