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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, […]

A Vintage Lohri, from Simpler Times, Remembered Once Again

A Vintage Lohri, from Simpler Times, Remembered Once Again

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: She was stretching back 73 years in time, when there was a naiveté about the world around you, even among murmurs of cracks in the British Raj. News traveled at the speed of a bicycle postman carrying telegrams and if you were lucky – and of a certain class – a […]

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: 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. […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gulab Jamun (Rose Colored Fried Sweet Balls)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gulab Jamun  (Rose Colored Fried Sweet Balls)

With the advent of cold weather, it is the season for sweets, nuts and wonderful aromas like this recipe which can fill any dining table for the Holidays.  Below is a reprint of Mama’s Gulab Jamun recipe, which is a tasty sweet popular in many Indian restaurants and is especially delightful during the merry winter […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dhuli Moong Di Daal De Aate Da Halwa (Yellow Moong Daal Flour Halwa)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dhuli Moong Di Daal De Aate Da Halwa  (Yellow Moong Daal Flour Halwa)

Along the foothills of the Himalayas, all the way from the Northwest Frontier with Afghanistan down to the plains of the Punjab and across northern part of Uttar Pradesh, during the cold months, people seek out foods that not only keep them warm, but satisfy the taste buds. The bazaars and markets are full of […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Subzi Pulao (Vegetable Pilaf)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Subzi Pulao (Vegetable Pilaf)

For many people – especially the young who are just starting out in life – who tire of making simple dishes and want to add a little extra flavor, this recipe is a variation on making plain rice and can be made with not that much more effort. The results can be very encouraging as […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dhuli Moong Di Daal Da Halwa (Yellow Moong Daal Halwa)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Dhuli Moong Di Daal Da Halwa (Yellow Moong Daal Halwa)

With the advent of cold weather, it is the season for sweets, nuts and wonderful aromas like this recipe which can fill any dining table for the Thanksgiving feast.  Below is a reprint of Mama’s Dhuli Moong Di Daal Da Halwa recipe, which is a favorite sweet made and eaten in the winter months. It […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Ajwain aur Badam Wala Gur (Jaggery & Carom Seeds Coated Almonds)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Ajwain aur Badam Wala Gur (Jaggery & Carom Seeds Coated Almonds)

With the advent of cold weather, it is the season for sweets, nits and wonderful aromas like this recipe which can fill any dining table for the Thanksgiving feast.  Below is a reprint of Mama’s Ajwain aur Badam Wala Gur recipe, which is a favorite snack in winter months. It is reprinted with some additional […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Rabri (Sweetened Coagulated Milk)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Rabri (Sweetened Coagulated Milk)

Rabri (Sweetened Coagulated Milk) is the ultimate Indian sweet dish as it is made from milk and is the first step to making several other desserts too like khoya, rasmalai, barfi and milk cake. It is also very time consuming as the milk has to slowly boil over low heat to evaporate till it becomes […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Nimbu Achaar, Namak Bina (Saltless Lemon Pickle)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Nimbu Achaar, Namak Bina (Saltless Lemon Pickle)

By popular demand from those restricted to a salt-free diet, below is a reprint of Mama’s Salt-less Nimbu Achaar recipe. A little of this pickle can add a little zest in otherwise bland food. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Many people, especially the elderly, are restricted to a salt-free diet for […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Uble Ande Di Turri (Boiled Egg Curry)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Uble Ande Di Turri (Boiled Egg Curry)

Andewalas (egg hawkers) can be found all over North India offering eggs in a wide variety of ways. Sliced hot boiled eggs sprinkled with spices are big sellers in New Delhi, especially during the winter months. In many Punjabi homes, the most popular way to eat eggs is an omelet with onions eaten with a […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sabat Moong Di Daal (Whole Moong Lentils)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sabat Moong Di Daal  (Whole Moong Lentils)

Daals are the mainstay of Indian diet, whether you are in the north or south, east or west – providing much needed protein – and each region has its own way of making them. So central are they to Indian life, there is even a phrase to express daily life: “daal-roti toh khani hai” (we […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Upma (Spicy Sauteed Semolina)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Upma (Spicy Sauteed Semolina)

With the passage of time, some South Indian dishes have become immensely popular in North India and among Punjabis to the point that they have become commonplace in many homes. Among the most popular are dosas (stuffed, rolled rice waffles), idlis (steamed rice flour buns) served with sambar (a lentil-based vegetable stew) and upma (spicy […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Amb Da Murabba (Mango Preserves)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Amb Da Murabba (Mango Preserves)

While Indians are very concerned about the food they eat, including the condiments, pickles, curries, daals, breads, desserts and so on, very few think about the side of daily life that deals with plain and simple breakfast toast and jam! This recipe is one of the few that deals with the early morning meal, but […]

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 […]

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