About Ashley

Hi, I’m Ashley!

I’m the writer and recipe maker here at My Heart Beets. Thanks for reading my blog!

These two little boys are my taste testers. These picky eaters help me decide which recipes are “blog-worthy.” I think you’ll love everything you make from my site, but if you don’t, you’ll have to take it up with them.

My story… I was born in the US to Indian immigrants. I grew up in a Punjabi family eating delicious North Indian Food and I was completely unaware of how varied Indian cuisine was until I started dating Rob. He introduced me to South Indian Cuisine, specifically Keralite food.

Soon after marriage, I felt the desire to learn our family’s recipes. The problem was that when I’d call to ask for measurements, my mom would tell me she cooks “andaz naal” which basically means she eyeballs everything. Anyone with Indian parents knows they don’t measure ingredients (ever) and so trying to recreate their recipes is tough.

My solution to this was… to pester my parents. 😂 Whenever I’d visit home, I’d follow them around the kitchen, taking notes and asking questions. I would sometimes “help” them as they cooked, measuring their ingredients before they threw them into the pot. I started paying close attention to ratios as well as how things were supposed to taste. I used this information, gathered over several years, to test and develop many of the recipes that I share here on my blog and in my books.

I continue to learn a lot about cooking from my mom, but it’s my dad who helps me perfect my recipes.

I’m convinced my dad is a supertaster (he has a powerful sense of smell, too) – he can try a dish once, tell you precisely what’s in it, and most importantly, tell you what to add to make it even better. I have my dad taste test a lot of my recipes, especially my traditional Punjabi Recipes. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to test certain recipes before getting my dad’s approval (Gajar Halwa, Chana Masala, Rajma – the last one he approved, and then a year later, he changed his mind and told me to try and “make it one level better.” Sometimes I think he likes to keep me on my toes 😂 ).

There’s one more thing I’d really like you to know about me, and that is my “why.” The reason I share my recipes here is because I want to help make Indian food accessible. If you’re Indian and are looking to feel more connected to your culture or to eat food reminiscent of the cooking that you grew up with, I hope to help. If you’re new to the cuisine, my hope is that you’ll embrace it, and introduce it to family and friends. I believe that food brings us closer, and I think when we’re all a bit closer, we’re all a bit happier.

I’m thrilled you’re here and excited for you to give my recipes a try. If you make a dish, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

If you’re new here and wondering where to start, give one of the recipes below a try. Also, be sure to check out my Onion Masala Series – it makes cooking Indian food a breeze!

New Here? Try These!

Here are some reader favorites:

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Marina Joseph says

    Hi Ashley,

    Your recipes have transformed my approach to Indian cooking. Thank you!! The onion masala recipes were a game changer. I have referred your recipes to so many people. I’m from Kerala and I have to say that your kerala beef recipes take the drudgery out of that delicacies.

    Sending you loads of good wishes and thank you again!

  2. Nishita says

    HI Ashley, I have been following for some time now. Really enjoy making your vegetarian recipes. Did you change your Instagram account? I don’t see anything new on the account anymore, so wondering if I am missing your most recent recipes!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Nishita! I’m so glad you like my recipes 🙂 I don’t care much for instagram if I’m being honest and posting drains me so I stopped a while ago. I also haven’t shared anything new in a while – busy with 3 kids and want to focus on them during this season of life but maybe one day soon! I still try to reply here on the blog when I can though!


    Ashley, you are a credit to both India and your country of birth .. the United States. I made your pani puri and it was the best I have ever tasted. I live in Perth, Western Australia. We have just had the ready made puris being made available so we are having the best pani puri treat ever! Thank you so much and wishing you all the very best!

  4. as written below says

    Please! what is an Instant pot?
    what would it be called in the UK? Pressure cooker?
    what could I use as a substitute?

  5. Shirin says


    Thank you so much for your wonderful website. If at all possible, can you please also include in the recipe cards how many servings of each dish so that I can measure beforehand if I should half, double, or leave the recipe the same.

    We all appreciate you!!

  6. kartik sivaraman says

    You are amazing. I have started using your recipe. Find it easy and the result is great.
    Thanks and best wishes.

  7. Michelle says

    Love, love, love your site. Enjoying the recipes.

    RE: Kerala Vegetable Stew (Instant Pot and Stovetop). Ingredients say 1 can of coconut milk plus 1 cup. Can I ask what size can you refer to? Cans come in different sizes here. Knowing the approximate total millilitres of coconut milk required in this recipe would be very helpful.

    Thanks so much.

  8. Vic in Sydney says

    Hello from Sydney, Australia! We discovered your website last year and we’re glad we did. Your recipes are easy to follow, absolutely delicious and full of flavour. So little cleaning up after is a huge bonus.

    Thank you for sharing and we look forward to trying out more.

    Favourites so far:
    Mince/ Chicken Biryani

  9. Jamie says

    I have made your chocolate pecan pie with your gf over and over. It is a favorite!!!! Have you ever made it and then froze the pie to use at a later date? Would love to know your thoughts. Thank you!!

  10. Shetal Datta says

    Hi Ashley,

    Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes! I had a question regarding your Neembu Paani recipe. I am making Neembu paani at my sons’ school for a Diwali party this Friday, for about 60 teachers and am worried that the taste of kala namak might be too strong. Do you have any advice about this? And, can you please give me neembu paani recipe that is proportional for 60 people?

  11. Farwah says

    I made lauki for the first time using your recipe. Jumped to recipe and i think it said chopped but didn’t say peeled. I think one would assume peeled but i couldn’t figure if it were like zucchini and yellow squash or closer to the gourds that need peeling…it looked like zucchini so i went with not peel 😀

  12. Rory Downes says

    I love your site! I’m excited tomake some Indian food at home. Could you please add me to your emailing list?
    Thank you.

  13. Ed says

    Hi Ashley,
    I made your Instant Pot Ropa Viega on Saturday. My parents were from Cuba, and I’m quite familiar with Ropa Viega. While not completely traditional, your recipe was fantastic! My lady-friend and I really enjoyed this dish, served with white rice. And I also just received your book: “Indian Food under pressure” I’m looking forward to some Indian cuisine.

  14. Nicole Cormier says

    I love your blog and I come here often. I came to the USA from Canada and the areas where I lived were predominantly Indian, so I grew up eating like this and I love it. Now I’m introducing these recipes to my American wife. Your blog has given me so many ideas for things, especially using the Instant Pot. Thank you for all your hard work!!!

  15. Fiona says

    Bought some goat meat from my local farmers’ market… hadn’t cooked it before so googled Goat Curry and found you. I’ve just made ‘goat curry in a hurry’ and it’s a winner! Many thanks for sharing your expertise. Fiona, Margaret River, Western Australia.

  16. Brett says

    Hi Ashley,

    Just wanted to let you know that I purchased your book “Indian Cooking Under Pressure”, and without fail, every recipe has been fantastic. I may have upped the spice level in a few cases, but I also like my food really, really spicy.

    I’ve always loved Indian food but always found it very intimidating. You made it approachable and something that I now cook on a regular basis, so thank you!!

    – Brett

  17. Barbara Greenspon says

    Ashley, we hope you are ok! It has been so long since we’ve seen a post, and we miss you.

    You have, literally, changed our lives. Cooking from your recipes for the last several years has brought us such joy and such good food. My husband and I cook side by side, and we love all that we have tried.

    Let us know what’s up, if you can. I’m sure we’re not the only ones wondering.

    Barbara and Tom

  18. Cheryl P. says

    Hi Ashley!
    A friend recommended your site and my family has enjoyed every one your recipes I’ve made! Your onion masala is killer. Find myself adding it to everything!

    Just bought your InstantPot cookbook on Kindle. Love it! So nicely arranged! Especially like the meal suggestions – what goes with what!

    If I had one suggestion for the next edition, I’d suggest a pronunciation guide. I feel self-conscious trying to tell my friends about the idili I made (eye dilly? id a LEE?) Former teacher so this is important to me. 😂

    Thank you for helping my family to love Indian food!

    Cheryl P.

  19. Jeremiah Davis says

    Chicken Biryani – What an excellent dish. The family loved it – even my 12 y/o who typically doesn’t like powerful flavors. This is one powerful dish. So many layers of flavor. We all agreed this was just as good as what we could order at our favorite Indian restaurants – perhaps better b/c it was homemade. Looking forward to trying your other recipes.

  20. Sima Patel says

    Hi Ashley, I have been following your blog for a few years and it has become my go-to for recipes, new and old. I love your onion masala and the recipes that use it. As a busy professional, it cuts back on so much time. Thank you for sharing all of this wonderful knowledge with us!


  21. Toby says

    Hi Ashley. My PC has google chrome [which I normally use] and Microsoft Edge. When I use chrome your search function does not work — with Edge a window appears for text and the search works. With Chrome nothing happens. I am using Windows 11. I was trying find the ginger paste bit and only with Edge could i do that without going through everything. Toby

  22. Toby says

    HI Ashley — I don’t think I said this in my comments. When I made the jeera rice, I followed directions and then went to another room. When I came back the Instant Pot did not show anything happening. I realized that what I should have done before setting the pressure was turn off the saute. I am not sure but maybe if you are sauteeing something it’s necessary to turn that off before setting the timer for pressure cooking.
    By the way, the butter chickpeas were so good I’m making the same thing again tomorrow, with less salt.

  23. Toby says

    Ashley, you have one of the best cooking websites I’ve ever been I’ve been to scores of cooking sites and a number of sites for Indian cuisine. I learned to cook mostly Punjabi dishes by watching the Indian wives of my husband’s colleagues many years ago.

    I love your family pictures — your kids are so beautiful. They might be much older now though.

    Chappatis/rotis/phulkas are missing from your website as far as I can tell and they are important to go with many of the dishes you feature. I have been making them for about 60 years, and I now use a processor to make the dough. Recently I figured out hydration [using Canadian flour] because I bake my own bread and had learned about hydration. It is 65%. A few months ago I got a roti puffer from amazon and this has made it possible to make the rotis much more quickly and have all sides tender. If you decide to add rotis to your blog, then please also show a roti puffer. It makes all the difference.

  24. Christian says

    Hey – love your cookbook! Just wondering if you’re planning a revised edition to include all the other delicious recipes you have since added to your website?

  25. Jaime Laine says

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading through your recipes. I like the simple, two ingredient Roti. I’ve been searching for something simple that has no wheat, no egg, no dairy, and no bioengineered anything. I’m excited to create this! THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful culture and food. I look forward to reading through more of your recipes and trying them.

  26. Julia says

    Ashley, you are a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing your recipes and expertise with us. Your recipes are going to “up my game” as far as the food I make for my family. — Julia

  27. Joyce says

    I made Rogan josh from your recipe with the Insta pot. It was melt in your mouth delicious. Thank you. Do you have a favourite recipe for garam masala?
    Thanks from Joyce

  28. Eileen says

    LOVE LOVE this site. Thank you!!! I am a white girl who is famous among my Desi friends parents for being obsessed with Indian food specifically South Indian. I have just ordered an instant pot, so I am so excited to find your site. Thank you.

  29. Chandi New says

    Question: when substituting Soya Chunks for protein would there be a way to bump up the flavors during the soaking process? Trying the Sweet potato and Beef Curry with soya chunks replacing the beef. Thank you.

  30. Doug says

    I love this recipe and always make a big batch which I freeze. Today however I screwed up and I put in a tablespoon of cumin instead of half a teaspoon — I hate to throw away the whole batch, any ideas on what I can do to maybe balance out the cumin?

  31. Elsa says

    I subscribed last year but regular emails stopped coming in May. I’ve resubscribed twice since then but still no emails. What to do?

    • Gertrude says

      Thank you Elsa for asking the question because I resubscribed also and have been unsure what to do or who to talk to about it. Ashley I miss you too and your superior content and presentation of it. Please take care of what you need to do … like raise a family, love a husband, visit with parents…. but please come back when you can.

  32. MALA says

    WEB SITE AS I AM Diabetic and my upper teeth removed so I have to make soups. So my daughter told me go on this web site and you will be able to learn how to make soups. But as I am vegetarian and I do not eat

    Eggs so I waS LITTLE disappointed because you have given most of receipes tahat are for non veg.

  33. Sig Van Raan says

    Ashley, Your story is inspiring. The Lamb chops brought us together with old friends and we had a meaningful evening here onMarthas Vineyard

    Thanks for sharing your very interesting stroy. Much success with your cooking ventures

  34. Sunita says

    My friend made Gobi Aloo yesterday was so delicious – before this i had not heard of your website but i guarantee you will be using my pot a lot more moving forward.

