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Palak Paneer (Creamed Spinach from India)

We had a pretty fancy dinner party at our house the other day- something that does not happen very often. There were 7 items prepared by 3 chefs for 11 guests. By chefs choice, it was an authentic Indian meal. The chefs spent about 2 weeks coordinating schedules and planning the menu to an

The Many Uses of Chickpeas- Part 1

Chickpeas (aka Chana or  Garbanzo beans) are one of the most versatile beans available- whether used whole, split or as flour. They are important staples around the world. Chickpeas are integral to the cuisines of India, the Middle East and across the Mediterranean regions. For vegetarians and

Curried Beetroot Parfait

Beetroots always seem like Autumn/Winter vegetables to me.  Actually any root vegetables that are great with slow roasting seem that way. To get a more Spring vibe, I decided to change the presentation of these beetroots. The basic recipe is a traditional southern Indian vegan curry served with

Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic

For many years my son had two birthday parties- “the kids party” with his friends and “the family party” with close family. As he has gotten older, the family party has evolved from a birthday celebration to more of a family reunion. We just finished the 9th year of the

Hold the lettuce please…

A couple of years ago, we got into the habit of eating Sunday lunch at a nice salad place after my son’s weekly piano lesson. It was one of those places where they have a million fresh ingredients that you can customize into your own salad. They start with lettuce and then add whatever you

A Simple Rice Pudding

Creamy, warm, comforting. A simple dessert after a complex meal. There are so many variations of rice pudding around the world. This version is lightly spiced with saffron and  cardamom. Roasted cashews provide a little crunch. Give it a try. Continue Reading (recipe follows)

Crispy Potato Patties with Cilantro Chutney

Pomegranates are in season now in North America.  I love the taste of these amazing fruits, as well as the memories they invoke of the pomegranate tree in my grandparent’s backyard in India. Everytime we would visit as children, my wonderful aunt would select some from the tree and peel them

Cocoa Pops

The holiday season and family get togethers are just around the corner. Looking for an easy addition to your family breakfast or brunch? Put out a tray of these “cocoa pops” and cups of steaming milk and you will be surprised how quickly they disappear. They melt into the warm milk

Tasty Sides: Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan & Lemon

When my son was little, we spent a lot of time watching the cartoon Franklin (the Turtle). Franklin could “count by twos and tie his shoes.” Unfortunately, Franklin also hated brussel sprouts. Remember that episode where Franklin can’t find his blanket? He had actually stuffed

Tandoori Vegetables

Here is a dish we make in our house whenever we entertain.  It’s basically vegetables  marinated and cooked in a  tandoori style sauce. A key ingredient in the tandoori sauce is garbanzo bean (chickpea)  flour. This flour is used extensively in Indian cooking- in sauces, crispy fried snacks,