Masala Khakhra

Masala Khakhra, a Crispy, Healthy Snack

-+*Remember New Year’s Eve?  After seven head-numbing cocktails and looking enviously at everyone else in their slim-fit jeans, you promised yourself that starting tomorrow you were never going to look at another potato chip as long as you lived. For real. But now it’s halfway through January, you’re tired of eating those carrot sticks when the munchies…

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Sweet and Sour Potatoes, Gujarati-Style

-+*I was at the dying Border’s in downtown Silver Spring the other day, browsing through mostly-bare shelves of fiction, travel guides and cookbooks and trying to spot bargains along with just about everyone else in the world, or so it seemed. For those of you who don’t know, Border’s is one of those mammoth bookstore chains…

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Brown Rice Dhokla

Brown Rice Dhokla

-+*Gujarat is a beautiful swath of land not unlike an alligator’s head that sweeps into the Arabian Sea and kisses Pakistan’s southeast border. This is the state where India’s most illustrious son, Mahatma Gandhi, was born. A land that was once the playground of Krishna, the charismatic child-god and friend of cows whose antics cram…

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Okra With Onions and Potatoes

-+*Vegetarians and vegans are always pointing to famous vegetarians and vegans, because– I guess– not only is it gratifying to know that there are successful people out there who embrace a cruelty-free lifestyle, but also because it is a small defense tactic. After all, people tend to view us meat-free people as kooks, a myth…

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Cucumber-Mint Subzi

-+*Most of the fresh ingredients used in today’s subzi came from my own kitchen garden: the cucumbers, mint, curry leaves and green chilies. And that makes this recipe very special to me. That, and the fact that it tasted pretty darn good. Now I’m not a great gardener, but I love it anyway. Every summer…

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Oooh…Oondhiyu

-+*My favorite cousin, Deepa, is married to a Gujarati. Growing up in the melting pot of Bombay, I was no stranger to the culture of this colorful state because of the many Gujarati neighbors and friends I had. But having a Gujarati in the family gave me a chance to get even more closely acquainted…

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