    Thank you.

  35. Len says

    Hi Ashley!

    I have just subscribed! I have absolutely no clue about Indian cooking, but would really love to try — specifically Kerala cuisine. I have beloved friends from Kerala whom I’d like to impress with my Kerala cooking adventure. Please, please help me start with easy but popular Kerala recipes??
    Thanks so much!!

    P.S. I have a brand-new Instant Pot.. still have to learn how to use it!😩😅

  36. Kitty says

    Hi Ashley, Is a 6 quart Instant Pot large enough to make your recipe in for Ham and Wild Rice Soup?
    Thank you!

  37. Shaku Nair says

    Hi Ashley, I love your recipes and the stories that go with each. You have a gift for sharing <3
    Best wishes to you and your beautiful family!


  38. Colleen says

    Hi Ashley
    I want to make your onion masala for freezing question after cooking with it can I freeze the food as the masala will try frozen again please advise one has to be careful

  39. david says

    Got “myheartbeets” bookmarked on all my devices… need I say more. Great story and the recipes are “almost” as good. Thank you for sharing.. and we love the Mulligatawny soup!

  40. E says

    Hi Ashley,

    I’m trying to find a recipe that I have made previously for an Indian eggplant made on the stove top that was a dry recipe? It was really wonderful and I just can’t find it!

    Thanks, Eileen

  41. Ash Meer says

    Hi Ashley! Both my parents are Indian Immigrants as well. They are both North Indian from UP. I used your Brussel sprouts and ground turkey recipe and it was delicious! so much more flavorful than most recipes I find on the net. I was wondering what writer had such a good sense of spices. Thanks again. You and your family are adorable.

  42. David Taylor says

    Your recipes are excellent – I’ve tried a few now and they always turn out amazing.
    Have you ever thought about making a book? I know it’s old-fashioned but I think it’s easier to cook from a printed recipe. I would definitely buy a copy!

  43. Christine S. says

    Hi, Ashley!
    I just wanted to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE your recipes! Indian cooking was my COVID project – and as a result, my family have been eating your food weekly, if not daily. It’s hard to go back to eating plain old chicken and potatoes when your recipes make it so easy to turn those ingredients into something amazing. Thank you and keep the onion masala recipes coming!

  44. Grace Ratni Ebenezer says

    I am older & do enjoy cooking my recipes. But every once in a while I like to try new recipes. Your onion masala is what got me hooked to keep reading!!
    I keep ginger/garlic recipe but your takes it one level up!! But most of your recipes are I staple recipes. I like traditional cooking pans & it is a pain to pull out different machines as I have downsized a lot as I am 80 years old this year & everything seems to be heavier! Haha!

  45. Priti says

    Hi Ashley read your beautiful story. I am a Punjabi too And lost my parents few years ago they were exactly in nature like yours.

    Since I grew up from age of 3 to 28 in bording schools did not know anything about food nor had the interest so did not care .

    But since I have been married and the family is into food specially hubby who is an excellent cosmopolitan cook I try to cook for him through your recipes that I understand better than YouTube.Thank you

  46. Shirley Evans says

    Please can you tell me what size Instant Pot is best? I would only be cooking for myself, so would your recipes fit in the 3qt pot or do I need a bigger size. I would be happy to freeze meals once made if I need a bigger pot to make your recipes.

  47. David Amrik says

    Hey, I tried your pork vindaloo instant pot recipe. I eyeballed the spices (as we Indians do) but keep to your ratios. I swapped out for apple cider vinegar and also poured 1/4 cup of the red table wine I was drinking. I’m sure your recipe, followed more precisely is fantastic. What I ended up with was also magnificent. Very impressive. Thanks for all the work you put it adapting to the Instant Pot. It’s a great recipe and I’ll definitely cruise through your site for others.

  48. Jayne says

    My daughter is in her first year of medical school, and many of her new friends have introduced her to Indian food. She found your blog, and has been trying out your recipes when she has time. Recently, while home on break, she made several dishes for us, and now I am turning to your recipes as well! This week I made Butter Chicken, it was so easy, and I loved the complex layers of spices. Thank you!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Jayne, that’s so nice to hear! I love that she’s cooking for you and getting you to cook Indian food as well – this makes my heart so happy as it’s a big part of why I do what I do. Thank you so much for sharing this with me 🙂

  49. Archie derx says

    I have tried several of your recipes and have enjoyed all of them however I often find a spice that I don’t have on hand. Could you put together a list of essential spices that one should have on hand?

  50. Nicole Bussey says

    Hi Ashley,
    Just curious why you use instant pot instead of traditional pressure cooker?
    When I research most Indian recipes it says cook until you hear a certain amount of whistles lol thanks Nicole from Canada

  51. Anisa Kundu says

    ah, I just found your blog, looking for plant-based ways to make indian sweets and your blog makes it pretty easy (especially the instant pot posts!!). your inspiration for starting your food blog is so relatable and I’ve also felt a bit of desperation of trying to learn my family/extended family’s recipes and trying to record the correct measurements for them (my family also cooks with the eyeball it method). that being said, your blog warms my heart and inspires me to keep adding to my small budding collection of recipes (daalbhaat.com). thank you for sharing your journey with food!

  52. Sigrid Trombley says

    Wondering if you have a recipe for Lamb Pasanda and Upma. There are recipes on the Internet but I’m wondering if you have recipes for these dishes.

  53. AB says

    Your recipes are amazing! I share your site and have gifted your cookbooks many times! I grew up eating punjabi food and could never replicate any of those flavors until I found your site. There is one recipe I can’t find anywhere and maybe because it’s something that just gets made in my hometown?? It’s a dish served at the gurudwara that tastes like buttermilk mixed with sour cream and has small balls in it (chickpea dough??). It’s has some seasonings too. It is so good. I’ve heard it called khutta (ok I made up the spelling and it’s definitely wrong). It’s not raita – not yogurt based. Any chance you’ve had it and better yet, have a recipe?! Thanks again for what you do – your site is my absolute favorite!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Thank you for the kind words and support – I appreciate you so much 🙂 My guess was going to be either khadhi pakora or boondi raita but since you’re saying it’s not yogurt-based I’m at a loss… I’m very curious though – please let me know if you figure out the name! Hopefully another reader will see this and know the answer.

  54. Saksham says

    Hi Ashley,
    I love the recipes on your blog, especially the instant pot ones (I’m lazy, lol).

    I was wondering if you have any recipe ideas for kathal sabji (raw jackfruit curry)? I remember it used to be a chore to prep the jackfruit for this recipe, but now that raw/tender jackfruit is easily available in canned form, this might be a recipe looking into.

    Let me know what you think, thanks 🙂

    • Karen says

      Hi Ashley. How are you? I love your recipes but would like you to give a recipe for chai without the spices. I like a bit of ginger but I would like the recipe for milk tea. Haven’t had it for ages since my friend left for India. Just chai recipe Ashley with no spices. The exact measurements because I am hopeless at Andaza.

  55. chezron says

    I can’t wait to try some of these Indian recipes. I love Indian food. I never thought I could make it as it seems like magic.

  56. Shridevi Vora says

    Hi Ashley
    This is shridevi. I’m cooking Gujarati Vegetrain food mostly. My kids and grandkids love all different kind of Indian food.
    Instan pot is new for me so following ur recipe how to cook in the instant pot. I was using pressure cooker but now I put it away.

  57. Keith says

    Dear Ashley, greetings. I am Jamaican & very fond of Indian cooking, my family comprises of 4 girls & 3 boys. One of my boys, O’Neil is a chef & so I’m excited to introduce your recipes to him so he can experiment with his customers about Indian cooking. I’m sure he will welcome this new adventure, in cooking up “A Storm” lol, nevertheless say hi to your dear family for me, bye now.

  58. Megan says

    As a woman who was born and raised in a small town in the Midwest United States, I appreciate your blog so much! My family adores Indian food, especially northern Indian cuisine, and your recipes allow me to make it! 😍 You also rescued my over-boiled aloo masala today – it’s now a soup. Keep up the wonderful content!!

  59. Julie says

    Hi Ashley,
    You’ve changed our lives with your Patiala recipe. And, thank you so much for the Nomato Onion Masala. My brother can now try your recipes for his wife, who cannot gave tomatoes.

    Any plans to develop a recipe for Chicken Chettinad?

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Julie, that’s so great to hear! I’m glad you like the Chicken Patiala recipe so much and happy to hear that your brother and sil are enjoying the nomato masala – thank you for sharing! I have Chicken Chettinad on my list – I hope to share a recipe soon!

  60. Mala says

    Hi Ashley, I just love your recipes! They are awesome and best of all, kids don’t complain that I am making Indian food again! 🙂 I also jumped on the Instant Pot wagon ….can’t wait to try out your the recipes in that section!!

    You have done an amazing job with your blog…keep them coming xx

      • Barbara Wade says

        Hi Ashley. I just made my 3rd batch of onion masala. I usually add it to dal but was wondering if I could add it to a simple, basic tomato soup recipe (using canned tomatoes) to add some pizazz? How about any other ideas for using it in other traditionally “American” dishes? Love all of your recipes and refer people to them all the time!

        • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

          Hi Barbara, that’s so great to hear! Yes, I’d definitely experiment with other recipes! I think it’d be great in tomato soup or with any dish that calls for tomato sauce. I have a recipe for lasagna that calls for onion masala as well as a masala pasta recipe that you might want to try. Let me know if you do!

  61. Phil says

    This is my first time visiting your website. I love Indian food, but have never really cooked it. At age 76, I’m trying to eat healthier, and to cut down on meats. I got into your website while looking for a “dictionary” of Indian food terms. Then WOW – your site just unfolded into a wealth of information.

    I have looked at a lot of websites over the years, and I would like to say this to you: THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND WELL STRUCTURED WEBSITES I HAVE EVER VISITED! You have done a wonderful job with the entire site, not to mention your recipes and commentary.

    Peace and Love to your entire family!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Phil, wow thank you so much for the kind words – I really appreciate it 🙂 I’ve spent a lot of time on this website and so it’s really nice to hear that you find it organized and helpful. I hope you’ll let me know what you think of the recipes you try!

  62. Kitty says

    Someone on another blog recommended your site and as an Indian food enthusiast, I signed up. I must say that I am disappointed. Without an Instant Pot, you basically can’t try most recipes. Are you getting a kick back or something?
    I am a COO of an e-commerce, and recognize the monetary value of ad. Having said that, you have allowed Google to hijack your site.Yes, ads make $$ for you but they are an annoying distraction.
    Wish I had something positive to say but the combo of both issues leads me to unsubscribing as quickly as I subscribed.

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Kitty, I have a lot of non-IP recipes that you can make. The IP is a game-changer for Indian cuisine which is why I share a lot of IP recipes – you can read this post I wrote here if you’d like: https://myheartbeets.com/5-reasons-why-i-love-cooking-indian-food-instant-pot/ If someone buys an IP using my affiliate link then yes, I get a small commission but that doesn’t come close to covering what it costs to run my website. The ads are what allow me to blog full-time – I know they can be a pain. Sorry to see you go, but if you try a recipe – I hope you enjoy it.

      • ms100 says

        It’s disturbing that people are complaining about your IP recipes. If you’re an aficianado of IP, that’s your perogative, it’s your website. If you’re a decent cook, you can adapt them to stovetop easily enough. It’s sad that people are so demanding and civility is lacking.

  63. AG H says

    It’s been a little while since I have visited your website for recipes. When I first found your blog, everything was paleo. I thought you were dairy and grain free and were posting traditional Indian Cuisine that was paleo. Is this not the case anymore?

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi! Oh boy, it has been a while haha – happy to have you as a long-time reader. I do have a lot of paleo-friendly Indian recipes on the blog as well other Indian recipes 🙂 Anything, in particular, you’re looking for? If so, happy to help if I can!

  64. Eshellah Calhoun says

    I absolutely love Indian food. I spent two years in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai. When I would come back to the US, the food was so tasteless. I’ve been experimenting with cooking Indian food. Thanks for all the recipes.

  65. Laura Thiemann says

    I have been “stalking” the blog for a few years now finding new recipes to use up food with as little waste as possible. My first recipe and probably one of my absolute favorites is the Carrot Top Sabzi. I share the recipe with everyone, especially at my farmer’s market!

    Anyway, I too am an “eye-ball it” type cook but I absolutely appreciate starting with some type of measurement before adjusting to taste.

