Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Garlicky 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, but feel free…

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asparagus pakoras

Baked 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…

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Pasta with bell peppers

Pasta with Roasted 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, orange and yellow…

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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 what I am going to do…

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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 spices into a dry curry. For my…

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Rhubarb Mousse

Rhubarb Mousse

-+*Every year, when Spring rolls around, I cannot wait to get my hands on some rhubarb. Rhubarb apparently grows wild in the mid-west, but here in my part of the United States its popularity makes it a hard stalk to come by.  This year, I started looking for rhubarb in just about every supermarket and…

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Moroccan Lentil Stew

Moroccan Lentils with Spring Greens and Mint

-+*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 cynical…

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Crockpot Sambar

Fat-Free Crockpot Sambar for Two

-+*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…

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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…

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Thai Noodles

Thai Noodles in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

-+*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 although…

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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 surround this noisy, colorful, crowded city. Life in Mumbai…

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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 and…

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Pasta Gratin with Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

Pasta Gratin with a Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

-+*I think I am in love. Truly, madly, deeply in love. Or at least as much in love as one can be with a pasta. I had been wanting to make a cauliflower sauce for my pasta — isn’t it all the rage? — but I’ll admit that as much as I love cauliflower, I am…

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Lentil Tacos

Fat-Free Lentil Tacos

-+*Come closer and I’ll tell you a big, fat secret: these are quite possibly the best tacos ever. The filling’s creamy and flavorful, the whole-wheat tortillas are soft and fluffy, and the toppings– roasted red peppers and salsa– take them from simply superb to simply sublime. But here’s the most wonderful part: these tacos are absolutely fat-free….

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