Masala Chai Ice Cream

Here’s the richest of the tea-flavored ice cream recipes I made for my Mad Hatter’s Birthday Party. I tried a cardamon flavored recipe last year – I definitely liked this better with the richness of the mixed spices and tea. The texture is so rich and creamy my sister described it as “buttery creamy.” As an infused custard, there are a few extra steps, but I think the flavor makes it worth it for a special occasion.

Ingredient Note: Rice

Rice, of course, is a primary staple in many areas of the world. It’s cheap, it’s healthy, and it’s easy to start cooking (especially with a $20 rice cooker from Target). Last winter I woke up one morning and decided to catalog my rice. In this post, I’ll go over some tips and tricks about different types of rice I’ve learned to appreciate in my exploration of different cuisines.

Quick & Easy Indian: Chana Masala

While I get caught up on this blog, I’m taking requests for specific recipes or types of recipes – this one’s for “Lars” & Brent, who needed more easy gluten-free high fiber dishes. Indian food is very good for that sort of thing, so I’ll be sending them a spice care package soon and filling…

Indian Dinner – Stuffed Plantains

I normally associate plantains with Puerto Rican cooking, where they are served with most meals as tostones, fried twice to soften their starchyness and mashed flat the final time so they can be crispy all over and – if they’re at their best – smeared with a bit of mashed garlic, salty and crusty and…

Indian Dinner – Spinach Raita

Raita is a standard side dish designed to offset the spiciness of many Indian dishes. It can be made with fruit or vegetables, but the base is always yogurt. It’s like a savory version of the whipped topping & marshmallow “salads” you find in American church basement dinners – it’s creamy and light, but not…

Indian Dinner – Aubergine Mushroom Curry

Jump to recipe This is one of my favorite mild curries, and also one of the most convenient. If you have the time to prepare the eggplants ahead of time, it will come together very, very quickly. If you have time to prepare the whole dish ahead of time, it will taste even better. It…

Menu Planning – Indian Dinner Party

I’m planning a dinner party for this Friday – I know I’m making Indian food, but not how many people I’m serving. If I have the time, my usual strategy is to make enough food for everyone who could possibly come, then extra in case they invite friends.  This is not always the smartest strategy….