Alu (or aloo) palak is spinach and potatoes simmered in a flavorful combination of spices.
A lassi is a yogurt drink that the Pakistanis like to drink sweet for breakfast or salty for lunch and dinner. I sweetened this Apricot Lassi Recipe with honey.
A delightful Pakistani and Indian dish that can be served with just about everything.
This Burmese-style vegetable curry is subtly flavored with coconut milk, ginger, curry powder, and turmeric. The flavor of this dish is exotic but not overpowering. The vegetables listed in this recipe are what I used when preparing the dish for this post, but any of your favorite fresh vegetables can be substituted.
Chapatti is an unleavened bread from Northern India and Pakistan. It is similar to a tortilla and a perfect side dish for any soup or stew.
If you love coconut, this Indian dessert recipe is the one for you. This easy recipe, adapted from Indobase.com, is made with just coconut, milk and sugar. Indian desserts tend to be too sweet for me, so I decreased the sugar and increased the coconut from the original recipe. .
The fruits used in this recipe were inspired by a quote from Shantaram: “Rich fruits used in desserts and juices – paw paw, papaya, custard apples, mosambi, grapes, watermelon, banana, santra, and, in the season, four varieties of mango – were displayed across the whole surface of one wall in gorgeous abundance.” I used the more readily available banana, mango, grape, watermelon and papaya.
Naan is a thick and pillowy flatbread very popular in Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisines. I don’t own a tandoor oven which is what naan is traditionally baked in, but this recipe offers an alternative.
Gulab jamun is an Indian dessert made of fried dough soaked in a syrup flavored with cardamom.
Lassi is a yogurt based drink commonly enjoyed in India and Pakistan. This lassi recipe is made with mangoes and garnished with cardamom. If you want to liven up your book club party, this would taste great with a little rum or vodka
Paratha is an Indian multi-layered flatbread, but what’s special about this is recipe is that it is packed with surprise goodies inside.
Don’t be alarmed by the color of this dish. It is traditionally yellow but Christopher, the main character in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” loves Indian food, especially Aloo Gobi Saag, but he does not like yellow so his father puts red food coloring in the dish. Aloo means potato, gobi means cauliflower, and saag means spinach or mustard leaf. Serve with grilled Naan (he also doesn’t like brown, so food coloring will need to be used for this as well).
This is one of my favorite Indian dishes. The shrimp and coconut flavors are fabulous together.
I love this versatile cilantro rice recipe. It has the kick of pepper and the tang of lime. It can be served with many different dishes, but is especially great with Indian and Mexican food.