Braised Radishes with Lavender

Braised Radishes with Lavender

I don’t get around to cooking with and eating radishes as often as I would like to, and it’s not because I don’t love them. I  do adore their spicy, pungent, pleasant bitterness. That crisp bite. And best of all, that jewel-like beauty. Radishes have got to be one of the prettiest vegetables on the market…

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Baked, fat-free potato vadas (patties)

Crispy Baked Potato Vadas. They’re Fat-Free.

You’ve often heard me talk about my kids, Opie and Jay, but what you probably don’t know is that I have a third child I’ve been hiding from you. Her name’s Murraya Curry, and she’s a bit of a diva. When I found her at the Indian store, no more than about four inches tall, I…

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Vegan Cassoulet. Glutenfree, healthy

A Très Vegan Cassoulet

What about those French, huh? Cheese and wine do not make them fat. They give us French fries and crème brûlée and while the rest of us morph into couch potatoes, they stroll down their classy arondissements with the Eiffel Tower for a backdrop, looking chic and magnifique as can be. They can even sit down in a restaurant, order the…

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Curried Coconut Tofu Wraps, vegan.

Curried Coconut Tofu Wraps

These Curried Coconut Tofu Wraps are a little bit magic. I bit into one yesterday and the next minute I was relaxing on a tropical Asian isle, my shaded eyes looking over turquoise water, the sand clear and white at my feet. I even managed to polish off two mango-basil margaritas before I was forced back into reality by Jay asking,…

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Roasted Squash Dip with Za'atar. #vegan #glutenfree

Roasted Squash Dip With Za’atar

We returned from Pennsylvania last week with our hearts full of great memories, our bags full of sweaty, muddy clothes from all that hiking, and an armful of golden-yellow squash. Driving one afternoon from the tiny little cottage we had rented in the mountains to the village that consisted of about 20 homes, a postage-stamp-sized post office, a county high school, and a dentist,…

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Indian-Style 15-Minute Vegetable Fried Rice

Indian-Style Vegetable Fried Rice From Scratch in 15 Minutes

We had a crazy thunderstorm last night. I love thunderstorms and they always are crazy, but when they happen in a valley high in the Allegheny mountains, where the closest house is more than a mile away and the night outside is so black that it makes your city-dwelling head a little numb to even think about it,…

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Linguini Fini with No Cook Tomato Sauce

Linguini Fini with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

On Saturday morning we went for a long walk with Opie through Capitol View Park. It’s a lovely place, with tall, tall trees that shade it almost entirely, making it a cool, comfortable place to spend some time outdoors, even on blistering summer days. There’s a playground where Jay can run around and burn up…

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Garlicky Zucchini Quinoa Cakes

Garlicky Zucchini Quinoa Cakes (Or food for memories)

 I don’t think I can ever eat or cook something without rekindling a beloved memory. A fresh, pink-red pomegranate reminds me of my mum, who loved this fruit. One of the few clear memories I have of her (she died when I was seven) is of her sitting on a chair looking out to the…

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Sprouted Bean and Quinoa Pulao. Vegan.

Sprouted Bean and Quinoa Pulao

A quick introduction today to a recipe that’s going to gladden the hearts of those among you who call yourselves health nuts: my Sprouted Bean Quinoa Pulao. I cook healthy most of the time, but I honestly can’t think of the last time I made a recipe that made me feel like trotting around in…

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Savory Cucumber Pancakes

Savory Cucumber Pancakes, Fat-Free and Gluten-Free

Cucumber. Now here’s a vegetable that knows how to give and give and give for very little in return. Each spring, I plant a cucumber vine because there’s nothing as potent as a fresh, cooling, absolutely refreshing slice of cucumber to beat the humid summer blues we endure in D.C. Each year, it rewards me with armfuls…

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Mushroom Ragout.

Mushroom Ragout

This vegan Mushroom Ragout is the perfect accompaniment to pasta or grilled tofu steaks.  It’s rich and creamy and full-bodied and will be adored– I guarantee — by herbivores and omnivores alike. I made this ragout during our trip this past week to Ocean City, Maryland, a gorgeous beach that’s just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Washington, D.C…..

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Creamy Cauliflower Curry. Malai Gobi

Creamy Cauliflower Curry (Malai Gobi)

I have for you today a creamy, luxurious, delicious Cauliflower Curry that’s going to make you lick your fingers, then the plate, and then the serving bowl. Because it’s that good. In India, cauliflower is cooked in a million different ways, although outside India its identity is usually narrowed down to a few restaurant dishes like…

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Rajma. Kidney Beans in a Curry Sauce. Vegan.

Rajma. Kidney Beans in a Curry Sauce

Yes, yes, I know. You haven’t been waiting with bated breath for me to post my Rajma recipe. Or have you? It’s incredible that after nearly seven and a half years of food-blogging– mostly about Indian food — I wake up and find that I never got around to posting this really popular Indian restaurant…

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Sprouted Mung Bean Burgers #vegan #glutenfree

Sprouted Mung Bean Burger with Mint-Cilantro Chutney

It’s hard to be prepared for summer in Washington, no matter how long you’ve waited for it through the cold, dark days of winter. The days can be so humid and sticky, I am almost reminded of being back in Bombay– almost. Opie — looking rather puppy-like in his summer haircut — sits around the…

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