Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal with Toasted Spices, which I’m sharing today, is one of my favorite dishes. For a number of reasons: the lentils taste great and cook easily, making them perfect for busy evenings when you have little time to throw together a meal that’s both nourishing and delicious. What’s more, like all beans and lentils, they…

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Coconut Rice,

South Indian Coconut Rice

Whenever Desi and I would visit Madras, we almost always got swept up by relatives into a tour of various temples, including Sholingar and Thirupathi. Both Desi and I are not temple-goers, and my in-laws, I think, were hoping that those whirlwind tours, packed with as many deities as possible, would make up for all…

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Cabbage Kootu

Cabbage Kootu

My husband, Desi, was born and raised in Madras (or Chennai, although he insists on calling it Madras still) in a very traditional family. But when we got married, his parents and six siblings were more than welcoming to the new daughter-in-law even though she had short hair, didn’t wear saris and didn’t speak a…

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Pakora Pancakes

There are many days- too many in fact- when I have agonizing cravings for foods that are not so healthy. Like onion pakoras. A traditional Indian classic that can often be found on many restaurant menus, onion pakoras are the Indian cousin of onion rings- only much, much more flavorful and satisfying, at least to…

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Tofu Parathas

Tofu Paratha

Time was when I was afraid of tofu. In the past, my experience with tofu was limited to the times I had it in restaurants, usually Thai or Chinese, where it was typically served up in deep-fried chunks smothered in a sauce. After one dinner spent chewing endlessly, it seemed, on huge chunks of tofu,…

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Masala Mushroom Curry

This post is dedicated to my lovely friend Margo. Margo was the first friend I made after moving to the United States 11 years ago. She is one of the warmest, most intelligent and compassionate people I know. Her hubby, Jon, and she are posted overseas a few years at a time, and each time…

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