    Keep up the excellent blog. It is truly appreciated. And I 100% agree that food is a universal connector for us all. Thank you for sharing!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Laura, I’m glad you like the blog and my recipes! I’m always looking for ways to reduce food waste, so it’s really nice to know you like the carrot top sabzi and have been sharing it with others 🙂 Thank you for the kind words!

  66. Jennifer P says

    Hi Ashley,
    made your goat curry and it was wonderful. Not much adjustment, a Dutch oven in the oven instead of slow cooker, and therefore guess at temperature to manage the time you set for the cook. But followed your instructions, and it worked out beautifully. Served it with roti bread, a tasty khira pachchadi and the standard cucumber, tomata, and onion, with fresh limes.
    Many thanks
    Melbourne, Australia

  67. Georgia says

    I have a question about okra. I bought a package of seeds and up sprang two completely different types of okra. One was oblong shaped. Everyone I asked about them (friends, family) thought I was nuts. So I showed, sent them pictures. I googled okras and did actually find round/oblong ones and it said they were Indian okras, but I have no idea how to cook these or how long until I harvest them. I think as far as harvesting they wouldn’t be the size of an apple, that would be too big, I suppose anyway. Are you aware of these types of okra and how I can cook them? Thank you.

  68. Florida Fun says

    You have such a cute name for your pretty and efficient website (that I can actually remember it) and so far, I admit that I need to try more of your recipes. Usually, most items must be ordered far in advance due to the pandemic. I have just managed to obtain everything for your mango cheesecake. I know it will be fabulous. I have made different versions of your 2 ingredient cheesecake several times before and it works no matter what I add.

    My first version of your mango cheesecake is in our Instant Pot and I can hardly wait to try it. I ordered mango lassis most every time I ate at an Indian restaurant, so the yogurt/mango combination is one of my favorites.

    Instant Pot has an app where people may contribute recipes. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to send in this recipe.

  69. Gertrude says

    Hello Ashley. Have I missed something or deleted you? I have not received any emails for approximately a month. I know there are plenty of recipes to try but I do miss your lovely posts. I purchased an instant pot now and cannot wait to try your recipes. I am certainly nervous especially with my family background being German and my Husband is from Hungary …. BUT we love Indian food. We have a large population of Sikh and Hindu Faiths in the area along with many Asian countries represented; so that spices and vegetables are getting easier to find. After our European styled food, I am afraid I am very Canadian West Coast and my favorites are vegetable pakora and chickpea curry. I know very basic but I am so excited to try new things. I love your shortcut hints too and have been sharing them with friends. A dear friend of mine is from the Netherlands and she is married to a man from Sri Lanka. We have many conversations about spices and dals and everything food related. Thank you for all of your hard work in sharing all of the recipes and stories. Your Family stories about the older members in the Family are just delightful and so rich with love and laughter. Be well. Gertrude from Abbotsford, BC

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Gertrude, thank you so much for checking in and also for the kind words! I’ve been taking it a bit easy this summer – working on improving some of the behind-the-scenes issues on my site but plan to share more new content soon. It’s nice to know I’m missed! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of my recipes – please let me know how they go! I just shared an aloo pakora recipe you might like and I have a few chickpea curries on the blog too. 🙂

  70. Bethany says

    You are so pretty! You look like Indian Anne Hathaway. Lol meaning that as a compliment!
    Love your blog. ❤️

  71. Wilton Cersey says

    You could certainly see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  72. Troy Malcolm says

    Hi Ashley,
    Hope you are well, l was just wondering if your slow cooking is done in the instant pot or a “normal” slow cooker, I have enjoyed your goat curry recipe in my old slowcooker and enjoyed its amazing flavour.
    Kind regards Troy

    P.s all the the Instant pot recipes from your App that I have made,have come out perfect, and it does pay to make a big batch of onion masala 🙂

  73. Chris Rodriguez says

    Made the ground lamb and potatoes today. My wife and kids ate it all up! Really delicious, turned out amazing !! Thank you !

  74. Raja Selvanathan says

    Got into cooking Indian food since I started working from home last year and my wife says (trying to be nice) that I do a decent job. Instant Pot is my utensil of choice. In your “Butter Chicken” IP recipe, there is no butter , but 2 tbsp of ghee. If I do not have ghee, should I use same 2 tbsp of butter? Thanks!

  75. Phyllis says

    I made your Rosemary Garlic Ground Lamb and Potatoes the other day and I absolutely love it. I’m a big fan of lamb and am always looking for new and different recipes. I’m also a big fan of middle eastern and mediterranean cuisines. I like mildly spicy foods so I search them out.

  76. Rasneet says

    Hey Ashley,
    I just wanted to double check the proportions for the kheer and saw that you had revamped the website.
    I so much prefer this format. Its easier to find the recipes and user friendly too.
    Keep sharing your fantastic recipes.

  77. Jay says

    Hello Ashley, I am going to make an unusual request. Would you consider creating a recipe for peanut brittle using instant pot.

  78. Serene says

    Hi Ashley.. love your recipes. Got hooked on by trying your instant pot Chicken Biriyani! It was perfect. Thanks a ton!

  79. Jem says

    An Indian studying in Canada who never cooked back in the home country, making cooking a part of personal development, reading your blog at 4:30 AM, making the cooking schedule for next week, jotting down some recipes! Thanks!

  80. Tabu says

    Hi Ashley, I just checked and your Instagram account is not found… not sure what the issue is. Wanted to let you know.
    FYI.. I love to see and try out your recipes and everything I have tried was spot on! Delicious!!!

  81. Judy Glick says

    I made the lamb biryani yesterday and though it tasted good, the rice was a bit mushy even though I submerged and did not stir it.

    Any thought as to where I might have gone wrong?

  82. Judy Glick says

    I am about to make the lamb biryani for Instant Pot and have a question.

    Does it really only need SIX minutes to cook?

    Hope to hear from you before I set the dial>


    Judy Glick

  83. Koree says

    I am very happy I have found your blog and I’m actually going to read through the whole thing which is something I haven’t done since the 90s. I’ve made several of your recipes and they are absolutely delicious.

  84. Callie Peevers says

    Hello Ashley,
    Thank you so much for your naan recipe! Since it is gluten-free, my daughter and I enjoy making these a lot. We also use them as wraps because gluten-free wraps tend to crumble apart. I have recently started a blog (calliepeevers.com) and I wonder if I may share a link to your recipe?

  85. Celia says

    Hi Ashley !
    I spent 5 months in India a long time ago and I still reminisce about the delicious food I ate there. I stumbled upon your site trying to find a good Biryani recipe, I tried it and it took me back directly to India. I’m actually very emotional with Indian food lol. I tried the Chicken Korma today and it was amazing as well. I want to cook ALL your recipes now ! I’m so happy I found your site. Thank you very much for your work.

  86. Nipa says

    Hi Ashley, I love jackfruit curry from Trader Joe’s. I wanted to try it myself. I have googled many recipes but then always turn to you. I did not see one. Could you provide a recipe for jackfruit?


  87. wen dee says

    Hi Ashley,

    I have just tried your 2 ingredient roti recipe and it’s simply so easy. It’s very healthy as well. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me.

  88. Christina Ng Kennedy says

    Hi! I’m from Toronto Canada. I’ve been using your website for various pulse dishes and I love them. The ingredients for the recipes are accessible and I have most of them in my kitchen. I love your blog where you explain the different types of legumes and also provide pictures. Today I’m making the Chana dal using the onion masala and I look forward to tasting it!! Do you have a recipe where you can reduce the onion masala amount? I had to guess.

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Christina, I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes! How did the chana dal turn out for you? I haven’t tried halving the onion masala recipe but am sure that would be
      fine if you’d like to make less of the masala. I typically keep the cook time the same when increasing/decreasing recipes. Hope that helps 🙂

  89. Susan Brock says

    I love your website and your recipes. This week I cooked the Onion Masala and Toor Dal – both were delicious. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes using my Instant Pot. Thanks for sharing.

  90. Hema says

    Hi Ashley, I have been trying your recipes for a while but reading your blog home page for the first time. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. I love all your recipes especially the instant pot cheesecakes.
    Would you try the jackfruit biryani in instant pot if you have time. Recently turned vegetarian and looking for a good recipe for that

  91. Amelia Shah says

    OMG awesome being bored at work because I just found your site by looking for Taco recipes. In 5 minutes I have circulated your site to 10 friends and family as we are indians and love our instapots, but mostly use it for American recipes. Can’t wait to try the biriyanis as we are very picky 😉 Especially love your comment about asking Mom for the recipes. They just name the ingredients, don’t even ask about measurement! LOL Thank you thank you so much!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Amelia, I’m so glad you found my blog! Thanks for sharing it with your friends and family 🙂 You guys should also join my FB group (Instant Pot for Indian Food) – lots of good stuff there. Can’t wait to hear what you think of any recipes you try!

      • Amelia Shah says

        I made your taco recipe in my Instapot last night. OMG, I have never in my life had ground beef tacos taste so great and I didn’t know you could make it in the Instapot since it’s such a dry recipe. You’ve opened my eyes. Can’t wait till this weekend to try out more of your recipes. Thank you.

  92. Raymond Jacobson says

    I got an Instant Pot last November and have been making yogurt and discovering all kinds of other delicious things since then. Last week I found some red lentils in our pantry and was looking for how to make them… I found your red lentil dal and onion masala recipes in the Drop app and have been in heaven ever since it led me to your website. I have always loved Indian cuisine but really had no idea how to make it myself. Wow – just have to say your website is fantastic. The instructions are so clear and easy to use. We’ve tried several dishes and my family loved them all. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  93. Nayan says

    Hi Ashley- I want to try your chicken patiala and chicken vindaloo recipe. However I dont have onion masala ready. How can I make it without onion massla? Can you share the proportion of onion, garlic snd tomatoes for the same quantity of chicken in your recipe?
    Your butter chicken is a hit in my family 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Nayan, you can always sauté an onion and cook down a couple of tomatoes with some garlic and ginger if you don’t want to use the masala. I’d really suggest making it though – it’ll make cooking future recipes so much easier!

  94. ami says

    Hello! I am so excited to try your recipes! We eat out at Indian restaurants but it would be fun to cook at home.

    How would I say “This is delicious!” in Hindi? or “yummy,” or “fantastic!” I thought I’d teach my kids.

  95. Tamar says

    Delicious! I had the long eggplants that needed to be used. I didn’t have garam masala, but looked it up and was able to make my own. I also only had a cup of diced tomatoes from a can.
    For oil I used half coconut oil and half olive oil. I served it with rice.
    My son loved it too and ate the remainder.
    Thank you!

    Do you have a recipe using brown lentils?

  96. Paul Hogue says

    Hi! A friend introduced me to your site. I love the concept of “andaz naal.” That so reminds me of my grandmother, Nanny Byrd, who specialized in southern US cooking. She did write down recipes for us, but after a while we realized all her recipes were different as far as the amounts. We have at least three cards with her pie crust recipe, and they are all different. We finally figured out that she never measured anything. She would use her hands for everything except shortening. My brother thinks he has figured out the right ratio on the pie crust. I have to admit he is close, but I think Nanny held something back.

    Anyway, you have a great website, and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes. My friend just made your vindaloo, and loves it.

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Paul, I’m so glad your friend introduced you to my site! And aww that pie crust story is really sweet – it’s nice that your Nanny’s pie crust has you and your family members coming together to figure out her recipe. I hope you’ll let me know what you think of any recipes you try 🙂

  97. Jaya says

    Hi Ashley – ever since I got my instant pot you are my go to for Indian recipes. We love your chicken recipes and the fish curry also.

    Would love to see more bone in lamb recipes – like lamb or goat ghee roast in the instant pot of a Chetinad.

    Or a Punjabi lamb saag etc.

    Please don’t stop experimenting. And thank you sooo much for what you do.
    Be safe. Be blessed.

  98. Tani says

    Hi Ashley,

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the hard work and effort you have put into your site. Every single recipe on here is extremely well thought out and truly delicious. You’ve created an organised platform for those who want to re-create homecooked meals with precise measurements and useful tips! Our Mothers, Aunts and Grandmothers over the years have tasted their way through making recipes, and it’s not so easy as a beginner to learn Indian cooking in that manner! A lot of my friends also use your site, and I think you’ve changed the way the next generation approach Indian Cuisine. With love from the UK

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Tani, thank you so much for the kind words – I really appreciate it. I agree, it’s not easy as a beginner to learn Indian cuisine – I went through that myself when I first started cooking. I’m glad you’re finding the site useful and happy that your friends use my site as well. Thanks for taking the time to leave this comment. 🙂

  99. Nidhi says

    I am desi, mainly medical medium diet and so hard to find authentic Indian taste I usually cook at home.. I am an orphan now as an adult both my parents passed away so no Desi mom to fuss over me and make things according to my diet. I experiment a lot as well and love your recipes! I run yoga and healing retreats mainly for women and offer Ayurvedic foods and healing tonics. Would love to discuss a retreat one day with you! Food is Love to especially in our family and you show your love with these.. can’t wait to try your roti recipe tonight ! Saw your quick dal dhokli but if you don’t want to use remade tortilla do you have a recipe for gluten free dhokli? tried making with channa flour and fell apart did something not quite right !! sigh for wheat sometimes! Thank you !

