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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Kala Chana Masala (Black Chickpea Stew)

black chickpeas, stewed chickpeas, chickpea stew, gluten free, vegan

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…

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Tori Sabzi(Stewed Zucchini)

…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 tori until I was old enough to realize myself that I was enjoying vegetables…I love how the vegetables get a chance to shine. The spices are minimal, yet effective, and the true star of the show is the zucchini…

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