Quinoa Lentil Salad

Quinoa Lentil Salad

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend this year, but it was also a fun one. Desi and I took a day trip to one of our favorite places here in the Washington area, Harper's Ferry, a national park on the West Virginia border. Harper's Ferry is just an hour's drive from Washington but perhaps the fact … [Read more...]

Masala Khichdi

Masala Khichdi

A popular one-pot meal that's cooked in just about every Indian home is a khichdi or a khichari, and those are not the only names it goes by. It's khichuri in Bengali, pongal in Tamil, khichri in Gujarat, and kedgeree in English (yeah, as in the language spoken by the Brits). Although the Brits, … [Read more...]

Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal

Recipes for Cholar Dal almost always start off by alerting you that this is a dish for special occasions, served at Bengali weddings or other life events. Its simplicity, though, tempts one to break that hallowed tradition and label this a dal perfect for weeknight meals. In fact, that's exactly … [Read more...]

Moroccan Lentils with Spring Greens and Mint

Moroccan Lentil Stew

For the past few weekends now, Desi has been a man with a mission: a mission to watch just about every version from everywhere around the world there is of the Pharrell Williams song, Happy. And guess who gets to watch these videos with him? I love the song, mind you, because deep down under my … [Read more...]

Fat-Free Lentil Tacos

Lentil Tacos

Come closer and I'll tell you a big, fat secret: these are quite possibly the best tacos ever. The filling's creamy and flavorful, the whole-wheat tortillas are soft and fluffy, and the toppings-- roasted red peppers and salsa-- take them from simply superb to simply sublime. But here's the most … [Read more...]

Brinjal Pulippu Kootu

Eggplant Kootu

I say brinjal, you say eggplant, and they say aubergine. Whatever. It's delicious, it's my favorite veggie, and today I have for you one of the most delicious ways you can cook it up and eat it: Brinjal Pulippu Kootu, a tangy dal you might never have eaten before unless you're a native of Tamil … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Wild Rice Pilaf

cauliflower pilaf

My Cauliflower Wild Rice Pilaf is a healthy and delicious one-pot meal that is quick enough to cook up for family on a weekday night and elegant enough to serve company. It also makes a great brown bag lunch. In Indian cooking, a pilaf or pulao is a rather spare rice dish seasoned with a few … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese sauce

Desi often teases me (not seriously, he gets the vegan thing) about how, when we travel, I miss out on the best food. In New Orleans, while he was enjoying the seafood this city is so famous for, I was scouring menu cards-- often fruitlessly-- for beans and rice made without meat stock. He won't … [Read more...]

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

Onion 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, and umpteen snacks, all in a single … [Read more...]

White Pumpkin Sambar

pooshnikai sambar 3

When you're married to a Tamilian as long as I have been, everyone pretty much considers you an honorary member of the club. But when it comes to my in-laws, nothing wins me more Tamil points than cooking up for them a fabulous south Indian meal that leaves them licking their fingers. Because … [Read more...]

Kale Crepes, Gluten-Free

Kale Crepes

These gluten-free Kale Crepes are delicious, protein-rich eats perfect for a weekend brunch or a weekday dinner.I always have some organic baby kale sitting in the refrigerator that I can throw handfuls of into salads, smoothies, pestos, and even curries. This time, as I pondered a quick dinner I … [Read more...]

Fat-Free Tomato Dal | Phulkas

Fat-Free Tomato Dal

Sauteing in water instead of oil might sound strange and even a little yuck to someone who loves delicious food. In fact, right now I can imagine some of you shaking your heads going, oh, come on! But trust me when I say that it makes almost no difference to the flavor of many Indian foods, like … [Read more...]