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.

Aloo Gajar Matar (potatoes, carrots and peas)

Aloo Gajar Matar (potatoes, carrots and peas)

... it's often the easy, everyday recipes that stump us because we don't really give them any importance. Vegetables are easy to cook. They don't need a long list of whole and ground spices like Biryani, but they still need something, and i'm gonna break it down for you, one easy step at a time...

20 Minute Taco Meat

20 Minute Taco Meat

Taco Tuesday will be a breeze with this 20 minute taco meat recipe. I use my instant pot for this, but any pressure cooker does the same thing. I don't use my instant pot often, but when I do, it's always the pressure and sauté setting. Those two are great time savers, and they are key in this quick recipe. If you've forgotten to defrost your meat, you don't have to worry! Just add 2-3 minutes to the pressure timer and you're still done about 20 minutes.

Turai ki Sabzi (Stewed Zucchini)

Turai ki Sabzi (Stewed Zucchini)

I used to hate vegetables as a kid. But oddly enough, one vegetable I loved was turai ki sabzi. I accidentally took a bite, not knowing what it was, and I loved it. It was sweet, yet spicy. It was soft, but not a complete mush, and my mom conveniently didn't tell me it was plain old zucchini until I was old enough to realize that I was enjoying vegetables. Needless to say I was shocked, and eventually began trying other vegetables.  Potatoes I can have in any form, but tori only hits the spot if it's stewed in an onion and tomato masala with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, mopped up with fresh roti.