Pratibha’s Red Chana Shaak

Pratibha’s red chana shaak is one of Seema’s favorites.  It does require soaking the chana overnight (or for at least 6 hours), so make sure and plan ahead when making it. Servings: 4-6 people Ingredients: 1 cup chana 3 cups boiling water 1 1/2 tbs. oil 1 tsp. ajwain seeds Pinch of hing (asafetida) 2 Tbs. chana flour (gram flour) 1/2 crushed tomato – diced … Continue reading Pratibha’s Red Chana Shaak

Nani’s Stuffed Eggplant and Potato Shaak (Curry)

Nani learned this recipe from her mother-in-law Zaverbai Morjaria in Nakuru, Kenya.  She has been making it for her children and grandchildren ever since. Baby eggplants are key to this recipe — the normal, large eggplants just don’t stuff as well.  Also, there is no actual stuffing of anything involved.  By cutting slits in the potatoes and eggplants, they become “stuffed” as they cook. Servings: … Continue reading Nani’s Stuffed Eggplant and Potato Shaak (Curry)

Jasu Aunty’s Samosa-like Appetizers

Jasu Aunty’s samosa-ish appetizers are a necessary dish at family parties (along with Illa Aunty’s baklava).  They are just as delicious as samosas (if not better) and require much less time to make! Servings: 10-12 people Ingredients: 1 packet of Puff pastry – mine contained 2 rolls 2 cups frozen peas 1 medium sized potato, chopped finely 1 medium sized onion, chopped finely 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading Jasu Aunty’s Samosa-like Appetizers

Pratibha’s Daal

Pratibha’s daal is so good that her daughter Seema faced her fears and used a pressure cooker just so she could attempt to make it.  This recipe is guaranteed to convert even non-daal eaters into fans.  And it is easy and healthy! Servings: 6 servings Ingredients: 3/4 cup toor dal 3 cups water 1 Tbs. oil jeeru (cumin seeds) rai (mustard seeds) hing (asafetida) limro … Continue reading Pratibha’s Daal

Hovan Gourmet’s Vegetarian Rolls

This recipe is one that I have been searching for for years.  I little bit of history:  Kiran, Sunil, Seema, Nalinimasi, and myself would often spend our days at Southpark Mall in the summer.  As a break from shopping, this was always our favorite snack. Ingredients: Technically you are supposed to use Armenian “lavash” bread – but mediterannean flat bread works just as well garlic … Continue reading Hovan Gourmet’s Vegetarian Rolls