About

About Me and Hungry Desi

Hi and welcome to Hungry Desi.  Hungry Desi is written by me, Nithya.  I’m the General Counsel at AppNexus in New York. Briefly: When I’m not lawyering, I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love sharing stories about what I cook and eat with others.

I live in Brooklyn, New York Hoboken, New Jersey with my husband my husband and our daughter.  My husband and I are both lifelong vegetarians who grew up in the U.S. with Indian parents.  So our palettes and my cooking are largely influenced by Indian spices and flavors.

In my effort to be brief, I won’t take up time telling you how our vacations center around eating, that cooking after a hectic day is my way of relaxing, that grocery shopping is an exercise in curious excitement for me, that I plan dinner before breakfast or that I can spend endless time researching new restaurants and ingredients.

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What’s Hungry Desi mean?  And how do I pronounce Desi?

Hungry – characteristic of an appetite

Desi (pronounced like “they+see”) – a South Asian

Hungry Desi – South Asian with an appetite for traditional Indian food and spicy vegetarian dishes

How can you reach me? Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email at nithyadas1 (at) gmail (dot) com with questions and suggestions.  And as always, I welcome and appreciate your feedback!  You can also follow me at www.twitter.com/nithyadas.

Comment Policy: I love reading your comments and feedback on posts.  If you try out a recipe, please let me know how it turns out.  Trust me, I’m elated to hear from you!  And if you have a question, feel free to ask it.  I try my hardest to respond to all questions and suggestions in the comments.  If you’re question seems urgent, I’ll try to respond by email as well.  Lastly, if your comment doesn’t show up right away, it probably has a link in it and got caught in the spam filter.  Be patient -I’ll release it soon enough.

Reviewing Products and Accepting Samples:
I do not post about products, places, etc. in exchange for money.  If I receive a free product to test or review, I will mention that in my post.  I welcome review copies and products, but I reserve the right to not post about the product and to state my opinion, whether positive or negative, about the product.  Acceptance of your product does not guarantee a review or a positive review of the product. Please feel free to contact me at nithyadas1(at)gmail(dot)com with such requests.

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Gopal Bala and vardhinibala March 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Beautiful picture

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nithya March 9, 2009 at 5:57 am

Umm thanks, mom.

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foodie March 31, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I like the write up. Good that you keep changing things here and there…gives a fresh look.

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Dante April 6, 2009 at 3:52 am

Nithiya! So I am up early looking up recipes for a spicy basil pesto for a last minute dinner party I have been guilted into attending. I want to infuse the pesto with grilled shrimp. I can’t believe I came across your blog- what are the odds! I only recently threw out my bright green Bala for President shirt that every friend of mine absolutely hated! I hope all is well with you and this was a great surprise and thanks for the recipe. I think that I will try it!

Nithya: Dante, such a small world. Just sent you an email.

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Dante April 6, 2009 at 3:52 am

Oh yeah, go Cocks!

Nithya: For anyone wondering about this reference and why I didn’t delete this comment, it’s a reference to the Carolina Gamecocks. Hopefully hungry desi doesn’t start coming up in any XXX google searches.

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Srini December 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

Too late! 😉

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Emma June 9, 2009 at 9:22 am

Hi,

I was wondering if you guys have a daily or weekly newsletter? I would like to sign up for it

Emma

ND: Thanks for the comments! You can sign up to receive updates (which are sent out when I update hungry desi with a new post) by email or by RSS from the home page of hungry desi (see the far left column).

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Bryan September 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Love the site! Bright spot in my (yawn. I know.) day.

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sheba September 24, 2009 at 3:33 am

Great space…the pictures match the essence of India’s Cuisine and spirit ..

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Vijitha Shyam November 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Lovely pic! First time here. You have a lovely space and I am glad I found your blog.

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Ruby December 31, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Nithya, I love your blog. You know that. I know your life is extra busy right now, but I personally am thrilled that you are still making time for this great hobby of yours. Good job!

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Sanjeeta kk January 5, 2010 at 4:01 am

Hi Nithya,
Nice to browse your blog. Beautiful presentation and good clicks.
Best wishes.

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nadia January 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I love finding other desi food enthusiasts! Your recipes look lovely. I will definitely be checking back 🙂

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nithya January 15, 2010 at 12:36 am

Thanks for visiting! Looking forward to checking out your blog.

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Kalpana January 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hi Nithya

This is my first time here and i think i am going to be a frequent visitor ! Good job. I like your recipes as well as your easy-going down to earth style of writing.

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nithya January 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

Thanks so much for the compliment and for visiting hungry desi. I hope you do continue visiting!

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Maria January 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

This is my first visit to your site and the first comment I’ve ever posted on line! I’ve been enjoying looking through your recipes, especially the Indian ones. I like to try new, different international foods and have a cupboard full of “exotic” spices to prove it. I’d like to make the lemon spinach dal, but am not familiar with sambar powder. Can any other spice or spice mixture be substituted?

