thanksgiving tahdig

thanksgiving tahdig

I've been mixing things up on Thanksgiving for the past couple of years, and it's a hit every time. Bringing in Mediteranean and Persian notes into your meal can add so much to the table, literally and figuratively! Last year I went for a Mediteranean theme, with my potato fatteh and hummus, but two years ago I went full persian and made a sweet potato tahdig. This year, I'm going to make a Tahdig, keeping in mind the feedback I got from looking at my husband grudgingly picking off the sweet potato from his rice as he ate(he's a picky one). So this year, I'm skipping the veggies and keeping the flavor...

Punjabi Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry)

Punjabi Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry)

Kaley Chanay (Black Chickpeas) are a family favorite. They have a different flavor compared to chickpeas, more robust and intense, and have more of a bite to them. They're found in spicy and tart chaats, dry roasted and packed into newspaper packs on the streets of Pakistan, and in robust curries, like the one made in my home. They create a gorgeous masala with just onions, no tomatoes or yogurt in sigh. They are naturally gluten free, vegan and rich in nutrients. I love them served over delicious long grain basmati steamed to perfection, but you won't find me refusing to eat them with naan either.

Fruit Chaat

Fruit Chaat

I sometimes find it sad that things that are a part of your daily life become seasonal when you move away. The samosa's, jalebi's and fruit chaat you eat so often become traditions you pull out during Ramadan. As much as I would like to make fruit chaat all year round, I make it everyday in Ramadan, maybe because that's when I miss home the most. And if there ever was a fruit chaat recipe that you could make you feel at home, it's this one, with the sweet guava juice and earthy cumin balancing the sweet and sour fruits so well, I'm transported to Lahore with every bite...