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 won a scholarship to work at The Daily Telegraph in London.  To a green-behind-the-ears reporter, it was an exciting time. I had a huge house to myself on the Eastside, right on the river Thames. Every morning I’d walk down a mile or so to the tall, cone-roofed glass building in Canary Wharf where the offices of The Telegraph were, and tackle assignments that ranged from a fire at Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s stables to writing about a runaway teen who was always being found by police in foreign countries to zipping around the Thames at a press conference on a boat trying to interview Maurice Saatchi.

In the middle of all this, my editor at the newspaper I worked for back home in India dropped what seemed a fun assignment in my lap: she wanted me to write the story of Gulam Noon, the man almost synonymous with Indian cuisine in Britain.

Vegetable Balti Noon, called Britain’s curry king, is known for his packaged curries sold in supermarkets all over the country, and for his Bombay Brasserie restaurant in upscale Kensington. He is originally from Bombay, my home city, and I was rather looking forward to meeting him.

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Filo Lasagna #vegan

High Protein Filo Lasagna With Roasted Veggies

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Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew

Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew

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Pita Packets

Pita Packets With Broccoli and Tofu

Crispy, flaky Pita Packets with Broccoli and Tofu are a health nut’s dream. And a kid’s. And if you thought those two were incompatible, well, think again. It seems almost wrong that something made with leftovers should taste so good, but it does, oh it does. I had a ton of pita dough sitting in the refrigerator after making… 

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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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Chickpea Quinoa Burger

Winter’s perhaps not the most intuitive time for a burger, unless, of course, it happens to be a vegan burger. And when it’s a hearty, juicy one like my Chickpea Quinoa Burger served over a whole wheat bun on a bed of sauteed greens, well, you’re talking comfort food that will put a spring in your step… 

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Vegan Chili. http://holycowvegan.net

Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili

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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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Pasta With Tunisian Spices

Here’s something fresh, spicy, clean and SIMPLE to keep you feeling fit while you go about the business of enjoying another shiny new year: my Pasta with Tunisian Spices. This is an easy pasta for a weeknight, and it would be pretty great with couscous, but I had some pastina– really tiny, star-shaped pasta and I thought I’d use it up…. 

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Chickpea Mushroom Turnovers

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Jay

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes http://holycowvegan.net

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

It was a dark, stormy night in Savai Vere, Goa. The decaying Portuguese-era mansion on the hill was shrouded in grey clouds and sheets of rain, and the wind creeping in through the cracked stained-glass windows made eerie, whistling sounds. Chhaya, on a visit to see her cousin Sadu and his family in this, her mother’s ancestral home, shivered… 

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Maa ki Dal

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