Kashmiri Tangy Eggplants – Chok Wangun

My love for eggplants keeps me experimenting with new recipes from around the globe. This one is close to my heart and soul and so very easy to make. Frying eggplants will fill your kitchen with an amazing aroma. I often chow down a few slices even before they make their way to the dish….

Moussakah vegetarian

While I was in NYC for a conference, I had the pleasure of dining with my sister and brother in law at a fabulous restaurant  Cleo at Mondrian Park Ave. The chef certainly had a way with Mediterranean small plates but one particular dish that caught my attention was the vegetarian Moussakah with eggplants and…

Meatballs with Eggplant puree and Radish pesto

After a hectic week I unwind with experimentation of ingredients and spices. Weekends that have nothing to do with my technology work are a way to meditate, unwind and reconnect with living a simple life with natural clean organic cooking. The weekend is always a time for me to center my energy. Some music, some…

Keema Baingan ( Eggplant with Minced Lamb)

This dish is inspired by my amazing and talented sister in law, Sadia Durrani who specialize in classic Old Delhi food and teaches culinary skills in India. She posted this over 2 years ago and I can’t believe it took me this long to make it. If you want to watch the original recipe from…

Eggplant and Chickpea Stew

A simple eggplant stew with Moroccan flavors, can’t go wrong with this hearty dish.  A quick weekend light dinner or a side that stays in the fridge to go with many main courses. Chickpeas are soaked overnight and then cook in a pressure cooker for 10 mins or in a pan for 30-45 mins I…

Mahshi Batinjaan Bi Zayt – Lebanese Stuffed Eggplant

I am back again with yet another eggplant/aubergine dish. This one has its origins in Lebanese and Egyptian cuisines.  When I travelled to Egypt I think I tried out more stuffed vegetables that I could imagine and the inspiration for making this Lebanese recipe came from my travels and love of the middle eastern flavors and…

Eggplant Chickpea Tagine topped with eggs

I love Moroccan flavors which favor the spices used in Indian cooking like coriander and cumin. This is inspired by those flavors. Although I own a beautiful clay tagine bought from a friend who carried it from Morocco, I made this in a skillet – not sure why:). Equally delicious so the point is that…

Tamatar Wangun (Kashmiri Eggplant in Tomatoes)

Trying to stay warm on this stormy winder day in the North East. At least the fridge was stocked for a day or two…who am I kidding?, we could survive for the month between the fridge and the pantry staples 🙂   My recipe creations of Kashmiri dishes continues. If you have been following my…

Fava, Feta and Roasted Eggplant

A trip to the local farmers market inspired this Mediterranean influenced dish which wakes up you taste buds. I found a fresh bunch of Dill begging to be tried – it was so green and velvety, the stand for cheese looking so very inviting but the local feta sample had me sold and of course…