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Martha’s pan-seared tuna burgers

August 11, 2011

Ah Martha… Her recipes are almost always infallible! I’ve made this tuna burger many times. The recipe’s from Martha Stewart Living a few years ago. It is really good. The original version calls for yellowfin tuna, but my fish market only had ahi this time. Also, Martha served hers with a Napa cabbage coleslaw. I […]

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grilled Chinese eggplant in teriyaki sauce

August 5, 2011

I can’t think of a vegetable that is as versatile for so many different cuisines as eggplant. We’ve made it in so many delicious ways: Kashmiri, Szechuan, North African, Macedonian, Italian, Lebanese; and that’s just scratching the surface. This dish is inspired by Japan. I made the teriyaki sauce myself since I wanted better control […]

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grilled tofu cutlets with warm carrot dressing

July 29, 2011

This is an awesome dish to serve to your non-meat eater friends and their admirers. It requires some planning ahead as you need to marinate the tofu cutlets overnight or at least for few hours so they soak up all the flavors. Other than that it’s a breeze to make and looks and tastes gorgeous. […]

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sambal okra over coconut rice

July 22, 2011

And here’s another dish from the-Y-O, that’s Yotam Ottolenghi to you and me. This adaptation from “Plenty” was a huge success. The dish is South East Asian inspired, since it uses sambal sauce. Sambal is a fiery sauce made with chili peppers, shallots, tamarind and other spices. The-Y-O claims that a dish like this is […]

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Szechuan string beans with tofu in black bean sauce

July 5, 2011

This recipe is a take on Szechuan style long beans, which I adore. The dish has all those amazing Asian flavors going on: ginger, garlic, pepper sauce, soy sauce and the magical, fermented black bean sauce. Fermented black bean sauce is a Chinese culinary wonder made with soybeans that have been fermented, and, in the […]

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Indian red lentil soup with Savoy cabbage

June 17, 2011

Everybody throughout the northern hemisphere is probably eating summer food right now; you know: barbecue, ice cream, sno-cones, watermelon, and most anything grilled. Not us! The heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring past the 100’s elsewhere has yet to reach San Francisco. So we’re ‘stuck’ in the almost eternal refrigerator chill that makes the […]

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palak tofu or Indian pesto with tofu

June 6, 2011

I love palak paneer, that Indian dish of spinach and cheese, but every time I go to Indian restaurants I tend to stay away from it. There’re a couple of reasons. The first is that the color of the dish scares me a bit. So often, the spinach has that uninviting rusty grayish green shade […]

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Paneer Makhanwala

March 21, 2011

Suhas and I have lunch together almost every day in my company’s communal kitchen. We chat about most anything but inevitably the subject veers towards food, our favorite topic. He tells me about India and Indian food, the flavors and ingredients from different regions. I love it. In turn I talk about our blog and […]

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tofu and green-pea dal

February 4, 2011

By now my Indian dal soups are all about improvisation. I feel comfortable using most of the Indian ingredients and can sort of predict what a soup will taste like if I add more of one spice versus another. It is fun to have that confidence because now I can utilize whatever ingredients are available […]

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tofu salad with sweet -n- spicy ginger mustard rice vinegar sauce

December 20, 2010

I was excited by the idea of this recipe when I saw a tofu salad at my local Whole Foods. It was in the salad bar, sold by weight. Helpfully, they listed all the ingredients that they used, though not the quantities or directions (that must be a trade secret.) In particular, their ingredient list […]

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