1000 Oaks Restaurant in Pune, India: West Meets East

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If you ever find yourself in the wonderful Maharashtrian city of Pune, India and you want some food, I recommend 1000 Oaks, where you’ll find delicious Indian food, delicious dessert, friendly staff and some bathroom humor. Continue reading “1000 Oaks Restaurant in Pune, India: West Meets East”

Stainless Steel and Food Go So Well Together In India

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The kitchen in our house in India.

If you’ve been to India, you probably ate in India, and your food was probably served in stainless steel plates at least once.

When I lived in India and went shopping for household goods, I encountered all kinds of kitchen items: plates, glasses, pots, serving plates, food containers, cooking utensils… and most of them were silvery grey. Metal was definitely predominant over plastic, ceramic and glass.

A kitchenware shop. See all the shiny stainless steel and brass?

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Amazing Mumbai Through The Lens

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Happy Gudi Padwa! (Marathi New Year)

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Today is Gudi Padwa, and it marks the beginning of the New Year in the Hindu calendar. It also marks the beginning of a new agricultural harvest season. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, which is the first month in the lunar Hindu Calendar.


The word Pāḍavā (Padwa) is derived from the Sanskrit word Pratipada for first day of a lunar month. A Guḍhī (Gudi) is raised on this occasion giving this festival its name. Continue reading “Happy Gudi Padwa! (Marathi New Year)”

Bollywood Theater, Indian Street Food in Portland, Oregon


Last week I was googling for a good and cheap place to eat in Portland and I came across the Bollywood Theater website.

The first thing I checked was their menu and it got my attention right away. Their menu is nothing like any Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to, but the dishes rung authentic to India. Having spent so much time in India myself, and even learned some Indian cooking when I lived there, I had heard of most of these dishes but hadn’t actually tried them as they were all mostly “Indian street food.”

The pav bhaji and the vada pav, two different potato “patties” between buns, I know are a few favorites of Indian locals and often found in street stands along the Mumbai promenades. Not really found in restaurants at all. So, right off, this place got my attention. Continue reading “Bollywood Theater, Indian Street Food in Portland, Oregon”

A Culinary Day in India


This short film by The Perennial Plate compiles three weeks of filming, traveling and eating in India into “one day”.

You can almost taste the food, smell the smells and feel the warmth of the sun as it sets. Full of energy, joy, and culture, this is what India is about.

This video will make you hungry for India.


I made mattar paneer and saffron rice

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Saffron rice with cashews and mattar paneer

Last Sunday, I made two Indian recipes I had wanted to try: Mattar Paneer which is a north Indian dish of paneer (the most common type of cheese used in South Asian cuisines) and peas in a lightly sweet and spicy sauce. And saffron rice which is pretty self-explanatory.

I find Indian food complicated because of the amount of ingredients needed. This recipe for mattar paneer, for example, calls for 9 different spices plus sugar, salt, and cornstarch, and the other main ingredients: tomatoes, paneer, and peas.

My attempt was a success. Continue reading “I made mattar paneer and saffron rice”

This is how we cope…

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If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that Josh and I have had our fair share of challenges and frustrations since we moved to India about two months ago, I think today was a bad sign for us… Continue reading “This is how we cope…”

Saffron: The Most Expensive Spice


A couple weeks ago, Josh and I were at The Bombay Store and at the cashier we saw some very expensive Spanish 1 gram saffron boxes in a glass box sitting on the counter. I pointed them out to Josh and after asking the price out of curiosity, Josh was pretty shocked. (I don’t remember the price, sorry). He didn’t have much knowledge about saffron in general so I simply told him that it is a very rare and expensive spice. Continue reading “Saffron: The Most Expensive Spice”

I Made Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)

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In my most recent list of Indian dishes I want to make, I included kheer, the Indian rice pudding. It is a lot more delicious and exotic than regular rice pudding. Although I would never deny a Mexican rice pudding either.

I finally got all the ingredients I needed to make kheer, and two afternoons ago, I made kheer for the first time, and I did with success. Continue reading “I Made Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)”