Irish Lamb Stew

Irish Lamb Stew

Stir up the pot this St. Patrick's Day with my delicious and meatless Irish Lamb Stew. I must confess that in days long past, when I ate meat, lamb was a big favorite. Partly because it was the meat I grew up eating in my omnivore Indian home, much more so than chicken which -- funnily enough-- was … [Read more...]

Ethiopian Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Washington, D.C., with its heady mix of history and power, is a special kind of city.  Everywhere you look in D.C. you can find the story of America, and it's not just in the Capitol or the White House or the many imposing monuments and memorials and museums that are part of this city. It's  in the … [Read more...]

Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai

“I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” -- John Steinbeck It was Steinbeck's birthday yesterday. When Desi and I were living in Bombay, we went through a Steinbeck phase when both of us were … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese sauce

Desi often teases me (not seriously, he gets the vegan thing) about how, when we travel, I miss out on the best food. In New Orleans, while he was enjoying the seafood this city is so famous for, I was scouring menu cards-- often fruitlessly-- for beans and rice made without meat stock. He won't … [Read more...]

Moroccan Chickpea Burger

Veggie Burger

You can have too much of a good thing -- like all of this beautiful snow we've been digging ourselves out of in the Northeast -- but that maxim just doesn't apply when it comes to my Moroccan Chickpea Burger. With this one, you are allowed to eat all you want and then some more. I am a huge fan of … [Read more...]

Pasta with Greens and Beans

Pasta with Greens and Beans

I made this Pasta with Greens and Lima Beans in an awful hurry the other night. I was nursing a cold but I was also craving a big, comforting bowl of pasta with great texture and flavor. It had to be nutritious enough to see me through the illness, and  flavorful enough to appeal to my hibernating … [Read more...]

French Onion Tart, Gluten-Free

french onion tart

It's the weekend guys, and I don't know about you but I feel good. Ecstatic, even, although it's not like I've got anything special planned out. But how great is the very thought of two full days crammed with nothing other than endless possibilities of having fun? And here's one way to have that … [Read more...]

Pasta Puttanesca, Gluten-Free

Gluten-free pasta puttanesca

I am not a big fan of tomato-based pasta sauces, but there is one -- just one-- dish that makes me feel like I've died and gone to Italian food heaven: Pasta Puttanesca. Perhaps that's largely because the tomato flavor in Pasta Puttanesca is not overriding. Instead, it has the olives and the capers … [Read more...]

Lasagna for Two…or Four

Creamy Pumpkin Spinach Lasagna

 This Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna is just about the perfect meal if you love creamy pastas that melt in your mouth and seem way more indulgent than they actually are. And if you hate baking up those full-size lasagnas that take forever to make and then last forever and a week. I made this lasagna … [Read more...]