asparagus pakoras

Baked Asparagus Pakoras

Desi has a special relationship with asparagus. Every time we see it at the store, he wants to buy it. When I try to explain to him that the stalks don’t look fresh, or the price is too high, he pouts and sulks like a kid without candy. And that’s a true story. It’s easy…

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Masala Dosa

Quick Masala Dosa

As much as I wish I could spend all day in the kitchen cooking a slow and leisurely meal,  there are times — most times in my case– when time is just not on my side. That’s when I start sniffing around for ideas for new meals, or very often reworking something old into something new,…

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Sprouted Moong Chilla

If you’ve eaten my Besan Chilla, an eggless, protein-rich “omelet” from northwest India, you will love my Sprouted Moong Chilla, an even more nutritious version made with– you guessed it– sprouted mung (or, as we Indians pronounce it, moong) beans. Sprouting beans, if you’ve never done it before, can be an intimidating idea. You are…

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Methi pakora

Methi Pakora for Chalks and Chopsticks

The Spice Box   If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, why on earth is my Aditi still single? Aayi had asked the question a million times in the last 10 years and at least a dozen times this morning. Not once did she see Aditi wince, which she did each…

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Savory Eggless French Toast

Savory Eggless French Toast

One of my favorite snacks from my childhood, this Crispy Eggless “French Toast” is wonderfully vegan. Although I call it a “French Toast,” it doesn’t have anything in common with the original dish other than the method of preparation and the fact that the chief ingredient is bread. In this version, herbs and spices perfectly…

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