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...]

Pasta Gratin with a Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

Pasta Gratin with 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 not a fan of the boiled-cauliflower smell. … [Read more...]

Fat-Free Lentil Tacos

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 … [Read more...]

Pasta Avocado

Avocado Pasta

This is a creamy, dreamy pasta recipe to die for, and I am kicking myself because I didn't think of it before. My Pasta Avocado -- or Avocado Pasta -- comes from a combination of my two favorite cuisines -- Italian and Mexican. And it's so simple, you can put it together in minutes, really, with … [Read more...]

Italian Wild Rice and Chickpea Soup with Asparagus and Leeks

Italian Wild Rice Asparagus Soup

When you live with a dog, you soon start to see the world through his eyes. A dog's world is rich--  infinitely richer than our human one. We only appreciate the familiar and we are held back by our inhibitions and all those pesky little things like behaving ourselves in public. A dog, with no … [Read more...]

Black Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Black Rice Risotto

This one's going to be a short post today because it's 10 pm now and the only reason my tired eyes are open is because I can't wait to share this recipe with you: my Black Rice Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions. You know I am always looking for easy weeknight recipes to brown bag for lunch, … [Read more...]

Asparagus Potato Pizza with Kale Pesto

Asparagus Pizza

This past weekend was pretty much a washout here in the Washington area. It rained in the morning, it rained in the afternoon, it rained in the evening and it rained all night. It rained on Saturday and it rained on Sunday. In fact, it even snowed for a couple of hours. Imagine. Opie, who will not … [Read more...]