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Crispy Potato Salad


I have had a lifelong affair with potatoes. Even as I trudge through diets, trends, new weight-loss schemes, the one ingredient that always stays on my plate is potatoes. It is, I have to admit, my ultimate comfort food (with due respect to eggs which come in a close second). I was so thrilled and […]

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Eggs in a hole!


“The Big New York Sandwich Book” by Sara Reistad-Long and Jean Tang features delicious and doable sandwiches from famous chefs around the country. The book has 99 recipes and I kept thinking that if I timed these right, I could make all of them in the next few months! The sandwiches range from a simple […]

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Harissa Smeared Chicken


Have you met Harissa yet? If not let me introduce you to this fab condiment.  How much do I love harissa? So much that I always overdo it. I’ll use it to excess on everything in sight, then have to take a break from it for a while. I use it in stews, soups and […]

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A favorite book


  Let me start by saying that Ruhlman is one of my heroes. I always learn from him, always. His style really appeals to me: always a no nonsense approach to cooking that is filled with common sense and a guts. I really enjoy reading his work not just for pleasure but as a form […]

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Moong Dal Medallions


I learned this recipe at the Park Hotel in Bangalore. Chef Rajiv Vimal was kind enough to give me demo of the recipe as well. In fact, he set up a special demo station outside (second photo below) to give us a demo. It is super easy. The recipe, as you will see, is in […]

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Rice and Peas


Basmati Rice and Peas – A match made in heaven I have been meaning to start posting some recipes with photos so finally, here it is. This is one of our family favorites. It showcases how easy it is to use spices and how a single spice can add such accent and depth to a […]

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Potatoes with Curry Leaf Inserts!


Potatoes with Curry Leaf Inserts I learned a version of this recipe from Dan Barber and soon it became a favorite in our house but with several differences: he uses sage and I turn to curry leaves. He uses paprika, I am partial to chaat masala.  I just love the simplicity of this recipe. Yes, […]

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Curry Leaf Chutney


My mother-in-law submitted this recipe to a contest in Mumbai, competing with 80 other women, and won first prize. This dry chutney can be used as a spread for bread or a topping for whipped salted yogurt or sprinkled on warm rice. Sala Kannan, thanks for the great shot   Makes about 1 cup 1 […]