Imlee Chutney (Tamarind)

…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…

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Papri Chaat

Papri Chaat is, in my opinion, the king of chaats. Just the sight of it makes me happy. And honestly, what’s not to love? Chickpeas and potatoes drenched in spicy chutneys and a cooling yogurt sauce, topped with freshly ground cumin and crunchy papad. Sigh…

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Hari Chutney (Mint Chutney)

Chutneys have the power to make or break your food. I don’t mind buying ready made chutneys, but there are two that I make the effort to make, especially during Ramadan, because I like my version the best and also because they make me feel a little closer to home! They have such deep and concentrated flavors that a little goes a long way and there’s nothing like a well made chutney that instantly transports you back home. Hari Chutney, or mint chutney, is such a classic…

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TexMex Lasagna

I love adding tex mex flavors to just about anything, like my Zesty Veggie Enchiladas, and this lasagna is taken over the top with all the flavors added to it. The corn and beans add such different textures, and my special secret ingredient adds a delicious earthy crunch you will go crazy for! I’ve been making this version for about a year now, and thought it was time to share it with you all. I use oven ready lasagna sheets which take a lot of prep time out, which is just added to the baking time, but as long as I don’t have to do anything while it’s in the oven, I’m happy:)

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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…

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