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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Kaju Rava Laddu, an Indian sweet

Kaju Rava Laddu

True story. In my sweet obsessed home, a laddu has always been something of a pariah. Desi, who can eat a whole carton of ice cream in one sitting, and half a box of kaju katli in another, will turn up his nose when I so much as talk about laddus. “They’re so boring,” is his explanation….

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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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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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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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Pan-roasted brussels sprouts

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Indian Style

The other day, in the middle of a busy work-from-home snow day, I made up a plate of food for Jay, with some dal, rice, chapati, and these Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Mealtimes are always a little suspenseful around the little fusspot, but like I’ve told you before, dal and rice are always a safe bet and I…

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Methi-Dal

Methi Dal

There’s something about the mighty Methi that makes those of us who love it go weak in the knees. If you’ve never eaten this vegetable you might find it hard to believe that a leafy green, one that’s even slightly bitter, should evoke such passion. But try it in a dish like this Methi Dal, and…

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Crisp savory Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Veggies

Savory Indian Pancakes with Lentils, Brown Rice and Cabbage | Sanna Polo

Sanna Polo, a superhealthy Indian-style pancake packed with lentils, brown rice and veggies is a complete meal in itself. And if that sounds incredible to you, skip over and read the recipe. In Konkan along India’s west coast, where my dad’s family hails from, “polo” is local for dosa: a food most of you are no doubt familiar with….

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Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara

Since I’m majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline — and Jay’s tastebuds — can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara. There are many stories woven around India’s famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal Bukhara comes with a true…

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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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Amaranth Dal

Amaranth Dal

My Amaranth Dal is an  easy weeknight recipe that’s bursting with health and flavor. Even better, it’s kid-friendly. Or rather, my kid-friendly. You’ve probably eaten amaranth grain in cereals, but if you’ve never tried amaranth leaves before, you absolutely must. These are among the most widely cooked greens in Indian kitchens (called chaulai in north…

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