Andhra Recipes

Recipes from Andhra Pradesh, including popular dishes like baghare baingan and mirch ka salan.

Mirch Ka Salan With Peshawari Naan

Before I get to today’s recipe, Mirch ka Salan with Peshawari Naan, here’s a small rant. I am not a Bolly-watcher, by any means. I am not hungry for the latest news on whichever middle-aged “hero” and painfully young “heroine” is dominating India’s movie industry. I couldn’t care less who’s going out with whom. And…

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Andhra-Style Stuffed Eggplants, And Tips For Traveling Vegan In India

India is point zero for vegetarianism. More than 30 percent of the country’s billion-plus residents shun meat — in fact most people in this group have never, ever eaten a creature that once breathed– and this is perhaps the only place on earth where you can find as many exclusively vegetarian restaurants as non-vegetarian ones….

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Vegan African Sweet Potato-Peanut Stew

African Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

I made this African Sweet Potato Stew for dinner last night because I was craving something easy, nutritious and exotic. The stew makes a complete meal, with some brown rice. And it is, honestly, to die for. Creamy, spicy and sweet all at once, it is chock-full with the goodness of chickpeas and all sorts…

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Moong Dal Dosa, and Mayberry

Mount Airy is a gorgeous, sleepy town nestled in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains right near where North Carolina meets Virginia. Once you’ve driven into town past the inevitable neon-lit fast-food restaurants, gas stations and strip malls, the landscape becomes kinder and gentler. The houses are small, the yards neat, and the streets…

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Baghare Baingan

Baghare Baingan

I gave up cooking with non-stick pots and pans a long time ago. I am a gal who likes stuff to be low-maintenance and safe, and non-stick pans, it seemed, were neither. You had to be ultra-cautious in cleaning them, and if you got a scrape, heaven forbid, unwanted chemicals could leach into your food….

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