pooshnikai sambar 3

White Pumpkin Sambar

-+*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 Tamilians love…

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Fat-free dal

Fat-Free Slow Cooker Dal

-+*Winter makes me want to pull out the slow cooker and get something cooking. Because there’s something warm and fuzzy and comforting about food cooked in a crockpot. And is there one good reason not to love food that cooks itself? My Fat Free Slow Cooker Dal requires just a little bit of prep, but…

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whole wheat bread

Whole-Wheat Atta 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…

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Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet Potato Skins with Indian Spices

-+*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 that’s…

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Chai-Spiced 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…

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tikka masala pot pie

Tikka Masala Pot Pie

-+* Elegant yet quirky, my Tikka Masala Pot Pie is perfect eats to warm up your tummy on a frigid Fall evening. And I can’t think of a better dish to inject more fun into Thanksgiving dinner. I love pot pies– what’s not to love about bubbling veggies and a creamy filling encased in crisp, flaky…

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Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli

-+*It’s Diwali, everyone, and hope yours is warm and fuzzy with family and friends, and filled with all the joy in the world. Diwali is the time of year when most of us transplanted Indians, so far from the motherland, long to be back at least for a day. Or two or three or five,…

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Baingan Methi sabzi nutrition information

Baingan Methi Subzi

-+*If you  read this blog, you know I love eggplant. And if you eat my Baingan Methi Subzi you will too. Baingan– which you might call eggplant or aubergine or brinjal depending on where in the world you are — is easily one of the most versatile vegetables around. This rotund wonder pirouettes across regional…

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Sweet Potato Patties

Sweet Potato and Kale Patties in a Spicy Chickpea Sauce

-+*Before I dive into today’s recipe, a quick word about Diwali which is right around the corner (this weekend, in fact). If you’re looking for some delicious and dairy-free sweets to make yours a little more special, don’t miss the collection of vegan Diwali sweets from Holy Cow!’s archives. These are tried and tested recipes…

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Vegan Beef Curry recipe

Goan Beef Curry, Veganized

-+*Beef is not a word you will often find on an Indian menu and the reason for that of course is that Hindus do not consume cows for religious reasons. But beef is not absent from the very secular India’s food tapestry– in fact it features regularly in the cuisines of Christians and Muslims who…

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Besan Kaju Halwa

Besan Cashew Halwa

-+*In India, right now, ’tis the season to be holy. Everyone’s just winding down from a birthday bash for Ganesh the elephant-headed god, Dussehra’s already at the doorstep, and Diwali will be here before you know it. All of this festival fever is accompanied by, quite naturally, a whole lot of food. A lot of…

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Kale Dal

In My Kitchen, September 2013

-+*September is when my kitchen is still in the throes of summer but readying for the winter ahead. Some days are cool enough to cook up a storm. Others hot enough to almost make you throw out the apron and order in.Almost, but not quite. Perhaps because I grew up in Bombay, where my mom…

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Fruit Nut Barfi

Fruit and Nut Burfi, an Indian-Style Fudge

-+*Desi has a monster sweet tooth and I try as much as possible to keep it happy with homemade goodies like this Fruit and Nut Burfi. Made with no added sugar and with the wholesome goodness of dry fruits and nuts, this is a treat that’s not just delicious but also as healthy as a…

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Green tomato stew

Green Tomato Stew

-+*If you are a late-blooming gardener like I am, you likely have more green tomatoes on your hand right now than you can fry up. So what’s a cook to do? Desi loves Green Tomato Masial and I make this Tamil treat for him a few times over each summer. But this time I have…

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