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.

Cauliflower bhaji

By | August 18, 2016

I wrote down another of my mother’s recipes for Operation: Try to enjoy cooking, eh? Today’s dish stars the tasty cauliflower. As much as I like this vegetable, I can’t get excited about it because I don’t spell it right. I know that’s petty. The taste is pretty good though and I think that’s what most normal people care about when… Read More »

Cabbage bhaji

By | May 9, 2016

I’m posting another recipe in Operation Learn to Cook Like Mom (and Occasionally Other Amazing Cooks I’m Related To). I learned this cabbage dish recently while staying with my aunt. She is the superheroine that makes the pav (POW!) bhaji recipe I posted. Ingredients 3/4 head of cabbage 1/2 large onion 4 thai hot peppers 1 cup… Read More »

Buttermilk Besan Recipe

By | April 28, 2016

Here’s another recipe in Operation Learn to Cook like Mommy Dearest. There are roughly a million varieties of this dish, but this is the best one in my opinion. According to my ma, it’s the dish that people in India whip up if unexpected company arrives because you always have the basic ingredients on hand. So, maybe… Read More »

Spinach bhaji

By | April 11, 2016

I’m posting more recipes in my attempt to learn to cook like my ma. I wasn’t planning on posting any recipes this month, but I’m busy gallivanting in New York and didn’t have anything else ready. Today’s dish is a hearty, easy, delicious spinach bhaji. It’s not as glamorous as saag paneer and it’s never… Read More »

Upma Recipe

By | January 28, 2016

I’m posting another recipe in my attempt to learn to cook like my mother. She makes unbelievably tasty Indian food from scratch that is also cheap and vegetarian. Winning! Today’s dish is a breakfast dish that reminds me of Sunday mornings. It’s called upma (pronounced oop-ma) and it’s pretty freaking delicious. Ingredients 1 cup of cream of… Read More »

Pav Bhaji Recipe

By | January 21, 2016

I’m trying to cross off Bucket List Item #3 – Learn to Cook Like Ma. Flavorful, authentic vegetarian Indian food made from scratch. What’s not to love? Today’s dish is actually one of my aunt’s specialty dishes. But she made it frequently for big family gatherings, so it still screams home to me. Plus, it… Read More »

Yogurt Recipe

By | January 13, 2016

Yogurt!! Whoah, my apologies for the excessive exclamation points, but I really really really love yogurt. When 17 year-old Thriftygal turned vegan, she reduced her dairy and/or egg consumption by one product every week. The very last non-vegan item she gave up was yogurt. It was also the very first food I ate coming back to vegetarianism a decade later.… Read More »

Peanut Chutney Recipe

By | January 8, 2016

Here’s another recipe for Operation Learn to Cook Like Mom. These Indian dishes are full of yummy spices and are cheap to make. Also, they’re all vegetarian! I’m a big fan of chutneys. Add it to literally anything to make stuff spicy. Today’s chutney is a peanut and garlic creation that goes with everything from… Read More »

Potato Bhaji Recipe

By | December 21, 2015

I’m posting another recipe for “Operation Learn to Cook Like Mom.” Flavorful, vegetarian and cheap Indian food. ‘Nuf said. Today’s dish is the potato recipe that my family eats with Kadhi. Serves 4 Ingredients 3 medium-sized potatoes 2 medium-sized onions 2 chilies (or to taste) one sprig of curry leaves Spices salt to taste 1/4 tsp… Read More »