Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Here's a pasta recipe for weeknights that's delicious, packs a healthy wallop, and takes very little time to put together-- in fact, no more time than it takes you to cook up that pasta to al dente perfection. My Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans.I used wholegrain spaghetti for this recipe, … [Read more...]

Baked Asparagus Pakoras

asparagus pakoras

Desi has a special relationship with asparagus. Every time we see it at the store, he wants to buy it. When I try to explain to him that the stalks don't look fresh, or the price is too high, he pouts and sulks like a kid without candy. And that's a true story.It's easy to understand Desi's … [Read more...]

Pasta with Roasted Peppers

Pasta with bell peppers

Bell Peppers. Glorious, gorgeous, round, rotund bell peppers in all colors of the rainbow. They are just about everywhere right now, and I can't get enough. Especially when I can add them to some wholegrain pasta for a delicious, summery, fresh meal that I know is good for me.I got some green, … [Read more...]

Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal

Recipes for Cholar Dal almost always start off by alerting you that this is a dish for special occasions, served at Bengali weddings or other life events. Its simplicity, though, tempts one to break that hallowed tradition and label this a dal perfect for weeknight meals. In fact, that's exactly … [Read more...]

Keema Wrap

Keema Wrap

Here's a perfect recipe for a weekend brunch or lunch. It's delicious, meaty albeit meatless, and so waistline-friendly that you will find yourself floating on the air. Literally.Keema or kheema, in India, is a mince usually made with lamb and sometimes beef. It is almost always cooked with … [Read more...]

Moroccan Lentils with Spring Greens and Mint

Moroccan Lentil Stew

For the past few weekends now, Desi has been a man with a mission: a mission to watch just about every version from everywhere around the world there is of the Pharrell Williams song, Happy.And guess who gets to watch these videos with him? I love the song, mind you, because deep down under my … [Read more...]

Fat-Free Crockpot Sambar for Two

Crockpot Sambar

Do you ever get tired of those leftovers? I know I do.I cook up a big pot of dal or pasta for Desi and I, and then-- many cooking experiments later-- I am digging it out of the back of the refrigerator. It is covered in fuzzy gray stuff, smells lethal, and I am afraid it's too spoiled to go … [Read more...]

Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao

When Desi and I lived in Mumbai -- or Bombay as those of us who left the city in those days still like to call it -- there were nights, after wrapping up the graveyard shift at the newspaper we both worked for, when we would set out with co-workers and friends to scour the city's streets for … [Read more...]

Thai Noodles in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Noodles

So can you stomach meat produced in a lab? Humane meat, meat that did not come at the cost of an animal's life, meatless meat that tastes like meat but just isn't?If you've been alive in this century, you know that there are efforts afoot to produce meat from lab-cultured stem cells. And … [Read more...]

Chana Jor Garam

Chana Jor Garam

This spicy-tart chickpea snack, which translates from colloquial Hindi to "super-hot chickpeas," comes straight from the streets of my hometown, Mumbai. Or perhaps it'd be more apt to say it comes straight from the beaches of Mumbai-- those  noisy, colorful, crowded stretches of sea and sand that … [Read more...]

Sundried Tomato Quiche

Sundried Tomato Quiche

The perennial herbs have sprung back to life in my backyard, and I am having a lot of fun cooking with them.One of the best parts of spring and summer is being able to pick handfuls of herbs from the vegetable garden. Every year, the thyme, sage, mint, chives and garlic greens resurface, sunny … [Read more...]