Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar | Vengaya 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,…

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Quinoa and Bean Burger

Quinoa and Bean Burger: Great-to-Grill Vegan Recipes

*+-Most of my grilling happens with vegetables because nearly any veggie can be transformed into smoky deliciousness with a simple turn on the grate. Think mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and even broccoli. But to get the summer really going, I need a good, hearty burger I can sink my teeth…

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Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Biryani

*+-The other day, as the fragrance of my easy and quick Mushroom Biryani filled the kitchen, I was back for a moment in my aunt’s kitchen in Bombay. Akka, my dad’s sister in whose Vile Parle home I spent many wonderful summers as a girl, was at the stove, frying up the onions for her…

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veggie burgers

Bean and Oats Burgers

*+-The New York Times’ food section last week ran a story on the rising popularity (and quality) of veggie burgers in local restaurants and the half-page picture of a sesame seed bun cradling a patty, tomatoes, and lots of lettuce really got my juices flowing. But the article didn’t offer any recipes, and I really…

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Cauliflower Sabzi

Cauliflower Sabzi

*+-It was almost a week ago that I made this Cauliflower Sabzi and it is long gone, but looking at these pictures as I got ready to post them now got my mouth watering! The amazing thing about this sabzi is, it is really simple to make– in fact, I made it with a bag of frozen…

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Adai

*+-Adai was one of the first foods I tasted in my Tamil mom-in-law’s kitchen. It became an instant favorite. Unlike its simpler but yummy counterpart, the plain old dosa, an Adai is a star, hiding complex flavors beneath its lovely, golden skin.It is also, in my opinion, a little more fun to cook because it…

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Garlic Rasam

Garlic Rasam (Poondu Rasam)

*+-Rasam and sambar are two of the most basic dishes cooked in every Tamilian kitchen. They are usually made at the same meal, in fact at almost every meal, and are a wonderful example of the resourceful creativity of the Indian housewife: when cooked, the thick lentils sit at the bottom of the pan while…

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Tomato-Coconut Curry

Creamy Tomato Coconut Curry

*+-One of the dishes that I cook over and over again is this decadent-tasting but healthy Tomato Coconut Cream Curry.It is an ideal recipe for someone who is new to cooking Indian food — or just new to cooking — because of its sheer simplicity. There’s no grinding, complicated spice mixes and marinating required. Once…

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