Sprouted Mung Salad (Moong Usal)

Moong bean Usal

I have for you today a very simple, very nutritious and very delicious sprouted mung bean salad that, in my part of India, goes by the name of Moong Usal. There's something about sprouting beans that brings out the poet in me. Watching those tiny little white squiggles shoot out of the legume and … [Read more...]

Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai

“I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” -- John Steinbeck It was Steinbeck's birthday yesterday. When Desi and I were living in Bombay, we went through a Steinbeck phase when both of us were … [Read more...]

Easy Chana Masala

Chana Masala

I bought this huge can of chickpeas from the warehouse store the other day-- bigger than two people can possibly use up in a week's time, but a six-pound can for under $3 just looked too good to pass up to someone who thinks she could eat chickpeas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. … [Read more...]

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

Onion Sambar

It's almost a given that you cannot go to a Tamil home without being invited to stay for a meal. Tamilians love to feed as much as they love to eat, and when we go to Chennai on our visits back to India it is not unusual for us to have two lunches, two dinners, and umpteen snacks, all in a single … [Read more...]

White Pumpkin Sambar

pooshnikai sambar 3

When you're married to a Tamilian as long as I have been, everyone pretty much considers you an honorary member of the club. But when it comes to my in-laws, nothing wins me more Tamil points than cooking up for them a fabulous south Indian meal that leaves them licking their fingers. Because … [Read more...]

Whole-Wheat Atta Bread

whole wheat bread

The more I bake with whole wheat and wholegrain flours, the more I've become a fan of using durum wheat flour-- called atta in Indian kitchens  -- to bake breads. You have already seen me use it to make my whole-wheat french bread, among other bread recipes. The reason I love durum wheat flour so … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Skins with Indian Spices

Sweet Potato Skins

These Sweet Potato Skins have a delicious Indian twist to them. They have in them a touch of garam masala, the warmth of ginger and garlic, and a luscious drizzle of cinnamon cashew cream that goes on at the very end. Perfect, if you've been looking for a side-dish to serve up this Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Thanksgiving is a time to take stock. Of the good things in life, of blessings big, small, and so tiny that you don't really think about them much but for which you still are grateful, deep in your heart. As I ponder my life over the past year, I see so many things to be grateful for. My husband … [Read more...]