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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chickpea falafel

January 14, 2011

I was so proud of myself after successfully making this chickpea falafel. (Is that plural or singular? Do you say “falafels” or “falafel” if you’re referring to more than one of these savory balls of goodness or what? Maybe it is like the word “shrimp?”) Falafel is something that I’ve eaten often and really enjoyed. […]

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aloo gobhi matar with dried fenugreek leaves

December 6, 2010

This is another delicious recipe I have adapted from the wonderful cookbook, Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India. I served it recently with a mouth-watering Kashimiri eggplant dish, badal jaam featured here back in June. I picked this recipe because we bought a head of cauliflower and inadvertently left it at the back of the fridge […]

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oven roasted eggplant with Indian spices

September 15, 2010

This is another recipe from Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India. I made it the same evening that I served mustard sauce masala over black cod. The dish reminds me of Macedonian pindzur with different spices. I wonder how Alecs would like it? How’re you doing back in New York, boys? We miss you! Like pindzur, […]

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mustard sauce masala over black cod

September 3, 2010

Last weekend was Callie’s last spent with us. She’s now back to work in Charlottesville. She and Elizabeth were marvelous guests, and we hope that they’ll return soon. I enjoy have guests from out of town every now and then. This way, we can see San Francisco through tourist-eyes and often we’ll do things that […]

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mung bean dal soup

September 1, 2010

I think I mentioned this before: in the Indian culinary world, dal is used to describe any legume that has been split and had its outer skin removed. That’s why when you go to Indian shops the legume section is full of a dizzying array of dals. Red dal comes from red lentils; toor dal, […]

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chole masala

August 9, 2010

This recipe comes from a blogger who recently visited weirdcombinations for the first time. Prerna cooks easy-to-make Indian food which she publishes on her blog, Indian Simmer. Her recipes and pictures look amazing! Inspired, I made this chickpea curry masala adapted from her blog the other day. I ended up adding a few things that […]

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vegan ajwain samosas for good bye

June 21, 2010

Our friends Christian and Alecks are moving back to the East Coast this summer. Alecks will be teaching at NYU and Christian is going back to grad school. Exciting times for these two boys with lots of changes happening in their lives right now! Congrats to both of you! They are going to live on […]

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vegan aloo mutter with okra and edamame

April 30, 2010

Aloo mutter is another dish I like for lunch at Rotee Express on Howard and Spear. I like Rotee Express though invariably, they always serve their food cold. Apparently, due to a lack of space in the tiny restaurant, the food is made at their main location and then shipped over. They’re the inspiration for […]

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Fertile Crescent bulgar and mung bean pilaf

January 26, 2010

Still on my Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey cooking kick, I made this bulgar and mung bean dish a few nights after Madras rice with yogurt. It’s January so the tomatoes aren’t very good right now. Instead of the fresh ones recommended in the recipe, I used store-bought oven-roasted tomatoes from Whole Foods. I’d […]

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