Hira’s Cardamom Bananas

Getting a full noon meal ready, and for picky kids, is not an easy task in India. A little sweet something helped. This chilled recipe is a family favorite and now our family finds itself making this for the next generation of kids! These bananas are the large American-sized ones. If using a smaller one,... Continue Reading →

Cherries and Blueberries

Sweet dark cherries or Rainier cherries pair well with blueberries. Here a little time is required to pit the cherries. It makes a refreshing and healthy ending to a meal, a good breakfast, or snack. It sits well in the fridge for a couple of days. Layer it with yogurt in a mason jar and... Continue Reading →

Corn Tortilla Soup

Many years ago, before the Internet became a big factor, we saw Wolfgang Puck make tortilla corn soup on a cooking show on TV. Having no recipe, we recreated a soup that we thought was a close vegetarian version. For years now we have been making this version of our soup, inspired by that show.... Continue Reading →

Celery Parsley Soup

For over 30 years now, we have been making soups gluten-free. Roux and cream were far too heavy for our taste. So we used potatoes to thicken our soups. This way we are able to have creamy soups that are low in fat and cholesterol but are full of flavor even though we use no... Continue Reading →

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

If you like Swiss fondue, you will enjoy this soup. It is heavier and more filling than our other soups as it has whole milk and a generous amount of cheese. The creamy, mild cauliflower and the cheese make a good pair. With fresh, crusty bread dunked into the soup, like in fondue, this can... Continue Reading →

Split Lentil / Masoor Dal

Split lentils (masoor dal) are bright orange in color but they turn yellow when cooked. Mainstream grocery stores carry them. This is an easy, everyday dish, a source of protein in an Indian meal. Families have different dals and beans each day. We sometimes enjoy a bowl of slightly thinned out dal as a bowl... Continue Reading →

Kalyani’s Chole

We are thrilled to have this recipe from Kalyani to share with our readers. Like many recipes, this exceptional chole/chickpea dish, came to Kalyani via her cousin Vinita, who adapted her mother-in-law’s recipe. These are not the chole you will find in Indian restaurants. For one thing, there are no tomatoes which are ubiquitous in... Continue Reading →

Hira’s Easy Mung Dal

This is a very simple, delicate-flavored dal, good for everyday cooking. It has very little oil. Hira's recipes are full of flavor (without being very spicy), and light on fat. Mung is considered to be the easiest bean to digest and the dal is even easier than the bean on the stomach. Dals usually require... Continue Reading →

Beet Spread

Travel is our family's window into a world of possibilities. And food is surely a big part. This beet spread was served to us in Morocco at a small family Lebanese restaurant owned by a couple.

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