Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara Since I’m majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline — and Jay’s tastebuds — can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara.

There are many stories woven around India’s famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal Bukhara comes with a true pedigree — it was created in the kitchen of what is often called the finest hotel in India: the Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. Apparently a whole lot of thought went into making this — now considered the hotel’s signature dish — different from Dal Makhani, that other famous restaurant dal that served as the inspiration. While the Maurya’s own recipe is a closely held secret, the fact is that most other versions of these two famous dals do end up resembling each other rather closely, except that Makhani also uses kidney beans or rajma.


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Pita Packets

Pita Packets With Broccoli and Tofu

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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Masala Khakhra

Masala Khakhra, a Crispy, Healthy Snack

Remember New Year’s Eve?  After seven head-numbing cocktails and looking enviously at everyone else in their slim-fit jeans, you promised yourself that starting tomorrow you were never going to look at another potato chip as long as you lived. For real. But now it’s halfway through January, you’re tired of eating those carrot sticks when the munchies… 

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Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

Chickpea Quinoa Burger

Winter’s perhaps not the most intuitive time for a burger, unless, of course, it happens to be a vegan burger. And when it’s a hearty, juicy one like my Chickpea Quinoa Burger served over a whole wheat bun on a bed of sauteed greens, well, you’re talking comfort food that will put a spring in your step… 

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Vegan Chili. http://holycowvegan.net

Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili

What can be better than huddling by the fireplace on a night so cold that the  roofs and sidewalks are still blanketed in two-days-old snow and even my cold-seeking pooch refuses to step outside for a walk? Huddling by the fireplace with a bowl of my belly-warming Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili, of course. Things have been rather… 

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Amaranth Dal

Amaranth Dal

My Amaranth Dal is an  easy weeknight recipe that’s bursting with health and flavor. Even better, it’s kid-friendly. Or rather, my kid-friendly. You’ve probably eaten amaranth grain in cereals, but if you’ve never tried amaranth leaves before, you absolutely must. These are among the most widely cooked greens in Indian kitchens (called chaulai in north… 

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Pasta With Tunisian Spices

Here’s something fresh, spicy, clean and SIMPLE to keep you feeling fit while you go about the business of enjoying another shiny new year: my Pasta with Tunisian Spices. This is an easy pasta for a weeknight, and it would be pretty great with couscous, but I had some pastina– really tiny, star-shaped pasta and I thought I’d use it up…. 

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Mushroom Chickpea Turnovers

Chickpea Mushroom Turnovers

So these last few weeks of cooking for a fussy six-year-old have turned me into a bit of a Machiavelli, cooking up schemes to stay ahead of the game. And for some crazy reason, I thought you would want to read my scary little tale. Before I became a mom in the real world, I liked… 

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A Boy Named Jay

Hello all! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, but I have some exciting news that– I am almost certain– will make you forgive me. Most of these past few weeks, Desi and I were in India on a life-changing mission. We were there to bring home our little boy, Jay…. 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes http://holycowvegan.net

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

It was a dark, stormy night in Savai Vere, Goa. The decaying Portuguese-era mansion on the hill was shrouded in grey clouds and sheets of rain, and the wind creeping in through the cracked stained-glass windows made eerie, whistling sounds. Chhaya, on a visit to see her cousin Sadu and his family in this, her mother’s ancestral home, shivered… 

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Ma Ki Dal, a creamy, comforting dal made by moms all over India. http://holycowvegan.net

Maa ki Dal

There is perhaps no north Indian dish that oozes comfort quite the way a Maa ki Dal does. And it starts with the name. Maa ki Dal literally translates to “Mom’s Dal” — now didn’t you feel your belly grow all warm and mushy at the sound of that? Rich and soothing, this is exactly… 

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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower Cashew Sauce

Last week, Desi and I were helping care for a neighbor’s dog, Elvis, for a couple of days while his parents went to a family wedding. Elvis is a huge yellow lab who, at two, is barely out of puppyhood. He is a terror on the leash and his idea of a walk is dragging whoever… 

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Curried Acorn Squash holycowvegan.net

Curried Acorn Squash

Here’s the perfect recipe to get you warmed up for the winter: my gingery Curried Acorn Squash. I love going into the market these days and meeting up with all shapes and sizes of winter squashes. There are the warty ones and the bumpy ones and the lopsided ones and the teeny ones, all begging you to take them… 

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Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins. http://holycowvegan.net

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins

These Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins taste so rich, you might very well mistake them for their glamorous cupcake cousins. But these are not just delicious and cake-like, they are also whole grain and low fat. Which makes them perfect breakfast eats for the young, the old, and everyone in between. There’s just something about this season that calls for… 

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Kala chana sundal

Kala Chana Quinoa Sundal

Navratri was always my favorite time of year, growing up, because it was the one time I was permitted to stay out late– even past midnight. Like most Indian festivals, Navratri — which literally translates to “nine nights” — has a religious significance, but like most religious festivals, you didn’t have to be religion-minded to join… 

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