Category Archives: Learn to Cook Like Mom

This is the place where I put all my mom’s recipes. She’s a good cook. Maybe the best.

Shera recipe

By | December 18, 2017

My second year of law school, I told my mom I wanted to learn everything she knew how to make. I would measure the ingredients and take pictures and write out careful directions. With that same approach, I also planned to learn everything my aunts knew how to make. My brilliant idea was to create… Read More »

Chivda recipe

By | February 3, 2017

I’m learning to cook my mom’s specialities. This particular dish (pronounced “chew-da”) is a good afternoon snack. I ate it everyday after school. For years and years. To this day, Ma puts a bag or two in my suitcase when I visit. It screams “childhood.” My childhood. Probably not yours. Every family in India will have… Read More »

Bhel Recipe

By | January 12, 2017

I gave you the recipe for sweet chutney last week and now I need to give you something to eat it with. You can’t just eat plain sweet chutney. So, may I present bhel. Pronounced “bear” or “bare.” I don’t know why there’s an “L” in it. To confuse people probably. **As numerous people have pointed… Read More »

Brown Chutney Recipe

By | January 6, 2017

The classic appetizer you’ll always find in Indian restaurants is the samosa. It’s a fried ball of dough with peas and potatoes and spices and such inside. No, I’m not giving you the recipe for that. On the side of the samosa, most places will give you a couple of chutneys to eat, a spicy… Read More »

Wanga bharit recipe

By | December 29, 2016

Another wanga recipe! This is my current favorite food to drool over, but I don’t see myself making it. Officially, it’s because I hate cleaning the stove. Unofficially, it’s because fire is scary. I call it “wanga bharit”. Pronounced “buh-wreath.” I’m probably pronouncing it wrong. Maybe just call it fire eggplant. Ingredients One eggplant. Pick… Read More »

Tomato bhaji recipe

By | December 22, 2016

I made three Indian dishes regularly-ish in Australia: oosurd, pohe and tomato bhaji. These are the least intimidating meals to create and give the most deliciousness for the effort. In my esteemed opinion. Ingredients 2-3 big tomatoes A few cloves of garlic 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/3 cup of peanuts Spices 1/4 tsp of turmeric 1/2… Read More »

Wanga bhaji recipe

By | December 6, 2016

I found a few recipes floating around on scraps of paper in my laptop case. I’m sorry if you don’t care about the recipes. My dish today is wanga bhaji. Wanga means eggplant in Marathi. Fun Fact Tween-Thriftygal once tried to play “wanga” for the question of which pizza topping starts with the letter W. It was in… Read More »

Green chutney recipe

By | November 2, 2016

Today’s dish is a spicy green chutney. We eat it with samosas. Samosas are fried dough with peas and potatoes inside. We also eat this with grilled cheese sandwiches. You know what those are. Really, you can eat it with anything you want to make spicy and so freaking good. That’s true of most of… Read More »