Leena’s Egg Salad Recipe

I have found that people have a love/hate relationship with eggs. They either hate them or love them! And then there are people who can’t stand runny yolks or soft boiled eggs and on the other end there are some who can’t eat the whites because it’s tasteless or they can’t tolerate the texture. Which…

Senegalese – inspired Chicken Soup

This past week has been a whirlwind of different emotions. There were moments of extreme sadness and anger at the murder of George Floyd; but also moments of happiness and pride on seeing friends from different walks of life taking action and speaking out against the systemic racism against Black Americans. I couldn’t bear to…

Shahi Tukray – The Royal Dessert

Shahi Tukray is a very popular and deliciously rich dessert that has its origin in the Mughal rein (Shahi means Royal and Tukra means piece). This is the traditional Indian cousin to the American bread pudding. Bread is deep fried in pure ghee and then soaked in a reduced milk mixture flavored with fragrant cardamom…

Strawberry & Argula salad with a tangy poppy seed dressing

Say hello to your new favorite summer salad! It’s extremely light, very refreshing, healthy and absolutely delicious. Strawberry is mixed in with Argula, Spinach, Walnuts, Almonds, Blue berries and Feta cheese. My mouth is already watering… so delicious! I pair it with an easy Poppy seed dressing that will leave your tastebuds screaming yum at…

Falooda – the summer drink

Summer for me means “Falooda” for dessert every other day as this is easily one of my top favorites!! This sweet ice cream drink/dessert is very popular in the South Asian cuisine. It’s also a very refreshing drink with soaked sweet basil seeds & a cooling rose syrup – making it perfect to be enjoyed…

Mehalabeya – a classic Middle Eastern Pudding

Mehalabeya is a classic Middle Eastern pudding that is extremely light and scented with orange blossom & rose water. It’s a perfect treat after a heavy meal. My earliest memories of Mehalabeya are from the iftars sent by our Saudi neighbors. My mother always sent an iftar platter to neighbors during Ramadan. We would happily…

Dill Chana Daal

Chana daal (Split Bengal gram) is the most versatile and delicious lentil in my opinion. It is also one of the lentils you can make dry and eat it with bread or roti. Once you soak the Chana daal for at least 30 minutes to an hour, it cooks easily within half an hour making…

Pakoray (Fried fritters)

It’s raining, it’s pouring… So we are making pakoras in our kitchen today!  Our family food tradition – whenever it rains, we make these “Pakoras” (deep-fried Fritters) and eat them with chutney and sip on hot tea while inhaling the sweet smell of rain! Pure heaven! Although you can make pakoras from a variety of…

Red curry shrimp noodle soup

We are in uncertain times right now. Everyday we come across new information. In Philadelphia, as of right now, all schools, offices, dine in restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, retail stores, theaters, and libraries are closed for atleast two weeks. This timeline is uncertain. As much as we are trying to practice social distancing, I’m sure…

Daal Palak – Saucy Yellow lentils with spinach

Lentils with spinach. Delicious, tangy and earthy flavors combine to make a lip-smacking and healthy dish. This is one of my favorite ways to incorporate spinach in my diet. Its easy to make, the ingredients are always accessible and just SO GOOD! Funny story: Growing up there were only 5 lentil dishes that I would…