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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sukkhi Dhuli Urad di Dal (Dry Skinless Urad Lentils)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sukkhi Dhuli Urad di Dal (Dry Skinless Urad Lentils)

Daals of all types are so central to Indian cuisine and the Punjabi style of daals has to be the tastiest. By popular demand, below is a reprint of Mama’s Sukkhi Urad di Daal recipe which is not normally available in most Indian restaurants … unless it happens to be a dhaba in Delhi or […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhune Baingan da Omelet (Roasted Eggplant Omelette)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhune Baingan da Omelet (Roasted Eggplant Omelette)

In Indian cuisine, you can easily combine different types of vegetables to produce a tasty dish, with spices that balance the flavor you are creating. But when it comes to ande (eggs), Indian cuisine is not as creative as European and other western cuisines which rely of the egg’s binding properties, as in quiches or […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Baingan da Bhartha (Spicy Eggplant Puree) Traditional Style

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Baingan da Bhartha (Spicy Eggplant Puree) Traditional Style

Amazingly – and delightfully – this rather simple but tasty Punjabi dish has found a large following over the past four years, appearing on the tables of many non-Punjabis and even showing up on the menus of some restaurants. There are two ways you make this dish, and by popular demand we will publish both […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Tofu te Mutter di Turri (Tofu & Peas Curry)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Tofu te Mutter di Turri (Tofu & Peas Curry)

Of course, there is the obvious difference between a dish that is sautéed and dry and another that is wet and has some curry. But, it comes as a surprise to many people that the same dish made “dry” can taste so different when it is made “wet”. A clear example is this tofu dish […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Ande di Bhurji (Spicy Scrambled Eggs)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Ande di Bhurji (Spicy Scrambled Eggs)

Here is a very easy recipe that is also very fast to make. It comes in handy when you have a starving bunch of people who crave for the desi taste of food. All it takes is a few eggs and some desi spices and a few veggies to make a dish that goes well […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Milk Cake (Milk Fudge)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Milk Cake (Milk Fudge)

Though this dish is called Milk Cake, the label is only half true. It is, of course, made with lots of milk, but it is not made like a cake. That part of the name refers to the way the sweet dish is set for upto 24 hours before being finally presented and sliced. The […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Piste di Kulfi (Reduced Milk Pistachio Ice Cream)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Piste di Kulfi (Reduced Milk Pistachio Ice Cream)

Just in time for the heat of the dog days of summer, below is a reprint of Mama’s Piste di Kulfi recipe. It is a dessert that started on the streets of Indian cities but has become a popular dessert at many parties and Indian restaurants. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Tofu te Mutter di Sabzi (Sauteed Tofu & Peas)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Tofu te Mutter di Sabzi (Sauteed Tofu & Peas)

Although soya bean wadiyan (dumplings) are now commonly available in grocery stores in North India, tofu, which is also derived from soya beans, is not a widely known product in India. But Indians overseas, especially where there is a large Oriental population, are quite accustomed to tofu, yet many don’t use it in their diets […]

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 […]

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