Phirni

Phirni

A true testament to the richness and popularity of the cuisine of India's Muslims is the fact that when anyone around the world thinks of the most delicious Indian foods, the first images that spring to mind are  a lavish, fragrant biryani or a puffy, flaky naan.India is home to the world's second … [Read more...]

Brown Rice Salad with Dill

Brown Rice Salad

Brown bag lunches can be a charged issue in our home. I want them to be healthy and tasty, he wants them to be ... well... a certain way. Desi is one of those guys who will eat at his desk every single day. So, according to him, the food has to be such that he can eat with a fork while he types with … [Read more...]

Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai

“I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” -- John Steinbeck It was Steinbeck's birthday yesterday. When Desi and I were living in Bombay, we went through a Steinbeck phase when both of us were … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding

Pumpkin and Brown Rice Pudding, vegan and gluten-free recipe

My Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding is a super-fun way to sneak "healthy" into your Thanksgiving dessert. But wait, let's not start with healthy. Let's start with delicious because that's what this dish is-- absolutely, mindblowingly delicious. So delicious in fact that you might have a hard time sharing … [Read more...]

Vegan Quinoa Biryani

Vegan Quinoa Biryani

A biryani may be the ultimate indulgence, food-wise, but truth is that it can also be transformed into a super-healthy-- and decadently delicious-- weeknight dish. All you need to work that magic is your imagination. My Quinoa Biryani with Kala Chana has all the flavor of a traditional biryani … [Read more...]

Restaurant-Style Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

As I recuperated at home last week, my stomach went through some wild food swings, ranging from an extreme apathy to anything food to a hunger for nothing but salty crackers to a deep craving for Indian restaurant food. While in the Indian restaurant phase, one of the foods I had to have at every … [Read more...]

Mango Lassi

I grew up in a bursting-at-the-seams apartment building in Bombay and at any time of the day we were enveloped in the delicious scents and sounds and flavors of foods from around the country. The spicy-pungent perfume of the ajwain from Mrs. Sinha's North Indian chana masala bubbling away on the … [Read more...]

Moong Dal Dosa, and Mayberry

Moong Dal Dosa

Mount Airy is a gorgeous, sleepy town nestled in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains right near where North Carolina meets Virginia. Once you've driven into town past the inevitable neon-lit fast-food restaurants, gas stations and strip malls, the landscape becomes kinder and gentler. The houses … [Read more...]

Chickpeas Curry

Chickpeas Curry

A friend asked me for a recipe with chickpeas, and how could I resist?After all, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are only my favorite legumes in the whole world. Not only are they delicious and healthy, of course, but the texture and taste are hearty enough to satisfy any palate- even that of the most … [Read more...]