  100. Pippi Bodner says

    Hej Ashley,
    I am just crazy crazy about your website…! I started doing my dream of cooking Indian, just a week ago [yes, finally my soul is at rest..!], and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. Anyway, My favorite restaurant is called ” Palace of Asia” where I live in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They had this appetizer called “Bean dip”, made with kidney beans, some pureed, but most are not, and I think some type of pickle flavoring, [that drives me nuts; I love it]. You place it on hard snack tortilla chips; I eat it for dessert. They are not making it right now, because they cannot have buffet, because of the pandemic situation; and only make it for the buffet lunch. Have you heard of bean dip?? Maybe from a friend or relative had it at a party. If you find a recipe, please do post it on your website; it would be greatly appreciated. Bead dip is totally awesome. Thanks for having your website…it is the sugar in my green tea..! Pippi

  101. Ronnie Dreistadt says

    Myself and my three kids worked together in making the instant pot pork vindaloo. It was so much fun having them throw the spices together (yes, we just eyeballed) and 25 minutes later- YUM!

    I’m glad my google search found this blog!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Ronnie, that’s awesome! Love that you made this with your kids – some of my favorite memories growing up are of times spent in the kitchen. Thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you all!

  102. Daya says

    Dear Ashley, you are fantastic! You have changed how easy it to cook delicious healthy meals. My gratitude journal has a line everyday expressing gratitude for you and your recipes. Thank you for making everyday better!

  103. Rakhee Chohan says

    Hi Ashley. Thank you for all your recipes – my IP is my best friend and only because there is someone like you who who gives us all the recipes to help us. I have also recently bought a NInja 9–1 foodie. Do you have any recipes for this – particularly on the air fryer side? I think I can replicate all your IP recipes to the NInja pressure cooker, but struggling to find anything for the other cooking methods. Any advice from you, will be much appreciated. Thank you 😊

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi MS, I’ve tried testing a few gluten-free recipes with my rotimatic and haven’t found anything I love. I was able to make rotis using a combination of gluten-free chapati flour and coconut flour (sorry don’t remember the brand of the atta) but it took several tries and I got several errors – the rotimatic learns how to make roti based on the type of flour you are using, so it can be done but it can take a while and result in some wasted rotis. If you figure something out, please let me know as well!

  104. Lia says

    Hi Ashley,
    I was browsing through for a recipe and got hooked onto your blog.
    And man…was I hooked line and sinker !!!
    Totally love your simple and easy approach making yummy food.
    Cheers n happy cooking,

  105. Laura K says

    I have been making your IP Butter chicken for months, my kids first curry! Then I noticed you had a Kerala dish….then I noticed a lot more. I knew you were North Indian from one of your posts so I found it odd you’d know so much from that part of India- it’s a bit unusual as many north Indians aren’t very familiar at all with Kerala per my Keralite husband (and my Punjabi best friend). Then I saw it’s from your husband’s side! I’m convinced my mother in law won’t show me her recipes so we keep coming to her for food, lol. She also cooks from memory most of the time and used to only cook very early in the morning on Saturdays. Which never worked for us after late nights out on weekends. So I’m going to try a few of these out and if my hubby says it’s good I’ll surprise her. Funny enough we have been dating since High School and my first impression of his culture was food my future mother in law made! My hubby was mostly raised here so I often forgot he came from another country in our early days of dating. First thing I tried of my mother in laws food was SO SPICY it made my lips red for hours! I actually cried and told my husband I didn’t think we could get married bc I didn’t realize HOW different his culture was from my “mutt” American background. Now she tones down her food unless it’s just for her boys as the grandkids can’t handle spice- and she toned it down for stomach health too. And I’m the favorite daughter in law- twice over – despite her reservations about me in the beginning. Her older son married a woman from Kerala, same religion, who wasn’t a great person and that ended in divorce and his new wife (also Kerala-American background) doesn’t have the patience for her as her parents are so much more hip/with it. Though I’m not a natural cook- my mom always kicked me out of the kitchen- and life is so stressful with our 2 boys I don’t enjoy cooking and often only one kid likes it. Cooking and eating are just stressful here. Hoping more Indian dishes might help as the boys seem to really enjoy the flavors when I keep the spice low- they are even slowly enjoying more spice! Your blog just might save my sanity and earn me more points with my mother in law- as both former and new sisters in law BOTH almost never cook!! I’m going to add your cookbook to my wish list.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Laura, so nice to “meet” you! Love your story – it sounds so familiar! I also love that you’re the favorite DIL lol – can definitely relate to mil having reservations, but looks like us non-Keralites won ’em over 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what she thinks of my recipes! As for your boys, give my chicken stew or my ground beef stew a try. My Kerala dal is also very easy to make!

  106. Ishani says

    Hey Ashley I am currently a college student and have been honestly struggling with making meals. I’ve been using your instant pot recipes recently and am so glad I found your website. They make cooking so easy and the instructions are GOLD! ❤️ I’m about to show off these new Indian food recipes I’ve learned back at home and impress my mom haha! Thank you so so much for this 🙂

  107. Teri Taylor says

    I have just discovered that I need to eat 0 gluten so I am thrilled to find your website. Can I make the chicken pot pie soup ahead of time and freeze it, or would you not recommend that? Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Teri, I’m glad you found my site too. 🙂 I haven’t tried freezing this soup but another reader has said it freezes well. I think it’ll taste best fresh so maybe eat it when you make it and then freeze leftovers?

  108. Kelsang says

    Hello Ashley
    thank you for putting up such a wonderful blog with full of interesting recipes to try. Looking forward to trying all those in my kitchen.

  109. Greg Mohney says

    You have an amazing family! I’m totally new to your site (Dec 2020) but I wondered if anyone makes chili with habaneros… I make my burrito filling stuff with habaneros. And yours is the first result when searching “habanero chili” on Google! So those SEO skills are working out. 🙂 Hope all is well with you and yours.

  110. Mary McCann-Baker says

    Do you have to have an intstapot to make your recipes? Any that work for traditional crock pot? I love Indian food and have been using mostly canned simmer sauces but want to branch out to more from scratch. What are 3 indispensible spices I should have in my cabinet? Thanks.
    ps heard about you from a friend who posts his creations on FB and they look so good

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Mary, I have many stovetop recipes on my site but only a few crockpot recipes. After getting an instant pot, I got rid of my slow cooker – I’d highly recommend the instant pot for Indian cooking. As for spices, I’d say garam masala, coriander, turmeric are three important ones to get you started, but here’s my guide to spices that I recommend checking out: https://myheartbeets.com/guide-indian-spices/

  111. sharon says

    Hello 🙂
    I have been cooking what I could from your site waiting for the moment I could get a insta pot. Yay I have one now!!!
    I am trying to see which or if I want all your books. But I cannot seem to figure out where the list of recipes are in the books in full.
    I have looked on your site and the link to amazon. I can only see a partial list.

    Also I am curious in the books or site if you have a buttered recipe that is potatoes instead of chickpeas to make it vegetarian.

  112. Indy Rikhra says

    Oh my god, I think I love you. Thank you for existing and for sharing your story! I stumbled across your okra recipe – and as a British Indian, I was very fussy with food growing up and my mum would force me to eat the slimy stuff along with all traditional north Indian food. I’m now in my 30s and finally discovering my love for all the weird and wonderful foods my mum put in front of us at the dinner table. And Okra was one because my dad really loved the taste (and cooked aubergine which would make the entire house smell of smoke)! But after seeing your recipe and trying it out, I am now converted! It’s so lovely to see more Indians sharing with others, please continue to do so. You are an inspiration 🙂
    Lots of love from London, UK

  113. Christina says

    Hi, I was searching for Kerala vegetable recipe and I came to your site. I’m also married to a Malaysian Malayalee but I’m not 1 and the pressure to cook his nativity food is immense at times. You have a great website ❤️. I tried your Kerala Vegetable Stew (Instant Pot and Stovetop). “Instant Pot” keyword made me to click your link. I’m doing Masters in Digital Marketing 😊

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Christina, nice to “meet” you! I’m so glad you found my site. Thank you for letting me know how you liked the stew! Please let me know what you think of any other recipes you try 🙂

  114. Stuti Patel says

    Love your website, especially all the healthy options. We are all fans of yours here in Houston. Please post simple dessert or mithai options for Diwali gift giving (don’t have to be healthy lol). Thanks so much!

  115. Lu K says

    Hi Ashley!
    Just came across your blog as I was searching a seek kebab recipe. Loved the name of your blog, the photos and your introduction. You and the family are adorable! MashaAllah! I also like the links to everything right there in the recipes. You can be sure now I will be visiting your site often. I am thinking of buying an instapot, so I will research your recipes for that. Love and Peace, Lu K from MN

  116. Maleeha Ali says


    Your recipes have helped me feel closer to my culture. My husband, who is a German-Irish man, is so thankful for these recipes as well. He’s so glad he gets to eat so much great Indian food through your recipes and it helps me feel like I’m at home with my family <3

    Thanks so much for blogging about your recipes. You rock!

  117. Melinda says

    Hi! I found your blog last week searching paleo versions of naan bread. I finally received the tapioca flour I ordered and tried making it this week. I’m not super good at it yet but I’m going to keep trying. I’m trying to follow an anti inflammatory diet, kind of my own version. No meat or dairy and no refined sugar. I really like your story and I’m excited to try more recipes. I really love Indian food and I’m happy to know there’s versions of it I can still enjoy. Thank you for what you do! ☺️

  118. Stephen H says

    Hello, Ashley!

    New visitor to your blog in the last few months, and I am so happy to have stumbled upon it! I really struggle with appetite since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in early 2018, but Indian food has been the only thing I can ALWAYS eat until I’m stuffed! It really has been a life saver for me to find something I can rely on when nothing else sounds palatable. Who says I can’t have lamb vindaloo for breakfast?!

    I was never exposed to Indian food as a child, so as an adult it was never something that really came to mind when I was hungry, and even if it was I would have had no idea where to start in the kitchen! About 6 months after being diagnosed I had chicken biryani at a fusion restaurant and I. Fell. In. Love. That one dish catapulted me in to what will surely be a lifelong love affair with Indian cuisine and flavors.

    For a while I would order out, or I would use simmer sauces from Whole Foods. This worked fine for a while, but I LOVE to cook and I am definitely a “let me see what I can swap around to make this dish more me” kinda person so I started exploring making Indian food from scratch. This….took some time. 😅 Over the last year or so I have learned so much about Indian cooking! We have it for dinner 3 or 4 times per week, and it truly is the only cuisine that I crave no matter what. Deciding to return to school after nearly 10 years made it very difficult to continue home cooking with the complexity I enjoy and I have really struggled not being able to make meals at home.

    Enter you and your blog! When I discovered this blog I swear stars and hearts came shooting out of my eyes! Real, traditional Indian cuisine, given a modern twist and using the IP?! Sign me up! It has truly been a lifesaver. I’m back to meal prepping, back to having an appetite and back to enjoying the foods I love. Each time I explore a new dish or a new region I fall even more in love with the food and the culture. We have no shortage of truly phenomenal Indian restaurants here in Northern California, but i find myself reaching for your blog more often than I reach for takeout! Thank you so much for this blog! For putting so much heart and soul in to the recipes you put out. Looking forward to continuing to explore your old recipes, and the new ones to come!

  119. Neeti Parashar says

    Dear Ashley,

    Reading about you made my day. What an wonderful, genuine and accomplished person you are. May God bless you, your husband and the two angels. You rock! Sending you love and positive energy.


  120. Betsy Turner says

    Hey, Ashely, we love your recipes and grabbed a copy of your book, Indian Food Under Pressure, a year or so ago off Amazon. We just got some eggplants in a produce delivery box, so I went right to your book because I knew you would have an idea. Sadly, this is how I discovered that our copy of the book is missing pages 37-40. I figure I can find the recipes (or something similar) on your blog, but has anyone else had this problem? We may reach out to Amazon for a replacement, but I wondered if you are aware of this issue! Thanks for the recipes!

