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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Curried Acorn Squash holycowvegan.net

Curried Acorn Squash

Here’s the perfect recipe to get you warmed up for the winter: my gingery Curried Acorn Squash. I love going into the market these days and meeting up with all shapes and sizes of winter squashes. There are the warty ones and the bumpy ones and the lopsided ones and the teeny ones, all begging you to take them…

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Kala chana sundal

Kala Chana Quinoa Sundal

Navratri was always my favorite time of year, growing up, because it was the one time I was permitted to stay out late– even past midnight. Like most Indian festivals, Navratri — which literally translates to “nine nights” — has a religious significance, but like most religious festivals, you didn’t have to be religion-minded to join…

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Semiya Payasam

Semiya Payasam | Shevyachi Kheer

The other day, as I puttered around the web, I ran into an old friend — the Amul girl. If you’ve ever lived in India, you don’t need an introduction to the Amul girl. You know the bright orange face that’s at once shy and pert. The blue pigtail gushing out of a huge, perfectly round…

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Chana Makhani

Chana Makhani with Greens

This, I promise, is going to become your favorite way to eat greens. And chickpeas. Or greens and chickpeas. Because it’s quite simply, in a word, awesome. My Chana Makhani with Greens is a smooth, velvety curry of leafy greens with the perfect hint of spice and the luxurious creaminess of cashews. And into all…

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Zucchini Halwa

Zucchini Halwa

My Zucchini Halwa is a great way to use up all those summer zucchini — or other — squashes you no doubt still have in your vegetable garden. And if you don’t have a vegetable garden, I’m willing to bet there is an abundance of them at your nearest market or supermarket. Have you heard…

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Dosa Spring Roll, a crispy dosa encasing a Chinese filling. Fusion food at its classic best. http://holycowvegan.net/2014/08/dosa-spring-roll.html

Dosa Spring Roll

I have been on a bit of a roll lately, what with my last recipe for Kati Rolls and now this one, but then who can resist a rotund wrap packed with delicious stuffing? Clearly, not me. A Dosa Spring Roll is an ingenious Indo-Chinese invention. So clever, in fact, that when you first hear of it…

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