Dahi Bhallay (Lentil Dumplings)

Dahi Bhallay (Lentil Dumplings)

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...

Easy Homemade Ketchup

Easy Homemade Ketchup

This recipe is very near and dear to me. It's my late Nani's (Maternal Grandmother's) recipe and it's something we all enjoyed growing up. It's not your classic thick and sharp Heinz ketchup. It's more of a desi ketchup, think the ketchup served in bazaars (markets) with those chaat masala fries. A little more sweet, spiced with laal mirch(cayenne) and bhuna va zeera (toasted cumin seeds), and it is absolutely delicious. It goes perfect with your classic trolley foods; samosas, sandwiches, fried chicken, pakoray and so much more.

Mango Lassi Cupcakes

Mango Lassi Cupcakes

I love lassi. Meethi Lassi(sweet lassi) is my favorite thing to order when I visit Lahore, but Mango lassi is something I order everywhere, because let's face it, it's the best! Yogurt and sweet mangoes blended into a thick milkshake consistency, it just screams summer to me. The tart yogurt balances the sweet mango so well. So obviously I was going to turn it into a dessert...

Easy Imlee Chutney (Tamarind Chutney)

Easy Imlee Chutney (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...

Papri Chaat

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... (This can easily be made vegan by subbing the yogurt for a vegan option!)

Hari Chutney (Mint Chutney)

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...