Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza Onions. Gorgeous, golden, sweet onions.  They add their deep, rich flavor to soups, sauces, gravies and then they recede to the background, letting the vegetables, the lentils, or the meat steal the show. Just how nice is that?

But humble as they are, onions are, without a doubt, stars in their own right. I can come up with a substitute for nearly any other ingredient while cooking on the fly, but the one ingredient I will absolutely, positively, most definitely not replace in any recipe is the amazing onion. In fact, I’ve been known to send Desi flying to my neighbor Heather’s home to borrow an onion or two during a late-night cooking session.

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza If you love onions as much as I do, you are going to love today’s recipe, because it is, literally, an ode to the onion. And it starts with the evocative name: Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza.

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Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Indian Style

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Orange Sweet Potato Wholegrain Pancakes

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Filo Lasagna #vegan

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Winter is slamming the northeast these past couple of weeks, and holed up in the house on stormy nights — trying to ward off a stubborn cold for more than three weeks now — I have been trying to think of the perfect recipe to make the both of us feel all warm and gushy… 

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So I am up to my eyeballs in a dreadful, miserable, head-numbing cold that just refuses to go away. But it’s exactly at times like these that I start dreaming of spicy, hot, steaming bowls of stew, like this Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew. I am a true fan of Caribbean cuisine. I could eat some… 

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Crispy, flaky Pita Packets with Broccoli and Tofu are a health nut’s dream. And a kid’s. And if you thought those two were incompatible, well, think again. It seems almost wrong that something made with leftovers should taste so good, but it does, oh it does. I had a ton of pita dough sitting in the refrigerator after making… 

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