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...]

Masala Khichdi

Masala Khichdi

A popular one-pot meal that's cooked in just about every Indian home is a khichdi or a khichari, and those are not the only names it goes by. It's khichuri in Bengali, pongal in Tamil, khichri in Gujarat, and kedgeree in English (yeah, as in the language spoken by the Brits). Although the Brits, … [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...]

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...]

Black Bean and Black Rice Veggie Burger

Black Bean Black Rice Veggie Burger

It's almost Memorial Day guys, and I don't know what you have planned for your cookout, but I have the perfect burger to slap on the grill and then sink my teeth into. My Black Bean and Black Rice Burger, aka Black Burger. Memorial Day is always a dramatic day around here in the nation's capital. … [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...]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Sundays in our home can feel rather busy. There are calls to be made to India, a dog to walk, errands to run, a house to clean, and food to cook. Sometimes, when it feels like the time is getting away from me and I cannot handle one more thing to do, I whip up this rather simple-- yet sumptuous -- … [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...]

Mango Curry

Mango Curry

This silky mango curry is a delicious memory of growing up in India's sultry summers. Each year, when May rolls around, Indian markets are overwhelmed with a flood of mangoes, lovingly referred to here as the "king of fruits". Mountains of mangoes in every shape and size add brilliant orange color … [Read more...]

Brinjal Pulippu Kootu

Eggplant Kootu

I say brinjal, you say eggplant, and they say aubergine. Whatever. It's delicious, it's my favorite veggie, and today I have for you one of the most delicious ways you can cook it up and eat it: Brinjal Pulippu Kootu, a tangy dal you might never have eaten before unless you're a native of Tamil … [Read more...]

Tofu Paneer Bhurji

Tofu Paneer Bhurji

A bhurji, in India's culinary lexicon, is a messy scramble of any sort. There's anda bhurji, or egg bhurji, a spiced-up version of scrambled eggs that blazed a path from India's street food stalls to become a popular  breakfast staple in every home kitchen. And then there's paneer bhurji, a popular … [Read more...]