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Yogurt Drink with Cumin

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Chaas (also called mattha) is a savory dairy drink enjoyed all over India. In this instance, it is made by thinning yogurt with a little bit of water. This recipe was adapted from one by Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal. Sala Kannan, thanks for a great shot   Makes 4 servings 3 cups Greek-style yogurt 1 cup water […]

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Yogurt Rice

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The ultimate Indian comfort food: Leftover rice is combined with beaten yogurt and topped with a sizzling tempering of curry leaves, mustard seeds and red chilis. This recipe uses whipped yogurt: Place the yogurt in a bowl and use a fork to mix it well. This incorporates the milk part with the whey and gives […]

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Summer Yogurt Sauce

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If you know anything about me, you know that I love to make simple dishes that are flavorful and dont need a ton of “fussing”. Here is a simple dish using yogurt that can really add a lovely touch to a summer bbq. If you dont have lemon extract, just use the zest of one […]

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Yogurt, without the fuss

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Here is my simple recipe for home-made yogurt. Make it, love it, own it. Thanks to Sala Kannan for this photo   Bring about 1 quart of milk to a boil. You can do this on the stove top or in the microwave. Remove from the heat and pour the milk from the pot into […]

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Chickpea Burgers

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Adapted from “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery,” by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson (Celestial Arts, 2009). These chickpea burgers are similar to a Middle Eastern falafel. But the Americanized version of falafel usually resembles carnival food: they’re often deep-fried. Here the secret ingredient is basmati rice, which holds the […]

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Freak Show Without a Tent by Nevin Martell

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Please join in me congratulating my friend and fellow writer, Nevin Martell, on the release of his terrific new book: Freak Show Without a Tent.  I really adore Nevin’s writing and his sense of humor in particular. This book captures it all. First of all the story is really magnificent and then you put it in […]

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Watermelon and Raisin salad

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Watermelon and Raisin Salad (Serves 2) I love fresh watermelon and this simple dressing makes it a perfect addition to a salad! For the dressing: 3/4 teaspoon toasted cumin, ground 1 teaspoon minced ginger 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 2 cups mixed greens […]