Misal

Misal, the Ultimate Bombay Street Food

There’s no way to actually describe a Misal to you other than to say, you must eat this. You must, you must, you must. Misal is — like most of Bombay’s hallowed street foods — an explosion of flavors and textures. It’s a spicy curry of sprouted beans topped with raw onions, boiled potatoes, crispy farsan (fried chickpea…

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Keema Wrap

Keema Wrap

Here’s a perfect recipe for a weekend brunch or lunch. It’s delicious, meaty albeit meatless, and so waistline-friendly that you will find yourself floating on the air. Literally. Keema or kheema, in India, is a mince usually made with lamb and sometimes beef. It is almost always cooked with spices into a dry curry. For my…

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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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Asparagus Pizza

Asparagus Potato Pizza with Kale Pesto

This past weekend was pretty much a washout here in the Washington area. It rained in the morning, it rained in the afternoon, it rained in the evening and it rained all night. It rained on Saturday and it rained on Sunday. In fact, it even snowed for a couple of hours. Imagine. Opie, who…

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Roasted Vegetables with Fennel Vinaigrette

As delicious as fennel is, I am always hoping to create recipes that will do its unique flavor full justice, like my Fennel Crusted Potatoes and Pasta with Fennel Pesto. This past week, trying to do something wonderful with a couple of beautiful bulbs of fennel, I put together this quick, very simple, but very…

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Aloo Posto

Aloo Posto

August in Washington is a sly, mysterious month. You never know when the days will pour down with the furious heat of July, or simmer down to September’s mild temperatures. And then there’s the rain. You can go by for weeks without a drop, and then– all of a sudden– you are slammed by a…

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What Would Thoreau Eat? This Kale And Potato Subzi, Perhaps?

  Simplify, simplify! Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Desi and I were at a place as far removed as can be from the rapacious frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We were in Thoreau’s Walden, visiting the rich world of a visionary who lived nearly two centuries ago but whose ideas of simple living, self-sufficiency…

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Baked French Fries

French Fries, Guilt-Free

Oh, that Potato. He’s not much to look at, he’s covered in dirt each time you meet him, and he’s even a little chubby around the middle. Besides he has that annoying habit of clinging to your waist and never letting go. All your friends think he’s not good enough for you, and they don’t…

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Ragda Pattice

Ragda Pattice

Indian English speakers are usually tempted to change the spelling of this voluptuous street snack — always spelled Ragda ‘Pattice’ at eateries– to the more correct ‘patties.’ But I say why spoil a good thing by forcing on it unneeded refinement? There’s nothing proper about this bold, tarty street snack from the swollen crush of…

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Puri Bhaji

Poori Bhaji

Poori Bhaji(puri bhaji) is about as delicious as Indian food gets: and by that I mean pick-your-fingernails-with-your-teeth-to-devour-every-last-crumb delicious. This is pure comfort food: the kind that gets made at every festive occasion in an Indian kitchen, no matter where in the world that kitchen is. The kind that kids carry to picnic lunches, the oil…

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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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Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi is one of those dishes that you’re almost certain to find on the menu of any Indian restaurant– that’s just how popular it is. It’s one of the simplest Indian dishes to make, yet hearty with the robust flavors of cauliflower and potatoes woven through with the delicious spice of cumin, coriander, chili…

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Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha

Parathas require just that little bit of extra effort compared to making a regular chapati. But the rewards are way more delicious and nutritious, making them absolute winners.Even those who don’t cook Indian food have doubtless had a paratha at a restaurant. And while parathas can be stuffed with just about everything from sweet potatoes…

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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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