Marble Cake

Does anyone cook or bake something just because the house smells incredible afterwards? Because we do! I have recently been in a cake-baking funk. So much that I baked two of them this week: this Marble Cake to take to work and Carrot Cake for the home. And honestly, I chose these two cakes because…

Kalonji Aloo

This super flavorful dish has become our go-to recipe for when we cannot think of what to eat. While Aloo bhujiya of usually eaten for breakfast in Pakistan, we can have it for lunch and dinner any day of the week. Sometime, we like to do a bit of extra effort and make some homemade…

Three Bean Salad

A couple of weeks ago, we made this salad for a family brunch. It was a big hit! We love this salad because it uses canned beans and so saves any time that may be used for boiling. On the days we make this salad, we chop up all the veggies we have left in…

Masala Chai

As soon as fall set in, my grandmother would ask me to make this chai. While there are many Masala Chai recipes out there, this one is my grandmother’s. So after dinner, she and I would sip on this while watching some repeat telecast of a TV morning show. Over the years, I have tried…

Quick Fried Lentils

  Growing up, this was a favorite dish made only during Ramadan for Iftars. It was something my mother made with simple ingredients but lots of love.  We would pair it with Dahi Barray and then have it later as a late-night munch. Channa daal (or gram lentils) is not my favorite lentil but this…