Black Bean Noodles

Stir-Fried Black Bean Noodles in Orange Sauce

*+-Hey, you, so what did you do this past weekend? I struck a Billy Joel concert off my bucket list when the legendary musician performed at the Nationals Park here in DC on Saturday. I can’t remember how long I’ve been in love with Billy Joel’s music — it probably started when I watched Uptown Girl at…

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

*+-Here’s an easy recipe that is perfect for weekdays or weekends, as an appetizer or an entree. It’s packed with protein, incredibly good for you, and — icing on the cake — it’s fat-free. Plus, it has a delicious Indian twist to it. My Stuffed Bell Peppers with biryani masala. Biryani masala is a spice…

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Mushroom Paratha

Mushroom Paratha

*+-One of my favorite times of the day is opening up emails you send me, and over the weekend I got this message from a reader, Ruth.  “I could eat Indian food every day – both northern and southern,” wrote Ruth who learned to cook from Indian friends. “So please post more Indian recipes.” I looked through the…

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Pasta Gratin with Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

Pasta Gratin with a Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

*+-I think I am in love. Truly, madly, deeply in love. Or at least as much in love as one can be with a pasta. I had been wanting to make a cauliflower sauce for my pasta — isn’t it all the rage? — but I’ll admit that as much as I love cauliflower, I am…

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Black Rice Risotto

Black Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

*+-This one’s going to be a short post today because it’s 10 pm now and the only reason my tired eyes are open is because I can’t wait to share this recipe with you: my Black Rice Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions. You know I am always looking for easy weeknight recipes to brown bag…

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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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Mushroom Lima Bean Stew, Indian-Style

*+-I’ve long refrained from writing about ex-vegetarians– yes, those who go back to eating meat — because I do believe that a sustainable and lifelong commitment to vegetarianism can only be born of a deliberate, conscious and, above all, ethical choice. Clearly, there was something about the ethics of snuffing out a sentient animal’s life…

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Frankie

Vegetable Frankie

*+-In the days before burgers and pizzas descended on Bombay’s food landscape, there was the Frankie. The Frankie is a delicious, flaky wrap stuffed with veggies or meat. It was ridiculously popular, especially among the city’s modern young crowd, perhaps because — with a name like Frankie– it appeared less homely than a vada-pav or…

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Mushroom-Potato Stir Fry

Peppered Mushroom Potato Stir-Fry

*+-This is a quick, weeknight post about one of my favorite quick, weeknight recipes. I created it on the fly one evening while craving something healthy but comforting. Although really easy to put together with just a handful of ingredients, my Peppered Mushroom-Potato Stir Fry packs a huge flavor wallop, thanks mainly to the ground…

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