Folks – I am so thrilled to announce that there will be a new feature starting on Friday! I will be starting a new series titled: Monica’s Indian Express: Simple & Sassy Weeknight dishes. The focus will be on simple dishes, Indian and Indian-inspired, for weeknight meals. I have been talking a lot on Facebook about my dinners and there has been amazing interest. It occurred to me (yes, I am a late bloomer) that I should be posting the simple recipes that I make for dinner! The recipes are fuss-less but may require a quick painless trip to a spice market and/or your local Indian grocer! Once you are set with your spices, you will be ready to rock and roll. The dishes are meant to be served family style. With each dish, I will show you many variations so you can use what is in your pantry and in your vegetable bin. I hope you will enjoy it!

A taste of things to come:

A delightful grilled cheese sandwich ala Monica,

Instant meatball curry (yes, it can be done),

Peanut salad with cucumber and radish

Simple Egg Drop Soup

Potatoes with Green beans and cumin (yep, as good as they sound)

Eggplant cubes with basil and garlic

Potatoes with Fenugreek

Fried Egg Sandwich

Sriracha Spiked Roasted Cauliflower, Carrot and Baby Pea soup

Potatoes with fenugreek

Egg curry

Cumin rice and peas

Chicken vadouvan

Simple moong dal

Chickpea crepes

and so so so much more!

I hope you will enjoy. I would love your feedback when the series goes live! Also, if there is something you want to learn, need to know, want me to cover, just drop me a line!

Here we go…

(photo credit – Lucy Schaffer)

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  1. Can’t wait for this! I love the idea of simple yet exotic flavours for weeknights!

  2. Yes Yes Yes!! I am so happy you’re doing this, beautiful Monica. We love your book and I’m looking forward to your new feature. Thank you!

    1. Love you, my friend. Thank you!

  3. I’ll be waiting with mouth watering. I’d especially love to see vegetarian dishes. Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Amy! I will be sure to add many vegetarian choices.

  4. I am so excited about this! I am ready with my spices and I love your photos!

    1. Many thanks for your support here and on FB. I really appreciate it.

  5. This sounds like a fantastic new feature, Monica! Can’t wait.

  6. Great idea Monica. I will be eagerly looking forward to them.

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your love of Modern Spice and that you cook from it. Very grateful.

  7. This really sounds terrific. (And helpful!). Can’t wait!

    1. Thanks, Vijay!! I love the stuff you sent. Trying to figure out how I can help!

  8. What a wonderful idea!! The cumin and garlic potatoes sound amazing 🙂 Can’t wait for this!

  9. Great idea, Monica. When you’ve talked about what you were making for supper I’ve often thought, “Where’s the recipe?” I think this will also be a great introduction to Indian food cooking for some who believe cooking Indian food is always a major and time-consuming project. I know better, but not everyone does. This also sounds like it could be a new book for you. “Monica’s Indian Express” – now doesn’t that just sound like a book title?

    1. Thanks so much. I appreciate the kind words. 🙂

  10. Sounds wonderful Monica. I’m eagerly looking forward to trying out some new recipes.

  11. That is so exciting!

  12. Monica, this is great news! We love to hear what you are making for dinner, and I agree you should post the recipes. Sometimes the simplest is really the best. Love this idea!

  13. Great idea Monica! Looking forward to seeing your lunch updates even more now.

  14. I rushed over to see what we would be having for dinner tonight… I guess I’ll have to wait a few days 🙂 Our family is delighted. Your fried rice has now become a regular in our house.

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