  121. Rohit says

    Ashley, your website is the best thing that has happened to me since Covid! I am a busy executive and never got a chance to get into cooking. With the lockdown and need for survival…I took up cooking with a passion. And after I ordered my IP, one of my friend’s recommended your site. The ease of instructions and how the dishes come out exactly right…in the Punjabi way…is quite amazing. Thanks for doing this awesome service to us all….Rohit

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Rohit, that’s really nice of you to say! Thank you for letting me know how much you’re enjoying my recipes 🙂 And please thank your friend for suggesting my site! Let me know what you try!

  122. NEETI BHARATAN says

    Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for sharing your recipes and especially your little story and as well as your family. Readers could connect to you, so it really helps. I will try your navratan kurma on eof these days and will write to you, :). I hope your family is safe and healthy.

  123. Adele W says

    Hi Ashley, a friend directed me to your blog and I’m very excited! I have a very picky eater at home who has a hard time with textures like onion. How would you recommend adjusting some of your recipes that have onion so my son won’t see them? For certain recipes in the past I’ve brown onions and then blended them in a blender to a paste, but doing that for say 2 cups of onions for sounds like a lot. If I am going to blend certain vegetables, is there a ratio you would recommend so it doesn’t overwhelm the recipes? I welcome your thoughts!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Adele, I have that same issue with my kiddo – he’s always picking things out of food lol. Have you seen my onion masala post? That would be a great way to bulk prep masala that’s already blended!

  124. Rebecca Aksamit says

    Thanks for all these wonderful recipes! Your Crispy Bhindi won me so many brownie points. Can’t wait to try out some more.

  125. Tina says

    Hi Ashley,

    Thank you for the fantastic recipes! Cooking takes time, which I am short of, so being able to count on the result being wonderful means a lot . My Mom was Irish and my Dad from Mississippi. I lived in London many years. When I started working in the US in my twenties, an Indial gentleman (a nice looking gentleman!) stopped by my cube and told me he heard I cooked curries. I said yes and told him he was welcome to come over to eat. He came that night, and the next, and the next, until finally I had to marry him. People were starting to talk! He still eats with me every night. The Instant Pot was a bit scary at first, but with your recipes it has saved me so much time and trouble. I am using it every day now! Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Tina, thank you for the kind words! And oh my gosh I love your love story!! That made me laugh out loud, lol! So great that Indian food brought you together. I’m so happy you’re enjoying the IP and my recipes 🙂

  126. Grant Campbell says

    Hello Ashley

    I came across your blog researching a sag panee recipe … to accompany tonights’ butter chicken dinner, and let me tell you I am in LOVE with your site … and a little big with you 😉 I am a huge fan of Indian cooking, and always looking to try new things. Here in San Francisco’s Mission District we have access to both shelf stable and fresh ingredients needed for your recipes. So I can’t wait to get experimenting. Your personal story section is a great read, what a nice timeline, and now 2 have become 4!

    Grant in San Francisco (with an Instant Pot raring to go)!

  127. Aparna says

    All the names of each dal, AND what recipes you can make with each…. EXACTLY what I was searching for! Plus you are so fun to read. Nice to meet you Ashley!

  128. Anita says

    Hi. I appreciate the rice pudding Instant Pot recipe.
    I used whole goat milk, followed the instructions exactly, but my milk and rice burned on the bottom just a few minutes in.
    Any ideas why it went wrong for me?

      • Debbie Evans says

        Hello Ashley! I just found you yesterday when searching for a paleo naan recipe. I’ve joined your Instant Pot Indian Food fb group and subscribed to your newsletter 🙂

        I have Hashimoto’s and a psychotic thyroid, so I am off gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar, but I am a bread fanatic so am always looking for a good recipe. And I LOVE Indian food so was excited to find you Instant Pot group. (I don’t actually have the pot yet, but do have a slow cooker..? 🙂

        Just wanted to say hello and thank for you the recipes I know I’m going to enjoy. Will post a review once I try the naan.

      • Debbie says

        Hello Ashley! I just found you yesterday when searching for a paleo naan recipe 🙂 I have Hashimoto’s so I am off gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar – but I love bread so am always on the lookout for a good recipe. Haven’t had the chance to try yours yet but plan to do so this weekend.

        I also LOVE Indian food so was excited to find your fb group for Instant Pot Indian Food – have sent a join request for that and look forward to some yumalicious recipes! I made a simplified version of Chana Masala for supper last night 🙂

        Just wanted to say hello and thanks for all the recipes I know I’ll enjoy. Will let you know how my naan turns out 🙂

    • Grant says

      I have been using my instant pot for Thai cooking, and found out that whole milk products will curdle, and burn under high pressure/heat. If you use low fat, you get the same flavor profile, and milkiness (is that a work), but without the other issues. See if you can find reduced fat goats milk. I have been using reduced fat coconut milk in lieu of regular coconut milk, and we cannot tell the difference PLUS no curdling.
      Grant in San Francisco

  129. Jean Clare Smith, MD, MPH says

    Hi Ashley. I am going to make Instant Pot Kala Chana for my college-age daughter (adopted from Nepal) and her Indian roommate (from Kolkata). I am soaking the brown chickpeas tonight. Question: do you see any problem with me doubling the recipe? Srijana and Anoushka LOVE Indian and Nepali food, so I am thinking I’d like to make an increased quantity. Does this seem ok to you? If so, would I simply double ALL the ingredients? Thank you.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Jean! That’s so nice! You can certainly double the recipe – just double all of the ingredients but leave the cook time the same. I hope your daughter and her roommate like the recipe 🙂

      • Jean Smith says

        Thanks so much! I am just going to make it now. I see that your husband is Sikh, and maybe you are too. My daughter, Srijana (Nepali) has a Sikh boyfriend from Delhi. She and I have visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar with a Sikh friend of ours who lives in Delhi. We had lunch at the langar. Wow, what a huge production…. if you have never had langar at the Golden Temple, you should check it out… they have chapathi machines that crank them out and they go down a conveyor belt, and giant giant vats of dal. Incredible.

        • My Heart Beets says

          Jean, that’s awesome! The Golden Temple is definitely a sight to see 🙂 We go every time we visit India – though it has been many years since I was last there. Very cool you got to experience it!

      • Jean Smith says

        Ashley: I wanted to let you know I did as you instructed to double the recipe, and it turned out perfectly! I doubled all the ingredients, and used 3 serrano chiles (with seeds). I made it in my Breville 6-quart multi-cooker. I was a bit worried at first because when I sliced the 4 onions (used 2 mm slicing blade in my Cuisinart) there was a mountain of onions…. but of course, when you put them in the pot to do the first step of saute x 20 minutes, they cook down a lot, so there is plenty of space for all the other ingredients. This made a nice big container of the finished dish for my daughter and her roommate. I wanted to give this feedback in case you or anyone else wants to double the recipe.

  130. Jatinder D. says

    Hi Ashely, Came across your site a few weeks ago, love the recipes, Being celiac the gluten-free dishes are very helpful. Also, the recipes have renewed my interest in using the instant pot again. We have made the butter chicken and a few other dishes, I am looking to cook more in the future and enjoy the Indian food.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Jatinder, I’m so happy you found my site and are enjoying the recipes! Also good to know you find the gluten free recipes helpful 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the butter chicken – I can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipes you try!

  131. Tracey says

    Hi Ashley, I bought the kindle edition of your instant pot Indian cookbook & am excited to start making some of the delicious-looking-sounding dishes.
    Do you have a favorite recipe for RASAM? (Either Instant Pot or non-pressure cooler).
    A South Indian family in the West San Jose/Cupertino area I know makes the most incredible Rasam.
    But the mom doesn’t measure her ingredients, so it would be tough to replicate.
    Perhaps your Sambar recipe is sort of similiar?
    I’d love to hear back from you. Thanks for putting together such a great instant pot Indian cookbook.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Tracey, thanks for your support! I hope you love all of my recipes! I don’t have a rasam recipe on my blog yet but it is on my to-do list – I have tons of rasam ideas (I’ve had pineapple rasam on my brain for months now). My sambar isn’t similar unfortunately but it is delicious! Hopefully I’ll get around to sharing a recipe soon 🙂

  132. Jessica says

    This was amazing!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe! Korma is probably my favourite dish and anything store bought doesn’t even come close. I added a bit of coconut cream just to thicken my sauce and add extra creaminess, and my husband loved it! Will definitely be making this again. I was shocked at how simple it was to throw together to. Thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

  133. Michelle Andersen says

    Hi Ashley-
    I love your blog and saw you have an instant pot cookbook out now. I eat mostly vegetarian and am wondering how many main dish vegetarian recipes are in your book? Thanks for any info you can give me!

  134. Caitlin P says

    Found your website just now searching for healthy food bloggers in Pitt in hopes of finding some good local vegetarian friendly places while there on a work trip in June! Glad I found you as I like your cuisine!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Caitlin, I’m so glad you found my blog!! I really need to work on a blog post with all my favorite local restaurants! While you’re here, check out B52 – it’s my favorite vegan restaurant in the city – the food is delicious! What area will you be in?

  135. Karen says

    I found your website quite by accident and I am so very happy that I did! Just made the curried cauliflower soup and the taste is incredible. It’s going to be a pleasant journey browsing through your recipe index and then discovering more scrumptious dishes. Many thanks 🙂

  136. Kendall says

    Thank you so much for publishing so many familiar recipes! I have been spoiled by my Dadima with authentic Punjabi food, but I just don’t have the time it takes to make it the way she does. It was so nice to see someone take recipes I’ve grown up with and adapt them for the Instant Pot!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kendall, I’m so happy to hear that! I know nothing will ever as good as grandma’s cooking – but hopefully these recipes will be a good enough reminder 🙂
      My toughest critic – my Punjabi father – has to approve of all of my Punjabi recipes before I share them here lol so hopefully you’ll love them! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipes you try!

  137. Toral says

    Hi Ashley, I love your recipes using instapot. I do a lot of juicing and there is pulp left over. I was wondering if you had recipe for delicious vege burger or vege cutlets that I can use for the pulp.

    Many thanks!!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Toral! I don’t but that’s a great idea – I bet you could make some tasty cookies that way! Try one of my oatmeal cookie recipes and add some carrot or fruit pulp to it 🙂 Or any coconut flour recipes – they absorb a lot of liquid and I bet you could easy add some in!

  138. Swaroop says

    Great site. Although a mallu, until I ran into your site, never ventured into making sambar and avial. Instapot combined with your awesome recipes turned out to be a great thing year. I also tried your stew (chicken and beef) and they turned out great. Thanks again for these great recipes. Have a great year ahead!

  139. John Campbell says

    Love your recipes – concise thoughtful, successful!
    Is there a chance you can do a ras malai recipe?
    My favorite dessert and I’d love to surprise some
    Thanks, johnC

  140. Cherri says

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I love Indian food and I love my instant pot. My husband and I “adopt” students from India that attend a university near us. We have over 90 “kids”. This pasty white lady can’t wait to try some of these yummy recipes.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Cherri, WOW! That is so kind of you to take care of students from India – I’m sure it means so much to them!! 90 students… amazing! I can’t wait to hear what you think of my recipes 🙂

  141. Sandra P says

    Hi Ashley,
    I am new to your site – I found you when I googled gluten-free, dairy free soups. I want to prepare your chicken wild rice for my college granddaughter who is coming to spend the weekend with us coming up real soon. She is – yep – gluten and dairy free so your recipe sounds just right for her. She loves soup. My question is – can I make this without using an instant pot? I don’t have one at this time. Thank you for your help. I apologize if you get this twice from me. I’m out in a territory I know very little about.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Sandra! I’m so glad you found my site 🙂 You can definitely make this over the stove top – it’ll just take longer to cook but it’ll still be delicious! My guess is that the wild rice will take 45 mins to an hour to cook on the stovetop – let me know if you try it this way!

  142. BIPAL says

    Hi Ashley,
    I’m a Punjabi and my Indian cooking is awful. Today I tried your Onion Masala recipes in the Instant pot … love it, love it! Pardon my language, but your are a freaking genius. I went ahead and used the Masala for a simple Allo Sabji, my 10 yr old twin boys were,” mom, you are the best cook ever”. Thank you dear, I’m so glad I came across your blog when I was searching for Indian recipes that can cooked in instant pot. I’ll be trying Kerala Masala Egg Roast next!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Bipal! LOL this is the best comment ever, thank you so much for making my day! And your boys sound so sweet!! I can’t wait to hear how the masala egg roast goes – do let me know!

