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Creamy Spinach with Mung Beans

The fresh and wholesome taste of green mung beans was one of the great revelations to me when I started cooking Indian vegetarian food more than two decades ago. Light, refreshing, nourishing and slightly starchy in flavor, mung beans are a colorful and delicious platform for dry curries using spices, …

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South Indian Squash Poriyal

Poriyals or palyas are spicy South Indian sautéed vegetable dishes, quite often featuring grated coconut. They are easy to prepare and a perfect choice for a meal calling out for a side vegetable dish. This poriyal is especially simple to make and delightfully sweet and spicy. I went with acorn …

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Creamy Peanut Butter Chickpea & Squash Curry

Though I embrace nearly every legume with open arms and a hungry tummy, my pantry being a concrete overflowing testament to that statement, if I absolutely had to choose a favorite, say a desert island essential, I would say buttery soft, plump, and infinitely versatile chickpeas are always a consideration …

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Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Mushrooms and Green Peas

Potatoes are always a nourishing and comforting choice to serve up for dinner, and when they are shaped into heavenly patties with a mushroom and pea filling, complete with fresh dill and spices, and then baked or fried and topped with velvety tomato chutney, culinary bliss ensues. These were served …

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Chana Palak (Spicy Chickpeas and Spinach)

I used to get confused about the difference between chana saag and chana palak. The common elements are chickpeas, split or whole, and leafy greens. As it turns out, palak means spinach, whereas saag can mean any leafy green, including spinach but also mustard greens, kale, fenugreek leaves or whatever …

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Aromatic Chana Dal Kitchari with Saffron

After seasonal feasts, it not uncommon to crave more cleansing and nourishing dishes such as kitchari (or kitcheree or khichdi). Essentially a one-pot Indian meal, the common feature of a kitchari is a digestive aiding combination of split legumes, rice and spices and often vegetables. Such preparations are open to …

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South Indian Chickpea, Cauliflower and Potato Coconut Curry

What I thought was my introduction to Indian food and cooking years ago was actually an introduction to north Indian cooking — all of the Indian restaurants in my city and most of the Indian cookbooks available back then were north Indian. Since then, I’ve been introduced to some of …

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Coriander and Chickpea Flour Fritters (Kothimbir Vada)

Vada — or vadi — refer to a variety of fried savories or snacks that are very popular in southern India. They are commonly made with dals and spices, sometimes potatoes, and are typically served up with chutneys or soupy vegetable sambars. Enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or appetizer, …

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Chickpea, Spinach and Beets in a Coconut-Tomato Curry

Combining plump buttery chickpeas with spinach and beets in a creamy coconut milk and tomato gravy with aromatic spices not only puts plenty of flavor on the plate, but also provides for a complete, filling and wonderfully nourishing meal served with fresh cooked white or brown rice or a flat …

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Mushroom Green Pea Curry in a Creamy Cashew Sauce with Onion and Parsley

After a rather prolonged absence from my kitchen due to illness, I found myself craving earthy mushrooms. Because my stomach is still rather sensitive, I wanted something spicy but not with too much heat, so I opted for this recipe that makes good use of aromatic spices which tend to …

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