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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Hari Mirch De Pakore (Fried Green Chilli Fritters)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Hari Mirch De Pakore  (Fried Green Chilli Fritters)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA What could be more tempting for the typical Indian palate than fried food and hot, hot chilli pakoras? One thing is for sure, so many Indians love hot, spicy food that there are contests even for the hottest chilllies in the country. Chillies come in many colors – green, purple, yellow, orange […]

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

Jeremy Gyan Malhotra – Kathryn Ann Davis Wedding Celebration

Jeremy Gyan Malhotra – Kathryn Ann Davis Wedding Celebration

WASHINGTON, DC: They met seven years ago while volunteers in the US Peace Corps in Togo, a slither of a country in the hump of Western Africa. He was stationed in the tiny village of Aheppe in the southeast while she was in the northwest, ten hours to the north by jungle taxi. But the […]

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: 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: 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: 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: Portobello Khumban Appetizer (Sauteed Portobello Mushroom)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Portobello Khumban Appetizer (Sauteed Portobello Mushroom)

Though khumban (mushrooms) have recently started showing up in Indian vegetable markets, these are generally the more widely known small white or button type that are easy to cultivate in greenhouses. But there are many more other kinds of mushrooms that are just not freely available in India and so have no place in traditional […]

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: Gajjar da Parantha (Carrot Stuffed Crispy Flatbread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Gajjar da Parantha (Carrot Stuffed Crispy Flatbread)

The favorite Punjab comfort food – the parantha (crispy flatbread) – is popping up everywhere as a convenience food too! Taking a tip from American marketing savvy, the plain parantha has come out wrapped around a meat filling like a kebab of shredded chicken as a “wrap”. It’s a variation of a taco, burrito or […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Kathal Di Sabzi (Sauteed Jackfruit)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Kathal Di Sabzi (Sauteed Jackfruit)

Though you can find kathal most of the year in Delhi, it is hardly the vegetable that most housewives go to first as it is difficult to prepare. First, you have to choose a green, unripe one; then get a quarter or half piece as the kathal is usually very large and next, take the […]

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