Mushroom Achari

Mushroom Achari Recipe

Baingan Achari is a mouthwatering side-dish that cashes in on the great Indian obsession with pickles. Indian pickles, called achar in north India, are quite different from the pickles we eat here in the United States. They are made with all sorts of vegetables– mango and lemon being the more popular choices– and they are… 

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Sprouted Moong Chilla

If you’ve eaten my Besan Chilla, an eggless, protein-rich “omelet” from northwest India, you will love my Sprouted Moong Chilla, an even more nutritious version made with– you guessed it– sprouted mung (or, as we Indians pronounce it, moong) beans. Sprouting beans, if you’ve never done it before, can be an intimidating idea. You are… 

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Chickpea and Kale Stew with Indian Spices

Chickpea Stew with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

In winter, the body simply craves comfort: sweaters and blankets, fuzzy slippers, a crackling fireplace, and a bowl of hot, delicious stew to warm the tummy. My Chickpea and Kale Stew, simmered with Indian spices, does more than warm the tummy though. It delights your tastebuds with the eclectic flavors of toothy kale, succulent sweet… 

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Vegan Mung and Rice Pudding With Coconut and Saffron

Here’s a kheer (an Indian pudding) that my Konkani parents make for Makar Sankranti, a celebration in their part of India that falls on the same day as Pongal. The recipe is very similar to Sakkarai Pongal, except that my parents’ version has some coconut milk, a staple of the Konkan region where coconut trees… 

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Crispy Pongal Cakes With Sweet Potato Gotsu: Revitalizing a South Indian Classic

Pongal Cakes

I am too lazy easygoing to keep tabs on when Indian festivals come and go, but thanks to our families back home it is impossible for us to ever miss one. Every year, just before Diwali, my dad on the phone from Goa starts counting down for my benefit the days leading up to this… 

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Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Biryani

The other day, as the fragrance of my easy and quick Mushroom Biryani filled the kitchen, I was back for a moment in my aunt’s kitchen in Bombay. Akka, my dad’s sister in whose Vile Parle home I spent many wonderful summers as a girl, was at the stove, frying up the onions for her… 

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Eggless Broccoli-Tomato Frittata from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: Cook That Book

Broccoli Tomato Frittata

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the idea of food as medicine. Although I am guilty of stuffing my own face with more junk than I should (think french fries, pizza, and crispy, salty snacks–ooh, where can I get some now?), I am an unabashed dictator when it comes to laying… 

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Sweet Potato and Vaal Dal Curry

sweet potato curry

I am dropping out of oblivion for a quick moment to share an easy and delicious weeknight recipe: Sweet Potato and Vaal Dal Curry. Vaal is a beloved legume on India’s west coast. A small bean that’s more round than oval, it has a hard beige coat that is pretty much inedible, unlike the coats… 

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Brown Rice Uthappam With Sundried Tomato Chutney

A reader requested a recipe for uthappam and this past weekend I decided to do one better: I tried out a healthier version of this already waist-friendly snack. A Brown Rice Uthappam. If you’ve never run into an uthappam before, think of it as a chubby, onion-flecked dosa crossed with an idly. The basic ingredients… 

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