Dahi Puri

Dahi Puri

If you don't know what dahi puri is, it's similar to pan puri, or gol gappay. They are literally tiny puri's (a semolina and flour dough that is rolled out and fried to crispy and chewy perfection). Since they are rolled out so small they puff up and hollow out. You fill them with a mixture of potatoes and chickpeas and douse them in a spiced yogurt and some delicious chutneys. It's way less messy than Pain Puri and I love making Dahi Puri more because you can add lots of flavor. They make the perfect appetizer at any table, and my favorite time to make them is during Ramadan. They're easy and fun to eat, and even easier to make.

Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Bhalla

These fluffy little dumplings have my heart. I have always loved dahi bhallay. It was a weekly ritual to have chai at my Khala's (Mom's sister) house and on our way, we always stopped halfway and picked up 2 plates of Bhallay from "Jamal's" right before merging onto the Nehar and driving all the way to her house. We never really had home made bhallay, but forward a decade to a suburbs of Chicago, with no "Jamal's" in sight, and you have yourself a problem. Last year, during Ramadan, I finally decided to give these darn bhallay a try, and I haven't gone back since...

Mango Milkshake

Mango Milkshake

As soon as it starts warming up my mind goes straight to mangoes. They are the king of fruit in my opinion, and they reign over Pakistan all summer.

Sweet Tamarind Chutney

Sweet Tamarind Chutney

...This recipe is basic, classic, and just the thing you need to keep those family traditions alive. I use imlee ki chutney all year round, but there's something about the time of year when Ramadan is coming closer, and you just want those classic comfort foods to surround you as you fast the month away. Food has memories attached to them, which is why we make certain foods for certain holidays, and a good old imlee ki chutney is just what you need this Ramadan...