Chickpea Curry (Chole)

This dish features chickpeas, with their faintly nut-like flavour and smooth texture. Chickpeas are rich in protein-nitrogen compounds. Cooked in this spicy sauce they’re great served with Puffed Fried Breads (Pooris), with capatis, or with hot Boiled Rice.DAL SOAKING TIME: overnight PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 1 hour YIELD: enough for 4 to 6 […]

Crusty North Indian Masala Potatoes with Cashews

Here’s a stunningly simple curry that transforms the humble potato into something special. Serves 4. 2 tablespoons ghee or oil1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 tablespoon minced seeded green chilies 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds handful fresh curry leaves 750g just tender, cooked, peeled potatoes, diced 1 teaspoon fresh ground coriander powder ½ teaspoon fresh […]


Melange of Seasonal Vegetables, Lentils, Cashews & Basmati Rice (Khichari) Khichari is a nutritious stew featuring dal and rice. There are two main varieties thin (geeli khichari) and thick (sookha khichari). Whichever way you prepare khichari, it will soon become a delicious favourite. The following recipe is for the thicker variety. Khichari is an ideal […]

Curd Cheese (Paneer)

Curd Cheese, Paneer  Paneer is to India’s millions of vegetarians what tofu is to a similar number of Orientals. It is a versatile protein food from a country that explores milk products perhaps more than any other. Panir has been eaten on the subcontinent for millenia, and is mentioned in India’s ancient sanskrit text the […]

Vegetable Fritters (Pakoras)

Pakoras are popular spiced, batter-dipped, deep-fried vegetables that make perfect snacks or hors d’oeuvres. Ghee is the preferred medium for frying pakoras, although you can use nut or vegetable oil. The tradition of frying things in batter is popular throughout the culinary world. In Italy, there’s the delicious Neapolitan fritters known as pasta cresciuta, comprising […]

Why the World’s Going to Hell

By Ben SteinOr maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities […]

Happy Diwali, Mr. President

By Vineet Chander for on 15 Oct 2009 How’s this for an early Diwali gift for Hindu-Americans (and, perhaps, Hindus around the world): President Barack Obama lit a ceremonial diya (traditional candle) and delivered a characteristically smooth speech in which he declared that he was happy to join "some of the world’s greatest faiths" […]

Holy cow, what’s Chrissie’s beef?

by Damian Whitworth for Times Online The Pretenders’ lead singer is back on the milk run, explaining why dairy cattle should be at the centre of all our lives Read more…

The Really Clean (and good) Dirt of Ryabuino

by Dhanesvara Das It’s a dirty world. There’s dirt everywhere that requires constant cleaning. Many people become obsessed with cleaning. For this purpose modern man has invented so many chemicals to clean that dirt away. In recent years we have added handiwipes to the list of essentials that we previously did without. It’s a dirty […]

Coming home from India to the cold, dark north

By Krpamoya Das October 30, 2009…5:39 pm I came back from India yesterday. Oh dear. I watched the golden sun come up over a bleak and mountainous Afghanistan, chanting my gayatri mantra while peering out of a small window in the back of the plane. I came back from India yesterday. Oh dear. I watched […]