Cabbage Thoran, a Kerala-style side of cabbage with coconuts and a few simple spices

Cabbage Thoran

Take a peek into my refrigerator on any day, and you’ll probably find some things you expected (like tofu, chipotle chilies, and an embarrassing quantity of Indian pickles), some you didn’t (like Opie’s not-vegan homecooked meal), and some you’ll wish you’d never seen (like the month-old lasagna that everyone but the mold forgot).  And amidst the assortment…

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bowtie-bolognese

Bowtie Pasta in a Light Bolognese Sauce

I have found my new favorite sauce to eat pasta with. And, guys, it’s a bolognese. A meaty one. In my pre-vegan days, the only kind of sauce I’d eat when we ate out at an Italian restaurant, or ordered a pizza, was the creamy, cheesy kind that’s still hugging my waist after all these years, no…

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Tofu Egg Curry, an Indian style curry

Tofu Egg Curry

In my childhood home, egg curry was a perennial favorite. My father, whose family hails from India’s Konkan coast, had a very special and flavorful recipe he’d make for us occasionally, and I can still remember its rich, deep flavor. He’d add to it some onions, a few spices and lots of coconut — an ingredient…

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Methi Tomato Rice, an easy and tasty pilaf

Methi Tomato Rice

Here’s a quick weeknight recipe that’s healthy and sure to delight just about anyone, especially if that anyone likes methi or fenugreek leaves: My Methi Tomato Rice. If you think methi is too exotic, or have never tried it for whatever reason, I am about to evangelize you. Methi leaves are quite easily available here…

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Fat-free Cuban Black Bean Stew in a Crockpot

Fat-Free Cuban Black Bean Stew in a Crockpot

Crockpots are a great way to get a hot meal going on a warm day. You toss in some ingredients, press a button, and a few hours later you have a steaming hot, wonderfully delicious meal to scarf down. Hot meals are comfort food for me, and perhaps a big reason why I can’t give them…

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Vegan Tibetan Momos

Momos with Artichoke Hearts

High on the roof of the world, where they were born, Momos are fat little dumplings stuffed with yak meat and vegetables. But today, for you, I have a seasonal — and vegan — version with one of my most favorite flavors in the world: artichoke hearts. My memories of eating great Momos are tied with Ladakh, an…

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Vegetable Balti

Vegetable Balti

So what would you rather hear first: how to make this tantalizing recipe for Vegetable Balti, or the story of the day I was stood up by Britain’s curry king? Okay, well, I know it’s the Balti you want, but I’d rather tell you the other one. Early in my career, while still working in India, I…

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Thai Yellow Curry

Easy Thai Yellow Curry With Beans and Veggies

Here’s a creamy, velvety and easy Thai Yellow Curry recipe that you can practically throw together in minutes. And it’s so flavorful that I am putting it right there on top of my vast collection of family-friendly recipes ideal after a busy day at work — or at home. You do need to have some Thai Yellow Curry…

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Lentil orzo bake

Lentil Orzo Bake With a Cheesy Crust

Here’s a recipe for those of us who love pasta with a passion but would rather do something else with all the time that sometimes goes into making it: my Lentil Orzo Bake. And, it has a cheesy crust to die for. This is an easy weeknight casserole that practically cooks itself. Really. No standing over…

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Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Onions. Gorgeous, golden, sweet onions.  They add their deep, rich flavor to soups, sauces, gravies and then they recede to the background, letting the vegetables, the lentils, or the meat steal the show. Just how nice is that? But humble as they are, onions are, without a doubt, stars in their own right. I can…

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Gobi Achari

Gobi Achari | Cauliflower With Five Spices

Gobi Achari, or Cauliflower With Five Spices, is one of those dishes that reminds you just why the food of India is a hit nearly anywhere in the world. In my last post, I asked you all what it is about Indian food that you love. I loved reading what you had to say, all of it so…

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Rava Idli

Rava Idli, and a Giveaway

An Idli is rather like the Cinderella of south Indian cuisine. Compare her to other stalwart favorites like crispy, flamboyant dosas that spill over your plate, and golden, melt-in-the-mouth vadas, and the Idli comes across as rather humble, even plain. Worse, try eating her by herself and she is, to boot, bland. After all, there’s…

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Irish Shepherd's Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

May the luck of the Irish rub off on you with this delicious Irish Shepherd’s Pie. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, here’s a protein-rich, flavorful, VEGAN version of a classic recipe that’s going to make you grab the baking dish and lick every last bit off. And you’ll feel really lucky too, because this is not a pie…

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Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Curry, South Indian Style

This Chickpea Curry is really a south-Indian-style Chana Masala recipe, with a few additional ingredients that give it a distinct identity all its own. And it smells so good, you are going to be eating it by the ladleful, straight from the pot. Trust me. I love chickpeas — who doesn’t — and Chana Masala is a…

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