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nithya January 20, 2010 at 12:41 am

@Maria – Thanks for visiting hungry desi and for your comment. Sambar powder is like an “all spice” of South Indian cooking. It’s used in South Indian style kuras (stir fries) and kootus (stews). There are a lot of different recipes for making sambar powder, but it generally consists of ground coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dried chilis, toor daal, channa daal, mustard seeds and dried curry leaves. Sounds like you have a fully stocked spice cabinet, so chances are likely that you have a lot of these spices already. Try making your own mix. If you decide to buy the powder, I like 777 or MTR brand.

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Juli January 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I love you blog and look forward to preparing many of your recipes. I also hope you will take a look at my blog. http://www.beanbasics.blogspot.com

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Vina February 7, 2010 at 12:22 am

I came across your site today as I was doing a search on Chayote Squash. I tried your Kura recipe and it came out well. I too grew up in the US, and married someone who also grew up here. My family is from the South and my husband’s side is from Punjab. I am always looking for quick and easy indian recipes to fit intoy our hectic lifestyle. My mom tended to overcomplicate things so I got intimidated by indian cooking, but I really enjoyed looking through your site and how you write. Would you mind sharing what type of skillet you use. Like for potatoes, I tend to overcook the potatoes, by the time they are cooked, they get burned on the outside. Also, I get used to the pressure cooker. Stil trying to figure out how much water to put into pressure cooking dals, etc.
Thanks again for your great blog. I am looking forward to trying your tapioca payasam, as I also do not make indian sweets and am eager to try something simple out, and this one seems simple enough 🙂

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nithya February 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

@Vina -thanks for visiting and the feedback. I’m also from the South, and my husband is Punjabi. I use a nonstick, anodized skillet like the one shown here
. When you are frying potatoes, try cooking them on a lower heat and stirring them frequently. My dad makes crunchy potatoes – soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside – and they are a labor of love requiring lots of attention.

Good luck and let me know how the payasam turns out!

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Nisha May 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Nith – Post a picture of you with cupcake 🙂

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Kulsum@JourneyKitchen September 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I have always wondered how people remain vegetarian living abroad specially the west. It should be difficult or may be I feel that way because I’m not a veg?
Besides I have a great appreciation for vegetarians and have lately (about 2 yrs) making a lot more vegetarian food. Checking out a lot of your recipes.

PS. You both look great together. And would you might if I said you husband is cute 😀

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Nisha June 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Nithya,
I love your blog! I use it frequently to plan my weekly dinners!
Thanks for all the great tips and suggestions – you are truly a talented (and funny) writer!
Have you considered writing a cookbook?
Your picture is just beautiful as is the new website design 🙂
Keep the recipes coming!

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Anamika July 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

Hi, First time here. And great to know you better. Will browse more to know your taste better. And even my blog is veg (I’m not :)), so nice to discover another veg blog!!

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nithya August 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi Anamika, you have a lovely blog. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!

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Molee January 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love samosas and have all ingredients in fridge. Dinner tonite! Thanks!

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vinita April 16, 2012 at 6:11 am

This is my second visit to ur blog and really liked the simplicity in ur blog. last time i visited ur blog, it was so inspiring. from over an year, i wanted to start my blog but it didnt happened. i was probably confused about where and how of blogging! your blog inspired me to take a next step towards blogging. thanks!. will definitely visit again. keep cooking! c ya!

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nithya April 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Hi Vinita, congrats on the next step towards blogging – did you start one? Thanks for the comment!

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The British Asian Blog April 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I’ve just stumbled on your blog and I must say – I like what I see. I just thought I’d say Hi and then take a stroll around your work.

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Lakshmi August 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

From one hungry desi to another… 🙂 My parents were staying with us in Atlanta until last weekend. How I miss the coconut curries, quick ‘n’ easy vegetable stir-fry dishes, the jaggery-rice paayasam, the scent of ghee and coconut oil wafting through my home… and their presence! Well, c’est la vie!

Great to chance upon your blog, I will be back!

Lakshmi

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Werner August 22, 2012 at 1:16 am

I’m a european expat living in Delhi since 4 years and just stumbled over your blog while looking for a recipe that has dalia in it (until now I used it to make a kind of sweetened breakfast porridge, same as one would use steel cut oats). Will try your recipe tomorrow as well as some other very interesting and blessedly low fat options I found here! Great blog!

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nithya August 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks Werner. Hope you like the dalia. Very jealous of all of the great food you must get in Delhi!

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Liz September 25, 2012 at 1:34 am

Nice blog! I’ll have to bookmark this one. I’m a white Texan but Desi type cooking is my favorite kind, will check for South Asian influenced recipes and otherwise. Though all you food bloggers kind of blow my mind as I at the moment I have trouble just getting myself in the kitchen, let alone blogging about it. Also I agree that is a cute picture, and I’m not related to you lol. 🙂

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Anjali February 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

This is the first time I have commented on a recipe. I simply had to. The french green bean recipe turned out awesome. Thank you! I added a bit of finely chopped garlic, onion, and g.chilli after the mustard seeds and before the green beans.

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