Crispy Spinach Chaat

I’ve always thought of zucchini flowers as an excuse to eat fried ricotta cheese. Spinach chaat is a similar excuse to enjoy crunchy, spicy chickpea flour with tangy spices, minty chutney plus cool creamy yogurt. It’s a mix of textures, temperatures and tastes that all come together in one bite. That mouthful pleasure is what makes chaat – […]

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Crumbled Paneer and Peas

Not all Indian cooking takes forever. In fact, most Indian cooking doesn’t take forever. But this paneer bhurji is particularly fast and satisfying weeknight Indian main dish. It calls for ingredients you most likely have on hand – peas, a tomato, onions and a dash of milk – plus basic Indian spices of garam masala, cumin […]

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Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup

This simple vegetarian version of a chicken noodle soup has become of my favorite Instant creations. The broth is super simple but gives you the comforting feeling of what I imagine drinking warm, liquid butter would be like. I spice it up with white pepper and add a healthy squeeze of lemon juice to round it […]

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Coconut Ladoo – Fudgy and Sweet Indian Dessert

Recipe can be found here. Being different when I was a kid growing up in the South was not, it felt, a thing to be celebrated. And showcasing your differences felt like an even worse idea. It was bound to be met with teasing and exclusion. So when one of Surya’s 2nd grade classmate’s moms […]

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Crunchy Zucchini Koftas

Crunchy on the outside. Melty on the inside. Light all around. That’s the best description for these zucchini koftas. This is an oldy but goody from May 2011. The last time I made these, we dunked them in a zaatar sumac spiked yogurt dip. This time around, they disappeared so quickly from the counter that […]

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Blizzard Recipe Roundup

My first thought when I heard of the impending blizzard bearing down upon the Northeast was to consider what I would cook. Not in a practical what-will-I-cook-that-can-sustain-a-loss-of-electricity way. More in a what-deliciousness-can-I-make-then-curl-up-on-my-sofa-and-eat way. My plans for tomorrow include making a creamy, crunchy mac n cheese. Here are some of my favorite recipes that might warm […]

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Toasted Coconut Lentils

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Because I get excited about odd things, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about this salty, nutty mixture of coconut, crunchy spices, little nuggets of garlic and strands of spicy ginger. Simple ways to create comfort food with that perfect balance of salt and spice and nutty-hug-yourself goodness. It’s one of my favorite […]

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Fall Frittata with Crispy Potatoes and Soy Chorizo

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In New York, Fall is here and gone before we even realize the weather has changed. Mornings with a hint of sunny heat and just right breeze get away from us faster than we’d like. Frittatas stretch those mornings a little longer. Fast to make. Ready to take on whatever’s in the refrigerator. Delicious to […]

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