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…

Rose Harissa Paste

This a beautiful version of Harissa paste using dried ancho and small chilies infused with roasted garlic, spices and rose petals. The lemon zest and juice further sparks it up.

Kashmiri Achar

Fermented foods are  probiotic powerhouses  boosting the good bacteria in your gut and helping with overall health and immunity “Achar” is a form of fermented food in the Indian subcontinent and essentially is a pickling process. It is one of the oldest methods of food preservation, sustaining communities through changing climate and seasons where the life…

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…

Gogji Nadir ( Lotus Stem with Turnips)

This is modern Kashmiri cuisine that tracks its history to 15th century when Timur ( a Turco-Mongol conqueror)  invaded India which led to the migration of 1700 skilled woodcarvers, weavers, architects, calligraphers and cooks from Samarkand to the valley of Kashmir. The cuisine developed and evolved in the land of dreamers, poets, artists, emperors. Using…

Preserved Lemons

Lemons – those beautiful intense balls of sunshine! If lemons are over in my kitchen, I literally panic and start hunting through the fridge and vegetable baskets for any forgotten piece I could use. This  leads me to the purpose of this post – preservation, and fermentation of lemons so I always have them on…

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…