Kala Chana Masala (Black Chickpea Stew)

Kala Chana Masala  (Black Chickpea Stew)

Kale 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 stews, like the one made in my home. They create a gorgeous masala with just onions, no tomatoes or yogurt in sight, and they are full of nutrients. I love them served over gorgeous long grain basmati steamed to perfection, but you won't find me refusing to eat them with naan either...

Instant Pot Daal (Lentils)

Instant Pot Daal (Lentils)

I'm gonna be honest. It took me a very long time to get the hang of making daal, a seemingly harmless recipe that if you ask anyone how to make, will entail answers like "ohoo it's so simple" and "buss pressure cooker mein cheezain daal ke charha do" (just toss everything in the pressure cooker and you're done)...

Quick Chicken Jalfrezi

Quick Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi is a testament to how one ingredient can transform a dish completely. If you look through the ingredients you can see they consist of ingredients used in any chicken curry. The only difference is a bell pepper, also known as shimla mirch. Such a poetic name, no? This is the story of how one shimla mirch changed everything. Another thing to love is that Jalfrezi is classically cooked with boneless chicken, so it's not just me switching out the bone-in chicken for my convenience. But don't be fooled. This recipe delivers on all fronts. Flavor, texture, and looks, because that fresh pop of green does so much for this dish. 

Instant Pot Taco Meat

Instant Pot Taco Meat

...for this taco meat, which I pretty much use for anything and everything (pizzas, lasagne, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, nachos, etc)...