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 largest…

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Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad with Dill

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…

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Moong bean Usal

Sprouted Mung Salad (Moong 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 grow,…

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Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Ethiopian Lentil and Vegetable 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…

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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 constantly reading, discussing,…

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Chana Masala

Easy Chana Masala

Chana Masala. Those two words set my mouth watering before I can say them out loud. 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…

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Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar | Vengaya 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,…

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Azuki Bean Dip

In My Kitchen, February 2014

February, like all cold months, is when my kitchen sees a lot of me. Perhaps because it’s the warmest, coziest place in the house. Perhaps because there’s never a better time to bake bread, one of my favorite things to do. I love my beans and lentils and this February, in my kitchen, I have…

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Healthy Potato Skins

Healthy Potato Skins

Yeah, I know. Only a vegan would think of making a healthy snack for Superb Owl (Hey, I’m a Colbert fan and I like his version better). But just because we are about to watch a bunch of brawny men brawl it out for a trophy doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be watching out for our…

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Slow cooker black-eyed peas stew

Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas Stew, Fat-Free

After cooking up all of that flavorful vegetable stock this week, I couldn’t wait to use it. But the last thing I wanted to do was spend an hour in the kitchen cooking because, well, sometimes there just are better things to do.  So I did what I do when I want a great-tasting meal…

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vegetable stock

The Best Vegetable Stock Recipe

Is there a vegan cook out there who doesn’t have a horror story about working hard to exorcise some recipe of meat, only to end up with a pale and ghastly version of the original? Because let’s face it– great vegan cooking is not easy work. You need to put that creative muscle through a…

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french onion tart

French Onion Tart, Gluten-Free

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 fun and…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Rosemary

I am one of those people who love Brussels sprouts. Yeah, one of those. A little weird, a little health-obsessed, a little, well, weird. But what’s not to love about these little green nuggets?  They look super cute, as if someone had cast a spell on a head of cabbage and shrunk it. They taste…

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venn pongal avial

Pongal

A short post today to wish a very happy Pongal to all the readers of Holy Cow!, and especially my Tamil readers, friends and family. The Tamil harvest festival — a Thanksgiving of sorts– is determined by the Hindu calendar and this year it falls on January 14. Pongal’s always especially welcome because it brings…

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