Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza Onions. Gorgeous, golden, sweet onions.  They add their deep, rich flavor to soups, sauces, gravies and then they recede to the background, letting the vegetables, the lentils, or the meat steal the show. Just how nice is that?

But humble as they are, onions are, without a doubt, stars in their own right. I can come up with a substitute for nearly any other ingredient while cooking on the fly, but the one ingredient I will absolutely, positively, most definitely not replace in any recipe is the amazing onion. In fact, I’ve been known to send Desi flying to my neighbor Heather’s home to borrow an onion or two during a late-night cooking session.

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza If you love onions as much as I do, you are going to love today’s recipe, because it is, literally, an ode to the onion. And it starts with the evocative name: Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza.

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Pita Packets

Pita Packets With Broccoli and Tofu

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Vegan Chili. http://holycowvegan.net

Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili

What can be better than huddling by the fireplace on a night so cold that the  roofs and sidewalks are still blanketed in two-days-old snow and even my cold-seeking pooch refuses to step outside for a walk? Huddling by the fireplace with a bowl of my belly-warming Chipotle and Cumin Spiced Chili, of course. Things have been rather… 

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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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Mushroom Chickpea Turnovers

Chickpea Mushroom Turnovers

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Hello all! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, but I have some exciting news that– I am almost certain– will make you forgive me. Most of these past few weeks, Desi and I were in India on a life-changing mission. We were there to bring home our little boy, Jay…. 

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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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Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower Cashew Sauce

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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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These Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins taste so rich, you might very well mistake them for their glamorous cupcake cousins. But these are not just delicious and cake-like, they are also whole grain and low fat. Which makes them perfect breakfast eats for the young, the old, and everyone in between. There’s just something about this season that calls for… 

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