• 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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Lentil Vegetable and Meat Parsi Dhansak with Traditional Accompaniments of Caramelized Basmati Rice and Kachumber salad

The Incredible Parsi Dhansak with Caramelized Basmati Rice and Kachumber Salad

If it were better known globally, ‘Dhansak’ a Parsi Cuisine specialty of lentils, vegetables and meat would easily win the award for ‘Incredible One Pot Wonder.’ Another stalwart of the Parsi Cuisine, Dhansak Daal (better known as just ‘Dhansak’,) flavored with Indian spices and inspired by ancient Persian cooking methods, manages to draw attention to its… 

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Hearty ‘Subji’ or Indian Vegetable Preparation of Capsicum or Green Bell Pepper and Potatoes, Cooked in Indian Spices and Aromatics, with a Parsi Touch of Cider Vinegar and Sugar

Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper) and Potato ‘Subji’- An Indian Vegetable Preparation

The word ‘subji’ or ‘sabji’ is a generic Indian term for ‘vegetables’ referring to either raw vegetables at a market, or Indian vegetable preparations, where one or more veges are cooked in Indian aromatics and spices.  A part of the daily meal in Indian homes, Subji dishes, if prepared with minimal oil, can be truly… 

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Smorgasbord of Whole Spices and their Impressive List of Health Benefits Can't be Ignored

The Whole Truth about Whole Spices

From time immemorial, whole spices have held the highest place of honor in an Indian kitchen. India produces 70% of the world spices, mostly in the southern region around Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerela; and turns out, is also its largest consumer, creating a true example of indigenous consumption. What are Whole Spices? Think of… 

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Spiced Butternut Squash Basmati Rice Pulao with Crunchy Spring Onion, Inspired by Mumbai’s Ever-evolving Trendy Food Scene

Spiced Butternut Squash Basmati Rice Pulao (and ‘The Siege’)

This winter, I’ve been reading Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy’s newly released book ‘The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel‘, an account of the events that lead to, and unfolded on that fateful day in 2008 when terrorists from across the Indian border lead simultaneous attacks on my native city of Mumbai. For me,… 

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Parsi 'Choi' or Chai, an Indian Tea Infused with Fresh Mint, Lemongrass and Ginger along with Cardamom

Mint and Cardamon Parsi ‘Choi’ or Chai – An Indian Tea

Wishing readers all around the globe a very Happy 2014!  In the same vein as last year, I’m starting the New Year like I start each new day, with a steaming hot fragrant cup of Chai or Indian tea.  And the flavorful cup of Indian tea coming up today is a personal favorite Parsi-style ‘Choi’… 

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Top Post of 2013: Step by Step Guide to cooking Perfect Basmati Rice

Top Ten of 2013

They’ve made the cut… Thanks to your precious readership and powered by WordPress-Jetpack’s amazing site stats; I’m wrapping up 2013 with a countdown of the Top Ten posts and recipes on Peri’s Spice Ladle. 10:  Parsi Food…And Why it is Truly Unique One of my earliest posts on Parsi food and its unique nuances continues… 

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Warm Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosa Bites: A Seasonal Diversion on the Savory Samosa

Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosa – A Mouthwatering Winter Dessert (Plus Handy Tips on Making ‘Samosas’)

‘Samosa’ the versatile Indian snack is essentially crisp deep-fried dough, with a filling of ‘just about anything’ from potatoes and peas in its best known version, to other vegetables of choice and delicious ground meat fillings. But today, I’ve taken a seasonal diversion on the regular savory Samosas, creating warm sweet Samosa bites, filled with… 

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat, served in Bowls makes a Simple Holiday Appetizer

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat – An Elegant Appetizer

Chaat, a generic term for snacks and munchies sold by street food vendors in India (and often made at home,) are a popular party favorite and alludes to a mélange of savory ingredients brought together with a signature tangy Chaat taste. It’s worth knowing that the quintessential tang of an Indian Chaat comes from two… 

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A New Addition to the New York City Skyline and America's Tallest Building, One World Trade Center, Freedom Tower

17 Must-do Sights and Eats in New York City this Holiday Season

With the turkey, fixings and leftovers all taken care of in advance; this year we spent Thanksgiving week enjoying NYC’s holiday season festivities. Since it was the first time visiting New York for our kids, rediscovering tourist spots like the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building became a must, while my husband and I… 

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Garlic-flavored Yogurt and Shredded Turkey Quesadilla: A Simple and Easy-to-adapt Thanksgiving Day Leftovers Recipe

Garlic-flavored Yogurt and Shredded Turkey Quesadilla

A Thanksgiving Day leftovers recipe needs to be simple and come together in 15 minutes or less; a meal that easily adapts (check out last year’s pulao) to the flavorful leftovers from the day before… And today’s recipe for quesadilla or grilled sandwich with a filling of shredded turkey in garlic-flavored yogurt does exactly that…. 

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