Gulab Jamun and Jalebi

Today’s pin is more Indian sweets. This time I made Gulab Jamun and Jalebi. Gulab jamun is kind of like a donut, fried and then soaked in a sugar syrup. Jalebi is a deep-fried batter in spirals, then soaked in syrup. I got the recipes from Show Me The Curry and Manjula’s Kitchen.

Chocolate Burfi

My husband is Indian, and I’ve learned to make a few foods over the years. One of my favorite sites for helping with that is Show Me The Curry. They have great, easy to follow recipes, and even videos. I found this recipe for chocolate burfi. My daughter wanted to take an Indian treat to school today to share with the class for her birthday. This is what she took. It was a big hit. I also made gulab jamun (it’s like a Indian donut hole). Easy to make, delicious to eat.

Butter Chicken Recipe

My husband is Indian and over the years I have had lots of practice making Indian food. I don’t make it ‘like mom’ (my family prefers less spicy), but he likes it anyway, and the kids like it too. So, here is my recipe for Butter Chicken.

Butter Chicken
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
1 Tbl oil
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp coriander
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 can coconut milk
1 cup plain yogurt
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
2 Tbl butter
In large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. Stir often while cooking, until onion is translucent (about 4-5 minutes).
Stir in curry powder, chili powder, coriander and cardamom. Cook for another minute.
Add tomato paste, coconut milk and yogurt. Stir until mixture is smooth and simmering.
Add chicken and stir. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Cut butter into chunks and add to the sauce. Stir until melted.
Serve with rice.

*Could be made in crock pot. After frying onions, garlic and ginger, add it and all other ingredients to a crock pot. Stir gently. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Chicken Palau Recipe

1 whole chicken (cut in curry/bite sized pieces)
Oil – 4 tablespoons
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
Curry leaves – 6
Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds  – 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Cardamom pods – 3
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon stick – 1 small piece
Palau masala or garam masala – 2 teaspoons
3 chilies – chopped
Salt to tasteFor rice
Water – 6 cups
Rice – 3 cups, washed and drained well
Ghee or oil 3 tablespoons
1 onion
Cardamom pods – 3
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon stick – 1 small piece
1/4 chopped fresh coriander leaves

Heat up medium sized pot, add oil, then onion, garlic, curry leaves,  cumin, mustard, fenugreek, cardamom,  cloves and cinnamon stick.  Cook for stir for approximately 5 minutes.  You can add a little more oil if it sticks to pan.
Add palau masala or garam masala and chili.
Stir for a minute then add chicken.
Stir for a couple of minutes. Add salt.
Let cook for 45 minutes on slow/medium heat.
Add 1/4 cup water if it sticks.


On another burner heat up ghee in a large pot.
Add onion, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Then add rice and fry for approximately 5 minutes.  You can add a little oil if it sticks to pan.
Add water and let cook for ten minutes.
Add cooked chicken and spices from the other pot.
Stir all together and let cook for another 10 to 15 minutes on low heat without opening lid.
Lastly add coriander, stir and turn off burner.
Serve and enjoy.

Wearing an Indian Saree

My first saree was a gift from my husband (who is Indian) when I turned 19 – also the day we got engaged. Since then I’ve gotten many more. When I first tried to wear a saree I googled it and found a picture tutorial. So, while I’ve seen people wear them in ways other than the basic most widely used way, I never knew how they did it. So, last week while browsing an online saree store I found these YouTube videos that demonstrated different styles. Here are the links for those videos. {all the videos are from and the sound cuts out after the first 15 seconds or so}
Tips on How to Wear Indian Sarees
How to wear Saree
How to wear saree in Rajasthani Style
How to wear saree in Mermaid Style
How to wear saree in Flowing style
How to wear saree in Bengali Style
How to wear saree in Ghaghara Style (or How to wear a Ghagra in a saree style)

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