Slow Cooker Masoor Dal

Why haven’t we posted in a while? For the simple reason I think most of you are all too familiar. Life gets busy! ...more

An Interview with Mandira Chauhan

This weekend is the San Diego International Kids Film Festival. One of the short films showing will be “Failure Groupies,” which explores the themes of racism and terrorism through the eyes of 12 year olds. I was very excited for the chance to speak with the film’s director, Mandira Chauhan ....more

Potato Sandwiches

It’s no secret I love Indian street food. Potato sandwiches are definitely one of my favorites, and they are amazingly simple to make at home! Really they are just a step up from grilled cheese sandwiches, but so full of flavor ....more

Carrot Bhajias (Carrot Fritters)

When I opened our CSA box this month the first thing I saw was a huge bunch of green– carrot greens. I normally throw out carrot greens because you pretty much have to use them right away or they dry up and become useless, but with all of these greens I knew I couldn’t let them go to waste. The greens were attached to some really pretty rainbow carrots ....more

Raksha Bandhan – A Sibling Holiday

Happy Raksha Bandhan! It’s Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi), a day to celebrate your siblings. Every Rakhi, I make a bracelet for my brother and tie it on his wrist ....more

The Hundred Food Journey (Movie Review)

The Hundred Foot Journey captures the rise of Indian influence in the world’s culture. When an Indian family opens a restaurant across the street from her Michelin-starred restaurant in a village in France, Madam Mallory (Helen Mirren) disdainfully dismisses the food of these invaders– it’s much too spicy, she says. The movie is about a difficult courtship between the two worlds ....more

Sholay: A Bollywood Classic

Sholay opens to a train arriving at a station leading to a scene of two men riding on horseback across a rocky landscape that could easily be the old American Southwest. Interspersed with the horseback riding are shots of of a village that could also be from that time and place, but for an architectural embellishment here or there that points more specifically to India. These two men come to meet Thakur, who is wrapped in a shawl much like Clint Eastwood’s in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly ....more

Book Review: “Spices and Seasons” by Rinku Bhattacharya with Spicy Pineapple Lentil Recipe

One of our biggest goals with Indiaphile is to take the mystery out of cooking Indian food. Despite the long, complex history of Indian food, most dishes are no more complicated to make than western dishes. A dosa is no more difficult to make than a pancake ....more

The River (1951) Film Review

“The River” is a weird film. It’s weird for a lot of reasons. It was made in 1951, when experimental films were less familiar ....more

Indian Art Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art

Did you know the San Diego Museum of Art has world-class collection of over 1,400 pieces of Indian Art? Steve and I met with Marika Sardar, the Associate Curator for Southern Asian and Islamic Art at the San Diego Museum of Art. Marika gave us a personal tour of the three galleries of South Asian art that she is in charge of ....more