Kadoo Borani – Afghan braised pumpkin

A beautiful spice braised pumpkin served with garlicky yoghurt.
As soon as there is a chill in the air and the pumpkins are ripe and sweet, it is time to make this humble, sweet and savory vegetarian dish from Afghanistan. I have never visited this beautiful country but my ancestors came from there. It seems the lineage attracts me to the beautiful cuisine:)

Pumpkin Rogan Josh – Kashmiri

The thought of Rogan josh immediately invokes deep rooted memories of family gatherings infused with love and the fragrance of spices that make this deeply flavored and rich colored broth. A signature dish of the Kashmiri cuisine, it is usually made with Lamb or Goat and  flavored with the famous Kashmiri Chilies. Growing up that…

Sweet Potato Crust Pizza

Here is a moment of truth – I have not been a big fan of regular pizza ( I know I know…gasp!!) but it is true, the rich tomato sauce and the gooey cheese really does nothing for me. So, when Pizza is ordered at home I happen to be the odd one out who…

Shalgam Sabzi ( Turnips)

Hot summer lazy and melancholic days. I vacillate between utter gratitude of having the family safe to frustration towards the desolate state of our world. Still, the good outweighs the bad and we clear our heads and focus on inner strength,  blessings and earth’s bounty. After my early morning run or walk, I spend quite…

green salad with toasted dates and strawberry dressing

Today is the first day that spring was at its peak and summer was trying to push through. I can see my seedlings sprouting through the earth eagerly reaching for the sun. The birds this year have been in abundance and start their crazy chirping at 4 am – I do not mind. Gratitude for…

Kashmiri Phool Yakhni – Cauliflower in Yogurt sauce

Kashmiri Phool Yakhni is a vegetarian version of the sublime yogurt based Yakhni that is traditionally mutton based in Kashmir. Cauliflower is the shining star in this recipe The Cauliflower florets are par-boiled in turmeric, fried and then simmered in yogurt infused with spices like cardamom, fennel, ginger and cinnamon. These are the quintessential spices…

Station Wale Aloo – Simple Potato curry

What is that title you may say 🙂 Let me explain by a trip down memory lane…Throughout childhood,  my family embarked on the winter trip from the icy cold winter in Srinagar, Kashmir to the weirdly uncomfortable winter in Lucknow, UP to bask in the sunshine of my grandparents. Once winter descended in Kashmir and…