      • Bipal says

        I tried the Chicken Pulao as it looked less intimidating, it turned out so well, mum was literally Chef Ramsay in their eyes. I would definitely eliminated peppercorns the next time for the kids sake. Than the Egg Roast, OMG…in love! I did make an adjustment for the kids and added whip cream to tone down the spices. Would you recommend Coconut milk instead as its an south Indian dish?

        • My Heart Beets says

          Aww I’m so happy to hear that! That must have felt so great! I’m so glad you liked the egg roast too! Yes, you can definitely use coconut milk – that’s what I’d go with next time 🙂

  143. Maura says

    Hi, just found your ‘site and I need to ask a question about a takeout dish I’ve been trying to find a recipe for. I have looked and looked, it’s possibly just from this one takeout place in Baltimore though. They called it “chicken badam pasanda” It was chicken in an almond sauce. I’ve found a single recipe that is like it but not quite it. Please please please have you ever heard of anything like it? I’ve been looking for 8 years! Ugh!
    ps. I really appreciate how easy your site is to navigate and can’t wait to try the coconut flour nuggets!!!

  144. Kelly Gothra says

    Dear Ashley,
    I came across your blog, when I was looking up toor dal, I am excited to try your recipe for dal in the instant pot. Your wedding pictures remind me of my wedding in 1985, I got a chance to go to India and fell in love and married a SadarJi, unfortunately some years later, things didn’t work out and we divorced. But I still love Indian food and his family. My favorite food being Matar Paneer and most food with paneer in it.😀.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kelly, I’m so glad you found my blog – I can’t wait to hear what you think of the dal 🙂 Sorry to hear things didn’t work out – but I’m so glad you still love Indian food! Look forward to hearing what you think of my recipes!

  145. Jfc Ronie DeMelo says

    Hi Ashley and Rob firstly I would like to congratulate you two on ur excellent paleo recipes specially liked the one on rice flour rotis excellent indeed am gluten intollerent and was looking forward for a rice flour alternative to wheat. wheat as we now know effects the pancreas and destroy the cells the run which leads to diabetes have been ingesting wheat products from childhood and have developed diabetes type 2.Your recipie hopefully should put me back to normalicy my sugar count has fallen from 400 plus to 160 due to insulin hopefully I want to keep my sugar count down.A healthy gluten free diet wud help I am told.Lets hope so.Am retired from the hotel industry and reside along with my wife in Goa 3 kids all grown up and settled.
    Want to enjoy my retired life with my wife but a strict diet restraines me.No matter try to make the very best of every day given as God’s precious gift.
    So to cut it short thanks once again for ur recipes will look into it other paleo recipes as well.Now I have to hunt for Organic rice flour.Any idea where I can purchase the same online.
    Thanks again and do continue ur good word will look forward to any future blogs from you.Wishing you two every success in all your endeavours

  146. Ted says

    Ashley, first of all, thank you so much for all you have given to your recipes, your site, and all of us. I have been using your recipes for years and they always put a big smile on the faces of my healthy family. Plus I’ve learned a ton about cooking from you! So thanks so much. You are doing something that matters.

    Here is my request: It is getting cooler out, so I wanted to make some Shepherd’s Pie. I am certain that you had one on your site in the past, but I cannot seem to find it, nor is it in South Asain Persuasion. Is it in a different cookbook or have you de-listed it for some other reason? The other one’s I’ve found in the Internet just don’t seem the same. Thanks!

  147. Kaitlyn Hanley says

    Hi Ashley,

    I happened upon your blog today in looking for recipes to cook for meals for the upcoming week. I really love the option to toggle on/off different types of recipes to make searching easier. I follow Weight Watchers and I am wondering if you ever thought about including smartpoint values for your recipes? Have you heard of the food blog Skinnytaste? She does this, in case you want to take a peek and see how she has it set up. It might take a long time to get sorted out, but wanted to mention it in case you were interested!

    Thanks and looking forward to trying your recipes!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kaitlyn, thank you for the feedback! I will look into this but truthfully I am not familiar with weight watchers so wouldn’t know enough to comfortable include smartpoint values. Thanks for the feedback though – if there is enough interest I may have to learn!

  148. SA says


    Could you please let me know if there are chapati tava and pressure cooker available for use. I am new to pittsburgh and I am looking for these kitchen gadgets which I can use for sometime and return as I will be staying here probably only for an year or less.

    Thank you.

  149. Anna says

    Hi Ashley,

    I love your recipes and I’ve enjoyed using them, especially the Indian Instant Pot ones. Could you please consider including nutritional information (specifically calories, carbs & fibre)? I have Type 2 diabetes and I count carbs & fibre, it really makes a difference to my blood glucose levels (keeping track of the calories help me lose weight). I’m sure others would also find this information useful.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks Anna! I am slowly working on adding nutritional info to recipes however it takes me a little while – if there’s one in particular just leave a comment on that recipe to let me know and I will be sure to get to it first!

  150. Anna says

    Hi Ashley,

    I’ve loved your recipes for quite a while (I bought your Indian Food cookbook when it came out). However, since I was diagnosed a month ago as having Type 2 diabetes, I have to avoid high carb foods (like breads) so your gluten free, paleo recipes are especially helpful. However, I have a request. Please consider putting the nutritional information in all your recipes, including the older ones. ( I notice the nutritional information is provided for some recipes.) This would be very useful as I have count carbs to keep my blood sugar level even. (I also count calories as I’m losing weight to help the diabetes) Providing this information would be very helpful to many people asI know there are lots of people counting carbs (for many different reasons).

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Anna, I’m so glad to hear that you like my recipes 🙂 I’m sorry about your diabetes diagnosis – thank you for the feedback about nutritional information. It’s good to know that is helpful and needed! I am working on updating the nutritional information for all recipes however it takes quite awhile and so if there’s a particular recipe you’d like me to update sooner rather than later please let me know and I will put it at the top of my list!

  151. renee says

    Hi Ashley
    I am new to your website but as soon as I found it I was hooked. You make the recipes so easy to follow and I love all the tips and tricks you offer. I look forward to reading your news letter. I am going to make your Onion Masala .Great tips on how to store it and thank you for including where to buy those handy little containers I will be using them for my ginger garlic paste and chili paste as well.
    P.S. What a lovely family you have and congratulations on your beautiful baby Anthony Thomas

    • My Heart Beets says

      Renee, I’m so happy to hear that you found my site and like it so much 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipes you try! And thank you – I appreciate that so much!

      • Diane says

        I tried your artichoke hummus and it is fantastic! The only problem for me was that my blender couldn’t handle the thickness, to chop everything to a smooth consistency, and wouldn’t even move the top half of the mixture, so my hummus is a chunky one but still sooo good! Wondering what kind of blender you have, that will handle the very thick consistency of the hummus, move everything around, and chop everything to a smooth consistency?

        • My Heart Beets says

          Diane, I’m so glad you liked the hummus! As for blender recommendations – I currently use a Blendtec but truthfully I think I’d suggest getting a Vitamix instead as mine hasn’t been working as well as it used to (though it is now several years old and has gotten plenty of use). Both of them are good high powered blenders though.

  152. Kabri Lehrman-Schmid says

    I took a chance on the Instant Pot, really for the sake of making more dried beans and lentils (I’m of the “you don’t need another gadget camp”). I just want to say that I have made 1-4 recipes from your Indian Cooking cookbook every week since February. I am so thrilled to have access to truly delicious Indian Food here in Seattle (after living in SF, Fremont (CA) and NYC, I missed it)! Every time family visit us, I make them a spread of dishes. As a newly GF, dairy (lactose)-free individual, your recipes are so wonderful! I just need another pantry for all my 4lb+ bags of dal 😀 THANK YOU!!

  153. Seema says

    Hi Ashley,

    I want to try the IP chicken biryani recipe. Went through it and need one clarification- u said cook rice and chicken with water on high pressure 6 mins. Is high pressure same as pressure cook ?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Seema, are you using an instant pot? If so then use the pressure cook button – just make sure your instant pot is set to high pressure (there are two pressure options low and high). There will be a little light underneath indicating what pressure it is on – if you need any help just post in my Instant Pot for Indian Food facebook group and I can help there too!

  154. harsha konreddy says

    Hi Ashley,

    Such a neat blog you have that shows your passion for cooking.
    I am also looking for an option where I can go for slow cook in IP, reason being I want my little one to enjoy warm food and save time for me in the morning.

    That is why planning to cook overnight in slow cook option for packing her morning meals and at the same time wanna prepare for the night meal in the morning.

    Can we try all your recipes in this manner in slow cook option, I guess yes why not 🙂 Do you have a rough guess if they could convert in what amount of time in slow cook option ?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Harsha, thank you so much for the kind words! I actually tried making dal makhani on slow cook mode overnight – I set it to “low” rather than “medium” and it wasn’t done this AM so I ended up pressure cooking for 30 minutes. I typically don’t use the slow cook option on the IP so I’m not very familiar with it but I plan to test it more so as I do, I will update existing recipe notes if I’m able to figure out the timings. Thanks for letting me know you are interested 🙂

  155. Charissa Singh says

    Hi Ashley! I happened across your amazing website while searching for keto friendly recipes. I think your recipes look great and I can’t wait to try them, especially your instant pot recipes. Anyways, recently (like last month) I got married. My amazing hubby is Punjabi. I’ve been doing my best to learn how to make Indian food and so far he’s a happy guy. I just started the keto diet and I’ve been trying to find recipes that will suit both of us- my diet and his taste buds! Is there any way you can put up some more Indian keto recipes? Thank youuu!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Charissa, I’m so glad you found my blog! And congratulations to you and your hubby!! I will definitely work on adding more keto-friendly Indian recipes to my blog 🙂 Thanks for letting me know you’re interested in that!

  156. PAdma ramachandran says

    In your pea pulao recipe, u have said 6 mins for a cup of rice in the instant pot. I made it with a cup and ITV was perfect. If I double the qty of rice, how many mins do I set the instant pot for ??? Please reply. Thanks a lot.


    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Padma, you can keep the cook time the same even if you double the quantity – it’ll just take longer to reach pressure. So keep it at 6 minutes 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  157. Barbara West says

    Hi, what breed of dog is Sasha? I had a dog that looked like that but was a rescue so we didn’t know what breed it was. I love your recipes. Thanks.

  158. Mini says

    Hi Ashley,
    I was browsing through for a recipe and got hooked onto your blog.
    And man…was I hooked line and sinker !!!
    Totally love your simple and easy approach making yummy food.
    Cheers n happy cooking,

  159. Pam says

    Hi Ashley,

    I’m Pam, and I love interesting and healthy food (Asian, East Asian, Latin American) – most “American” food is so boring and bland and overcooked :'( Fortunately my husband and son-in-law, who each grew up with a pretty boring menu and virtually no vegetables, like my cooking and like to try new things. So do my 3 and 4 year old grandkids, and they LOVE to help (or “help”). Both are good at peeling garlic, measuring, and stirring, and they love to run the food processor – under supervision, of course.

    My father was an Army officer who was stationed in a lot of interesting places, and who also was a fabulous cook. I grew up helping him and became an intuitive “method” cook – I rarely need to measure or follow recipes precisely, and can often duplicate dishes by smell and taste. (My sisters and I were hardly ever allowed in HIS kitchen without him checking to see what we were doing, though we did plenty of prep-work and clean-up). He made a curry that was similar to Korma curry, and also a wonderful Mango Chutney that he adapted from a recipe in a Honolulu newspaper in the 50s. When we lived in Hawaii I would climb our mango trees to pick the unripe mangos for it, and after I married and left home I used to make the chutney frequently. Now that US grocery stores are pretty well stocked with international ingredients I’ve found a few chutneys that are similar so I don’t make it homemade any more (plus we don’t have mango trees in Pennsylvania, and I developed an allergy to mango skin, so picking up the whole fruit and peeling it are out of the question for me).

    I’m also a recent Instant pot user, and I’m looking forward to trying more recipes and techniques from your book 🙂 . But today I’m headed out to get some silicone molds or a silicone cupcake/muffin pan that will fit in my IP so I can make individual “cheesecakes”. I also want to get whole cardamom to chop and sprinkle on top with chopped pistachios 🙂 I’ve been making Butter Chicken, and am looking forward to trying yours and your Naan.

    • Pam says

      PS – I wanted to add that I had an Indian friend in grad school; she taught me to make a few things that were rather surprising to me, but really really good. One was a beef curry with potatoes, one was raita, (at the time yogurt wasn’t in my vocabulary), and a chopped-peanut based masala. Till I tried Valerie’s wonderful cooking, I didn’t know potatoes and cauliflower were in Indian food! Somewhere, I have my scribbled notes from cooking with her.

