Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Hospitalist Dr. Anjali Dahiya Brings a Taste of India to Willmar

Published in Medical Professionals Tag: Anjali Dahiya, MD  

Author: Staff

Just last year, ACMC hospitalist Dr. Anjali Dahiya made the long trek to her hometown Karnal, India, with her then six-week-old son to visit her family. Her parents, both retired teachers, and brother, a physician, still live there.

“It was great to get the chance to visit. I love our home here in Willmar, but there is something about getting back to my roots, visiting India that invigorates me. Perhaps it’s the spicy food,” Dr. Dahiya joked.

Though Willmar, Minn., is a long ways from her native country, Dr. Dahiya and her husband have brought a little bit of India to her home in Minnesota. She wants her young son to grow up embracing their Indian heritage.

“My culture is very important to me,” she said. “Our home really embodies the way we grew up. Though my husband and I are both fluent in English, we use our native language at home. I love listening to Indian music. We follow the traditions of India, and even though we don’t make them as well as they do in India, we love cooking Indian food—the spicier the better.”

Dr. Anjali Dahiya on a recent visit to India with (left to right) her mother, son, mother-in-law, and father.

Mom, Doctor, Artist

Just as Dr. Dahiya has brought India to Minnesota, she enjoys bringing pieces of her life in Minnesota to India. When she manages to find spare time, Dr. Dahiya enjoys expressing herself through painting. And on her recent trip to India, she shared some of these paintings with her family in India.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve known two things. First, I was going to become a doctor. Secondly, you’ll never be able to keep a paintbrush out of my hands,” Dr. Dahiya laughed. “I’ve always loved scribbling and drawing things and eventually that led me to painting. It relaxes me and gives me a sense of peace and happiness in a way that nothing else can. It’s nice that I can share that with my family back home.”

Eventually, she wants to be able to express her creative side by learning to play the Indian music she loves to listen to so much. She plans to enroll herself and her son in guitar lessons. It’s just one more way Dr. Dahiya and her family will incorporate the Indian culture into their home.

“Some days it seems like my life in India is worlds away. But I have my own special piece of India right here in Willmar,” said Dr. Dahiya. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

My favorite Indian dish is chole (chickpeas). It can be served with rice or Indian bread.


  • 2 onions – chopped
  • 2 TBSP chana masala powder (mixture of various spices available at all Indian grocery stores)
  • 2 TBSP coriander- cumin powder
  • 1 C chick peas
  • 3 TBSP cooking oil
  • 2 tomatoes – chopped
  • 1/2 TSP black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Soak the chickpeas in water for at least six hours and then drain.
  2. Cook chickpeas with some water in a pressure cooker until soft. (takes about 20 – 25 minutes on medium heat).
  3. Heat cooking oil.
  4. Sauté onions till pink.
  5. Add tomatoes and sauté for few more minutes.
  6. Mix in the coriander- cumin powder.
  7. Add boiled chickpeas.
  8. Add salt.
  9. After five minutes, add chana masala powder and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with rice and enjoy!