Chicken Pulao

The delicious smell slowly wafting up to my room is an enduring memory of Sunday lunches growing up. It was a tradition carried over by my mother from her parent’s homes when she was growing up. Actually, I believe my paternal grandparents had the same tradition. Our family loved Sunday pulao and had many ways…

Dry Pepper Curry

Mirchon Ka Salan My take on an old classic. Pepper curry is one of the dishes that evolved in the melting pot of Hyderabad Deccan under the princely Nizam dynasty of India. The cuisine is a unique blend of Turkish and Arabic foods of the Mughals with the local, southern Telugu and Marathi cuisines. It is a wide-ranging spread of finely…

Black Carrot Pudding

Kali Gajar ka Halwa A variation on a much-loved dessert that i discovered recently. I have eaten and enjoyed red carrot halwa all my life. This version is less sweet, packed full of anti-oxidants, believed to have warming qualities and definitely more exotic. A deep, lovely purple, it is a specialty of Lucknow and is…

Persimmon-Tomato Chutney

Gorgeous, sweet persimmon. Juicy, tangy tomato. Perfect combo. A dollop will compliment almost anything. As a dipping sauce or slathered on your burger or accompanying a simple plate of daal and khichri. Ramp up the heat level to your preference. Ingredients:2 persimmons, chopped up4 tomatoes, deskinned and chopped4 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped3/4 cup…

Simple Lentils

Each year, on my return from wintertime in Karachi, along with memories of time spent with loved ones, there are other sights and sensations that resonate deeper. Two are the most memorable. First, drifting off to a nap after a simple, home-cooked meal with the sounds of the city around me, chirping, cawing,  faint sounds of…