Chick peas, cultivated mainly in the northern regions of India, are often combined with a mixture of vegetables, creating interestind dishes. Simple and basic this dish has many variations. Spoon it over any hot, cooked grain such as rice, millet, or bulgur.
Lemons and lines are often used to flavor rice and wheat dishes in India. Here the tang of lemon is coupled with exquisitely-flavored pistachios, creating a subtle, yet flavorful dish. Dotted with plump raisins, this attractive dish makes a nice accompaniment to any entree.
Traditional Indian rice puddings are made with milk and cooked for a very long time until the milk has thickened. This is an instant version using silken tofu and the result is a thick, creamy, delightful dish that requires no cooking at all. If you can't find silken tofu, soft tofu will do.
One of the specialities of the southern regions of India is cooked fruit mixed with yogurt. This versatile dish can be served as appetizer, a dessert, or a side dish, and although it is usually served warm, it is also quite good cold.
A speciality of the northwestern region on India, where wheat is a staple, this sweet dish is served as a dessert or a delicious breakfast treat. If apricots are not available, it can be made with any type of chopped, dried fruit. The leftovers can be served cold or reheated in the microwave.
This popular pudding from the northeastern region of India is usually made with chenna (a local cheese) and flavored with fragrant rose water. With a few substitutions this version is rich and satisfying and made from readily available ingredients.
Wheat is as much a staple in Northern India as rice is in Southern India.
This easy northern style pilaf has a mild, subtle flavor that makes it suitable, not only as a "go with everything" side dish, but also as a filling and nutritious breakfast.