      Two things I really want to learn to make are Saag and Kheer – yum!

      • Pam says

        I wish I could edit instead of adding – I love the two weddings! My daughter had two weddings as well; the first in the hospital, where she had been airlifted with a life-threatening condition. She and my husband and her new-husband were the only three in the hospital room, and his uncle who is a minister did the ceremony by phone. Then a month or so later, she had the second wedding on the scheduled date, same parents, same uncle/minister, same husband of course, but she wore a blush pink dress instead of a hospital gown, and a silver bracelet with hearts instead of a row of paper hospital bracelet.

          • Pam says

            It was mucho scary. Actually four of us – my husband and me, she and her husband. And the uncle/minister via speaker-phone. Fortunately they already had the license and rings, in preparation for the planned wedding.

  160. Deb says

    Hi Ashley! I just discovered your blog through a post from a friend and your microwave chocolate cake. That, and a good friend is an Instant Pot aficionado. I’m going to be making your recipes, and buying an Instant Pot. I love Indian food!

  161. Aida Strocovsky says

    Hi Ashley,
    I did so much enjoy your version and explanation of Onion Masala. Thank you very much! I have an Instant Pot and I love it! It is special for Indian dishes, in fact for many other ethnic dishes!
    Cheers from Winnipeg, Canada,

  162. ajay says

    ashley i am going to cook goat for the first time tomorrow. any advice?

    i cut it up the goat into pretty small pieces and have it marinating in a vindaloo marinade now:
    red wine vinegar
    lemon juice
    garlic powder
    onion powder
    kosher salt

    in the coffee grinder i put in the following and grinded it up and added to the marinade
    cardamon (sp?)
    black pepper

    have a bunch of plum tomatoes to help make the curry/broth and of course onions and more garlic and ginger. once that is going i am planning to put in the goat and cook at a very low temp until the goat is cooked.

    any suggestions? i cut the goat up pretty small so should cook fast. thinking i will throw in the bones with the little meat still on them in while i saute the onions and tomatoes.

  163. Kristina Saxena says

    Hello, I am very excited to have found you as I think I have some dairy sensitivity and I’m looking for more flavor in my life! I recently purchased your book (5 days ago, I believe), but I never received the link.
    Please contact me. Thanks.

  164. Wendy says

    Hi My name is Wendy, I just joined your blog, I don’t join blogs! But I was on Pinterest looking for Taco Shells, and there was a link to your 3 ing naan bread. Every time I looked something up, there was your recipe. So the more I looked the more I liked, then found myself signing up on your blog. I’m Celiac, corn , soy, sugar intolerant 😳 , I’m making it work. Have a warm day ,

  165. Bill says

    Hi Ashley.. I’ve recently found your website. I love Indian cooking.. and have really grown fond if it more so since my son married a Punjabi. Her father is an excellent cook. I’m looking at your grey/brown lentil stew and it calls or a couple of tomatoes. At this time of year.. tomatoes are like cardboard. I hope you can help me translate to using canned tomatoes.. either whole or diced. Would you recommend one 14 oz can or ???

  166. Luke Skates says

    Ashley, Roby, Antony; you’re amazing, I just wanted to thank you all for being my go to source of recipes. I’m paleo, love my Instant Pot, and love Indian cuisine even more. You make amazing things, Roby has a taste for the exquisite, and Antony is completely adorable!
    Thank you, to no end, for giving me amazing recipes for the niche food I love, despite my living in the uncultured middle of nowhere.
    You guys rock my socks!

    P.S.: if Antony ever hits that picky eater stage, please post the foods you find that he likes, because my daughter (almost 5), has hit that nearly-infuriating stage, and I have no doubt that people would love real food for their picky kids- way better than chicken strips and ranch all the time >_<

    • My Heart Beets says

      Luke, thank you!! I appreciate all of that so much – it is so nice of you to say 🙂 And I will definitely share what Antony likes when he gets to that picky stage – though right now I am thanking my lucky stars that he eats most of what I give him. He especially loves butter chicken and my vegan butter chicken recipe (butter chickpeas) – maybe you can try those with your daughter? He also really likes my vegan pumpkin mac and cheese recipe. Let me know if she ends up liking any of those!

  167. Rebia Karim says

    HI Ashley,

    I love your recipies and just bought your ebook. However i did not receive book yet…..does it take a few days to be emailed?


  168. Cathleen says

    I’m new to Indian food, but I love it. I saw you have a previous Indian cookbook. I was wondering if you could direct me to where I could buy it. Thank you.

  169. Sylvia West says

    Hi Ashley, I purchase your ebook recently, and i did’nt get the link, to down load the ebook in my computer,
    the ebook is paid for, but i have no link, can you please send me the link to down load, it would be ashame
    that it’s paid for and not be able to down load.


  170. Sherry says

    Hi Ashley,

    WOW!! I just stumbled onto your blog when I was looking for ways to use almond flour. I’m not officially Paleo, but I’m gluten, dairy, and sugar free, so I’m kinda Paleo, right?

    Anyway, I adore the Indian food that I’ve eaten, which is not nearly enough. I have wanted to learn more about it and begin to learn cooking it, but it is SO intimidating to try to begin cooking it.


    I’m ordering a couple of the spices for the Butter Chicken and will try that with your naan as soon as they arrive. Can’t wait!! So GLAD you are here!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Sherry! I’m so glad you found my blog 🙂 And you are more Paleo than me lol – I’m pretty much just gluten-free these days. I can’t wait to hear what you think of my recipes!!

  171. Kelsey says

    Your wedding photos made me tear up! So beautiful!!

    And great recipes; I’m getting ready to try out the eggplant curry : ) Hope my husband likes it! (He would never tell me if he didn’t, but I am a master of knowing what he’s thinking, LOL)

  172. Ian Milligan says

    Just cooked your goat curry. It was better than I could have possibly imagined. Thanks so much!

  173. amanda says

    greetings from sunny south africa ashley, i am a south african indian came across ur blog looking for gluten free roti which ilove and use to make a lot of before i was diagnosed wit psorisasis 2years ago.imade some of your rotis las nite and dam!! they were good and i must say you look fab.in wedding pic love the red outfit.could you explain why the white wedding ?? which by the way you look beautiful aswell .

    lots of love

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Amanda! I’m glad you found my blog and that you like my recipes! My husband’s family is from South India (Kerala) and they are Catholic, which is why I’m wearing a white wedding dress 🙂

  174. S.P. says

    Hi Ashley

    Do you have a weekly batch plan (meal prep) for Indian cuisine, preferably gluten free and dairy free. If you do, can you please let me know where to find it.


  175. Lisa Woolfork says

    Happy New Year, Ashley!
    Just wanted to say Thank You for the great recipes and I look forward to trying more. Also, I see that you and your husband went to the University of Virginia. I have been a professor at UVa (English department) since 2000. It’s too bad our paths didn’t cross! Best wishes!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks, Lisa! Happy New Year to you too! So sorry for the delay in replying to you! It’s too bad we didn’t have you as a professor – glad to see that you found my blog though (hopefully my grammar won’t make you cringe, lol). Let me know how my recipes turn out for you 🙂

  176. Petrus Piet) van Warmerdam says

    Hello Ashley,

    I just joined your blog on October 15, 2016 and am much impressed, love it. I too love everything food-wise from the Middle and Far East. My dear wife and I were both born in the Dutch East Indies, now the Republic of Indonesia. No, we didn’t know each other then. That came after WW II ended when we were repatriated back to the Netherlands and met in the school system. Long story there. I never liked it in Holland, too cold and wet, and I emigrated to the States in 1957. I got reacquainted with my wife to be and she come over to the States in 1962 and were married. I am a double cancer survivor and now cancer free for four years. In the meantime I have done a lot of research in nutrition and health and have adopted the Paleo lifestyle as best I can.
    I now automatically convert all my recipes to Paleo regardless whether they are Western or Eastern. Our most favorite recipes are Indonesian, Thai, Indian, Chinese – – – oh heck, we like most everything. Yes, I do have many Indian and Thai recipes but most are Indonesian. I was born in 1934 in the city Surabaya on Java Island and my wife was born in 1941 in Batavia, now Jakarta on Java Island.
    After my retirement we settled in Florida but miss our daughter and grandson who live near Pittsburgh, PA.

    Sorry for the long intro and if you like to know more about us please ask.

    With kind regards, Piet, the Flying Dutchman.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Piet! So happy to have you as a blog reader 🙂 Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with me. I love learning about my readers! I’m glad to hear you’re now cancer free – that’s wonderful news! I hope you will let me know what recipes you try from the blog and how they turn out for you!

  177. Linda says

    Hi Ashley, I just found your site and am so glad that I did. I have lived for years being gluten and dairy free but have just found out that I have so many more food intolerances (the reason for continued sickness and not enjoying anything I ate). I can now cook and bake a variety of tasty dishes that my husband will also enjoy with me. Thank you so so much!!

  178. Bela says


    As an Americanized-desi girl looking for Indian paleo meals and recipes from another fellow desi I heart you! Your recipes are easy to follow and I really appreciate your diverse collection. Thank you for gracing the internet with your delicious recipes!

  179. Sharon says

    Thanks for this blog! I just used your chicken curry recipe. I didn’t have time tonight, but I can’t wait to try making paleo naan. I have celiac’s disease and haven’t had naan in 4 years!!!

  180. LeRoy Poulson says

    Hi Ashley, so glad to have found your Blog, I do not know much about Paleo, but willing to learn. I am 83 years old, retired Farmer, do most of the cooking, and just recently got an Instant Pot, which, I just love!!!. gave one to my Son, and my Daughter, for Christmas present, and they both love them. Live in Southern Minnesota. looking forward to try some of your Instant Pot Recipes.

    • My Heart Beets says

      I’m so happy to hear that you found my blog and that you love the instant pot as much as I do! 🙂 I hope you’ll let me know how my recipes turn out for you!

  181. Ellen says

    Hi Ashley,
    Your chicken curry recipe has become a firm favourite with my family. And they are picky! 😀
    Am exploring your other recipes as well.
    I love the 3-ingredient naan breads, although I am the only one in this case, lol. :3
    All the best from the Netherlands.
    Love, Ellen

  182. irena [email protected] says

    wow your so gorgrous to boot! stumbled across ur site love ur recipes going to try all the paleo breads, you both look terrific thanks for having such a great message and hope to see more! have totally bookmarked your site…

  183. Melissa says

    Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for all these great recipes. I, like everyone else here 😉 made naan bread and it was delicious! I wasn´t sure I´d find an easy paleo naan recipe and voila, up pops your blog! Congratulations on the success of the blog. I´ll definitely be checking back to try more things! Oh and by the way, you´re a natural on video (must be that tv reporter background 😉

  184. Rob Thomas says

    I love cooking Indian food. My box of spices is like my alchemy set.
    Your crockpot goat curry was fantastic. I cooked it recently for my work buddies and they absolutely loved it. So easy and tasty. I have never cooked a curry in a crockpot before and was surprised how well it turned out. Thank you . Rob

    • My Heart Beets says

      Rob, that’s great to hear! I feel the same way about my spices 🙂 Happy you and your friends loved the goat curry – I hope you’ll let me know if you try any of my other recipes!

  185. smita says

    Hi Ashley! From your experience what would be the best oil to fry anything with? For example if I wanted to make somewhat paleo pakorey, I would probably prefer tallow but for vegetarians I can’t that. Any suggestions or have you experimented with avocado oil as far as deep frying?

  186. Jennifer G says

    I just returned from 8 days in India for work and thought I’d be tired of Indian food. But that didn’t happen! I made your Kofta Curry (from your cookbook) 2 days ago and it was a huge hit. The spices in the recipe made for an amazing flavor and the texture of the meatballs (pureed in the food processor) was very smooth. We loved the dish. Yesterday I again made your Sarson ka Saag in my crock pot. I’ve made it probably a half dozen times and love it each and every time. I use 1/2 mustard leaves and 1/2 spinach and add paneer in the final 2 hours of cooking time. With all these recipes, they taste even better on Day 2 as the flavors blend even more. With both dishes. of course, I served your paleo naan. I’m obsessed with your recipes! Thank you for creating and sharing them.

