Phirni

Phirni

A true testament to the richness and popularity of the cuisine of India's Muslims is the fact that when anyone around the world thinks of the most delicious Indian foods, the first images that spring to mind are  a lavish, fragrant biryani or a puffy, flaky naan. India is home to the world's second … [Read more...]

Brown Rice Salad with Dill

Brown Rice Salad

Brown bag lunches can be a charged issue in our home. I want them to be healthy and tasty, he wants them to be ... well... a certain way. Desi is one of those guys who will eat at his desk every single day. So, according to him, the food has to be such that he can eat with a fork while he types with … [Read more...]

Sprouted Mung Salad (Moong Usal)

Moong bean Usal

I have for you today a very simple, very nutritious and very delicious sprouted mung bean salad that, in my part of India, goes by the name of Moong Usal. There's something about sprouting beans that brings out the poet in me. Watching those tiny little white squiggles shoot out of the legume and … [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...]

Easy Chana Masala

Chana Masala

I bought this huge can of chickpeas from the warehouse store the other day-- bigger than two people can possibly use up in a week's time, but a six-pound can for under $3 just looked too good to pass up to someone who thinks she could eat chickpeas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. … [Read more...]

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

Onion Sambar

It's almost a given that you cannot go to a Tamil home without being invited to stay for a meal. Tamilians love to feed as much as they love to eat, and when we go to Chennai on our visits back to India it is not unusual for us to have two lunches, two dinners, and umpteen snacks, all in a single … [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...]