• Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper) and Potato ‘Subji’- An Indian Vegetable Preparation
  • Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat – An Elegant Appetizer
  • Simply Delightful Diwali Pleasures: Jaggery Puffed-Rice Crispy Treats and Dark Chocolate-Pistachio Indian Fudge Burfi
  • Baked Kale and Potato Dumplings – The ‘Batata Vada’ Reinvented
  • Buttermilk and Thyme Chicken Tikka Kebab…on the Grill
  • Masala Chai…A Simple Cup of Indian Spiced Tea
  • Corn and Red Pepper Fiesta Chaat in Mini-Fillo Cups
  • Coconut-flavored Tilapia Fish and Potatoes Curry

Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice ‘Rainbow’ Pulao

Versatile Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice 'Rainbow' Pulao makes a Delicious Weeknight Meal, and is a Go-to Color-filled Side for my Spring and Summer Parties.

Colorful, simple and healthful…is the best way to describe this Indian Pulao-style one-pot rice meal.  Chock-full with the delicious goodness of fresh green herbs and aromatic spices, hearty whole-grain brown rice, protein-rich lean chicken and a rainbow of colorful vegetables like red bell pepper, green peas, orange carrot and yellow sweet corn; Chicken and Vegetable… 

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A Spectacular Parsi Culinary Creation: Fish Curry 'Saas ni Macchi' with Basmati Rice Khichri

A Unique Parsi Culinary Creation: ‘Saas ni Macchi’ with Basmati Rice ‘Khichri’

The simplicity of complex flavors in Parsi fish curry ‘Saas ni Macchi’ feels like a symphony on the palate. Unlike most Indian and Parsi curries that depend heavily on spices; the Parsi white curry ‘Saas’ (in my knowledge, Saas is a linguistic diversion of the word Sauce) boasts of only two spice elements: fresh green chili… 

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Lemon and Mint Spicy Quinoa Salad, your Spring and Summer Side For-All-Reasons

Lemon and Mint Spicy Quinoa Salad

This simple quinoa side salad with zest and zing, is my welcome to warmer temperatures, and the possibilities of longer days with more sunlight. Hearty quinoa is cooked in a lemony spiced cooking liquid, hence infusing the whole grain with whole spices like cloves and black peppercorns, to extract maximum flavor. With the refreshing punch… 

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Indian Whole Wheat Flat-bread Paratha with Lightly Spiced Stuffing of Healthy Kale, Cauliflower and Aromatic Roasted Fennel Seeds

Kale and Cauliflower Paratha: A Stuffed Flat-Bread

For the last post of my Indian-Breads Fest, following India’s household bread Chapati-Roti, a homemade version of the popular Naan, and versatile fermented Dosa crepes, is north India’s creation which has become a pan-India staple, stuffed Paratha. Many Indian food fans believe that Indian bread is best consumed in restaurants or as packaged food. With my… 

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Cheese and Parsley Rice-n-Lentil Dosa Crepes and Uthappam Pancakes: Southern India’s Versatile Bread

Cheese and Parsley Rice-n-Lentil Dosa Crepes: Southern India’s Versatile Bread

After the homemade version of India’s much-loved ‘Naan’ bread, this week the Indian-Breads Fest takes on south Indian savory breakfast favorites, crepe-like ‘Dosa’ and its pancake version ‘Uthappam’. Moving from delectable Indian bread dough to delightful Indian bread batters, let’s look at south India’s answer to Chapati-Roti and Naan; thin crisp Dosa and its thicker… 

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Homemade Garlic and Thyme Naan

Homemade Garlic and Thyme Naan

After last week’s warm and comforting Chapati-Roti, this week the Indian-bread Fest takes on a homemade version of India’s much-loved ‘Naan’ bread… I vividly remember the first time I made Tandoori Naan, the feeling of singeing hair on my arm, as it went into a 900 degrees Fahrenheit Tandoor oven, to slap Naan dough laid… 

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Whole Wheat Flour or 'Atta' Chapati, India's Most Common Homemade Bread Version

An Introduction to Delectable Indian Breads…and Step-by-Step Guide to Making Indian Chapati Roti

An Indian kitchen is always stocked with generous quantities of three grains, ready to go at a moment’s notice: rice, lentils and ground whole wheat ‘Atta’ flour.

Most homemade Indian bread is unleavened and flat, made with the above mentioned ‘Atta’, an earthy flour of fiber-filled and protein rich, stone ground whole durum wheat grains.

However, the choice of grain varietals for making Indian bread certainly doesn’t stop at whole or refined wheat.

Peri's Spice Ladle, Indian-inspired Food for the Global Palate

Welcome to the New and Improved Peri’s Spice Ladle

For the past few days, I’ve been busy changing the look and feel of this site, to create a fresher and more intuitive experience for my readers. Peri’s Spice Ladle started as a humble venture to create simple versions of much-loved classic Indian and Parsi dishes for a global audience. The growing numbers of visitors… 

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Warm Cabbage and Coconut Slaw in a Tempering of Spices and Aromatics, with a Hint of Nutmeg and Drizzle of Tangy Lime Juice

Warm Cabbage and Coconut Slaw

This week’s recipe will feel like a ‘food hug’, a warm slaw made with shredded cabbage and grated coconut; cooked down in an oil tempering of whole spices and fresh aromatics, all brought together with a hint of nutmeg and drizzle of tangy lime juice. Warm cabbage and coconut slaw loosely draws its inspiration from… 

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An Array of Indian Desserts: Indian Gajar Halwa- Carrot & Almond Pudding with a Honey Lemon Drizzle, Mamaiji’s Caramel Pudding with Warm Spices, Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Indian Fudge Burfi

An Array of Indian Desserts

February is for the sweet-toothed among us; a month dedicated purely to desserts and chocolate and candy. (Although I do wish my elementary school aged son didn’t receive Valentines candy from his young classmates with a message saying ‘take a bite out of me!’…moms in the US, you know what I’m talking about here.) So… 

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Spiced Batter Baked Fish with a Dollop of Tartar Sauce-like Dill Pickle Yogurt Raita is Inspired by the Many Versions of Spicy Fried Fish Found Across India's Regional Cuisines

Spiced Batter Baked Fish Topped with Dill Pickle Yogurt Raita…and Seattle’s Food

A visit to Seattle and its world famous Pike Place market last weekend, got me thinking of spice-battered fish. As my eyes feasted on some of the freshest catch seen in the middle of winter, the foodie in me tried to savor as many Seattle food experiences as possible in a day and a half. Starting… 

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