  187. Lupe Sanchez says

    Hi Ashley,
    Thank you for sharing your passion for cooking awesome, healthy food. I am new to your website and I am already excited about all I am going to learn about cooking. I have recently decided to follow a grain-free diet. I am healthy, according to my doctor, however, I don’t always feel good. I have occasional allergies and issues with pain in the joints…issues that can cause major problems down the road. Also, I am 15 lbs over-weight due to not eating right. So my goal is to eat clean, good food and I know that my body will take care of these issues by healing itself as I make smart food choices. Thank you for all the recipes you are sharing because it will make cooking fun and exciting for me to try new foods….I love cooking but I am not very creative in coming up with new recipes. I am about to make your 3 ingredient Paleo Naan. I have been craving bread but have managed to stay away from it…so I am excited to try your Naan. Have a great day!

  188. Amy says

    I am so happy there is a site like yours out there. My parents are from Kerala and sometimes when I am at work (shhh, don’t tell anyone) I look up Indian recipes. It is so nice to find a site that satisfies an Indian girl’s palate.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Amy, thank you! And, lol, isn’t that what work is for? 😉 I’m glad you found my website – if you have a Keralite dish you want me to try and make, let me know!

  189. Miriam says

    Just found your site and signed up for your newsletter. Delighted to find a paleo site with a real Indian bent as Indian food is my favourite cuisine. My son is spending a year in Bangaloru and while he grew up with my version of Indian food he is getting a chance to eat the real thing. I am so jealous. Your recipes look wonderful but I would like to alert you to a problem on your site – for some reason (I suspect one of your advertisers) isn’t loading properly and I get a ‘script has stopped working error’ on almost every recipe page. Every page takes forever to load and even after I cancel the script the site is very slow. Don’t know if there is anything you can do. As a clue I did go into the debugger on the Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe page and a dotted line rectangle – long and thin – showed on the screen while the debugger was open and the line in the code was something about ‘getrect’. Hope that helps. I really want to check out more recipes but this problem makes it very hard.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Miriam, so glad you found my website!! I hope you’ll let me know how my recipes turn out for you 🙂 Also, thanks for letting me know about the ad issue. I’ll contact my ad network to figure it out but hopefully it’s working for you by now.

  190. MissBeth says

    Found your site a day or two ago (1 link led to another, you know how it goes). I’m mostly paleo and just starting a 2nd round of Whole 30 next week. ANYWAY, just read your bio above and I think I love you guys already! Looking forward to exploring your site and enjoying your recipes.

  191. Kyra Sallans says

    I am absolutely in love with your website. For thee LONGEST time I have been trying to find Indian dishes to make myself, but believe it or not…it’s a rather difficult hunt. Perhaps that is because I am in the Midwest. That aside, I am so grateful you started this; definitely am looking forward to learning from these recipes!

  192. Priya says

    Hi Ashley

    I happen to find you on random.but I must say your site is very impressive.never been on a paleo diet before but I will definetly try your recipes. Keep up d good work

    Priya S

  193. Jill says

    I tried your nann, love indian food and was missing the bread, o.k. with the flavour but like a fluffier nann, is there something I could add

  194. martha says

    Thank you so much for spending time sharing family and food. I grew up in the UK and spent my allowance money at every hole in the wall Indian restaurant I could find. My parents didn’t like ‘foreign food’. I have had a serious love affair with Indian cuisine for fifty plus years and to make it paleo just took it to a new level. Thank you again so much… I will be kitchen bound momentarily, okra in fridge right now heading to my face in minutes. You made my year. Good fortune to you and yours.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks, Martha! I’m glad to hear you’re such a fan of Indian cuisine 🙂 And I’m glad to have you as a reader. I hope you will let me know how any recipes you try turn out for you!

  195. Colleen W says

    I just came across one of your recipes for Paleo Naan on Pinterest and did a little jump for joy when I also saw a link to Paleo Samosas (one of the few things I will eat thats non Paleo cause I love them so much!) . I can’t wait to try your recipes!

  196. carol baylis says

    I just want to thank you for all your great recipes! I have been following Paleo for the past 6 months….gradually trying to omit grains, potatoes, rice etc from my diet. Your recipes have helped me so much……I am English and my husband is from Madras and we gave been married for 42years…..my Mum-in-law was the most amazing cook! I love my Indian food and you have made it possible for me too still enjoy it while following paleo. I love your naan recipe and also beetroot Thoran just to name a couple. Thank you so much ‘myheartbeets’!

  197. Tammy Gregory says

    Hello, I really enjoy your website. I have made some of your recipes and my husband and I enjoyed them immensely! I have been diagnosed having leaky gut and further testing is taking place next. Needless to say food has been an enemy for me and I have been very worried about what my future holds in what I can eat. I will say that finding your site has been a life saver for me. It’s given me hope where I didn’t think there was any. I have many medical issues and finding that food has been my enemy has been not only eye opening but traumatic. I have been going through traditional medicine and pill on top of pill. Now, I am turning to natural. “Physician heal thyself.” Keep the recipes coming. My food allergies are walnuts, bananas, asparagus, green beans, yeast, dairy, gluten, crab, pineapple and pecans. Everything I had been eating. All the best, Tammy

  198. Glenys says

    Hello, I am a new subscriber from Australia. I found your blog a few months ago and then as with many things, I totally forgot all about it. However I did remember that I had seen a recipe for Samosas so went looking for it again and made them that night. Oh my god, they were just divine. I have added the recipe to my Paprika recipe manager app so that I will never lose it. I have yet to try it as Naan bread, but as both my hubby and I love indian food I will be trying it very soon. Can’t wait to have a look at your indian recipes as I love making the dishes from scratch – hate those jarred sauces!!
    Looking forward to receiving recipes via email from you 🙂

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Glenys, I’m happy have you as a subscriber! Glad you liked the samosa recipe – I hope you’ll let me know how any other recipes you try turn out for you! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  199. Phyllis says

    Hi, I’m a new subscriber. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about Paleo and natural living – as natural as we can get in a modern world. I been on Paleo diet for 4 months. After spending an adult life trying every diet under the sun, except the cabbage diet, I couldn’t see eating cabbage all day, I stumbled upon the Paleo concept. The last diet I was on was Nutrisystem. I cringe at the chemicals I was putting into my body. It had boiled down to weight watchers yet again or Paleo. I chose Paleo. I have lost 42.6 lbs and love cooking. The cooking surprises me. I’ve never been too much on cooking, but now that I’m getting new recipes and ideas, I love it, I’m hoping by this time next year I will be where I need to be and feeling great. I’m looking forward to reading your column and recipes.

  200. Missy Hillyard says

    I love your website and your recipes! I made Paleo chicken fajitas using your Naan Bread as tortillas and they were fabulous! The Naan Bread is so versatile and great tasting. Thank you!

  201. Karla says

    Love your website! My doctor recently started me on a FODMAP diet and although not all the recipes work, they give me lots of good ideas! The Naan bread was super easy!!

  202. Laurie Bell says

    Just found your blog and am really appreciating your Costco guides. I just wanted to say, you have the most amazing eyes! Hope you are having a great day!

  203. Nina says

    I found your website randomly through Pinterest and I’m so happy that I did! My husband and I recently switched to Paleo lifestyle. I’ve been tweaking my Gujarati recipes to the diet and I’m excited to add your Indian recipes to the mix!

  204. Tahirah Salam says

    Hi Kristen,

    I ran across your blog while searching recipes. I’m new to Paleo (about 2 months now) and find it to be the easiest way to eat (I won’t say “diet”). No funky diet foods, lots of flavor, and I’ve learned so much from paying more attention to what is in the food I buy. I’m reading ingredients before I buy anything and still trying to get over my horror at what I’ve been putting in my body!

    Your recipes include many foods I was concerned about missing, like naan, samosas, etc. I’m looking forward to making your peacha pie … and yes, I’m impressed with the name LOL. Thank you so much for all you’re work and experimenting to perfect your recipes…you are a blessing!


  205. Mila says

    Hi Ashley,

    You have great website. It is so easy to read, especially for foreigners like me. English is my third language, so sometimes it is hard. You are very friendly and nice person. Why did you start blogging? Is there someone who inspired you to start blogging? What is the purpose of your blogs?

  206. MariaW says

    Love, love your blog!
    It is now on my “blogs to visit” and cook from list together with paleomg and Brittany Angel blogs. I haven’t tried any recipes yet. Trying to get all of the spices figured out. Butterchicken is the one I am going for, just need the fenugreek leaves. Here in Canada Indian food is so expensive at restaurants and not paleo. For how much we love the food, can’t go more than couple times per year (5 of us:)). Thank you for giving us options 🙂

  207. Mara Lovelace says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been doing paleo since my daughter was born last June, and it’s really hard to find dishes that my boyfriend will also eat (sometimes he complains I don’t make enough ‘real food’) but so far EVERYTHING I’ve made from your blog has been a huge hit with him. You’re amazing! Thank you for doing the experimenting for the rest of us!

  208. Z says

    Oh my gosh, you are amazing and I’m so happy I found your site! I’m new to the paleo scene and LOVE my Indian desserts….so excited to find versions of gajar halwa and kheer I can try!! Thanks so much for posting all these recipes 🙂

  209. Sandy says

    Love your site! Just made the naan bread so good. In my oven as I type are the empanadas. Which I fill with leftover roast pork. I just sent a picture of the naan bread to my Instagram. And I post your web site. Do u have a Instagram account?

  210. Victoria says

    Wow! So excited to have found your blog. I’m just starting the Whole30 before beginning a paleo diet and I’ve really been looking for some delicious recipes. There are plenty of them out there, but growing up in the diverse Bay Area, all of the American food recipes were sounding quite boring. So happy to see recipes with so much flavor on your blog!! Keep up the great work!!

  211. Meagan says

    Thank you thank you thank you Ashley!! I found your site while looking up paleo recipe ideas, as I am trying to control my blood sugar (diabetics in my family) and am very sensitive to gluten. I *love* Indian food — I visited India (Kerala and Tamil Nadu) with my husband in 2008 and it was one of the best (spiciest!) times of my life! I will look forward to making more of your recipes.

  212. mi-an dela cruz says

    glad i found your website! i’m a filipino chica who tries to eat paleo which is harder when i visit my boyfriend’s parents for dinner, they are indian…and every time i eat indian food/bread/etc i get tummy aches esp i am lactose intolerant but i love paneer! anyway, i’m excited to try out your indian paleo recipes!! and share with my boyfriend and his family so they don’t think i’m weird not eating their food. 🙂

  213. Sally says

    Hi Ashley, I stumbled upon your blog looking for a recipe for ground beef, coconut and curry. So happy your site came up. The dish looks amazing and I love your story. Indian food is one of my favorites cuisines. I can’t get enough of it. Thanks for sharing your blog and your family.


  214. Kristin LeTellier says

    Hey Ashley! I just had to check out your blog after seeing your tweet this morning and I’m so glad I did. It’s adorable! I love all the recipes and especially all the commentary haha!! Btw your parents seem like a great time haha good for them! Indian food is something I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while now, ever since I tried a recipe for curried chickpeas and it was amazing! So I’m really excited to get crackin on some of your recipes – especially the Shakshouka – I was drooling over the picture!! 😉 I’ll definitely be visiting a lot!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hey Kristin 🙂 Thanks for the sweet comment – just saw it and it made my morning! I love your blog too – love the name! Also, your pictures are amazing! Glad to have made a new blogger friend!

  215. Gina says

    Hi, I found you through the book with stolen content someone published on amazon, and I’m oh so glad I did! I’m not paleo, but I have gluten issues (probably celiac, but that’s another story..) Your recipes are so inspiring! I put them into paprika, so I can put them in my meal planner. I can’t wait to see what shows up in my email 🙂 Thanks so much!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Gina, I’m so glad you found my blog too! I haven’t heard about Paprika, but it sounds awesome – I’ll be sure to check it out. Let me know what you think of any recipes you make 🙂

  216. Kristen says

    New visitor to your site and, may I just say, I love you. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus Disease and I’ve had a really rough time watching my diet. I have a gluten intolerance as well as an intolerance to many other foods thanks to my new pal, Lupus. I also LOVE Indian food. So thank you, from the very bottom and deepest part of my heart, for sharing all of these recipes with me! 🙂 <3

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kristen, thanks so much for the love! I promise you – the longer you continue to eat food that’s good for you, the easier it’ll be. Stay positive 🙂 I’m super happy to hear that you love Indian food and I hope you’ll love these recipes just as much <3

      • Marlene says

        I just found your blog searching for paleo curry recipes. i LOVE YOU!! I ended up cooking all kinds of your recipes. I especially love making the naan bread! It is so easy to make! I just want you to know how much I love your stuff!

paneer lababdar

Ashley's Secrets



Favorite tips & tricks to

easy & delicious Indian cooking